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Collection of letters from Benjamin Disraeli

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MS. Eng. c. 8410, fols. 11-47

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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]


37 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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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.

Custodial History

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.

Related Materials

Further papers of and relating to Benjamin Disraeli, not forming part of this collection, can be found in:

  1. Papers of Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881) and of his family (shelfmarks: Dep. Hughenden 1-382)
  2. Copies of the Correspondence of Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. lett. d. 340-343)
Collection of letters from Benjamin Disraeli
Gemma Kennish Persello
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom