JOHN CAMPBELL, 9th DUKE OF ARGYLL
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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