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1762, Holles,duke Of Newcastle, Prime Minister, Als Re: Recommendation For Sale
This item is a wonderful original letter dated 1762, where Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has written a letter to a contemporary regarding the right choice for a vacant position, a choice which so far he has been unable to make.....signed at lower right Holles-Newcastle. Letter is 8x10, museum quality linened, early letters by Newcastle are hard to find, in overall good condition.
Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne, KG, PC (21 July 1693 – 17 November 1768) was a British Whig statesman, whose official life extended throughout the Whig supremacy of the 18th century. He is commonly known as the Duke of Newcastle.
A protégé of Sir Robert Walpole, he served under him for more than twenty years until 1742. He held power with his brother, Henry Pelham (the Prime Minister of Great Britain), until 1754. He had at this point served as a Secretary of State continuously for thirty years—dominating British foreign policy.
After Henry's death, the Duke would hold his late brother's position for six years (in two separate periods). While his first premiership was not particularly notable, Newcastle precipitated the Seven Years War, which would cause his resignation from his high position.After his second term as Prime Minister, he served for a short while in Lord Rockingham's ministry, before retiring from government.
Historical opinion has generally been divided, with some historians drawing the conclusion that he was unfit for his office, while others regard him as a shrewd political operator, who subtly navigated the complex European State System of the 18th century. He is both praised and criticised as being perhaps the greatest "machine politics" operator of the 18th century, who commanded immense voting strength in parliament. He could often organise majorities in the House of Commons for seemingly perplexing, unpopular and absurd policies of the government. .
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