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WHITE (Sir George Stuart, 1835-1912, Field Marshal, Winner of the Victoria Cross, Commander in Chief in India and Defender of Ladysmith)

Important Autograph Letter Signed to Sir John Clayton COWELL (1832-1894, Major-General and later Master of the Queen's Household and governor of Windsor Castle) explaining the case of "Major Kennedy Cmdg a battalion of Hyderabad Native Infantry was selected by me for the Command of an important district in Upper Burma. A serious rebellion took place in the district in the interest of a pretender to the Throne of Theebaw. Major Kennedy took very prompt measures to put down the rising and, moving rapidly with a small force, surprised the enemy strongly posted. The enemy's resistance was unusually strong. Early in the action Major Kennedy was hit by a ... bullet in the elbow. The bullet smashed the bone from the elbow to the shoulder and yet he stuck to his post, fearing that his withdrawal to have his wound dressed would discourage his men, until he was again wounded. The action was a most thorough success but Major Kennedy was so reduced by the shock & long exposure that he died, most unexpectedly the same eveng. Had he not shown singular devotion to duty he might still be in a position to serve Her Majesty & to support his two sisters who were dependent on him & who have no private means. They are Irish & I believe have lost the provision made for them which was in Irish land ..." with a long postscript saying that the sisters are "Elizabeth Dollard Widow & Agnes Kennedy Spinster ... I am doing my best to get their case for aid from the Patriotic Fund recommended by the Sec of State for India's Council. Lord Cross has kindly instructed himself in the matter ...", 4 sides 8vo., 149 Sloane Street, 14th May

Item Date:  1888
Stock No:  39373      £375

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WILLIAM IV (1765-1837, King of Great Britain)

Fine Commission Document signed by the King at the head, printed on vellum with the details filled in by hand, addressed to "Our Trusty & well beloved George H. Cavendish ... We do by these Presents Constitute and Appoint you to be Second Lieutenant to the Company ... in our Rifle Brigade ... commanded by ... Arthur Duke of Wellington K.G. Field Marshal of Our forces ...", (Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852, Field Marshal & Statesman)1 side folio on vellum Court at St James's, 1st December

Item Date:  1830
Stock No:  28435      £425

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WOLFE (Humbert, 1885-1940, Poet & Critic)

Typed Letter Signed to Dennis WHEATLEY (Dennis, 1897-1977, Novelist) thanking him for sending him "your new 'Crime Dossier'. I shall read it with very great interest, and hope to review it at an early date. If you would send me the first editions here I should be only too happy to sign them ...", 1 side 4to., Montagu House, Whitehall, 25th May with the retained carbon copy of his reply thanking him for his "note about WHO KILLED ROBERT PRENTICE. I very much appreciate your promise to read it and the suggestion that you may be able to review it. I am sending with this the three first editions of yours which I bought recently and hope to pick up some more from time to time ..." and asking him to personalise the inscriptions in them, 1 side A4, 27th May

Item Date:  1937
Stock No:  39370      £125

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