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Autograph letter, signed.
Portsmouth, Admiralty House, September 22, 1842. Small 8vo, 3 pages, written in ink and a highly legible hand on light blue paper, traces of previous mounting on final, blank page of the bifolium. Sir Edward Codrington (1770-1851) had a long and adventurous carreer as a Royal Navy officer, fought in the Battle of Trafalgar, engaged in the Peninsular War, played an important diplomatic and military role during the Greek war of independence and was, towards the end of his professional life, appointed commander-in-chief at Portsmouth, from where he wrote this letter to one Adèle, a friend of the Codrington family. Codrington expresses his diappointment at not having met the Archduke Frederick of Austria, who was touring Britain in December 1842, whilst he had been on an 'offical visit to the Western part of my station'. [Offered together with:] Steel-engraved portrait of Codrington, presumably near contemporary to the autograph letter.
      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd.]
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