DISRAELI (Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881, Prime Minister and Novelist)

Autograph Letter marked 'Private' Signed "Beaconsfield" to Sir W. DYKE Bart M.P. (William Hart, 1837-1931, Conservative Politician and Tennis Pioneer) "My dear Willie", telling him that he is going "up to town ... in case you are there, or when you are there, much wish to see you. It appears to me that the Party is about to meet Parliament without a leader or without a whip - or that some strange things are going to occur ...", 2 sides 8vo., on mourning paper, Hughenden Manor headed paper, 27th December

When Lord Derby formed governments in the 1850s and 1860s, Disraeli served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons.
On Derby's retirement in 1868, Disraeli became prime minister briefly before losing that year's general election. He returned to opposition until the general election of 1874, when he led the Tories as they won an outright majority.

Item Date:  1870

Stock No:  40026      £475

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