Autographed Letter Signed on Crown watermarked stationery
Place Published: London
Date Published: 1851
Description: 4-page letter signed "Wellington" with excellent content, each two-page spread measuring 7 x 9 inches, London, May 25, 1851. Written to Edward Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset, concerning preparations for the Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace, one of Europe's most memorable World's Fairs, which Wellington helped plan, in part: "...Your Lordship expresses the desire that four additional Boatsmen should be allowed to ply at the Serpentine for the purpose of taking persons across the water. Understanding that the police have made arrangements to stop access of the park, in case it should be found that the Glass Palace had become more crowded than was desirable; I have been anxious to avoid to give any individuals whatever...a formal permission to go into the park and the Serpentine River which is the part within Kensington Gardens! If any departure is necessary, I should prefer to avoid to give it till I should hear from the Commissioner of the Exhibition or from the Commissioner of Police that further Boatsmen is necessary..." Several folds; small smudges and spots; tiny hole in the top edge of pages 1 and 2. Very good(-) condition.
Comments: Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman and one of the leading military and political figures of the 19th century. He is best remembered for defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo and for serving twice as Prime Minister of Great Britain.Signed: Y
Book ID: 228955