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Lot 73: Curzon (George Nathaniel), Collection of 38 Autograph Letters, some signed, to Charles Wallace Alexander Cochrane-Baillie, second baron Lamington, Governor of Bombay, 263pp., 8vo & 4to, mostly on his time as Viceroy of India, 1903-07.
15 November 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Curzon (George Nathaniel, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, politician, traveller, and viceroy of India, 1859-1925) Collection of 38 Autograph Letters (including 2 dictated) some signed to Charles Wallace Alexander Cochrane-Baillie, second Baron Lamington, Governor of Bombay, 263pp., 8vo & 4to, Viceregal Lodge Simla, Government House Calcutta, Walmer Castle, and Carlton House Terrace London, 1903-07, on a variety of subjects, mostly on his time as Viceroy of India, including: disputes with Lord Kitchener, military commander, "I have never felt much bitterness about the affair because Broderick [Secretary of State for India] has so consistently poured vinegar into my cup that from HMG I had ceased to expect any other beverage", advising Lamington about India, education of the princes of the Raj, recruitment of political officers, the Agha Khan of the bad effects of his lack of orthodoxy, "He is over Anglicized, likes European Women...", etiquette of touring, "I doubt if a Governor can anywhere be treated as 'an ordinary guest'", his record in India, "Popularity in India is the most dangerous phase. For three years I had almost universal adulation. Now I find myself denounced for nearly every act. The reason is that I have... pursued inflexible rectitude at all costs", Tiger shooting, distribution of arms in Aden, the fatal illness of his wife May, "Darling May has been dying over and over again before my eyes and has often been despaired of", and affairs in Afghanistan and Tibet etc., folds, bound in contemporary buckram, upper joints splitting, slightly faded. ⁂ Curzon on India. Please note: The letter from Cannes has been torn with loss to 2 pages.
Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History