[ 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 ]
Publication details: 
All three on letterheads of the Viceregal Lodge, Simla [ India ]. 5 September and 22 October 1897, and 29 June 1891.
SKU: 20455

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. He us glad to learn of Rees's 'return to Travancore, though I suppose you could not have objected to prolong your stay at home - I also had a long and interesting letter from Miss Yardley giving an account of the progress of femal medical work in Travancore | Miss Yardley seems to like her work, & to be a capable person.' The letter continues with references to the planned publication of the 'proceedings of the last General Meeting', 'a vacancy on the Central Committee this month by the retirement of Sir William Bisset', his wife's committee during 'the Calcutta Season', 'the Annual Returns' It concludes: 'This has been a bad year for the Govt. of India with its famine & plague, & <?> tour added in, is enough to make Westlands [...]'. TWO: 22 Octobver 1897. 2pp., 12mo. No signature: the first part of the letter only. His wife has asked him to express her regret that Rees cannot assist her 'on her Committee during the Calcutta Season. We took it for granted that you would be in Calcutta next cold weather, and of course knew nothing of the change in the Madras representative of the Legistlative Council until I received your telegram. Lady Elgin begs me to thank you for your promise of assistance in Southern India which she knows will be of the greatest value to the work she is so much interested in'. THREE: 29 June 1891. 3pp. 12mo. On bifolium. Complete letter, signed 'Lansdowne'. He thanks him for a copy of his 'Tours in India', stating that he has 'already read several of the "Tours"', and will be 'glad to possess the complete set, which will be invaluable to me wherever I am travelling over the same ground as your old Chief.' He had a 'pleasantly written letter' from the 'old Chief', 'dated from Shanghai, full of interesting observations, the result of his voyage in China. He talks of reaching England in Sepr. or October.' From the papers of Sir John David Rees.