CARDEW, Sir Alexander.
The White Mutiny. A Forgotten Episode in the History of the Indian Army.
First edition. Detailed account of a little remembered incident of Indian history. Sir George Hilaro Barlow, having been made Governor of Madras, arrived in India, and “By his repellent manners he began by turning every one against him, and then quarrelled with the leading men, both of the army and civil service” (DNB). He abolished the monthly allowance to Officers, known as the ‘tent-contract,’ and open mutiny ensued. Through the efforts of Lord Minto and a number of the most respected officers the disaffected were reconciled, and “The dispute had hardly affected the reputation of Sir George Barlow; in it he had shown great want of tact, but plenty of courage.” This copy with a two-page autograph letter signed, from the author to Lord Doneraile requesting permission to use the St. Leger family’s portrait of Major-General The Hon. Arthur St. Leger – “who played rather a prominent part” – in the book. The portrait appears at p.14, where it is credited to Ethel St. Leger, whose ownership inscription is on the front free endpaper. A very good association copy of an uncommon book.
Octavo. Original plum cloth, title gilt to spine. Four portrait plates. Slightly rubbed, the spine a touch sunned, light toning, a very good copy.
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