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October 20


On this day in 1822 Thomas Hughes was born. He was an English lawyer, judge and author. He is most famous for his novel Tom Brown's School Days, a semi-autobiographical work set at Rugby School, which Hughes had attended. In 1784 Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston was born. He was a British statesman who served twice as Prime Minister in the mid-19th century. For most of 1830 to 1865 he dominated British foreign policy when Britain was at the height of her power.

HUGHES (Thomas, 1822-1896, Judge, Author of ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays’) Fine Autograph Letter Signed to Harwood, saying that he was sorry not to have seen him in London, but “heard of you from the Dean. It was not I, but Canon Curtis, who threw down the gauntlet as to the Burials Bill. It was quite impossible to allow his narrow nonsense to go unchallenged. I fear the parsons are going back rather than forward - it seems impossible for them to realize the true nobleness of the national idea. If they cannot rise to it & accept the position of officers appointed by the nation to do its highest work I see no reason for keeping the ... (I) hope the Dean is right but doubt it ... the question could not be tried practically without a row, & as the Bill will I take it be carried next session...”, 3 sides 8vo., Athenaeum Club headed paper, 25th October 1871 26581

PALMERSTON (Henry John Temple, 1784-1865, Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister, 3rd Viscount) and Queen VICTORIA (1819-1901, Queen of Great Britain) Letter Signed by the Prime minister and approved with initials by the Queen at the head, concerning the expiry of the “Lease of the Langton Estate in Lincolnshire ... the different portions are much scattered ... the poorer and smaller lots having no farm buildings and not affording sufficient Revenue to justify any outlay ...” and proposing to offer it for sale “together with the Lordship of the Manor, which is totally unproductive ...”, 3 sides 8vo., no place, 12th January 1860 38258

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