A long Autograph Letter Signed ‘Howden’, to B.C.Williams, discussing family legacies and their historical background. 4 pp. 12 x 8 inches, generally in good condition, some light surface soiling only. Grimston, Tadcaster, 22 March 1825. General Sir John Francis Caradoc (1762-1839), the only son of John Cradock, Archbishop of Dublin, fought in the campaign against the French in the West Indies in 1793 and was wounded at Martinique. In 1795 he was appointed Colonel of the 127th Foot, and placed on half-pay when that regiment was reduced in 1797. He was appointed Major-General in 1798, and served in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 as Quartermaster-General in Ireland, seeing action the Battle of Vinegar Hill. He accompanied Cornwallis in his campaign against the French forces landed in Ireland, and was severely wounded at the Battle of Ballinamuck. He was second in command in the advance on Cairo (1801), Commander in Chief at Madras 1804-7, and took command of the troops in Portugal in 1808. In 1811 he was appointed Governor of the Cape Colony and commander of the forces on that station, resigning in 1814 and being succeeded by Lord Charles Somerset. The town of Cradock in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, is named after him.