North India (United Provinces),1857

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Scope and Content

includes letters from:

William Buyers (secretary), Benares [Varanasi] - correspondence and minutes of Benares District Committee; vivid description of Indian soldiers' mutiny; death of his wife [née Eliza Ann Walker]; evacuation of other missionary wives to Britain

James Kennedy, Benares - most mission work suspended on account of Sepoy mutiny; martial law; letter from friend at Allahabad; suspension of preaching; hospital visitation; rebellion subsides, mission work resumed

Robert Mather, Mirzapur and place not stated - paper on the Mutiny

Matthew Sherring, Mirzapur and Benares - both places very disturbed; widespread danger and confusion but schools still open; enclosed letter from J Gregson, Baptist missionary in Cawnpore [Kanpur]

John Budden, Almorah - report, including leper asylum; district unaffected by mutiny except scarcity of provisions and money

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Other Finding Aids

A detailed list of Incoming Correspondence for Bengal, 1820-1865 (list F7), is available for consultation upon request in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

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