[Sir Colin Campbell, as Commander-in-Chief of India.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C C.') to 'Fanny', announcing his return to England, and complaining that the military life has become 'very wearisome'.

Sir Colin Campbell [Field Marshal Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde [Lord Clyde]] (1792-1863), British Army officer in the Peninsular War, Crimean War and Indian Mutiny [Commander in Chief of India]
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Simla [India]. 15 and 20 April 1860.
SKU: 21409

A poignant letter, in which Campbell declares, on his retirement, that he has begun to find the military life of 'constant movement' and 'marching' 'very wearisome', and that he looks forward to finding himself his 'own master for the little time that may yet remain to me to wander in the world'. He also looks forward to seeing his old friends, declaring: 'how few remain to me!' 4pp, 12mo, crosswritten on both sides of a 12mo leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tears at edges of both folds. The earlier part of the letter is dated 'Simla April 15th. 1860' and is written in conventional form over both sides of the leaf. The second part of the letter is dated 'Simla April 20th' and is crosswritten on both sides. The letter is incomplete, with the first part breaking off abruptly and without signature at the foot of the second page, while the second crosswritten part of the letter is complete, and signed 'C C.' The text reads as follows. First part: 'Simla April 15th. 1860 | My dear Fanny | My heart has been reproaching me for having long omitted to thank you for your two last very amiable and friendly Notes, but in truth I have been in the confident expectation for some months that I should have had the pleasure of seeing you before this, and making my acknowledgements in person, but circumstances have arisen to alter the time of my departure from this country – I accompany the Governor General to Calcutta in July, and I hope to embark in the first steamer which will leave in August. - It will be very pleasant to find myself my own master for the little time that may yet remain to me to wander in the world. - | I returned here after an absence of Six Months – the whole time constantly marching – a kind of lie which has become to me very wearisome, so that the quiet of a house was really very agreeable after so many months of constant movement. - | My next move will […]'. Here the letter breaks off at the foot of the second page. Second part, crosswritten on both sides: 'Simla April 20th. | Since writing the foregoing I find I shall be able to get away on the 18th. Of next Month (May) from Calcutta Early in May – I hope to be in time to get off, by the first Steamer advertised to Sail on the 18th.!! - I am very happy at the prospect of seeing you and all my friends so soon – how few remain to me! | C C.' Related material suggests that the recipient was Fanny Louisa Mowatt of Kingswood Firs (cf. Flora Thompson's 'Lark Rise to Candleford'), sister-in-law of James Lealand Mowatt (c.1805-1857), who had been 'Lieutenant-Colonel commanding 2nd Battalion, Bengal Artillery, formerly commanding Artillery of General Sir Colin Campbell's division'.