[ M. S. Purnalingam Pillai, editor of 'Jnana Bhodini'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. S. Purnalingam Pillai') to J. D. Rees

M. S. Purnalingam Pillai [ Munnirpallam Sivasubramaniam Purnalingam Pilllai ] (1866-1947), Tamil author, editor of Jnana Bhodini [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, as editor, The Jnana Bodhini Office, Madras [ India ]. 21 March 1898.
SKU: 20119

1p., 4to. Written in purple ink. Aged, worn and creased, with slight damage from glue and stub adhering to blank reverse. Addressed 'To | The Hon'ble J. D. Rees, C.I.E., | Resident, Travancore & Cochin'. Pillai is 'preparing a series of Readers in Prose and Poetry for use in the classes of our Indian High Schools', having 'thought it fit to secure for the Indian Student the flowers of modern thought culled from the best productions of the eminent living authors, both European and Indian'. Having been 'favoured with the kind permission of the present Poet-Laureate and others to take limited portions from their writings according to my choice and requirements', Pillai ask to be allowed to 'utilize portions here and there (not exceeding 20 pages) of your works, such as "The Tours in India", "The Muhammadans" (Epoch of Indian History Series) etc' Also present is a newspaper cutting on 'Some Indian Topics', quoting from a piece by 'The London Correspondent of the Bombay Gazette', and relating to 'Mr. Paul Peter Pillai, or to give him his full name, Mr. Paul Pakkiandhan Peter Pillai'. From the papers of Sir J. D. Rees, the cutting concluding with the question 'whether according to Mr. J. D. Rees, Head Assistant Collector at Tinnevelly, and other authorities, interference in the ancient village system has led to an increase of crime'.