Earl of Dalhousie [John William Ramsay] to the Rev George Butler.

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Photocopy. Written from 19 Curzon Street, London. Apologises for his long delay in writing to thank him for his kind letter. They were of course disappointed with the result of the Liverpool election, but not dejected. 'Such a contest is a political education in itself, and I feel I have gained enormously by it'

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'disappointed with the result of the Liverpool election. But we are not dejected.' John William Ramsay, son of George Ramsay, 12th Earl of Dalhousie, became at the death of his father (20 Jul 1880) the 13th Earl of Dalhousie and was called to the House of Lords. When this letter was written he was eligible for election to the House of Commons and in Feb 1880 he was candidate for Liverpool in a by-election as an advanced Liberal and follower of Mr Gladstone. He was, however, defeated, mainly it was said by the influence of his father, who was a staunch Conservative. As a member of the House of Lords he continued his political career and supported Mr Gladstone's Home Rule policy in 1886, and in Mar 1886 joined the Liberal ministry as Secretary for Scotland. In 1877 he married Lady Ida Louise Bennett, daughter of the 6th Earl of Tankerville. They both died in Nov 1887 after a prolonged tour through the United States. As a supporter of Gladstone and his Home Rule policy he would have had a warm welcome from the Butlers. See also letter of JB to the Ladies who had signed the Memorial to Lord Granville 29 May 1881. Biog: Ramsay, John William, 13th Earl of Dalhousie (1847-87)