Edinburgh: Manuscript, 1804. First Edition. Unbound. Very good condition. Item #a3701ba
Two page letter entirely in Hastings' hand, signed "Moira, General." Written to Lt. Gen. Gordon requesting warrant for 2000 pounds for the Commissary General in Scotland for establishment of signal stations, dated October 13, 1804. Includes a 19th century black & white engraved portrait of Hastings. British soldier; entered the army in 1771; administrator. Fought against the colonists in the American Revolution. Created (1783) Baron Rawdon and then succeeding (1793) his father as earl of Moira; played an active role in the House of Lords; partisan of the prince of Wales (later George IV). As governor-general of Bengal (1813-22), he successfully waged war on the Gurkhas of Nepal (1814-16), the marauding Pindaris, and the Marathas, meanwhile maintaining a vigorous and progressive government; instrumental in extending the Company's territories; rewarded (1817) for his services with the title marquess of Hastings. He was governor of Malta when he died.