Sir John Lawrence. Autograph letter signed and dated Simlah Oct 30 1868.


An interesting letter highlighting the process of promotion in India, written, in Sir John’s own hand, on three sides of sheet of folded private writing paper, black edged and embossed in black with Lawrence’s crest and motto. The letter is addressed to a Mrs Umpherbly who appears to have written to him trying to advanced the career of someone working in the Oude Commission. The Viceroy points out to her that this person occupies a fairly lowly post and hard work and good character will determine his advancement rather than influence. Note the rather unorthodox spelling of the summer capital used by the Viceroy.

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