[Lord Charles Beresford, Royal Navy admiral and British Member of Parliament.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Charles Beresford’) to Sir Richard Temple, regarding the ‘grievance’ of General Sir Henry Ramsay over his pension.

Lord Charles Beresford [Admiral Charles William de la Poer Beresford, 1st Baron Beresford] (1846-1919), British admiral [Sir Richard Temple (1826-1902); General Sir Henry Ramsay (1816-1893)]
Publication details: 
7 November 1888; on letterhead of 100 Eaton Square, S.W. [London]
SKU: 23895

See the entries for Beresford and Temple in the Oxford DNB (in an unfortunate omission, Ramsay - ‘The King of Kumaon’ - is not represented in that work). 3pp, 12mo. Ruckled, with second leaf laid down on a piece of card, and damage along the gutter repaired with archival tape. Twenty-nine lines of text. Signed ‘Charles Beresford’. He has received ‘a long explanatory letter from General Sir Henry Ramsey [sic] containing the explanation of a grievance by which he has lost £300 a year since 1884. [H]e has therefore been receiving about £824 instead of 1124 as pension.’ From his reading of the letter Beresford conceives that he ‘has a real & substantial grievance, as Lord Hartington’s despatch of 1881 clearly intima[tes] that any Colonel of the India[n] Army not on the effective serv[ice] shall receive £1124 a year pension[,] whether he resides in India or elsewhere’. He gives the two reasons he supposes why Ramsay has not received the full pension, before concluding: ‘I understand you are going to take the question up and I shall be only too glad to support you’.