Collection of letters from Benjamin Disraeli
- 14 autograph letters signed 'B. Disraeli' and 'D', 59 pages, sent from Hughenden Manor, Grosvenor Gate, and St. George Gate, Hanover Square to Henrietta Frances, Lady Chesham (1830-1884), 17 Aug 1868-Jun 1873. This collection of letters are of a personal nature and written when Disraeli was in opposition and his wife terminally ill. Disraeli's correspondent, Henrietta Frances, wife of William George Cavendish, 2nd Lord Chesham, was a close relative of the Duke of Devonshire. Before being elevated to the peerage on the death of his father in 1863, Cavendish had been an MP for Buckinghamshire. Disraeli himself was one of the other two Members of Parliament for the county
- Additional autograph letter signed 'Beaconsfield', 2 pages, on mourning stationery, sent from Hughenden Manor, addressed in Benjamin Disraeli’s hand to the Honourable Mary Cavendish, on the accompanying transmittal envelope and franked 'Beaconsfield', 10 Oct 1878
- Autograph letter signed by Mary Anne Disraeli (1792-1872), 1 page, from Grosvenor Gate, to Lady Chesham, n.d. [1830-1872]
- Creation: 1868-1878, n.d. [1830-1872]
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 8410, fols. 11-12].
MS. Eng. c. 8410, fols. 11-47
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 12389
Collection of letters from Benjamin Disraeli.
Biographical / Historical
Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881) was a statesman and author. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1852, 1858-1859 and 1866-1868, and Prime Minister, 1868 and 1874-1880. Details are given in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
The correspondence was owned by Viscount Cobham and sold by Sotheby's in 1978.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased via Bernard Quaritch Ltd., with support from the Rose Fund, from University Archives (Lot 54), sale 24 January 2017.
- Collection of letters from Benjamin Disraeli
- Gemma Kennish Persello
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