Grossbritannien (G.B) - Briefe 1839
WELLINGTON, first Duke of (1769-1852), autograph signed free frank "Free Wellington" on envelope (light toning at left), on front the red "FREE 20 SE 30" arrival postmark, on reverse the "WALMER" (double circle without date) departure postmark and "DOVER SE 19 1839" transit date stamp, send to London. Very fine.
(The first Duke of Wellington died in 1852 in Walmer Castle)
Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS (c. 1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852) was an Anglo-Irish British Army soldier and statesman, widely considered one of the leading military and political figures of the first half of the nineteenth century. Commissioned an ensign in the British Army, he rose to prominence in the Napoleonic Wars, eventually reaching the rank of field marshal. He is most famous for, together with Blücher, defeating Napoleon at Waterloo.
As a general, Wellington is often compared to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, with whom he shared many characteristics, chiefly a transition to politics after a highly successful military career. He was twice Tory Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and was one of the leading figures in the House of Lords until his retirement in 1846.