Autograph Letter Signed ‘B.Disraeli’, to the Revd. Dr. Henry Almack, reporting that he has presented to the House of Commons the petition from the parish of Fawley “against the unconditional abolition of Church Rates”, discussing this “great crisis in Church affairs”. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in very good condition. Grosvenor Gate, 24 March 1861. Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-81), Prime Minister 1868, 1874-80. “This is a great crisis in Church affairs, for the Bill of Sir John Trelawney is only part of a concerted movement, comprising other measures, against the union between Church & State, but I am hopeful as to the result, & have confidence in the awakened energies of the Country.” The Revd. Dr Henry Almack (1822-1884) was Rector of Fawley, Oxfordshire. Published in Benjamin Disraeli Letters: 1860-1864, number 3567, where it is noted that this letter was listed in W.V.Daniell’s catalogue (July 1905), as item 48.