A signed letter from Sir John Lawrence, Viceroy, to the Begum of Bhopal. 1867


Sir John Lawrence (1865-69) A formal letter written in palace script on two side of a plain bifolium addressed to Nawab Sekunder Begum, Knight Grand Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Bhopal dated Fort William 9th April 1867 and signed John Lawrence, thanking her for some samples of her handiwork and expressing an interest in the Victoria School which the Begum had recently established. Stab sewn into a simple folder with a manuscript letter in a secretarial hand from the Governor of Bombay on the same subject. This letter is dated Bombay Castle, 5th March 1867 and signed H.B.E. Frere. This letter refers to the school as the Victoria Madrissa and thanks the Begum for her gift of some worsted work which he and Lady Frere propose to take back to England with them. The folder contains some 24 other letters in Persian. Half of these have some gold leaf decoration, one has a contemporary marginal note in English to the effect that it is from Raghuraj Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Rewah, K.C.S.I. and some of the others have inked seals and signatures. Sir Bartle Frere [1815-1884] went on to Governor of Cape Colony where his handling of the Zulu War led to much criticism in England from Galdstone and others.

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