1835 Decoratively Engraved Diplomatic Document Signed By Don Miguel Ricardo De Alava, (1770 - 1883) Spanish General and Statesman, Veteran of Both Trafalgar & Waterloo, Friend & Aide-de-Camp of the Duke of Wellington.
(Spain - 19th Century - Document Signed - Don Miguel Ricardo De Alava)

Spain: Not Published, 1835. F Document dated July of 1835; with the engraved banner-title and arms of the Legacion de Espana en Londres at top and the larger and even more elaborate arms of Alava at the bottom third of the paper, made in manuscript to Mr. Charles Wood, Teninente; back of document with this name in pen, named as Lieutenant. Signed in full with simple flourish by Miguel Ricardo de Alava and by the secretary of the Legation Ingacio Jabat. Engravings accomplished by W. West, Margaret St. London, printed on watermarked Whatman paper. With the original mailing envelope postal dated 1968 from the Carnegie Book Shop NY. Approx. 10" x 16" size; partially pasted-down to a paper backer sheet. A couple of small darkened spots, little wrinkling and old fold lines; in very good condition. Don Miguel Ricardo De Alava, (1770 - 1883) was a Marine serving in the Spanish Navy on board his uncle Admiral Alava's flagship at the naval battle of Trafalgar; after a series of royal successions, revolutions and French & British interventions in the affairs of Spain, Alava was appointed him commissary at the headquarters of the Duke of Wellington, "…who regarded him with great favour, made him one of his aides-de-camp…" subsequently appointed the Spanish ambassador to the Hague, "…It was therefore his remarkable fortune to be present at the battle of Waterloo with Wellington's staff. He is supposed to have been the only man who was present at both Waterloo and Trafalgar…" (Britannica 11th ed.; the end of the entry notes that "Frequent and honourable mention of Alava is made in Napier's History of the Peninsular War, and his name is often met both in lives of the duke of Wellington and in his correspondence.") Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 26407)


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