Excerpt from The Life of Benjamin Disraeli, Vol. 1: Earl of Beaconsfield; 1804 1837
The main source of the biography of which this is the first volume is the great mass of papers bequeathed by Lord Beaconsfield to the late Lord Rowton and now in the keeping of the trustees of the Beaconsfield estate; and my first duty is a grateful recognition of the unfail ing kindness and confidence which Lord Rothschild and the other trustees have bestowed upon me since I began my long and arduous enterprise. For this volume, the most difficult and laborious portion of the whole work, it has not been possible to derive much assistance from extraneous sources other than those which are accessible to all: my principal obligations are to Lady Layard for Disraeli's correspondence with the Austens to Sir Her bert Thompson for the letters to William Pyne; and to Captain C. L. Lindsay for some of the original material which formed the basis of the published volume Lord Beaconsfield's Letters.
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