Mysore. A private letter to Sir Stuart Fraser, K..C.S.I., C.I.E. I.C.S. from the Maharaja of Mysore, 1930


MYSORE. An interesting personal letter from H. H. The Maharaja of Mysore to a former Resident, Sir Stuart Fraser, typed on a small sheet of embossed, folded writing paper with an additional sheet, 7 x 5½ ins, signed Believe me,  Yours Ever, Krishnaraja Wadiyar  dated  Fern Hill, Ootacamund  22nd January 1930. The letter shows the deep affection the Maharaja feels towards the man who had acted as his tutor in his youth and then been his Resident in later years. He goes on to talk favourably of the deliberations of the Butler Report on Paramountcy and the relationship of the Indian Rulers with the British Government. His Highness makes some revealing comments about the growing disturbances amongst some of the castes and creeds of India and suggests that the greater threat to stability comes from the Swarajist element.  He also gives some account of recent visits by the Viceroy [Lord Irwin, later Earl of Halifax].         jul11/2

Sir Stuart Mitford Fraser [1864-1963] entered  the ICS in 1882, serving first as Tutor to the Maharajas of Kolhapur & Bhavnagar and later as tutor and govenor to the Maharaja of Mysore. After negotiating the Anglo-Tibetan Convention in 1904 he became Resident at Mysore. Following his service in that office in Kashmir he became Resident at Hyderabad. He was knighted K.C.S.I. in 1919. He retired in 1930.

Provenance: From an archive of material descended from Sir Stuart Fraser, some items kisted elsewhere on the the website, others awaiting listing.

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