INDIA

[Sir Dinshaw Edulji Wacha, Indian Parsi politician.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'D E Wacha'), in English, to G. K. Menzies, responding badly to request that he subscribe to journal of Royal Society of Arts, lamenting old age and lack of heir

Author: 
Sir Dinshaw Edulji Wacha (1844-1936), Parsi politician from Bombay, founding member of Indian National Congress, member of Imperial Legislative Council [Royal Society of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
All three from Jiji House, Ravelin [sic] Street, Bombay, India. 24 February, 30 March and 4 May 1934.
£350.00

See the entry for Wacha, a prominent member of the Indian cotton industry, in Who Was Who. He was the President of the Indian Merchants' Chamber, and a member of the Bombay Legislative Council, the Imperial Legislative Council and the Council of State, and the head of the Western India Liberal Association. A somewhat bad-tempered correspondence. Wacha appears to feel that he is being bamboozled into subscribing to the Society's journal, but the confusion may be the result of his old age.

[Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta, poet and hymn writer.] Autograph Fair Copy of his poem 'The Moon in silent brightness | Rides o'er the Mountain brow'.

Author: 
Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Anglican Bishop of Calcutta, poet and hymn writer
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£220.00

From the celebrated autograph collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). 1p, 8vo. In very good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse. Folded once. A fair copy (with long s), possibly made for an autograph collector. A twenty-four line poem, in three eight-line stanzas, beginning: 'The Moon in silent brightness | Rides o'er the Mountain brow; | The Mist, in fleecy whiteness | Has clad the vale below;'.

[The Military Accounts Department, Meerut, India.] Printed tribute by the members of the department, on the retirement of Lieut.-Colonel E. B. Peacock, Controller of Military Accounts.

Author: 
[Lieut.-Colonel E. B. Peacock [Edward Barnes Peacock], Controller of Military Accounts, E.C. & U.P. District, Meerut, India]
Publication details: 
At bottom left: 'MEERUT, | Dated the 28th January 1925.'
£45.00

The recipient Lieut.-Col. Edward Barnes Peacock (b.1873; fl.1955), son of Sir Barnes Peacock (1810-1890), Chief Justice of Bengal, served in the 31st Punjab Regiment. The present document is printed in dark-blue ink on 38.5 x 25 cm piece of thin wove paper. The main body of text comprises twenty-five lines in small print, enclosed in decorative border. Aged and creased, with slight loss at bottom right, taking away a small part of the border. Headed: 'To | Lieut.-Colonel E. B. Peacock, | Controller of Military Accounts, | E. C. & U. P. DISTRICT.

[The Siege of Bhurtpore.] Autograph Letter Signed from J. J. Harcourt of East India House to B. S. Jones [Deputy Secretary, India Board], complaining of the withholding of material relating to the siege from the London Gazette.

Author: 
J. J. Harcourt [John J. Harcourt], one of the Chief Assistants in the Examiners' Department at the East India House [B. S. Jones, Deputy Secretary, India Board; East India Company; Siege of Bhurtpore]
Publication details: 
20 October 1826. East India House [London].
£220.00

With Thomas Love Peacock, Edward Strachey and James Mill, Harcourt was one of the four Chief Assistants in the Examiners' Department at the East India House. 2pp, 8vo. Aged and worn, with slight loss to one corner. Folded twice. Whilst conducting his 'researches amongst the papers relating to the recent Operations in India', Harcourt was 'much surprized to find that the General Orders published by the G[oveno]r Gen[era]l. in Council at Fort William on the 12th April 1826, on the fall of Bhurtpore, have been withheld from the London Gazette'.

[Jawaharlal Nehru [Pandit Nehru], first Prime Minister of India.] Autograph Note Signed: 'On behalf of the Government of India | Jawaharlal Nehru'.

Author: 
Jawaharlal Nehru [Pandit Nehru] (1899-1964), first Prime Minister of India
Nehru
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£250.00
Nehru

Evidently written out in response to a request for an autograph, centred on one side of a 9.5 x 12.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor creasing to one corner. Reads: 'On behalf of the Government of India | Jawaharlal Nehru'.

[Sir William Hunter, Scottish historian, statistician and Indian civil servant.] Autograph Presentation Inscription, with Signature ('W W Hunter').

Author: 
Sir William Hunter [Sir William Wilson Hunter] (1840-1900), Scottish historian, statistician, Indian civil servant and editor of the Imperial Gazetteer of India and Oxford 'Rulers of India' series
Publication details: 
Oaken Holt. 1895.
£20.00

On 12mo leaf, intended to be inserted in a book. In good condition lightly aged and worn. Centred on the page the inscription reads: 'With the author's kind remembrances. | W W Hunter. | Oaken Holt. | 1895.' The reverse is blank.

[Sir William Hunter, Scottish historian, statistician and Indian civil servant.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Wheeler' [S. E. Wheeler of the Oriental Club] regarding the Oxford 'Rulers of India Series' and his 'Imperial Gazetteer of India'.

Author: 
Sir William Hunter [Sir William Wilson Hunter] (1840-1900), Scottish historian, statistician, Indian civil servant and editor of the Imperial Gazetteer of India [Stephen Edward Wheeler (1854-1937)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Cherwell Edge, Oxford. 26 March 1890.
£150.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The second leaf has two punch holes, away from any text. Folded once. The subject of the letter is the 28-volume 'The Rulers of India' series, which Hunter edited for the Oxford University Press. His own biography of Lord Dalhousie appeared in 1890, and he followed this, as he explains in the letter with a life of Lord Mayo (1891). Despite the statement in the letter, the life of Lord Lawrence was written by Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchison, rather than by Richard Temple, who contributed the volume on James Thomason.

[Alice Perrin, novelist who depicted the British colonial life in India, and writer of ghost stories.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alice Perrin') to Stephen Wheeler, suggesting arrangements for a meeting.

Author: 
Alice Perrin [née Robinson] (1867–1934), English novelist, born in India, whose work depicts the British colonial life in India, and writer of ghost stories [Stephen Wheeler of the Oriental Club]
Publication details: 
26 April [no year]; on letterhead of 12 Cadogan Court, S.W.3. [London]
£35.00

Perrin's entry in the Oxford DNB describes the renewed interest in her work in recent years. 1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice. The salutation is to 'Mr. Wheeler', this being Stephen Wheeler, from whose papers it derives. She suggests an early lunch 'on Friday next 30th', as she and her husband 'have to catch a train about 4 o'clock'. 'We shall much look forward to seeing you.'

[Sir William Birdwood, Field Marshal and Commander in Chief, India.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. R. Birdwood.'), thanking a 'dear Old Colonel' and 'old Sandhurst Instructor' for congratulations, discussing his career, praising 'real good comrades'.

Author: 
Sir William Birdwood [William Riddell Birdwood] (1865-1951), Field Marshal in the British Army and Commander in Chief, India]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Thurlby Hall, Newark-on-Trent. 7 June 1925.
£75.00

2pp, 4to. Aged and worn. Possibly relating to Birdwood's elevation, in January 1923, to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. The letter begins: 'My dear Old Colonel, | I have only today received your kind congratulations – via India!' He thanks him, adding that he appreciates his best wishes 'very much indeed, coming as they do from my old Sandhurst Instructor & therefore are of my very oldest service friends'.

[Royal East India Volunteers, London.] Autograph Regimental Orders for 1st Regiment, Signed by 'H Dickinson Capt & Adjt of Regt | R. E. S. V.', 'By Command of Colonel Scott' [i.e. David Scott, East India Company director and chairman]

Author: 
Royal East India Volunteers, London [David Scott (1746-1805), Scottish merchant, Director and Chairman of the East India Company and MP; Captain Henry Dickinson; Charles Lamb; India House]
Publication details: 
'1st Regt. R. E. I. V. [i.e. Royal East India Volunteers, London]'. 31 January 1800.
£350.00

According to 'The Correspondence of David Scott, Director and Chairman of the East India Company', C. H. Phillips ed. (1951), two regiments of Royal East India Volunteers were formed in 1796, 'to defend the City of London. They were largely recruited from the India House staff, and Scott acted as Colonel of the first regiment'. This is the period during which the celebrated essayist Charles Lamb was working at India House. See also Margaret Makepeace, 'The Royal East India Volunteers: The ‘Union of Civil and Military Dependence’ (2010). The document is 1p, 8vo., and headed 'Regt Ors.

[General Sir William Stephen Alexander Lockhart, Commander in Chief in India.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. A. Lockhart') to 'Mrs. Johnson', regarding 'the Memoir of the late Major Johnson' and the good reports of her two sons.

Author: 
General Sir William Stephen Alexander Lockhart (1841-1900), Commander in Chief in India, who commanded against the Afridis and Mohmands, and conducted the Tirah Expedition
Publication details: 
Simla; 6 September 1899. On red oval government letterhead of the Commander in Chief in India.
£56.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of tape from mount adhering to one edge, and overlapping onto loop of last letter of Lockhart's signature. Folded once. Expansive stylized signature. He is obliged to her for sending him 'the Memoir of the late Major Johnson'. He intended to postpone his reply to her letter until after he finished reading the book, but he is too busy to 'read it through for a few days – and meanwhile you might wonder that you received no acknowledgment'. A 'cursory glance' indicates that the book will please and interest him.

[ Diwan of Cochin ] Typed Letter Signed (illegible) Diwan of Cochin (typed) to Stephen Wheeler, Foreign Office, Government of India, Calcutta, about a portrait of The Rajah of Cochin.

Author: 
Diwan of Cochin
Publication details: 
Camp-Chowerah, 27 April 1903
£45.00

One page, 12mo, bifolium. "At the instance of Mr. A.R. Knapp, I.C.S. Officer in charge of the Madras Provincial Camp at Delhi, I beg to forward per separate parcel post a copy of the portrait of His Highness Sir Rama Vurmah. G.C.S.I., the Rjah of Cochoin for the purpose of the volume which you are compiling in connection with the Delhi Durbar. Kindly acknowledge it's receipt ..." Note in pencil in Wheeler's hand, the beginning of a polite response. Note: Presumably for Wheeler's History Of The Delhi Coronation Durbar (1904).

[ Henry Mortimer Durand ] Autograph Letter Signed "H.M. Durand" to [Stephen] Wheeler, Foreign Office (India)

Author: 
H. M. Durand [ Sir Henry Mortimer Durand (1850–1924), diplomat and civil servant of colonial British India]
Publication details: 
[Headed] Hesketh Villa, Torquay, 7 January 1890.
£65.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold marks, good condition. He reveals that he nearly died of pleurisy and pneumonai recently "and am still a cripple from the after effects thereof but mending. | shall be very glad to tell you anything I can about Indian affairs - but what do you want to know about in particular? If you will send me a set of questions I will answer to the best of my ability. | I expect to be down here until the Spring [...]" Wheeler has added some faint notes on the otherwise blank fourth page.

[Scarce Survey of India publication.] Catalogues of Maps Parts I and II Published by the Survey of India Corrected up to 31st March 1928.

Author: 
Survey of India, Calcutta; Colonel Commandant E. A. Tandy, R.E., Surveyor General of India
Publication details: 
Published under the Direction of Colonel Commandant E. A. Tandy, R.E., Surveyor General of India. Printed at the Photo-Litho. Office, Survey of India. Calcutta, 1928.
£350.00

A scarce item: the only other copy located on COPAC or WorldCat at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. In printed wraps, with red cloth spine. In poor condition, aged, worn and dog-eared, with parts of the front cover torn away. This copy is stamped several times with the purple oval stamp of the Kala-azar Commission. A folio (34 x 25.5 cm) containing 100pp of full-page colour guide maps ('Indexes'), each 'Corrected to March 1928', preceded by two fold-outs, and with three maps of smaller size, each described as an 'Appliqué Slip', on bound-in leaves.

[Akhileshwar Jha, Indian novelist.] Doctoral Thesis titled 'The Development of Christopher Fry's Dramatic Art', with Autograph Letter Signed ('A Jha') to Fry, asking for comments, and covering note by R. K. Sinha of Patna University.

Author: 
Akhileshwar Jha, Indian novelist, cultural critic and 'anti-colonial intellectual' [Christopher Fry, English playwright and poet; Professor R. K. Sinha, Patna Unversity, India ]
Publication details: 
Thesis: Patna, November 1965. Jha's letter from Patna, 26 May 1966. Sinha's note from Patna University, 20 November 1965.
£750.00

THESIS: 350pp, 4to, with additional 12pp of prelims and 15pp of appendix and bibliography. Reproduction of typescript, with printed title-page, and each page on a recto. In hardback binding covered in brown pseudo-leather plastic; with yellow printed dustwrapper. Title printed on front cover of volume and on front of dustwrapper. Volume good and tight, with minor damp staining at head, in worn and stained dustwrapper.

[Sir Colin Campbell, as Commander-in-Chief of India.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C C.') to 'Fanny', announcing his return to England, and complaining that the military life has become 'very wearisome'.

Author: 
Sir Colin Campbell [Field Marshal Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde [Lord Clyde]] (1792-1863), British Army officer in the Peninsular War, Crimean War and Indian Mutiny [Commander in Chief of India]
Publication details: 
Simla [India]. 15 and 20 April 1860.
£70.00

A poignant letter, in which Campbell declares, on his retirement, that he has begun to find the military life of 'constant movement' and 'marching' 'very wearisome', and that he looks forward to finding himself his 'own master for the little time that may yet remain to me to wander in the world'. He also looks forward to seeing his old friends, declaring: 'how few remain to me!' 4pp, 12mo, crosswritten on both sides of a 12mo leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tears at edges of both folds. The earlier part of the letter is dated 'Simla April 15th.

'The Last King in India': Wajid Ali Shah, tenth and last Nawab of Awadh [Oudh; Oude].] Manuscript Note, in English (by a secretary?), in which the King requests 'Captain Towgood's Company at Breakfast at the Shahmunzil Palace'.

Author: 
King of Oude [Wajid Ali Shah, tenth and last Nawab of Awadh; Oudh] (1822-1887) [Sir William Sleeman; East India Company; Captain Joseph Towgood, Bengal Light Infantry]
Publication details: 
Lucknow Residency. 15 February 1851.
£120.00

See his biography by Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, 'The Last King in India' (2014). 1p, 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with several horizontal fold lines, two of which have short closed tears. Reads: 'His Majesty the King of Oude requests the pleasure of Captain Towgood's Company at Breakfast at the Shahmunzil Palace at 9 A. M and Dinner at the Baraduree of the Furruh Buksh Palace at ½ past 7 P. M. on Monday next the 17th. Inst.' Postscript: 'The favor of an answer is requested.'

[Lord Salisbury to Sir Reginald Brade, Under-Secretary of State for War.] Five Autograph Letters (three signed 'Salisbury') to Brade and his PS, on Army Chaplains and the Chaplain General, with a complaint of a 'scandal' over chaplains in India.

Author: 
Lord Salisbury [James Edward Hubert Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury] (1861-1947), Liberal politician [Sir Reginald Herbert Brade (1864-1933), Under-Secretary of State for War, 1914-1920]
Publication details: 
All on letterheads: three from Hatfield House, Herts; and one apiece from the War Office, Whitehall, and 20 Arlington Street, S.W.1 [London]. One from 1916, two from 1918, one headed 'Sunday' and the other undated.
£180.00

Salisbury was a Liberal politician and the son of the Prime Minister. Some background to the correspondence is supplied by the Times articles, 'The Church in War', 6 February 1918 and 'Bishops' War Session' ('Supply of Chaplains'), 10 July 1918. The five items in good condition, on 12mo bifoliums. The first two items below are addressed to Brade himself, and the other three to his private secretary. The first three letters are signed 'Salisbury', the other two are in the third person. ONE: To Brade. War Office, 'Sunday'. 3pp. Written in pencil.

[The British Foreign Office assesses the state of the Cold War, 1951.] Untited Typewritten Foreign Office briefing document, assessing at length, in a series of 'lessons' the situation in the USSR, Middle East and Far East, and 'Free World' response.

Author: 
[UK Foreign Office; Cold War; USSR; Middle East; Far East; Special Intelligence Service [MI6]; Information Research Department]
Publication details: 
[UK Foreign Office. 1951.]
£750.00

The document has no overall title, and gives no indication of its source, but it derives from a batch of Foreign Office briefing documents, including material from the Information Research Department (for whose activities, financed from the budget of the Special Intelligence Service, otherwise MI6, see The Times, 17 August 1995; and also Michael Cullis's obituary of Sir John Peck in the Independent, 20 January 1995).

[ Jamh O Deen; Tippoo Sahib; hostage ] Autograph Note, third person, to [Coutts and Co., Bankers] requesting "the account Book".

Author: 
Prince Jamh O Deen, "Prince of Mysore", son of Tippoo Sahib.
Publication details: 
No place given, 23 January 1837.
£320.00

One page, 12mo, fold marks, residue of laying down on blank verso, good condition. Additions in another hand are in square brackets: "[ sent] 23 Jany/37 | [His Highness] Prince Jamh O Deen requests Messrs Coutts & Co to have the Goodness to send the account Book". Apparently he decided to receive a £2000 pension while living in England from 1835. His hostage status relates to the vents of 1782. A scarce autograph.

[Bawa Daswanda Singh commends Sir William Birdwood to the Viceroy Lord Irwin.] 'True Copy' of curious Typed Letter from Singh to Irwin, in English, enthusiastically endorsing Birdwood, with long original Autograph Note Signed from Singh to Birdwood.

Author: 
Bawa Daswanda Singh of Montgomery, Punjab [Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax [Lord Irwin] (1881-1959), Viceroy of India, 1926-1931; Sir William Birdwood (1865-1951), Commander in Chief, India]
Publication details: 
Montgomery, Punjab. 20 November 1930.
£320.00

6pp., foolscap 8vo, on six leaves. Mimeographed document. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'The Right Hon'ble | His Excellency Lord Irwin, | the most distinguished and best Viceroy, India ever had, true, sincere and the best friend of India'. The margins of the first page are filled with an original autograph note, signed twice by 'Bawa Daswanda Singh, Sardar Sahib, Retired P.E.S. Montgomery (Punjab)', and addressed to 'Our most respected & most beloved your Excellency F.M. Sir Wm. Birdwood C-in-C in India'. He asks him to read and acknowledge 'this humble note of mine to H.E.

[Leo Amery, Secretary of State for India, supports 'the Beveridge scheme' for 'a general national health service'.] Typed Letter Signed ('L S Amery') to R. Steele, explaining why it is not 'in any sense totalitarian'.

Author: 
L. S. Amery [Leo Amery; Leopold Charles Maurice Stennett Amery] (1873-1955), Conservative politician, Secretary of State for India [Beveridge Report, 1942; National Health Service; welfare state]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall. 15 March 1943.
£180.00

A surprising letter from a Conservative imperialist and opponent of appeasement (Amery was one of only four members who remained seated when Chamberlain announced his flight to Munich to a cheering House of Commons, the others being Churchill, Anthony Eden and Harold Nicolson). At the time of writing Amery was a member of the government as Secretary of State for India. The Beveridge Report had appeared in November of the previous year. 1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged.

[ Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India. ] Autograph Signature ('Albert Edward') on part of letter.

Author: 
Edward VII (1841-1910), King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£45.00

On 5.5 x 10 cm. piece of paper cut from the conclusion of a letter. Lightly aged and ruckled, with closed tear repaired on reverse with archival tape. Traces of previous mount on reverse. Reads: 'Believe me, | Yrs [last word underlined] very sincerely | Albert Edward'.

[ Max Müller, philologist and Orientalist, opponent of Charles Darwin. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. Max Müller') to 'Mr Shelley' (i.e. H. C. Shelly) of the Glasgow periodical The Baillie. With inscribed photographic portrait.

Author: 
Max Müller [ Friedrich Max Müller ] (1823-1900), German-born philologist and Orientalist, based in Britain, opponent of the linguistic theories of Charles Darwin [ Henry Charles Shelly ]
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter on letterhead of 7 Norham Gardens, Oxford. 24 February 1891. Photograph without date or place.
£50.00

From the papers of the journalist Henry Charles Shelly (sic), who would appear from the letter to have been connected with the Glasgow periodical The Baillie. ONE: ALS (24 February 1891). 3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He gives him permission to 'print the enclosed extract in the Modern Church, but not before April 1, as I mean to use it in a lecture in London next month'. He is sending him 'Genelli's Dante Illustrations', and regrets that 'they have been rather badly treated'. He will send him 'a copy of Physical Religion and I need not say how glad I should be if Mr.

[ Mary Carpenter, educationist, penal and social reformer in Bristol and India, abolitionist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Armstrong', wife of geologist A. H. Armstrong,

Author: 
Mary Carpenter (1807-1877), educationist, penal and social reformer in Bristol and India, abolitionist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the National Indian Association, Red Lodge House, Bristol. 17 September 1876.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair conditon, on aged and worn paper. See Carpenter's entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is from the papers of the family of the recipient, the second wife of the geologist Alexander Henry Green (1832-1896), and previously Miss Wilhelmina Maria Armstrong of Clifton. The letter show Carpenter active and energetic within a year of her death. She had established the National Indian Association in 1870. She writes that she has been 'very glad to see Frances here & her Sisters'. She hopes that she has 'interested them a little about India'.

[ Lord Harris of Belmont House. ] Autograph Note in the third person [ to his bookseller ], regarding two books sent to him.

Author: 
Lord Harris of Belmont House, Throwley, near Faversham, Kent [ Lieutenant General William George Harris (1782-1845), 2nd Baron Harris, British soldier under his father in Anglo-Mysore War ]
Publication details: 
'Belmont [ i.e. Belmont House, Throwley, near Faversham, Kent ] | 16th. Decr. 1841'.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, with central spike-hole and a few burn marks at foot. Reads: 'Lord Harris has just recd the Illustrations to Deserted Village, but retyrns Retsch's Othello by this night's Coach, having received a copy of it about a week since.'

[ Lord Curzon analyses the result of the 1924 General Election, the decline of Liberalism and the 'menace' of Socialism. ] Three Typed Letters Signed (all 'Curzon') to Sir Courtenay Mansel, on Liberalism, Socialism, Lloyd George and Winston Churchill

Author: 
Lord Curzon [ George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston ] (1859-1925), Conservative statesman, Viceroy of India, 1899-1905 [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
Publication details: 
All on House of Commons letterhead. 7 November 1924; 12 March 1926 ('Dictated 12th'); 22 June 1928 ('Dictated 21st')
£320.00

Three excellent letters, highly revealing of Curzon's political position in the 1920s. The first, in the aftermath of the 1924 General Election, discussing at length the decline of Liberalism and the 'menace' of Socialism; the second regarding Lloyd George's 'land swindle' and the 'crushing blow' it has dealt the Liberal Party; the third explaining the reason for the impossibility of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill supporting Mansel (by now a Conservative) at the hustings in the 1928 Carmarthen by-election.

[ The Indian Budget of 1897: Sir John David Rees and James Fairbairn Finlay discuss the 'intimation that public indignation meetings are contemplated'. ] An exchange of two ALsS from Rees and two ALsS from Finlay, discussing action to be taken.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author; James Fairbairn Finlay (1852-1930), Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department), 1891-1903
Publication details: 
Finlay letter on letterhead of the Financial Secretary, Calcutta. [ Rees writing from Madras, India. ] 27 and 29 January 1897.
£180.00

At the time of writing Finlay was Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department, and Rees was Additional Member of Governor-General of India’s Council.In January 1897 the Madras region was in the grip of famine, and there was widespread disquiet in the province on rumours of an announcement in the forthcoming budget of the Government of India of the lowering of a financial subsidy.

[ Lady Constance Wenlock, wife of Lord Wenlock, Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Constance Wenlock') to J. D. Rees, on his appointment as Resident in Travancore and Cochin, with official copy of Lord Wenlock's letter of confirmation.

Author: 
Lady Constance Mary Wenlock [ nee Lascelles ] (1852-1932), wife of Beilby Lawley, 3rd Baron Wenlock (1849-1912), Governor of Madras, and daughter of Earl of Harewood [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
Lady Wenlock's letter on letterhead of Government House, Ootacamund. No date [ circa April 1895 ]. Copy of Lord Wenlock's letter from Port St George 13 April 1895.
£90.00

ONE: Lady Wenlock's letter to 'My dear Mr. Rees'. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. 'I am sure you could hardly be more glad that [sic] I was when I heard this appointment was satisfactorily settled. I was miserable at the prospect of you & Mary going on in the same routine here for months without this desireable [sic] change'. After all Rees's wife has 'gone through' it is particularly important for her to have a 'thorough change': it is inevitable that she should 'suffer from just now after so much sorrow & fatigue'.?>

[ S. Ramanath Aiyar, Indian poet and historian of Travancore. ] Autograph Letter Signed, in English, urging Sir J. D. Rees to use his appointment to the Legislative Council to further 'Indian well being and stability'.

Author: 
S. Ramanath Aiyar, Indian poet and historian of Travancore [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
'Sevin Coil street, | Karamanai, | Trivandram.' [ Sivan Kovil Street, Karamana, Trivandrum, India ] 22 October 1895
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed 'To | The Honourable J. D. Rees C.I.E.'. He begins by tendering his 'sincerest congratulations' on Rees's 'election to His Excellency the Viceroy's legislative Council'. Rees has 'already given ample proof' of his 'innate love, wisdom and vigor [...] in the way of Indian progress and prosperity', and his 'well-merited elevation has thrown open […] more abundant opportunities to initiate measures of reform for Indian well being and stability'.

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