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Lot 641

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(1772-1823) Anglo-Irish major general during the Napoleonic Wars. Captured with Beresford at Buenos Aires, and again tried to take the city, only to barely escape with his life. During the Peninsular War he was present at the battles of Rolica, Vimiero, Busaco, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Vittoria, the Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, and Toulouse. He also commanded the 9th Brigade of Sir Thomas Picton's 5th Division at the Battle of Waterloo. PACK BIDS FAREWELL TO THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON Superlative content and association A.L.S. 'D. Pack', 2pp. 4to., Calais, Oct. 29, 1819 to his comrade in arms, ARTHUR WELLESLEY, DUKE OF WELLINGTON. As he leaves his military service under Wellington to serve as Lieutenant-Governor of Plymouth and General Officer Commanding Western District, Pack bids his friend goodbye. In part: '...Although I did not venture to trespass upon your Grace's time in order to take leave at Valenciennes, still, I cannot resist...to write these few farewell lines, before I embark for England and am removed from your Grace's command. There is scarcely an individual I believe in the Army, that has had the honour of serving under your Grace with more good fortune than myself, for, excepting the Talevera Campaign, when I was at Walcheren, I have never lost...a days service in the field, since the landing of the British Army in Portugal...I have never seen you discomposed, or heard a harsh expression to any one under your Command. I am beyond all bounds impressed with feelings of admiration...the best wishes of my heart that you may enjoy many years of honor and happiness...'. Some dust soiling at top margin, else very good.

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February 8, 2021 10:00 AM EST

Chesapeake City, MD, US

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