WELLINGTON, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke. 19279

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A lengthy Autograph Letter Signed ‘Ever your’s most sincerely, Wellington”, to Charles Stuart, concerning supplies for the Allied Commissariat by the Portuguese Government, in an attempt to “save a great deal of useless correspondence”, at a time when supplies of corn are becoming scarce, by routing letters direct to Wellington rather than through Mr. Pipon [James Pipon, Deputy Commissary General], discussing in detail how long current supplies will last, fearing that the Portuguese have been overpaid for insufficient supplies, etc. 6 pages 9 x 7 inches, in very good condition, small filing hole only. Fuente Guinaldo [Spain], 10 May 1812. “Reckoning for that part of the Portuguese Army supplied by our Commissariat we have in Magazine for our Army a sufficiency for 200 days …” A Peninsular War campaign letter entirely in the hand of the first Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) written two months before the Battle of Salamanca. Wellington’s correspondent, Sir Charles Stuart (1779-1845), was appointed British envoy to Portugal in 1810. His services at the Portuguese Court were invaluable to Wellington. Published in Gurwood, Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, 1838, Volume IX (New Edition), pp. 133-134.