Disraeli, Benjamin (ON HOLD)
Franked envelope (likely while Chancellor of the Exchequer) addressed to The Lord Mayor of London
Autograph ID: 7084
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1804-1881) British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. Served in government for 3 decades, twice as Prime Minister (1868, 1874-80). Although his father had him baptised to Anglicanism at 13 (following a dispute with their synagogue), he was nonetheless Britain’s only PM who was born Jewish. He played an instrumental role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party after the Corn Laws schism of 1846. From 1852 onwards, Disraeli’s career was marked by intense rivalry with William Ewart Gladstone, who rose to become leader of the Liberal Party. In this feud, Disraeli was aided by his warm friendship with Queen Victoria. He was well-known as a literary and social figure. During the 1840s Disraeli wrote 3 political novels collectively known as “the Trilogy”: “Sybil”, “Coningsby”, and “Tancred” He mainly wrote romances, of which “Sybil” and “Vivian Grey” are perhaps best-known today. He was Rector of Glasgow University for two full terms between 1871 and 1877. He won a seat in the House of Commons in 1837 representing the constituency of Maidstone. Chancellor of the Exchequer 1866-68, Leader of the Opposition 1868-74. Disraeli was elevated to the House of Lords in 1876 when Queen Victoria made him Earl of Beaconsfield and Viscount Hughenden after 4 decades in the House of Commons.
3 ¼ x 5 envelope addressed in another hand to the Right Honorable Lord Mayor 9of London), Mansion House, franked by him “B. Disraeli” at lower left. Postmarked London, July 23 1866 while Disraeli was Chancellor of the Exchequer. With portrait. SIR THOMAS GABRIEL, 1st Baronet (1811-1871), timber merchant, Sheriff of London and Middlesex 1859-60, Lord Mayor of London 1866-67.”
Type: Franked Envelope