Place Published: Portsmouth, UK
Publisher: Major General Sir Colin Campbell
Date Published: 1828
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
COLIN CAMPBELL WAS LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR OF NOVA SCOTIA 1834-40
4 page holograph letter dated Portsmouth 3rd Dec 1828. 9-1/2 x 7-1/4 inches flat and 4-3/4 x 7-1/4 folded.
A most interesting letter from Major General Sir Colin Campbell while stationed as the Governor of Portsmouth, London (Portchester Castle) to William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley, 4th Earl of Mornington.
Apparently General Campbell in a recent previous note to W.L.Wellesley responding with Campbell stating " upon my reperusing that note I can see nothing in it which can justify you in the animadversions you are pleased to heap upon me." This refers to talking to Wellesley's second wife, Helena Paterson Bligh probably regarding the inability of Wellesley not being able to get custody of his children from his first marriage (for good reasons). Campbell is quite upset and communicates this to Wellesley "as long as I feel in my own breast that I have done nothing to merit the unworthy suspicious you entertain of my conduct in these unfortunate proceedings I feel persuaded that upon cool reflection you will be sorry that you have used them & under that persuasion "
Major General Sir Colin Campbell KCB (1776-1847) He entered the army as lieutenant in 1795 and returned to the West Indies and in India to serve. Following demonstrations of bravery under fire, Campbell was assigned as aide-de-camp to Lord Wellesley in the Peninsular War and was knighted in 1814. Campbell became lieutenant-governor of Tobago in 1828 and Lieutenant-Governor of Portsmouth UK in 1828 and General Officer Commanding South-West District later that year. Campbell was appointed lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia from 1834 to 1840. In August 1838 Campbell travelled to Quebec to meet Lord Durham who supported him in his political pro-British status quo position however that position was poorly respected by the majority Atlantic Canada citizens who wished responsible government and caused his appointment lieutenant governor of Ceylon leaving Nova Scotia in 1841. The Duke of Wellington, to whose faithful friendship he owed so much, wrote to him: "We are both growing old; God knows if we shall ever meet again. Happen what may, I shall never forget our first meeting under the walls of Ahmednuggur"
William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley, 4th Earl of Mornington (1788-1857) was an Anglo-Irish nobleman notorious for his dissipated lifestyle. However, he was principally known for his dissipation and extravagance. His first marriage was on 14 March 1812 to Catherine Tylney-Long, known in fashionable London society as "The Wiltshire Heiress" and died in 1825. Long-Wellesley began a relationship while Catherine was still alive with Helena Paterson Bligh (d. 7 April 1869), the wife of Captain Thomas Bligh of the Coldstream Guards and subsequently married Helena in 1828 which failed as well.