Lot 1183: Secret, Service



2015-09-16 14:12:26

Lot 1183: Secret Service: An Interesting A.L.S. By Charles R. Broughton, A British Foreign Office Official, Four Pages, Folio, Foreign Office, 13Th September 1813, To Lord Burghersh. Broughton'S Dispatch Announces 'In The Event Of Your Lordship Having Occasion To Make Any Disbursements On Account Of Secret Service, It Will Be Necessary For Your Lordship To Conform Yourself Strictly To The Forms Pointed Out In The Inclosed Paper, In Order That There May Be No Difficulty Or Objection Raised At The Audit Office On Passing Your Accounts' And Continues To Clearly Explain The Procedures, Particularly In The Case Of Him Wanting To Conceal From The Bankers The Fact That The Bill Is Drawn On A Government Account For The Purposes Of Secret Service. Together With Broughton'S Holograph Examples Of The Forms He Refers To, Two Pages, Folio (Neatly Tied To His Letter With Thin String). Some Very Light, Minor Age Wear. Together With John Fane (1784-1859) Lord Burghersh. 11Th Earl Of Westmorland. British Soldier, Politician & Diplomat. Served As An Extra Aide-De-Camp To The Duke Of Wellington. A.L.S., With His Initial B, Three Pages, 4To, Chatillon (Hauts-De-Seine), 14Th March 1814, To Viscount Castlereagh ('My Lord'). Fane Informs Castlereagh That He Has Drawn A Bill On Account For His Extraordinary Expenses To The Order Of Coutts For The Sum Of ?352.19.0, Stating That An Addition Amount Of 15 Shillings Per Day As An Allowance For His Secretary For 90 Days Is Also To Be Included, And Also Discussing The Loss In Exchange, Concluding 'I Am Sorry That It Bears No Other Signature Than My Own. It Is With The Greatest Difficulty I Have Been Able To Obtain The Money At All. I Can Do No More Than Certify Upon Honor That The Acct. Which I Transmit Is The True Rate Of Exchange At Which I Have Obtained The Money'. Also Including Fane'S Manuscript Accounts, Referred To In His Letter, Three Pages, 4To, Chatillon, 14Th March 1814. The Accounts Consist Of Various Extra Expenses And Allowances And Are Converted From Pounds To Napoleon D'Or. Signed ('Burghersh') At The Conclusion. The Letter And Accounts Are Neatly Tied Together With Thin String At The Left Edge. Further Including Arcis-Sur-Aube Battle Of, A Good Autograph Statement Signed, Ld. Burghersh, In The Third Person, Two Pages, Folio, N.P. (France), N.D. (March 1814). Burghersh States, In Part, 'The Disposition For The Concentration Of The Army After The Orders Which Had Been Issued To It To Fall Back As Far As Brienne & Chaumont Was Owing To An Exertion Of Ld. Burghersh Who, Having Waited At Arcis….To Ascertain That The Enemy Could Not Pass The Aube On That Day, Rode Across The Country To Prince Schwarzenberg With This Information & Then Persuaded Him To Stop The Falling Back Of The Army & To Concentrate It At Arcis. This Determination By Which The Whole Army Was Brought Together To Meet Bonaparte Was Entirely Successful. Bonaparte (Unable With His Troops Which Did Not Exceed From 25,000 To 30,000 Men) To Attempt Anything Against The Allied Army Which Amount To 80,000, Retired Before It….' With Blank Integral Leaf. Annotated In Ink At The Head Of The First Page, In An Unidentified Hand, In Part, 'Statement By Lord Burghersh Of The Circumstances Which Led To The Change Of Disposition As To The Assembling Of The Allied Army….On The 19Th March 1814.…' Some Light Age Wear To The Left Edge. Vg, 5. Viscount Castlereagh (1769-1862) Irish-British Statesman, Secretary Of State For Foreign Affairs 1812-22. Karl Philipp (1771-1820) Prince Of Schwarzenberg. Austrian Field Marshal. The Battle Of Arcis-Sur-Aube, Which Took Place From 20Th - 21St March 1814, Was Napoleon'S Penultimate Battle Before His Abdication And Exile To Elba International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £100-120
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