INDIA. William M.Smyth, Bengal Engineers. 17446

£75

Description

Two lengthy Autograph Letters Signed by William Matthew Smyth, Captain, Corps of Engineers, to his mother, and to Captain Tom Smyth R.N., in England, discussing family news, appointments in India, politics, his own appointment, and much else. 7 pp., folded, in very good clean condition, legible, no postal markings. Kisheragheer and Berhampore [West Bengal], 1841 & 1843. “I have taken pen, ink and paper on a small boat in which I am proceeding to Calcutta.” “I have a pleasant enough appointment but the climate here is very bad and I have had a little more sickness than is pleasant, but only slight fevers that have none done me very much damage as yet … I ought to make money but I go down to Calcutta too often & keep too many horses. However, these enjoyments keep up the spirits …” After the Mutiny (1857) it was decided that all artillery and engineers in India should be part of the British Army. On 1 April 1862 the Bengal, Bombay, Madras Engineers were amalgamated into the Corps of Royal Engineers.