Bechuanaland / Cape of Good Hope

Ref: K3880
  • £2250.00

1885 Warren Expedition Soldier’s Letter from Trooper Learmonth, 1st Mounted Rifles, to Ireland with a Cape 1d paying the soldiers’ concession rate, cancelled BARKLY JA 31 85. The signature of the Commanding Officer is in the lower left corner of the cover. Kimberley JA 31, Cape Town FE 3, H&K Packet FE 26 and Dundalk MR 2 85 cancels are on the back. In December 1884, Major-General Charles Warren was sent as HM Special Commissioner to command a military expedition to Bechuanaland, to assert British sovereignty in the face of encroachments from Germany and the Transvaal and to suppress the Boer freebooter states of Stellaland and Goshen which were backed by the Transvaal and were stealing land and cattle from the local Tswana tribes. A very fine and rare cover from this expedition.