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Category: General Interest
Reference No: 8967
Status: Available
Price: £18.00
  Sidney Herbert

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English statesman and a close ally and confidant of Florence Nightingale.

Herbert entered the House of Commons as Conservative member of Parliament for a Wiltshire seat in 1832. Under Peel he held minor offices, and in 1845 was included in the cabinet as Secretary at War, and again held this office from 1852 to 1855, being responsible for the War Office during the Crimean War, and again in 1859.

It was Sidney Herbert who sent Florence Nightingale out to Scutari, and with Nightingale led the movement for Army Health and War Office reform after the war. The hard work entailed caused a breakdown in his health, so that in July 1861, having been created a baron (1st Baron Herbert of Lea), he had to resign office. He died from Bright's disease (an illness affecting the kidneys) on 2 August 1861.

This is a fine signature in black ink on an 8" x 3.25" piece cut from a military document. In very good condition.