Maxwell, R.M.

Maxwell, Sir R. Papers: Box 6

Sir Reginald Maxwell’s engagement diaries 1910-17; 1919-29; 1931-32; 1935-44.

Maxwell, Sir R. Papers: Box 5

  1. Two MS pencil letters to Lady Maxwell (then Mrs. Maxwell) from Miss Eva Bell on tour in Kashmir with her brothers. Descriptive of country and camp life. 5 June and 16 August 1921.
  2. Xerox copy of a talk given c.1945-46 by Lady Maxwell on her life in India. 10pp MS.
  3. Envelope containing 3 photographs of Mahableshwar.

Maxwell, Sir R. Papers: Box 4

    1. The Radical Humanist, formerly Independent India. Vol. XVIII, Nos. 6-7. Calcutta, 7 February 1954. M.N. Roy Memorial Number, Vol. XVIII no. 5 31 January 1954
    2. Legislative Assembly debates. Miscellaneous. 1938-44. With speeches made by Sir Reginald Maxwell. 18 copies, index in separate envelope.
    3. Wallet containing pamphlets and Government papers:
      • ‘Congress and the war’ – reprint from the Times of India, by a political correspondent.
      • ‘Congress and the axis’ – reprint from the’ Times of India, July 1942.
      • ‘Has Congress failed? A historical survey of the years 1918-39.’ Bombay, Times of India Press, 1943.
      • Coupland, R. ‘The Cripps mission.’ Oxford, University Press, 1942.
      • Tottenham, R. ‘Congress responsibility for the disturbances 1942-43.’ Delhi, Government Press, 1943.
      • `Correspondence with Mr. Gandhi, August 1942 – April 1944.’ Delhi, Government Press, 1944.
      • Government of India Act, 1935.
      • ‘Some facts about the disturbances in India, 1942-43’, compiled by an Indian journalist from material supplied by the Government.
    4. Wallet containing natural history reprints:
      • “Notes on the Larvae and Pupae of Some of the Butterflies of the Bombay Presidency” – Davidson and Aitken;
        Parts 1 & 2.
      • “The Butterflies of the North Canara District of the Bombay Presidency” – Davidson, Bell & Aitken;
        Parts 1 to 4 with envelope containing 3 plates from part 1.
      • “Food Plants of the butterflies of the Kanara District of the Bombay Presidency” – Lionel de Niceville, 1900.
      • “The Common Butterflies of the Plains of India” – Bell; 3 Parts.
      • “Hints on Collecting and Preserving Insects” – Bainbrigge Fletcher, ‘Imperial Entomologist’; Reprinted from the Report of the Proceedings of the Third Entomological Meeting held at Pusa, 1919.

Maxwell, Sir R. Papers: Box 3

This box was listed as Box 13 in the original handlist.

  1. Papers relating to Lady Maxwell’s parents, Rev. H. and Mrs. Haigh, missionaries in India among the Todas etc.:
  2. Notebook. MS by Mrs. Lilian S. Haigh on Nilgiri Hills; South India; and the Todas. A brief outline of environment, and of the manners and customs of the Todas.
  3. Three photographs of Toda people and their houses.
  4. Four hand-coloured postcards of people living near Darjeeling. Missionary? Semi-comic?
  5. Two coloured postcards of Bangalore and Mysore.
  6. Series of printed missionary letters – ‘Letters from camp’ Nos. V-XIII written from the Wesleyan Mission House, Gubbi, Mysore State, South India, 23 September 1912-31 December 1913. These are records of attempts at conversion to Christianity from Hinduism, and are remarkably enlightened showing a very deep knowledge of Hinduism.
  7. Single sheet from a letter to Mrs. Haigh, 1913 describing the continuation of Sati.
  8. Letter to Mrs. Haigh, 7 December 1913, about missionary activities.
  9. MS of a talk about women’s missionary work in India.
  10. MS notebook in Kanarese.
  11. Duplicated TS article, ‘The war and missions’ – preliminary sketch of an article for the International Review of Missions. (No date, but World War I.)
  12. Letters written by Lady Maxwell’s mother, Lillie Shillington Haigh on her voyage to India as a bride and her first experiences of settling into missionary life. 10 December 1886-26 September 1887, sixteen letters, a few of which are written by her husband, or have notes from him; some are written to other members of the family. They are very personal and give quite a detailed picture of setting up house in South India, and the daily life of a missionary.
  13. Second batch of six letters January-March 1891 while on tour of Northern India. Goa, Bombay, Ahmedabad, Agra, Darjeeling, Calcutta, Rangoon, Mysore.
  14. Photographs given by Lady Maxwell to illustrate her parents’ papers:
  15. Staff, students and buildings of Wesleyan Mission Girls’ School, Gubbi, Mysore District, South India, 1913; Bidda Hanumantas Temple, Gubbi; individuals connected with the mission including a group of the translators of the Bible into Kanarese for the British and Foreign Bible Society.
  16. ‘Through Northern India’, a talk to explain the lantern slides of a tour from Bangalore to Darjeeling 1891, by Rev. H. Haigh, and a diary of the tour by Mrs. Haigh.
  17. Envelope containing notes of slides given by Lady Maxwell.
  18. Xerox copy of MS biography of Sir Reginald Maxwell (1882-1961) by Lady Maxwell. 8pp.
  19. TS memoir written by Lady Maxwell in 1970-71 of her life in India.

Maxwell, Sir R. Papers: Box 2

This was listed as Box 12 in the original handlist.

    1. ‘The manual of office procedure’, by Sir Reginald Maxwell. (Accompaniment to No. 88, dated 28 February 1923, from Secretary, Retrenchment Committee.) Poona, 1923.
    2. ‘Government of India Secretariat: organisation and procedure’, by Sir Reginald Maxwell. GIPD – 536 (c) HD- S2-9.2.73 -10. Confidential.
    3. ‘Summary of Indian constitutional problem 1939-44.’ 2 pages MS by Sir Reginald Maxwell.
    4. Newspaper cuttings:
      • ‘Last days in the Assembly, 1944’.
      • ‘Gandhi Number’, 1949, published by the India League, London.
      • The Times of India, mail edition for Saturday 11 May ‘1929, with Bardoli report summary etc.
      • Two miscellaneous newspaper cuttings showing Sir Reginald Maxwell as the Governor of Bombay’s Secretary.
    5. Commemoration number of India News, 26 January 1950.
    6. Report of the special enquiry into the second revision settlement of the Bardoli and Chorasi Talukas. By R.S. Broomfield and R.M. Maxwell. Bombay, Government Press, 1929.
    7. Indian Independence Act, 1947.
    8. ‘India: Compensation for the Services …. April 1947.’ London, H.M.S.O. Cmd 7116.
    9. Selections from the records of the Bombay Government: No. DLVI N.S. Papers relating to the first revision settlement of the Honavar Taluka (including Bhatkal Pets) of the Kanara Collectorate Bombay, 1918.
    10. Papers relating to the first revision settlement of the Kumta Taluka of the Kanara Collectorate. Bombay, 1918. No. DLIV N.S.
    11. Folder containing miscellaneous papers: ‘An act to provide a suitable means of knowing who is to take whom in to dinner, and where they are to sit’.
    12. Seating plan for dinner at the Viceroy’s house, New Delhi, on Saturday 13 June 1942 and Friday 19 November 1943.
    13. I.C.S. dinner 8 September 1934 Poona – seating plan and menu; I.C.S. dinner 5 September 1938 – seating plan and menu.
    14. Caricature of Sir Reginald Maxwell in Hindustan Times Weekly 30 August 1942. TS extract from a letter from Sir Reginald to his mother, 1925, about Gokarn.
    15. Guest list and seating plan for dinner for Chiang Kai-Shek on 10 February 1942 at the Viceroy’s house, New Delhi.

Maxwell, Sir R. Papers: Box 1

Sir Reginald Maxwell, I.C.S., and Lady Maxwell.

Bombay Presidency: 1907-1944

This was listed as Box 11 in the original handlist.

  1. Original poster, Quit India and small printed slip 2 October 1942: Gandhi Jayanti Voice of India – ‘Quit India at once’, in original envelope addressed to Sir Reginald Maxwell.
  2. TS copy of letter from Sir Reginald Maxwell to his mother 22 December 1925 from Kaira. Meeting with the Hon. Sir Chunilal Mehta at Nadiad; describes Indian breakfast.
  3. Extract from letter 11 February 1926 on subject of inter-dining with Indians; their type of food; caste restrictions and regulations; hygiene.
  4. Newspaper cuttings and cartoon about Sir Reginald Maxwell from The Statesman, 3 September 1938.
  5. Two printed pages, 181-2 from Indian Information 15 August 1941, called ‘Personalities’ – sketch of Sir Reginald Maxwell’s career and other news.
  6. MS letter from Mahadev (Desai) from Sevagram, Wardha, C.P. to Sir Reginald Maxwell, 25 December 1940, expressing good wishes for the safety of his family at home.
  7. MS letter from Mahadev Desai, Sevagram, Wardha, 26 December 1941, of good wishes and friendship in spite of divergent paths.
  8. MS letter from Mangesh R. Telang to Lady Maxwell enclosing a painting of a Veena and two Sanskrit verses addressed to Sir Reginald and Lady Maxwell composed by Mangesh Telang.
  9. Letter from M.R. Telang in Karwar to Lady Maxwell in London, 6 March 1942, of friendship and domestic news.
  10. Letter from M.R. Telang in Karwar to Sir Reginald Maxwell, 8 January 1943, expressing regret at his leaving India, and alto asking incidentally what had happened about the idea of his receiving the title Maha’mahopadhyaya.
  11. Cutting from newspaper 14 April 1943 about Sir Reginald Maxwell’s departure.
  12. Seating plan and guest list at farewell dinner given by Lord Linlithgow at Viceroy’s house New Delhi to members of his council, Tuesday 12 October 1943.
  13. MS speech delivered by Sir Reginald Maxwell at the farewell dinner Tuesday 12 October 1943.
  14. Seating plan and guest list at farewell dinner given by the Viceroy (Viscount Wavell) to the Hon. Sir Reginald and Lady Maxwell, 24 March 1944.
  15. TS speech delivered by Sir Reginald Maxwell in reply to Lord Wavell’s speech, at the farewell dinner, 24 March 1944.
  16. TS letter of regret at Sir Reginald Maxwell’s departure from the President of the Legislative Assembly 28 March 1944 and rough MS by Sir Reginald Maxwell 29 March 1944.
  17. MS letter from Sir Richard Tottenham 7 April 1944 expressing regret at Sir Reginald Maxwell’s departure.
  18. MS letter from Bombay from Paramesihwar V. Gunishastri, Director of Tariff Commission, 28 February 1963, in answer to one of Sir Reginald Maxwell’s to his father; personal.