Edward Smith Stanley letters to John Wilson Croker, 1843-1852 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ID: 01/02/02/POST-1650 MS 0034
Extent: 20.0 Items
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Scope and Contents: This collection consists of 19 letters that Edward Smith Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, wrote to John Wilson Croker from August 29, 1843, to May 31, 1852, as well as a letter that Croker wrote to Stanley on March 13, 1851; Stanley's letter of February 21, 1850, includes part of Croker's draft reply. Most of the letters are 3-4 pages in length, and nearly all of them touch on political topics, often at length. Stanley frequently commented on Parliamentary politics and proposed legislation, particularly bills relating to Ireland, expanded suffrage, religion, and economic issues such as taxation and trade policies. He also discussed party politics within Parliament and sometimes complained about other politicians and parties. His letter of December 22, 1851, expounds at length about recent political upheaval in France. In his letter to Stanley, Croker mentioned the Quarterly Review and its role as the Conservative Party's primary organ and also discussed, at length, the difficulty of forming a government in the current political climate.