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Auction archive: Lot number 118

FRENCH & INDIAN WAR - WOLFE, James. - Autograph letter signed "Jam: Wolfe" to an unnamed recipient [but Viscount Sidney] recommending works on military tactics.

Estimate
£4,000 - £6,000
ca. US$8,014 - US$12,021
Price realised:
£17,000
ca. US$34,062
Auction archive: Lot number 118

FRENCH & INDIAN WAR - WOLFE, James. - Autograph letter signed "Jam: Wolfe" to an unnamed recipient [but Viscount Sidney] recommending works on military tactics.

Estimate
£4,000 - £6,000
ca. US$8,014 - US$12,021
Price realised:
£17,000
ca. US$34,062
Beschreibung:

Autograph letter signed "Jam: Wolfe" to an unnamed recipient [but Viscount Sidney] recommending works on military tactics.
Devises: 18 July 1756. 3 pp, on a folded sheet but since separated (230x185 mm). Docketed on the blank page in an early hand “Original letter from General Wolfe to Lord Sydney.” Condition : some browning, separated along the vertical fold, other separations crudely repaired on the blank page. an important letter by wolfe on the art of war, written at the beginning of the french & indian war and just three years before his death. Wolfe writes: “ You cannot find me a more agreable Employment than to serve or oblige you, & I wish with all my heart that my inclination & abilities were of equal force. I do not recollect what it was that I recommended to Mr. Cornwallis & newphew, it might be the Comet de Turpin’s Book, which is certainly worth looking into, as it contains a good deal of plain Practice. Your Brother, no doubt, is Master of the Latin & French Languages & has some knowledge of the Mathematicks; without this last he can never become acquainted with one considerable Branch of our Business, the construction of Fortifications & the attack & defense of places. ” This comment on the importance of understanding fortifications would prove prophetic, considering his hero’s death at the 1759 assault on Quebec. The letter continues over the next two pages with reviews of specific works. Wolfe then continues: “ In these days of scarcity & in these unlucky Times it were much to be wished that all our young soldiers of Birth & Education would follow your Brother’s steps & [as] they will have their turn to command, that they would try to make themselves fit for that important Trust: without it we must sink under the superior ability & indefatigable Industry or our restless neighbour .” After this reference to France, Wolfe concludes by commenting, “ In what a strange manner have we conducted our affairs in the Mediterranean? ” An early copy of this letter is located at the Houghton Library.

Auction archive: Lot number 118
Auction:
Datum:
5 Mar 2008
Auction house:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
United Kingdom
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 78398880
Beschreibung:

Autograph letter signed "Jam: Wolfe" to an unnamed recipient [but Viscount Sidney] recommending works on military tactics.
Devises: 18 July 1756. 3 pp, on a folded sheet but since separated (230x185 mm). Docketed on the blank page in an early hand “Original letter from General Wolfe to Lord Sydney.” Condition : some browning, separated along the vertical fold, other separations crudely repaired on the blank page. an important letter by wolfe on the art of war, written at the beginning of the french & indian war and just three years before his death. Wolfe writes: “ You cannot find me a more agreable Employment than to serve or oblige you, & I wish with all my heart that my inclination & abilities were of equal force. I do not recollect what it was that I recommended to Mr. Cornwallis & newphew, it might be the Comet de Turpin’s Book, which is certainly worth looking into, as it contains a good deal of plain Practice. Your Brother, no doubt, is Master of the Latin & French Languages & has some knowledge of the Mathematicks; without this last he can never become acquainted with one considerable Branch of our Business, the construction of Fortifications & the attack & defense of places. ” This comment on the importance of understanding fortifications would prove prophetic, considering his hero’s death at the 1759 assault on Quebec. The letter continues over the next two pages with reviews of specific works. Wolfe then continues: “ In these days of scarcity & in these unlucky Times it were much to be wished that all our young soldiers of Birth & Education would follow your Brother’s steps & [as] they will have their turn to command, that they would try to make themselves fit for that important Trust: without it we must sink under the superior ability & indefatigable Industry or our restless neighbour .” After this reference to France, Wolfe concludes by commenting, “ In what a strange manner have we conducted our affairs in the Mediterranean? ” An early copy of this letter is located at the Houghton Library.

Auction archive: Lot number 118
Auction:
Datum:
5 Mar 2008
Auction house:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
United Kingdom
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 78398880
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