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Lot 172
DISRAELI (BENJAMIN)
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DISRAELI (BENJAMIN)
Autograph letter signed ("BD"), to his sister Sarah ("Dearest"), informing her that his prospects have never looked better, even though the health of his patron Lord Lyndhurst is uncertain ("...Ld. L. has received your cheese which pleased him very much: I am sorry to say he is very unwell to day, in that he cannot go to the Lords whence he ought not to be absent a moment, as all depends on him. Peel has gone into the country. I cannot write particulars; but this I say that at no time have affairs ever looked so well, or L himself personally been of more importance, I think nothing can be better in every respect & for every person for whom we are interested, but if Ld. L. is seriously ill, I think its all over with us..."), 3 pages, 4to, autograph address, postmarked, "Saturday" postmarked 8 August 1835

Footnotes

  • A fine early self-dramatizing letter by Disraeli, written to his sister and closest confidante: "Disraeli's political path began to clear when in 1834 he met one of the few leading tories colourful, indiscreet, and clever enough to appreciate his talents: Lord Lyndhurst. Disraeli was introduced to him by Henrietta Sykes, an older married lady with whom Lyndhurst had been having an increasingly public affair since the summer of 1833. She seems to have cured Disraeli of some immature affectations. It was suspected that he was happy to share Henrietta's affections with Lyndhurst. Certainly the triangular friendship expanded his political circle and lowered her social reputation. Disraeli loved Lyndhurst's gossip and taste for intrigue, and became his secretary and go-between. When he stood again at Wycombe at the 1835 election, once more unsuccessfully, and still as an independent radical, it was with the assistance of £500 from tory funds" (Jonathan Parry ODNB). This letter was written at the time of the growing split between Lyndhurst and Peel over municipal reform, with Peel making it clear that he would not form a ministry if Melbourne were defeated on the issue; so for a few days it looked as if Lyndhurst himself might be asked to form a ministry, Disraeli writing to Sarah on 11 August that Wellington "has formally resigned to him the leadership of the House of Lords; and there is every possibility of his being Prime Minister" (Letter 416). Our letter is unpublished, not being printed in the Toronto edition of Benjamin Disraeli Letters, Volume Two: 1835-1837, ed. J. A. W. Gunn, John Matthews, Donald M. Schurman, and M. G. Wiebe, 1982 (nor listed among 'Letters newly found' in Volume Seven).
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