The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letters from J.P. Mills to Henry Balfour

caption: Possible arrangements for Mills' and Hutton's collections of objects
medium: letters
person: Balfour/ HenryHutton/ J.H.
date: 18.11.1927
person: Mills/ J.P.
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: Camp Nerhama,
text: Assam
text: Nov.18th 1927
text: My dear Balfour,
text: This address makes you jump, doesn't it? Well here I am in my old haunts, but only for a very short time...About my collection I think your suggestion is most sound and reasonable and I had more than once thought of offering my things absolutely. Anyhow I will talk to Hutton when I see him. My own feeling is that it would be a good thing if we combined our collections in handing them over and they became the Hutton-Mills Collection. It would be some collection. We shall never see it all together as a whole, but if it were together it would be worth looking at. The ideal would be a combined collection (of course distributed in the P.R.) with a good illustrated catalogue. But that would mean a lot of money. But could I if I gave my things truthfully say that I had a big collection at Home - a thing I do sometimes say, not without pride?...
text: Yours ever,
text: Philip Mills