Indian Mutiny. Contemporary biographical account by renowned Times journalist William Howard Russell


Russell, William Howard: My Diary in India, in the Year 1858-9. Routledge, Warne, and Routledge [London] 1860, 7th thousand, 2 volumes 8vo. Actually the 4th edition of the work originally published in 1859 but the first with revised text.

Vol 1: Folding Plan of the Operations around Lucknow March 1858, frontispiece showing Sir Colin Campbell & Sir Wm Mansfield & 4 other plates, xv, 408pp; vol 2: Frontispiece portrait of Sir Hope Grant & 6 other plates, xi, 443pp. Original blind stasmped cloth gilt, minor wear but very good condition, sound, some foxing to the tinted litho plates, map neatly folded, armorial bookplate of John Clements Waterhouse Madden to each volume. An excellent set. dec29/1

Russell was widely respected as the first war correspondent, wokinhg for The Times . His work begins with his impressions of India and he is able to interview Lord Canning before setting off from Calcutta for Cawnpore, joining Sir Colin Campbell’s force and the remaining 300 pages discuss his observations of the progress and results of the Mutiny. Volume begins on May 5th with a report of the Battle of Bareilly and includes much more about the Indian Mutiny – Meerut, Delhi, Futtehgurh, Lucknow, etc.  Ladendorf 370 credits Russell with giving one of the more balanced balanced reports and notes that although he wrote regular columns on the events for the newspaper these volumes include much more detasiled material and are laced with some slightly later reflection.

John Clements Waterhouse Madden appears in Hart’s Army List for 1912 as a major of the 4th Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers [formerly the 87th Foot]. On the internet there are notes of him as Lt Col of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.


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