[Lord Napier, Second Afghan War, Great Game.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Napier & Ettrick') from Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier, to orientalist William Nassau Lees, regarding his view of Lord Mayo's policy on 'defence of Khelat and Affghanistan'.

Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier and 1st Baron Ettrick (1819-1898), Scottish diplomat, Ambassador to United States [William Nassau Lees (1825-1889), orientalist; Lord Mayo, Viceroy of India]
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16 January [1878]. Ravensbury, Ascot, Berkshire.

See Napier's entry in the Oxford DNB (he is not to be confused with Lord Napier of Magdala). On the death of Lord Mayo in 1872, Napier acted as Viceroy of India for a little over three months, before the arrival of Mayo's successor Sir John Strachey. The present letter was written in the first months of 1878, six years after Mayo's death, follows the publication in The Times of a letter Napier had written defending Mayo's policy regarding the 'defence of Khelat and Affghanistan [sic]', against the criticisms of Mayo's predecessor as Viceroy, Lord Lawrence (previously Sir John Lawrence).

[James Hogg, 'the Ettrick Shepherd', Scottish poet and author.] Autograph Signature from letter.

James Hogg (1770-1835), 'the Ettrick Shepherd', Scottish poet, novelist and essayist
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No place or date.

Good clear signature on one side of slip of paper, an irregular rectangle roughly 1.5 x 12.5 cm. In fair condition, aged and worn, with traces of mount on reverse. Reads: 'Your's [sic] most affectionately | James Hogg'.

[ 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.

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