Park Place [Oxfordshire]: 4 July 1785.
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Single page on a bifolium. 4to. A little dark around the edges but very good indeed.
Almost certainly addressed to Secretary for War, Sir George Yonge, Conway writes in aid of the surgeon, Mr Stewart. Here he hopes to use his influence to bend the rules selling Stewart's commission in the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards.
Rising to Field Marshal and Commander in Chief of the armed forces, Conway's career in politics was equally impressive: he was variously Chief Secretary for Ireland, Secretary of State for the Southern Department, Leader of the House of Commons and Secretary of State for the Northern Department.
Opinion of Conway has wavered since his death. His cousin, life long friend (and perhaps lover) Horace Walpole lauded him upon his death, but his reputation suffered afterward as "lacking decision or leadership" (ODNB). However, it improved with twentieth century research and he is now generally regarded "as a far-sighted and influential figure whose opinions were widely appreciated in Great Britain and America" (ibid).