ESTCOURT, James Bucknall (1802–1855), army officer. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed correspondent, 2 sides, 4to, Montreal, Thursday June 5 1845, thanking him for a book which he has since given to "Colonel Holloway, who commands the Engineers in Canada .......we hope, that it is the first of many communications with which your service will favour the new “Aide Memoire"......... That work of Major Turnbull giving an account of his operations has, I think, been sent to Captain Davison by him some time since, and no doubt has been Colonel ---?--- ....... made known to the Editors of the proposed work. We are much obliged to you however for the offer you were so good as to make of it". Left margin with old glue line from mounting, and small piece of paper torn from top blank margin.
From 1835 to 1837 Estcourt was second in command to Colonel F. R. Chesney during his expedition to the Euphrates valley, and in 1842 was appointed the British Commissioner to participate in the survey to trace the Northeast Boundary between Canada and the United States of America. Colonel Holloway was William Cuthbert Elphinstone-Holloway (1787–1850), appointed CRE in Canada between 1843 and 1849. Estcourt is best known for his service in the Crimea as adjutant-general and major-general under Lord Raglan, where however he contracted cholera and died in 1855. ODNB.