Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis Crossley') from the carpet manufacturer and Liberal Member of Parliament Sir Francis Crossley, explaining his reason for declining a dinner invitation.

Sir Francis Crossley (1817-1872) carpet manufacturer, philanthropist and Liberal MP, whose carpet factory at Dean Clough Mills, Halifax, Yorkshire, was the largest in the world
Publication details: 
Halifax; 28 March 1866.
SKU: 11566

1p., 12mo. On aged paper, with traces of grey paper mount adhering to the reverse. He thanks the unnamed male recipient for the 'very kind favor of the 23rd. Instant': 'my Parliamentary duties & business engagements demand so much of my time that I am obliged to decline, with but very rare exceptions indeed, all invitations of the character named'. He asks the recipient 'to have me excused complying with your wishes'.