BARODA [VADODARA] (Sayajirao Gaekwad III, 1863-1939, G.C.I.E., 1919, from 1875 reforming Maharajah of)

Letter Signed 'Syaji Rao' to Major (later Colonel Sir Howard) MELLISS, (1847-1921, K.C.S.I., 1897), Inspector General of Imperial Service troops in India, thanking him "for the long letter you sent me of all the conversation you had with Col. Berkely & for all the candid expression of your opinion on the subject. I will reply at length after I hear from him in return to my communication", adding that "Umrat is enjoyable & I am having a good time of it. I trust you have had good reports of Mrs Melliss & the child", 2 sides 8vo, Umrat, 7th May no year, circa a little very light spotting and traces of old transparent tab in blank top edge of side 3 (side 2 of letter). light crease in blank top left corner

When his predecessor was deposed for cruelty and extravagance, a family conference was called to choose a new Maharajah. Sayajirao, then known as Gopairao, walked with his father and brothers 400 miles to Baroda. Aged 12, and asked in his turn why he had come, he replied, 'I have come here to rule'. Umrat is by the sea, south of Surat.

Item Date:  1885

Stock No:  56371     



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