SIEGE

[General Sir George Harris (Lord Harris), Commander-in-Chief, Fourth Anglo-Mysore War.] Autograph Letter in the third person

Author: 
General Sir George Harris (1746-1829) [from 1815 1st Baron Harris; Lord Harris], Commander-in-Chief, Fourth Anglo-Mysore War (Tipu Sultan), stormed Seringapatam, served in American War of Indepence
Publication details: 
3 March [1804]. Harley Street [London].
£45.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. As a captain in Howe's army, he served in the American War of Independence at Lexington, Bunker Hill (where he was severely wounded) and in all but one engagement up to November 1778. 1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, with central spike hole to both leaves, on aged paper, with reverse of first leaf laid down on part of leaf cut from an album, captioned in a nineteenth-century hand. The reverse of the second leaf is addressed, with three postmarks, to 'Messrs. Barlow & Co | Wine Merchants | Black Friars'.

[Shahjahanpur in the Indian Mutiny, 1857.] Duplicated Bound Typescript by 'C. L. W.' of Banda, titled 'A Memoir of Shajahanpur'. With large cloth-backed map of 'Shahajahanpur [sic] City'.

Author: 
'C. L. W.' [Shahjahanpur in the Indian Mutiny, 1857; Ahmadullah Shah (1787-1858), known as Maulavi of Faizabad, a leader of the Indian Rebellion; Sir Colin Campbell [Lord Clyde] (1792-1863)]
Publication details: 
Preface dated from 'Banda [now in Uttar Pradesh, India] October 1925.' Map by 'Photo Litho Department | K. G. O. Bengal S. & M. Roorkee.'; undated, but with '117 - 7-3-36', suggesting it was printed 7 March 1936.
£1,200.00

In addition to the usual sources see the paper by Iqbal Husain in 'Proceedings of the Indian History Congress': 'The 1857 Rebellion in Shahjahanpur: Role of the Local Gentry' (1988). The only one other copy of this item traced is in the National Army Museum, whose entry describes it as a 'Stapled Memoir' and makes no mention of the map. [3] + 52 + [2] pp, 4to. Internally in good condition, lightly aged; in good tight binding with 'bloom' to covers (particularly the back) towards the fore-edge. Duplicated Typescript, printed on rectos only.

[Sir Vincent Eyre: his reminiscences of his friend Sir James Outram, 'The Bayard of India'.] Long Autograph Letter Signed ('Vincent Eyre') to C. R. Low, giving 'reminiscences of Outram', a British hero of the Indian Mutiny.

Author: 
Sir Vincent Eyre (1811-1881), East India Company Major General, relieved the Siege of Arrah in the Indian Mutiny [Sir James Outram (1803-1863), 'The Bayard of India'; Charles Rathbone Low (1837-1918)]
Publication details: 
No date, but part quoted in Low's 1880 'Soldiers of the Victorian Age'. From 'Hotel Metropole. Geneva.'
£500.00

See the entries Eyre and Outram in the Oxford DNB. 10pp, 12mo. On two bifoliums and one loose leaf. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. A large part of this letter is quoted, as coming from 'Sir Vincent Eyre, the friend and companion in arms of Sir James Outram', on pp.168-170 of the second volume of Low's 1880 'Soldiers of the Victorian Age'. The opening of the actual letter, which is not quoted, reads: 'My dear Low. | You expressed a wish for any reminiscences of Outram I might be able to furnish.

[George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer, as First Lord of the Admiralty, to Sir Sidney Smith.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Spencer') exonerating Smith's recent 'proceedings', and explaining the Royal Navy's position over 'the Occupation of Egypt'.

Author: 
George John Spencer (1758-1834), 2nd Earl Spencer, Whig Home Secretary, First Lord of the Admiralty, bibliophile whose Althorp Library is now John Rylands Library, Manchester [Sir Sidney Smith]
Publication details: 
17 August 1800; Admiralty [London].
£800.00

An excellent letter from Spencer as First Lord of the Admiralty, 1794-1801, vividly conveying the urgency and energetic action required of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. 4pp, 4to. Bifolium. Fifty-eight lines of text. In fair condition, aged and worn, with light damp staining. Folded three times. Written following Smith's successes against Napoleon's Egyptian expeditionary force, in particular at the Siege of Acre (1799), for which he was granted a Government pension of £1000 a year.

[The Siege of Bhurtpore.] Autograph Letter Signed from J. J. Harcourt of East India House to B. S. Jones [Deputy Secretary, India Board], complaining of the withholding of material relating to the siege from the London Gazette.

Author: 
J. J. Harcourt [John J. Harcourt], one of the Chief Assistants in the Examiners' Department at the East India House [B. S. Jones, Deputy Secretary, India Board; East India Company; Siege of Bhurtpore]
Publication details: 
20 October 1826. East India House [London].
£220.00

With Thomas Love Peacock, Edward Strachey and James Mill, Harcourt was one of the four Chief Assistants in the Examiners' Department at the East India House. 2pp, 8vo. Aged and worn, with slight loss to one corner. Folded twice. Whilst conducting his 'researches amongst the papers relating to the recent Operations in India', Harcourt was 'much surprized to find that the General Orders published by the G[oveno]r Gen[era]l. in Council at Fort William on the 12th April 1826, on the fall of Bhurtpore, have been withheld from the London Gazette'.

[Dr Thomas Chalmers, 'Scotland's greatest nineteenth-century churchman'.] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Mr Leadham', acknowledging receipt of 'precious relics and memorials' of the Siege of Londonderry.

Author: 
Dr Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), 'Scotland's greatest nineteenth-century churchman', Professor of Theology, political economist, and leader of both the Church of Scotland and Free Church of Scotland
Publication details: 
'Londonderry Aug: 16th. 1842.'
£56.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr Leadham'. On aged and lightly-foxed paper. Folded three times. Reads: 'Londonderry Aug: 16th. 1842. | Dr Chalmers returns his warmest acknowledgments for the precious relics and memorials which Mr Leadham has had the goodness to offer him, of the Siege of Londonderry.' From the papers of Rev. William Andrew Wilson (1869-1918), Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, and his son the poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953).

[ Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Curtis, British naval hero. ] Autograph Signature ('Roger Curtis') cut from letter.

Author: 
Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Curtis (1746-1816), officer of the Royal Navy, during the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary Wars, who distinguished himself at the Great Siege of Gibraltar
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£25.00

On a 1.75 x 4.25 cm rectangle of laid paper cut from letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with paper from mount on reverse. A neat, firm signature, reading 'Roger Curtis'.

[ Lord Harris of Belmont House. ] Autograph Note in the third person [ to his bookseller ], regarding two books sent to him.

Author: 
Lord Harris of Belmont House, Throwley, near Faversham, Kent [ Lieutenant General William George Harris (1782-1845), 2nd Baron Harris, British soldier under his father in Anglo-Mysore War ]
Publication details: 
'Belmont [ i.e. Belmont House, Throwley, near Faversham, Kent ] | 16th. Decr. 1841'.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, with central spike-hole and a few burn marks at foot. Reads: 'Lord Harris has just recd the Illustrations to Deserted Village, but retyrns Retsch's Othello by this night's Coach, having received a copy of it about a week since.'

[ General Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas Graham') to an unnamed party, regarding a list of individuals (Commissioners of Supply?), with reference to Lord Keith and an act of parliament.

Author: 
General Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch [ Lord Lynedoch ] (1748-1843), Scottish politician and distinguished soldier
Publication details: 
[ Docketed as from Stratton Street, with date 31 January 1803. ]
£180.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Written in a difficult hand. Docketed on reverse of second leaf in a neat hand, explaining the context: 'Genl Thomas Graham | Stratton Street | 31 Janry 1803 | wrote him first febry that Peers could not be Commssrs of Supply | 1803 | 3 Febry wrote L[or]d Keith.' Graham's letter reads: 'There is the list – except two names wch. L[or]d Keith wishes to have inserted & the mem[orandu]m. Of wch. I have mislaid – one is the Baillie of Kinkardine [sic] for the time being I think – but it wd.

[ Thomas Dealtry, Anglican Bishop of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Madras') to Colonel Cameron, Commanding, Ootacamund, regarding safety concerns in the wake of the Siege of Cawnpore in the Indian Mutiny.

Author: 
Thomas Dealtry (1795-1861), Anglican Bishop of Madras, 1849-1861 [ Indian Mutiny, 1857; Siege of Cawnpore ]
Publication details: 
No place. 'Tuesday' [ no date, but 1857 ].
£200.00

2pp., 12mo. Attached to the second leaf of the bifolium is the frank, addressed by Dealtry to 'Col. Cameron | Commandg. | Ootacamund'. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by thanking Cameron for his note and 'contribution', the latter being 'all that cd. be desired'. He continues, with reference to the Siege: 'I am much distressed with this news from Cawnpore. I fear it is true - The loss of life must have been awful - The Lieut. Govr. Mr. Colvin's brother was ye. judge of ye. station'.

[ Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence, British soldier in India. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H M Lawrence') to 'Sir Thomas', regarding a payment to 'Mr Hodgson', with mention of his place of birth, Ceylon.

Author: 
Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence (1806-1857), British soldier and statesman in India, who died during the Siege of Lucknow in the Indian Mutiny
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1844 ].
£56.00

2pp., 4to. On bifolium. Dated in another hand in pencil '1844'. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. The letter begins: 'My dear Sir Thomas | I have at last ascertained from the Civil Auditor that Mr Hodgson drew the four hundred & fifty Rupees (450) on the 1st Feby nine days before he sailed, and that the bill was made out in his own hand writing'. He is forwarding the recipient's 'note of hand' to his agents, and assumes that 'Mr H, [...] in the hurry of departure doubtless forgot to write' to him. He concludes: 'I hope that your Ceylon trip has been of use to you.

[ Sir Ashton Lever, natural history collector. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ashton Lever') to 'Mr. Harrop', regarding a plan to send 'a Cargo of Potatoes' to 'our brave friends at Gibraltar'.

Author: 
Sir Ashton Lever (1729-1788) of Alkrington Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire, natural history collector [ The Great Siege of Gibraltar, 1779-1783 ]
Publication details: 
'Alkrington' [ Alkrington Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire ]. 20 October 1782.
£200.00

1p., landscape 8vo. On aged and worn paper, with a couple of light ink stains. A small cutting carrying a biography of Lever is laid down at bottom left. His 'intention relative to sending a Cargo of Potatoes to our brave friends at Gibraltar' has not met with the support he expected, so he is forced to 'give up the plan, the Subscription being no way adequate to the expence that would attend'. He asks Harrop to insert the list of subscribers in his newspaper, and to 'return those Gentlemen their Subscription with my best Compliments'.

[Edward Mason Wrench] Three hectograph duplicates of manuscripts describing his service and that of his uncle Captain Henry Kirke in the 12th Royal Lancers, during the Sepoy Mutiny [Indian Rebellion] of 1857. With typed transcript and commentary.

Author: 
Edward Mason Wrench (1833-1912) of the 34th Regiment of Foot and 12th Royal Lancers [The Indian Mutiny; Sepoy Mutiny; Indian Rebellion of 1857; Capt. Henry Kirke; Maj.-Gen. William Astell Franks]
Publication details: 
Two duplicate letters, one dated from Park Lodge, Baslow, Derbyshire, on 23 December 1907 (and 'Christmas 1907'); and the other from the same place, 'Aug 1909' and 13 September 1909. Third duplicate and typescript without place or date.
£550.00

Wrench was the son of a clergyman, and well educated and well connected (being presented to the Prince of Wales and staying at Chatsworth in his old age). His obituary in the British Medical Journal (27 April 1912), describes how, after service in the Crimea, 'he was transferred to the 4th Lancers, went to Madras with that regiment in the following month, and served with it during the whole of the Indian Mutiny. For his services in India he received the Indian medal and clasp for Central India. He returned to England in 1860, and married in 1861 his cousin, the daughter of Mr.

[Edward Mason Wrench] Manuscript describing events in 1855-6, during his service in the Crimean War with the 34th Regiment of Foot. With duplicated (hectograph) letter by him and handbill advertisement for talk by him, both on the Siege of Sebastopol

Author: 
Edward Mason Wrench (1833-1912) of the 34th Regiment of Foot [The Crimean War; Siege of Sebastopol; Crimea]
Publication details: 
The account of 'Events in 1855 [and 1856]' dated by Wrench from Park Lodge, Baslow [Derbyshire], 1902. The duplicated letter dated 12 December 1880. The printed advertisement for talk at the School, Baslow, and dated 14 January 1881.
£600.00

Wrench was the son of a clergyman, and well connected, being presented to the Prince of Wales and staying at Chatsworth in his old age. His obituary in the British Medical Journal (27 April 1812), describes how he went out to the Crimea in 1854. 'He had been gazetted Assistant Surgeon to the 34th Regiment in November, and joined it on its arrival in the Crimea. He served during the terrible winter of that year, and was present at the capture of the quarries, the successful assault on the Redan of June 18th, and the final capture of Sebastopol on September 8th, 1855.

[ A Radley College old boy in the Second Boer War. ] Diary of a short tour of duty in South Africa by 'Frank' or 'F. R. W.', against the background of the lifting of the Siege of Ladysmith.

Author: 
'F. R. W.' ('Frank') [ Radley College, Oxfordshire ] [ The Siege of Ladysmith, Second Boer War, 1899-1902 ]
Publication details: 
In a 'Charles Letts's Improved Diary for 1900'. Entries relating to England, Madeira and South Africa, dating between 1 January and 16 April 1900.
£220.00

[1] + 36pp., 8vo. The diary is in good condition internally, in worn and aged covers. The author is 'Frank' and 'FRW', a Radley old boy, belonging to what he calls 'more or less an Anglo-Indian & City set'. (The family's surname is not given, but family members include 'Sybil and Ella'.) An officer in a militia regiment, he sails out from England on the RMS Goorkha (Capt. Williams), and returns to Tilbury on the Oratava (Capt. Morgan). Preceding the diary is a list of 24 'Unpacked' items, from 'Hair brushes' to '2 Pr Pants'.

[ By Viscount Combermere? ] 39 sheets of Galley proofs of a long article on 'The Siege of Bhurtpoor', from a series titled 'Operations of the Bengal Army in India and on Foreign Service', from the Calcutta periodical 'The Englishman'.

Author: 
The Englishman, Calcutta periodical [Stapleton Cotton (1773-1865), 1st Viscount Combermere, British army officer commanding at the East India Company Siege of Bhurtpoor [Bharatpur], 1826]
Publication details: 
[The Englishman, Calcutta. 1847.] Headed in manuscript 'Lord Combermere | 48 Belgrave Sq.'
£1,800.00

An extraordinarily-detailed account of 'The Siege of Bhurtpoor', from a series titled 'Operations of the Bengal Army in India and on Foreign Service', utilising a wide variety of sources, both published and unpublished, each quotation meticulously cited in footnotes. On 39 sheets, almost all of them in two columns of small print, mostly roughly 50 x 16 cm, but a few longer, and one sheet of three columns (46 x 28.5 cm, being part of a description of the 'Formation of the Army: and the General &c., Staff.'). Numbered in manuscript 346-385, with 374 not present.

[Sir Harry Calvert, Adjutant General of the Forces.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Calvert') to 'Mr. Ridge', regarding the conveyance of the 'Clothing for M: General Wattevelle's [sic] Regiment' following the Siege of Cadiz.

Author: 
Sir Harry Calvert [Henry Calvert] (1763-1826), Adjutant General of the Forces [Major Generral Louis de Watteville (1776-1836); Watteville's Regiment; The Siege of Cadiz, and War of 1812]
Publication details: 
Horse Guards [London]. 17 October 1812.
£140.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on aged paper, with slight wear to one edge. Regarding their previous correspondence, Calvert has 'directions to request' Ridge to inform him, 'if you are aware of any Steps having been taken, for conveying back the Clothing for M: General Wattevelle's [sic] Regiment, from Sicily to Cadiz - where that Corps is now stationed'. From Cadiz the Watteville's Regiment would be transferred to Upper Canada, where it would take part in the War of 1812.

[Printed pamphlet.] An Account of Warrington Siege, A.D. 1643; and of some manuscripts of that period recently discovered at Houghton Green, near Warrington.

Author: 
James Kendrick, M.D. [the Siege of Warrington, 1643; Houghton Green; English Civil War]
Publication details: 
'Read before a Meeting of the Lancashire and Cheshire Historic Society, on the Evening of Thursday, December 11th, 1852 [corrected to '1851'].' Liverpool: T. Brakell, Printer, Cook Street, 1852.
£150.00

15pp., 12mo, with six plates on art paper. In grey printed wraps with title on front cover. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The plates include engravings by H. C. Pigeon of illustrations by S. Holden and a plan by T. B. Ryder.

Hand-coloured map of 'The Residency, Palaces, &c. of Lucknow' during the Indian Mutiny, with 'Sketch of the Environs of Lucknow (to the South.) Showing the Route of Sir Colin Campbell's advance', engraved by Edward Weller for the Weekly Dispatch.

Author: 
Edward Weller (d.1884), cartographer; The Weekly Dispatch, London newspaper; Day & Sons, Lithographers to the Queen; Siege of Lucknow, Indian Mutiny, 1857]
Publication details: 
Weekly Dispatch, 139 Fleet Street, London. Printed by Day & Son, Lithographers to the Queen. [1857.]
£25.00

In portrait on piece of 50 x 35 cm. paper, folded twice. Coloured in blue, brown, green and pink. Image 42.5 x 30.5 cm. Printed beneath image: 'Weekly Dispatch 139, Fleet Str. Day & Son, Lithors. to the Queen. Engraved by Edwd. Weller.' In good condition, lightly-aged with slight creasing to edges and a little wear along fold lines. The plan of the environs of Lucknow is 13.5 x 12.5 cm., in the top right-hand corner.

Typed Letter Signed from Major A. M. Urquhart, Royal Artillery, to Rev. William Henderson Begg, giving a summary (as President of the Committee of Adjustment) of what has been done regarding his brother Captain Robert Henderson Begg's estate in India

Author: 
Major A. M. Urquhart, Royal Artillery [Rev. William Henderson-Begg (1877-1934), Rector of St Paul's and Canon of Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh; Captain Robert Henderson Begg (d.1915); Siege of Kut
Publication details: 
The Arsenal, Ferozepore, India. 27 April 1916.
£56.00

2pp., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Captain Begg had died at the Siege of Kut Al Amara, Mesopotamia (now Iraq), and Urquhart begins by informing the Rev. Begg that the inventory which he sent of his brother's effects has 'gone astray'. 'In order to save any further delay I am forwarding you a complete list including some things recently recovered from Kirkee Arsenal. Would you kindly point out what you wish returned to you. The remaining items will be sold by auction here.' He continues with 'a summary of what has been done up to date'.

Contemporary coloured 'Sketch of the Situation of the TOWN of ST. JEAN D'ACRE, with the position of the FRENCH besieging ARMY under the command of General BONAPARTE and the BRITISH SQUADRON co-operating with GEZZAR AHMET PASHA in its Defence [...]'.

Author: 
[The Siege of Acre [Siege of St Jean D'Acre], 1799; Napoleon Bonaparte; Sir Sidney Smith (1764-1840)]
Publication details: 
On paper watermarked 'J WHATMAN | 1816'.
£450.00

A fine plan, so neatly and delicately drawn that it could easily pass for an engraving. The title concludes: '[...] its Defence under the Command of SIR SIDNEY SMITH. Kt. &ca. &ca. &ca. - on the 2nd: day of May 1799.' In landscape on one side of a piece of laid paper, 29 x 42cm, with the plan itself within a 19.5 x 32.5cm border. The drawing and the precise and detailed lettering are in ink, the whole coloured in grey, brown, pink and blue watercolour. On aged and lightly-creased paper, with a couple of small unobtrusive holes. On a scale of one and a half inches to half a mile.

Autograph Letter Signed from Sir William Russell to George, Duke of Cambridge, containing a long detailed account, written on the spot with keyed plan, of the 1849 Siege of Comorn [Komárno, Slovakia], which ended the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.

Author: 
Sir William Russell (1822-1892), army officer, Liberal MP and author [Prince George (1819-1904), Duke of Cambridge; Hungarian Revolution of 1848; Siege of Comorn [Komárno, Slovakia]]
Account of the 1849 Siege of Comorn
Publication details: 
20 September 1849; Acs [Ács], Hungary.
£1,250.00
Account of the 1849 Siege of Comorn

LETTER: 4to, 4 pp. 81 lines of closely-written text. Written on the spot, and posted in England, with redirection address from Dublin to Gedling Lodge, Nottingham in another hand. Two penny red stamps, and four English postmarks, with Russell's small seal in red wax. PLAN: Folio (42.5 x 27.5 cm), 1 p. Clearly drawn and keyed to the letter, showing Comorn and environs, the rivers Danube and Waag, and the positions of the various parties. Captions include 'hills strongly entrenched by Rebels' and 'High Ground old French Entrenchments where the Troops are now posted in Tents & Huts'.

The History of British India Chronologically Arranged.

Author: 
[BRITISH INDIA]
Publication details: 
Saturday, December 5, 1857.
£100.00

[Title continued] "Published with No.1, New Series, of Cassell's Illustrated Family Paper". Sheet, folded, recto comprising four pages, sm. folio, small tear, good condition, giving an "Indian Chronology" from 1593 to 1857 (The Mutiny) and "Statistics of British India" (from population to British Possessions to Means of Communication. More than on ethird of the chronolgy is devoted to the events of the Mutiny, concluding that "The capture of Delhi and the relief of Lucknow crushed the head of the revolt . . .

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