This is a handwritten letter from Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) to future admiral and commander of the Hochseeflotte (High Seas Fleet) from 1913-1915, Friedrich von Ingenohl (1857-1933). The letter has been written on a piece of paper that measures 9 5/8″ by 7 3/4.” It has been folded in half, which allows four different pages measuring 7 3/4″ x 4″ x 7/8″ for writing. Two of these pages are used in the letter to von Ingenohl.
The letter is dated 2 July 1905 and was written in Nauheim. At the time, von Tirpitz held the post of Naval Secretary of State. The letter is written in ink. Glancing through the letter, I see that von Tirpitz is congratulating von Ingenohl on the occasion of his appointment to serve as Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Flügeladjutant. The following year, von Ingenohl was transferred to command the Kaiser’s royal yacht, S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. (This is an historically important document as it shows when von Ingenohl got on the fast track to Admiral). The letter’s opening is simply “Meine Lieber Ingenohl.” It concludes with the clear and recognizable signature, v. Tirpitz. The letter is written in black ink. Someone with the time and inclination could fully translate the letter.
The letter is in excellent condition for being more than one-hundred-years-old. We will include a postcard of von Tirpitz, so that you can better enjoy the letter.