MALLET, Sir Louis (1823–1890), civil servant and economist. Autograph letter signed to a Mr Coles, 2 sides of a single 8vo sheet, 15 September [no year, but watermark 1855], sending a copy of a letter (not present) from Lady Georgia Fane to Spencer Ponsonby regarding “young Carew” - "I don't know whether anything can be done or whether what is asked is proper, but I promised to send you the letter & ask you to do anything which comes in your way without trouble".
Sir Louis Mallet was a civil servant and economist who was an advocate of free trade and served on the Council of India. He spent eight years in the Audit Office and in 1847 transferred to the Board of Trade where he became private secretary to the President of the Board. In 1860 Mallet was appointed an assistant commissioner under Richard Cobden for drawing up detailed tariffs under the Anglo-French Treaty of Commerce. Mallet became a strong advocate of free trade, and a founder member of the Cobden Club after Cobden's death. In 1865 Mallet was sent to Vienna to take a leading part in organising an Anglo-Austrian commercial treaty, which was signed in December 1865. In 1872 the Duke of Argyll, nominated Mallet to the Council of India. In 1874 he was appointed Permanent Under-Secretary of State for India until his retirement in 1883. Mallet served on a royal commission on the laws relating to copyright in 1876.(ODNB)