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These letters from 1861 from James Johnston show an insight into the lives of ordinary people, but in the vanished world of the British Raj.

14th Jan 1861

Meerut, 14th January 1861 My Dear Mother, I have no doubt you think me a very ungrateful son in never writing to you for so long, and that you think “out of sight is out of mind” with me; but … Continue reading

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1st Febuary 1861

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Roorkee My Dear Mother. Since I wrote to you I have changed my place of abode from Meerut to Roorkee, and the very day my letter left for England. On the 19th of January I arrived in this station and … Continue reading

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2nd May 1861

Roorkee My dearest Mother I received your kind and welcome letter yesterday the 1st of May and glad was I to see it and hear you were well and in good health; I have missed a couple of mails but … Continue reading

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16th May 1861

My dear Mother, It is with pleasure I sit down to write you a few lines as the mail leaves here today for England. News I have none as there is nothing fresh stirring in this part of the world … Continue reading

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18th June 1861

Roorkee June 18th 1861 My dear Mother, Tomorrow is the last safe date for the English Mail. James has just returned from the College and is busy with his books-so I have the pleasure of writing a few lines to … Continue reading

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4th August 1861

Roorkee 4th August 1861 My dear Mother, I trust this will find you as it leaves us enjoying the best of health. Thank God, both Becky and I are rather anxious about you as we have received no letter from … Continue reading

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