EARL OF CRANBROOK (GATHORNE GATHORNE-HARDY) - AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 287380
Sale Price $144.00
EARL OF CRANBROOK I (GATHORNE GATHORNE-HARDY)
His hand addressed and signed envelope to the Foreign Secretary, Lord Stanley
Autograph Envelope signed: "Gathorne Hardy", 5x3½. Addressed in his hand to "The Rt. Hon./The Lord Stanley M.P./Foreign Office". Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy (1814-1906), who became the First Earl of Cranbrook in 1892, was a lawyer and Conservative parliamentarian. He served in the House of Commons from 1856 to 1878, when he was elevated to the House of Lords as Viscount Cranbrook. He held three Cabinet posts: Home Secretary (1867-1878), Secretary of State for War (1874-1878) and Secretary of State for India (1878). As Home Secretary he successfully promoted the Reform Act of 1867, which significantly expanded the British electorate. Lord Stanley, later the Earl of Derby, was Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1866 to 1868, and again from 1874-1878. This envelope must date from one of those two periods, meaning that Gathorne Hardy was a fellow Cabinet member when he addressed it. Lightly soiled and creased. Flap opened from left edge.
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