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Archive of General Sir Archibald Hunter GCB GCVO DSO TD LLD
at the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster.

Evelyn Wood - Hunter Letters

Letter dated 16 Nov [1896]
From Evelyn Wood, War Office
Dear Hunter,
To my great pleasure you will be a Major General. [ ] May your luck be ever constant.

Yours sincerely
Evelyn Wood

General Sir H Evelyn Wood was at this time Quartermaster General to the Forces.
Archibald Hunter was made Major General on 18 Nov 1896
Accession Number: KO2686/170

Typewritten letter from Evelyn Wood to Major General Sir A Hunter KCB, DSO, Quetta, India, 10 Aug 1899.
Regarding the developments in South Africa with Kruger and the Boers.

“London SW
10th August 1899
My dear Hunter
Many thanks for your letter of the 17th July. I do not know that you have anyone to thank for you selection except Sir Redvers himself, and to work you performed which induced that selection. I should have laughed at the idea of your coming home or making preparations a week ago, but just now the Boers seem to be rather more dogged. I have, however, myself an idea that when the pinch comes, Kruger will back down. Whether I am right or not, lives to be seen. I think I am right. If, on the other hand, the obstinacy of the Boer Government obliges us to send soldiers out, I suppose we shall be obliged to ask for greater concessions than would be accepted at this moment, and there would come the difficulty at once.
It is a great pleasure to me to think that you are happily placed in a command that you like, and where I feel sure that you will give as much satisfaction as you did to Lord Kitchener in Egypt. He sat with me for about three quarters of an hour yesterday, and talks of starting tomorrow evening for Egypt and the Sudan.
Good luck to you,
Yours always sincerely,
Evelyn Wood”
Accession Number: KO2686/021

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