Chatsworth, England: 1861. Non-Book. Item #28702
A four-page letter on folded letterhead of Chatsworth handwritten and signed by Joseph Paxton. The letter reads: "Dec. 15, 1861. My dear Sir, Mr George Edward Smythe son of Mr Smythe the contractor, who resides at Reigate wishes to become a member of the Reform Club. I put his name down last Wednesday, and advised him to ask his father to beg you to second the nomination. The enclosed note will show you how the matter stands. I don't want to ask Edwin Clark to second him as I know he is not a reformer of our stamp, having helped the Tories last election & he has also assisted them in favor of the church state? question. Young Smythe is a nice quick young fellow, and I want him to be hatched into political life by sincere Reformers. It will only take you five minutes to go up to the club and perform this little ceremony. I hope we shall be wise and moderate in this most unfortunate American difficulty. I am my dear Sir yours faithfully?, Joseph Paxton." Comes with an original 1851 engraved portrait of Paxton by J. Jenkins from a photograph by W. E. Kilburn. Condition for both items is very good. ; Letters; Signed by Author.