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[CURZON] INDIA. Sir Pratap Singh of Idar, Maharaja (1845-1922) A Secretarial Letter Signed in Urdu & English,  together with a letter in Urdu, and signed in Urdu, accepting from the University of Cambridge a Degree of Doctor of Laws, "Honoris Causa", and thanks for the honour,  June 26th, 1886
3 pp. + 3 pp. 8vo. on Grosvenor Hotel headed notepaper, final sheet laid down, and unheaded paper,
From 1878 to 1895, Pratap Singh served as Chief Minister for Jodhpur State following his father's death in 1873 and his eldest brother's succession to the throne. After his brother's death in 1895, Pratap Singh served as regent for his fifteen-year-old nephew and heir to the Jodhpur throne until 1898, then again for his grandnephew from 1911 to 1918 and finally for his second grandnephew from 1918 until his own death in 1922. In total, Pratap Singh had served four rulers of Jodhpur for over four decades. He travelled to Europe often and was close to Queen Victoria and her family, serving as aide-de-camp to Edward VII from 1887 to 1910. He was especially close towards his son, the future George V of the United Kingdom. As a Soldier he was commissioned in the Jodhpur Risalda in 1878, Pratap Singh served during the Second Afghan War and was Mentioned in Despatches. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1887, served under General Ellis in 1897 and served in the Tirah Campaign in 1898 under General William Lockhart, during which he was wounded. Promoted to Colonel the same year, he commanded the Jodhpur contingent during the Boxer Rebellion and was promoted to an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB). In late 1901 he accepted the post of honorary commandant of the Imperial Cadet Corps under Lord Curzon, and was promoted to Major-General in 1902. Even as an elderly man of 70, Sir Pratap commanded his regiments heroically during the First World War in France and Flanders from 1914-1915 and in the Palestine Mandate at Haifa and Aleppo. He was promoted to Lieutenant-General in 1916.

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