[Princess Louise, dau. Victoria, wife of Marquess of Lorne] Autograph Letter Signed Louise Lorne to Mr. Campbell [John Francis Campbell. Note below] offering him post of Groom in Waiting to Queen Victoria, referring to glaciation.

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, (Louisa Caroline Alberta; 1848 – 1939), sixth child and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
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Inveraray, 22 Jan.[1877]
SKU: 23872

Four pages, 12mo, very good condition, in a generous hand. Text: The Queen writes to me this morning to ask if you would like to be appointed Groom in Waiting to her, & says that is she would have great pleasure in naming you as such. | The duties are to attend the Queen when at Windsor Castle & Buckinghamd Palace. | Lorne [Marquess] wishes me to add that attendance on horseback is not one of the duties, as that is the Equerries' particular office, & that you could still employ half the year in studying Glaciation. | The is quite [underlined] a private intimation, as I was only asked if I knew [underlined] if you wd. like to be appointed.Note: John Francis Campbell became Groom In Waiting in 1877. Princess Louise. John Francis Campbell (Scottish Gaelic: Iain Frangan Caimbeul; Islay, 1821 – Cannes, 1885), also known as Young John of Islay (Scottish Gaelic: Iain Òg Ìle) was a Scottish author and scholar who specialised in Celtic studies, considered an authority on the subject.[...] Campbell held a lifelong interest in the sciences, especially geology and meteorology. He invented the meteorological sunshine recorder or thermograph that bears his name as the Campbell–Stokes recorder [Wikipedia].