Archive of General Sir Archibald Hunter
GCB GCVO DSO TD LLD
at the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster.
Evelyn Wood - Hunter Letters
Letter dated 16 Nov 
From Evelyn Wood, War Office
To my great pleasure you will be a Major General. [ ] May your luck be
General Sir H Evelyn Wood was at this time Quartermaster General to the
Archibald Hunter was made Major General on 18 Nov 1896
Accession Number: KO2686/170
Typewritten letter from Evelyn Wood to
Major General Sir A Hunter KCB, DSO, Quetta, India, 10 Aug 1899.
Regarding the developments in South Africa with Kruger and the Boers.
10th August 1899
My dear Hunter
Many thanks for your letter of the 17th July. I do not know that you
have anyone to thank for you selection except Sir Redvers himself, and
to work you performed which induced that selection. I should have
laughed at the idea of your coming home or making preparations a week
ago, but just now the Boers seem to be rather more dogged. I have,
however, myself an idea that when the pinch comes, Kruger will back
down. Whether I am right or not, lives to be seen. I think I am right.
If, on the other hand, the obstinacy of the Boer Government obliges us
to send soldiers out, I suppose we shall be obliged to ask for greater
concessions than would be accepted at this moment, and there would come
the difficulty at once.
It is a great pleasure to me to think that you are happily placed in a
command that you like, and where I feel sure that you will give as much
satisfaction as you did to Lord Kitchener in Egypt. He sat with me for
about three quarters of an hour yesterday, and talks of starting
tomorrow evening for Egypt and the Sudan.
Good luck to you,
Yours always sincerely,
Accession Number: KO2686/021