ALLENBY (Edmund Henry, 1st Viscount, 1861-1936, Soldier, Field Marshal, High Commissioned in Egypt)

Small collection of 2 Autograph Letter Signed 'Allenby' to Hampson GARY, (1873-1952, American Diplomat) "My dear Gary", the first telling him that his "welcome letter of 23rd April reached me today, and I am very grateful for your kind congratulations ... Mabel & I are just back after a week or so of sunshine in the South of Spain, and are both well. We have not been to any distant countries in the past winter. We often talk of our visit to you and recall old times. We live in the hope that someday again fortune may lead us to your hospitable shores ...", 1st August no year, the second telling him that he was "away, most of the Winter; and I don't think I ever thanked you for 'Tide Water Virginia' the book you sent me last December. Though late, my thanks are none the less sincere. Mabel and I had a 2 months tour in India, & on our way home, spent a week in Egypt ... renewing many old acquaintances & friendships ...", 6th August no year, each 2 sides large 8vo., both from 24 Wetherby Gardens, SW5, together with 2 Autograph Letters Signed by his wife Mabel (nee Chapman, 1899-1942), to Mrs Gary, the first to "Dear Mrs Gary" saying that she had forgotten to mention "that we have a maid travelling with us & we shall be bringing her to Washington. I do hope this mayn't be very inconvenient ..." and saying she is looking forward to their visit, 3 sides 8vo.,15th October, Fairmont Hotel headed paper, the second to "Dear Helen" thanking her for "getting me those lovely N. cards & photogaphs of Washington ..." and giving general news, 4 sides 8vo., 28th December, 24 Wetherby Gardens, both

In 1915 Gary was appointed assistant solicitor in the State Department. In 1917 he was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson as diplomatic agent and consul general to Egypt in charge of American interests in Palestine, Syria, and Arabia, where he formed a close friendship with Field Marshal Viscount Allenby. It would have been difficult for him to forget his friend's birthday as they were born on the same day 23rd April, twelve years apart.

Item Date:  1928

Stock No:  39404      £525

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