Letter from Arthur Wellesley to Lord John Russell, 1847.

Scope and Content

Autograph letter signed from Arthur Wellesley, 1st duke of Wellington, to Lord John Russell.

Concerning the discharge of soldiers from the ranks, suggesting a system of allowing Infantry soldiers to enlist for periods of 10 years at a time. Signed Wellington.London, 27 January 1847.

Transcript available with original.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Wellesley (1796-1852), military leader famous for his victory over Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo in 1815, prime minister from 1828 to 1830.

Lord John Russell (1792-1878), prime minister from 1846-1852 and 1865-1866, created first earl Russell of Kingston Russell in 1861.


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Call number used to be ms843

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Paper: three sheets, 23.2x18.2cm folded.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

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