[‘Cambridge is particularly wet & dirty’. A future Viceroy of India as undergraduate.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘Napier’), from Francis Napier (the future 10th Lord Napier) to his mother Lady Napier, giving Cambridge news on a visit from his sister.

[Lord Napier, Viceroy of India.] Francis Napier (1819-1898), 10th Lord Napier of Merchistoun and 1st Baron Ettrick [his mother Lady Napier (1784-1883), née Elizabeth Cochrane-Johnstone; Cambridge]
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‘Trin. Coll. Sunday 12 o’clock’. [24 November 1839; Trinity College, Cambridge.]

See Napier’s entry, and that of his sister Maria’s husband John Gellibrand Hubbard (1805-1889), 1st Baron Addington, in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and discoloured, with small closed tear to a crease. Part of letter torn away on opening, and now under small black wax seal (good impression of crest with letter N). Folded four times. Addressed, with three postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, to ‘The Rt Honble | The Lady Napier | Kew Green’. Minuted by Lady Napier: 'Cambridge Novr. 1838’. 64 lines of neatly-written text.

[The Indian Students' Association and the 1922 Lytton Committee report.] Folder containing thirteen typewritten documents in answer to criticism in 'Report on the Committee on Indian Students 1921-22', with associated material and copy of the report.

Committee on Indian Students 1921-22 ('The Lytton Committee'); Indian Students' Department, London [Victor Bulwer-Lytton, 2nd Earl of Lytton (1876-1947)]
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Thirteen files by the Indian Students' Department, London, four of them dating from between January and March 1923. The published Lytton Report: London: Printed by His Majesty's Stationery Office for the India Office. 1922. Another item from 1921.

Three items, the first being a file containing the aggrieved 'Answer' of the Indian Students' Department to the criticisms of it within the 1922 report of the Committee on Indian Students ('The Lytton Committee'), comprising thirteen documents, all typewritten, and several with manuscript emendations; the second item being a small collection of related newspaper cuttings, along with the typescript of an article, and a copy of a printed item titled 'Correspondence between the Secretary of State for India and Lord Lytton' (1921), no other copy of the last of which having been located; the third

[Lord Curzon [George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquis Curzon of Kedleston]; Lord Milner [Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner]; Claud Lovat Fraser.] Leaf from an autograph album, carrying signatures of 'Curzon of Kedleston', 'Milner' and 'Lovat Fraser.'

Lord Curzon [George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquis Curzon of Kedleston], Conservative statesman, Viceroy of India; Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner; Claude Lovat Fraser, artist
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No place or date. [Before Lovat Fraser's death in 1921.]

On both sides of 16 x 12.5 cm leaf, with rounded edges, torn from an autograph album. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Firmly and elegantly written on one side, just over the centre: 'Lovat Fraser.' Towards the head of the other side, in a large somewhat untidy hand, with intermittent underlining: 'Curzon of Kedleston'. Beneath this: 'Milner'. No other writing on either side.

[Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle, statesman who headed the Carlisle Peace Commission in the American War of Independence.] Autograph Signature ('Carlisle.') to warrant appointing Thomas Evans 'Fourth Yeoman Porter at the Gate'.

Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle (1748-1825), statesman who headed 1778 Carlisle Peace Commission in American War of Independence; Viceroy of Ireland; guardian to Lord Byron
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'given under my hand This first Day of January One Thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty Three in the Twenty third Year of His Majesty's Reign'.

On one side of 30 x 30.5 cm piece of vellum. Tax stamp embossed on strip of blue paper attached to left margin. In fair condition, aged and worn as is customary with vellum. Folded twice. Endorsed 'Warrant | Thomas Evans | Fourth Yeoman Porter at the Gate'. Signed at bottom right: 'Carlisle.' Written in a secretarial hand, and addressed 'To My very loving Friend The Clerk of His Majesty's Household Attending'.

[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.

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]
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Montgomery, Punjab. 20 November 1930.

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.

[ Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India. ] Three Autograph Letters, one signed ('Lansdowne'), the other two incomplete, to Sir J. D. Rees, on topics including administrative affairs, Rees's 'Tours in India', and his 'old Chief'.

Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India [ Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (1845-1927) ] [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
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All three on letterheads of the Viceregal Lodge, Simla [ India ]. 5 September and 22 October 1897, and 29 June 1891.

The three items are ruckled through removal from an album, and two have a layer of glue over one page. ONE: 5 September 1897. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. No signature: the first part of the letter only. The fourth page cancelled with blue pencil.

[ Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar, Indian nationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S Ramasamy Mudr') in English to Sir J. D. Rees, on his appointment to the Viceregal Legislative Council and organising 'Todas or Badagas' dancers for the Viceroy.

[Rajah] Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar (1840-1911), Indian merchant, politician, philanthropist, early leader of the Indian National Congress [ Sir J.D. Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator]
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Madras [ India ]. 12 October [ 1895 ].

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining at head of second leaf. Addressed to 'The Honble. Mr. J. D. Rees, C.I.E.' A long letter, beginning with an expression of pleasure at Rees's 'appointment as an additional Member of the Viceregal Legislative Council'. His wife and 'Chota Sheriff' join him in sending congratulations. He refers to a conversation in which it was 'casually wished' that Rees would 'become connected with the Viceregal Govt. though not by such an appointment as the present one.

[ 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. ]

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.

[ Frederic Thesiger, Viscount Chelmsford. ] Autograph Signature ('Chelmsford').

Frederic John Napier Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford [ Frederic Thesiger, Lord Chelmsford ] (1868-1933), Governor of Queensland, Governor of New South Wales, Viceroy of India
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No place or date.

On 3 x 10 cm piece of grey paper. Laid down on 9 x 11.5 cm piece of card. In fair condition, aged and a little dusty. Neat and crisp signature, cut from a letter, and reading: 'Faithfully Yours | Chelmsford'. Also laid down on the card is a brief biographical cutting.

[ Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton, Viceroy of India. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lytton') to 'Mr Lee' (his agent?) regarding a cricket match at Knebworth, and lightning conductors to 'the 8 turrets' there.

Edward Robert Lytton Bulwer-Lytton (1831-1891), 1st Earl of Lytton, Viceroy of India and poet
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Without place or date. On his monogrammed letterhead.

2pp., 12mo. On leaf with mourning border. He thanks him for his letters, and expresses disappointment that he 'could not come to the Cricket Match', which was 'not finished, but decided in favour of Knebworth according to the score of the first Innings'. He asks him to obtain 'estimates for lightening [sic] conductors to each of the 8 turrets at Knebworth'. He fears that 'these copper domes are themselves lightening conductors which are now cut offf from all communcation with the earth'.

[1935 Balochistan Earthquake.] 'Address by His Excellency the Viceroy and Governor General of India To the troops of Quetta Garrison on the occasion of a Review by his Excellency the Viceroy and Governor General of India on Friday, July 5th. 1935.'

Major Freeman Freeman-Thomas (1866-1941), 1st Marquess of Willingdon, Viceroy of India; Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode (1869-1950), Commander-in-Chief in India [1935 Balochistan Earthquake; Quetta]
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[Regarding a review at the Quetta Garrison, India, on 5 July 1935.]

1p., folio. In fair condition, lightly aged. Duplicated typescript except for the headings, which are duplicated manuscript. Divided into two parts. The first (longer) part headed: 'Address by His Excellency the Viceroy and Governor General of India'.

[Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl of Northbrook.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Northbrook'), requesting copies of two speeches by the Duke of Argyll.

Thomas George Baring (1826-1904), 1st Earl of Northbrook, Liberal politician and Viceroy of India, 1872-1876
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On letterhead of Fallodon, Chathill, Northumberland. 16 October 1876.

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Writing to an unnamed correspondent, he asks to be sent ('Raby Castle | Darlington') 'a copy of the D of Argyll's speech in Septr. last, & of his speech upon the Cretan insurrection in 1867'. He is enclosing '19s in stamps'.

[John Blaquiere.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Blaqre.'), reporting [to Sir R. Ainslie] that he is to be principal secretary to the new Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lord Harcourt.

John Blaquiere, 1st Baron de Blaquiere (1732-1812) [Sir Robert Ainslie (1730-1812), diplomat and numismatist; Simon Harcourt (1714-1777), 1st Earl Harcourt, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1772-1777]
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'Tuesday evening | 2 June [1772]'.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on creased and aged paper. Docketted on reverse: 'Ld de Blaquiere to Sir R A | 1772.' The letter begins: 'It may give you some pleasure to hear, & it may be of some use to you, to know; that Ld. Harcourt is appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. I have not however the merit of giving you the intelligence, it is, by my Lord's desire, and His Lordship tells me [last four words deleted] that I shall certainly attend him to that Country as the principal secretary.' He concludes by inviting Ainslie, on Harcourt's behalf, to dinner the following day.

Typed Letter Signed ('Mountbatten of Burma') from Lord Mountbatten [Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma] to Mr

Louis Mountbatten (1900-1979), 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma [Lord Mountbatten], last Viceroy of India (1947), uncle of Duke of Edinburgh [Brian North Lee (1936-2007), bookplate historian; ex libris]
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On letterhead of Newhouse, Mersham, Ashford, Kent. 22 July 1996.

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, laid down on backing and a little creased. He thanks him for a letter about 'the study you are doing of Royal bookplates, and of course I remember the icon you had had [sic] of my great aunt Ella and was so pleased to have the postcard of it you kindly sent me'. He is also pleased to learn that Lee has been able to identify the print which his father sent Lee of his bookplate as the work of George Taylor Friend, 'which I am sure he would have been very pleased to know'. Lee's research 'must produced quite a few headaches, but with very interesting results'.

Autograph draft by Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl Northbrook, of a speech delivered by him, as First Lord of the Admiralty at the Lord Mayor's Banquet, Guildhall, 1883.

Thomas George Baring (1826-1904), 1st Earl of Northbrook, Liberal politician; Viceroy of India, 1872-1876; First Lord of the Admiralty, 1880-1885
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On embossed Admiralty letterhead. [1883.]

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In pencil. Lightly-aged and worn. In pencil, with deletions and emendations. Docketed in another hand on reverse of second leaf: 'MS. speech delivered at Guildhall Banquet by Lord Northbrook, First Lord of Admiralty - 9th Novr. 1883.' And with the following in the second hand at the head of the first page: 'Lord Northbrook's Speech - Nov. 9. 1883 at Guildhall'. A very short speech, well reported in The Times of 10 November 1883.

Autograph Letter Signed from the diplomat Sir Victor Wellesley ('Victor Wellesley') to Ernest Frederick Gye of the Foreign Office, describing a trip to India.

Sir Victor Wellesley [Sir Victor Alexander Augustus Henry Wellesley] (1876-1954), diplomat [Ernest Frederick Gye (1879-1955), diplomat]
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On letterhead of 12 Ranelagh Grove, Ebury Bridge, SW1; 8 June 1939.

10 pp, 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'My dear Ernest'. The Wellesleys have been back from India a couple of months. The journey out was a 'delightful trip', despite a mishap with a 'steel hawser' which 'wound itself round the screw' in the middle of the Mediterranean. After a brief reference to Ceylon he describes the Indian visit. His wife tripped up on a step in front of the Maharaja of Mysore: 'I feel sure he thought she was tight. Mysore is too modern & up to date to suit me, but Seringapatam only nine miles away is fascinating.

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