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Archive of Eight Original Signed Letters, TOGETHER WITH a Photographic Carte de Visite and Layard's 2 Volume Autobiography
1852. A small ALS letter archive consisting of 8 letters by Sir Austen Henry Layard, Archaeologists & Diplomat and Excavator of Nineveh, dealing primarily with his time as a Member of Parliament. 8vo., a total of 20 pages, among others to Arthur Hamilton Gordon, 1st Baron Stanmore who was Governor of Ceylon and Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, as well as to various other correspondents. Written between 1852 and 1855 these letters shed light on Layard's political maneuvers and his colourful political career as M.P. and member of the cabinet. Layard's 2 volume work accompanies this archive to provide further background information. Title: Autobiography and Letters from his childhood until his appointment as H.M. Ambassador at Madrid. Edited by the Hon William N Bruce, with a chapter on his parliamentary career by the Rt Hon Sir Arthur Otway. London: John Murray, 1903. 2 Volumes. 8 vo. vii, 353; ix, 294 pages, with frontispiece to both volumes, 9 plates and 2 fold-out maps. Original publisher's brown cloth, with title to front board and spine. Minor foxing and wear to boards, otherwise in very good condition. Together with a photographic CDV Carte de Visite showing Layard in full length dress. The lot contained in an archival box for protection. " I am led to hope that notwithstanding some kind of presentiment to the contrary, I may be of a little note in my generation. It is, no doubt, a very mortifying thing to one who has given up every prospect in life as I have for politics to find some of the best years of my life thrown away. In this country it is difficult for a man who has not got a great fortune or a great party at this back, a great popularity, to secure a place in public life. I always felt during the struggles I had in Parliament that I should have to pay the penalty of trying to be independent & I have, therefore, no reason to complain ..." . Signed.
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