The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letter from J.H. Hutton to Henry Balfour

caption: wrong box of objects sent to the Pitt Rivers Museum
medium: letters
person: Balfour/ Henry
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 30.4.1935
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: J.P. Mills Box (not numbered)
text: Shillong
text: 30/4/1935
text: Dear Balfour,
text: Just a line to let you know that those - ruddy - slant eyed chinks in the Technical School packed in the Museum box, and sent off there, a lot of the stuff intended for exhibition and sale at the Jubilee Arts and Crafts exhibition in Shillong this week. I only discovered it two days ago. Nothing can be done; you might let me know if you think the stuff was worth the freight. If so either keep it (but you won't want it) or sell it for what you can get. You will recognise it by its being all priced, including the blade of a spear the handle of which has arrived here all right. The whole thing is infuriating, but luckily the stuff was mine and no one had paid for it at that stage. I have been able to replace some of the cloths, but that is all.
text: I hope you prosper. I do not. This is the devil of a job. I have been dug out of bed with cypher wires about reforms etc. legislation, jubilee medals and all 5 times this week after midnight, and I don't often get in bed before - a very dog's life.
text: J.H. Hutton