- Signature on a piece of vellum, approximately 1-3/4 inches high by 5-1/2 inches wide, clipped from the close of a document. Signed "George Anson" beside his printed title "General, / Commander-in-Chief / East Indies". Together with an engraved portrait of Anson, 3-3/4 inches high by 2-1/4 inches wide. There is a tiny area of soiling to the portrait's bottom edge. Very good.
British army officer George Anson [1797-1857] was promoted to the rank of C in 1853. The following year he was appointed to the command of the Madras Army and in early 1856 became Commander-in-Chief in India. He caused resentment by his bias against the Indian Army and its sepoys. He was quoted as saying that he could never see a sepoy sentry "without turning away in disgust at his unsoldierlike appearance". Anson's appointment coincided with the tensions leading up to the Indian Mutiny of 1857. In May 1857, he sent troops to secure the arsenals in the Punjab. He intended to join the Meerut Brigade and to press on to retake Delhi, but four days into the march he died of cholera at the age of 59.