Item 1 - Henry Mordaunt Clavering to John Benn

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GB 2014 WS-05-CLA-1


Henry Mordaunt Clavering to John Benn


  • 1846-04-22 (Creation)

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CLAVERING, HENRY MORDAUNT, second son of Maj. -Gen. Sir John Clavering KB, Commander-in-Chief, Bengal, and his first wife Lady Diana West, dau. of John West, 1st Earl De La Warr KB, General in the Army; b. 16 Dec 1766; adm. 20 Sep 1779 (Clapham); University Coll. Oxford, matr. 15 Jun 1782; Grand Tour (Italy) 1789-90; Ensign, Capt. O’Connor’s Independent Co., 7 Feb 1794; Lieut., Capt. Wolfe’s Independent Co., 12 Feb 1794; Capt., 13 Feb 1794; Maj., 98th Foot, 30 Jul 1794; Lieut. -Col., Argyll Fencibles, 19 Aug 1795; Brevet Col., 29 Apr 1802; Brig. -Gen. (local rank in S. America) 22 Apr 1807; retd., 11 Nov 1824; some interesting extracts from his letters to his old schoolfellow John Benn (qv), relating to their school-days, are printed in Elizabethan xi, 175-6, 185-7; m. 1st, 5 Feb 1788 Lady Augusta Campbell, elder dau. of John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll (S), Field-Marshal in the Army; m. 2nd, ---; d. 18 May 1850.

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Opens the correspondence. There has been a breakdown of relations between HMC and JB (of unspecified length, but possibly 50 years ago - last meeting ca. 1820) through HMC's misunderstanding of an act of JB's, but HMC is now satisfied that no offence was meaned. Ill health in ca.1820 led him to holiday and then buy a property on Mont St. Michel - compelled to sell this last year because of the 2 cataracts which have blinded him. Also a property in Foret Montier. Quote from Hor.C.2.14, Hor.C.3.6. News of his own family. His epitaph which he has composed. Recalls Vincent's epitaph for Albany Wallis (OW). Used to attend Abbey services, where Howel Holland Edwards (schoolfellow) is a prebend. School much reduced (only 100 pupils, cf. Eton's 800). Refers to the monuments of Edward Smedley, Vincent and Busby. All the old trees have been removed from Dean's Yard. Tothill Fields have been built over (a town with squares and gardens) from Millbank to the Floodgates. Wishes to be remembered to some (university?) friends.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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  • English


  • Latin


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