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Selections from the Correspondence of the First Lord Acton, edited with and Introduction by John Neville Figgis and Renald Vere Laurence. Vol. I Correspondence with Cardinal Newman, Lady Blennerhassett, W.E. Gladstone and Others (London: Longmans, Gree and Co., 1917).
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10 Downing Street,Whitehall,
My dear Sir John Acton,—
I have to propose to you, with the Queen’s approval, that you should accept the dignity of a Peer of the United Kingdom.
I am sure it is needless for me to measure words in assuring you of the pleasure with which I make this offer. Suffice it to say I think you will confer honour by your acceptance, no less than you will receive it.
And I heartily trust your answer will be affirmative.
As dispatch is desirable in these matters, I will beg you to let me hear from you at your earliest convenience.—Believe me, with much regard, sincerely yours,
W. E. Gladstone.
What about Janus?
Rome,November 11th, 1869.
My dear Mr. Gladstone,—
Your very kind letter reached me yesterday on my arrival here.
I wish there were public services in the past to justify my acceptance of a peerage; but I cannot decline an honour, however undeserved, which is proposed by you, and carries a lustre with it which none of your predecessors could have conferred. I do not think there has been a time when a seat in the House of Lords was more really and practically useful, and I hope I shall see you victorious in it, through many sessions like the last.—Believe me, Yours most sincerely,
John Dalberg Acton.