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Holgraph Letter from Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns to Benjamin Disraeli. One page, 7-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches. On House of Lords blind embossed letterhead. Dated 16 March.
Most happy to accept an invitation from Disraeli ‘en garçon' as his wife will not be in London.
Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns was an Irish statesman who served as Lord Chancellor of Great Britain during the first two ministries of Benjamin Disraeli. He was one of the most prominent Conservative statesmen in the House of Lords during this period of Victorian politics. He served as the seventeenth Chancellor of the University of Dublin between 1867 and 1885.
Of his legal attainments there can be no doubt. His influence upon the legislation of the day was largely felt where questions affecting religion and the Church were involved and in matters peculiarly affecting his own profession. His power was felt, as has been said, both when he was in office and when his party was in opposition. He had been chairman of the committee on judicature reform, and although he was not in office when the Judicature Acts were passed, all the reforms in the legal procedure of his day owed much to him. He took part, when out of office, in the passing of the Married Women's Property Act 1882, and was directly responsible for the Conveyancing Acts, and for the Settled Land Act.
Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield was a British politician of the Conservative Party who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.