Autograph Letter Signed ('T. W. Holderness') from Sir Thomas William Holderness to Sir Henry Marshman Havelock-Allan, regarding his appointment as Permanent Under-Secretary of State for India, and his predecessor 'poor Ritchie' [Sir Richmond Ritchie]

Sir Thomas William Holderness (1849-1924), member of the Indian Civil Service and Permanent Under-Secretary of State for India [Sir Henry Marshman Havelock-Allan (1830-1897); Sir Richmond Ritchie]
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On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall. 24 October [1912].

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Tipped in onto a leaf removed from an album. Holderness's predecessor Sir Richmond Ritchie (1854-1912) had died ten days before the writing of the letter, as a result, according to the Oxford DNB, of the undermining of his health by 'unremitting hard work [...] over several years'. Holderness begins the letter: 'It is very good of you to congratulate me on succeeding to poor Ritchie's responsibilities.

Signed Letter ('Onslow') in a secretarial hand to 'Raglan' (George FitzRoy Henry Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan, 1857-1921), on behalf of Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914), Secretary of State for the Colonies.

William Onslow (1853-1911), 4th Earl of Onslow, British Conservative politician (as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies) [Joseph Chamberlain; Sir Alfred Milner]
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15 March [1901]; on Colonial Office letterhead.

4to: 2 pp. Mourning border. Good, though a little grubby with fold lines and tear from spike hole at inner corners. Date, address and signature by Onslow, the rest in a secretarial hand. He received Raglan's letter of 25 February, 'forwarding an application from Mr. Llewllyn Phillips for employment in South Africa'. 'Mr. Chamberlain has hitherto refused to forward applications for employment to the High Commissioner, except in cases where Sir Alfred Milner has specially asked for candidates'.

Typed Letter Signed to Sir Harry Lindsay, Chairman of the Council of thte Royal Society of Arts, together with unsigned carbon copy of letter to which it is replying.

Sir David Taylor Monteath [INDIA OFFICE]
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Letter: 11 March 1948, on letterhead of the 'Commonwealth Relations Office, | King Charles Street, | Whitehall, S.W.1.'; carbon copy: 9 March 1948, no place.

Monteath (1887-1961) was Under-Secretary of State for India and for Burma, 1941-7. Both items are lightly creased and dusty, but in good condition. CARBON COPY (one page, quarto): Lindsay writes that at the previous day's meeting of the R.S.A.

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