Centre of South Asian Studies


Handlist of Papers - J


Lent by Mr. A. St. Clair Jameson

Microfilm Box 5 No. 34

  1. Journal of a voyage to Bombay, 29 December 1819 - 30 April 1820.
    • Detailed journal of the voyage, of the distance run, weather, position, sailing techniques taken from log-book, etc.; plan of table, food and the band, sick-lists, fancy-dress party; crossing the line ceremony; how he passes the time in reading, writing, arithmetic, in practising stenography and learning Hindustani; birds sighted and caught or killed; how he manages his clothes; employed in the boat by boatswain etc.; two babies baptized; soldiers and seamen flogged; cadets begin drill; method of preserving milk; illnesses and remedies - portable soup; sketches of native craft off Bombay; arrive Bombay; sketches of the harbour; description of Bombay 'a beautiful place'; the Pringles go to stay with Mr. Elphinstone, the Governor; details of procedure of a cadet's arrival in Bombay; signs on in front of Adjutant General etc.; rents a house; arrangements for being attached to a regiment in the Deccan; social life; clothes; what to bring out and the money to be made in trade; death of rich Parsee 'only man who attended the Governor's functions'; his calling; call on Sir Charles Colville, Commander of the Forces, and Lt. Col. Hunter Blair; breakfast with the Governor; more calling; buys camp equipment; gets orders to join lst Battalion 10th Regiment at Poona; buys house; invited to dine with the Governor; dancing afterwards; thirty-six to dinner amongst them Sir Thomas Munro, Governor of Madras; indents for equipment. Journal ends 25 May 1820 just as he is about to leave for Poona.
  2. Letter from James Jameson, uncle of the above, written at Pont de Galle, 28 September 1806, reporting the capture of the Fame on a voyage from Bombay to Bengal, by the French frigate La Piedmontuze.


Small Collections Box 14

Given by Mr C. Leakey.

  1. Photocopy of memoir: 'Facets of my life under the British Raj', by Paul M. Jayarajan. (Colombo, 1984.)

    The author was born in 1910 into a distinguished Ceylonese Christian family. (His father, Dr S.C. Paul, was the first Ceylonese to gain an F.R.C.S..) Having been awarded a scholarship to Emmanuel College, Mr Jayarajan spent five years in Cambridge first as an undergraduate and then as an I.C.S. probationer. Mr Jayarajan was appointed to the Madras cadre of the Indian Civil Service and took up his first posting in 1933 as Assistant Collector and Magistrate of Malabar District. At this juncture he changed his name from Marcus Jayarajan Paul to Paul M. Jayarajan.

    A variety of postings followed: 1936, Sub-Collector and Magistrate, Palghat; 1937, City Magistrate, Madurai; 1938, Sub-Collector and Joint Magistrate, Shermadevi; 1939, Under Secretary, Home Department in the Madras Government. His final appointment was a Collector of Bangalore in 1945, a post which he held until his retirement from the ICS in 1949. Following his retirement he held senior appointments in Ceylon and Uganda.

    The memoir contains descriptions of Government protocol of the period, of the life of tea planters in the Ceylon highlands, of the matrilineal inheritance laws of Cochin and of the panic affecting the Madras Government in 1942 when a Japanese attack appeared imminent. One also catches a glimpse of family life amongst the well-to-do, professional class of Ceylonese and Indians, both Hindu and Christian. 66pp.

  2. 'Historical truths of the legend relating to Prince Vijaya', by Paul M. Jayarajan. (Colombo, n.d.) 67pp.
  3. 'History of the evolution of the Sinhala alphabet', by Paul M. Jayarajan. (Colombo, n.d.) 83pp.


Given by Clive R. Jenkinson

Indian Army and I.C.S.: 1941 - 1944

Letters from Clive Jenkinson in India to his wife in England written between December 1941 and November 1944.

Enlisted as a driver in the. R.A.S.C. in June 1940 and was commissioned in the R.I.A.S.C. in the Indian Army, October 1941, at the age of thirty. Promoted Captain in April 1942 and Major in March 1943 and transferred to Indian Civil Service as First District Controller of Civil Supplies in 24 Parganas with the rank. of Additional District Magistrate.

The letters are confined to army life - its monotony and its social aspect. There are short, frank and revealing comments interspersed throughout on India and the Indian situation. For examples see pages 165, 212, 226 & 234. Pages 1-25 give detailed accounts of his journey by sea to India where he was the censor of the letters. He was in Bannu, N.W.F.P., and Allahabad and Calcutta.



(H.H. Jenkyns, I.C.S.)

Small Collections Box 14

Given by Mrs. V.W. Jenkyns

  1. Xerox copies of letters from Jenkyns to his future wife:
    • 25 March 1908, from Pind Dadan Khan (Jhelum District), Punjab. Describing a fair in the neighbouring district of Attock; Kattak dance.
    • 3 November 1908, from same. Describing flood damage etc., fever, description of camp, and retinue of district officer.
    • 16 February 1909 from camp, Dhand Gagri, Bahawalpur State. On leave, shooting; assessment of value of work in India; description of shoot, and pig-sticking.
    • 4 October 1909 from camp, Lahore. Description of a day in his life as District Officer: arrangements for Dussehra festival, hears cases in court, disposal of land etc.
  2. Nine scenic photographs, mostly of Jispa and one snapshot of devil dancers at Lakal. 1922-23.


Small Collections Box 14

Given by Dr. Margaret Jepps

Poster in Burmese dating from World War I.


Sir Paul Jodrell was a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. M.D. 1786. Knighted 1787, when he became physician to the Nabob of Arcot. He died in 1803 at Madras.

Given by Mr Richard Seale

  1. 2 medical notebooks listing diseases, treatments, drugs etc.
  2. Diary kept I July 1792 - 31 May 1793 describes his daily round of visits, work, reading etc. Also daily records of temperature, wind etc.
  3. Packet of letters addressed to Lady Jodrell. 1 from Mrs Moor 26 November 1795, 6 letters from the Reverend (?) C.W. (?) Gericke who was in charge of the female asylum, Madras 1795-1798 (including one duplicate).
  4. Printed but undated petition by Lady Jodrell: 'The Case of Lady Jodrell, Widow & Relict of Sir Paul Jodrell, Knt. M.D. as presented in a Memorial to the Rt. Hon. the Board of Controul for the Affairs of India'. Claim for recompense in respect of outstanding debt from the Nawab of the Carnatic. 6ff
  5. Photocopies of correspondence between J. Seale and Warren Hastings then in London.
    • Letter from Warren Hastings of 2 January 1802 accepting on behalf of his wife the offer of a dog.
    • Reply by Mr Seale of 3 February 1802. 3ff.


Small Collections Box 14

Given by Mr Palmer.

Amgoorie Tea Estate: 1956

  1. C.T.C. (Crushing, Tearing, Curling) Process of Tea Manufacture. Mechanical details, roller speeds and leaf feed. 1 pp.
  2. History of the McKercher C.T.C. Machine. 4 pp.

See also Photographs.


Given by Dr Gordon Johnson

Dr Gordon Johnson. Lecturer in Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge from 1974; Director, Cambridge University Centre of South Asian Studies from 1983-2001; President, Wolfson College, Cambridge from 1994-2010.


  1. Report on the relief of congestion on Delhi (Volumes I and II) Simla, Government of India Press, 1936, 84, 63 pp.
  2. Delhi Improvement Trust, Application to Delhi of the United Provinces Town Improvement Act, 1919, with certain modifications. New Delhi, Government of India Press, 1937, 60 pp.
  3. Administration Report of the Delhi Improvement Trust for the years 1937-1939. Delhi Improvement Trust, 1940, 62 pp.
  4. Memorandum submitted to the Indian Statutory Commission by the All-India Association of European Government Servants, 1928, 39 pp.
  5. Memoranda and Minutes of U.P. Association of European Government Servants, 1928, 5 pp.
  6. Tambiah, S.J. Papers on anthropological and linguistic questions. Typescript, 16 pp. CLOSED UNTIL 2015
  7. Report on the territories of the Rajah of Nagpore. Submitted to the Supreme Government of India by Richard Jenkins Esq., Resident at the Court of His Highness the Rajah of Nagpore. Calcutta, 1827. (microfilm)
  8. Martin, Montgomery (Editor). The despatches, minutes and correspondence of the Marquess Wellesley K.G. during his administration in India. 3 volumes. London 1837. (microfilm)
  9. Paper by Professor Eric Stokes entitled: 'A Yuletide cautionary tale of two cities intended for the instruction of seminar organizers and others'. This gives a satirical account of a seminar in the Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas History series held on 26 November 1975. The seminar was addressed by Dr Roger Owen of St Antony's College, Oxford whose paper was very critical of the ideas in Africa and the Victorians by Professors Robinson and Gallagher (London, Macmillan, 1961). (Dr Owen's paper is attached.) Professor Stokes' account uses the terminology of the Sino-Soviet split with Oxford taking the place of Moscow and Cambridge that of Peking. The Cambridge academics who participated are given appropriate Chinese names. Xerox copy. 10ff.


(R.F.G. Johnston)

Reminiscences of India, 1915-46:

Enlistment with 21st Punjabis C Battalion (Orakzais and Sikhs) Taule-Khajuri Kach fort (p.5) - skirmishing in South Waziristan 1917 ? Mahsuds - Shabkadar Fort (p.12) - Mohmand Militia - 1919 war with Amanullah - Bara Fort: raids ? N. Waziristan and Murram - South Waziristan Scouts - Wana and the Mahsuds 1920 ? fleas and ticks - South Africa - I.C.S. - Cawnpore as Assistant Magistrate and City Magistrate - interpretation of sections of the Penal Code - various cases ? Indian magistrates (p.24) ? police - revenue work ? assessments ? Bengal - U.P. 30 year settlements - village structure - zamindars' share - moneylenders (Banias) - the Patwari - village records - revenue litigation ? partitions ? mutations ? pleaders - Bhognipur subdivision - Peshbandi (p.35) ? touring - local inspections ? river storage dams - Upper Ganges Canal ? hydro-power ? Dayalbagh - locusts ? Bengal famine ? Basti - Congress C.D. movement - Bulandshahr (p.48) ? water lifts ? film-making (p.52) - economics of sanitation - (p.60) agitation in Bengal ?

Carhwal administration ? forests ? hill-cattle - pilgrim road to Badrinath ? source of the Ganges - Bengal, Burdwan - Sarda Act - Bengal & U.P. ? touring - floods ? Damodar dam (p.75) ? Asansol ? Rajshahi ? Darjeeling ? Hydro-electric plant ? water ? outbreak of war ? Muttra - A.R.P. - Jhansi (p.86) ? rubber - Wingate's Chindits ? supply procurement - Commissioner, Jhansi - Commissioner, Agra post-war troubles - retirement 1946.

TS autobiography: 'One man's life.' 304 pp. 2 appendices.

Childhood and school; journey to India, training at Quetta with 21st Punjabis; Waziristan field force; frontier militias; Mohmand militia; Parachinar, the Afghan war 1919; break up and reform; Cawnpore; subdivisional charge; Lalitpur; Basti marriage 1931; Azamgarh; Bulandshahr; Meerut; Garhwal; Bengal; Burdwan; Rajshahi; Darjeeling; Muttra, U.P.; Jhansi, Commissioner; Agra, Commissioner; England.

Appendix I. Pushtu song.

Appendix II. The self-contained village.

See also Cinéfilms ? JOHNSTON


(Gavin Jones)

Given by Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Abbott

Microfilm Box 2 No. 11

'The story of my escape from Fatehgarh.' Reminiscences of the Indian mutiny, by Gavin S. Jones. Cawnpore, 5 February 1886. Printed. 77 pp.

Tells of his escape during the Indian. mutiny, and describes the conditions before and during the mutiny; description of fort at Fatehgarh.


Juxon Henry Jones went to India in February 1840 as Assistant Surgeon to the East India Company. These letters to his mother cover the first ten years of his appointment, until his first furlough. In the years up to 1850 Surgeon Jones was posted to Meerut, Landour, Dehra Dun, Delhi, Sind and lastly Hansir.

Photocopies of transcripts made by Mrs I. Macfarlane.

The letters describe the day to day existence of a medical officer in the various stations to which he was posted. The voyage out, lasting from February until June, is told of in some detail. The march from Chinsurah, near Calcutta, to Meerut is also described. It involved a distance of some 900 miles in three months. At Meerut Jones was appointed senior Assistant Surgeon in charge of Queen's Recruits. Jones did a stint in Sind before its annexation and as a reward for his services there he was posted to the coveted station, Hansir, north-west of Delhi, in 1845. There he spent the remaining five years of his first tour in India. As well as complaints about the difficulty of saving money and of meeting attractive single English women, his letters contain illuminating remarks on how the British of that era coped with the terrible heat of North Indian hot weather seasons. There is not much reference to medical work, although he does complain of increased demands made on his time by the presence of European children in a station. His first term of service in India encompassed the period of the Sikh wars and his letters contain many references to these as well as to the Afghan wars and troubles in Kashmir. His letter of February 6, 1849 tells of the bloody battle of Chillianwallah and inveighs against the inefficiency of the Commander in Chief. He mentions the annexation of the Punjab and suggests that his mother visit London to see the Koh-I-Noor diamond. 185pp.