Date Published: ND
Binding: No binding
7-1/2 x 9 inches flat and folded tp 7-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches. Autograph letter signed. One page. dated Monday [no month, year]. Making an arrangement for a visit with Mr. Mickle in Dalston. Old warn seal on fold. Open 1/2 edge tear from folding not affecting hand writing, other very good condition.
John Adam. Anglo-Indian statesman. Adam was educated at the Charterhouse; received a writership on the Bengal establishment in 1794; and, after a year at Edinburgh University, arrived at Calcutta in 1796. The greater part of his career was spent in the secretariat. He was private as well as political secretary to the Marquis of Hastings, whom he accompanied in the field during the Pindari or third Mahratta war. In 1817 he was nominated by the court of directors member of council; and as senior member of council he became acting Governor General of India on Lord Hastings's departure in January 1823. His rule lasted for seven months, until the arrival of Lord Amherst in August of the same year. Adam was the first Indian ruler to appropriate a grant of public money for the encouragement of native education. Adam's health had now broken down. After in vain seeking relief by a voyage to Bombay, and by a visit to Almorah in the lower Himalayas, he was ordered home to England.