Governor General Lorne manuscript signed letter
Governor General Lorne manuscript signed letter

Governor General Lorne manuscript signed letter

Place Published: Ottawa
Publisher: Lorne
Date Published: 1878
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding

2 separate pages written on one side only. 5 x 8-1/2 inches. Letter from the Governor General Lorne from Rideau Ottawa 16th Dec ‘78 to Archibald Campbell Esq. of Thornhill Quebec. Relating to a social meeting, being Governor General of of diversified nationality and their Scottish heritage.

Front page letter has top right corner torn off not affecting writing with loose piece available. Both first and second pages were folded, now flat and removed from an autograph type book. Some paper soiling and hand written letters are smudged on both pages including sinature. Fair condition.

John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Marquess of Lorne and later 9th Duke of Argyll, married Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter Louise at Windsor in 1871. The marriage was not a success, partly due to the fact that the groom was homosexual. After the turbulent early years of their marriage, the couple eventually reached a modus vivendi. While maintaining a façade of bourgeois respectability, Louise found fulfilment as a painter and sculptor, Lorne as a writer of books on travel. From 1878 to 1883, he was Governor-General of Canada, an appointment that was one of Disraeli's early experiments in imperial statecraft. Disraeli believed a royal princess resident in Canada would strengthen the links between crown and dominion. Ironically, Louise was a disaster - she hated colonial society and constantly invented excuses to absent herself. Lorne, however, performed creditably. He died at Kent House on the Isle of Wight in 1914.


Fair. Item #3391

$250.00 USD
$336.29 CAD