NORTHBROOK. Autograph letter signed to Gen. Sir Peter Lumsden, 1881


A manuscript letter in his own hand signed Northbrook dated Jan 17/81 written on one side of a small sheet of writing paper embossed ADMIRALTY with the royal arms informing Sir Peter Lumsden that he already knows. from Lord Hartington, that he is a candidate to succeed Sir Donald Stewart. Stewart was standing down from being the Military Member of the Supreme Council of India on becoming Commander in Chief in India that year. The letter is glued by the blank back to a piece of old album card.       mar3/2   SOLD 28th March 2023

Lord Northbrook had advanced Lumsden’s career during his time as Viceroy of India in the 1870s and continued his friendship after he became First Lord of the Admiralty in Gladstone’s 1880 administration. The Marquess of Hartington, heir to the Duke of Devonshire, had served at the

Admiralty although at this time he was Postmaster General.

Provenance:  From a large archive of material belonging to General Sir Peter Lumsden, G.C.B., C,S,I,, passed down through descendants of his brother, Sir Harry Lumsden. Sir Peter & Lady Lumsden had no children.