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AUTOGRAPHS OF BRITISH PRIME MINISTERS

For aesthetic reasons or, perhaps, just to be contrary, we have organised autographs of Prime Ministers in order of their dates of first holding office. The political office of Prime Minister in the United Kingdom is one that has evolved over a period of time and the term Prime Minister, although in Parliamentary use in the 19th century was not given official recognition in the Order of Precedence until 1905.  The office of Prime Minister is generally synonymous with that of the First Lord of the Treasury.  It is generally accepted that the list of British Prime Ministers begins with Sir Robert Walpole who led the Governent from 1721 to 1742. Up to and including the General Election of 2010, there have been 74 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom.  These include some of the greatest political figures on the world stage, such as Winston Churchill, William Pitt, Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone but also some lesser known and even obscure figures who made little mark on the pages of history.  Some Prime Ministers, such as the Duke of Wellington, had successful careers in other fields and the Duke's autograph is also in demand by collectors of military autographs.  Owen & Barlow's autographs in this category include the wives and family of Prime Ministers.

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SIR ROBERT WALPOLE (1676-1745) Document Signed
SIR ROBERT WALPOLE (1676-1745) Document Signed

SIR ROBERT WALPOLE Treasury Document With AUTOGRAPH Signature British Prime Minister (1722-1742)   Part of a treasury document, signed by Sir Robert Walpole and also by George Bubb Dodington (1691-1762) later Treasurer of the Navy, Thomas Winnington (1696-1746) First lord of the Admiralty and William Clayton, Baron Sundon (1671-1752). A receipt for £1,600 dated 30th June 1737. With the majority of the text remaining on the verso.   On treasury paper. Approx 7.25 x 6.5 inches. A little trimmed at edges with slight losses to some words but not touching the signatures. Some browning and mounting traces to verso. Very good......

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LORD LIVERPOOL (1770-1828) Autograph Letter Cover Signed
LORD LIVERPOOL (1770-1828) Autograph Letter Cover Signed

ROBERT JENKINSON 2nd EARL OF LIVERPOOL Autograph LETTER Cover Signed. British Tory Prime Minister (1812-1827)   Autograph LETTER Cover, Signed and addressed in his hand "Private. To His Grace The Duke of Newcastle, Clumber, Nottinghamshire". With Free Frank dated 12th June 1812 (4 days after he became Prime Minister) and with his very large black wax seal on verso impressed with a good strike of his heraldic arms.   Written in pencil inside the cover is what appears to be a draft of a LETTER to the Prince Regent accepting political office (as Prime Minister?): "I have the honour to.....

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GEORGE CANNING (1770-1827) Autograph Letter Front Signed
GEORGE CANNING (1770-1827) Autograph Letter Front Signed

GEORGE CANNING Autograph LETTER Front Signed British Tory Prime Minister.   Autograph Free Front, London. December 23rd, 1824. Signed by George Canning, dated and addressed in his hand to Dr. Spearman, 30 Northampton Square, London.With Free Frank stamps and the stamp of the receiving post office (10 F[ore] Noon, De[cember] 25, 1824). Also bearing his red wax seal, impressed with his heraldic arms.  Mounted by the original 19th century collector with a contemporary steel-engraved portrait of Canning.   Laid down on a folded card measuring approx 12 x 5.5 inches.  Mounting traces on verso. Some creasing and browning but generally very.....

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LORD GODERICH (1782-1959) Autograph Letter Cover Signed
LORD GODERICH (1782-1959) Autograph Letter Cover Signed

FREDERCK JOHN ROBINSON, VISCOUNT GODERICH AUTOGRAPH LETTER Cover Signed. British Tory and subsequently Whig politician. Prime Minister from 1827 to 1828.   Autograph Letter Cover, signed by Goderich (as F.J. Robinson) and addressed in his hand to His Grace The Duke of Newcastle, Clumber Park, Tuxford.  With Free Frank dated 9th March 1838 and with the stamp of the receiving post office on the verso and his red wax seal, impressed with his heraldic device.   4to folded sheet, measuring approx 4.75 x 3.25 inches when folded. Some mounting traces to verso, slight nick to top edge, else fine.  .....

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LORD MELBOURNE (1779-1848) Autograph Letter Signed
LORD MELBOURNE (1779-1848) Autograph Letter Signed

WILLIAM LAMB, 2nd VISCOUNT MELBOURNE Autograph Letter Signed British Whig statesman. Twice Prime Minister (1834 and 1835-41).   ALS.  1p. Brocket Hall Wellwyn, Herts. January 6th, 1814.  To Mr. Anderson.   "As the last accounts I had of Mrs Elliot's health were by no means favourable, I took the liberty of writing to you on Monday last to request your opinion respecting her health, since you were so good as to write to me last week, and if you think she has gone on in gaining or losing her strength, I shall be impatient to hear from you."   8vo. Approx.....

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SIR ROBERT PEEL (1788-1850) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR ROBERT PEEL (1788-1850) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR ROBERT PEEL AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED. British statesman and twice Prime Minister (1834-5 and 1841-46).   ALS. 1p and integral blank leaf. Whitehall. February 27th [no year but circa 1838]. With original autograph envelope marked "Private" and also signed by Peel with his black wax seal on verso with impression of his heraldic arms. To Sir William [Webb] Follett.   "Perhaps you will be good enough to let me speak to you in the House on the subject of the enclosed letter from a very respectable clergyman in the neighbourhood of Coventry."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.75 inches. All.....

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GBP195.00
EMILY PALMERSTON (1787-1869) Autograph Letter Signed
EMILY PALMERSTON (1787-1869) Autograph Letter Signed

EMILY PALMERSTON Autograph LETTER Signed. Lady Emily Palmerston (formerly Lady Emily Cooper nee Lamb). Wife of Prime Minister Viscount Palmerston.   The final page of a longer ALS. 1p. No place, no date but the paper appears to be watermarked 1865. To Mrs [Catherine] Gladstone (wife of Prime Minister W. E. Gladstone).   ". . . to go out in the night air since I came to Town - but I am getting better and hope soon to be able to do so - and I assure you that I was very sorry to miss your Party. Believe me, Dear.....

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BENJAMIN DISRAELI (1804-1881) Autograph Letter Signed
BENJAMIN DISRAELI (1804-1881) Autograph Letter Signed

BENJAMIN DISRAELI autograph Letter Signed. British Conservative prime minister, statesman and author.   ALS. 2pp plus integral blank leaf. Grosvenor Gate. February 2nd 1869. To "Sir".   "I have the honour to remind you that Parliament will meet on Tuesday the 16th February, and to express my hope that you may find it convenient to be in your place on that day, as business of importance may be expected." Signed with a good full signature.   Mourning edge stationary. 8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. With a contemporary financial calculation on verso of the integral blank totalling £9,350 (which in.....

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GBP465.00
BENJAMIN DISRAELI (1804-1881) Autograph Letter Signed
BENJAMIN DISRAELI (1804-1881) Autograph Letter Signed

BENJAMIN DISRAELI AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED. British Conservative statesman and twice Prime Minister (1868 and 1874-80).   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf.  G[rosvenor] Gate. February 4th [1866]. To Sir Stafford Northcote.   "I shall be quite disengaged at three - & able & glad to see you. The matter requires more deliberation. I also conveyed my views very imperfectly to you, being, at the time, very tired." Signed with initial 'D'.   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Docketed on verso (partially obscured by paper backing) "7.4.1866. B. Disraeli." The verso of the integral blank has been backed onto paper and.....

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GBP425.00
BENJAMIN DISRAELI (1804-1881) Autograph Letter Signed
BENJAMIN DISRAELI (1804-1881) Autograph Letter Signed

BENJAMIN DISRAELI AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed. British Conservative Prime Minister, statesman and author.   ALS.  3pp.  Luton.  Monday, 6th July [no year].  To Mr. Parker.   "I am very sorry indeed that I must quit Luton without bidding you adieu but as I consider myself your representative I hope I may find an opportunity of again meeting one of the most agreeable of my constituents." With a fine full signature, B. Disraeli.   8vo. Approx 7.5 x 4.5 inches. Mounting traces to right edge of blank verso of last leaf. All else fine.   Benjamin Disraeli served two terms as British.....

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