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The English Conservative politician pens an important political letter that is accompanied with a short description of his life
Autograph Letter Signed: "S.Bentinck " in black ink. 7½x9½x2¾. Two pages. Welbeck Hotel. Dated on December 26, 1846. In Full: " Sir, I have written to Alberto Smith giving him [illegible] the shape of a letter to me but declining his proposal that I should have it [soon]. I have the honor to be yours, S. Bentinck".Lord William George Frederick Cavendish-Scott Bentinck (1802-1848) was born into the prominent Bentinck family. He was educated privately and grew up at the family estate of Welbeck Abbey. In 1818 George and his older brother John joined the army but personal conflicts derailed his military career. Following the death of his eldest brother Henry, Marques of Titchfield, he became the Marques of Titchfield. In 1828 he ran unopposed as Member of Parliament for King's Lynn, a position he held until his death. Bentinck first became prominent in politics in 1846 when he, with Disraeli, led the protectionist opposition to the repeal pf the Corn Laws. Until he rose to speak against their repeal, he had not spoken a word in eighteen years in Parliament. Although Bentinck and Disraeli did not prevent the repeal of the Corn Laws, they succeeded in forcing Peel's resignation some weeks later over the Irish Coercion Bill. The Conservative Party broke in half and George became leader of the party in the House of Commons; however, due to his support of Jewish emancipation was unpopular, he resigned the position in 1848 and was succeeded by the Marquis of Granby. On September 21, 1848 Bentinck left his father's home at Welbeck Abbey at 3p.m., intending to walk six miles through "The Dukeries" to Thoresby Hall to dine with Charles Pierrepont, 2nd Earl Manvers. A search party was sent to look for him when he did not arrive at Thoresby and his body was ultimately found at 9 p.m. Lightly toned and wrinkled. Card and newspaper extract affixed to white paper. Sealed. Binding holes at righ edge. Pen notations (unknown hand) on blank spots. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: February 27, 1802 in Welbeck, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 21, 1848 in Welbeck, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

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