GRANVILLE, Granville G. Leveson-Gower (1815-1891). Second Earl Granville. Politician.
Accumulation of c.50 letters, principally autograph, to a variety of correspondents. In generally good condition with very few traces of former mounting.
The papers include letters to:
[Lord] Aberdeen, no date, declining a visit to Haddo as he has been summoned to a Cabinet meeting.
[John Thadeus] Delane (1817-1879, editor of The Times), 2 February 1863, asking him to insert a letter from [his step-brother] 'Johnny' Acton, who had been attacked by a correspondent in the paper, and commenting on recent and imminent bereavements to G. [C.] Lewis, Ch[arles] Villiers and Gladstone, who was expecting the death of his brother.
Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby, foreign secretary, 4 March 1878, asking whether he had 'official information of the signature of peace, and when you expect to know the terms'.
[Edward] Hawtrey (1789-1862, headmaser of Eton), 1 June 1855, mentioning a proposed clause in the Charitiy Commission Bill, and lengthily attempting to persuade Hawtrey to provide better heating and ventilation at Eton.
[First Earl] Russell (formerly Lord John Russell), 25 April 1872, ('I note your permission to us to go on with the Arbitration if the Americans withdraw the indirect claims'.)
Other letters are to Sir Antonio (Anthony) Panizzi; ?Sir Charles Dilke; Baron Maule, welcoming him to the Privy Council and Judicial Committee (1855); to Swinton, ?1879; to Sir John Levevre, 1872 (in the third person); to the President of the Royal College of Surgeons, 1865; to [?Thomas] Hughes, 19 December 1870; to ?Renold, 1886, ('I sent Dyer's letter to my people ... I suspect Goschen's approval is good for the nation, for the Tories, and for us.'); to General Sir William [Lewis] Herries (3, February to December 1849 with envelopes), as President of the Board of Trade, and bewailing Alderson's unexpected death; to Lady Tenderden, 1882, promisng not to send Lord T. anything requiring serious attention following his latest attack; to Mrs James at Walmer Castle, as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, regarding a gift of five rabbits from his children to those of Mrs James, 30 June 1878, with other letters written in this capacity; to an archbishop (presumably Canterbury) warmly recommending 'Mr Reynolds Fellow of Brazenose College Oxford' as a fitting person to be an inspector of schools; to [F.A.] Inderwick promising to dine at the Reform Club, from the Travellers' Club, 27 April 1887.
Inevitably some letters are of a social nature, but many other subjects and friendships are touched upon: the paintings (mostly Canalettos) in 18 Carlton Terrace (in a letter to 'Sir Philip'); candidates for office (to Napier - 'I hear the Colonel is a good man'); parliamentary business ('I am afraid the bill is not a good one', 'Is not this a F.O. paper?', 'it is my intention to vote for the 2d reading of your bill', 'Gladstone has fixed the Cabinet for twelve in order to let me free' [to propose Dufferin's health], 'I presume your best course would be to write to the Prince of Wales' Secretary, Francis Knowles', 'I am very much obliged to you for your very clear account of the state of our Church Matters at Rome', etc., to [Lord] Wharncliffe and others); the best person to restore a damaged antiquity ('I have the great honor of being in the same boat with the Princess of Wales'); an invitation from the Cobden Club; Probate and Legacy Duty (1853 to Charles Empson); a proposal for 'civilizing the "Comédie Française", 1871 ('I shall be glad to join in it in a subordinate capacity').
Together with two letters of Granville's father, the first earl (1773-1846): a fine letter to Foster, 6 March 1831, praising the Comte de St Aulaire, and discussing the state of Europe ('... The French Govt are I believe sincerely desirous not to encourage Revolutions in Italy, but some allowance must be made for the position of King Louis Philippe; his Throne rests altogether upon publick opinion, and an assurance of indifference as to the subjugation of Italy by Austrian Troops, would affect in no slight degree the Popularity of his Govt, All is quiet now at Paris ...'; to the French ambassador to England ('Monsieur Le Maréchal') in French, 1 February 1841, recommending M. Romanetti, a Corsican, for employment in Algeria. With a letter of Granville Leveson Gower, 8 March 1888.
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