A set of three letters written by a witness to the Battle of Waterloo is to star in a sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter, UK.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Batty wrote them just days after returning from the battle, while recovering from a wound.
They include dramatic renderings of the event, including eyewitness accounts of the Duke of Wellington's movements.
In one he writes: "I constantly saw the noble Duke of Wellington riding backwards and forwards like the Genuis of the storm, who borne upon its wings, directed its thunders where to burst.
"He was everywhere to be found encouraging, directing and animating, - He was in a Blue Coat with a plain cocked hat his telescope in his hand there was nothing that escaped him nothing he did not take advantage of and his Lynx's eyes seemed to penetrate the smoke and forestall the movements of the foe - How he escaped, that Merciful power alone can tell…"
The letters are expected to sell for £25,000-35,000 ($39,229-54,921) on August 26.
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