[ Lord Connemara, on resigning as Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Connemara') to Sir J. D. Rees, fulsomely praising his services to him during his governorship.

Lord Connemara [ Robert Bourke, 1st Baron Connemara (1827-1902), British Conservative politician, twice Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Governor of Madras ] [ Sir John David Rees ]
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'at Sea near Ceylon' (on letterhead of 'Government House'). 10 December 1890.
SKU: 20497

On Lord Connemara's resignation on 8 November 1890 after four years as Governor of Madras, the Madras Mail commented (4 December 1890) that his administration was 'a bright epoch in the annals of Madras'. The present letter, written a month after his resignation, is addressed to 'J D Rees Esq C.I.E.' 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and ruckled, with traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf. He has 'so often expressed' to Rees 'the sense of great obligation' he has 'continuously owed' to him, 'during the 4 years I had the advantage of your Services', that it is not necessary to say more, but he will 'always look back upon your companionship with the greatest pleasure and your assistance in my work as simply invaluable – and I only hope that if I have sometimes caused you over work, you will forgive me and blame your own alacrity to labour and your own cheerful disposition to do more than I ever expected'. He hopes that he may 'soon advance in whatever line opens for your distinction, which I know you are desirous of obtaining'.