ROBERTS, Frederick Sleigh, 1st Earl, letters, autographs, documents, manuscripts

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ROBERTS, Frederick Sleigh, 1st Earl (1832-1914). Field Marshal.
Typewritten Letter Signed to the Rev J. Percy de Putron, 3 pages small 4to (a little soiled), 'On the Nile, 14 March 1909. Taking as his starting-point Putron's letter saying that he was to hold a Church Parade for his parishioners who had joined the Territorials, Robert expatiates on the duty of soldiering.

'... These young men are preparing themselves to take upon them the duty of defending their country from invasion and I honour them for so doing. ... Much has been said against training our men and boys in drill and rifle shooting as tending to raise in them a spirit of militarism, but my firm belief is that to accustom a nation to arms is not to make war more likely but more remote, and that, under God, the guarantee of peace is that every man should be trained and able to take his place and do his part in the defence of his country. ...'

Towards the end of his career Roberts had involved himself as president of the National Service League, which advocated compulsory military training, and he travelled the country advocating national service and warning of the German threat.

£150 [No: 25512]
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