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Five letters to James George Tatem of High Wycombe, from Thomas Buxton Fowell, Joseph Hume M.P. & Sir George Nugent Grenville. ALS to 'My dear friends', from the Slavery Committee, House of Commons, June 9, 1832. 'I am now engaged in examining witnesses before the above committee ...'
1832-1835 23 lines on one side of a folded folio sheet; old folds. WITH: Two ALsS to James George Tatem from Joseph Hume, Bryanston Square, 11th & 20th February 1835, 43 & 37 lines respectively, the first on three sides of an 8vo sheet & the second on two sides of folded 4to sheet, integral address leaf; wax stamp tear & old folds. WITH: Two ALsS to James George Tatem from 'Nugent' (George Nugent-Grenville, 2nd Baron Nugent), Treasury, Feb. 8, 1832 & Corfu, March 30, 1834. 20 lines & 50 lines respectively on two and three sides of folded 4to sheets, the latter with integral address leaf; old folds. WITH: 69 address leaves, all to James George Tatem (or Upham as he was previously known), cut from letters & laid on to 37 folded folio sheets.Five letters from reforming liberal M.P.s to James George Tatem, a pre-eminent member of Buckinghamshire liberal society. Tatem was the Mayor of High Wycombe between 1835-36. In 1812 and 1814, both Tatem and Fowell Buxton, together with reformers John Thelwall, Francis Place, James Mill, David Ricardo and others, contributed to the Royal Lancastrian Institution for the Education of the Poor. Tatem, an amateur meteorologist, was also a founding member of the Meteorological Society. The extent of Tatem's political activity in his constituency is evident from both the letters & the address leaves. The influence of local men of prominence, Tatem in this example, was clearly vitally important in campaigning for political success at the polls. Of the 69 correspondents 41 are M.P.s and/or noblemen. Members of both the Whig and Tory parties are represented including the Prime Minister Earl Grey, the Duke of Wellington, Thomas Hobhouse, Sir George Dashwood, Henry Hope, and Lords Althorp, Granville Somerset, Lichfield and Grosvenor. There is also an envelope from the radical John Thelwall, one of three men, together with Thomas Hardy and Horne Tooke, who were arrested, tried and cleared of High Treason in 1794.The first letter, from the M.P. and abolitionist Thomas Fowell Buxton, calls on Tatem and 'friends at High Wycombe' to support Colonel Grey in the forthcoming election. 'I am now engaged in examining witnesses before the above committee. I have only time to say therefore that I hope that you & our other friends at High Wycombe, ... will exert themselves to assist Col. Grey in his election. I assure you our cause owes a great deal indeed to his brother Lord Howick & I need not say what is due to Lord Grey ...' Colonel Grey's father was Charles Grey who oversaw, as Prime Minister, the Great Reform Bill, which finally passed the Lords in March 1832, three months prior to this letter. In the elections of November 1832, Colonel Grey was elected ahead of Benjamin D'Israeli by twenty votes to twelve.The two letters from the Scottish radical Joseph Hume, 1777-1855, M.P. for Middlesex (1830-37), express gratitude to Tatem for his political support. 'Allow me to express my grateful acknowledgements for your late noble exertions, as one of the 3096 independent electors who recorded their suffrage in my favour; and thereby, successfully supported the Cause of Reform.' Hume, a Scottish Doctor from Montrose, was, like Tatem and Buxton, a campaigner for the betterment of conditions for the working classes and a supporter of the Lancastrian system of education. He was known as an ardent guardian of the public purse, questioning all public expenditure and fighting against corruption. 'It is the tact of all those, who enjoy undeserved pensions, sinecures, or other allowances in Church or State and of the public purse, to raise whatever cry they can against me when for 25 years I have perseveringly advocated the reduction & abolition of all such improper expenditure ...'His second letter continues: 'let us take a lesson in these matters from our opponents - the Tories are vigilant and active for they have much to lose - pensions, sinecures, and over-paid offices are too good things to be relinquished without a mortal struggle - they therefore, are already organising their forces to secure the return of men of their own party at the next election ...' The third and fourth letters are written by George Nugent-Grenville, 2nd Baron Nugent, 1789-1850. A radical Whig M.P. Nugent was elected Member for Buckingham in 1810 and later served as M.P. for the borough of Aylesbury until its dissolution in 1832. The first letter, which concerns a drawing that Tatem has offered to Nugent as a gift, is written from the Treasury where Nugent served until August 1832 and his appointment as Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands. His second letter is written from Corfu where he writes wistfully about being separated from his friends. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.
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