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Irvine, Charles (1756-1819) to Alexander Irvine

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.023.17 Author/Creator: Irvine, Charles (1756-1819) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 August 1783 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 22.5 x 19 cm.

Written to his brother in Aberdeen, Scotland. He fears being reduced to half pay in the army because the war is just about over. Indicates that he will try to get an exchange to another post as soon as he gets to London, as he is not suited to a life of half pay. Many men will be attempting the same so he will have to be prompt. He was pleased to hear that his finances are in good order, as that will help him in getting an exchange. Believes that if a officer takes half pay, he can forget about ever serving again. Asks about whether Lord Erroll's estate has been sold because then he will have plenty of money for the exchange. Requests that he tell Mr. Moir about his plans. Gives love to family and friends. Charles Irvine was a soldier in the British army during the Revolutionary War.

Charles Irvine served in the British Army for fifteen years before going on half pay. But he soon returned, and eventually rose to the rank of major general.
Alexander Irvine was the Eighteenth Laird of Drum. He was involved in a number of financial squabbles during his early life.

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