Freshly Remembered: The Story of Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch - Cecil Aspinall-OglanderLondon: The Hogarth Press, 1956, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a tape repaired tear to the foot of the upper panel, further nicks and chips and more heavily tanned at the spine. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white plates ;
From the cover: “Thomas Graham, first and last Lord Lynedoch, born in the middle of the eighteenth century to the leisured ease of a wealthy Scottish home, spent the first half of his life in managing his ancestral estates, hunting in the Shires, and travelling widely on the Continent. Then, in 1792, the loss of his wife, whose beauty has been immortalized in Gainsborough’s famous masterpiece, drove him to seek distraction in foreign adventure. Sailing to the Mediterranean as a guest in the British fleet, he landed at Toulon as volunteer A. D. C. to the British commander, and quickly displayed such an unexpected talent for soldiering that he decided to make a career for himself in the army. After gaining distinction in many parts of Europe, including the victory of Barrosa which earned him the thanks of Parliament and made him a national idol, he was chosen for the glittering position of Second-in-Command to Wellington in the Peninsula. Retiring at the end of the war, he was rewarded with a peerage. He took up once again his old pursuits of hunting and continental travel, and he lived to be ninety-five.
Alongside his military exploits and adventures, such as a dramatic escape from besieged Mantua, we find in this book a delightful picture of continental travel a century-and-a-half ago, of Graham’s close association with Nelson and Emma Hamilton at Naples and Palermo, and many entertaining extracts from his correspondence with the Duke of York (who opposed for years Graham’s ambition to get a regular commission) and with a varied circle of aristocratic, military, political and cosmopolitan friends — including Sir John Moore, by whose side he was when Moore was mortally wounded at Corunna.”