General the Hon Sir Arthur Hardinge, autograph letter signed, 1880s


A short letter about the re-gilding and enamelling of a silver tray in Jaipur, dated Aug. 7 Poona. It is written on four sides os a small 7 x 4.5 ins bifolium of official writing paper embossed in red COMMANDER IN CHIEF BOMBAY around the royal coat of arms. It is addressed My dear P….Singh and signed A. E. Hardinge. The general’s last sentence reads, I hope I may have another occasion for visiting Jaypore which, with its old Rajpoot surroundings is so much to my taste.  jun18/7 SOLD 14th February 2023

General Hon. Sir Arthur Edward Hardinge, K.C.B., C.I.E. [1828-1892] was second son of Henry, 1st Viscount Hardinge. He was commissioned into the 41st Foot in 1844. He acted as A.D.C. to his father when he was Governor General of India 1844-48, in the 1st Sikh War. Transferring to the Coldstream Guards he served in the Crimean War before commanding a Divison in Bengal and commanding the Bombay Army 1881-85.