EDWARD VII (1841-1910). King of England.
Autograph Letter Signed ('Albert Edward') to the Hon. G. Cardwell, M.P., 4 pages 8vo on black-edged paper with envelope, Abergeldie Castle, Aberdeenshire, 24 September 1872. Marked 'Private' at the head, the prince implores Cardwell to see that Colonel[Valentine] Baker does not suffer from leaving the army a few months short of his 21 years service and prior to the regiment leaving for India.
'... Colonel Baker is such a distinguished officer, & having commanded his Regmt for 13 years it would be a great loss to the Service if he were obliged to sell out.'Baker's career was to come to an abrupt end in 1875 when he was accused of indecent assault on a young woman in a railway carriage. Though the Prince stood up for him, he was sentenced to a year's imprisonment and dismissed from the service.
He was the younger brother of Sir Samuel Baker.
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