JOHN L. LAWRENCE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/17/1870 - HFSID 174902
JOHN LAIRD LAWRENCE. ALS: "Yours faithfully/Lawrence", 1p, 4x6. 26 Queen's Gate, S.W., 1870 May 17. To George Setton. Begins: "Dear Sir". In full: "I am most gratified by the terms of your note of the 3rd Instant, & have great pleasure in sending you my autograph.
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JOHN LAIRD LAWRENCE. ALS: "Yours faithfully/Lawrence", 1p, 4x6. 26 Queen's Gate, S.W., 1870 May 17. To George Setton. Begins: "Dear Sir". In full: "I am most gratified by the terms of your note of the 3rd Instant, & have great pleasure in sending you my autograph." John Laird Mair Lawrence (1811-1879), 1st Baron Lawrence, was both a soldier and diplomat, but he is best known as a British colonial administrator in India. The brother of Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence, John had first gone to India in 1829. He served in a number of administrative posts there before becoming Commissioner of the newly acquired Sikh territory after the first Sikh War. Three years later, after the annexation of the Punjab, John and Henry administered the province, creating a system in which government functions in each district were handled by a single district commissioner (Henry later resigned over differences with his brother). During the Indian Mutiny (1857-1858), John directed British troops in the recapture of Delhi before returning to England in 1859. In 1863, he was appointed Viceroy of India, becoming a vigorous opponent of the expansionist policies that resulted in the Afghan Wars. Fine condition.
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