DUKE OF WELLINGTON AUTOGRAPH Letter Signed
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, British soldier, victor of Waterloo and twice Prime Minister (1824 and 1828-30).
ALS. 2pp with integral blank leaf. Stratfield Saye. 8th . . . [?] 1836. Name of addressee undeciphered [but to a solicitor in 6 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, London].
The Duke's handwriting is, as always, somewhat difficult to read but the letter is a direction to a solicitor to pay to or from the credit of his account with Messs Coutts, Bankers, the balance of a sum due to or by him to a Mr. Williamson [?] and to send the receipted account to his house in Piccadilly, London.
8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Fine.
1836 was a quiet year for the Duke of Wellington but not without incident. He had finished his last term in office as Prime Minister in December 1834, when he was replaced by Lord MELBOURNE but had remained as Foreign Secretary until April 1835. He continued as a powerful presence in the House of Lords. In February 1836 his horse, Copenhagen, on which he had commanded at Waterloo, died at Stratfield Saye, aged 28.