Jun 17, 2021 - Sale 2573

Sale 2573 - Lot 43

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000
"I WONDER WHETHER YOU WILL BE IN AT THE RELIEF OF MAFEKING" (MEDICINE.) LISTER, JOSEPH. Autograph Letter Signed, "Lister," to George or Arthur Cheatle ("My dear Cheatle"), sympathizing with his indignation that a falsehood had been published about him, but suggesting that the published apology has restored his reputation, inquiring whether he would be present for the lifting of the siege in Mafeking [Mahikeng, South Africa], whether he is accepting new cases, and, in a postscript: "Excuse haste." 3 1/2 pages, small 8vo, written on a folded sheet, personal mourning stationery; horizontal fold. [London], 5 May 1900

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"I cannot wonder at your taking the false and disparaging statements in 'M.A.P.' much to heart.
"But your brother has shown me . . . the apology that followed and also other statements regarding you . . . which speak of you in terms with which you have no reason to be dissatisfied.
". . . I . . . think that in the whole it leaves your status & credit in full as good a position as if the falsehood had not been perpetrated. . . ."
"I wonder whether you will be in at the relief of Mafeking; and whether you will have the opportunity of seeing fresh cases . . . ."
On May 17, 1900, during the Second Boer War, a unit of 2,000 British soldiers broke the Boer siege of Mafeking after 217 days.