Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914) Handwritten Letter Signed, "Yours very truly, J. Chamberlain", 4 x 5.5, on "Highburg, Moor Green, Birmingham" letterhead, accepting a dinner invitation, by the British Secretary of State for the Colonies who promoted a variety of schemes to build up the Empire in Asia, Africa, and the West Indies. He had major responsibility for causing the Second Boer War (1899–1902) in South Africa and was the government minister most responsible for the war effort. Despite never becoming Prime Minister he is considered as one of the most important British politicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is the father of both Sir Austen Chamberlain and Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. In fine condition, mounted on an album page.