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Lot 373
AFGHANISTAN. Sir NEVILLE BOWLES CHAMBERLAIN (1820-1902, Field Marshal)
Sold for £2,040 (US$ 3,473) inc. premium
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AFGHANISTAN. Sir NEVILLE BOWLES CHAMBERLAIN (1820-1902, Field Marshal)
LONG CROSS-WRITTEN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ('Neville, Bowles, C[hambe]rlain'), writing from Afghanistan as an ensign, to his uncle Thomas Lloyd, giving a full report of his activities since his last letter, particularly of dealings with the native population: the deviousness of the Emir ['Ameir'] of Kyrpore, who after promises of friendship and a convivial durbar with Sir H[enry] Fane, allowed his men to stop the Quarter-Master General and call him 'a pig of an Englishman'; news coming in of 1,000 men drawn up against them, which resulted in the British being ordered to sleep in their clothes and a false alarm in the middle of the night; attempts to get the men of the town of Boree from the fort of Bukker and the retaking of it; the march to Hydrabad and a request from Sir J. Kean for Fane's assistance because he feared he was to be attacked by 40,000 men but this was rendered unnecessary the following day, Kean having come to terms with the enemy; their return to Boree and the march to Shikerpore, from where he is writing, with an account of parades for Shah Soojah [whom the British had placed on the Afghan throne in 1838 after he had defeated Dost Mohammed] ('...He looked hard at the Guns, I suppose thinking whether they were a match for Dost Mahomed's, but I am afraid we shall never try them. Some people say he will fight, others say he will come to terms...'); the deaths of nine of Sir J. Kean's officers who set fire to jungle to drive game from it but were themselves engulfed by the fire; firing on H.M. Wellesley from a mud fort full of people and her retaliatory and lethal broadside; a sale in the camp ('...I only wish I had a few Camel loads, I should make my fortune...'); rumours of the Persians going to Herat, of a 'Burman War' and of war with Russia; the constant warlike preparations; his suspicion that the natives are great thieves; attacks on camp followers with men brought in with their heads off; news that the Shah of Persia has executed his prime minister and is casting guns with a view to attacking Herat; news of his fellows, George Holroyd and Ghy; and the proud announcement of his command of a company, 6 pages, quarto, on three pages (each cross-written), all easily legible, some letters of his surname removed when the letter was opened, integral address with manuscript and stamped postal markings, Camp at Shikarpore, 23 February 1839

Footnotes

  • The much-wounded Chamberlain served most of his army career in Afghanistan and India with a reputation as a daring leader of irregular horse, earning the epithet of 'that glorious soldier'. His last command was of the Madras Army.
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