NAPIER AND ETTRICK
(Anne Jane Charlotte, d. 1911, wife of Sir Francis, 1st Baron, Governor of Madras)
Part Autograph Letter Signed 'Nina Napier and Ettrick' to Sir Alexander Arbuthnot
(1822-1907), recalling his "kind welcome ... when we passed our last hours there on our return from Calcutta. I shall read every word of the Minutes ... as Madras is very dear to me still. As ... Librarian in this house" she has given a special place to "your handsome Volumes" and hopes he and Lady Arbuthnot will "some day come to Scotland" and see them on the shelves, last 2 sides, no place, c.
When Lord Mayo, Governor-General of India, was assassinated, Sir Francis went to Calcutta as temporary Governor-General, leaving Sir Alexander in charge at Madras (February-May 1872). Napier worked particularly for public health and irrigation, Arbuthnot for education. At Madras, Arbuthnot was Chief Secretary (1862) and Vice-Chancellor of the University (1871-1872).