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Lot 164: Wellington, Duke of: Handwritten note dated December 1841Platinum House
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.
Before he became Prime Minister Wellesley was a soldier and fought during the Myrose War against Tipu Sultan. In 1803 he achieved a remarkable victory at Assaye during the subjugation of the Mahrattas. Wellesley was knighted upon his return to England and in 1807 he was appointed chief secretary for Ireland.
During the Peninsular War (1808-1814), Wellesley was asked to assume command of the British Army, eventually forcing the occupying French to withdraw from Spain and Portugal.
Wellesley was created Duke of Wellington in 1814 following the abdication of Napoleon.
Wellington served as prime minister from 1828 until 15th November 1830 when his government was defeated in a vote in the House of Commons.
This item is a note handwritten by the Duke and dated December 1841. The note is a formal reply from the Duke claiming that he has "no recollection of having seen the Picture". He also declines to purchase it "for four or three hundred pounds".
The note measure 7½" by 4¾" and features some very faint creasing as a result of previous folding.