This envelope contained a letter sent on 12th January 1899 by the then General Horatio Herbert Kitchener, who had commanded the British Army at the battle of Omdurman in the Sudan three months earlier. He later became Lord Kitchener and was Secretary of State for War in 1914. Herbert Kitchener was the cousin of Francis Elliott Kitchener, first Headmaster of Newcastle High School from 1874 until his retirement in 1891.
The envelope is sealed with the Kitchener crest and was received on 23rd January 1899, 11 days after posting.
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