The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Lunch at Government House; lecture at the museum; dinner in Chinatown
medium: diaries
person: Annandale
date: 13.12.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Wed. 13.
text: I went to lunch at Government House with the Governor and Lady Lytton. It was an informal party with the two daughters & the Aides-de-Camp. Very friendly and charming. I was asked to look up the son, Lord Knebworth, now an undergrad at Magdalen. Government House stands very well & the rooms are very fine. At 6 p.m. I gave a lecture on "Primitive Currency" at the Museum. The evening was and interesting & amusing one, as "John", the celebrated Chinese carpenter & restaurant keeper, invited us to dinner at his restaurant. Annandale, Tipper, Coulson & I were fetched in "John's" car & taken to the restaurant in the heart of China Town. "John" was a first-class host & gave us an excellent chinese dinner (shark's fin soup, birds' nest soup etc. etc.) with whisky and liqueurs. After dinner he took us into the Chinese Temple and School belonging to that district of China Town, & then we returned to Annandale's flat in "John's" car, having had a very jolly evening.