CLARK, Sir Andrew

Autograph letter to B. B. Murray stating that he is unable to accept the invitation to the Chamber of Commerce where he would have given his thanks for the outstanding success of the Bechuanaland Expedition under the command of Sir Charles Warren.

War Office

4to., 3 pages (approx 200 words), holograph, with blank fourth page.


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In December 1884 Sir Charles Warren (1840-1927) was given charge of an expedition to South Africa, known as the •Bechuanaland Expedition’, to halt encroachments in that area by Germany and the Transvaal, and to suppress the Boer freebooter states. He met the Boer leader Paul Kruger at the Modder River and his mission was successful. He was recalled in September 1985. Sir Andrew Clark (1824-1902) notes in this letter that he advised that Warren should be •intrusted with this important mission’: ñI confess, however, that the completeness of that success has even exceeded my hopes, and I think that the unique services which Sir Charles Warren has rendered to his country restoring its prestige and asserting its power without the loss of a single life, deserves the recognition your Association is about to show.î Clark ended his military career at the War Office as •Inspector General of Fortifications’ and this letter is written on embossed headed notepaper under that office.