[ Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar, Indian nationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S Ramasamy Mudr') in English to Sir J. D. Rees, on his appointment to the Viceregal Legislative Council and organising 'Todas or Badagas' dancers for the Viceroy.

[Rajah] Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar (1840-1911), Indian merchant, politician, philanthropist, early leader of the Indian National Congress [ Sir J.D. Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator]
Publication details: 
Madras [ India ]. 12 October [ 1895 ].
SKU: 20456

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining at head of second leaf. Addressed to 'The Honble. Mr. J. D. Rees, C.I.E.' A long letter, beginning with an expression of pleasure at Rees's 'appointment as an additional Member of the Viceregal Legislative Council'. His wife and 'Chota Sheriff' join him in sending congratulations. He refers to a conversation in which it was 'casually wished' that Rees would 'become connected with the Viceregal Govt. though not by such an appointment as the present one. After Sir Philip Hutchins's departure I had none there to care for my interests. Now I feel so fortunate as to consider that I have got a god-father in you in the Govt. of India.' He enquires after Rees's 'movements', as he wishes to meet him 'at the Arkonum or Jollarpet Junction wherever you may bend your journey to the north.' He had intended to write to Rees to request him to 'send to Madras 3 or 4 female Todas or Badagas that know to sing & dance in their own way so that they may perform the Entertainment I propose to give to H.E. the Viceroy on the 9th. Decr. They will be well aid for their trip. This I think will be a novelty to Lord & Lady Elgin and others who have not visited the Nilgiris.' He asks him to 'kindly order any one of your Tahsildars', who 'may easily do the needful'. He ends in hopes that Rees, 'as an old friend and well-wisher', may attend the entertainment. From the papers of Sir John David Rees, which establish the date of composition as 1895.