[General Sir James Simpson, Commander of British troops in Crimea after Lord Raglan's death.] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Simpson') to Lady Ann Cullum, making plans for dinner party, with reference to 'two Miss Lockharts', other guests, his dogs.

General Sir James Simpson (1792-1868), commander of British forces in Crimea after Lord Raglan's death [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
27 April [no year]; on letterhead of Horringer, Bury St Edmunds.
SKU: 22456

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. From the Cullum papers, Simpson being a neighbour of the family. Having 'just come in from a longish walk', he is sorry to have missed Lady Cullum. He wishes he 'knew which of the two ways you name would be most agreeable to you, for us to dine with you; but since you kindly leave it to me, I say Friday, on which Evening we will have the pleasure of being at Hardwick at 7 o'Clock.' He reports that the 'two Miss Lockharts' are 'quite taken' with her, and 'loud in their praises of Lady Cullum'. He gives the names of the party he has 'made up' for the following Thursday: 'Herveys 3, Wynches 2, Col. Wollaston, and Mr. Barton - You and Miss Bird and ourselves make up the twelve.' He is 'not afraid of a Fox, well fed on good poultry, worrying Dot!' He does not think Dot can catch the fox, 'so believe he and Pater may try their best in great safety'. He ends with the remembrances of his two daughters to Lady Cullum and Miss Bird.