DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE - THIRD PERSON AUTOGRAPH NOTE 08/08/1870 - HFSID 81603
Sale Price $162.00
GEORGE, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE
Brief third person note from the longtime commander of the British Army to a British general
Third Person Autograph Note: "Duke of Cambridge", 1 page, 4x5¾, affixed to 4½x9½ sheet, to which a book illustration and clipping about the Duke are also affixed at lower edge. No place, pencil date (unknown hand): "8 August 70/3.35 P.M." To General Forster". In full: "Pray do not return on Wednesday. I will [2 words illegible]." George, Duke of Cambridge (1819-1904), was the only son of King George III's seventh son, Adolphus Frederick. His sister, Mary Adelaide, was the mother of Queen Mary, mother of Kings George VI and Edward VIII. He commanded a division in the Crimean War (1854) and was present at all the major battles of that conflict with Russsia. The Duke of Cambridge was commander in chief of the British army for 39 years (1856-1895), longer than anyone else in history. In that position he consistently opposed innovation, and was said to promote officers on the basis of social standing rather than ability. In defiance of British law he married a commoner, actress Louisa Fairbrother. ANS irregularly cut and slightly soiled. Mounting sheet irregularly cut. Otherwise, fine condition.
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