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Handwritten letter from the 9th Duke of Argyll, often styled as the Marquess of Lorne, saying he does not know of a gentleman the writer has inquired about, but chooses to respond anyway. Extremely rare!
Autograph letter signed: "Lorne", 4½x7. December 13, 1881. Kensington Palace. In full: "Dear Mr Bell. I know nothing of Mr [illegible] of [illegible], but according to your request forward this letter. I remain yr obdt srvt". John Campbell (1845-1914), son of George Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, was a British nobleman and fourth Governor General of Canada. Styled as Earl of Campbell from birth, the young nobleman later took on the courtesy title of Marquess of Lorne after his father ascended to the Peerage of 8th Duke of Argyll, and would use the title for most of his life. He traveled through South and Central American in his youth, writing literature and poetry, and upon his return England married Princess Louise, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. After his marriage, he was appointed Governor General of Canada, becoming the first royal to reside in Rideau Hall. While initially met with criticism and dislike upon their arrival, Campbell and his wife proved themselves as capable representatives, taking a great interest in Canada and it's people, particularly promoting arts and sciences to it's citizens. By 1883, both Campbell and his wife had returned to England, with Campbell taking the Peerage of 9th Duke of Argyll following his father's death in 1900. They lived the remainders of their lives in Kensington Palace. Multiple folds. Corners lightly worn and creased. Staple holes in top margin. Light surface creases. Stray ink marks on bottom margin. Faint pencil notes on bottom margin. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: August 6, 1845 in London, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 2, 1914 in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom

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