BARONESS ANGELA G. (1ST BARONESS BURDETT-COUTTS) BURDETT-COUTTS - CLIPPED SIGNATURE 09/18/1897 CO-SIGNED BY: LORD ALEXANDER (6TH LORD BALFOUR OF BURLEIGH) BRUCE - HFSID 81206
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ANGELA G. BURDETT-COUTTS (1ST BARONESS BURDETT-COUTTS) Co-signed by ALEXANDER BRUCE (6TH LORD BALFOUR OF BURLEIGH)
This clipping signed by the heiress and philanthropist is accompanied by a handwritten and signed letter from the English Lord and politician
Clipped Signature: (1) “AGB Coutts” on a 4½x3 piece of paper. Dated May 7, 1850. The writing cut off of the clipping appear to indicate a denomination of money, possibly a charitable contribution. Includes a short biography of the philanthropist on a newspaper clipping. Toned. Minor smudges and stains. Accompanied by (2) an Autograph Letter Signed by “faithfully yours / Balfour of Burleigh” 4¼x7. In Part, the Lord is trying to get together with a friend “from the / Friday - Saturday till / Monday if you can”. Dated August 1 (year illegible). Includes a biography of the politician on a newspaper clipping. Top edge of letter worn away. Mailing creases. Otherwise, fine condition. Includes ahandwritten letter unsigned by the 8th Lord Balfour of Burleigh, Robert Bruce, dated September 9, 1997. All attached to one sheet size 14¼x9½. Angela G. Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts (1814-1906), was awarded her peerage in 1871. She has been described as one of the most significant women in the United Kingdom in the 19th Century, second only to Queen Victoria. Burdett-Coutts inherited a fortune from her grandfather Thomas Coutts, a wealthy English banker. Her father was Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Baronet. Burdett-Coutts spent her entire adult life and fortune funding charitable projects around the world, including European war refugee aid, the foundation and continued operations of hospitals, churches, and schools, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She personally founded, along with close friend Charles Dickens, a home for troubled girls named Urania Cottage. Despite her enormous wealth and propensity for charitable giving, she steered clear of the political sphere and chose not to marry until very late in life. She was the first woman to be awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 1872. Among other honors, Dickens' novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1844) was dedicated to her. Alexander Bruce, 6th Lord Balfour of Burleigh (1849-1921), served in the British cabinet as Secretary of Scotland from 1895-1903. He was heavily involved in banking, education, and the Scottish church as a negotiator and unifier. Before 1920, two churches dominated Scottish life: The United Free Church of Scotland and the Church of Scotland. The unification of these two institutions was aided by Bruce. He was elected to be the Lord Rector of Edinburgh University (1896-1899) and was the Governor of the Bank of Scotland (1904-1921). Sheet includes undated annotations on margins. Wear around edges. Three holes punched on right edge. Tears throughout uncovered sections of main sheet.
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