CAINE, William Sproston. 20206



Autograph Letter Signed ‘W.S.Caine’, referring to his revision of his Picturesque India, with a view to “adding a section dealing with Burmah ….” A good one page example 7 x 4 inches. The Reform Club, 9 January 1898. William Sproston Caine (1842 – 1903), British politician and temperance advocate. Due to his opposition to alcohol he was praised by Gandhi. It has been suggested that Caine was the model for the story “The Enlightenments of Pagett, M.P.” by Rudyard Kipling. Kipling notes that “Pagett” was a liberal supporter of A.O. Hume and particularly William Digby to whom Caine dedicated his 1890 guidebook Picturesque India.