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POLITICS (BRITISH) AUTOGRAPHS

This category includes the autographs of British politicians and statesmen of all political persuasions and includes both Lords and Commons.  In addition to elected representatives and the inheritors of political powers, this section also includes other persons who held quasi-political office, such as senior civil servants and administrators.  British Prime Ministers will be found in a separate category devoted exclusively to them.  British politicians who are best known for a foreign or colonial role, such as Viceroys of India and other colonial governors and administrators are more likely to be found in Owen & Barlow's Politics (World & Colonial) Autographs category.  Politics was one of the most popular areas for 19th century collectors (possibly matched only by Victorian interest in the clergy) and the "free frank" system turned the collecting of political autographs into something that was not dissimilar to the collecting of postage stamps.  See our Glossary of Terms for a further explanation of this.

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JOHN BRIGHT (1811-1889) Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN BRIGHT (1811-1889) Autograph Letter Signed

JOHN BRIGHT autograph Letter Signed British (English) Radical Liberal politician and orator. With Richard Cobden, the founder of the Anti-Corn Law League.   ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf. One Ash, Rochdale. April 18th 1881. To John Haldeman, Esq. Together with original envelope.   "I cannot tell you when I will speak and I cannot give you an order for the gallery - my order has been given more than a week ago. Our House of Commons affords some accommodation for 'strangers' and when any particular speech will be delivered is uncertain and is rarely to be known. I fear.....

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GBP65.00
JOHN BURNS (1858-1943) Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN BURNS (1858-1943) Autograph Letter Signed

JOHN BURNS Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) Trade Unionist and militant Socialist. Leader of the London Dock Strike of 1889.   ALS. 1p. The House of Commons. No date. To [William] Woodall. Together with a fine, early albumen portrait photograph of John Burns.   "Send me a question. I will send it in for Thursday".   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Creasing to right edge and mounting damage to blank verso. Else good or very good. The portrait of John Burns is a rare early (circa 1892) image, being an albumen silver print photograph, showing him head and shoulders in.....

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GBP125.00
AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN (1863-1937) Photograph Signed
AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN (1863-1937) Photograph Signed

AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN Photograph Signed. British (English) statesman and Liberal Unionist (laterConservative) politician. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.   Photograph of Austen Chamberlain with good, bold autograph signature.   The portrait is a real photograph post-card by H. Roland White published by Beagles. It shows Austen Chamberlain half-length, dressed in dapper tweed suit and with a monocle in his eye. It measures approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches and is in fine condition. The autograph of Austen Chamberlain is quite an uncommon one and signed photographs are comparatively scarce.   Austen Chamberlain was of the redoubtable Chamberlain dynasty of powerful and.....

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GBP125.00
JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN (1836-1914) Autograph Letter Signed
JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN (1836-1914) Autograph Letter Signed

JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN Autograph Letter Signed British (English) statesman. Influential mayor of Birmingham. Leader of the Liberal Unionists in opposition, Secretary of State for the Colonies, President of the Board of Trade.   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. 40 Prince's Gardens, S.W. July 21st 1904. To the newspaper magnate C. Arthur Pearson, The Daily Express, together with card signed by Pearson.   "Mr D.J.[?] Haldemann in whose office I am insured for a considerable amount, has asked me for an introduction. I hardly think it is necessary, but have pleasure in asking you to spare a few minutes of your.....

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GBP75.00
RICHARD COBDEN (1804-1865) Autograph Letter Signed
RICHARD COBDEN (1804-1865) Autograph Letter Signed

RICHARD COBDEN Autograph letter Signed. British (English) radical politician, reformer and manufacturer.   ALS. 2pp plus integral blank leaf. 27 Victoria Street, Westminster. 21st July 1864. To Mr C.D. Tolme.   "There is a 'Cotton Supply Association' at Manchester which takes cognizance of all matters affecting that question. The President, John Cheetham Esquire, Staly Bridge, nr Manchester, would answer any question put to him by your friend who may use my name for an introduction. I hope Mrs Tolme and all your circle are well. My wife joins in kind regards, I remain very truly yours" [etc].   8vo. Approx 7.....

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GBP145.00
CHARLES DILKE (1843-1911) Autograph Letter Signed
CHARLES DILKE (1843-1911) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR CHARLES DILKE Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) Liberal politician. His career was ruined by the 'Crawford Scandal'.   ALS. 4pp. 76 Sloan Street, W. 10th March 1879. To an unnamed correspondent [William Woodall]. Together with a contemporary 19th century carte de visite portrait photograph of Charles Dilke.   "I am much flattered by your invitation to Burslem, and I heartily hope that your forthcoming political demonstration will be a great success. I shall not be in England myself during the Easter Recess, but even if I were it would not be possible for me to visit Burslem as you.....

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GBP75.00
CHARLES DILKE (1843-1911) Autograph Letter Signed
CHARLES DILKE (1843-1911) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR CHARLES DILKE Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) reforming Liberal politician. His career was ruined by the 'Crawford Scandal'.   ALS. 1p. 76 Sloane Street, S.W. July 24th 1870. To [George] Melly [M.P.].   "My Privy Seal motion comes on tomorrow at 4.30. I shall certainly divide".   12mo. Approx 5 x 4.5 inches. Trimmed at foot and lacking integral blank leaf. Mounting residue to verso. All else very good.   Charles Dilke introduced his motion to abolish the sinecure office of Lord Privy Seal (one of the oldest political offices in British politics) in 1870, on the grounds that.....

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GBP45.00
GEORGE GOSCHEN (1831-1907) Autograph Letter Signed
GEORGE GOSCHEN (1831-1907) Autograph Letter Signed

GEORGE GOSCHEN Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) Liberal and later Conservative politician. Lord Salisbury's Chancellor of the Exchequer.   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. No place. 18th June (no year). To [George] Melly [M.P.]. Together with a contemporary 19th century portrait photograph.   "I was most horrified to find in The Times this morning that the private letter to you has been printed. Ross, the Times reporter, asked for my papers and I sent them up in a hurry and on one of them was a note made by secretary as to the letter to you. This should, of course,.....

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GBP95.00
ROBERT HARLEY (1661-1724) Autograph Signature on Treasury Document
ROBERT HARLEY (1661-1724) Autograph Signature on Treasury Document

ROBERT HARLEY Autograph signature on Treasury Document. British (English) statesman of the late Stuart period. Queen Anne's chief minister and regarded by some as Britain's first Prime Minister.   Autograph signature as the Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer on part of a treasury receipt. Whitehall Chambers, dated 21st July 1712. The document relates to the payment of interest on a loan made by Thomas Fett.   On Treasury paper piece measuring approx 7 x 3.25 inches.  Good.   Robert Harley, from 1711 known as the Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, began his political career as a Whig before defecting to.....

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GBP85.00
JOSEPH HUME (1777-1855) Autograph Letter
JOSEPH HUME (1777-1855) Autograph Letter

JOSEPH HUME Autograph Letter. British (Scottish) radical politician and reformer.   AL. 1p. Bryanstone Square. June 12th 1852. To Mr. Tolme.   "Mr Hume presents compliments to Mr Tolme and thanks him for the letter of the 10th inst. Mr Hume will be very glad to see the Bavarian Consul from Havana upon the subject of the Slave Trade in Cuba if he can favour Mr Hume with a call on Wednesday morning at half past ten."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Docketed on verso of integral blank leaf. Mounting traces and slight mounting damage to verso of integral.....

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GBP95.00
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