Lot 11
  • 11

Tennent, Sir James Emerson.

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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  • Collection of papers relating to Ceylon
  • ink on paper
comprising a bundle of c.55 letters, most significantly including a series of 32 autograph letters signed by Lord Torrington, Governor of Ceylon, to Tennent, on the animosity of certain members of the Ceylon civil service towards Tennent and Torrington, and more general administrative matters, 1846-50; c.15 letters on the Christian Church in Ceylon, 1849-55; Tennent's draft notes relating to a Parliamentary Enquiry into the administration and government of Ceylon, most with corrections and revisions, including speeches, notes on Ceylon, its culture and administration, defences of his controversial actions under Torrington's administration, and notes on his private correspondence with Lord Torrington, in excess of 200 pages, c.1850; printed Parliamentary reports on Ceylon, 1848-50, and three issues of the Ceylon Overland Observer, 1849; photographic carte-de-visite of Tennent; the collection housed in two blue collector's folding boxes with red morocco labels gilt

Catalogue Note

An important cache of papers investigating the administration of Ceylon. Sir James Emerson Tennent (1804-1869) was civil secretary to the colonial government in Ceylon from 1845 to 1850, firstly under Sir Colin Campbell and then under Lord Torrington. The latter's administration was deeply unpopular among many sections of Ceylon society, and following petitions to Parliament, a Select Committee was formed in 1849 to enquire into the administration of the colony.