ALS 1866 letter and photo - Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster


Three pieces mounted on thick paper:

  • Envelope dated London April 12 1866 to 'R.D. Baxter 6 Victoria St  SW'
  • Photo of Duke of Westminster, dated Feb 1874 in pencil on side
  • April 11th letter written and signed by Earl Grosvenor, pencil notation on side 'Reformed Bible'


                28 Princes Gate Kensington
April 11
I heard today warm commendations of your pamphlet, and has intended getting it tomorrow. I am very much obliged by your having had the kindness to send it to me ___.
Your obedient  __


Letterhead ‘28 Princes Gate Kensington’, address was Earl Grosvenor MP’s home at the time.

Letter measures 17.5 X 11 cm. sheet measures 37 X 24 cm


Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, KG PC JP (13 October 1825 – 22 December 1899), styled Viscount Belgrave between 1831 and 1845 and Earl Grosvenor between 1845 and 1869 and known as The Marquess of Westminster between 1869 and 1874, was an English landowner, politician and racehorse owner. He inherited the estate of Eaton Hall in Cheshire and land in Mayfair and Belgravia, London, and spent much of his fortune in developing these properties. Although he was a member of parliament from the age of 22, and then a member of the House of Lords, his main interests were not in politics, but rather in his estates, in horse racing, and in country pursuits. He developed the stud at Eaton Hall and achieved success in racing his horses, winning the Derby on four occasions. Grosvenor also took an interest in a range of charities. At his death he was considered to be the richest man in Britain.

Robert Dudley Baxter (1827 – 1875) was an English economist and statistician, educated privately and at Trinity College, Cambridge University. He studied law and entered his fathers firm of Baxter & Co., solicitors, with which he was connected until his death. Though studiously attentive to business, he was enabled, as a member of the Statistical and other learned societies, to accomplish much useful economic work.

His principal economic writings were:

  • ... Railway Extension and its Results, 1866

His purely political writings included:

  • ...The Redistribution of Seats and the Counties, 1866


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