Autograph Letter Signed ‘Arthur’ by the Prince, as a young officer, to “My dear General” [William Parke], explaining that he is unable to accept the invitation to ride on the General’s staff, because, due to a shortage of officers, “I ought to be in the ranks tomorrow”. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, gold embossed crest, in fine condition, horizontal folds. Aldershot, 23 September 1873. Arthur, Prince, first Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850–1942), the third son and seventh of the nine children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Arthur became a Field Marshal on 26 June 1902. He served in various important positions thereafter, as Commander-in-Chief in Ireland (1900-1904); Inspector-General of the Forces (1904–1907), and as Governor General of Canada (1911–1916). He commanded in Bombay from 1886 to 1890.