An autograph letter signed by the Viceroy, Lord Lansdowne, to the the Begum of Bhopal, 1893
A personal letter addressed to Her Highness The Begum of Bhopal, G.C.S.I., C.I., &c &c &c written in the Viceroy’s own hand on three sides of a sheet of folded writing paper embossed in blue with the address Government House, Calcutta, dated Dec 31st 1893 and signed Lansdowne, in which he announces his imminent departure from office, thanks the Begum for the message she had given him for Queen Victoria when she had visited Lansdowne at Simla, and adds Lady Lansdowne’s good wishes. The letter has two horizontal folds and is fastened to an old album sheet by glue to part of the final blank page: there is a small fold to the lower margin fore edge and a small section of the top gutter margin is glued together partially obscuring a couple of words. Personal letters from Viceroys to rulers in their own hands are not common.
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