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GILLESPIE, Sir Robert Rolo.) THORN, William.
A Memoir of Major-General Sir R.R. Gillespie,.
London: T. Egerton at the Military Library, 1816. Octavo. Original paper-covered boards, paper label to the spine. Boards a little rubbed,minor stripping to the front board, corners softened, spine skilfully renewed and the original printed label laid down, light browning only, a very good copy. Vignetted stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece after George Chinnery, folding engraved battle-plan of Kalunga. Errata/ad. leaf present. First and only contemporary edition of this uncommon posthumous memoir of a remarkable early nineteenth-century colonial military career, spanning the Caribbean, South and South East Asia. Just six locations on Library Hub, no copies traced at auction. An excellent copy, highly desirable in the original boards, judiciously restored. Born in Ireland, Gillespie (1766–1814), was always restless in search of adventure, choosing a military career instead of the expected university education. In 1788 he was cleared of a murder arising from his standing as second in a duel for an officer in his regiment, and in 1792 accepted promotion into the newly-raised 20th (Jamaica) light dragoons, this despite the fact that at the time service in the Caribbean was a virtual death sentence, between 1796 and 1802 close to 20,000 Brtish troops died in the West Indies, the great majority from disease. Once there he survived yellow fever, action in San Domingo in support of the French, and a concerted attempt on his life by "a gang of eight desperadoes" (ODNB). Following the Peace of Amiens, he returned to England but his "financial position became sorely embarrassed by … [Click Below for Full Description]
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