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DANCE, Col Sir C.W.. A letter to his grace to duke of wellington...on the application of steam power to civil and military purposes.

London. James Ridgway and Sons, 1837. First edition.
8vo. [2], 26pp. Stitched, as issued. Worn, with some tearing, marking, small hole to final leaf (without loss of sense).

[With:] [An archive of manuscript and printed ephemera relating to Dance, his military service, friendship with the Duke of Wellington, and his descendants].

- Military documents, letters and ephemera: including a bilingual pass, signed by Wellington, permitting Major Dance to 'go by post Horses' from Portalegre to Coimbra, dated 25th March 1810, correspondence either by, to or relating to Charles Dance (including photographically-reproduced copies and a transcript of his account of the battle of Talavera), a postcard depicting a print of 'Captain Dance escaping from the French Squadron February 13, 1804'.
- Social documents, letters and ephemera: including an A.L.S. from Wellington to Dance, March 1821, two letters to Dance written on Wellington's behalf (presumably by a secretary), and nine invitations addressed to Dance to a dinner, hosted by Wellington and held at Apsley House, to celebrate 'the Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo' between 1833 and 1844.
- Family documents, letters and ephemera: including two commissions, one signed by William IV and another by Victoria, for Charles' son George Dance, correspondence to Charles Dance, and what a later pencilled inscription suggests to be a 'Portrait by Geo. Dance of Prince Hoare, Date nov 1790'.
A fascinating archive, including the rare monograph on the use of steam engines for both civil and military purposes, relating to Col. Sir. Charles Webb Dance (1787-1845). The youngest and only surviving son of George Dance, RA (1741-1825), English architect and portraitist, Charles served in the army during the Peninsular Wars under Wellington, distinguished himself at Talavera and was wounded at Waterloo. On his return he was appointed Major, and later Lieut-Col in the 2nd Life Guards, and later served in various secretarial capacities, including as Aide-de-camp to Earl Whitworth's government in Ireland.
£ 3,600.00 Antiquates Ref: 17181