MACGREGOR, Major-General Sir Charles Metcalfe. 17490

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Autograph Letter Signed ‘C.M.Macgregor’, to “My dear Baker” [Colonel J.D.Baker], about speaking to “Sir Fredk.” [Frederick Roberts] about the command of the Division, explaining that “the Duke [of Cambridge] had made a considerable fuss ab[ou]t your getting a B[riga]de”, assuring Baker of his continuing support. etc. 1 page 8 x 6 inches, folds, minor blemishes. Jellalabad [India],undated [probably about 1879]. “Can I do anything for you at Jellalabad?” Probably written during the Second Afghan War. Major-General Sir Charles Metcalfe MacGregor (1840 – 5 February 1887) was an Anglo-Indian explorer and geographer; also Quartermaster General for the British Army in India, the head of the Intelligence Department for the British Indian Army and served under Frederick Roberts in the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The MacGregor Medal is awarded in his honour. Author of Narrative of a journey through the province of Khorassan and on the n.w. frontier of Afghanistan in 1875 (1879); Wanderings in Balochistan (1882); The Defence of India: a strategical study (1884). After the Second Afghan War, training of men in intelligence gathering became the responsibility of the Quartermaster General and MacGregor served in this role for the East Indies until 1885.