Lot 363: Duke of Wellington and Alexander Gordon

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-11-30 14:51:24

Lot 363: Large archive of letters to members of the Bathurst family, primarily Lord Henry Bathurst, Lady Bathurst, and Lady Georgina Bathurst, comprising eleven ALSs by Sir Alexander Gordon and thirty-five ALSs by the Duke of Wellington. All letters are half-bound together in leather and cloth within a custom 8.75 x 10.25 album; letters generally measure about 4.75 x 7.25.Gordon's letters are written as Wellington's aide-de-camp, signed "Alex. Gordon," totaling 74 pages, primarily dated 1812–1813. These are remarkably well-written and aptly capture life in Wellington's forces. In a letter of August 4, 1812, he describes the aftermath of the Battle of Salamanca, in part: "We continued to follow up the flying Army of Marshall Marmont, & arrived upon the Duero…We halted the Army upon the Duero & Lord Wellington proceeded with a few Cavalry to Valladolid. You cannot conceive the enthusiastic joy with which we were received by the Inhabitants of the Town. The whole Town crowded about Lord W. kissing his hands, embracing his knees, some crying, some laughing, some dancing, all showing joy in the most expressive manner, while the air resounded with Viva Viva Lord Wellington, Viva Los Ingleses. It is difficult to describe the pleasing sensation the universal joy of others procures to ourself, but at last it is a most interesting scene to see a population of 20,000 souls all animated by the same fullness, all expressing Joy and Delight. These are the rewards, these are perhaps the most delightful moments of a Conqueror's existence."Wellington's letters are mostly signed "Wellington," totaling 73 pages, dated 1819–1850. He discusses political tension, foreign affairs in the aftermath of the 1830 revolutions in France and Belgium, issues of royal etiquette, and general social and personal matters. In a letter of November 2, 1834, he writes, in part: "I have never in any case interfered in the Concerns of the Regiment of which I am what is called Colonel Proprietaire in the Service of the Emperor of Austria." A letter of August 7, 1837, in part: "The King never spoke to me on the Subject of His Affairs in Hanover, excepting two or three days before the late King's Death, and the Conversation turned solely upon His immediate Departure which I strongly recommended." In overall fine condition. An all together extraordinary compilation of letters brimming with excitement and desirable content. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466 Wednesday, 9th December 2015 Estimate: $10000-15000
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