Original Letter penned by the Duke Of Wellington (1769-1852)
Anglo-Irish Field Marshal & British Prime Minister 1828-30, 1834. The
letter reads 2 pages, London, 28th July 1847, to Mrs. [David Ochterlony]
Dyce Sombre (Mary Anne Jervis). Wellington states that he has received
his correspondent's note regarding a commission, further informing her
that the individual 'has been recommended….by Sir James McGregor'
and that 'His name is on the list of candidates: and he will be
appointed & fill a commission….when a vacancy allows. You may rely upon
his not being looked over'. In a postscript Wellington further adds
'Since writing the above I have had reason to believe that your
protégé will soon have a commission'
Mary Anne Jervis (c.1813-1893)
Daughter of Edward Jervis Jervis, 2nd Viscount St. Vincent, an associate
of the Duke of Wellington. Wife of David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre
(1808-1851) Anglo-Indian Politician, the first person of Asian descent
to be elected to the British Parliament. Mary Anne Jervis has been
described as an 'accomplished singer, dancer and composer'.
Sir James McGrigor
(1771-1858) Scottish Physician, Military Surgeon & Botanist, largely
responsible for the creation of the Royal Army Medical Corps. In 1811
McGrigor was appointed Surgeon-General to the Duke of Wellington's army
in Spain and Portugal during the Peninsular War and later served as
Director-General of the Army Medical Service 1815-51. Wellington
described McGrigor as 'one of the most industrious, able, and successful
public servants I have ever met with'.
Superb item in the hand of this iconic British Military Leader. Secure