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British amateur cricketer, cricket administrator and politician; a good friend of W.G.Grace.

Harris was the second-ever Captain of the English cricket team, played four Tests between 1879 and 1884 (all as Captain) and led the 1878-79 England touring side to Australia.

The full span of Harris' first-class cricket career was from 1870 to 1911, at 42 seasons one of the longest on record, though he made only seven appearances after 1889 when he relinquished the Kent captaincy so his core playing career was from 1870 to 1889. He appeared in 224 first-class matches, including four Test matches, as a right-handed batsman who bowled right arm fast with a roundarm action. He scored 9,990 runs in first-class cricket with a highest score of 176 among eleven centuries and held 190 catches. He took 75 wickets with a best analysis of five for 57.

About Harris’s political career (from 1885 to 1900), the less said the better, but it included a much-criticised spell as Governor of the Presidency of Bombay.

On his return from India, Harris was elected the 1895 president of MCC. He became a significant figure in cricket administration, wielding considerable influence, through his MCC offices. Following his presidential year, he was a trustee of the club from 1906 to 1916 and treasurer from 1916 until his death in 1932. He and Lord Hawke effectively controlled English cricket from the 1890s to the 1930s.

Harris had very strong principles based on a respect for the Laws of Cricket. He was especially keen to impose rules about illegal bowling actions and, in county cricket, residential qualifications. He was a controversial figure, revered by cricket's MCC-based establishment and heavily criticised elsewhere.

This is a short, but important, typed and ink-signed letter on a 10" x 8" sheet of headed notepaper (8 Old Jewry, London EC2. 22nd June, 1926) to the Chief Book Editor of publishers Cassell & Co in London.
Harris encloses his foreword to "Mr Noble's book".
Mr Noble was the great Australian cricketer Monty Noble (1873-1940), who in 1926 published a  very influential book on the sport of cricket, "The Game's the Thing". Its importance is shown by the fact that Lord Harris was persuaded to write a forword to it.
One horizontal correspondence fold. A scattering handling "dings" down both sides but in good overall condition. SCARCE.