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'Up the Country'; Letters Written to Her Sister from the Upper Provinces of India
by Emily Eden
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. Camp, Benares, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1837. I Have been obliged to give up the five last days to other letters, to the manifest disadvantage of my Journal, your unspeakable loss, and ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by General Books
(first published 1866)
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These journal letters of Emily Eden re-creates a world for us now, that has of course completely disappeared. All the small domestic goings on you might expect of a Governor-General's camp, as they travel the country of India, servant punishments, visits to Maharajas, the heat, the disappointment of letters having not arrived. Delightfully there are many which the reader might not have expected also, a pet squirrel, a shawl obession, the purchase of a couple of orphans, the painting of a picture ...more
Up the Country is a series of letters and journals that Emily Eden wrote to her sister between 1837-1839 when, her brother Lord Auckland traveled from Calcutta, the then capital of British India to Shimla, the summer capital of British India and back. To give the readers a bit of a background, the Eden’s were a prominent aristocratic family of England and Lord Auckland her brother, was Baron Eden, of Norwood in the County of Surrey, and Earl of Auckland. He served as the Governor General of Indi ...more
An elitist account of the domestic and social life of a high profile ‘up country’ tour of the Governor General of India in the 1830s. Well, it would be, recorded in the letters of his sister to their’s in Britain. Some tour!, over two and a half years, through every station from Calcutta to Simla, and back again; Emily Eden acting as ‘first lady’ to her bachelor brother.
I can’t do better than give you a couple of priceless quotes:
“…at all events, it makes a gay week for the station. Some ladies ...more
Fascinating insight into early British India from the sister of the Governor General.These letters and journals are full of the discomfort of the heat and travel with a lot of time being homesick or talking about shawls.But there are moments of insight and humour which makes Emily Eden very human and intelligent.Maybe if she was in charge rather than her brother history might have been different. A person of her class and time but an entertaining read.
Emily Eden (1797–1869) was an English poet and novelist who gave witty pictures of English life in the early 19th century.More about Emily Eden...