British Field Marshal who served in many campaigns, including the Crimea and Indian Mutiny.
ALS. 1p. War Office. 11th March 1887. To [William] Woodall.
"A paper has just reached me from which I send you an extract as bearing upon Mr Laurie's foolish stories about matters that he evidently knew very little. Sincerely yours, Wolseley."
Bifolium. 8vo. Approx 18 x 11.5 cms. Fine.
Sir Garnet Wolseley is possibly referring to an extract from the writing of the military historian William Ferguson Beatson Laurie, who had written on both the Crimean and Zulu War campaigns. In 1887, the date of this letter, Laurie had just published 'Sketches of Some Distinguished Anglo-Indians' and it was, perhaps, something in this work that Sir Garnet had taken exception to, although, for the most part, the references made to Wolseley in that book are largely complimentary.. The letter is from the 19th century collection made by the radical Liberal M.P., William Woodall. Woodall was Financial Secretary to the War Office in William Gladstone's government and worked closely with Wolseley whilst he was Quartermaster-General.