Lot 969: Von Der Decken, Friedrich



2015-09-16 14:11:54

Lot 969: Von Der Decken Friedrich: (1769-1840) Hanoverian General & Diplomat During The Napoleonic Wars. A.L.S., Frederick V D Decken, Three Pages, 4To, N.P., N.D. (C.April 1804), To A Gentleman. Von Der Decken Writes In His Capacity As Colonel And Deputy Adjutant General On Behalf Of The Duke Of Cambridge ('Very Much Hurt By Tumbling With His Horse...[And]...Unable To Write Himself') And Asks His Correspondent If He 'Will Be So Kind To Interest Yourself For A Capt. Pringgle, Arrested By The Prussians...At Embden, Being Suspected Of Having Enlisted A Prussian Deserter For The English Service', Further Continuing 'The Duke Of Cambridge Has Been Appointed Colonel Of The Foreign Corps, In One Of Which The Said Capt. Pringgle Has The Commission Of A Captain And As He Is An Excellent Officer The Duke Wishes Very Much That His Prussian Majesty Would Be Pleased To Grant Him His Liberty, Altho It Would Only Be By Way Of Favor' Von Der Decken Further Reports 'We Are In Constant Expectation Of Seeing The French Soon In This Country. I Am Happy To Add That We Are Well Prepared To Receive Them. Our Beloved Sovereign Is In Good Health And Spirit And Intends To Place Himself At The Head Of His Army, In Case Of An Invasion' And Also Thanks His Correspondent For Their Kind Assistance 'When I Was Employed In That Unfortunate Negotiation At Berlin'. In A Postscript He Remarks 'H.R.H. Orders Me To Addthat He Is Well Aware That You Can Not Ask The Favor He Requests For Capt. Pringgle In Any Official Way, And Leaves It Entirely To You, If You Can Transact In A Private Manner'. Some Extremely, Minor Light Age Wear To The Edges, Vg. Prince Adolphus (1774-1850) Duke Of Cambridge, Son Of King George Iii And Queen Charlotte. Viceroy Of Hanover 1811-37. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £80-100
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