LORD SALISBURY Autograph Letter Signed.
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury. British Conservative statesman. Three times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1885-1886, 1886-1892 and 1895-1902).
ALS. Embossed letterhead of the Foreign Office. Foreign Office. June 14th 1879. To The Right Honourable Sir Henry Elliot. The letter is partly autograph and part printed proforma. Together with the original envelope, also signed by Lord Salisbury.
"this letter will be delivered to your Excellency by Mr. H.T. McNeale who is proceeding to Vienna on business. At the request of the Lord Chancellor I beg leave to introduce him to Your Excellency's acquaintance, and to recommend him to your protection and good offices. I am with great truth and respect, Sir, Your Excellency's most obedient humble servant, Salisbury".
Bifolium. 4to. Approx 24 x 19 cms. Fine.
The letter dates from Lord Salisbury's tenure as Foreign Secretary in the government Benjamin Disraeli (1878-1880). The point of his tenure was his part in negotiations at the Congress of Berlin. Salisbury is here writing to Sir Henry Elliot, then the British ambassador in Vienna. Elliot had fallen out of favour with both Gladstone and Salisbury as a result of his pro-Turkish stance whilst Ambassador at Constantinople and his removal to Vienna was viewed as a public admonishment.