[Admiral Sir George Martin] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo Martin') to 'My Dear Julius', i.e. John Julius William Angerstein, grandson of patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein, regarding his desire to see service [in the First Anglo-Ashanti War].

Admiral Sir George Martin (1764-1847), distinguished Royal Navy officer [John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), London merchant and art patron]
Publication details: 
Portsmouth. 27 December 1826.
SKU: 21223

The recipient of this letter, John Julius William Angerstein (1800-1866), was son of the MP John Angerstein (c.1774-1858) and grandson of the celebrated patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein (1732-1823), whose collection forms the basis of the National Gallery. At the time of writing J. J. W. Angerstein – a noted spendthrift and patron of the turf – was a captain in the Grenadier Guards. Martin was a family friend, and one of the two executors of J. J. Angerstein. 2pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf, with postmarks and part of seal in red wax, to 'J. J. W. Angerstein, Esqr | 20 Bury Street | St James's | London'. The letter begins, presumably with reference to the First Anglo-Ashanti War: 'My Dear Julius | Most happy should I be to assist you in anyway in my power & should the War go on, of which, I do not think, there is the slightest chance, I dare say I might be able to get you attached to the staff of some General Officer, but at present I do not thing [sic] such a thing would be possible, & if it were it would be a question.' He does not consider it advisable for Angerstein to 'give up your permanent Regimental rank for a situation which in all probability would last so short a time'. He reports that 'William [Laith?]' has gone out 'in a Steam Vessel', but was 'too late to avail himself of the passage which I had obtained for him in the [?]'. He concludes by reporting that '[o]ur bustle here' at Portsmouth 'is nearly over there are still about three hundred Cavalry to embark'.