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Given by Mrs. E. Tierney

Small Collections Box 23

Madras; Bombay: 1892

Xerox copies of letters from James McNeill, I.C.S. (1890-1915) in India. 64pp.

  1. Ingalgi (sic) 27 February 1892 – written on Circle Inspection, to his brother John, in Ireland. Muslim fair; shooting at Hosur. Gives summary of day’s inspection work and describes exactly what is meant by visiting a village. Comments on Indians, ryots in particular: on language pronunciation; on memsahibs; attitudes towards Indians; strong comments against Goanese, Portuguese and R.C.s. Describes counting the Treasury at Dharwar.
  2. First four pages missing: n.d. – to his parent(s). Comments on intermarriage of Indians and English. Comments on religious attitudes. Discourse on Parsees. His territory is in Bombay Presidency near Savanur. Gives detailed description and draws diagrams of his tents used on tours.
  3. Dharwar, 26 April 1892 – to “Charlie”. Servants have cholera and he has it slightly. Personal.