PITT, William, the Younger. 19232



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Your Lordships most obedient humble Servant, W.Pitt’, to the Earl of Tankerville, declining to enter into any further discussion on the matter of his removal from office as Postmaster General. With Tankerville’s retained copy of his long reply to Pitt (27 November 1786) about the “general mis-management which has long disgraced the Post Office”. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, with three lines and signature overleaf, integral blank leaf, in fine clean condition. Hollwood, 18 November 1786. William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806), England’s youngest Prime Minister. Charles, 4th Earl of Tankerville (1743-1822) was joint Postmaster General wth Henry, Lord Carteret, until they fell out over claims of illicit payments. Pitt tries to distance himself from the dispute which continued after Tankerville’s forced resignation at Postmaster General. “I must however beg to decline entering into any discussion on the Subject to which they [Tankerville’s letters] relate, as after the Explanation which passed when I had the honor of seeing your Lordship, I can have Nothing to add, unless there should be any particular Point misunderstood between your Lordship and Lord Carteret which it may be in my Power to clear up.” See Kenneth Ellis, The Post Office in the Eighteenth Century (1958) for the background to this notorious quarrel over the administration of the Post Office at this critical stage of its development.