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(HARNESS, Sir Henry Drury.) COLLINSON, Thomas Bernard, & Charles Edmund Webber.

General Sir Henry Drury Harness.

Colonel Commandant Royal Engineers. The Material in this Memoir was collected and arranged by the late General Collinson and edited by General Webber.

London, Royal Engineers Institute Committee, 1903 Stock Code: 140721
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First and sole edition, based on Collinson's privately published Memoir of 1883. Harness (1804-1883) served as instructor of fortification at the Royal Military Academy; secretary of the Railway commission; deputy master of the Royal Mint; commissioner of public works in Ireland; director of the Royal Engineer Establishment at Chatham. "On the outbreak of the Indian mutiny Harness was given the command of the Royal Engineers of the force under Lord Clyde. He took part in the operations at Cawnpore, the siege and capture of Lucknow, and the subsequent operations in Rohilkhand and Oudh. He was mentioned in dispatches, thanked by the governor-general in council, and made a CB" (ODNB). Chapter VI, of over 60 pages, is devoted to Harness's service during the Mutiny. "On his death George Robert Gleig, chaplain-general to the forces, wrote: 'I never found one in whose society I so much delighted as in his I invariably heard from him something which I loved to carry away. He was so gentle, so pure-minded, so simple in his tastes, so just in his estimate of character1" (ibid.).

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Octavo. Original plum fine oblique-grain cloth, gilt-lettered spine and front cover. 2 folding statistical tables.

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2 folding statistical tables.

Condition

Binding skilfully refurbished, extremities of spine and corners consolidated, scattered foxing, neat pencilled marginalia at the head of p. 22. A very good copy.

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