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Grossbritannien (G.B) - Briefe 1745

"AB" (ARMÉE BRITANNIQUE). Well-struck circular handstamp of the BRITISH FIELDPOST on folded letter from "Nivose Camp July the 11 th 1745" (Belgium) send to the Earl of Lowdon in London. It was written in the field by Capt. John Dalrymple (5 th Earl of Stair) whilst serving with the British contingent fighting with the Austrians and Dutch against the French in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). A very fine rarity. Ex Robson Lowe sale 7.5.1952. A similar cover from same correspondance (written 7 days before) with a postmark strike of inferior quality sold for 2123 GBP in the Harmers London "important Stamps and Covers of the World" sale of july 28 th 1995 (lot 94).

Written just after the retreat from Fontenoy, the letters describe in a very legible handwriting the movements of the army without of course, any regards for "security" . "The first Brigade of the British Foot Sir Robert Rick´s Dragoons with some Dutch Calvalry was detached to go to Ghent some days ago. We heard they had got safe to Alost and imagined they were out of Danger, but an account came yesterday that they had been attacked between Alost and Ghent by a force very much superior to theirs ... they say our troops have suffered very considerably..."

Briefe 1745

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