REES

[ Sir J. D. Rees, British Resident, proposes a toast to the Maharaja of Travancore on Queen Victoria's birthday. ] Manuscript transcript of the speech, corrected in Rees's autograph.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Mulam Thirunal Rama Varma, Maharajah of Travancore, 1885-1924 ]
Publication details: 
'[...] at dinner at Residency on 31st. May [ no year, but between 1895 and 1898 ]'.
£150.00

From the papers of Sir John David Rees, who served as Resident on three occasions between 1895 and 1898. For information on Rees, (see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. The present eulogy should be evaluated in the light of another document among the Rees papers (offered separately), in which he states that 'Native rajas are unfit to be members of the House of Lords; even if they are found fit they will be of no use.' 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with closed tear at head of gutter.

[ The Indian Budget of 1897: Sir John David Rees and James Fairbairn Finlay discuss the 'intimation that public indignation meetings are contemplated'. ] An exchange of two ALsS from Rees and two ALsS from Finlay, discussing action to be taken.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author; James Fairbairn Finlay (1852-1930), Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department), 1891-1903
Publication details: 
Finlay letter on letterhead of the Financial Secretary, Calcutta. [ Rees writing from Madras, India. ] 27 and 29 January 1897.
£180.00

At the time of writing Finlay was Secretary to Government of India (Finance and Commerce Department, and Rees was Additional Member of Governor-General of India’s Council.In January 1897 the Madras region was in the grip of famine, and there was widespread disquiet in the province on rumours of an announcement in the forthcoming budget of the Government of India of the lowering of a financial subsidy.

[ Lady Constance Wenlock, wife of Lord Wenlock, Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Constance Wenlock') to J. D. Rees, on his appointment as Resident in Travancore and Cochin, with official copy of Lord Wenlock's letter of confirmation.

Author: 
Lady Constance Mary Wenlock [ nee Lascelles ] (1852-1932), wife of Beilby Lawley, 3rd Baron Wenlock (1849-1912), Governor of Madras, and daughter of Earl of Harewood [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
Lady Wenlock's letter on letterhead of Government House, Ootacamund. No date [ circa April 1895 ]. Copy of Lord Wenlock's letter from Port St George 13 April 1895.
£90.00

ONE: Lady Wenlock's letter to 'My dear Mr. Rees'. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. 'I am sure you could hardly be more glad that [sic] I was when I heard this appointment was satisfactorily settled. I was miserable at the prospect of you & Mary going on in the same routine here for months without this desireable [sic] change'. After all Rees's wife has 'gone through' it is particularly important for her to have a 'thorough change': it is inevitable that she should 'suffer from just now after so much sorrow & fatigue'.?>

[ S. Ramanath Aiyar, Indian poet and historian of Travancore. ] Autograph Letter Signed, in English, urging Sir J. D. Rees to use his appointment to the Legislative Council to further 'Indian well being and stability'.

Author: 
S. Ramanath Aiyar, Indian poet and historian of Travancore [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
'Sevin Coil street, | Karamanai, | Trivandram.' [ Sivan Kovil Street, Karamana, Trivandrum, India ] 22 October 1895
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed 'To | The Honourable J. D. Rees C.I.E.'. He begins by tendering his 'sincerest congratulations' on Rees's 'election to His Excellency the Viceroy's legislative Council'. Rees has 'already given ample proof' of his 'innate love, wisdom and vigor [...] in the way of Indian progress and prosperity', and his 'well-merited elevation has thrown open […] more abundant opportunities to initiate measures of reform for Indian well being and stability'.

[ Sir James Knowles, Victorian architect and journalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James Knowles') to Sir J. D. Rees, on his article on 'Hindoo marriages' and marriage of 'Loder' [Lord Wakehurst] and 'Lady Louise' [Lady Louise de Vere Beauclerk].

Author: 
Sir James Knowles [ Sir James Thomas Knowles ] (1831-1908), Victorian architect and journalist, editor of 'The Nineteenth Century' [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Queen Anne's Lodge, St. James's Park, S.W. [ London ] 17 October 1890.
£65.00

For information on Knowles see his entry in the Oxford DNB, and Priscilla Metcalfe's monograph (OUP, 1980). 1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The handwriting is not entirely straightforward. He sends 'a thousand thanks' for Rees's 'admirable' article 'on Hindoo marriages', for which he is enclosing a cheque for twenty pounds. He hopes Rees approves of the title.

[ Lord Connemara, on resigning as Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Connemara') to Sir J. D. Rees, fulsomely praising his services to him during his governorship.

Author: 
Lord Connemara [ Robert Bourke, 1st Baron Connemara (1827-1902), British Conservative politician, twice Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Governor of Madras ] [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
'at Sea near Ceylon' (on letterhead of 'Government House'). 10 December 1890.
£150.00

On Lord Connemara's resignation on 8 November 1890 after four years as Governor of Madras, the Madras Mail commented (4 December 1890) that his administration was 'a bright epoch in the annals of Madras'. The present letter, written a month after his resignation, is addressed to 'J D Rees Esq C.I.E.' 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and ruckled, with traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf.

[ 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'.

Author: 
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.
£125.00

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.

[ Sir John David Rees denounces 'the Anglo vernacular press', 'women lawyers', 'Miss Cornelia Sorabji, & Rukmi Bhai' and 'Reviving Hinduism'. ] Corrected draft of newspaper article showing a marked antipathy to the Indian population.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Lord Lansdowne;Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne ]
Publication details: 
Written in India during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship and Lord Rosebery's premiership, hence 1894.
£150.00

For information on Rees see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. 2pp., foolscap 8vo. On the rectos of a bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the second leaf tipped in onto a leaf extracted from an album. From Rees's papers, and written during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship, 1888-1894, and Lord Rosebery's premiership, 1894-1895; hence in 1894. An extract from the corrected draft of an untraced newspaper or magazine article, showing marked antipathy to the native Indian population, their rights and aspirations.

[ Sir John Molesworth Macpherson, colonial administrator. ] Manuscript 'Notification', signed by Macpherson ('J. M. Macpherson'), nominating the future Sir John David Rees an Additional Member of the Indian Civil Service.

Author: 
Sir John Molesworth Macpherson (1853-1914), administrator and legislative draftsman in India [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
Government of India, Legislative Department. 11 October 1895.
£56.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Tipped in onto a leaf extracted from an album. The document is in a secretarial hand, but is signed by Macpherson as 'Offg: Secretary to the Government of India'. It reads: 'No. 20. His Excellency the Governor General, under the authority rested in him by section 10 of the Indian Councils Act, 1861 (24 & 25 Vict., C. 67), and section 1 of theh Indian Councils Act, 1892 (55 & 56 Vict., C. 14), has been pleased to nominate Mr.

[ Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar, Indian nationalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S Ramasamy Mudr') in English to Sir J. D. Rees, on his appointment to the Viceregal Legislative Council and organising 'Todas or Badagas' dancers for the Viceroy.

Author: 
[Rajah] Raja Sir Savalai Ramaswami Mudaliar (1840-1911), Indian merchant, politician, philanthropist, early leader of the Indian National Congress [ Sir J.D. Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator]
Publication details: 
Madras [ India ]. 12 October [ 1895 ].
£150.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining at head of second leaf. Addressed to 'The Honble. Mr. J. D. Rees, C.I.E.' A long letter, beginning with an expression of pleasure at Rees's 'appointment as an additional Member of the Viceregal Legislative Council'. His wife and 'Chota Sheriff' join him in sending congratulations. He refers to a conversation in which it was 'casually wished' that Rees would 'become connected with the Viceregal Govt. though not by such an appointment as the present one.

[ Panapakkam Anandacharlu, founder-member of the Indian National Congress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('P. Anunda Charlu') to 'Mr Rees' [ later Sir J. D. Rees ]. congratulating him on his elevation to the Viceregal Legislative Council.

Author: 
Panapakkam Anandacharlu [ P. Anunda Charlu; P. Ananda Charlu ] (1843-1908), advocate, founder-member of the Indian National Congress [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Lakeside, Egmore [ Madras, India ]. 16 October 1895.
£180.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight glue staining on blank reverse of first leaf. The letter begins: 'My dear Mr Rees. | I beg to congratulate you & myself on your elevation to a membership of the Viceregal Legislative Council – you on your well-earned elevation – myself on the pleasure of your companionship while at Calcuttah. [sic]' He is pleased to note that Rees's 'youth & the fact of your being comparatively a junior have not been regarded insuperable obstacles or unpardonable crimes'.

[ The Indian Famine, 1896-1897. ] Programme for 'Famine Relief Meeting by the Dalhousie Institute, Calcutta, with printed sheet list of executive committee; ALS from Lord MacDonnell to Sir J. D. Rees; newspaper cuttings on the famine gathered by Rees

Author: 
[ The Indian Famine, 1896-1897 ] Antony Patrick MacDonnell, 1st Baron MacDonnell of Swinford (1844-1925), Lieut-Gov. of the N. W. Provinces; Sir John David Rees (1854-1922); Dalhousie Institute
Publication details: 
[ Dalhousie Institute, Calcutta, India. ] All items from 1897.
£400.00

The Indian Famine of 1896-1897 began in Bundelkhand early in 1896, and quickly spread to other areas including the United and Central Provinces, and the Bombay and Madras Presidencies. Over two years the famine affected an area of 307,000 square miles, and the mortality, both from starvation and accompanying epidemics, was very high, with around one million people dying as a result. The eighteen items in the present collection are from the papers of the Indian civil servant and author J. D. Rees, and are tipped-in and laid down on leaves from one of his albums.

[ M. S. Purnalingam Pillai, editor of 'Jnana Bhodini'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. S. Purnalingam Pillai') to J. D. Rees

Author: 
M. S. Purnalingam Pillai [ Munnirpallam Sivasubramaniam Purnalingam Pilllai ] (1866-1947), Tamil author, editor of Jnana Bhodini [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, as editor, The Jnana Bodhini Office, Madras [ India ]. 21 March 1898.
£200.00

1p., 4to. Written in purple ink. Aged, worn and creased, with slight damage from glue and stub adhering to blank reverse. Addressed 'To | The Hon'ble J. D. Rees, C.I.E., | Resident, Travancore & Cochin'. Pillai is 'preparing a series of Readers in Prose and Poetry for use in the classes of our Indian High Schools', having 'thought it fit to secure for the Indian Student the flowers of modern thought culled from the best productions of the eminent living authors, both European and Indian'.

Printed item: 'Government of India. | Legislative Department. | List of Additional Members of the Council of the Governor General. | (Exclusive of the Lieutenant-Governor.)'

Author: 
Council of the Governor General, Government of India Legislative Department [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
'The 23rd January, 1897.' [ G. I. C. P. O. [i.e. Government of India Central Printing Office ] - No. 487 L. D. - 25-1-97.[i.e. 25 January 1897 ] - 100. [i.e. 100 copies ] - B. N. D.'
£200.00

2pp., folio. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering the reverse of the leaf, which carries the title, date and slug. The information is arranged in a table with 16 entries: six 'Official Members' and ten 'Non-Official Members'. Columns for 'No.', 'Name', 'Date of Nomination', 'Date of expiry of term of office', 'Province or body represented'. A mixture of English and Indian individuals. Some notes in small print at foot. From the papers of Sir J. D. Rees, who as 'J. D.

[ [ Sir John David Rees, colonial administrator and author. ] Printed/manuscript extract from the Proceedings of the Madras Government, Public Department, giving Rees's marks in a civil service examination in 'the German and Russian languages'.

Author: 
[ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ] [ Chief Secretariat, Madras; The Madras Government, Public Department ]
Publication details: 
Letterhead of the Chief Secretariat, Madras, Public Department. 23 November 1893 and 15 January 1894.
£65.00

2pp., folio. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with stub adhering to margin on reverse of leaf. An artefact of the Great Game, from the papers of Sir J. D. Rees. Printed beneath the letterhead are the words: 'READ the following paper: -', with the word 'paper' deleted. A manuscript table, certified as a 'True Extract' with the signature of the Chief Secretary of the Government of Madras ('Order 15th. January 1894 No. 27. | Communicated to Mr.

[ A. A. Samuel, taxidermist in Victorian India. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'J. D. Rees' (i.e. the future Sir John David Rees), complaining that he is being blamed for work on a rotten skin.

Author: 
A. A. Samuel, taxidermist in Victorian India ('late Government Central Museum') [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead: 'A. A. Samuel, Taxidermist, late Government Central Museum, 142, Mount Road, Nungumbaukum.' [ Madras, India. ] 6 December 1897.
£200.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and browned paper, with traces of mount adhering on reverse. He complains that he is being blamed for his work, when the skin has been sent to him was in a 'rotten', 'putrefied' and 'decomposed' state: 'I tried my best with it. If the skin were given to me soon after it was stripped the hair cannot wear out […] With all my best possibility with it I could not rectify the smell. The mistake is not on me but it is in the condition when it was given to me.' He boasts that he is 'known here as one who could do a best work. If not gentlemen will not engage.

'Memorandum of observations on the Proprietary Village Service Bill, dated 28th November, as amended by the Select Committee.'

Author: 
'Rajah of Venkatagiri, President, on behalf of the Landholders' Association.' [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
Madras, December 1893. Printer not named.
£320.00

6pp., folio. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of stub adhering to inner edge of reverse of last leaf.

[ R. Jayaraja Row. ] Printed poem titled 'Govinda and Padma. A Ballad. (In Imitation of Sanskrit Poetry.)'

Author: 
'R. Jayaraja Row, B.A., Huzur Sheristadar, Collector's Office, Ootacamund' [ Lawrence Asylum Press, Ooty Branch; British India ]
Publication details: 
'Lawrence Asylum Press - Ooty Branch - 1895.' [ Ootacamund, India. ]
£220.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Excessively scarce: no copy of this item (nor of anything else by Row) on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. The poem is a capable effort, two hundred numbered lines long, arranged in fifty quatrains.

[ Osman Ali Khan (1886-1967), Asaf Jah VII, Nizam of Hyderabad, 'the richest man in the world'. ] Autograph Signature ('Osman.'), as heir, on Secretarial Letter in English to Sir J. D. Rees, writing warmly to congratulate him on a book.

Author: 
Osman Ali Khan (1886-1967), Asaf Jah VII, Nizam of Hyderabad, reputed to be the richest man in the world [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'His Highness The Nizam's Government | Hyderabad Deccan', 15 March 1892.
£280.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper, with traces of grey paper mount adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf. The letter is signed 'Osman. Jah.', but in the whole letter only the word 'Osman.' and its underlining flourish, would appear to be in the future Nizam's handwriting, the rest having been written by an amanuensis. The book which is the subject of the letter is presumably Rees's 'Lord Connemara's Tours in India, 1886-1890', which had appeared earlier in 1892.

Printed on Silk: a welcoming address, headed 'To The Honourable J. D. Rees, F.R.G.S., M.R.A.S., C.I.E., British Resident, Travancore and Cochin.' Giving details of the institution, set up 'to revive the prestige of the ancient Syrian Community'.

Author: 
'The members of the Managing Committee, teachers and students of the Mar Dionysius Seminary [ J. D. Rees, British Resident, Travancore and Cochin; M. Manorama Press, Kottayam; British India ]
Publication details: 
'Kottayam, 31st October 1896.' Printer's slug: 'Printed by the M. Manorama Press, Kottayam 1896.'
£280.00

The item is from the papers of the recipient of the address J. D. Rees, and is probably unique. In any case, no other copy has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. Dimensions 22 x 34cm. Printed in black on one side of a piece of orange-yellow silk, hemmed top and bottom and with selvedged sides. In good condition, lightly aged. Tipped-in onto a leaf removed from an album. With the exception of the printer's slug, the text is enclosed within a decorative border and is headed: 'To | The Honourable | J. D. Rees, F.R.G.S., M.R.A.S., C.I.E.

[ Rhys Davies, Welsh novelist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rhys Davies.') to 'Dr. Schwartz'

Author: 
Rhys Davies [ born Vivian Rees Davies ] (1901-1978), Welsh novelist and short story writer
Publication details: 
15 Russell Court, Woburn Place, London, W.C.1. 13 February 1965.
£120.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, although aged and creased. Hard work has kept him occupied, and prevented him from answering his correspondence. Regarding Schwartz's 'enquiring if I had any of my manuscripts etc to offer you' he explains that portions have been sold to the University of Texas and Sir Lewis Sterling. 'I keep on postponing the assembling of such material as I have. However, I am retaining your letter, & will write again if I find there is anything which might interest you.' Note: Presumably to Jacob (Jake) Schwarz, bookseller and scholar.

[ Longmans, London publishers. ] Prospectus for Clarke Abel's 'Personal Observations, made during the Progress of the British Embassy through China', and list of Longmans books 'Published in the Course of August and September [1817]'.

Author: 
Clarke Abel, Physician and Naturalist to the Embassy [ Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, of Paternoster-row, London Booksellers; Longmans; East India Company ]
Publication details: 
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-row. The prospectus is undated; the list of publications is dated 'Oct. 1817.'
£60.00

The two items are disbound, but attached to one another. On aged and worn paper. PROSPECTUS: 1p., 12mo. Reads: 'Mr. Abel's Account of the Embassy to China. | In the press, and immediately will be published, | In One Volume, Quarto, illustrated by Maps and other Engravings, of Landscape, Natural History, Geology, &c.

Printed advertisement for 'The First Volume of the Athenaeum, A Magazine of Literary and Miscellaneous Information. (Published Monthly)'

Author: 
John Aikin (1747-1822), editor of The Athenaeum magazine, 1807-1809 [Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-row; Cadell and Davies, Strand, London]
Publication details: 
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-row; and Cadell and Davies, Strand.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. Stabbed as issued. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with wear to two edges. The first page reads: 'This day is published, price 12s. 6d. in extra boards, | The First Volume of the Athenaeum, A Magazine of Literary and Miscellaneous Information. (Published Monthly) containing, [there follows a list of eighteen topics, in two columns] | Conducted by J. Aikin, M.D. | London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-row; and Cadell and Davies, Strand.' In bottom right-hand corner of page: '(Turn over)'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('M Berry') from the diarist Mary Berry, sister of Agnes Berry and friend of Horace Walpole, [to her publishers Longman & Co] regarding proofs [of her book 'A Comparative View of the Social Life of England and France'].

Author: 
Mary Berry (1763-1852), author and diarist, sister and companion of Agnes Berry (1764-1852), and friend of Horace Walpole [Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, publishers, of Paternoster Row, London]
Publication details: 
'Petersham Wedy. Mony' [1828].
£180.00

1p., 12mo. 12 lines. Good on lightly-aged paper. She is requesting 'an alteration to be made in the Contents of Chapr 9. to the necessity of which I had not adverted till I saw that Chapr. in Print'. After correcting the chapter she 'desired a Revise', but 'foolishly forgot to Revise the Contents of the Chapr.' 'It cannot however be too late & must be done, as the Chapr: ends with Mr Fox'. The work referred to is clearly Miss Berry's 'Comparative View', published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green in 1828, the ninth and last chapter of which does indeed end with Charles James Fox.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Dav. Davison') to the Committee, Unitarian Association, Walbrook Buildings.

Author: 
Rev. David Davison (1795-1859), minister of the Old Jewry Chapel, Jewin Street, London [Unitarianism]
Publication details: 
6 October 1831; Islington.
£56.00

12mo, 2 pp. In bifolium. Twenty-two lines of text, clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which carries the address, a red wax seal, and docketing. On behalf of 'Mr Palmer of Carmarthen (late of Liverpool)', he is applying for 'a grant of Tracts for distribution in that town'. He concurs with Palmer that the tracts 'may be circulated there with great facility & made materially to serve the cause of Unitarianism'.

Autograph Note Signed ('J. M. Weston') to James Rees, with the latter's docketing addressed to 'F Powell'.

Author: 
J. M. Weston, 'comedian', playwright and stage manager of the Charles Street Theatre, Baltimore [James Rees; F. Powell]
Publication details: 
[6 April 1847]; place not stated.
£23.00

One page. On piece of paper roughly seven inches by three and a half wide. Bottom part of letter cut away. Reads 'Dr Sir | In compiance with your wish | I subscribe myself | truly yours | [signed] J. M. Weston | To/ | Jas. Reese Esq'. Docketed by Rees 'The above autograph is that of my friend J M Weston, Stage Manager of the St Charles Theatre - he is the Author of Several popular pieces, among which is the beautiful drama of Lucretia Borgia'. Dated in another hand on reverse. Not much appears to be known about Weston, whose translation of Victor Hugo's play was first published in 1850.

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