COMBERMERE, Stapleton-Cotton, Viscount, Field Marshal. 18868



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Combermere’, as Commander in Chief in India, to “My dear Charles” (C.W.Williams-Wynn), on his return from “a most interesting Tour thro’ the Himlaya Mountains as far as the Great Pass (Borendo) into Chinese Tartary”, with references to Lord Melville, Lord Amherst, and the sale of Bishop Heber’s Journal to benefit his widow. 4 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in good condition. Camp nr Puttialah [India], 1 November 1828. Sir Stapleton Cotton (1773-1865), first Viscount Combermere, served in India as colonel of the light dragoons 1794-98. He served in the Peninsular War, and in 1810 was appointed to the command of the whole allied cavalry. Later he was commander-in-chief in Ireland (1822-25) and commander-in-chief in India (1825-30), where in 1827 he captured the fortress of Bhurtpoor. “Tho’ a soldier, I must confess that I am sorry to see so many military men in the new administration. If Murray had been appointed Secretary At War, and a civilian put at the head of the Colonial Office, John Bull would have been better satisfied.”