Autograph Letter Signed ‘Hastings’ as Governor-General of India, to Charles Theophilus Metcalfe, then his Private Secretary, giving his opinion about a dispute between officers of differing rank at “a private convivial party”, discussing the “slyness” of Baron de Richemont, and “Capt. Blane’s exposition respecting Feroze Shah’s Canal”. 4 pp. 10 x 8 inches, in good condition, but disfigured by a waterstain at page edges, folds soiled on final page. [India] 16 April 1820. Francis Rawdon-Hastings (1754-1826), 1st Marquis of Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira, served with distinction in the American War of Independence, and became Governor General of India in 1813. His campaigns against the Mahrattas helped to establish the supremacy of British power throughout India. He purchased Singapore Island in 1819. He was appointed Governor of Malta in 1824. He died at sea off Naples two years later.