BENGAL

[ Syed Khelafat Hussain, Barrister-at-Law, Bhagalpur; contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi at Inns of Court ] Three printed transcripts of letters to A. P. Muddiman, High Court, Fort William, Bengal, regarding his 'complex relations with Mrs. Maloney'.

Author: 
Syed Khelafat Hussain [ Syed Khilafat Hussain ] (b.c.1870) Barrister-at-Law, Bhagalpur, a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi at the Inns of Court [ A. P. Muddiman, High Court, Fort William, Bengal ]
Publication details: 
All dated '8-4-07'. All by 'G.I.C.P.O.', i.e. Calcutta: Government of India Central Printing Office. [ High Court of Judicature, Fort William, Bengal; Appelate Side. Letters dated 25 February, 22 and 25 March 1907. ] First letter stamped 2 June 1907.
£220.00

Each letter is on a separate leaf. The first and last are each 1p., 8vo; the middle one is 2pp., 8vo. Aged and worn. Hussain was disbarred from the Inner Temple in 1915. The labyrinthine first sentence of the first letter (25 February 1907) hardly inspires confidence: 'Your No. 553, dated the 18th February 1907, has come to hand only to-day, owing to my absence on account of Mohurrum holiday.

[ Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta. ] Printed letter from 'W. Parsons, Secretary' to the Secretary of the Government of India, Home Department, 'on matters connected with the High Court of Judicature at Fort William, in Bengal'.

Author: 
Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta [ W. Parsons, Secretary ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th Baronet, judge ]
Publication details: 
'No. 706 - 1901.' Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Royal Exchange Building, Calcutta. 28 May 1901. [ Caxton Press. ]
£135.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. With compliments stamp. Signed in type at end by Parsons. Divided into seven sections, and beginning: 'On more than one occasion, in recent years, the Committee of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce have ventured to address the Government of India on matters connected with the High Court of Judicature at Fort William, in Bengal, and their representations have always been favourably received.

[ Partition of Bengal, 1905. ] Five documents expressing reservations: three printed Bengal Chamber of Commerce circulars, one bearing ALS from Sir G. H. Sutherland to judge Richard Harington; autograph memorandum by Sutherland; printed circular.

Author: 
Sir George Henry Sutherland (1866-1937), East India merchant, Sheriff of Calcutta 1901 and 1908; President of Bengal Chamber of Commerce, 1900-1901 [ Sir Richard Harington; Partition of Bengal, 1905 ]
Publication details: 
All items from 1905. Three circulars from Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Royal Exchange Buildings, Calcutta.
£400.00

Five items, in good condition, on lightly aged paper. All three Bengal Chamber of Commerce circulars (Items One to Three below) are from H. M. Haywood, Acting Secretary, to the Secretary to the Government of India, Home Department, and are uniform in layout. Each is 2pp., 8vo, on a single leaf. The first two carry the compliment stamp of the Secretary of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce. ONE: Circular 'No. 1132-1905.' Calcutta, 6 July 1905.

[ Delhi Durbar, 1903. ] Two lithographed maps: 'Camp of His Honour the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal' by Major James Strachey, and 'Plan showing the Disposition of Troops and General Arrangements'.

Author: 
Delhi Durbar, 1903; Major J. Strachey, Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal
Publication details: 
Both items dated December 1902, and by S. I. O. Calcutta.
£450.00

The 1903 Delhi Durbar was held to celebrate the succession of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark as Emperor and Empress of India. Devised and overseen in meticulous detail by Lord Curzon, this two-week display of pomp and power was easily the grandest of the three Durbars. Edward did not attend, but sent his brother the Duke of Connaught in his place. No other copies of the following two items have been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[ Sir John Peter Grant, Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal and as Governor of Jamaica. ] Autograph Signature ('J P Grant') on part of document.

Author: 
Sir John Peter Grant (1807-1893), Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal, 1859-1862, and Governor of Jamaica, 1866-1874
Publication details: 
Without place. 1868.
£30.00

On 6 x 9.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, laid down on slightly-larger piece of paper (part of leaf from an album). Grant's distinctive forward-sloping signature at centre. At top of paper: '<...> Reign, Annoque Domini 1868.' Beneath the signature, in a contemporary hand: 'Sir John Peter Grant Lieut-Governor of Central Provinces of India during Mutiny. [sic] Governor-General of Jamaica born 1807'.

[ Law in Raj; India ] Printed report by 'the Committee appointed to consider the possibility of reducing the volume of judicial work and economizing the judicial power of the Court'.

Author: 
'R. Harington. Ashutosh Mukerjee. C. P. Caspersz.' [ High Court of Justice, Fort William, Bengal; Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Whitbourne Court; Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee (1864-1924) ]
Publication details: 
'The 26th August, 1909.' [ 'Calcutta: Printed by Supdt., Govt Printing, India, 8, Hastings Street.' ]
£100.00

4pp., folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, and folded twice horizontally. The report confines its attention 'to the business of the Appellate Side of the Court, no question having arisen so far as we are aware with respect to the Original Side'. The document ends with four recommendations. Scarce: no copy traced on either OLCL WorldCat, or on COPAC. From the papers of Sir Richard Harington.

[ Assam ] Four printed Assam Government reports (for the British Govt), 3 annual Reports on the Survey and Settlement Operations in Assam [for the years 1930, 1936 and 1937]; and an Annual Report of the Assam Survey Department [for the year 1934].

Author: 
L. C. Thuillier; W. L. Scott; C. R. Pawsey; H. M. Pritchard; D. Sarma; K. M. Dutta; A. G. Patton [Assam Government Press, Shillong; Assam Survey Department]
Publication details: 
The four items printed at the Assam Government Press, Shillong. 1931, 1935, 1937 and 1938.
£120.00

The four items in their original wraps. All four in fair condition, on lightly-aged and ruckled paper, with slight evidence of damp. One: 'Report on the Survey and Settlement Operations in Assam for the Year ending the 30th September 1930'. Shillong: Printed at the Assam Government Press, 1931. 7 +18 + [2]pp., foolscap 8vo. By 'L. C. Thuillier, Lt.-Colonel, I.A., Director of Surveys, Assam', 'W. L. Scott, Director of Land Records, Assam' and 'C. K. Rhodes, Secretary to the Government of Assam, Revenue Department'. Stamp of the Bala Theological College on front wrap.

[ Sir John Woodhead, Governor of Bengal. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'J K Woodhead') to G. P. Griggs (2), K. W. Luckhurst and C. J. Buchanan-Dunlop of the Royal Society of Arts, with four carbons of replies.

Author: 
Sir John Woodhead [ Sir John Ackroyd Woodhead ] (1881-1973), Indian Civil Servant, Governor of Bengal, chairman of the Woodhead Commission on the partition of Palestine
Publication details: 
From Chevremont, Hockering Road, Woking, Surrey. 1948, 1949 (2) and 1951.
£80.00

The four letters totalling 6pp., 12mo, in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With carbons of replies, one stapled to its mate. The correspondence relates to the Society's business, with two letters relating to a 'Tea lecture' by Gervas Huxley, another to a meeting chaired by Sir James Jones, and the last (22 June 1951) 'on the subject of Silver Medals' and other matters.

[ Sir Francis William Maclean, Chief Justice of Bengal. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Francis W. Maclean') to '<Gurnor?>' [ nickname? ] and his 'Garrick friends', playfully describing his privileged life in India.

Author: 
Sir Francis William Maclean (1844-1913), Chief Justice of Bengal, 1896-1909, Vice-Chancellor of University of Calcutta,1898-1900 [ Henry Gurney (1833-1913), judge; the Garrick Club, London ]
Publication details: 
Simla [ on cancelled letterhead of the High Court of Calcutta ]. 19 April 1897.
£120.00

4pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. In a postscript Maclean describes the letter as a 'ragged & untidy scrawl', 'intended purely for the private ear of old Garrick friends: not for publication in the P[all]. M[all]. G[azette].' Maclean opens the letter with an apology for the late reply to the recipient's previous letter, before turning to Maclean's privileged life in India: 'It is a far cry from here to the Garrick, & yet I am, in spirit & in thought, often with you all.

Autograph Letter Signed from Rustam Khan to Lieutenant-Colonel H. C. Tytler, Commandant, thanking the officers of the 17th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry [Bengal Lancers], for conferring on him 'the honorary rank of captaincy'.

Author: 
Captain Rustam Khan, 17th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry [Bengal Lancers] [Major-General Sir Harry Christopher Tytler (1867-1939)
Publication details: 
4 May 1912.
£120.00

12mo, 3 pp. 38 lines. Text clear and complete. The two leaves attached along the margins. Signed in Devanagari and European ('So: Rustam Khan Captain') scripts. He acknowledges 'receipt of the Commission conferring on me the honorary rank of captaincy with a deep sense of gratitude to you and all the Officers of the Regiment'. States that he will 'ever cherish a grateful remembrance of all that the Officers and Regiment have done for me'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Rustam Khan to Lieutenant-Colonel H. C. Tytler, Commandant, thanking the officers of the 17th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry [Bengal Lancers], for conferring on him 'the honorary rank of captaincy'.

Author: 
Captain Rustam Khan, 17th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry [Bengal Lancers] [Major-General Sir Harry Christopher Tytler (1867-1939)
Publication details: 
4 May 1912.
£120.00

12mo, 3 pp. 38 lines. Text clear and complete. The two leaves attached along the margins. Signed in Devanagari and European ('So: Rustam Khan Captain') scripts. He acknowledges 'receipt of the Commission conferring on me the honorary rank of captaincy with a deep sense of gratitude to you and all the Officers of the Regiment'. States that he will 'ever cherish a grateful remembrance of all that the Officers and Regiment have done for me'.

Two Secretarial Letters Signed (both 'W D Blyth') by W. Dunbar Blyth, Under Secretary to the Governemnt of Bengal, to Mr N. Pagose of Calcutta, regarding his application for 'appointment in the Opium Department'.

Author: 
W. Dunbar Blyth [William Dunbar Blyth; W. D. Blyth], Under Secretary to the Government of Benares [N. Pagose of Calcutta; Opium Department]
Publication details: 
The first, on paper headed 'Office Memorandum. Appointment Department, 8 August 1883. The second, on Appointment Department letterhead, 25 February 1884.
£56.00

Both letters 1 p, folio. Texts clear and complete. Fair on aged paper worn at extremities. In the first letter he informs him that 'his name has been entered in the register of candidates selected for appointment in the Opium Department, but that the Lieutenant Governor cannot hold out to him any home [sic] of an early appointment'. The second informs Pagose that it is 'quite impossible to say when it may come to your turn to get an appointment in the Opium Department as vacancies in it are not of frequent occurrence and the number of candidates is large'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Rustam Khan to Lieutenant-Colonel H. C. Tytler, Commandant, thanking the officers of the 17th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry [Bengal Lancers], for conferring on him 'the honorary rank of captaincy'.

Author: 
Captain Rustam Khan, 17th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry [Bengal Lancers] [Major-General Sir Harry Christopher Tytler (1867-1939)
Autograph Letter Signed from Rustam Khan to Lieutenant-Colonel H. C. Tytler
Publication details: 
4 May 1912.
£120.00
Autograph Letter Signed from Rustam Khan to Lieutenant-Colonel H. C. Tytler

12mo, 3 pp. 38 lines. Text clear and complete. The two leaves attached along the margins. Signed in Devanagari and European ('So: Rustam Khan Captain') scripts. He acknowledges 'receipt of the Commission conferring on me the honorary rank of captaincy with a deep sense of gratitude to you and all the Officers of the Regiment'. States that he will 'ever cherish a grateful remembrance of all that the Officers and Regiment have done for me'.

Engraved Ticket of Admission 'For the Trial of Warren Hastings Esq.', twenty-eighth day, illustrated with the crest of Deputy Great Chamberlain Burrell. Signed 'Stamford.', with the Earl's seal in red wax.

Author: 
Warren Hastings (1732-1818), Governor-General of Bengal [Peter Burrell (1754-1820), 1st Baron Gwydyr; George Harry Grey (1737-1819), 5th Earl of Stamford; impeachment; trial]
Publication details: 
[Circa 1789.]
£225.00

On one side of a piece of laid paper, 18.5 x 14 cm. Aged and grubby, with closed tears and slight loss to top left-hand corner. Laid down on piece of brown paper. Larger than the ticket allowing the bearer to 'Pass and Repass'. The engraved crest ('Sub Libertate Quietem'), roughly 9 x 6 cm, has above it the words, 'For the Trial of Warren Hastings Esq.', and beneath it 'Peter Burrell Dy. Great Chamberlain'. Beneath this a laurel wreath and the words 'Twentyeighth Day'. Stamford's signature, at the foot, has to its left the red wax seal, with the faint impression of his crest.

Signed ('Geo Wroughton') printed circular letter, addressed to T[homas]. Adams [of Alnwick, Northumberland].

Author: 
George Wroughton of Wilcott, Wiltshire [Bengal; the East India Company]
Publication details: 
25, Berners Street, London; May 12 1813'.
£125.00

4to bifolium: 2 pp. Good. Soliciting Adams's 'Vote and Interest' when he is 'enabled to proceed to a ballot', having 'lately presumed to offer myself to the Proprietors of East-India Stock, as a Candidate for a Seat in their Direction, upon some future vacancy'. (Feeling 'that their suffrages will have been very generally engaged to an earlier Candidate for the next appointment which a casualty may occasion', he does not want to 'interfere with that Election'.) He was resident in Bengal for thirteen years, and the final paragraph describes his other qualifications.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Professor H. Fawcett, M.P.'

Author: 
Nowrozjee Furdoonjee [Henry Fawcett (1833-1884), English economist and politician]
Publication details: 
25 April 1874; 85 Ladbroke Road, Notting Hill, London.
£56.00

12mo, 2 pp. Monogram letterhead. Good, with light foxing. Congratulating Fawcett on his 'triumphant election to Parliament'. 'The wire will this morning have communicated this most gratifying anouncement to millions of my fellow countryment in India, who will rejoice at your victory, which will enable you again to advocate their cause and protect their interests'. Praises Fawcett's 'noble and distinguished efforts to promote the welfare and prosperity of my countrymen'.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Charles Watkin Williams Wynn (1775-1850), President of the Board of Control.

Author: 
Francis Rawdon Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings and 2nd Earl of Moira (1754-1826), Anglo-Irish army officer and Governor General of Bengal [George Canning; Sir Edward Paget]
Publication details: 
10 December 1822; Calcutta.
£100.00

4to, 3 pp, 26 lines. Discoloured and lightly stained, with a couple of closed tears, but with text clear and entire. Marked 'Private' and docketed 'No. 5932'. An interesting letter, written on the eve of Hastings' return to England from his post as Governor General of Bengal, giving 'the state of affairs here up to the latest moment', everything being 'quiet and prosperous'. Discusses the state of Government Bonds. 'Sir Edward Paget is in the River & will land tomorrow.

Autograph Letter Signed to Colonel Alexander Ross, Aide-de-camp to the Earl of Cornwallis.

Author: 
Patrick MacDowall-Crichton, 6th Earl of Dumfries
Publication details: 
31 March 1786; Edinburgh.
£100.00

Scottish nobleman (1726-1803). Ross (1742-1827; DNB), with Dundas, negotiated the surrender of Yorktown on Cornwallis's behalf. Two pages, quarto. Text entirely legible, but in poor condition, on stained, discoloured paper frayed at edges. Competently repaired with archival tape. Some loss to second leaf of bifoliate caused by breaking of seal. Unusually entertaining request in favour of his nephew, Lieut McCulloch of Bengal.

Autograph Letter Signed to [the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts].

Author: 
James Fuller Blumhardt
Publication details: 
Toynbee | St. Peter's Road | Bournemouth | 18 March /13' [1913].
£35.00

Linguist (died 1922), Professor of Hindustani and Reader of Hindi and Bengali, University College, London, and Teacher of Bengali at Oxford University. Two pages, 12mo. Very good though a little grubby. Docketed and bearing the Society's stamp. 'As I have not heard from you I am afraid there are no candidates for Hindustani - I have come here for a much needed rest, and, as no letters will be sent on from Gerards Cross, will you kindly write direct to this address in case a paper is required.' Signed 'J F Blumhardt'.

Autograph Note Signed to 'Mrs Adolphus'.

Author: 
Sir Robert Buckley Comyn
Publication details: 
New St. | Friday, morng' [no year].
£22.00

Judge (1792-1853) and author. One page, 12mo. In very good condition. Reads 'My dear Mrs Adolphus, | I lament to say that severe illness makes it impossible for me to leave the house, & consequently to dine with you & <?> today. I hoped better things yesterday. | Sincerely yours | Robert Comyn'.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Marrot" (presumably of Elkin Mathews and Marrot, publishers).

Author: 
F. Yeats Brown
Publication details: 
Flat B, I Robert Street, Adelphi, W.C.2, 20 Feb. [no year].
£50.00

Author of "The Bengal Lancer". One page, obl.8vo, very good condition. "Our mutual friend Mr E.F. Benson suggested I should write to say when I expected to have the book ready which you have so kindly consented to read. / At present I can only give the ends of the week to revision, but I hope to have it ready for you by March 10 at latest. Thanking you for your interest, . .

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