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SECRET LETTER ABOUT SUPPLYING ARMS TO THE FRENCH ROYALISTS IN THE VENDEE

WYNDHAM, William

A Fine & Extensive Autograph Letter written to an unnamed recipient requesting information about the long delayed and disastrously handled delivery of arms to the Royalist Army in the Vendee region of North West France during the Vendee War.

Published
London

Description
4to., 3 pages (approx 380 words), holograph, blank fourth page docketed, has been folded for mailing.

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Product Description

William Wyndham (1750-1810), Secretary at War, is requesting information regarding the delay in implementing his order for sending arms to the Royalist Army and seeks measures to rectify this situation. He is concerned that 3 copies of one of his letters were found on the same ship, and that after three attempts to deliver the arms due to poor weather the ship returned to Plymouth. He comments on the “great gloom over the intelligence of the last letters”, and the final comment in the letter gives a good indication that he considers that all was lost. He comments on Mr. Dumansque who had recently been over, and seeks information on the quantity of arms which are to be supplied. The arms that are the subject of this letter would have been those which were being supplied in preparation for the ill-fated Quiberon expedition. This is a most unusual letter because it is to an unnamed recipient and is entirely holograph instead of secretary written, which would seem to suggest that it was meant to be kept secret.