Letter Signed as Secretary of State for War, to Colonel J.D.Baker, Natal, about the Command of the Forces in Natal and the Transvaal in the event of Sir Evelyn Wood or Redvers Buller being incapacitated, sending a confidential paper to be opened if necessary, “containing a dormant Commission appointing you their successor, with the local rank of Major General”. 2 pp. 12 x 8 inches, in good condition. War Office, 27 April 1881. Hugh Culling Eardley Childers (1827-1896), statesman, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1882), Home Secretary (1886), had a successful start to his career as a politician in Melbourne in the 1850’s. Later he was instrumental in bringing about the abolition of transportation. He was responsible for the administration of the War Office during the Transvaal War of 1881 and the Egyptian Campaign of 1882.