THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY - CLIPPED SIGNATURE CIRCA 1830 - HFSID 56619
Sale Price $63.00
THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
The writer and Whig politician signs this envelope clipping
Clipped Signature: "T B Macaulay" in black ink, 5x3 (at widest point). Signature clipped from a postmarked envelope (circa 1830) and affixed to a 5x3 index card. Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859) was a Whig Member of the British Parliament for most of the years between 1830 and 1859. As a member of colonial India's governing Supreme Council (1834-1838), he championed the emergence of an English-speaking Indian elite that shared English values and customs ("Macaulay's children"). He held various Cabinet posts, including Secretary of War (1839-1841) and Paymaster-General (1846-1848). Even better known as a poet, essayist and historian, he published a four-volume History of England, which was widely sold and eventually published in 13 languages. Macaulay's account, written in excellent prose, treated English history as the gradual triumph of liberty and progress. His dramatic view of history, replete with heroes and villains, was enormously popular in his time. Although his elitism and the dismissive attitude he assumed toward the achievements of other cultures and peoples have negatively affected his legacy, Macaulay's literary output continues to command the respect of both critics and scholars alike. Toned. Light scuffing and staining concentrated toward left-hand side of clipping. Mounting remnants on verso. "3" written in an unknown hand at lower right-hand corner in pencil. Otherwise, fine condition.
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