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ROBERTS Lord Roberts of Kandahar - Autograph Letter Signed 1905

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Frederick Sleigh ROBERTS, Lord Roberts of Kandahar (1832-1914)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Roberts”) to Sir Alfred Milner, discussing the “announcement of my taking over the office of President of the N[ational] S[ervice] League”.

2 pages 8vo with integral blank leaf, 47 Portland Place, 15 December 1905.           

. . . your idea about delaying the announcement of my taking over the office of President of the N.S. League quite falls in with the views I hold. The members at various places are clamouring for some announcement being made . . . but I will do nothing until you feel yourself in a position to help me. I feel the importance of the matter, and of no mistake being made.”

The National Service League was founded in 1902, arguing for compulsory military service in order to boost Britain’s military inadequacy in the face of possible invasion. Sinister threats to Britain’s security were sensationally depicted in the following year’s popular novel, The Riddle of the Sands, but the League remained a minor pressure group until later in the decade, under Lord Roberts’ leadership.


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