Item 40 - Letter from John Campbell, Lord Stonefield, to His Grace the Duke of Argyll concerning the military service of his son Colin

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Letter from John Campbell, Lord Stonefield, to His Grace the Duke of Argyll concerning the military service of his son Colin


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My Lord
I have the honour of your Graces of the 27th Ult and blame myself exceedingly for expressing my meaning in terms that conveyed a sense greatly beyond what I intended. At Lady Graces Request I applied to your Grace for a Commission to my Son Colin in a Regiment at home, and was quite satisfied, as I always am with your Graces return; in my last I mentioned the impropriety of confining him to a Regiment at home, and wrote that I wished he had a Commission anywhere in opposition to it; not that I was impatient to have the Commission or that I intended to press your Grace to it: I have reason to be thankfull [sic] I have no occasion; your Grace Sometimes are so good as to anticipate my wishes and you are always more condescending to me than I have reason to expect: The young man is indeed very impatient to get into the Service, that is natural to young people, and not to be minded
I am extremely sorry that my letter should have conveyed any such Idea and I hope your Grace will have the Goodness to excuse this mistake. I have the Honour to be with the Greatest Respect and Highest Esteem

My Lord

Your Graces much oblidged [sic] and most Faithfull Humble Servant
Jo Campbell
Edinburgh 1 July

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John Campbell, Lord Stonefield, writing to the 5th Duke of Argyll at the behest of Lady Grace, who seems to have been fearful of their son Colin being called to fight in America. The 5th Duke was himself a soldier, having served in Flanders during the War of the Austrian Succession, given command of a regiment in Scotland against the Jacobites and later was became adjutant-general in Ireland. He was a Member of Parliament for 20 years before retiring to Inveraray Castle. Colin Campbell, Younger of Stonefield, born c 1761, became a colonel in the army. His older brother John fought in North America and at the siege of Mangalore in India.

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