Small octavo, one page (of a bifolium); War Office letterhead, 13 September 1898.
Folded for posting; a few trifling marks; in excellent condition.
'My dear Clarke, I hope your friend Miss Ada Cunningham saw the march past. I have received only this morning your letter of the 2nd inst, which as you will see has been sent about to various places, Blandford, Warminster, Chilmark, Aldershot, and to London.' Evelyn Wood (1838-1919) served as a midshipman in the Crimean War, where he was severely wounded and mentioned in despatches. He then joined the army and saw action in the Indian Mutiny (where he was awarded the VC), Ashanti War, Anglo-Zulu War, First Boer War and Egypt. Sir Andrew Clarke (1824-1902) was a military engineer and public servant with strong Australian connections. His father was Governor of WA, Marcus Clarke was a cousin, and in the 1840s-50s he was private secretary to Sir William Denison in Hobart, surveyor-general of Victoria, and much else ('Australian Dictionary of Biography').