BURDETT-COUTTS, Angela Georgina (1814–1906), philanthropist. Autograph letter signed to Mr. Dalton, 3 sides, 16mo, Stratton St., May 22 1871. Regarding Queen Victoria's intention to confer a peerage upon her : "I was very sensible of your sincere and friendly feelings on hearing the Queen’s intention to confer a Peerage and know the testimonial inscription will link my title with an heredity endowed to me by long association & the ever ready and unfailing kindness of my neighbours amongst whom I hope very shortly to find myself ", and closes sending Mrs Brown's regards (her former governess, companion and friend Hannah Brown).
A close friend of Dickens and Wellington, Angela Burdett-Coutts spent much of her life distributing her fortune to good causes and projects, in which she maintained a deep interest. The good work that she achieved as a philanthropist was acknowledged when on 26 May 1871 she formally became Baroness Burdett-Coutts of Highgate and Brookfield, Middlesex, the first woman to be raised to the peerage in her own right. The letter is probably to the Rev. Charles Browne Dalton (1811-1893), who was the vicar of Highgate Church from 1854 to1878.