Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929)
enormous amounts of land and two fortunes - one from his father
and one from his wife Hannah de Rothschild who had died in 1890
- Rosebery exploited to the full the opportunities afforded him
by his class and wealth, becoming Prime Minister in 1894-5.
An eloquent speaker and intellectual politician, he was also a great imperialist who famously stated: “God forbid, there is no need for any nation, however great, leaving the Empire.” However, by 1897, he had bought a villa near Naples and planned to retire from politics – an ambition which was not realised.
Daisy admired Rosebery greatly, for his “silver tongue and magic pen [which] gave him a unique position in European affairs” and for the serious and studied answers he wrote to her letters. British-German affairs had been unusually harmonious during the years of his prime ministership and from time to time Daisy wrote to him to seek out the benefits of his political acumen and to encourage him to help foster better relations between the two countries.