DescriptionDr. Alexander Gibbon Large Archive, Totaling Well Over 100 Letters and Documents. Most letters were written by Gibbon from India to his mother in Scotland, proving numerous signatures. Gibbon, the son of Edward Gibbon (author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), was serving as a surgeon for the 65th Regiment of the Bengal Native Infantry in India, Burma, and China. Many of the letters bear London or India stamps.
This extensive archive contains a wide-range of content, including references to postal services and instructions ("The London General Post office have requested that all letters for India should be wafered as the way makes them stick together [November 13, 1840]"; information on various sea and overland routes; details of daily life in the Indian Army; particulars of military campaigns and common diseases; news of British officers arrivals and deaths (including George Grant and Lord Dalhousie); military movements; reports of the Cabul rebellion; and more. On October 10, 1845, Gibbon writes from Kurachee about being awarded a medal for conduct during two battles: "A few days ago had the pleasure of receiving from Sir C Napier my medal for the Battles of Meeanee & Hyderabad 1843, a few were sent up by post from Bombay. I am rather proud of it you may be sure. The medals were executed in London - and I think them very handsome." Three months later, he notifies his mother on December 24, 1845, of the arrival of the First Anglo Sikh War by relaying information from Governor General Henry Hardinge: "The Sikhs from Lahore had crossed the sutlege and committed the first aggression on our Territory. . . . the Sikhs attacked us first!" Less than three months later, he informs his mother of the end of the fighting." Gibbon's letters were written from multiple locations, such as Calcutta, Hyderabad, Kurrachee, Quetta, Bagh, Simla, Sukkar, Seebree, Rangoon (Burma), Canton and Macau (China), and more.
Also included are various documents, such as medical reports, and receipts, as well as an interesting group of letters with the General Prize Committee concerning Dr. Gibbon's share in plunder. The archive has been well-cared-for; fine overall condition.
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