John Cam Hobhouse
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British politician and diarist, close friend of Lord Byron.
It was at Trinity College, Cambridge that Hobhouse first met and became friends with Lord Byron. He accompanied him in his journeys in the Peninsula, Greece and Turkey, and acted as his best man at his ill-fated marriage in January 1815. In 1816 he was with Byron after his separation from his wife, and contributed notes to the fourth canto of Childe Harold, which was dedicated to him.
On his return Hobhouse threw himself into politics with great energy as an advanced Radical, and wrote various pamphlets, for one of which he was in 1819 briefly imprisoned in Newgate. In 1820, he entered Parliament, sitting for Westminster and became the leading advocate of parliamentary reform and factory legislation.
Hobhouse is credited with the invention of the phrase His Majesty's (Loyal) Opposition made in 1826 during a speech in the House of Commons
He held ministerial positions in the administration of Lord Grey, Lord Melbourne and Lord Russell.
(Following Byron’s death in 1824, Byron’s memoirs were destroyed, on Hobhouse’s advice by their owner, the publisher John Murray.)
This is a very fine signature in ink in the lower left corner of a Free Front envelope panel (1837). In very good condition.