GLADSTONE, William Ewart. 18960

£300

Description

A long Autograph Letter Signed, to James Stuart-Wortley, with good content, discussing Stuart-Wortley’s scheme [for financing the Atlantic Cable] and the means for carrying out this enterprise for “giving assistance to the Cable”, the opinions of the Cabinet, Palmerston’s poor health, asking Stuart-Wortley to respect the confidence of this letter (”I know I am safe in your hands”), etc. 8 pp. 7 x 4 inches, fine. Hawarden, 24 August 1865. “It seems & always has seemed to me that the American Government & people are far more deeply interested in this matter than we are, and I do not see why you should not ask them to advance the whole £250,000.” William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98) who became Prime Minister 1868-74, 1880-85, 1886, 1892-94. James Archibald Stuart-Wortley (1805-1881), who joined Peel’s second administration as Judge-Advocate-General and Lord Palmerston’s as Solicitor-General in 1857.