LIGONIER, John [formerly Jean-Louis de Ligonier] 1st Earl Ligonier (1680–1770), army officer. Last page of an autograph letter signed (in initials), 1 side 4to of a bifolium, docketed on the reverse “Sr. J L Ligonier” in a contemporary hand, no date [but 1750-1757 by internal evidence], “…. the two young Gentn you Propose I would have Proposed my self. I am very sory for yr. Loss of Harneck. I knew his merit & his modesty. I don’t go to Cobham till Monday. I have talked with Mr Pelham, of which Conversation you will be Informed if you ride over to us on Tuesday ……”.
Field Marshal John (Jean Louis) Ligonier, 1st Earl Ligonier, was a notable French-born British soldier. He enjoyed a distinguished career as an active officer, and later became a leading official of the Pitt-Newcastle Ministry that led Britain during the Seven Years' War, exercising extensive control over Britain's army as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces. This rare fragment of a letter belongs to the early 1750s, indicated by mention of going to his home at Cobham, which he bought in 1750, and the docket referring to him as ‘Sr J L Ligonier’(he became a Viscount in 1757). If his reference to Mr Pelham is to the statesman and Prime Minister Henry Pelham, then the letter can be no later than 1754 (when Pelham died).