A GREAT MAN'S FRIENDSHIP - Letters of the Duke of Wellington to Mary, Marchioness of Salisbury, 1850-1852

By: Lady Burghclere ; Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

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xiii, 342, [3] plates. pages; Clean and secure in original navy blue cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and a gilt decorative emblem on front board, small hole at outer edge of last 30 pages, still a very good example of this well made book. Frontispiece colour illustration depicting the Duke and the children of Lord Charles Wellesley. Mary Catherine Stanley, Countess of Derby (ne Sackville-West, first title Mary Catherine Gascoyne-Cecil, Marchioness of Salisbury; (1824 1900) was an English grande dame and political hostess. She was heavily involved in Victorian politics. Her father was a friend of the Duchess of Kent which meant she was part of Victoria's circle while growing up. As a result of her strong family connections, while she was married to James Gascoyne-Cecil, 2nd Marquess of Salisbury, she turned their house, Hatfield House, into a strong Tory base. Frequent visitors to the home were Lord Carnarvon, Disraeli, and Hugh Cairns. After the death of her first husband and her second marriage (to Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby), she lost Hatfield but continued her strong presence in British politics. She influenced Cabinet members and foreign ambassadors at times a matter of some concern. Lady Derby was also in regular correspondence with her friends who included Charles Darwin, The Duke of Wellington and Sir Henry Irving, leaving an epistolatory treasure trove. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS (1 May 1769 14 September 1852), commonly known as the Duke of Wellington, was an Anglo-Irish soldier and Tory statesman who was one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain, serving twice as Prime Minister. He won a notable victory against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Wellington entered politics again when he was appointed Master-General of the Ordnance in the Tory government of Lord Liverpool in 1818. He also became Governor of Plymouth in 1819. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the British Army and Constable of the Tower of London in 1827.Along with Robert Peel, Wellington became an increasingly influential member of the Tory party, and in 1828 he resigned as Commander-in-Chief and became Prime Minister. His term was marked by Catholic emancipation: the granting of almost full civil rights to Catholics in Great Britain and Ireland. The change was prompted by the landslide by-election win of Daniel O'Connell, an Irish Catholic proponent of emancipation, who was elected despite not being legally allowed to sit in Parliament. Wellington was gradually superseded as leader of the Tories by Robert Peel, while the party evolved into the Conservatives. Wellington enjoyed the company of intellectual and attractive women for many decades, particularly after the Battle of Waterloo and his subsequent ambassadorial position in Paris.

Title: A GREAT MAN'S FRIENDSHIP - Letters of the Duke of Wellington to Mary, Marchioness of Salisbury, 1850-1852

Author Name: Lady Burghclere ; Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

Categories: European History, Biography and Autobiography, Social History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, John Murray: 1927

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Size: 8vo

Seller ID: 42423

Keywords: Marchioness of Salisbury Duke of Wellington 19th Century British History Court Gossip British Society Letters and Correspondence