SALE, Sir Robert. 13285



Autograph Note in the third person to Mr. James Stewart, presenting beneath his signature as Major-General. 10 x 8 inches, thin paper, some minor defects. With an India cover addressed (in another hand) to James Stewart in London, postmarked in arrival 7 August 1843. Undated. Major-General Sir Robert Henry Sale (1782-1845) was besieged for six months in 1841-42 in Jalalabad until relieved by Pollock. He died fighting the Sikhs in December 1845. His wife, Lady Sale, wrote an account of her adventures in a Journal of the Disasters in Afghanistan (1843). Sale served in India from 1798 and commanded the 13th Foot during the First Burmese War (1825-26). Sale then commanded his regiment at a succession of Indian garrisons: Berhampore, Dinapore, Agra, and Kurnaul. On 28 June 1838, at Kurnaul, he was promoted brevet colonel. In October he was made commander of the 1st Bengal brigade in the army of the Indus, which was destined for the invasion of Afghanistan.