Centre of South Asian Studies


Handlist of Papers - D


(Thomas Dale)

Given by W.P. Dale

Small Collections Box 8

Xerox copies of two letters from Thomas Dale to his brother, from Madras:

6 October 1809, from Cuddalore, mentions disturbances.

17 May 1813, from Ban da Neira, mentions he was Resident of Poolo Ayr (sic); then in charge of the H.E.I.C.'s Imports Warehouse (held together with his Corps); everything very expensive; unhealthy place.

TS précis of letters, 1807-22, from various places.

TS copy of letter dated 1807, off Portsmouth.

TS copy of letter 9 January 1809, Cuddalore.

TS copy of letter 1822, Masulipatam.


Given by Mrs. D. Dalziel.

Bihar and Orissa 1922-1934.

A short account of the District of Manbhum (Bihar) by Sarojranjan Chaudhuri, (District Judge, Purulia) - Foolscap, T.S. 71 pp. bound. n.d.

Final report on the Revision Settlement of Orissa. (1922-1932 A.D.) by W.W. Dalziel, ICS Settlement Officer, Orissa. Patna, Superintendent Government Printing, Bihar and Orissa, 1934. 167 + Ixxxiv + x and map.


(Given by E.C. Danby)

Small Collections Box 8

Bihar 1933-1971

2 copies of Farewell Address to E.C. Danby from the members of the Managing Committee, Shree Baliram H.E. School, Shakra.

Letter to E.C. Danby from the Principal of the Tirhut College of Agriculture ... Dholi (Muzaffarpur) 10 August 1964.

Photograph of a bungalow built by E.C.. Danby 1933-4, at Dholi.

TS article by E.C. Danby: Life on an Indigo Estate in North Bihar, 1971.

(There are further autobiographical details of E.C. Danby in the correspondence file.)


Given by Mrs. D'Arcy Waters.

Madras, Orissa. 1910-1930

  1. Photograph album, 1914, 1915, 1917, Kistna District, Narsapur, photographs of houses, servants, shoots, houseboat, Sydenham Cottage, Ootacanund. Also pictures of England and two of the ship. Very good selection of photographs of domestic life in India.
  2. Photograph album, 1925, 1926. Pictures of Coonoor, Madras, Ootacumund; picnics, Gymkhana Wellington, 16 January 1926; Nilgiri School Girls' Jubilee Camp; interior shots; newspaper accounts and photographs of entertainments in Ootacamund; tennis tournaments; scenes in and around the town. Postcards of the period.
  3. Commonplace book: newspaper cuttings; satirical verse; programmes; letters from Indians. Letters to newspaper on Lord Morley's Recollections, Mrs. Besant, the case of General Dyer, Moplah rebellion, etc. Verse against Gandhi, Chelmsford reforms, etc.
  4. Loose photographs.
    a. Our house in Jobra, Cuttack Orissa. Bungalow, servants, horse and trap, garden.
    b. The Crofton Tennis Club. (Mr. Crofton and one European, the rest Indian).
    c. Accountant General's Office, Ranchi, 1913, Government House, Ranchi, etc.
    d. Accountant General's Office, Lahore, 1910-1913.
    e. Unidentified Maharajah with sons and relatives.
    f. Collector's house, Chatrapur, Ganjam District (taken when Mr. C. D'Arcy Crofton was Collector).
    g. Group with Lord and Lady Willingdon and Mr. and Mrs. D'Arcy Crofton and unidentified Maharajah with dead wild boar.
  5. Album: Ootacamund - views; exterior and interior views of house, Monte Rosa - picnics; groups, Xmas decorations; Newspaper cuttings of entertainments in Ootacamund; groups (unnamed) and The Nilgiri Collector's Office, Ootacamund.

India, by Sir Firozkhan Noon. Penns on the Rocks Press, Collins, London 1941. 12 col. pl. 26 illus.

India, a reprint (in book form) of the Special India Number of The Times, February 18, 1930. 288pp. illus.

In eleven parts covering The Past and the Future, Government and Finance; the Defence Forces; Administrative Services; the peoples of India; the Indian Peninsula; the Monuments of India; Railways and Roads; Empire Communications; Trade and Industry; Sport.


Papers of Dr George Darling (?1782-1862); physician; educated at Edinburgh; visited India before settling down in practice in London; married (1841) the sister of the Chairman of the East India Company (George Lyall).

Given by General Sir Kenneth Darling (grandson).


Provisional summary list

  1. Bound volume containing 21 letters from Dr Darling to his sister Isabella Darling Ker dated 1808-16 and 1828.
  2. 44 letters from Dr Darling to his brother Thomas dated 1812-40.
  3. 4 letters from Dr Darling to his father dated 1817-23.
  4. 4 letters from Dr Darling to his elder son Tom dated 1843-47.
  5. Letter from John Darling (son) to his elder brother Tom dated 12 April 1848.


Papers of Sir Malcolm Lyall Darling, I.C.S. Assistant Commissioner, Punjab 1904; Tutor and Guardian to His Highness the Raja of Dewas 1907; Financial Commissioner, Punjab 1936.

Given by the late Mrs April van Biervliet (daughter).

The Darling Papers are currently closed for re-cataloguing - they will become available again early in August.


Given by Madame April van Biervliet d'Oeuverbroek (née Darling)

Peshawar to Jubbulpore 25 November 1946-15 March 1947

Journal kept by Madame April van Biervliet d'Oeuverbroek (Sir Malcolm Darling's daughter) when she and her husband (Pierre) accompanied Sir Malcolm Darling on a riding tour which he made from Peshawar to Jubbulpore from 25 November 1946-15 March 1947 in order to find out what village people were thinking of Independence, Pakistan and Freedom. His diary resulted in At Freedom's Door (1949).

In her journal Madame Biervliet records her conversations with village women on marriage and family topics, and occasionally on a political issue. She also records her conversations with male villagers on Congress, Freedom etc., and gives descriptions of the country and the horses for whom she cared. Sir Malcolm Darling drew on this diary in his account of Home Life and Purdah pp. 339-347 of At Freedom's Door.

(Full handlist with the diary.)

Short stories written by Lady Darling (Jessica Darling) in an Indian setting. (n.d.)

  1. What shall it benefit a man? - A Mutiny story of a local massacre, and the effect upon a man who survived.
  2. The Hill Bungalow - Story of a family who take a haunted bungalow in the Hills.
  3. The Visit which lasted too long - Another story of mystery.
  4. Guests at the Little Watchman 1875 - A story set in Italy.



(Sir Arthur Dash, C.I.E.)


  1. Articles:
    • 'A foot in the door.'
    • 'The First Subdivision.'
    • 'Pakistan as it was in the beginning.'
    • 'Tiger shoots.'
  2. Note given by Sir Henry Twynam to Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, K.C.V.O., C.M.G. O.B.E., who was writing a life of Sir John Anderson when Twynam was Chief Secretary of the Government of Bengal, written in 1960.
  3. Two companion maps to the Darjeeling District Gazetteer, 1947.


  1. 'Memoirs: a Bengal diary,' by A.J. Dash. Eleven volumes, TS bound, covering the years 1910-1951.
  2. TS copies of 'The First Subdivision' and 'The Second Subdivision' by Sir Arthur Dash together with TS copy of review by George Ratcliff and correspondence about the reviews etc. May-September 1970.
  3. Four photographs of cremation ceremony of Burmese Buddhist priest c. 1912.
  4. Thirty-one photographs of Naga and Chin tribes.
  5. 'Report on Provincial Public Services Commissions' by A.J. Dash.


  1. Three volumes of TS entitled Imperial Miscellany, I-III. Articles, comments and observations by Sir Arthur Dash on a variety of topics, political, economic and social, including a number about India.
  2. Bound pamphlet: The Noakhali Case: Mr. Pennell's Judgment, 15 February 1901. (Circumstances of the gift pasted in the front cover).
  3. Book: Baig, Tara Ali: The moon in Rahu: an account of the Bhowal Sannyasi Case. London, Asia Publishing House, 1968.
  4. Mackenzie, C.F. Zelia: The Fair Maid of Cabul ... (in six cantos). London 1850.
  5. An Indian Police Case: an account of a trial in the Bengal Presidency taken down by Sir Arthur Dash who was a spectator. No date, but the fly leaf bears Sir Arthur's signature, and the place name Comilla, date 5 November 1923. TS., 9pp. bound.


Given by Mrs. D. Davey

Bombay Presidency 1877-1944. Bengal - Central Provinces

Box 1

  1. Photographs taken by Mrs. Davey's grandfather, Major General J.R. Strutt, 3rd Bombay Light Infantry:
    • 5 photographs of famine in Kollapore, 1877. Letter of 31 July, 1877, from Kollapore, published in the Standard. Written by Mrs. Strutt to her sister, about plight of the people. Asks her to get up a subscription. Second newspaper cutting refers to this letter.
    • On reverse, 2 untitled photographs of bungalow and garden. (Ahmadabad?).
    • 13 photographs of Ahmadabad - bungalows, group photographs, camp, temples. (c.1873).
    • 14 miscellaneous photographs of sights in Baroda, Secundra Bagh, Delhi, Lucknow. 1 group photo, named. (1870's).
  2. Photographs taken by Mrs. Davey's uncle, Lt. Colonel R.D.T. Alexander, D.S.O., O.B.E., T.D.; a Civil Engineer on the Indian railways, and a keen shot:
    • Photographs of railway construction, engineers and construction teams.
    • Chambal Bridge, 1906.
    • Kali Sind Line (not all photographs labelled). Includes photo of a railway station.
    • 1906, Nagda Mutter State Railway.
    • Kotah, 1908-9, Engineers
    • Power houses, power divisions, Goliath left bank (Sara bridge construction?), 1911-13.
    • Fancy dress ball, 1912.
  3. Construction and opening of Sara Bridge. Copy of congratulatory telegram from President of Railway Board, Sir T.R. Wynne, to R.R. Gales, Engineer-in-Chief, Lower Ganges Bridge, on opening of first span and service girder of Sara bridge, 20 June, 1913.
  4. Scenes on Bengal Nagpur Railway 1927.
  5. Tel River Bridge, opened 29 September 1931, by R.D.T. Alexander.
  6. Miscellaneous group photographs of railway employees, rifle-teams.
  7. 1 Oudh and Rohilkhund Railway camp, Delhi Durbar, 1911.
  8. Projects branch, office of the Railway Board, Simla, 23 September, 1921. (On reverse, f 4-11, unlabelled photographs of boats etc.)
  9. Groups of Chief Engineers (including R.D.T. Alexander), 1925, 1927, 1928.
  10. Lord Irwin in Calcutta, 1930
  11. Lt. Colonel and Mrs. Alexander at farewell gathering on his retirement from post of Chief Engineer, Bengal Nagpur Railway, February 1932.
  12. India rifle team photographs. (Including R.D.T. Alexander) 1929-39.

Box 2

Papers of R.D.T. Alexander:

  1. Miscellaneous labelled snapshots of India, 1920-32.
  2. Official invitation to the Delhi Durbar, 1911.
  3. Official invitation to an afternoon party in the Delhi Fort, 13 December, 1911.
  4. Letter of congratulation from Projects Branch of the Railway Board's Office, on his appointment as Chief Engineer, Bengal Nagpur Railway. 22 September, 1921.
  5. 4 farewell addresses on Mr. Alexander's retirement in 1932.
  6. Book of newspaper cuttings of letters, reviews, etc. concerning Some signposts to Shikar by R.D.T. Alexander and A. Martin-Leake. Loose photo of tusks.
  7. Some Engineering Experiences East of Suez, by R.D.T. Alexander. Thirteenth anniversary address, delivered at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 16 March, 1934.
  8. Memoir of Miss Dorothy Strutt, written March 1972. (Mrs. W.A.D. Davey). TS note on her work as Staff Captain in the War Office. Sent to New Delhi 1944. Worked with Brigadier Desmond Young, on press releases. (3pp).
  9. Four very large photographs unnamed and undated, but possibly of the construction of the Chambal Bridge.


D. Davis, I.F.S.

List of letters and journals 1915-47. Subaltern in 1/7th Hampshire Regiment. (T.F.), September 1914-February 1919; in Indian Forest Service, U.P., December 1921-July 1947.

Note. Many of the letters have red chalk marks, which indicate that only the section between the marks is of interest.


Letter 24-25 April 1915. Shooting trip from Meerut, U.P., to Mwana and Ganges Canal. 6 pp. TS.

Letter 30 April-5 May 1915. March by road with Regiment, Dehra Dun to Chakrata, U.P., 15 pp. TS.

Letter 6-9 May 1915. In Chakrata (including cholera outbreak). 13 pp. TS.

Journal 22-29 September 1915. Holiday with platoon on Deoban mountain, Chakrata. 20 pp.

Journal 2-7 October 1915. Trip to Mandali and Ringali, Chakrata hills. 18pp.

Journal 15-19 October 1915. March with Regiment, Chakrata to Dehra Dun. 13pp.

Journal 18-20 December 1915. Stalking black buck, Mawana Meerut.

Journal 8 April-1 May 1916. Shooting trip to Mahraji, C.P. 50pp.

Journal 14 September-21 October 1916. Trek in Chakrata hills and up Tons river. 85pp.

Journal 19-21 January 1917. Duck shooting at Ladwa from Ambala, Punjab. 5pp.

Journal 26-28 January 1917. Chinkara gazelle at Samrala from Ambala, Punjab. 6pp.

Journal 15-18 February 1917. Black buck at Doraha from Ambala, Punjab. 7pp.

Journal 13 May-4 June 1917. Shooting trip (tiger etc.) Mahraji, C.P. 72pp.

Journal 1-8 January 1918. With Regiment, Ambala to Aden. 13 pp.

Journal 5 March 1918. Sheikh Othman, Aden - fighting in desert. 5 pp.

Letter 11 April 1918. Climb up Shum Shum, highest peak in Aden peninsula. 5pp.

Journal 30 April - 14 May 1918. In the Red Sea, inspecting lighthouse garrisons. 19 pp.

Journal 25 November - 26 December 1918. Leave in India (from Aden) Garmuktesar (Ganges Kadir) and Benaik, and Kunjkharak (U.F. Himalaya near Naini Tal). 62 pp.

Paper on Aden for the Elizabethan Society, Jesus College, Oxford (Autumn 1919). 8 pp.


Journal 11 April 1922. Nichlaul, Gorakhpur, U.P., sitting up for panther. 4pp.

Journal 17 April 1922. Nichlaul, Gorakhpur, U.P., chital (spotted deer) etc. 3 pp.

Journal 27-28 April 1922. Madhaulia, Gorakhpur, chital. 5 pp.

Letter 23 May 1922. Bhilampur, Gorakhpur, chital. 5 pp.

Journal 26 October-19 November 1923. Bahraich, U.P., jungles - impressions during a first visit by Captain H.C. James. 3 pp. TS.

Journal 28 April 1926. Sohelwa, Bahraich, U.P., tiger beat. 6 pp.

Letter 10 May 1926. Bahraich jungles, hot weather storm, temperatures. 2 pp

Letter 22 October 1930. Dehra Dun, U.P., arrival as instructor, Forest Rangers' College.

Letter 27 December 1930. Dehra Dun, U.P., arranging tour in forests with students.

Letter 13 January 1931. Touring with students in U.P. forests, Gorakhpur and N. Kheri; description of 'taungya'.

Letter 5 March 1931. Tiger beat at Sitabani, Rawnagar Forest Division, U.P.

Letter 8 April 1931. Touring with students Ranikhet U.P., Himalaya; heavy work previous month; sketch map of area.

Letter 14 April 1931. Touring at Almora; some history of Almora.

Letter 21 April 1931. Touring at Siuni and Bhatronj; descriptions of country and flowers.

Letter 22 May 1931. Holiday at Malwa Tal, Kumaun Himalaya, U.P., serow, panther, description of country and a map.

Letter 28 May 1931. Walk from Malwa Tai to Kathgodam and train to Dehra Dun; glimpse of Gandhi.

Letter 31 December 1931. Christmas holiday at Montgomery, Punjab.

Letter 11 January 1932. Still on holiday - bird shooting, horse breeding etc.; Harappa (site of prehistoric city).

Letter 11 April 1932. Tour with Ranger students in Chakrata hills, U.P.; three days march, Chakrata to Shadiar; scenery and flowers.

Journal 14-17 April 1932. Tahr shooting at Ringali, Tehri-Garhwal, U.P. 11 pp.

Letter 15 May 1932. Start of long trek from Chakrata past Simla to Suket State, where he had to inspect the forests and submit a report to the Government of India.

Letter 19, 23 May 1932. Journey from Kathian (Chakrata hills) through Jubbal State (Punjab hills) to Wildflower Hall (near Simla).

Letter 29 May 1932. In Suket State; reasons for going there; meet and tour with Beotra (Chief Secretary).

Letter 10 June 1932. In Suket State; temple 'melas' and dances; big shoot.

Letter 25, 30 June 1932. From Suket to Seraj (Punjab); back to Dehra Dun.

MS copy of a report on the forests of Suket State (Punjab Hills) India by D. Davis, I.F.S. 1932.

Journal (in bound diary) 16 March 1933. Chorgalia, Haldwani Forest Division, U.P., tiger incident. 3 pp.

Letter 10 April 1933. Touring with Ranger students in Chakrata again; Dakpathar timber boom and 'sarnais'; Chakrata to Kathian.

Journal (in bound diary) 15-18 April, 3-6 Nay 1933. Tahr shooting at Ringali, Tehri-Garhwal, U.P. 20 pp.

Letter 16 May 1933. Touring with students in Chakrata hills; work with students; exams; wild vegetable and edible fungus in forests; back to Chakrata and Dehra Dun.

Letter 12 January 1934. Touring in East Almora forest division, Kumaun Himalaya, U.P. as Divisional Forest Officer (D.F.O.); Bajwar, Wajula, Garkhet, etc.; Chir pine forest working and regeneration.

Letter 30 May 1934. East Almora, low camps on Gori and Kali rivers, 'Ban Manus' - primitive aborigines.

Journal (in bound diary) 5 June - 8 July 1934. East Almora, trek to the snow mountains up Darma valley. 60 pp.

Letters 14, 19, 21 October 1934. East Almora, trip to Pindari glacier.

Letter 28 May 1935. East Almora, touring as Working Plans Officer (W.P.O.) near Champawat; serow seen.

Letter 29 September 1935. East Almora, in S.E. corner; goral and langur monkeys seen together.

Letter 10 November 1935. East Almora, centre, Berenag and Thal.

Letter 16 November 1935. East Almora Jauljibi fair.

Letter 28 November 1935. East Almora Jauljibi fair; Tibetan and Bhotia dances and camping up Gori river.

Letter 18 January 1936. East Almora Asret, Ramganga valley; incident with goats and villagers carrying timber.

Letter 14 February 1936. East Almora Chamoli, Ramganga valley; wedding customs.

Letter 21, 24 February 1936. East Aimora Dhotia and Harrara, Sarju valley.

Letter 12 April 1936. East Almora Aunlaghat on Ramganga river.

Letter 13, 19 October 1936. East Almora, Bageshwar and country to east.

Letter 1, 9, 16 November, l December 1936. East Almora, strenuous last working plan inspection.

Letter 30 December 1936. Christmas holiday at Deoli, Rajputana.

Letter 5 January 1937. Still on holiday, visit to Bundi State, Rajputana.

Letter 20 January 1937. Work in Almora writing up the working plan.

Letter 16, 24 November 1937. Taking over Haldwani forest division as D.F.O.

Letter 2 February 1938. Haldwani Forest Division, U.P.; up Sarda river gorge to Kaldhunga.

Letter 9 February 1938. Haldwani Forest Division, U.P.; from Senapani up valley into lower hills (Himalayan foothills).

Letter 21 February 1938. Tarai and Bhabar Government Estates, conference and bird shooting at Bindukhera.

Letter (from Mrs. Davis) 6 April 1938. Haldwani Division; to Kaldhunga from Tanekpur via Purnagiri, pilgrims going to 'mela' at temple.

Letter 16 April 1938. Haldwani Division; down Sarda river gorge from Kaldhunga; swimming half a mile down gorge; Baramdeo and 'sarnais'.

Letter (from Mrs. Davis) 24 April 1938. Haldwani Division; Jaulasal; tiger shoot.

Letter 4 May 1938. Haldwani Division; Jaulasal; tiger shoot.

Letter 10, 24 May 1938. Haldwani Division; up in lower hills; news of promotion as Conservator of Forests for four months from beginning of June.

Letter 3 November 1938. Holiday trek to Pindari glacier (for second time); took over as D.F.O. Pilibhit forest division.

Letter 23 November 1938. Pilibhit Division; preparations for Christmas shoot at Garha.

Letter 22 January 1939. Trip up Sarda gorge (Haldwani Division), timber extraction, etc.

Letter 18 February 1939. Took over as Conservator of Forests, Working Plans Circle; work at Bareilly, Cawnpore and Kalpi (Jumna ravines).

Letter (from Mrs. Davis) 24 February 1939. Kalpi and sketch of unusual rest house.

Letter 4 March 1939. Etawah and Agra, canal plantations and ravine reclamation work.

Letter 24 March 1939. Work in Bareilly; three days in Delhi; some sightseeing.

Letter 5 April 1939. From Delhi to Dehra Dun via Meerut; in Dehra Dun forests; Lachiwala and Kansrau.

Letter 20 April 1939. Dehra Dun and then Chakrata; Bodiar; spring flowers.

Letter 4 May 1939. In Chakrata hills, various places. Felling lopped 155 ft. high deodar trees.

Letter 5 November 1940. Eleven days in Chakrata hills; work in silver fir and spruce forests (war fellings); description of typical. autumn sights and sounds, Bareilly and Afforestation division; canal and village plantations etc.

Letter 28 December 1940. Christmas holiday camp at Garha (Pilibhit forests); tiger shot; Cawnpore and Allenbagh etc.

Letter 21 January 1941. More of Christmas at Garha; tour to Dudhi Government Estate forests in Mirzapur district.

Letter 20 February 1941. Mostly about Dudhi forests; work in Gorakhpur.

Letter 18 March 1941. Gorakhpur and Balrampur and the Estate forests.

Letter 26 March and 16 April 1941. Forest inspections in Bahraich, North Kheri, Etawah and Afforestation divisions.

Letter 21 April 1942. Mussoorie, municipal forests inspection; Ramnagar conference re war timber supplies and extra fellings; Bareilly, conference re charcoal production Kalagarh forest division; Dhikala, Patli Dun etc.

Letter 23 May 1942. Dehra Dun and Naini Tal; various friends and interesting people met; changed conditions of work owing to the war.

Letter 27 November 1942. Board of Forestry meetings in Dehra Dun; Benares State forests - tour of inspection.

Letter 20 December 1942. Benares State forests and attack of malaria; Dudhi forests inspection and return to Bareilly.

Letter 26 January 1943. Short trips in forests of Ramnagar, Haldwani and Dehra Dun divisions; Ajmer forest inspections and sightseeing.

Letter 3 April 1943. More about Ajmer; work in Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Atranla State forests; Balrampur Estate forests; Nanpara Estate forests.

Letter 30 May 1943. Trek in Garhwal Fimalaya; Bhuna and the Nandagini valley below Trisul.

Journal (in bound diary) 1-24 May 1943. Fuller account of the trek. 55 pp.

Journal (in bound diary) 15 May - 30 June 1945. Trek in Garhwal Himalaya; Badrinath and Bhyundar valley ('valley of flowers`). 111 pp.

Journal (in bound diary) 7 August - 6 September 1947. Trek in Kashmir. 66 pp.

22 sketch maps illustrating letters and journals.

see also DAVIS, H.M.

Additional papers

Punjab : Suket States: 1932


MS copy of a report on the forests of Suket State, India, by D. Davis. 1932.

56 pp. maps of forest areas and Suket State.


(Dr. H.M. Davis)

Xerox copy

Diary of Dr. H.M. Davis, D. Davis's sister, 1927-28. San Francisco by sea across the Pacific via Japan, China, etc. to India. Two and a half months in India including seven weeks in the jungle with her brother who was in the Indian Forest Service and at that time was in charge of Bahraich Forest Division in the United Provinces.

see also DAVIS, D.


(Sir Arthur Dean, C.I.E., M.C., E.D.)

Report of the first conference of Improvement Trusts and Development Boards held at New Delhi on 28, 29 and 30 June 1948.

Final report of the Advisory Committee on the restoration and conservation of the Taj Mahal at Agra, 1942. (A TS speech or report was found inserted by Sir Arthur Dean on the Taj Mahal. 30 September 1948 or 1949. 7 pp. 4 sheets)

Report on an enquiry into the staff position of the Public Works Departments, by A.W.H. Dean. New Delhi, 1945.

Additional material, given 1973.

Printed pamphlet: Construction of a submergible road bridge over the Nerbudda River, near Jubbulpore, Central Provinces, India, by Arthur William Henry Dean, M.C., B.Sc., Assoc. M. Inst. C.E.

Excerpt of Minutes of Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers Vol. 239, Session 1934-35. Part I. London, 1936.


Given by Professor F. de Caro, and Professor R. Jordan.

Small Collections Box 8

A menu from the Royal Over-Seas League Dinner, 17 May 1978, I.P.S Reunion.

See also: Tape-recordings


Small Collections Box 8

Reverend J.R. De Chazal. Indian Police, 1937-47 serving in Madras, Delhi and other posts in India.

Extracts of material and anecdotes relating to India omitted from Reverend de Chazel's book Sunset of the Raj (ARCHIVE MISC. 23). Typescript, l0 ff.


Small Collections Box 8

Punjab, N.W.F.P. U.P. Kashmir. 1919-1941.

Memoir: Memsahib

6 November 1918 Leaves for India for first time, arrives Bombay 23 December 1918 as the wife of Sub-Divisional Officer Malakand in N.W.F.P. 1918-1941.

Frontier Mail to Malakand, N.W.F.P. Description of journey, via Agra, Delhi, Nowshera, Dargai. Description, character and influence of the bearer, Sardar.

Camp at Amandara in Swat Valley.

Archaeological finds.

Camp life and customs.

Temporary posting to Dera Ismail Khan, so live in rest house.

In camp at Tank. Trouble in Frontier. Sandstorms.

Women evacuated from D.I.K. to Murree hotel. Returns eventually to Malakand. More remarks on life in D.I.K.

White Russian officers and families trek to Malakand.

Baby born. Changes this brings. Leave. 2nd child born.

On return, posted 130 miles from Lahore to Chichiwatni Road.

Life in remote station in the plain. No other Europeans.

Short break at Montgomery. Realisation how out of touch with European life they were. Spend summer in Dalhousie.

Move to Montgomery. Following. summer in Simla, where third child born.

Closing of Alliance Bank of Simla.

Description of town and life of Montgomery. Harappa before excavation.

Return to Upper Swat Canal and Malakand. By car on Grand Trunk Road from Lahore.

Visit of King and Queen of the Belgians for the day in Malakand, also sons of Theodore Roosevelt.

Leave in Ireland.

Posted to Mardan. Description of life. Hot weather.

Leave in Kashmir, description of car journeys from Rawalpindi to Gulmarg.

Daily family life in Mardan. Incidents and characters.

Completion of hydro-electric scheme for Mardan by Mr. Dench 1929/30.

Leave, and two elder children remain at school.

Autumn 1930: Lahore. Mr. Dench Under Secretary. Mrs. Dench gets job as journalist mainly reviewing books for the Civil and Military Gazette. Leave in Simla. Description of house and life.

Moved to Amritsar. Jardine's cricket team plays the Yuvraj of Patiala. They entertain the team, particularly Langridge.

Back to England on leave. All the children remain including 5 year old who has had jaundice. 'The great pain of parting.

Sargodha, Punjab.


Leave in England - return September 1938. Posted to Delhi.

Starts a women's magazine called Women In India.

Trek from Simla out on Tibetan road for 10 days.

Dog dies of rabies. Trip up the Kangra Valley.

Simla - description of life there, including events on day of King George VI's coronation.

Leaving India. Bombay. Waiting for passages home 1941.

Description of voyage home in war time.

Copy of the first number of the Women's Voluntary Service Magazine entitled Women In India for August 1942, edited by Mrs. M.O. Dench.


Given by G. H. Hunt

Microfilm Box 1 No. 7

Extract from the United Services Magazine for 19? pp. 404-441. Letters concerning the 44th Regiment during the retreat from Cabul (sic) in the lst Afghan War. (From MSS kindly lent by Mrs. de Wend.) The letters are signed by several officers including James Douglas de Wend and give details of the fighting and casualties, and statements taken from soldiers.

Given by Mrs. I.C. Greenwell

Microfilm Box 1 No. 9

Captain J. Douglas de Wend, 44th Regiment. MSS journal. 2 vols.

Volume I:

8 February 1820. Sandhurst; June 1823, passes examination for a commission, second in list of nine; leaves Sandhurst December 1823; Isle of Wight.

19 January 1825. Sails for Bengal on the Bridgewater; detailed description of voyage - ship, wind, latitude, fauna, and the crew. 25 May 1825. Weigh anchor at Sangor on the Hooghly; description of the natives; 29 May, arrives at Fort William, Calcutta.

10 June 1825. Gets into debt to pay for camp equipment and stores in order to go to Arakan. Description of Fort and of the force held there; orders received not to proceed to Arakan as numbers dying through ill-health.

August-September 1825. Goes to Dum-Dum; mortality in Calcutta increasing - cholera; news of Burmese war; detailed description of Calcutta, and its inhabitants and their customs, dress, women, characteristics (very unfavourable); news of Sir Archibald Campbell and Burma war; armistice.

October 1825. Sails for Arakan, details of voyage; joins 44th Regiment for first time in the Fort there; description of Arakan and country; great illness.

December 1825. Mortality rate described.

14 January 1826. Embarked with the Regiment for Ghazeepore via the Sundarbans; description. In February goes to Comercolly; Bogwangola; Rajahmahal; Bengalpore. In March at Monghyr; descriptions of buildings and ruins; Brahmans; inhabitants and their characteristics; detailed description of Patna; Dinapore; Buxar (near Chowsar).

April. Arrives in Ghazeepore; description. September, goes to Chunar to take command of the Detachment.

January 1827. Back in Ghazeepore; further detailed description of ruins, city and gardens (Rosewater). October, goes to Benares - very long detailed description; marches and arrives at Chunar; description of Chunar; is deputed as officer on guard over the Mahratta, chief Trimbuk Jee Danghi who is imprisoned there; description of him and imprisonment.

November 1828. Leaves Ghazeepore with Regiment for Cawnpore where they had just laid foundation of church; abandons march through illness and goes by river; goes into camp.

February 1829, good shooting. 14 May 1829, received letter from a friend with a detailed description. of Ootacamund.

February 1830. Goes on leave; shooting trip to Kanouge and Maddegunge in Dude; meets King of Dude. May 1830, detailed description of Cawnpore.

February 1831. Goes on leave, shooting about 30 miles from Cawnpore.

January-March 1832, shooting diary. 31 March 1832, goes to fair at Betoor ? Peshwa Bajee Roa, a

pensioner, lives there.

February 1833. Goes on leave; Serajpore and Cuwrah's ruins described (S.W. bank of river 45 miles

N.W. of Allahabad, 93 S.E. of Lucknow).

7 February 1833. Arrive at Allahabad; town described - just beginning to increase and improve from the permanent station of the Sudden Mofussil Commission; forts described; goes on tour from there; Manionah Gurh, 'the prettiest village in India'; Rewah; Chalmiree; Hattie; Diggery, etc.; fortress of Kaiinghur; detailed description of Baudah, tank being constructed; Pepperindak; Chilla Taora; Selawra; Roudpoor; Kudjwa (ruins of town and indigo factory); Chundapurba; Rameypoor; joins regiment at Cawnpoor.

17 March 1833. Further tour of Upper Provinces with Major Gray and Lt. Codd; Poorah; Arrowl; Meer an-ka-Serai; ruins of tombs, environs of Kanouja and coins described; Gorsai Gung; Chupper ak Mhow; Bow Gong; Mynepooree, capital of district, 62 miles east of Agra, a civil and military station; Kalour, Marie, Firozabad; Omeidpoor, where the people are reputed to poison horses.

2 April ? 1833. In Agra 'pitched our camp at the compound close to the gateway on the western front'; adulation of the Taj, and a description; description of other tombs etc. around; history of the city; Secundra described; Fatehpur Sikri whom he does not describe as Bishop Heber has done so; quotation from the Northern traveller on the history of Agra.

5 April 1833. To Sydabad; Hattras, a prosperous place; stayed in a bungalow belonging to an indigo planter; history and description; to Sarsnee, stayed in a ruined house of an indigo planter; other forts described before the Company built; to Coel near Allighur; descriptive history of the war against Scindia, Fleury, and General Perron by Lord Lake carried on in this part of the country in 1803 etc. (Mahratta war?); to Soamnah, Bolundshur, Golantee, Haupper, Karkoudah, (Company has a stud for breeding horses).

15 April 1833. Meerut: detailed description of the military lay-out of encampment, the church and the situation; to Katowlee - more kindness from a native than ever before received. 18 April, Muzaffarnagar, temperature in the 90s; 20 April, to Jerassu(?), good camp site but raided by thieves during the night. 21 April, to Jawallapoor and on to Hurdwar; plague of flies; description of temples at Hurdwar; detailed description of the Koombh-ha-Meia (great fair). 23-24 April, continuing journey; camp at Meahwallah - encircled by fires to keep off the tigers. 25 April, to Deyrah, capital of Dhoon ar Dhoon. 26 April, on to Ragepore - detailed account of the scenery and people, shortage of food and coolies; detained because necessity of sending back to Deyrah for food etc.

2 May 1833. Reach Landour 7,000 feet above sea level. 4 May, to Faidee; description of party and journey, method of carrying belongings in baskets, scenery etc.; delayed by rain. 6 May, description of hill villages, stone houses very dirty as are the people. 7 May, continue journey up the valley of the Ganges; gives description of the scenery, animals, plants, people, names of villages and rivers crossed, prevalence of goitres amongst the people of the hill villages; meet with a party of Tartars, describes them, their clothes and their dances; view of avalanches on the other side of the Ganges. Entry for 18 May includes account of the same trip made by Captain Hodgson in 1817; description of the village of Harsala, the buildings and their decorations, the terraced cultivation etc.

1 June 1833. Religious dancing ceremony at Kursala village, customs and appearance of the people. 4 June, arrived at Nangongong village and learnt of the oppression of the people by the Rajah. Daily entries describing the scenery and tracks over mountain ridges and valleys, the food they were able to get and the weather they had. 10 June, arrives at Godonggong; received their letters from the regiment. 11 June, arrives at Mipouri and tries to arrange accommodation in a bungalow; writes letters for Calcutta and has an attack of fever. 21 June, gives a geographical description of the Province of Kumaon, the river Ganges and its tributaries, and the numerous temples and sacred places on the Ganges. 23 June, move into bungalow; day to day account of activities at Godonggong. 29 June, monsoon weather; deaths from heat before the rains.

28 August 1833. Leave station; details of journey - Saharunpore by way of Deyrah, Shore Chokee, Keree; description of the botanical gardens at Saharunpore; Dr. Falconer superintendent.

4 September 1833. Journey to Meerut. 5 September, story of the Begum Samroo, sees grave of Ensign Peter Martin. 6 September, to Kuttowlie and return to Meerut.

Volume II:

7-11 September 1833. At Meerut; details of stay and news of regiment; details of plans for journey to Delhi where they stay at the bungalow of the Begum Samroo. 12 September, description of an aquaduct, constructed by Ali Murdan Khan, 120 miles long, which brings crater from the Jumna to power mills and irrigates land giving drinking water to Delhi; story of the Massacre of Delhi; description of old and new Delhi and its early history and legends. 14-16 September, spent in visiting tombs and temples in the district surrounding Delhi, detailed description of them and their history; having travelled by horse embark on 20 September for Cawnpore by boat, with 'the fleet'; description of journey and towns called at; Fatehgarh Farrukhabad, the frontier town of Oude described; arrive at Cawnpore on 28 September and rejoin the corps after an absence of six months; ordered to march to Chinsura (Bengal).

8 October 1833. Lord William Bentinck appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Army in India; leave to visit Lucknow; journey there described. 23 October, arrive Lucknow; to stay at the palace of Constantia and not Residency; met by elephants at city gate; breakfast with the Resident (Lowe) and the King of Oude; all ceremony carefully described, as well as the king's dress, manners etc. and the company at breakfast; description of Contantia Palace built by General Martin; shown round Lucknow; detailed description of palaces and parks; history of Lucknow and present political significance. 31 October, returns to Cawnpore; has news of his brother's death; has attack of fever from 6-10 November.

12 November 1833. Ill again with cold and chest congestion; treated with leaches and bleeding. 27 November, letter.

5 December 1833. March of the regiment to Chinsura planned for 6 December, postponed owing to severe storms. 7. December, march started but slow because of bad roads; description of the daily marches, bad weather, scenery, hunting etc.; description of Benares and the Christmas Day holiday; jungle fire; indigo factories; the scenery and cantonments at Berhampore; the towns of Moorshidabad and Cossimbazar, all three of which are very unhealthy.

History of Clive's campaign and battle of Plassey which established British power in Bengal. Arrived at Chinsura 14 February 1834, a march of about 750 miles in 68 days with men, women and children and elephants, camels and horses. 26 March 1834. Granted home leave of 2 years; is taken ill.

15 April 1834. Describes Hindoo festival of Doorya Pooja.

1 May 1834. Obtains leave of 10 days to visit Calcutta; calls on friends and tries to obtain position 'in charge of invalids' for the journey to England. 9 May, returns to Chinsura.

4 July 1834. Ill again with fever.

1 August? Much sickness in Chinsura; extracts from the Modern Traveller describing towns in Bengal he has not visited personally and the history of the areas. 26 August, visits Baredal and sees tame fish.

24 September 1834. Visits Calcutta again. 29 September, on return journey to Chinsura; calls at Serampore, a Danish settlement which he describes in detail. 30 September, description of small fresh water fish that appear in the rainy season.

9 November - 3 December 1834. Making arrangements for voyage to England in Hashemy with young Bobby Halaham in his care. 4 December, sailing delayed a large cargo of indigo has to be loaded.

18 January 1835. Captain of Hashemy dies, Chief Officer Stuart to take his place. 21 January, started voyage to England; details of voyage and ports of call; Cape of Good Hope on 25 March; St. Helena, 7 April - goes ashore and visits Napoleon's tomb; account of St. Helena from O'Meara.

9 April 1835. Sail; sight Land's End 27 May; Falmouth 28 May.

A sketch of the history of India in ancient and modern times taken from British India; detailed lists of the various journeys 'giving dates, towns, miles and remarks, also a summary of journeys made 2 February 1833 - 14 February 1834.



(L.C. Derrick-Jehu and E.J. Somerset)

TS copy of Derrick-Jehu Journal Vol. VIII, MS being the diary of a 'Trek to Tibet' 18 October - 10 November 1947.

Thirty-four photographs in illustration, taken by E.J. Somerset.

Seven copies of maps given by E.J. Somerset.


Given by Dr. D. Dickson

Manoharpur, by the Rev. G.W. Dickson

Extracts from the Rev. G.W. Dickson's Diary 1910-39. Duplicated T.S. 270 pp. indexed by chapters at end. Photographs.

Written in his 88th year. Extracts and notes from a diary 1910-39, exclusively confined to the missionary world, but displaying a thorough knowledge of the people with whom he came in contact through the mission.


Given by Mrs. A. Hamilton

U.P. 1915-1929

Letters from Evelyn Dobbs, I.C.S. in India to his wife Cecil in England.

Assistant Magistrate and Collector. Military duty August 1916-April 1919. Deputy Commissioner 1927.


1915-1920 Cawnpore; Moradabad; Delhi; Lucknow; Simla; Mirzapur; Allahabad.

In these letters, Dobbs comments on: English/Indian relations, and on Indian characteristics; on his judicial cases; education and education service; on local environment and social life; on his work, particularly in Mirzapur and Jalaun Districts and on touring. He describes effects and results of Jallianwala Bagh and is sympathetic to agitators.

He frequently mentions missionaries and also antiquities and archaeology, Home Rule and dacoity. 526pp.


  1. Letters from Evelyn to his wife Cecil in Eire from 1921 to 1929. Worked in the United Provinces as a magistrate and Collector and from 1927 as Deputy Commissioner. 1921 - Bombay, Lucknow, Bulandshahr U.P. 1927 - Naini Tal. 1928 - Budam. 1929 - Allahabad. The letters cover his work and social life in a general way. The most prominant references to contemporary public and political events are those connected with the Pioneer and Leader newspapers. 325pp.
  2. Programme to celebrate the Jubilee of the 45th Rattray's Sikhs.
  3. Invitation to Mrs. Dobbs to meet Prince of Wales in Delhi Fort. 16 February 1922.
  4. Paper on Cruelty to Hindu Women from the Animals' Friend Society printed by the Wesleyan Mission Press, Mysore City.
  5. 17 Bills and receipts mostly 1924.
  6. Several incomplete letters, dates mostly unknown.
  7. 7 newspaper cuttings, 1929.
  8. A collection of 17 photographs.


Given by Mrs. J. Dolby


The autobiography of William Simpson, R.I. (Crimean Simpson) edited by George Eyre-Todd. London, T. Fisher Unwin 1903.

(No. 3 of limited edition of 100)

Illustrated with many reproductions of Simpson's pictures from various collections. 351pp.

William Simpson (1823-1899) was an artist who made his name first by his drawings of the Crimean War published in the Illustrated London News for which he was a correspondent, being known as Crimean Simpson. He first went to India in 1859 and travelled extensively (22,570 miles) making drawings of Government occasions and Indian architectural features. He left in 1862, and returned in 1868 commissioned by the ILN to illustrate the new route to India via the Suez Canal. He set out in December 1868 and visited the Suez Canal newly completed. He was sent out. to the opening in November 1869 and also to the Vatican Council begun in December. He covered the Franco-Prussian War, and in September 1875 went to India with the Prince of Wales, and covered the Durbar of that year. In 1876 and 1877 he was in Mycenae, Troy and Ephesus covering Schliemann's excavations, and in October 1878 left for India again to cover the Afghan War, which he describes, and in Afghanistan he made several archaeological excavations. Meets Madame Blavatsky. He was prevented from going to Kabul by Major Cavagnari, and returned to England in 1879.

In 1884 he was the only Press correspondent to go with the Afghan Boundary Commission, which was the last time he went to Asia.

The originals of his works are in Sandringham House, Buckingham Palace and other private collections.

He wrote on Indian archaeology and Indian religions, and published a considerable amount.


(Barbara Donaldson)

Small Collections Box 8

U.P. 1920 - 1946

Memoir: 'India Remembered': an account written in 1982 by Barbara Donaldson of her life in the U.P. first as a child and later as the wife of an I.C.S. Officer (J.C. Donaldson, C.I.E., M.C.)

She recalls vividly childhood memories of the country, train journeys, people and servants and on her return, the background of her social and domestic life, and the changing patterns as she moved from district to district with her husband in his career. She knew numbers of Indians, and compares the change in attitude of the British towards Indians during the thirties and particularly during the war. Her evocation of the atmosphere of life in India through sight, smell and sound is very acute.



(given by J.T. Donovan).

Bengal; 1927-1931.

Tour Diaries of the Collector of Bakarganj, J.T. Donovan, November, 1927 to August. 1931

These typescript Diaries give a detailed record of matters dealt with by the Collector, Mr. J.T. Donovan, while on his monthly tours in his area. His living quarters were on board the S.L. May Queen, at Banisal.


November 14th-21st. Inspection of Perojpur and other villages - the gaol, dispensary and hospital. Crops and cattle. Veterinary dispensary, the Sub-Treasury, the Higher English School. Differences between. Moslems and Hindus. Satyagraha. Difficulty of compromise.


December. Dehergati, H.E. School Committee. Nalchiti, The Thana, Chaukidari, Municipal Office, Wards Office, Dispe nsary. Kulkathi, Bakarganj, Patuakhali, Bauphal, Sub-Registry, H.E. School, Thana and Dispensary. Cooperative matters. Babuganj, Chaukidars' pay. Barhanuddin, local property cases. Overloaded cars. Bhola. Jail, Bazaar, Central Bank.


January Madhabpasa and Dehergati, bad roads. Mirzaganj cholera figures; birth and death figures; little crime. Khepupara, Colonisation Officer: Cooperative store, Assistant Registrar: breaches in road. Price of land. Agricultural matters, crops and labour. Straw-baling and straw prices. Illegal transfer of land. Matbaria Central Bank. Ulania, High School. Hossainpur. Bakarganj, Kulketi - road.


February. Bola. Sub-Divisional Office and Sub-treasury. Dispensary and thana. Collections bad. School prize-giving and Sports. Patuakhali, Court cases. Swarupkati Public Health Committee. Union Board, Dispensary Committee, Coop. Society. Non-cooperation. H.E. School and Girls' School at Baiseri and Banoripara.


March. Baisari, rebuilding of bridge. Khepupara, difficulties over proposed Mosque. Opening of Steamer service. Embankment matters, and irrigation difficulties. Cooperative Stores. Dacoits on the river. No men or boats for prevention. Money for rice mill. Extension of Zamindar. Buildings badly sited. Attempted stabbing, culprit escapes. Incidents at gaol.


April. Barguna - the Tahsil office, the hat, dispensary and Khasmahal office and thana the Attestation Office. Middle English School. Collections of tax. Deficient bridges. Bamna, thana and dispensary, Sub-Registrar's Office. Betagi, Gournadi, Inspector of Primary Schools. Mohammedan Marriage Registrar. Thana buildings. Kamarkati, High School. Broken-down bridge. Perojpur Sub-Divisional Offices. Indurhat, H.E. School at Shohagdal. Shohagdal Union Board not a success. Water hyacinth. Habibpur Cooperative embankment, 4? miles. Swarupkati, boat building. Baisari School Committee. Proposed bridge. Jalabari, school sports. Proposed re-excavation of khal. Banaripara, Narattampur School. Through Gava to Panchakaran, where a new khal is wanted, running to North West. Motor-launch via Kalijira to Barisal.


May. Perojpur, H.E. School, prize distribution. Control Bank inaugural meeting. Girls' School prize distribution, poorly attended. A second, National Girls' School; the two should be combined. Patuakhali theft of drum from Satyagraha office. Central Cooperative Bank misappropriation. Bank finances. Paterhut, Mehendigenj Chaukidari parade; dispensary. Hijla, latrines abutting on khal, new site selected for thana. Repairs needed to bridge near Mehendiganj. The launch; Margaret, badly needs improvement. Ashore at Nandi Bazar and Kazinchar where the hat was in progress. A populous settlement - little crime and a healthy place. Babuganj, -the hat in session. Villages of Rajkar and Chandpasa; road and canal-allegations against the President of the panchayat in connection with these works. Rahamatpur Sub-Registry Office. Wazirpur, junction of 3 khals, inspected thana.


June. Rahamatpur, two factions. Rajapur, Bhagari, Jhalakati. High crime figures, local officials implicated. Thana and dispensary. Union board. So-called voluntary subscriptions - Sec. 37 (b) of the V.S.G. Act is not used.

Bhandaria Union Board, tax assessments. Disgraceful state of this bandar: Titled absentee landlord. High School buildings and proposed playground.

Jhalakati various discussions.

Nalchiti. Discussion of affairs. in Rajapur. Prosecution of Sub-Inspector. Charamaddi; Arrears of tax.

Bauphal, thana and Dispensary.

Patuakhali illegal processions. Hunger strike in jail. Police Station building very unsatisfactory.

Padri-Shibpur, dispensary, schools, cooperative society and Union Board.

Khalishakati Zamindar's house, two schools and bazaar.


July. Jhalakati. High School, Municipal Office and Girls' School.

Patuakhali. Hindus and Mohammedans sign Agreement.

Jirakarti, promising crops, profitable rice-mill.

Kalabil and other villages, choking of khal.

Keshabkati. Circle officer unaware of developments. The Satla khal, water hyacinth. The Habipur khal, useless iron bridge. Excellent crops. Shikarpur and Batajore area. Poor dispensary building. R.C. Mission.

Chandsi. Union Board and High School.

Patuakhali. Communities more friendly.


August. Khepupara. Steamer service. Cooperative store accounts. Agricultural loans. Slaughter of deer. Inspection of schools.

Goila, Kavindra College, Girls School.

Agailjhara, High School.

Basanda, Girls' School.


September. Patuakhali. Timing of processions, discussions, violent speeches, but compromise achieved, violence avoided. Visits to Angaria, Dacca, Kathalia, Pirozpur - boat races. Kaukhali and Gandata, school sites. Amrajani, school needed. Chandkati Batnatala. School prize distribution. Students and nearly all staff are Namasudras. The Mohammedans have boycotted the School.


October. Kathalia, M.E. School and Primary School.

Barguna. Fine jute crop. Schools and hospital.

Pathagarta. Veterinary Assistant Surgeon proposed and reaping machine. Lathimara, gorekati settlement.

Nalchiti, new Police Buildings.

Khepupara, works in progress in bazaar. Rice mill proposals postponed. Lata Chapli, Khepuhara, Galachipa, Patuakhali.


November. Daulatkhan: petition from shop-keepers for improved roads. Cooperative Societies. Union Board and Court of Wards office. Pollution of tank by doctor. Road breach. Applications for land. Cattle breeding. Demonstration garden. Poor use of Cooperative Banks. Hazipur, Kalazar doctor. Up-country guard wanted for tahsildar's office. Breach in road. Madrasah school, attendance rolls. Mirjakalu, Cooperative Society.

Tasimuddin Dispensary and Court of Wards Office. Very promising Cooperative Societies. Small holdings of tenants. Char Sokuchia - light thorny jungle on excellent land; no money for development. Char Kristna Prasad, surveyed and settled. Naib of Iswar, Babu and swindle.

Khepupara (19/11/28). Large celebration, with head officers of Cooperative Societies. Acting, singing and reciting by school children. Mughs oppose Rice Mill proposed here. Questions affecting Colonisation area. Cooperative Societies decide to proceed with Rice Mill - means to finance this. Rapid silting up near Char Biswas. Site of hat, and new cutchery building on Char Biswas. Land not cultivated.

Char Kalagachia. Andarchar, area quickly shoaling up. Kukri-mukri: Clearing of jungle and allotment of land. Water tanks. Survey of land. Labour hard to obtain. Proposed esmali settlement of reclaimed land.

From Kukri-mukri to Madras Dan, difficult passage. Inspection of school and hat. Char Fasson cutchery, proposed lay-out for market, police station, school and other buildings. Lack of fresh water. Petitions for land.


December. Mehendiganj, inspection of Union Board. Collections of money for local purposes not properly recorded. Union Board bridge in fact built by private subscription. Dispensary freely used, but no subscriptions given. Reduced expenditure on road to Ulania.

Paterhat. Deputations from merchants from 22 firms, on better road communications, bridge and Telegraph Office. Bridge Fund started. Ilsa Court of Wards Tahsil office. Bhola Sub-Treasury, accommodation disgraceful. Bad road to Kalapura, a very prosperous market. Bhola inspector of Girls' School, Treasury and Office. Visits to Sugdeb, Barhanuddin and other villages of the district. Lata Chapli area - crops poor.


January. Based at Barisal. Thalakati - steamer freight charges. Magura; Cooperative Society.


February. Tushkali, Mitha-Khali, Matbaria. Central Cooperative Bank, Union Board. Cooperative Conference.

Matbaria: School affairs.

Faterhet: proposed bridge.

Panjipukharipana: interesting cooperative activity.

Amtali, Kuakata: final funeral ceremony of Buddhist priest. Hindu ceremony of Mangi Purnima. Proposed new road, unpaid rents.

Lata Chapli, collection of rent. Bogi, buildings and bridge. Amtali to Barisal, 27, February, 1929.


October 22nd. One day only 22/23 October.


November. From Barisal to the Madras Dan. Khasmahal Circle Officer reports complaints against the Bhadralogs. Difficulties in rent collection. Construction of tanks and gardens. Financial arrangements. Cooperative Society taking rent for letting of land. Receipts and suspected dishonesty.

Shoal near Kanchanpur. Diluviation of land. Chandpur; the Scott M.E: School. Tenants condition. Breaches in road between Chandpur and Mirzakalu. Mirzakalu, M.E. and H.E. School. Daulatkhan, Sugdeb Union Court and Bench. Bhola, Blandy Girls' School; Sub-Treasury poor accommodation. Daulatkhani: settlement matters, proposed road, Union Court Bench, pay of chaukidars and dafadars.


December. Swarupkati: thana, bamboo bridges. Large congregation of Mohammedans at the Madrassah.

Khepupara: new rice mill and wireless apparatus.

Lata chapli: good crops. Khepupara, Amtali, Miryaganj: 'May Queen' grounded. Bakarganj: inspection of market, police officers' quarters and other offices. Amtali, Khepupara, Lata chapli: Mugh dance.


January. Patuakhali, Veterinary dispensary, Jubliee school. Petitions and complaints of paddy-cutting. Golachipa: Union Board, approaching elections. The Bengal Tenancy Act. Khepupara various Annual General Meetings, rice mill opening. Prize distribution to school children. Pathargata grave abuses in police-station. Inoculation of cattle against rinderpest. Opening of M.E. School, to be run on agricultural lines. Naltona: dispute on possession of estate. Bamna, Betagi and other villages. Perojpur: detection of crime very poor. Girls' School extension plans. Tushkali, Matbaria a go-ahead place. Foundation stone laid of new school building.


February. Calcutta visit, various H.Q. offices, veterinary, finance, labour, Police, etc. Cooperative milk supply, pasteurisation. Inspections with Commissioner at Bhola and other villages. Char Fasson, Zalmohon, Digaldi. Khepupars, rice mill. Inoculation of cattle, the process and difficulties.


March. Perojpur, Central Cooperative Bank Limited has made good beginning. Visit to Calcutta 11.3.30-18.3.30, for discussions with government officials. Communal fracas reported in Barisal on 16th and 17th March.

Bhola 19.3.30. Exhibition, very well attended, included lectures on Public Health, Cooperation, etc. Amtali, chaora and kukua crop failure, improvident people. Money-lending and mortgages, restrictions on credit. Suspended rents treated as loans at 25% interest. Marihbunia: Large land-holdings, enormous families: numerous murders. Profits from crops in good years. Bribes to police. Khasmahal Circle Officer very inefficient. Schools going to the bad.

Barguna: Money-lending and mortgage of land: tenants here more industrious than at Amtali: corrupt practices in collection of rents. Ayla: Cess Revaluation - looting of tenants who are illiterate. No schools in the area.

Barguna: the thana deserted: two schools, staff poorly paid. Proposed formation of Cooperative Societies for Barguna and Betagi. Jhalakati: Boy Scouts and School Committee.


April. Gangahirti, near Bhola. Prize distribution at Girls' School, with 54 Mohammedan and 1 Hindu pupil: unique school which deserves encouragement. Breaches in the road to Daulatkhan; inadequate repairs. Pre-Sarda Act marriages. Mirzakalu: salt offences. Lalmohan: only 50% rent collections. Ayla: Cess Camp, poor school building. Amtali, Marcichbunia: damage to crops by pamari pest. Khepupara: school and Central Bank, and rice mill. Barguna Office inspected. Complaints of distress from tenants of Nawab of Dacca's estate. Instructions to local officials on cases of distress. Phuljhuri complaints of extortion in Cess Revaluation Camp.


May. Bhola, recent attempt to destroy the Additional Munsifi. Picketing of cloth shops and an excise shop by children and some adult hired 'volunteers'. Foreign liquor shop damaged by bricks; picket obstructs entrance, four arrests: police inactive; Officers of Police and of Excise at loggerheads. Cooperation of Civil Courts Officers badly needed. Jhalakati. Prompt action by Police against obstruction and assault and theft of hemp. 16 arrests. Barguna. Police reports of occasional starvation, not confirmed by other local officers. Agricultural loans distributed.

Meeting called by J.T.D. of all Officers of the various Departments at Burguna. Great lack of initiative, and coordination among the various Officers. Example of illegal leaflets and failure to investigate reports of starvation. Instructions given for regular weekly meetings of all the various Officers in Barguna, to pool their knowledge and coordinate action. Instructions given on steps for relief, if this proves necessary. Demonstration garden in good condition, cultivation of jute being given a first trial.


June. Bakarganj, hitherto quiet with small exceptions. But recently an agitator has arrived to organise picketing and other trouble in Sahebganj and Bakarganj. Shouts of 'Bandemataram' heard in Bakarganj, the

voices mostly those of children. Nalchiti, the thana, poor buildings, bombs thrown at Ganja shop. 'Gournadi'. little trouble. Nalchiti, attempt to burn post office. Patuakhali quiet and well-behaved: sub-jail in very good order. Amtali: demonstration garden. Khepupara, lata chapli good effect of new water-tank. Khepupara good jute in demonstration garden. Embankment Officers' work; recording of this and maintenance arrangements.

Cooperative institutions and Central. Opinion of Bank Supervisors. Shortages in payment of rents (kists). Readjustment and extension of kists is necessary. Satisfactory results of new rice mill.


July Visit to Calcutta and discussions with the Chief Secretary and other officials.

Patuakhali annual inspection of sub-treasury. Review of 100 Anti-Civil Disobedience volunteers, all Mohammedans.


August. Patuakhali assault on S.D.O. (Mr. Talukdar). Arrest of youth, and of 16 'volunteers', only one of local origin. Opinion of Hindu attitude to Mohammedans.


September. Gournadi site of Madrasa discussed. Excavation of Bilhagram-Dhamura khal - "a great triumph".

Patuakhali seven further arrests for the assault on Mr. Talukdar. Deputation to J.K.D. asking for prosecutions to proceed. Pretended innocence of several professional people amongst the accused. Effort to obtain from the Hindus the names of other people who took part in the conspiracy to assault the S.D.O. unsuccessful.


October. Paterhat and Mehendiganj: no success at Civil Disobedience here: figures of sales April-September of hemp and opium. Thana buildings good. Census arrangements well ahead. District Board road and new bridge. Suggestion of wireless sets in villages. Need of telegraph office. Considerable decrease in turnover from manufacture of country spirit, due mainly to civil disobedience or Congress propaganda, though also to worse economic conditions. No sign of illicit manufacture. Hijla picketing attempted in September and promptly suppressed. A 'Congress Office' in a house, without permission of the owner. One of the occupiers ('volunteers') arrested. Opinion of Civil Disobedience.

The Hijla thana in unsuitable buildings. Hijla: hemp and opium figures. Five 'volunteers' at 'Congress Office' arrested. Lata: river cutting badly. Muladi, figures of sales of hemp and opium. Heavy erosion here. Gournadi telegraph office; more telegraph offices badly needed. Number and situation of existing telegraph offices, comprises less than one for every 100 square miles.

Tarki-Bandar meeting of cultivators.

Firozpur. Site for proposed Central Cooperative Bank building. Proposed motor road from Pirojpur to Hularhat.


November. Dehergati petition against dispensary doctor. Khepupara with Sir Charles and Lady Tegart. Discuss with Colonisation Officer the threat to murder him if the Cooperative Stores continue to sell European cloth. Schools visited with Sir Charles. Kuakata, crop prospects. Cathedral, Armistice service, 11.11.1930.

Lata Chapli water tank. Discussion of settlement of Jehaymara Char. Bogi petitions from tenants. Khepupara Central Bank and Rice Mill. Barisal 15.11.1930. Calcutta 19.11.1930 to 22.11.1930.

Discussions of Barkaganj affairs with Chief Secretary and Hon. Member. Discussions with various Officers, including Financial, Educational and Cooperative Society matters. 23.11.1930 arrive Barisal. 25.11.1930 Kalupura: two Hindus arrested on suspicion. Motor to Bhola, welcomed by large numbers of school children. Daulatkhan after friendly reception en route. Bhola: lay foundation stone of new Central Bank. Motor to Tazimuddin: road repairs needed. Bhola Girls' School prizegiving. H.E. School, Registrar Cooperative Societies at Bhola, Dighaldi, Barhanuddin, Char Fasson.


December. Visits, with the Honourable Member of the Board, to Lalmohon, Char Fasson, Bhola, Daulatkhan, and meets with large popular receptions. Crowded prize-giving at Schools. Christmas visits to Mirjaganj, Khepupara, Kuakata and Lata Chapli.


January. Amtali and Khepupara, four days of annual harvest-home festivities, and Education Conferences. Annual competitions of 100 Boys Schools. Annual General Meetings of Central Bank and Cooperative Institutions. School prize-givings. Visit to Kalupura and Gazipura. Bhola Central Bank, dispensary, thana, jail., Local Board and Schools. Daulatkhan Girls School and Union Board office.


February. Patuakhali: jail, hospital and thana, and municipal Office. Khepupara, inspection of cooperative stores, Police, Schools and Central Bank. Crop failure and low prices of paddy causes great shortage of money with widespread effects on local businesses. Probably suspension of collection of agricultural loans. No great demand for rice-mill product. Lata-Chapli, bungalow embankment. Sandargarhara: much bad grain; two cholera cases. Juluhar: H.E. School prize-giving. Dehergati: proposed 2nd grade College.


March. Parerhat. H.E. School, harmony between the different communities. Prize distribution, horse-races, lathi-play and fire-works. People's loyalty to Raj. Bad road to Perojpur and dangerous bridge. Perojpur School, prize distribution, General Meeting of Central Bank. Boat-races.

16 - 18.3.31, Calcutta, interviews with various British Officials. Irish Dinner attended by H.E. the Governor and Lady Jackson. Barisal, Turhkali, Matbaria, new school building opened.


April. Barguna, talk with local officers. Greatly improved school, Central Bank. School.prize distribution. Less crime than last year. Patuakhali farewell party to S.D.O., Hindus noticeably absent, Trouble from associates of Satin Sen. Char Chilla near Amtali, bad dacoity with murder. Khepupara, rice mill closed. Amtali murder case. Khaukali good reserved water tank troubled by cattle. Two poor schools not yet amalgamated. Tuskhali, settlements of school land. Matbaria, administrative work. Kalupura opening of iron bridge. Party at Blandy Girls School.


May. Difficult journey by river to Bheduria, to open Free Primary School, the work of a Beduria cooperative society; this society will be of great benefit to this area. Bakarganj, cattle market. Low prices, cattle in poor condition. Inspection of thana. Dacoity is a normal crime in this thana. Among the Nawab's tenants there is general terror of the powers of the Court of Wards, but not among the tenants of other estates. Stagnant pool needs drainage. Padrishibpur: boys' and girls' schools good. Misappropriation of rents by Nawab. Dispensary much improved. Subedkhali: new building needed for Dispensary. Cutchery of Nawab's Estate shows amazing collections of rent. Patuakhali: inspection of police, Waterworks, Jail and Dispensary. Kanakdia: good new Dispensary building. Collections of rent on Nawab's Estate poor. Crops not good. Hardship in the area. Petitions. Baga and Baufal: Dangerous bridges. Union Board difficulties, poor crops and bad prices. Bad road to Baufal, poor dispensary.


July. Baufal area, crop shortage.

Two problems: (1) landless people accustomed to live on labour or on charity. (2) Cultivation with land, but no money to purchase rice. Credit available but only on extortionate terms demanded by Mahajans (money-dealers). Action by Relief Committees. Kalaya: Subscriptions for relief. Baufal further subscriptions for relief promised or paid. Boga, Bilbilash and Rajnagar area no serious distress. Marriage customs. Villagers know nothing about local Board elections, nor of Round Table Conference. Patuakhali, Miryagenj: a fat and healthy internee. Swarupkati, Thana and dispensary. Maulana Nesaruddin in Sessmia. Swarupkati, Thana, Post Office and H.E. School. Attempted mail robbery near Banaripara. Banaripara, Babu Sitanath Dutta, a great benefactor. Jalabari possibility of site here for thana instead of at Swarupkati.


August. Gournedi: R.C. Mission, site for orphanage. Plantation of lime trees in Mission compound. Good yield of fruit. Cultivation of new lime trees. Attention of Director of Agriculture drawn to the advisability of encouraging this cultivation.

Gournedi, Dispensary and other sites and office. No complaints of distress here. Nalchira: sugar cane and good jute.

Kandapara and Basudebpara, small primary school. Basudebpara: village full of revolutionaries. Visit to the President. Union Board inspected. Muladi where the thana has been washed away. Rivers here doing enormous damage. Return to Barisal.


Given by Mrs R.A. Doudney

Small Collections Box 8

'Batticaloa in Early British Times' by J.R. Toussaint. An article reprinted from D.B.U. Journal of April 1933. A brief history of the District of Batticaloa, Ceylon. In early colonial times it was a Dutch possession. Surrendered to British in 1795. In 19th century it became District Headquarters, Regimental Headquarters and the place of early endeavours by Wesleyan missionaries. 21 ff.



(Alexander Duncan)

Lent by Miss U.K. Duncan

Microfilm Box 5 No. 31

Ledger - 10 April 1786-1800.

Business Letter Book including indentures etc. 1787-1800, written from Canton to Bengal and London, and also in London.



(Walter Duncan)

Given by his grandson, Mr. Walter Duncan

Two letter books, 1864-66 and 1866-69: Business letters written by Duncan from Calcutta to his partners in Scotland, with an occasional family letter. The letters deal in detail with the Duncan cotton and tea business; and include descriptions of tea plantations; discussions about the tea and cotton market; the effect of the American Civil War etc.; prices; the firms dealt with; general policy.

Notes to Volume 3, 1874-77. TS.


These are the memoirs of four expatriate members of the management staff of the Dunlop factory at Sahaganj, District Hooghly, West Bengal, covering the years 1936-1965 and written in 1987. The four are John Bawcutt, D.J. Birch, F.G.W. Jackson and David Osborne. A note about W.H. Burdock, a fifth member of the staff who died some years ago, is written by John Bawcutt.

The five papers describe the fortunes of the Dunlop Tyre Company in India from its beginnings in 1936 until the mid 1960s. Its expansion to Ambattur in Madras in 1959 is referred to. The Company was to continue for another 15 years, until the mid 1980s, when it was sold to a local conglomerate.

The pros and cons of the job are discussed. The founding of trades unions and the difficulties in the supply of raw materials are referred to. Social life for management staff, welfare projects for workers, accommodation for management and workers are described. The process of Indianization in management is also discussed.

Notes on tyre manufacture are attached to John Bawcutt's paper and a note on the environs of Sahaganj, 'The Hooghly' is attached to David Osborne's paper.


Small Collections Box 8

Charles William Dunn, I.C.S. Joined Service 1899 and appointed to Burma Commission 1900; Registrar of Co-operative Socities, Burma 1915 and 1919-23; Ministry of Education, Local Government and Public Health, Burma 1924-27; Financial Commissioner (Transferred Subjects) 1927-32.

Bengal, Burma 1906-1932

Additional papers of C.W. Dunn given by Miss B.M. Wallis.


Papers belonging to C.W. Dunn

  1. Indian Coinage Act 1906. (III of 1906) as modified up to 15 March 1921. Government of India Legislative Department. Calcutta ... 1925. (With notes by C.W.D.)
  2. Indian Paper Currency Act. (X of 1923). Passed by the Indian Legislature. Received assent 5 March 1923.
  3. Report of the Controller of the Currency for the year 1923-24 by A.V.V. Aiyar, C.I.E. Calcutta ... 1925.
  4. Report of the Controller of the Currency for the year 1924-25 by H. Denning, I.C.S. Calcutta ... 1925.
  5. Report of the Royal Commission on Indian Currency and Finance. Vol. I. Calcutta ... 1926. (Included are two newspaper cuttings from The Rangoon Gazette Wednesday and Thursday 4 and 5 August 1926 reporting on the Report of the Royal Commission).
  6. First Interim Report on Banking and Currency by the Banking Commission 1926. Dublin 1926.
  7. Manual of Business and Procedure in the Legislative Assembly: prepared in the Legislative Assembly Department of the Government of India for the use of Members of the Assembly, 1930. 4th ed. Calcutta 1930.
  8. Imperial Economic Conference at Ottawa 1932. Summary of Proceedings and copies of Trade Agreements. London, 1932.
  9. Report of the Federal Finance Committee 1932. Calcutta ... 1932.
  10. List of Members of the Legislative Assembly (showing permanent addresses). (17 December 1932).
  11. List of Members of the Legislative Assembly (showing Delhi addresses) (24 November 1932).
  12. BOX III

  13. File entitled: Currency Committee, Calcutta 1932.
  14. (a) and (b) TS relating to amendments to Currency Laws of India for Burma. 6pp. + 9pp. (Prepared by C.W. Dunn).

    (c) Copy of printed paper Acts of the Governor-General in Council (in India) which have to be amended for Burma. 123pp.

  15. (a) and (b) TS: Suggested Currency System for Burma.
  16. Written by J.B. Taylor. Preceded by MS notes on the suggestion, by Mr. C.W. Dunn, for a discussion on 29 October 1932. The TS is annotated by Mr. Dunn. (8pp. + 7pp.)

  17. (a) and (b) File containing:. MS and TS notes on. currency management in Burma, and alternative suggestions. October 1932.
  18. (a) and (b) File containing: MS and TS notes on Ceylon currency - October 1932.
  19. TS letter from the office of the Controller of the Currency, 12 November 1932 enclosing file on currency Arrangements in Burma after separation. Finance Department, Government of Burma, 1930.
  20. Odd sheet of TS relating to Indian currency.
  21. File containing:

  22. TS Draft Report of the informal committee held in Calcutta to consider currency arrangements in Burma after its political separation from India. 25pp.
  23. Correspondence etc. between C.W. Dunn and Reforms Secretary in Secretariat, Rangoon relating to changes.
  24. Correspondence between C.W. Dunn and others relating to currency changes. November-December 1932. Also MS notes on discussions.

  25. (a) and (b) Printed General Department Notes on Currency Arrangements from Chief Secretary, Government of Burma. 1932. Parts I and II.
  26. Newspaper cutting from Rangoon Gazette Weekly Budget, November 28, 1932 on the Upper Limit of Exchange.
  27. TS. Proceedings of the Informal Committee appointed to consider the various legal and administrative questions which will arise if the Imperial Bank of India in Burma act as agents of the Government of India. 27pp.
  28. Appendices (A-S) to proceedings of Informal Committee. 34pp.
  29. Duplicated copy of the Minutes for 11 October 1932 of Rangoon Housing Conference. 5pp.
Printed extract on Indian immigration at Rangoon.



  1. The Indian Civil Service Family Pension Regulations. Calcutta 1900.
  2. Rules and Orders of the Governor General in Council regulating the conduct of public servants in respect to borrowing money, receipt of complimentary addresses and other matters. Third ed. 1899.
  3. Memorandum on the subject of social and official intercourse between European officers and Orientals. Government Branch Press, Maymyo 1913.
Additional items given by Mrs Barbara Wallis.


1. Copy of the Report of the informal committee held in Calcutta to consider the currency arrangements in Burma in the event of political separation from India. (Calcutta, Government of India Press, 1933.) 9pp. With covering letter dated 4 March 1933 from J.W. Kelly, Controller of the Currency and chairman of the Committee, to C.W. Dunn, representative of the Government of Burma. 1ff.

2. Framed pencil drawing of a boat on the Irrawaddy river from Mr Dunn's collection.


Given by Miss N. Dunphy

Small Collections Box 8

Ceylon: 1915 - 1926

Scrapbook of photographs and extracts, printed and personal, of Miss Dunphy's childhood in India and Ceylon describing the work of her father, the Rev. Victor Dunphy in Talavakele, Ceylon 1915-19 and as headmaster of the Boys' High School, Panchgani, Bombay Presidency 1921-26. There are group photographs, named and commented by Miss Dunphy. Account of the emergency owing to Prince of Wales' visit, 1922-3. Description of the school. Copy of the prospectus; school photographs 1922, 1924 and 1925, again named and with comments on individuals. Extract from the Greater Britain Messenger Education of European children in India: some impressions of a Member of the Mission of help to India, by the Rev. D.G. Macpherson, May/June 1923. Other items: a school bill, and p.l of the Magazine. Photograph of entire station at Miss Dunphy's sister's christening, 1925, with a comment. Cartoon drawings of Miss Dunphy's grandfather, J. Overton Dunphy, (PWD) 18481926, 1870s and 1880s and a bridge he built in Madras Presidency.