TITLE

The Sword and the Pen: The Role of Correspondence in the Advancement Tactics of Eighteenth-Century Military Officers

AUTHOR(S)
Duncan, Alison
PUB. DATE
November 2009
SOURCE
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies;2009, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p106
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the role of correspondence in social relationships and the career advancement strategy of ambitious military officers in the 18th century. The discussion focuses on both domestic and military patronage, the letters of John Row and Nicholas Delacherois who were members of the 9th Regiment of Foot, and the maintenance of family and social relationships and obligations. Information is given about Row's and Delacherois' families. The author concludes that writing to kin was a channel for seeking patronage or friendship, a means of reiterating their positions in family networks, and reinforced the men's gentlemanly status.
ACCESSION #
45168856

 

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