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British Prime Minister the Duke of Wellington writes letter discussing Yeomanry troops and asks for King William IV's thoughts, also signed by British Prime Minister the Viscount Melbourne Autograph Letter Signed: "Wellington" and "Viscount Melbourne" in brow

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British Prime Minister the Duke of Wellington writes letter discussing Yeomanry troops and asks for King William IV's thoughts, also signed by British Prime Minister the Viscount Melbourne

Autograph Letter Signed: "Wellington" and "Viscount Melbourne" in brown ink. 1 page, 7¼x9½ folded. 14½x9½ flat. London, England. August 15, 1832. In part (roughly transcribed): "My Lord, An Application has been made to me to assess the…Yeomanry in the New Forest for a day's [illegible] on the 30th…I beg for [illegible] the honour from His Majesty's pleasure with their appreciation…Your Lord's most obedient Humble Servant". Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of WELLINGTON (1769-1852) was a British soldier and statesman, and is remembered as one of the most influential figures of the early nineteenth century. A native of Ireland and a member of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy (English Protestants who resided in Ireland and held significant influence), Wellesley was commissioned as an ensign (equal to a second lieutenant) in 1787 in Ireland, and served as an aide-de-camp to two successive Lords Lieutenant of Ireland before he was elected as a Member of Parliament in the Irish House of Commons. Elevated to a colonel by 1796, Wellesley made a name for himself in the Netherlands and in India in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War's Battle of Seringapatam, after which he was appointed Governor of Seringapatam and Mysore in 1799, as well as promoted to the rank of major-general. After winning a decisive victory over the Martha Confederacy in the Battle of Assaye in 1803, he was made into a general and gained prominence during the Peninsular campaign (1807-1814) during the Napoleon Wars. After a victory against the French in the Battle of Vitoria in 1813, he was promoted to the rank of field marshal (one of the highest ranks in an army). With Napoleon's exile in 1814, Wellesley was granted a dukedom and named ambassador to France. Upon Napoleon's return and the subsequent Hundred Days in 1815, Wellesley (now referred to as the Duke of Wellington) commanded the Allied army which, alongside the Prussian army under their own field marshal Blucher, famously defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Wellington's battle record is one of history's most exemplary, and he participated in over sixty battles throughout his military career; his famed adaptive defensive style warfare and extensive planning before battles resulted in several victories against numerically superior forces, and his plans and tactics are still studied throughout the world today. The Duke of Wellington turned to politics after the Napoleonic Wars, twice serving as Prime Minister (1828-1830, 1834-1834), most famously overseeing the passage of the Catholic Relief Act of 1829; he remained Commander-in-Chief of the British Army until his death. Viscount MELBOURNE (William Lamb, 1799-1848), was Home Secretary in the Whig government of Earl Grey, a reform-minded administration pursuing electoral reform. He later served as Commissioner of the Treasury and then as Prime Minister (1834, 1835-1841). When Victoria ascended the throne in 1937, Lord Melbourne became her mentor, almost a father figure to the young Queen. Lamb's personal life was less tranquil. His wife, Lady Caroline Lamb, had an affair with Lord Byron, and wrote a book about it in 1816, and his own extramarital affair resulted in a lawsuit while he was serving as Prime Minister. Melbourne, Australia, is named for him. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Light surface creases. Slightly worn. Small stains throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.

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