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WILLIAM BALLANTINE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 321469

WILLIAM BALLANTINE On House of Commons stationery, he writes that he was "accidentally sent out at the division" and hence prevented from voting against the government. Autograph Letter signed: "W Ballantine" as a Member of Parliament, 1 page, 4¾x7¼.

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WILLIAM BALLANTINE
On House of Commons stationery, he writes that he was "accidentally sent out at the division" and hence prevented from voting against the government.
Autograph Letter signed: "W Ballantine" as a Member of Parliament, 1 page, 4¾x7¼. No place, no date ("Thursday"). On House of Commons letterhead, in full: "Will you kindly state that I was accidentally sent out at the division on the 1st Charge and prevented voting against the government. Yours truly". William Henry Walter Ballantine (1847-1911), a member of Britain's Liberal Party, represented Coventry in the House of Commons (1887-1895), defeated in a bid for another term. A "division" is the British Parliamentary term for what the US Congress would call a roll call vote. Apparently Ballantine, a back bencher, wanted it known that he would not deliberately have missed a vote "against the government." That language suggests that this letter was written between 1886 and 1892, when Ballantine's Party was out of power, a minority in opposition to the Conservative Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury. William Henry Walter Ballantine should not be confused with the noted English barrister named William Ballantine (1812-1887). Normal mailing folds. Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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