William Gibb: Journals of Voyages in the Carnatic and the Yangtze River

Scope and Content

[1] Journal of the recruiting tour to the Carnatic, south India, 1838-39.

[2] Journal of the British expeditionary force to the Yangtze River, 1842-44, including Gibb's return to Britain via Madras. There are newscuttings, including 'The Indian press. Lord Ellenborough's Indian administration. From the Friend of India, August 1', undated, and 'The evil effects of the abolition of corporal punishment in the native Indian army'.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Edward Gibb (1805-91) was a Lieutenant, later Captain, in the East India Company's 4th Madras Native Infantry. In 1838-39 he went on a recruiting tour in the Carnatic, south India; in 1842-44 Gibb was part of the British expeditionary force that travelled to the Yangtze River in China, following attacks on British merchants trading in Canton.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's sale, 11 July 1996.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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