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THE BERRYHILL & STURGEON NAPOLEONIC WAR ARCHIVE
PRESENTS

THE PENINSULAR WAR LETTERS OF LT. GENERAL SIR THOMAS GRAHAM, LORD LYNEDOCH

A PRIVATE TREATY OFFERING

Lt. General Sir Thomas Graham

Siege of Cadiz letter

" There has been such extraordinary bad weather here that nothing could be attempted in the way of offence, as there could be no naval coordination "

 

Dateline:  6 February 1811 - Isla de Leon

1 page Autograph Letter Signed (ALS)

Lt. General Sir Thomas Graham finally is recalled to Lisbon from Cadiz to actively resume his position as Wellington's Second in Command. Being frustrated to have been technically Wellington's Second in Command since 1810 (see other letters) but told to remain in Cadiz to protect the critical Spanish port and rump Spanish government by Lord Liverpool and the British Government, Graham is anxious to get back into the fight following his Barossa triumph. Here he wanders the halls of Stuart's estate in Lisbon trying to connect with him or Admiral Berkeley and inquires if Wellington has sent him any instructions. A nice letter as Graham transitions from a defensive commander to an active command in the field.

Transcription:

Leon d'oro [inn] Lisbon
Tuesday 9th July 1811


My Dear Stuart,

    After a tedious passage of six days & a half (having sailed on the 3rd) here I am arrived in an unlucky moment for a dinner at your house which I traversed for a quarter of an hour before Mr Hamilton
[Stuart's personal secretary] was discovered the ad[mira]l too [Admiral Sir George Cranfield Berkeley, - Commander in Chief of the Lisbon Station Fleet - also an old friend who lived down the road from Stuart's estate) am understood was equally on the move today so here we are at the Posada [inn] till I get a quarter meanwhile I am anxious to know if you have you got any letters from Lord Wellington for me anyway let me know what your intentions are as I can easily get a chaise or horse to go out to you if you do not think of being here this evening advise ever most truly yours.

                                                     Thomas Graham

H[is] E[xcellency] Charles Stuart, Esq.

 

 

 

 

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