ABERCROMBY, General Sir Ralph. 19524

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Autograph Letter Signed ‘R.Abercromby’, as commander of the troops in Ireland, to Captain Moore, Carabineers, Ardmagh, describing his “whirlpool of pleasure”, including giving a successful “Ball & Supper to the Noblesse of Carlow that might have done honor to a prince of the Blood”, the arrival of officers and their romantic attachments, commenting on Moore’s recruiting. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches, removed from an album, the right edges of each page severely worn (and affecting the signature), but legible, address panel, straight line CARLOW, edges also worn. Carlow [Ireland], 14 January, no year given [1798]. “I see you have been tolerably successfull in Recruiting, I wish Skottowes[?] men may be judiciously chosen, the are under size. Their youth is however in their favor. I could wish that any men you get may be at least five feet eleven. I hope soon to see you again at Quarters, if you and the other Gentlemen can get seven or eight men more.”General Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801) commanded the troops in Ireland for a brief period from December 1797, until appointed commander of the forces in Scotland. In 1799 he was appointed to command the first division in an attack on Holland. He died of his wounds after the Battle of Alexandria (1801).