Autograph Letter Signed, to Sir James Watson, about the Midlothian Campaign, explaining that “The field of subjects for such Addresses is narrow”, agreeing to undertake his duties but “This entirely depends upon a subject of proper scope …” 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, a few minor blemishes, in good clean condition. 31 October 1879. “I fear nothing can be done at Glasgow before the Midlothian Campaign.” William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98) who became Prime Minister 1868-74, 1880-85, 1886, 1892-94. The Midlothian campaign of 1878–80 was a series of foreign policy speeches given by Gladstone. It is often cited as the first modern political campaign.