A lengthy Autograph Letter Signed, to his friend, Captain ffarington R.N. at Wood Vale, West Cowes, Isle of Wight, lamenting a family death, imparting other family news, hoping that the family can visit his correspondent, “provided you can receive so large a party”. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches, with address panel (Portsmouth postmark), torn at seal opening, otherwise good. Gatcombe, 1 September 1834. General the Hon. William Henry Gardner (1774-1856), Royal Artillery, aide de camp to Lord Chatham in the Walcheren Expedition.