Lot 993: Hardinge, Henry



2015-09-16 14:11:57

Lot 993: Hardinge Henry: (1785-1856) British Field Marshal, Governor-General Of India 1844-48. A.L.S., Hardinge, Four Pages, 8Vo, Camp Nuhu, 21St March 1847, To Sir Robert Peel ('My Dear Sir Robert'). Hardinge Informs Peel About The Appointment Of Montgomery Of The Artillery As An Assistant Political Agent To A Commission And Explains That The Salary Will Be ?500 Per Annum. He Further Reports That He Expects To Hear From Hobhouse Regarding Lahore In The Next Few Days And When He Does 'I Shall Repeat My Desire To Be Relieved The End Of This Year', Also Explaining 'I Have Reduced 32,000 Men' And Referring To Certain Finances, Including A Sikh Contribution Of ?220,000 Which He Expects In 1849, So That 'Instead Of A Deficit Which I Found Of 1 ½ Million For The Last 10 Yrs. There Will Be A Small Surplus. If I Had Annexed The Punjab, The Deficit Of 1 ½ Mill. A Yr. Would Have Been Propitiated For Several Years'. In Concluding Hardinge Offers An Insight Into His Life In India, 'I Am In Excellent Health - A Fighting Tiger Attacked My Elephant Twice The Other Day - & After Several Charges, The Animal Was Killed….On The Back Of The Elephants On Which He Had Mounted. He Measures 9.5 - & Is Very Handsome - The Remainder Of The Party Were Cut Off….Whilst It Lasts Nothing Can Be More Exciting'. Vg. Robert Peel (1788-1850) British Prime Minister 1834-35 & 1841-46. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £100-150
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