[ Lord Napier as Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Napier') to 'Mr Bowring' [ Lewin Bentham Bowring, Commissioner of Mysore ], regarding his plans for Madras as 'an Indian city and cantonment', and the purchase of horses,

Lord Napier [ Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier and 1st Baron Ettrick ] (1819-1898), Viceroy of India, Governor of Madras, British Minister to the United States [ Lewin Bentham Bowring (1824-1910) ]
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'The Cedars. Ootacamund. | Thursday.' [ Docketed with date August 1866. ]
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Napier was Governor of Madras from 1866 to 1872. The recipient, Lewin Bentham Bowring (1824-1910), was Commissioner of Mysore between 1862 and 1870. The 'General Haines' of the letter is Field Marshal Sir Frederick Paul Haines (1819-1909), who the previous year had been appointed General Officer Commanding the Mysore Division of the Madras Army. The reference in the letter to Madras as 'a cantonment' recalls the fact that Bowring's father Sir John Bowring (1792-1872) had been fourth Governor of Hong Kong, 1854-1859. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He is enclosing 'a cheque for 2400 Rs. the price of the two horses', whose arrival 'will be a great event in the family, for I find that the horse question is uppermost'. He has 'apologised to the coachman and propitiated him as much as possible'. Although the coachman 'does not like to see acquisitioning without his own assent', he says Bowring has 'the best arabs in the Country. I flatter myself that I now possess the three best sp<?> in Madras'. The previous night 'a Telegram came in from the G. G. saying that we were to select a Madras Civilian for Mr Saunders' office in conjunction with you. Mr. Arbuthnot has therefore addressed you in favor of Mr Kindersley who is said to be the ablest judicial officer in the Residency of the standing necessary'. Napier hopes that Kindersley will 'do himself and his class credit'. He refers to a journey, and Bowring's kindness at Bangalore, and to Napier's pleasure at making Bowring's acquaintance, 'and that of General Haines. He has been 'instructed and encouraged', and can 'see now what can be done with real intelligence and means for an Indian city and cantonment'. He hopes 'in two years to make Madras a different face from that which it now shews'. He hopes to meet Bowring again in Madras, and ends with another reference to the horses.