ARTHUR WELLESLEY, 1ST DUKE OF WELLINGTON Napoleon’s enemy at his final battle at Waterloo writes a quick letter only four years later, inquiring about furniture and the housing arrangements of his servants Autograph letter signed: “Wellington” in black ink. 2 page, 7½x9¼. London, England. November 22, 1819. In part: “Dear sir, I find that I can let [illegible] and I shall do so. The furniture that’s in the House is not fine, but it may be had for about 1900 and…The Servants may have the Home Offices, Gardens…”. 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, Wel… More information available. Please contact us if you have questions. HFSID 78507
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