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Lot 163: Wellington, Duke of: Handwritten letter to Lady Seymour
December 12, 2013
St. Peter Port, United Kingdom
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Arthur Wellesley (better known as the 1st Duke of Wellington) was a statesman, one of the leading military figures of the 19th century and was the British Prime Minister twice.
Wellesley joined the army in 1787. He achieved military success in the Mysore War against Tipu Sultan and achieved a remarkable victory Assaye in 1803. Wellesley was knighted when he arrived back in England and became a member of parliament. He became prime minister in 1828.
This handwritten note is from the Duke of Wellington to Lady Seymour. It accompanied a personal gift he sent her "from the same place as those which you liked last Season ... But the season has not yet been so favourable".
The note is written on a sheet of paper measuring 9½" x 7¼". This sheet is folded in half and the note occupies one half measuring 7¼" x 4¾". The note features some light creasing where it has been previously folded.