GENERAL ROGER (11TH EARL OF SCARBROUGH) LUMLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/04/1932 - HFSID 143744
ROGER LUMLEY (11th EARL OF SCARBROUGH) Letter written while collaborating on a regimental history of the 11th Hussars. Autograph Letter signed: "Roger Lumley", 3 pages (integral leaf), 5¼x7. Eaton Square London], 1932 November 4.
Sale Price $306.00
ROGER LUMLEY (11th EARL OF SCARBROUGH)
Letter written while collaborating on a regimental history of the 11th Hussars.
Autograph Letter signed: "Roger Lumley", 3 pages (integral leaf), 5¼x7. Eaton Square London], 1932 November 4. On personal letterhead to "My dear General", in full: "Events have conspired to prevent me from running down to see you. I have been ill - in fact very ill - I caught a bug & it gave me bad tonsillitis and then a form of blood poisoning - with the result that although I am now much better I am still in bed after 3 weeks & am feeling well flattened out. I expect to be in bed for another week & then I am told I have got to be pretty slow in returning to normal activities. So I have to look forward to several weeks of rather boring inaction with very little to do. This seems to me a very good moment to start reading at matter for the History of the 11th. Do you think you could send me some of yours to go on with? If by chance you were coming up to London next week, do come & see me & then we could have a talk about it which I had hoped to have before starting on the material. But if you are not going to be in London for a bit I feel it would be wasting a good opportunity if I did not occupy the next few weeks by making a start at hurrying it up. My wife would be delighted to give you lunch & your wife if you were coming up. Yours ever". Roger Lumley (1896-1969) served with the 11th Hussars in France during World War I. This was no doubt the regimental history he was preparing to work on when he wrote this letter. Elected a Conservative Member of Parliament from Hull East (1922-1929) and York (1931-1937), he was Parliamentary Private Secretary, successively, to William Ormsby-Gore, Austen Chamberlaind and Anthony Eden. He was Governor of Bombay (1937-1943), promoted to Acting Major General during World War II and remaining an honorary colonel thereafter. He succeeded to the Earldom of Scarbrough in 1945. Lord Chamberlain (1952-1963) and Chancellor of the University of Durham, he was made a Knight of the Garter in 1948. He chaired a commission in 1952 recommending increased government funding for university studies of Asian, African and East European Affairs. A freemason, he was Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England (1951-1967). Left margin creased. Light surface creases. Tears on left margin and top left corner (on front). Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Stained on top right margin (on front). Adhesive residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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