Duke Of Wellington Handwritten Note



2015-06-26 10:55:33

A Duke of Wellington handwritten note is a rare piece of historic memorabilia offered for sale by the company Paul Fraser Collectibles.


Background information

The first Duke of Wellington was Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, one of the most important British military figures of the 19th century. Along with commanding the Allied Army at the Battle of Waterloo, the ‘Iron Duke’ fought in a total of 60 battles throughout his military career before serving as the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army until his death in 1852.

In addition, he twice served as British Prime Minister (1828 – 30, 1834) and acted as an Ambassador to France after Napoleon’s exile in 1814.

Wellesley’s legacy is such that he is referred to simply as the Duke of Wellington, despite the fact that several other men have held the title since his death.

Item description

The handwritten note features text on both sides, and is dated ‘March 23rd, 1843’. In this note the Duke declines an invitation to dinner, with the following words:

“The Duke of Wellington presents his compliments to [name]. The day for the proposed anniversary dinner is not mentioned.

In all events having engaged himself to perform a public duty on very day on which the House of Parliament of which he is a member sits for business, which duty requires his attendance every day from five o'clock in the afternoon till the House of Parliament will adjourn, he cannot engage himself to attend dinner."


This rare handwritten letter is offered for sale by Paul Fraser Collectibles, a company that deals in collectibles and unique items of historic memorabilia.

It is currently priced at £895.

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