KINGLAKE, Alexander William (1809-1891). Historian.
Four Autograph Letters Signed to Lady Colville, 12 pages 8vo with three envelopes, House of Commons, and St James's Place, 1863-1866. Sending her a book, and making arrangements for her to have a guest seat in the Ladies Gallery at Parliament.
'For the sake of my very old friendship with Colville - we were at Eton & at Cambridge together - I hope you will kindly accept a copy of a "most mischievous" book which I have remembered to tell my publishers to send to you.' (25 May 1863)Regretting he will not be able to meet due to a debate in Parliament:
'... The business which inflicts upon me this prevention is the "Irish Church" - a question coming on at about 5 o'clock tomorrow afternoon and likely to last [a] great part of the night. ...' (27 March 1865)Kinglake had first attempted to enter parliament in 1852 and failed, but five years later secured election for Bridgwater as a Liberal. Although he spoke frequently in the house, he made little impact and was unseated in 1869 after bribery involving his election agent.
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