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DISRAELI, Benjamin, earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881). Prime minister and novelist.
Autograph Letter Signed to J[ohn] Knott, 4 pages 8vo (splits in the folds, some foxing), Grosvenor Gate, 18 August 1850. Thanking Knott for sending him 'a copy of your interesting correspondence with Sir Robert Peel', regretting that his indisposition had prevented their meeting to discuss it and expressing the hope that they may yet do so.

Knott had written to Disraeli from 10 Great College Street, Westminster (the office of Edward Bennett, architect) sending a proof copy of some correspondence he had had with Peel, asking Disraeli to keep it private until they could meet. Peel had only been dead for a month when this letter was written.

Disraeli and Peel had fallen out over both the repeal of the Corn Laws and the treatment of Ireland.

See Benjamin Disraeli Letters, ed. M.G. Wiebe, J.B. Conacher and John Matthews, University of Toronto Press, 1993, Vol. 5, page 347 and note.
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