NORTH, Frederick, 2nd Earl of Guilford. 15097



Autograph Letter Signed ‘N’, written while in Parliament, as Prime Minister, to William Eden, agreeing to help him, explaining that “Mr Fox is speaking” on “Mr Powys’s motion” and they are likely to be delayed till late at night. 1 page 7 x 6 inches, traces of former mounting, in clean condition, lower edge slightly ragged, with the integral address leaf signed ‘North’. Undated. Frederick North (1732-92), known as Lord North, was Prime Minister from 1770-1782 and was largely responsible for the measures which led to the loss of America. In 1783, having entered a coalition with Fox, he served in the Duke of Portland’s ministry. William Eden (1744-1814), first Baron Auckland, statesman and diplomat. Eden was one of the five commissioners sent to America to try to settle the disturbances there. He was elected to the House of Commons but went out of office in December 1783 after the dismissal of the coalition ministry of Fox and Lord North. “I know nothing of what you mention, but will do in this (as I really have in every other point) every thing that can be agreeable to you, & contribute to your satisfaction. Mr Fox is speaking vehemently for Mr Powys’s motion & we are like to be detain’d till late at night. Yrs most faithfully N.” Thomas Powys, 1st Baron Lilford (1743–1800) was elected to the House of Commons for Northamptonshire in 1774, a seat he held until 1797. The latter year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Lilford. The date of this note has not yet been determined, but on 10 April 1778 Mr Powys moved in Parliament that the powers of the Commissioners be increased so that they be authorised “to declare the Americans absolutely, and for ever independent”. Fox spoke at length.