[19th Century U.S. Elections] John Bright Autograph Letter Signed to Lord John Russell. Four pages, 4.5" x 7", December 12, 1852. Bright, citing American electoral success, asks Lord Russell to work for English electoral reforms. Together with a 6" x 9.5" photo of Bright. Toned; fine.

    More Information:

    After hearing complaints from some of his constituents, John Bright (1811-1889), an English politician, writes this letter expressing his disappointment with the current English election system: "Our present system is perfectly hideous. . . . I am disgusted with the scandalous immoralities of our system, & anxious for a change." In an attempt to influence the former British Prime Minister Lord Russell (1792-1878) to improve the English system, Bright cites the success of the American ballot system: "I have a brother now in the United States - He writes from Boston, - that nothing can exceed the tranquility & order with which the elections are conducted--the ballot works admirably. And surely in the country we are not--so obtuse and prejudiced as not to give a trial to what works so well elsewhere". Bright's appeal was written ten months after Lord Russell left office as prime minister of the United Kingdom.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2009
    16th-17th Tuesday-Wednesday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 525

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Floor auctions

    Open for bidding: (View All)

    Fine Art
    Ends on 01/30/2018

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 August 18 Americana & Political - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage Auctions and Mr. Chad Reingold were...professional and courteous in all transactions and provided outstanding service in answering my many emails. I recommend them at the highest level.
    Killy M.,
    Melbourne Beach, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,735,590