Autograph letter signed Francis Howell Neville, the wife of Maj. Gen. Wendell C. Neville, the commander of the combined Allied guard in Peking. Sent via the American Legation pouch to the US, and describing conditions in Peking.
The letter, addressed to Doctor Chambers, describes the tense atmosphere: "Things are beginning to stew again in China and whether they will quiet down in time for us to get away remains to be seen".
Maj. Gen. Neville first served in China when he was assigned to a battalion of Marines relieving the garrison at Peking during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1917 he was chosen to command the combined Allied guard at Peking. He also saw action in Cuba, Mexico, the Philippines (military governor of Basilan Province), Nicaragua and France, and earned numerous medals.
6 3/4 x 10". Period folds. Very good condition. Item #24614