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Sundry correspondence: letters from Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881)

Benjamin Disraeli became a friend of the Rothschilds in 1840s through his political views and also his place in society as a writer. He formed a deep and lasting friendship with Baron Lionel de Rothschild, supporting and encouraging him when he fought for admission to the House of Commons in 1840s and 1850s, and became a close friend of the family, present at all of the Rothschild weddings and funerals. Disraeli purchased Hughenden Manor, one mile north of High Wycombe, in 1848 and in his will, stated that Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915) and Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917) were to be Trustees of the Estate. 

See also The Rushbrooke Collection for further correspondence between Disraeli and members of the Rothschild family.

Private papers (non-Rothschild): Disraeli and family, correspondence, 1846-1879

000/11/1-7, 58 items

Correspondence of the Disraeli family with the Rothschild family and NMR. Some of the letters are very brief and concern acceptances or apologies for invitations to dinner; others are more substantive. Letters by Disraeli to clerks at NMR concern Disraeli’s shares, business with ‘Mr Vance of Bilbao’ and estates in Ceylon of Francis Villiers. 

Letters from Disraeli to Charlotte, Baroness Lionel de Rothschild (1819-1884), covering the period 1850-1879. (33 letters). (000/11/1)

Letters from Mary Anne Disraeli to Charlotte, Baroness Lionel de Rothschild (1819-1884), covering the period 1858-1868. (4 letters). (000/11/2)

Letter from Sarah Disraeli to Charlotte, Baroness Lionel de Rothschild (1819-1884). Undated. (1 letter). (000/11/3)

Letters from Disraeli to Baron Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879), covering the period 1846-1847. (9 letters). (000/11/4)

Letter from Disraeli to Sir Anthony de Rothschild (1810-1876). 1850. (1 letter) (000/11/5)

Letters from Disraeli to Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917), covering the period 1874-1878. (4 letters). (000/11/6)

Letters from Disraeli to N M Rothschild & Sons. Business letters, covering the period 1860-1862. (6 letters). (000/11/7)

Note: Further correspondence between Disraeli and members of the Rothschild family will be found in The Rushbrooke Collection. Correspondence between Disraeli and Lionel de Rothschild and Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild dating from 1847-1880 will be found in The Rushbrooke Collection I (000/848); these 39 letters include missives sent from the Congress of Berlin in 1878, a letter concerning Disraeli’s elevation to the peerage; and letters to Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild, concerning the death of his father Lionel. Six letters from Disraeli to Emma, Lady Rothschild (1844-1935), covering the period 1873-1880, including a letter where Disraeli writes of the death of his wife, will be found in The Rushbrooke Collection II (000/2278). 

Transcripts available in Reading Room

Private papers (non-Rothschild): Disraeli, correspondence, 1880

000/1959, 1 item

Letter from Disraeli to Leopold de Rothschild dated 11 December 1880, regarding Leopold’s forthcoming marriage to Marie Perugia, containing the line, "I have always been of opinion, that there cannot be too many Rothschilds".

Transcript available in The Reading Room

Private papers (non-Rothschild): Disraeli, executors’ correspondence and papers, 1834-1962

000/152, 4 boxes

Correspondence and papers relating to Disraeli’s will and his estate. Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild was one of Disareli’s executors.