[ General Sir Alexander Godley, Governor of Gibraltar. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alex J Godley') to 'Elliot' [ Hubert Elliot] regarding a proposed life of Lord Heathfield.

General Sir Alexander Godley [ Sir Alexander John Godley ] (1867-1957), Commander of New Zealand and Australia Divison in Gallipoli Campaign, Governor of Gibraltar [ Hubert Eliott; Lord Heathfield ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Mill House, Boxford, Newbury, Berks. 14 September 1955.
SKU: 19574

2pp., 4to. In fair condition, aged and creased with a short closed tear. Addressed to 'Dear Elliot [sic]'. The subject of the letter is George Augustus Elliot, 1st Baron Heathfield, who was Governor of Gibraltar (as was Godley) during the Great Siege of 1779-1783. Godley begins by informing him 'that David Erskine still contemplates the possibility of a full Life of Lord Heathfield'. He has done 'all I can to ensure it by having been the instigator of the two short efforts by Eveline Godley & Dosie Brinton & by having got into touch with you regarding a writer'. He has done all he can and it is 'now I think up to the family to see the thing through & to produce something for publication, if only for circulation to all the great man's clan (this could be done by Subscription or by privately printing of Eveline G's typescript) but it should have a wide appeal to the Dominions, U.S.A, & Spain &c as well as this country.' He is sure that, 'by a bit of padding, a liberal use of Drinkwater, the further notes which you sent to Erskine & the further research that he contemplates, it can be done & it certainly should.' He proposes, with Elliot's permission, to send 'the two printed & typed Lives back to Erskine for retention & all notes & eventual return to you. They should belong to the family.'