[Royal Military College, Lanvers, Perthshire.] Printed circular letter from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, regarding cadets 'incurring Debts with Tradesmen'. Addressed in manuscript to H. G. Watson, concerning his ward D. R. Williamson.
1p., 4to. On bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'H. G. Watson Esqr. | 13 St. Andrew's Square | Edinburgh', with three postmarks, and docketted 'Lawers | Military College 9 June 1845. | Tradesmens Bills'. In good condition, on aged and worn paper, with a few closed tears. The signature is illegible, but does not appear to be that of the Governor, General Sir George Scovell. It begins: 'In order to prevent, as far as I am able, any of the Gentlemen Cadets under my command incurring Debts with Tradesmen of the place, I have caused a person to make enquiries upon the subject, from which it appears that no Tradesman of Yorktown, Blackwater, Frimley, or Farnborough, has any demand against Gentleman Cadet [D. R. Williamson] up to this date. | It is my intention to make a similar enquiry at the end of every Term, the result of which shall be communicated to you. | If, in the face of this information and in direct contravention of the Printed Regulations of the College, you think fit to pay any Tradesmen's Bills in this place on behalf of Gentleman Cadet [Williamson] you will at least, I trust, do me the justice to admit that you cannot reasonably complain of any want of exertion on my part to check the ruinous practice.' Postscript: 'Of course, the contents of this Letter have no reference to Debts which have been contracted with your permission and authority; but, both for your Son's [amended in manuscript to 'Ward'] sake, and the general discipline of the College, I earnestly request that you will keep these within the narrowest possible limits, and that all orders may invariably through the Captain of his Company.'