Benjamin Disraeli correspondence and papers concerning the 1874 election for Buckinghamshire county constituency

Scope and Content

(1) Letter from Disraeli, 10 Downing Street, London to Colonel Caulfield Pratt, S Christie Miller and Richard Rose. Agreeing to allow the subscribers to pay his election expenses: 'I can only look upon it as the act of a generous and high spirited constituency, which, though I may not merit, it would be presumption to decline' (6 May 1874).
(2) Privately printed circular concerning the scheme for subscription, including a printed copy of three letters and a list of subscribers (undated [May 1874]).
(3) Letter from Corry, 10 Downing Street, to Christie-Miller. Re the subscription scheme (4 March 1874).
(4) Letter from Corry, 10 Downing Street, to Christie-Miller. Enclosing a copy of item (1) (6 May 1874).
(5) Letter from Leveson-Gower, Windsor Castle, to Mrs Christie-Miller. Stating the train he would be catching (16 November 1877).
(6) Printed circular bearing the same text as the first two pages of item (2) (undated).
Items (1-2) bound in a volume labelled: 'The Right Hon. B. Disraeli, Prime Minister[.] Election for the County of Bucks, 1874'; the remaining items enclosed in a pocket at the front of the volume.

A group of electors in Disraeli's Buckinghamshire constituency, wishing to see him return to parliament at the 1874 general election, collected subscriptions with the aim of covering his election expenses. Disraeli was elected and became prime minister. See R W Davis 'Political Change and Continuity, 1760-1885: a Buckinghamshire Study' (1972) p 201 - see Library classmark MVRM Dav.


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MS and printed. Bound in brown morocco gilt by Rivière