1859 ALS Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan

$150.00 CAD

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Oct 17 59
I must apologise for having been so long through inadvertence answering your letter.
I (regret) to say that I have so few autographs of my late father as Lord Raglan that I am unable to comply with your request ___ having generally when writing to his family not signed his title.
I have ______


Paper has tiny embossed ‘Madresfield Court’ at top of page

His father, referred to in this letter, was the infamous Field Marshal FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan (see below).

Light vertical and horizontal folds.

18.25 x 11.25 cm


Madresfield Court is a Grade I country house in England, in the village of Madresfield near Malvern in Worcestershire. The stately home, near the village centre, has been the ancestral home for several centuries of the Lygon family, whose eldest sons took the title of Earl Beauchamp from 1815 until 1979, when the last Earl died. Distinguished collections of furniture, art, and porcelain are housed at Madresfield, which was rated by Sir Simon Jenkins among the 50 best in his book on 1,000 historic houses.

Georgina Lygon was  married to:

Richard Henry Fitzroy Somerset 2nd Baron Raglan.

The second son of FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, he was born in Paris and educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He went to Ceylon with Lieutenant-General Sir Colin Campbell KCB as his Private Secretary and was subsequently taken into the Ceylon civil service in 1841. In 1844 he was the assistant government agent of Colombo. He left the island in 1849 to become the private secretary of George V of Hanover, leaving that office in 1855 when he succeeded to his father's title. Parliament granted him and his successor a pension of £2,000 for the service of his father. He was a Cornet in the Gloucestershire Yeomanry from 1856, and Captain 1864–75. He became a Lord-in-Waiting from 1858–59 and 1866–69, under The Earl of Derby's and Disraeli's governments respectively.

On 25 September 1856 he married Lady Georgina Lygon (1822 - 1865), the third daughter of Henry Lygon, 4th Earl Beauchamp, and they later had five children.

Field Marshal FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, GCB, PC (1788 – 1855), known before 1852 as Lord FitzRoy Somerset, was a British Army officer. As a junior officer he served in the Peninsular War and the Hundred Days, latterly as military secretary to the Duke of Wellington. He also took part in politics as Tory Member of Parliament for Truro before becoming Master-General of the Ordnance. He became commander of the British troops sent to the Crimea in 1854: while his primary objective was to defend Constantinople he was ordered to besiege the Russian Port of Sevastopol. After an early success at the Battle of Alma, a failure to deliver orders with sufficient clarity caused the fateful Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava. Despite further success at the Battle of Inkerman, a piecemeal allied assault on Sevastopol in June 1855 was a complete failure. Raglan died later that month from a mixture of dysentery and clinical depression.