Signed Manuscript Letter as Commander in Chief of the British Army
(1793) informing a Major Alexander Hume that he has been appointed to a post in
the Scotch Brigade. Framed with an engraving of Amherst to an overall size of
Manuscript Letter signed: "Amherst", 1 page 7¼x9¼ framed
letter, with 4x5¼ unsigned image, 18½x15½ overall. St. James's Square
(London), 1793 October 10. To Major Alexander Hume, in full:
"The King has been graciously pleased to appoint you, from the Half Pay,
to be Major to Lt. Colonel Commandant Cuningham's Battalion of the Scotch
Brigade lately in the service of the States General of the United Provinces,
which Brigade, it is His Majesty's intention shall be forthwith Levied in North
Britain. I have the honour to desire you will be pleased to signify to me,
without delay, for the King's information, whether such appointment will be
agreeable to you, that, otherwise, I may lose no time in recommending to His
Majesty another officer in your room. I have the honour to be your most obedient
and most humble servant." Jeffery Amherst (1717-1797) was a British
army officer during the War of the Austrian Succession (began 1741) and the
Jacobite Rebellion (1745). He commanded the British armies in North America
during the French and Indian War, capturing Ticonderoga (1759) and Montreal
(1760). He was Governor General of North America (1760-1763). Elevated to
the peerage in 1776, he at first declined a command of the forces attempting
to suppress the American Revolution because he had many friends fighting on
the other side. Later, he agreed to accept command, but only if the much
larger force he deemed necessary were dispatched to North America. Instead, he
was tasked with defending the home island against a feared French invasion.
When Britain went to war again in 1793, this time against revolutionary France,
Amherst commanded the British Army from 1793 until his 1795 retirement.
Amherst, Massachusetts, is named for him, as are many other towns. Amherst
College calls its sports teams the Lord Jeffs. Creased and lightly toned. 1
horizontal 2 vertical fold creases. Nail-sized stain at upper left edge.
Multiple minor pin-sized stains throughout letter. Otherwise fine condition.
Not framed in the Gallery of History style.
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