CANNING, George (1770-1827). Prime Minister 1827.
Fine Autograph Letter Signed to Field Marshal Lord (William Carr) Beresford (1768-1854), headed 'Private & Confidential', 2 page 4to, Necessidades [Lisbon], 18 April 1815. An important letter from the envoy to Lisbon to the head of the army there, discussing the question of Portuguese troops being sent to join Wellington's army.
Written at a crucial time during Napoleon's Hundred Days and the sessions of the Congress of Vienna, depicting a certain naiveté or ignorance on the part of the Portuguese as to the true state of affairs in northern Europe.
'I return the D. of W's Letter: of which I presume you have no objection to my keeping a Copy, to put up (for my own satisfaction) with the Memorandum which I have taken of its contents. This memorandum, - not the Letter - I read to Dn: Miguel this morning. ...No communication from Wellington to Beresford is recorded in the Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington (1838) in the weeks immediately preceding the present letter.
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