BERESFORD, General William Carr. 18588

£575

Description

Autograph Campaign Letter Signed, while serving with the 69th Regiment in Corsica, to Augustus Streit at Doyley’s Warehouse in the Strand, with the name of Beresford’s London Agent, asking to be sent half out a dozen pairs of Boots, some Porter and a couple of Cheeses, with news of the successful campaign against the French. 1 page 10 x 7 inches, with the integral address leaf, marked ‘not pd’ and sent by the military 1d concession rate (marking, a very early use). In good condition, occasional light stains only. Camp before Calvi [Corsica], 9 August 1794. An early campaign letter (at the rare 1d concession rate) by William Carr Beresford (1768-1854), later a Peninsular War general and Marshal in the Portuguese Service. In April 1794 Horatio Nelson entered the harbour at Bastia and bombarded the town. In June British forces landed at Calvi and after several weeks of action the town was finally stormed and captured on 10 August. “We march into Calvi tomorrow morning. With it the French lost their last hold in Corsica. The Island is entirely lost to them.”