Envelope addressed in the handwriting of Lord John Russell, to W B West Esquire, 6 Hollywood Place, Fulham Road. Russell has signed the envelope, date stamped 5 June 1849, at the bottom of the address and on the back. Also back of the envelope shows the seal of Lord John Russell and date stamp. Lord John Russell was the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when Lord Palmerston was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. This record is part of a collection relating to Lord Palmerston (1784-1865), after whom Palmerston North was named. The donor of the Lord Palmerston collection, F C Holland of England (who was interested in philately and postal history) donated items relating to Lord Palmerton during the 1970s, after visiting Palmerston North.