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LEITH HAY, Andrew. 20606 Autograph Letter Signed, discussing party political events; “my impression is that they will dissolve next week.” 1 page, with two lines and signature overleaf, fine. 3 Cleveland Square, 18 December [watermark 1834]. Sir Andrew Leith Hay of Rannes (1785 –1862), Scottish soldier, Scottish Liberal Party politician and writer on architecture. He entered the army as an ensign in the 72nd Foot on 8 January 1806, went to the Peninsula in 1808 as aide-de-camp to his uncle, General Sir James Leith, and served through the war until 1814. He was much employed in gaining intelligence, and was present at many of the actions from Corunna to the storming of San Sebastian. Wherever he went he made sketches, and in 1831 worked up these materials into two volumes, entitled A Narrative of the Peninsular War.