MONTEFIORE, SIR MOSES. (1784-1885). British philanthropist, banker and financier of Italian-Jewish lineage; his promotion of industry and economic development in the Levant, and his relations with the British consul in Damascus, Charles Henry Churchill, was pivotal to the development of Proto-Zionism. Scarce Manuscript Letter Signed, “Moses Montefiore”, on his imprinted East Cliff Lodge, Ramsgate black-bordered mourning stationery. One full page, octavo. Ramsgate, May 9, 1881. Very fine condition. To Maresco Pearse, Esq. Montefiore writes: “Dear Mr. Pearse, I am sorry I cannot have the pleasure of reserving my votes for your Candidate for the British Orphan Asylum, as they have long since been promised to Dr. Mason in favour of Elizabeth Ann Whaler. I hope you spent a very pleasant evening at the Imperial Continental for dinner on Thursday and that you are quite well. I am yours very truly, Moses Montefiore”.