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PAGET Henry - Autograph Letter Signed 1835

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Henry PAGET, Earl of Uxbridge, Marquess of Anglesey (1768-1854)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Anglesey”) to “My dear Stovin” [Sir Frederick Stovin, who had served in the Peninsula and was later wounded at the battle of New Orleans], offering to be “questioned & crossquestioned” by an officer employed in “interesting work” on the battle of Waterloo.

4 pages 8vo, Hampstead, 14 November 1835.                     

Henry Paget, later Marquess of Anglesey, lost a leg at Waterloo while next to the Duke of Wellington, famously remarking “By God, Sir, I’ve lost my leg!”

I had a letter from Curran of the 7th [Hussars, of which Anglesey was Colonel] informing me that a Box containing the Correspondence would leave Dublin on that day & wd. be sent from Liverpool . . . It is not arrived & I feel nervous about it. . . I have been very idle about the Waterloo business. I know I shall do nothing on it upon Paper. It is so difficult to recollect details at this distance of time, & to determine what might be useful for the purpose of Elucidation & what superfluous. But if the ingenious Officer who is employed in the interesting work would at any time call upon me, I would for his accommodation readily submit to be questioned & crossquestioned. Old Thornhill is to be with me at Christmas, & if then, or any time within a fortnight after that time, you & he would present yourselves at B.D., you wd. be les biens venus . . . I have been a good deal surprised by some late events.” A scrawled postscript informs Stovin that “The Box is arrived”.

Lord Angelsey had served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland until 1833, a post which, in its early days, brought him into conflict with his former commander, the Duke of Wellington. It seems likely that the “late events” which surprised him concerned events in Ireland.


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