(WELLESLEY, Richard Colley, Marquess) MARTIN, Montgomery (ed.)
The Despatches, Minutes, and Correspondence of the Marquess Wellesley,
during his Administration of India, [&] during His Lordship's Mission to Spain as Ambassador Extraordinary to the Spanish Junta in 1809.
First editions. “The most brilliant part of Wellesley’s career was unquestionably his government of India. He must be regarded as one of the three men who consolidated the empire of which Clive laid the foundation. In many respects he resembled Dalhousie more than Hastings; but the difficulties which he was called upon to encounter were greater than those which confronted Dalhousie. His services in Spain as ambassador to the Spanish junta, and his subsequent action as foreign secretary in London, must be regarded as having largely conduced to the success of the Peninsular war in the indefatigable support which he gave to his illustrious brother … As a member of a constitutional government such as that of Great Britain he was somewhat out of place owing to his autocratic habits and the contempt which he felt, and did not attempt to conceal, for the failings of his less able colleagues. Mackintosh called him ‘a sultanized Englishman'” (DNB). A very handsome set indeed of this important collection of Wellesley’s papers.
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6 volumes, octavo (218 139 mm). Later dark red half morocco, matching linen, for Hatchards, raised bands, titles gilt in second and fourth compartments, the others with gilt lozenge, gilt rules to spine and corner edges, top edges gilt, the others uncut. Engraved portrait frontispiece with facsimile signature to volume I, 4 folding maps in all, all but one with colour. Light sunning to some spines, otherwise a very good, clean set.