SIMLA

[Sir Colin Campbell, as Commander-in-Chief of India.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C C.') to 'Fanny', announcing his return to England, and complaining that the military life has become 'very wearisome'.

Author: 
Sir Colin Campbell [Field Marshal Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde [Lord Clyde]] (1792-1863), British Army officer in the Peninsular War, Crimean War and Indian Mutiny [Commander in Chief of India]
Publication details: 
Simla [India]. 15 and 20 April 1860.
£70.00

A poignant letter, in which Campbell declares, on his retirement, that he has begun to find the military life of 'constant movement' and 'marching' 'very wearisome', and that he looks forward to finding himself his 'own master for the little time that may yet remain to me to wander in the world'. He also looks forward to seeing his old friends, declaring: 'how few remain to me!' 4pp, 12mo, crosswritten on both sides of a 12mo leaf. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tears at edges of both folds. The earlier part of the letter is dated 'Simla April 15th.

[ Poetry of the Victorian Raj. ] Printed leaflet . Poem titled 'A Member of Council's Farewell to Simla'.

Author: 
[ Simla, summer capital of the Raj; British India; Indian ] [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
[ Simla, India. ] 'October 1895.'
£120.00

2pp., 4to. On the first leaf of a bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with the first page carrying some minor offsetting of black ink from a letter, and the recto of the blank second leaf bearing traces of mount. A poem of 52 lines, arranged in 13 quatrains. A gently humorous valediction. The first stanza reads: 'Farewell to thee, Simla! Yes, farewell for ever!

[ Beatrice Irene Magraw, children's author as "B.I. Magraw". ] Collection of personal papers, including autobiographical account, an article, newspaper cuttings, portrait photograph, publicity material, letters from Richard Church and Norman Fulton.

Author: 
Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), author, wife of Charles Magraw (d.1973), deputy headmaster, Bishop Cotton School, Simla [ Richard Church; Norman Fulton ]
Publication details: 
London and Bristol. Between the 1930s and 1960.
£350.00

Eleven items, in good overall condition. ONE: Autograph biographical account, on form headed 'National Service'. 4pp., folio. Bifolium. Includes personal and academic details, details of publications and political views. As her 'Literary Pseudonym she gives '(occasionally) "MARY PADESON". She has, she states, no academic qualifications, 'But read economics in youth (Society of Oxford Home Students) Ill-health prevented continuance of studies & examination'.

[General Sir Robert A. Cassels, Commander-in-Chief, British Army in India.] Printed 'India Army Orders by His Excellency General Sir Robert A. Cassels, G.C.B., C.S.I., D.S.O., Commander-in-Chief in India.'

Author: 
General Sir Robert Archibald Cassels (1876-1959), Commander-in-Chief, British Army in India
Publication details: 
Army Headquarters, Simla [India]. 12 May 1936.
£120.00

26pp., 12mo, paginated [527]-552. Unbound and stapled. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with rusted staples and punch-hole in top left-hand corner. Scarce: no copies traced on either COPAC or WorldCat.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Geoffrey L. Blau') to Beresford-Hope, giving his views (as a British official military interpreter) on the Russian threat to British India.

Author: 
Geoffrey L. Blau [or Blan?], of the Intelligence Branch, Division of the Chief of the Staff, Government of India, Simla [Khud Cottage; Beresford-Hope; Imperial Russia; British Military Intelligence]
Publication details: 
28 September 1908; Khud Cottage, Simla, on letterhead of the Chief of the Staff.
£125.00

12mo, 8 pp. On two bifoliums, both with red oval British governmental letterhead of the 'CHIEF OF THE STAFF'. Text clear and complete. Good on lightly-aged paper. Blau reports that he is now 'fortunately well and returned to my right mind' after 'pretty bad times last autumn and winter - especially when on board ship'. He has 'mended steadily since rejoining in December' and has 'been in Simla since May doing Russian again, and am my own man once more'.

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