1881 Colchester UK 3rd Hussars wine order Political Agent Persian Gulf

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Letter from Colchester Essex. Major Walker of the 3rd (The King's Own) Hussars writing to a Bordeaux wine merchant. He is providing them with the address of Mr. MacIvor former officer, now Political Agent in Bushehr Persian Gulf. He would like to order some claret wine.

March 7th
Colchester Essex
My dear Sir,
Mr. Ivar MacIvor who was formerly an officer in this Regiment, but has now gone into the Political service and is now at
Persian Gulf
Via Bombay
Has written asking me to write to you as he did not know your address, to send him a hogshead of the same light claret you supply us with (Bonnes Cotes). I don’t quite know what steamers go to Bushire. He thinks it would have to be transhipped at Aden, Letters however go by Bombay. I dare say you will be able to find out the best route
Your truly
C. S. Walker
3rd Hussars
His address is:
Ivar MacIvor Esq.
Political Agent
Persian Gulf


Nice embossed letterhead of Horse and Crown, and motto ‘HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE’ ‘Nec Aspera Terrent’ (Nor do difficulties deter).

Back page, note from wine merchant: ‘1881 C. Walker du 3rd Hussars Colchester 7e mars’.

4 pages.

Folded horizontally. Foxing on fold, other spots.

17.5 x 11 cm 


Charles Stephen Walker 3rd Hussars:

  • Cornet, 2nd Lieut., Or Ensign 10 may 1861
  • Lieutenant 26 February 1864
  • Captain, by purchase, 22 June 1867
  • Major 4 November 1879
  • Lt Colonel July 1 1881
  • Colonel July 1 1885
  • Half-pay July 1 1887

MacIvor, Ivar, Captain, I.S.C., Political Department, Government of India.-Sub-lieutenant, 18th Hussars, Oct., 1872; arrived in India, March, 1873; 1st regiment, Central India Horse, Aug., 1877; assistant to governor-general's agent, Central India, Oct., 1878; assistant to political resident, Persian Gulf, Feb., 1880; 1st assistant to governor-general's agent, Baluchistan, Jan., 1885; political agent, Zhob, Jan., 1890.

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The 3rd (The King's Own) Hussars was a cavalry regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1685. It saw service for three centuries, including the First World War and the Second World War…. It then went on to fight at the Battle of Chillianwala in January 1849 and the Battle of Gujrat in February 1849 during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The regiment was renamed the 3rd (The King's Own) Hussars in 1861. In 1868 it was in India. The regiment was deployed to South Africa in December 1901 for service in the Second Boer War and was involved in the last great drives, capturing the boers, in the north-east of the Orange River Colony.