This collection contains papers of British soldier and
statesman Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), chiefly related to Wellingon's work as Constable of the Tower
of London, including letters and documents pertaining to the day to day running of the
Tower and Wellington's efforts to reform the long-standing traditions of the
staff and personnel who lived and worked in the Tower.
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), British soldier and statesman.
Wellington was born in Ireland on May 1, 1769, and after an unpromising childhood
and scholastic career entered the army. After service in the Netherlands and India,
in May of 1808, he left England and served in the Peninsular Campaign of the
Napoleonic Wars, finally defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. He
was twice prime minister (1828-1830 and 1834, Nov.-Dec.) and remained
Commander-in-Chief of the British Army until his death on September 14, 1852.
270 pieces in 5 boxes
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