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CANNING‚ George. 14172

CANNING‚ George.	14172 Autograph wrapper front only‚ signed ‘Geo. Canning’ as Prime Minister lower left‚ addressed to Lieut. Fred Paget‚ Corfu. 3 x 4½ inches‚ laid down‚ light FREE postmark‚ in good condition. London‚ 16 July 1827 A rare dated signature from the few months when Canning was Prime Minister. George Canning (1770-1827)‚ statesman‚ became Prime Minister (April-August 1827).

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CANNING‚ George. 17161

CANNING‚ George.	17161	Manuscript Speech‚ not autograph‚ but in a contemporary hand‚ delivered by Canning at a dinner given by British merchants at Lisbon in 1816. 10 pp. folio‚ stitched‚ in good condition‚ legible throughout. Printed in the Select Speeches of the Right Honourable George Canning. Lisbon [Portugal]‚ 1816 [but watermark 1817] George Canning (1770-1827)‚ Prime Minister (1827). In 1814 he became the British Ambassador to Portugal. Annotated at the head of the first page: “In the Year 1816‚ when Mr. Canning was about to return to England from his Embassy in Portugal‚ the British Merchants at Lisbon gave him a Dinner at which were present the Regency of the Kingdom‚ and the principal officers of the Garrison. After Dinner the President proposed his Health as ‘The Disciple of Mr Pitt‚ the promoter of the Measures which saved Portugal!’ Mr. Canning then spoke as follows ...”

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CHURCHILL‚ Winston Spencer. 17049

CHURCHILL‚ Winston Spencer.	17049	Typed Letter Signed ‘Yours very truly‚ Winston S.Churchill’ (as Chancellor of the Exchequer)‚ to Curtis Brown‚ the literary agent‚ concerning the charges for the printer’s corrections [for The World Crisis‚ Volume III]‚ expressing surprise at the charge for preparing maps‚ asking “for the account in the fullest detail”; together with a carbon copy of Thornton Butterworth’s ‘Account for Corrections’. 1 page 9½ x 7½ inches‚ neat folds‚ in good condition (one paperclip mark)‚ horizontal folds. Curtis Brown receipt datestamp. 1 page Butterworth Accounts‚ same dimensions. 11 Downing Street‚ 28 April 1927. Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)‚ Prime Minister 1940-45‚ 1951-55. “I think the charges for the printer’s corrections require to be examined and compared with the general charge paid by Mr. Butterworth for printing the book.” This letter to Churchill’s agent about the publication costs of The World Crisis‚ Volume III‚ was sold at auction in the U.S. in 1995 for $2000 and entered the Forbes Collection. The itemised Butterworth accounts include the the sum of £131.9.3 for “preparing maps for printers”‚ called into question by Churchill in this letter. Other charges include “To cost of preparing Index‚ £5.5.0” and “To cost of preparing 100 extra copies of Earl Haig’s letter‚ 7.6.”

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GLADSTONE‚ William Ewart. 15614

GLADSTONE‚ William Ewart.	15614 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Lady Molesworth‚ sending a copy of an Address on account of “a reference which I trust will not displease you”. 1½ pages 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ one small neat repair. 4 Carlton House Terrace‚ 24 January 1856. William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98) who became Prime Minister 1868-74‚ 1880-85‚ 1886‚ 1892-94.

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GLADSTONE‚ William Ewart. 17851

GLADSTONE‚ William Ewart.	17851	A significant Autograph Letter Signed‚ as Chancellor of the Exchequer‚ to the Duke of Newcastle‚ about the creation and funding of the Prince Edward’s Island Commission‚ setting out (after consultation with Peel) four numbered points addressing Newcastle’s concerns about the Treasury’s role. 4 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ folded‚ in good condition. 11 Downing Street‚ 11 February 1862. William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98) who became Prime Minister 1868-74‚ 1880-85‚ 1886‚ 1892-94. Prince Edward Island is one of the three Maritime Provinces of Canada.

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MELBOURNE‚ William Lamb‚ 2nd Viscount. 17818

MELBOURNE‚ William Lamb‚ 2nd Viscount.	17818 Autograph Free Front‚ signed ‘Melbourne’ lower left. 3 x 5 inches‚ laid down on part of an old album page. London‚ 31 March 1830. William Lamb‚ 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779-1848)‚ statesman and Prime Minister. Melbourne‚ Australia‚ was named after him.

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NORTH‚ Frederick‚ 2nd Earl of Guilford. 15097

NORTH‚ Frederick‚ 2nd Earl of Guilford.	15097 Autograph Letter Signed ‘N’‚ written while in Parliament‚ as Prime Minister‚ to William Eden‚ agreeing to help him‚ explaining that “Mr Fox is speaking” on “Mr Powys’s motion” and they are likely to be delayed till late at night. 1 page 7 x 6 inches‚ traces of former mounting‚ in clean condition‚ lower edge slightly ragged‚ with the integral address leaf signed ‘North’. Undated. Frederick North (1732-92)‚ known as Lord North‚ was Prime Minister from 1770-1782 and was largely responsible for the measures which led to the loss of America. In 1783‚ having entered a coalition with Fox‚ he served in the Duke of Portland’s ministry. William Eden (1744-1814)‚ first Baron Auckland‚ statesman and diplomat. Eden was one of the five commissioners sent to America to try to settle the disturbances there. He was elected to the House of Commons but went out of office in December 1783 after the dismissal of the coalition ministry of Fox and Lord North. “I know nothing of what you mention‚ but will do in this (as I really have in every other point) every thing that can be agreeable to you‚ & contribute to your satisfaction. Mr Fox is speaking vehemently for Mr Powys’s motion & we are like to be detain’d till late at night. Yrs most faithfully N.” Thomas Powys‚ 1st Baron Lilford (1743–1800) was elected to the House of Commons for Northamptonshire in 1774‚ a seat he held until 1797. The latter year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Lilford. The date of this note has not yet been determined‚ but on 10 April 1778 Mr Powys moved in Parliament that the powers of the Commissioners be increased so that they be authorised “to declare the Americans absolutely‚ and for ever independent”. Fox spoke at length.

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PEEL‚ Robert. 16960

PEEL‚ Robert.	16960	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Robert Peel’‚ to Baron Philip Newmann‚ the Austrian diplomat‚ congratulating him on his forthcoming marriage to Lady Augusta Somerset: “You have always been a good Englishman and deserve an English wife ...” 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ folds‚ in good condition. Whitehall‚ 21 September 1844. A good letter by Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850)‚ Prime Minister 1834-5‚ 1841-6‚ who reorganised the police force. Baron Neumann‚ Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary for Austria to the Court of St. James‚ married Augusta Somerset (1816-1850)‚ Wellington’s grandniece‚ on 5 December 1844. “We are very glad that your connection with England will not terminate with the suspension of official relations‚ but will be renewed by ties much more agreeable and more binding. You have always been a good Englishman and deserve an English wife and have shewn your good taste by this selection which you have made.” Peel ends his letter with a reference to the recovery of his daughter’s health.

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PEEL‚ Sir Robert. 17375

PEEL‚ Sir Robert.	17375	Autograph Letter in the third person (”Mr Robert Peel presents his Compliments to Mr. Westall ...”)‚ regretting that he is unable to view Westall’s pictures “on account of the severe pressure of public Business.” 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ integral blank leaf. Whitehall‚ 7 March 1836. Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850)‚ Prime Minister 1834-5‚ 1841-6‚ who reorganised the police force.

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PITT‚ William‚ the Younger. 17900

PITT‚ William‚ the Younger.	17900	An original Autograph Memorandum‚ in the hand of William Pitt‚ for circulation among his Cabinet only‚ about a draft Message to the King‚ in advance of the imminent Budget‚ advising that the considerable funds accruing through the capture of “the Dutch Property” (in the East Indies‚ and at the Cape) “ought to be applied by His Majesty to Public Purposes”. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ in fine clean condition. Written in the third person‚ without signature. Downing Street‚ Sunday‚ December 6th.‚ 5 P.M. [1795]. An urgent policy decision‚ designed to raise money for the war against France‚ entirely in the hand of William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806)‚ England’s youngest Prime Minister‚ in a letter for circulation among his Cabinet‚ five of whom have annotated this letter with their initials and “I see no objection...” In July 1795 Holland joined the French against England. The British took from the Dutch the Cape of Good Hope‚ Ceylon‚ and other possessions in the East Indies. On 5 December 1795 a subscription loan of 18 million pounds was raised to carry on the war. Against this background‚ Pitt writes (in the third person) to his Cabinet on 6 December: “By the accompanying Account which Mr Pitt has received from the King’s Advocate‚ it appears that the Amount of the Dutch Property which will be vested in the Crown is likely to be very considerable‚ and that a large Part of it has been detained under Circumstances which will entitle the Captors to a very small Proportion. The Remainder it is conceived ought to be applied by His Majesty to Public Purposes‚ as in the Case of the French Prizes in the War before last‚ and it would in many respects be very material that this Intention should be announced previous to the Budget tomorrow. With this View Mr Pitt has prepared the draft of a Message on this subject‚ taken in a great measure from the King’s Speeches at the Close of the Session of 1763‚ and the Commencement of that of 1764‚ and proposes‚ if no Objection occurs to it‚ to send it tomorrow morning for His Majesty’s Signature. He has desired these Papers to be circulated as expeditiously as possible.”

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