The Wyndham mss., 1813-1841, consist of letters from Charles Wyndham, 1796-1866, army officer, to his father, Sir George O'Brien Wyndham, 3rd earl of Egremont, 1751-1837, patron of art; to his siter Charlotte Wyndham, 1795- ; and his wife Hon. Elizabeth Anne (Hugh) Wyndham, -1873. Included are also letters from his father and August Meade.
The letters written to his father between 1813 and 1816 relate to the British army in Spain and France with a description of encounters against the French. The letter of August Meade, 1814, comments on the Battle of Toulouse, 1814, and gives a detailed account of how Charles was wounded near Toulouse. The letters written in 1822 to his father and sister give an excellent description of his hazardous journey to join his regiment in India. Between 1839 and 1841 five letters to his wife discuss family matters. One letter deals with village sports which ended with a donkey race. Seven letters written by Lord Egremont to Charles in 1828 and 1829, when he was stationed with his regiment in Ireland, are concerned with Charles's proposal to leave the army which his father urges him not to do, and about a dispute Charles had with a Roman Catholic priest which came to the attention of Daniel O'Connell and received some publicity.
Collection size: 34 items