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Small Collections Box 22

Ensign Thomas H. Stoton. A junior Army Offcer serving in the 21st Regiment, Madras Native Infantry from 1856.

Given by Mr C. Thomas.

18 letters or sections of letters from Ensign Stoton to his family at home (mainly his father). 1856-65. 11 of the letters were written in 1856 or 1857.

The letters start with Stoton’s arrival in Madras evidently in the early autumn of 1856. At first he was sent to Cadet quarters about 14 miles from the city but he was soon assigned to the 21st Native Infantry.

The 21st Native Infantry was located in 1856 at Palghat, well up-country in Malabar District. Describes relations with Indian population, and with officers and senior army figures. Regiment moves to Trichinopoly, Madras [Chennai] and Bombay [Mumbai]. Involved in suppression of 1857 uprising. Later moves to Hong Kong and then back to India in 1865.