Marquess of Lansdowne, Viceroy of India 1888-1894. Signed letter to the Begum of Bhopal Marquess of Lansdowne, Viceroy of India 1888 – 1894 A manuscript letter writt


Marquess of Lansdowne, Viceroy of India 1888-1894. A manuscript letter written in palace script in a fine secretarial hand on two sides of a bifolium of Viceregal paper embossed in gold with the royal coat of arms. This appears to be the first letter to the recipient, Her Highness Nawab Shah Jahan, G.C.S.I., C.I., of Bhopal as it announces the Viceroy’s arrival in India. It is signed Lansdowne and dated Calcutta, the 29th of December, 1888. It commences My esteemed friendand congratulates Her Highness on  having agreed an appointment of Minister with his predecessor, Lord Dufferin. The appointment of advisers was always a thorny problem at Bhopal, particularly as it was often linked to problems of marriage and succession which were especially sensitive in this state, – the only one in India with a female ruler. The paper has the usual holes on the gutter margins where it has been stab sewn into a folder. A letter in Persian os tipped to the leading page and there is a small edge tear without loss to the centre of the fore edge of teh bifolium. Lord and Lady Lansdowne were to develop a very strong relationship with the Begum.   jul30/2

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