Date Published: 1888
Binding: No binding
4 page holograph letter signed. Flat 10 x 8 inches, folded 5 x 8 inches. On Science and Art Department, South Kensington blind embossed letterhead, dated 26 January 1888. Marked "Private". To Sir Frederick Young. Sending congratulations on becoming a Brother 'Knight of Our Most Noble Order'.
In January of 1888, the distinction of K.C.M.G. was conferred on Mr. Frederick Young in recognition of his services to the colonies and especially in relation to the position which he has held since 1874 of Honorary Secretary to the Royal Colonial Institute.
Sir Francis Philip Cunffe-Owen (1828-1894) British exhibition organizer and the Director of the South Kensington Museum (V&A Museum today) in London.
Sir Frederick Young (1817-1913), K.C.M.G., was born on 21 June 1817 in Limehouse, London, the son of George Frederick Young, M.P. He was educated in Homerton before becoming a merchant in London. In 1869 he began an association with the Royal Colonial Institute that was to last for the rest of his life and saw him become the Institute's Vice-President and Honorary Secretary. He was awarded in 1888 with his K.C.M.G. status. Young served as a J.P. and Deputy-Lieutenant. He promoted the permanent union of the colonies with the Mother Country and published works on imperial federation and the empire. He also travelled widely, visiting Canada, Greece, South Africa and Turkey.