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Lot 153/7025

Estimate: €250-350

William Edward ‘Buckshot’ Forster (1818-1886)
An autograph signed letter, 2 pp (single sheet), Attached to a backing sheet, Dec. [18]85, to an Irish magistrate, Clifford Lloyd, acknowledging congratulations on his re-election. ‘Your fellow countrymen did their best to defeat me, but in reality they did me more good than harm’.
Forster was Chief Secretary for Ireland 1880-82 at the height of the ‘Land War’. He issued buckshot to the police for use instead of ball cartridges to disperse demonstrations, hence his nickname.

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