16042

FIRST SITTING QUAKER M.P.

RIPPON, Cuthbert

Autograph letter addressed to Joseph Watson advising him that •Joseph Pease would be able to take his parliamentary seat by affirmation (instead of by oath)’ as M.P. for S. Durham.

Published
London

Description
8vo., 15 lines, holograph, single page, with integral address leaf, seal, and ñFreeî postmark.

£175.00

SKU: 16042

Product Description

Joseph Pease (1799-1872) was the first sitting Quaker M.P. and an early Railway pioneer. Quakers had not previously been able to sit as M.P.s because they would not take the required Oath. This rule was relaxed for Pease who was admitted by Affirmation: • . . members were unanimous there will be no debate on this.’