Earl of Lytton [Edward. Robert Bulwer Lytton], Viceroy of India 1876-1880


An autograph letter signed Lytton, dated 15 Aug 1880, written on three sides of a small folded sheet of writing paper headed in blue Knebworth Park, Stevenage. The letter is addressed to Colonel Crichton and acknowledges the latter’s request that he lend his support to a ‘protégé’ and agrees to use his influence at the Bath School. This was written very shortly after Lytton arrived home form India. He mentions the ‘bad news from India’ which prevented their ship, the “Himalaya” from stopping at Lisbon. The identity of the Colonel Crichton remains to be discovered. Possibly it is one of the two sons of the 4th Earl of Erne who were Colonels [Hon Charles of the Grenadier Guards & Hon Henry of the 10th & 21st Hussars]. The letter is in good sound condition with one extra horizontal fold.

SOLD 13th March 2020