WAVELL, Arthur Goodall. 19531



Autograph Letter Signed ‘A.G.Wavell’, to Calverley Trevelyan, sending him “the little pamphlet” which he had mentloned to Trevelyan the previous day, enquiring “in what way I can be of any service to you during your intended journey & trust we shall hereafter meet in Mexico”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, integral address leaf, his seal in red wax also present. [England] Watermarked 1826. Uncommon. Arthur Goodall Wavell (1785-1860) fought in the Peninsular War, and with the revolutionary army of Chile. Sent to Mexico, Wavell accepted a commission as a brigadier general in the Mexican army and was quickly promoted to major general. In Mexico he published textbooks on infantry and cavalry tactics and a code of regulation as well as several pamphlets on the defence of various regions of the country. While he was in the Chilean service Wavell had met Moses Austin and developed an enthusiasm for his colonisation scheme in Texas. In 1826 the vice governor of Coahuila and Texas, Ignacio de Arispe, granted Wavell’s request for colonial rights, giving him a six year time limit to complete the colonisation of what is now Lamar, Red River, and Bowie counties as well as portions of Fannin and Hunt counties and Miller County, Arkansas. For Wavell’s adventurous career, see the Handbook to Texas Online. He was the grandfather of Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell. In 1827 he published a 71 pp. pamphlet, Notes and Reflections on Mexico, Its Mines, Policy, &c. By a Traveller, Some Years Resident in That and Other American States. This is probably “the little pamphlet” referred to in the letter, a publication aimed at prospective colonists.