PRESIDENCY

[ 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,

Author: 
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) ]
Publication details: 
'The Cedars. Ootacamund. | Thursday.' [ Docketed with date August 1866. ]
£80.00

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.

[ British Army in India, Presidency District Assault-at-Arms, Calcutta Race Course, February 1904. ] Printed programme with list of events, judges and prizes.

Author: 
[ British Army in India, Presidency District Assault-at-Arms, Calcutta Race Course, 1904; Brigadier-General H. P. Leach, Commander ]
Publication details: 
'To be held on the Calcutta Race Course on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the 4th, 5th and 6th February 1904 [...] Tickets will be sold by - | Messrs. BEVAN & Co.' [ The City Press, Calcutta. ]
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. The first page lists the offices and prices of admission, under the heading: 'PRESIDENCY DISTRICT | Assault-at-Arms | To be held on the Calcutta Race Course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 4th, 5th, and 6th February 1904'. The following three pages each carry a table relating to a day of the event, with four columns detailing Time, Event, Judges, Prizes. At foot of final page: 'To conclude with a selection on the | MASSED BANDS | AND | TORCHLIGHT TATTOO | BY | 2nd Rajputs. | The timing of this Programme is liable to be altered.'

[Sir Salar Jung, Prime Minister of Hyderabad.] Anonymous manuscript article in English, written from an Indian rather than British viewpoint, praising, with financial statistics, the economic achievements of the first 25 years of his administration.

Author: 
Sir Salar Jung [Sir Mir Turab Ali Khan, Salar Jung I, GCSI] (1829-1883), Prime Minister of Hyderabad 1853-1883
Publication details: 
[Hyderabad, Inda.] Written c. 1879 [1263 Fuslee'], the twenty-fifth year of Jung's administration, with the latest date reference in text '1874/5 (corresponding with 1284 Fuslee)'. On paper watermarked 1873 and 1874.
£450.00

Three items: the full article, the beginning of an earlier draft, and an annotated table. All in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Unusually, the article is not written from a British point of view, but rather in praise Jung's achievements from within Hyderabad itself (the author refers to 'the results we have here obtained'). Despite complaining of what he calls the 'scant records have come down to us', the author is able to present his case with a deal of economic information.

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