Nice letter from the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, In it he tells the French wine merchant Clossmans & Co. that the payment for his (very large) wine bill is being held another wine merchant Barton & Guestier.
The Marquess served as prime minister three times for a total of over thirteen years. He acted as his own foreign minister. At the time of this letter, he was Secretary of State for India under Benjamin Disraeli,
I have the honour to tell you that Mr. Barton & Guestier are holding for you the amount of your last invoice 11992 francs 75 centimes.
4 pages, 3 with text.
Horizontal folds. Some toning on folds.
18 x 11.50 cm
Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, KG, GCVO, PC, FRS, DL (1830–1903) was a British statesman. He was styled Lord Robert Cecil before the death of his elder brother in 1865, Viscount Cranborne from June 1865 until his father died in April 1868, and then the Marquess of Salisbury. He served as prime minister three times for a total of over thirteen years. He acted as his own foreign minister.
Lord Robert Cecil was first elected to the House of Commons in 1854 and served as Secretary of State for India in Lord Derby's Conservative government 1866–1867. In 1874, under Disraeli, Salisbury returned as Secretary of State for India, and, in 1878, was appointed foreign secretary, and played a leading part in the Congress of Berlin... He succeeded William Ewart Gladstone as prime minister in June 1885, and held the office until January 1886...His great achievement in this term was obtaining the majority of new territory in Africa during the Scramble for Africa, avoiding a war or serious confrontation with the other powers. He remained as prime minister until Gladstone's Liberals formed a government with the support of the Irish nationalists at the 1892 general election. The Liberals, however, lost the 1895 general election, and Salisbury for the third and last time became prime minister. He led Britain to victory in a bitter, unpopular war against the Boers, and led the Unionists to another electoral victory in 1900...He was the last prime minister to serve from the House of Lords.