Three pages (of a four-page single folded leaf). Signed "J.L. Kipling", with a [P.S.] that is additionally initialed "J.L.K.". No place and no date other than "Friday Morn," but a former cataloguer has indicated "[India]" and "[probably 1874]".
This is a humorous letter penned by J[ohn]. Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911; he met his wife Alice in the village of Rudyard, Staffordshire -- hence the first name of their son). The year they married (1865), they moved to India where over the years Lockwood would be an art teacher, an illustrator and a museum curator. He illustrated several of his son's books, including the JUNGLE BOOKs and KIM. The text of this letter reads:
Accept my congratulations on the judgment given the other day which I suppose is on the right side for you. I don't know whether I might also to [sic] congratulate you on the spread of a statement that you leave the T of I [Times of India], having made over a lakh of rupees out of it. We hear these industriously circulated stories of your wealth and heartily wish they were true. In haste Yours truly [signed] J.L. Kipling
[P.S.] Mrs K sends her love to Mrs Wood. She is occupied with a sick friend staying with us, who goes home by the next troop-ship. J.L.K.
W. Martin Wood was the Editor of the Times of India, and also of the Bombay Review; among his books was an 1884-1889 trilogy titled "THINGS OF INDIA" MADE PLAIN. "A lakh of rupees" means 100,000 rupees. The letter is in fine condition. Item #14494