Eustace A. Kenyon
Given by Lt. Col. W.P. Kenyon
- 1880. Letters to his sister Mary. Daily activities; in Calcutta; trip to Burma; description of journey, Rangoon etc.
- 1881. Letters to his mother, Mary and his brother Edward, from Moulmein, then Calcutta then Moulmein. Description of the Telegraph Department; his pay, day to day activities, social and work; weather; family news; his journey by ship to Rangoon and road to Moulmein. Some letters incomplete.
- 1882. Letters to his family from Palat, Sittang, and Moulmein. Description of the country near Palat and Sittang; details of work, friends and social occasions; examinations of boys to become signallers; building of railway from Tavoy to Bangkok; enjoys polo; comments on Boer war; keeping the line clear of jungle and tall grass; list of servants and animals he owns; description of his new house; details of his Christmas celebrations.
- 1883. Letters to his family from Moulmein and from the jungle – in many cases his letters are partly in reply to letters he has received from his family. Preparations for survey party sent to make a trigonometrical survey; Rangoon patrolled nightly to protect people and property from dacoits and robbers; description of work away from Moulmein, setting lines and clearing undergrowth; testing electrical apparatus; examining books and cash records; use of elephants for the line work; contractors used for jungle clearing; returns to Moulmein March, but making plans to inspect lines etc. northwards to Shoaygheer and Tonglau and expects to be out to the end of April; saw men working in a mill, by electric lights; weather, rains; his gardens; social activities: dances, polo, hunt meetings, races, picnics, dinners, tennis; begins trip to Amherst; returns to Moulmein; Christmas celebrations.
- 1884. Letters to his family from Moulmein, Amherst, Simla, Ajmere, Tavoy, Myitta and Wagone etc. Day to day account of work and social engagements; preparations for trip into the jungle; possibility of leave of three months; trip from Moulmein to Tavoy; description of bridge building; line repairs; returns to Moulmein; languages spoken in the area; smallpox in villages; owing to illness of man at Tavoy he will not be able to get leave; will have to travel to Tavoy once a month; monsoon arrives; drought before the rains; races at Moulmein more trips described; good path necessary to keep the line in order; possibility of doing construction work on road from Tavoy to Siam border; his health is excellent and his family should not worry about him, he only drinks beer and does not smoke; details of route of new line to Siam; description of the town of Ahmedabad; details of travelling by train; starts work on the new line and road; descriptions of Pagayay and the P.W.D. and telegraph stores etc.; unable to assess when the work will be finished.
- 1885. Letters to his mother and brother from various stations in Burma and at Simla. Day to day account of work on the new line and new road; mileage between villages on road; illness amongst workmen slowing up the work; leave cancelled because of possibility of war with Russia; coolies and servants not well and very tired, hopes to get back to Tavoy to give them a rest; possibility of Siamese labour; line completed and returns to Tavoy; Kenyon not well; journey to Simla for leave; day to day events at Simla; hopes to stay longer than his leave; has asked not to go back to Burma; enjoys seeing English – flowers and fruits and vegetables.
- 1887. Two letters to his sister Tizie, from Ajmere.
- 1892. One letter to his sister Mary written at Calcutta; social life.
- 1893. Two letters, one to his mother and one to his sister, written from Calcutta. Christmas celebrations; holiday river trip from Calcutta to Narain and back to Calcutta with details of scenery etc.
- 1894. One letter written to his sister Tizie from Bombay. Monsoon weather; floods; plans for tour; some comments on political matters; quality of men being recruited for the civil service.
- 1896. Three letters written to his mother and two to Tizie from Calcutta. Has been married and they have arrived in India; have a new house; their servants; plague in Bombay; his wife, ‘Ethel, busy with the ‘Women’s Friendly’; their garden; expecting a baby.
- 1897. Letters written to his mother from Calcutta and Darjeeling. Plague getting worse in Bombay and Karachi and neighbouring towns; servants running away from work; daughter born; possibility of failure of the monsoon which means famine; famine death rate much improved in recent years because of extension of railways; easier to move foodstuffs; some rioting in Calcutta; description of earthquake; wife and baby go to Darjeeling; he joins family; returns to Calcutta.
- 1898. Letters written to his mother and Mary from Calcutta. Social activities; son home; has left the contruction branch of the telegraph service and is now in the electrical branch; plague bad in Calcutta, causing labour shortage; difficulty in getting people to be inoculated; many of the labour ran away; taken up cycling; rainstorms; his wife has accident while driving; his wife plans to go home.