Part of the critically acclaimed Letters of Benjamin Disraeli series. This volume contains or describes letters written by Disraeli between 1848 and 1851.
‘When Chaos comes,’ Disraeli wrote to the banker Henry Drummond on 4 May 1848, ‘and we have an opportunity of creating order, we may set about working’ to redesign the system of government; ‘at present,’ he added, ‘we must be less methodical, a little more bungling & practical’ (1643a). The motif of imminent disorder only barely held off pervades Disraeli’s personal and political affairs in the years 1848-51 covered by the 600 letters of this volume, a spectre he was not able to dispel as easily as he discounted the prospect of an English revolution in 1848. In every aspect of...
Carlton Club [Saturday] 29 January 1848
TO: LORD GRANBY
ORIGINAL: BEA [R2-2]
My dear Lord Granby, The Library at | the Carlton | Jan. 29. 1848 I returned to Grosvenor Gate yesterday evening, a few days earlier than I had intended, in order to catch G[eorge] B[entinck], who, I fancied from a letter just received, was at Harcourt House; but he had fled in the morning to Wimpole.¹
Had I seen him, we should have conferred on a subject / on wh: I wish now to write to you, but tho’ I would not lose a post, I am scarcely...