(Sir Henry Evelyn, V.C., 1838-1919, Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Army 1882-1886, from 1903 Field-Marshal) and Sir George Stuart WHITE (1835-1912, Field Marshal, Winner of the Victoria Cross, Commander in Chief in India and Defender of Ladysmith)
Autograph Letter Signed to W. G. BENHAM
(Sir William Gurnery, 1859-1944, Newspaper Editor, Author and 3 times Mayor of Colchester) regretting that he "cannot get up to town in February so am unable to accept your kind invitation. The Governor wrote to me in pleasant terms of your son ...", 1 side 8vo., Windsor Castle headed paper, Millhurst, Harlow added by hand, 27th January
The Colchester Oyster Feast is the centrepiece of the annual civic calendar in the ancient borough of Colchester. The Colne oyster fishery dates to the Roman era and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The oysters obtained from the fishery are known as "Colchester Natives". On the last Friday in October each year, the Mayor of Colchester hosts the Feast in the Moot Hall. It attended by civic dignitaries from around the nation, and worthies from the world of arts and entertainment. The Mayor also invites Colchester citizens who are active in local charities, civic bodies, and good causes.