1989 The Waterloo Dispatch

NHMF contributed a grant of more than £310,000 in order to secure one of the most evocative documents of the most dazzling period in British Military history for the British Library. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington wrote this autograph draft, which had been on loan to the Library since 1976, on the morning of 19 June 1815. It gave official notification to the British Government of his victory at Waterloo and the end of nearly 25 years of continuous warfare between the European powers.