CLARKE, Field Marshal Alured 20090



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Alured Clarke’, as Commander in Chief of the Madras Army, addressed “Madam”, hoping to extend his patronage to Mr. Mealey, being “highly flattered by the Dutches of Devonshire’s condescending attentin and my amiable friend Mrs. Sloper’s good disposition towards me …” 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches, blank section cut away from the second leaf, minor blemishes and traces of former mounting. Madras, 15 March 1796. Uncommon. Sir Alured Clarke (1744 – 1832) took charge of all British troops in Georgia in May 1780 and was then deployed to Philadelphia to supervise the evacuation of British prisoners of war at the closing stages of the American Revolutionary War. He went on to be Governor of Jamaica and then lieutenant-governor of Lower Canada in which role he had responsibility for implementing the Constitutional Act 1791. He was then sent to India where he became Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army, then briefly Governor-General of India and finally Commander-in-Chief of India during the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War.