WC Madge to James Stansfeld

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Copy of letter. Written from 5 Old Court House Street, Calcutta

'I have noticed Lord George Hamilton's published intention to remit the consideration of the subject of the health of the Indian Army to a committee of 'unprejudiced' persons'

See 'Copy of correspondence 12 Aug-9 Sep 1896 between James Stuart, James Balfour and Lord George Hamilton about the possible membership of Stuart, Henry J Wilson and Stansfeld on a Select Committee'

Also interested in the motion attributed to James Stuart for 'helping the soldiers to live more like a man than a beast.' The present policy not only recognises self indulgence, but making all kinds of provision for it. [Cutting enclosed was from 'The Statesman' of 18 Aug 1896 'The welfare of the soldier' by Major General HM Evans concerning the Order of St John founded c. 1894, Evans as Grand Commander.]

'Soldiers have told me they were often led into evil they might not have thought of by the chahlas maintained in regiments'

Reference to brothels maintained in cantonments by the military and maintained in spite of the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts in 1886. See letters dealing with investigation of Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew in winter of 1891/1892 in India; followed by Report, and finally the order from the Secretary of State for India advising the abolition of all brothers in cantonments.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: WC Madge of Calcutta, James Stuart, Lord George Hamilton, Sir James Stansfeld, Mr Chesney, editor of the 'Pioneer'