Charles, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst
Correspondence and photographs relating to the assassination attempt of 23 December 1912, including:
Manuscript, 'His Excellency the Viceroy's Wounds', 8 - 17 January 1913., describing his most serious injuries, together with inserted tissue-paper silhouettes of the wounds in their various stages, 4 pages, folio (lacking one piece of tissue-paper).
Three photographs showing the Viceroy's procession immediately before the assassination attempt., Lord Hardinge being lifted down from his elephant, and Lady Hardinge after the attack, 8.7 x 13.8 cm. and 11.8 x 16.7cm.
Eight letters from Indian notables., including the Maharani of Rajpipla, the Rani of Bansda and the Maharaja of Karauli, to Lady Colvin and Lady Sydenham, expressing outrage at the assassination attempt, praising Lady Hardinge's courage in the aftermath, and planning the presentation (accompanied by a commemmorative fund) to be made to Lady Hardinge on behalf of the Women of India, with one letter from Lady Sydenham to Lady Hardinge and 3 associated documents, approximately 32 pages, 4to and folio, a photograph of objects presented to Lady Hardinge after the attempt, 23 x 28.2cm., and typescript copies of letters by Colonel Frank Maxwell and Valentine Chirol (?) describing the attack and its aftermath, 13 pages, 4to.
The Hardinges were making their ceremonial entry into Delhi on the first anniversary of the Coronation Durbar on what was described as a huge elephant, and were just turning from Queen's Gardens into Chandi Chauk when a bomb was thrown at them from the Punjab National Bank building. The bomb, constructed from a half-pound Willis tobacco tin loaded apparently with gramaphone needles, burst immediately against the back of the heavy wood and silver howdah, killing one of the servants instantly, and seriously wounding the Viceroy in the back and shoulder, but leaving Lady Hardinge unhurt and the other servant with only superficial wounds. The attempt, by Bengali extremists, was the great trauma of Hardinge's viceroyalty; by some accounts, Lady Hardinge never recovered from the shock.