[Ishwari Prasad Narayan Singh, Maharaja of Benares.] Letter in secretarial hand, with Autograph Signature, from the Maharaja of Benares to wife of C. B. Saunders, British Resident, Hyderabad, discussing her trip to Calcutta and the weather.

Author: 
Maharaja of Benares [Ishwari Prasad Narayan Singh (1822-1889)] [C. B. Saunders, British Resident, Hyderabad; Sir Salar Jung; British India]
Publication details: 
30 March 1875. Benares [India].
£150.00
SKU: 23042

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice, with short closed tears at edges of a couple of the folds. Endorsed on reverse of second leaf 'H H The Maharajah of Benares | Recd. April 5/75'. Although the whole letter may be in the Maharaja's autograph, the body of it is more likely to be in a secretarial hand. The signature is somewhat stylised, and looks more like 'Shree' or 'Ishree' than 'Ishwaree'. The recipient is the wife of Charles Burslam Saunders (1821-1888), Resident at Hyderabad, of which Sir Salar Jung (1829-1883) was Prime Minister. The letter begins: 'My dear Mrs. Saunders. | Ere this I trust you have returned from Calcutta, where you have been with Sir Salar Jung to pay a visit to His Excellency the Viceroy.' He continues by noting that 'the hot weather is gradually setting in', and hopes that 'in the Course of a few days Punkarhs [sic] & Tatties will be in use for our Convenience'. The letter concludes: 'Trusting this may find you in the enjoyment of good health thank God I am partaker of the same blessing. - | Your welfare in this Season will oblige - | With regards | Believe me | Yours Sincerely | Ishwaree'.