"Extracts of a Journal of a Voyage to the East Indies and return to England, Annis Domini 1817 and 1818, in a Merchant Ship of the H.E.I.C." The journal of Robert Millar, Assistant Surgeon aboard the Princess Charlotte of Wales for it third journey to India in 1817-1818. The journal starts with a letter to his sister, Anne, for whom it seems this journal has been written. It covers the time period 12 March 1817 to 5 June 1818 when the shipped docked at Blackwall. This is a handwritten leatherbound journal with an Ex Libris bookplate for Cyril Gurner, and a further note signed by Gurner, who obtained the journal from L.S.S. O'Malley when O'Malley left Calcutta.
Papers of Robert Millar
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Administrative / Biographical History
Robert Millar was the assistant surgeon on board the East India Company ship, The Princess Charlotte of Wales on its third journey in 1817-1818. The ship left The Downs on 14 March 1817, reached Madras on 9 July, Hughli river on 9 August and Calcutta on 26 October. They started the return on 22 December, reaching Madras on 4 January 1818, Colombo on 27 January, St. Helena on 31 March and The Downs on 3 June. The Captain was Charles Besley Gribble.
Born on 18th January, 1888, Cyril Walter Gurner was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Oriel College, Oxford, and University College, London. Having passed the Indian Civil Service examination in 1910 he was posted to Bengal and spent his career there. In 1918 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Calcutta Corporation and from 1925 to 1929 served there as Secretary to the Local Government Department. In 1940 he became Special Officer in the Revenue Department, and in 1943 Special Officer in the Public Health Department. In 1946 he was knighted. Retiring in 1947 he was until 1951 a Regional Controller, Ministry of Town and Country Planning. He died on Sunday, 14th August, 1960.
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The manuscript was presented to the Royal Asiatic Society by Gurner in January 1957.
The material was catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2019.
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The Manuscript was purchased by L.S.S. O'Malley of the Indian Civil Service, in Norwich. It came into the possession of Cyril Walter Gurner when O'Malley left Calcutta. The journal also bears a bookplate for Cyril Gurner.