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    "The events of war are uncertain, but I think we have reasonable ground to hope that we shall soon be able to bring Tippoo to terms or to demolish him"

    Charles Cornwallis Autograph Letter Signed During the Third Anglo Mysore War. Two pages of a bifolium, 7.25" x 9", Camp near Bangalore; September 9, 1791. Addressed to [Thomas] Grenville, Cornwallis writes to discuss the current struggle with Tipu Sultan during the Third Anglo-Mysore War in India shortly after the Siege of Coimbatore. It reads in full:

    "I have only time to thank you for your letter of the 29th of Jany, and to tell you that in spite of fatigue and excessive broiling, and of business and vexation I am perfectly well. Those Gentlemen who think, if any are weak enough really to think so, that I engaged in this war wantonly and unjustly, are most egregiously mistaken, but if there is to be an attack, it can only be made upon me, for the Board of Control had certainly no hand in it. I would however, advise opposition to look out for a better informant than Mr. Hippesley, for in his long speech, which he kindly put into the hands and mouth of his ingenious friend, M.A. Taylor, he never deviated into truth, and showed his ignorance equally of the history and geography of India. The events of war are uncertain, but I think we have reasonable ground to hope that we shall soon be able to bring Tippoo to terms or to demolish him; in either case however I can hardly hope to get away from this country before the beginning of 1793. This is a melancholy circumstance, and it requires all my fortitude to bear up against it. I hope you will have no Russian war, not because I disapprove of the system, but because it appears to be unpopular, and would embarrass an Administration to which as a friend to my Country I sincerely wish well." Signed, "Cornwallis." A typed transcript accompanies the lot.

    Thomas Grenville (1755-1846) was a member of Parliament and renowned bibliophile. He is best known for his donation of 20,000 volumes to the British Museum upon his death. The collection is now part of the British Library.

    Condition: Some small areas of loss and closed tears have been professionally repaired. Lightly rubbed with one small spot of soiling at the bottom edge of the first page.


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