Autograph Letter Signed from Sir Gilbert Mackereth ('Gilbert Mackereth'), British Consul at Damascus, to Ernest Gye of the Foreign Office, on his posting to Tangier, and including a discussion of British artists there.

Sir Gilbert Mackereth (1892-1962), British army officer and diplomat [Ernest Frederick Gye (1879-1955), diplomat; Damascus, Syria; Henry Bishop (1868-1939), RA, British artist]
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On letterheads of the British Consulate, Damascus; 21 January 1933.

8 pp, 12mo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Dear Ernest'. He begins by congratulating Gye on his promotion and 'on going to Tangier - a delightful spot'. It is however 'very sad' that Gye's 'guiding hand over our destinies will no longer be there in the Office'. He thanks Gye for his 'kindness' and 'sympathy': 'My path has lain along uneventful ways and it has been an untold solace to feel you did not despise those who had mearly [sic] to 'stand & wait''.

Autograph Letter in the third person to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Henry Alfred Cumberbatch
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Undated, but bearing R.S.A. stamp of 7 March 1918; ' "Heathlands" | Grove Road | Bournemouth'.

British diplomat (1858-1918) 'H. M. Consul-General for the Vilayet of Beirut, Syria, and for the Lebanon, 1908-14' (Who's Who). One page, octavo. Very good. In reply to the Secretary's letter 'regrets very much not having been able to take advantage of the Council's kind invitations [to attend two lectures] owing to his absence at Bournemouth on sick leave.' Signed 'H. A. Cumberbatch'.

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