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Disraeli (Benjamin) Letters
mssHM 52621-52662  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Custodial History
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Benjamin Disraeli letters
    Creator: Disraeli, Benjamin, 1804-1881
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 52621-52662
    Physical Description: 2.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1834-1882
    Abstract: A collection of letters and ephemera of the British statesman and Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Benjamin Disraeli letters, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Custodial History

    The collection was assembled in the mid-20th century by John A. Penton, uncle of Elizabeth Wade.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Mrs. Elizabeth Wade, December 1987.

    Biographical / Historical

    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) was a British statesman and author. His career stretched over six decades of 19th century English politics and society. In the 1830s he was much concerned with novels and publishing, and with London society; after his election to Parliament in 1837, politics increasingly dominated his career. He married Mary Anne (Evans) Lewis in 1839. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer three times in the 1850s and 1860s; was Prime Minister in 1868 and again 1874-1880; and was created 1st Earl of Beaconsfield in 1876.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection of 42 items is chiefly letters from Disraeli to his sister and confidante, Sarah Disraeli. The letters deal with the full range of Disraeli's political, literary, personal, and social affairs, including reactions to newspaper attacks on him or on his books, London society gossip, Parliamentary actions, political parties and politicians, etc. Also included is printed ephemera related to Disraeli, including photographs of Hughenden, Buckinghamshire, newspapers clippings, engravings, pamphlets (some critical of his career), and articles.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Mary Robertson, September 1988. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from legacy in-house summary report.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors, English -- 19th century
    Politicians -- Great Britain -- Correspondence
    Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
    Ephemera -- Great Britain -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century
    Disraeli, Sarah, 1802-1859