The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letters from J.P. Mills to Henry Balfour

caption: Arrangements for catalogue of Mills and Hutton collection; origins of two ethnic groups
medium: letters
person: Balfour/ HenryHutton/ J.H.Woodthorpe/ Col.Pawsey
ethnicgroup: KukiChiruMaring
date: 17.1.1928
person: Mills/ J.P.
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: Silchar,
text: Cachar,
text: Assam
text: Jan 17th 1928
text: My dear Balfour,
text: Now about my collection. Hutton having agreed to give his things if I give mine I agree to this too. There is only one condition I make, and the details of that I leave to you. It is regarding the catalogue. I should like Hutton's and my collection to be combined, but I quite see that the catalogue could not be headed the Hutton-Mills collection, or anything of that kind, for it would have to include things given by Woodthorpe, Pawsey and others. But the bulk of the things would be from Hutton and me. Could not the catalogue be headed "Catalogue of....., composed chiefly of the Hutton-Mills Collection", or some such words? This is nothing but pure pride, but we have taken a lot of trouble, and I should like our collection to remain a joint-collection if only on paper. Hutton would agree to this. Ought a deed of gift or anything to be made out?
text: My hope is that my collection will go on growing. I am on my way now to the North Cachar Hills for a tour in the Kuki country, where I might pick up some stuff. There are hundreds of things to be got in Assam still. Manipur has hardly been worked at all. Hutton and I managed to visit one Chiru and one Maring village. Both tribes are probably a mixture of Old Kuki and Naga, Chiru falling slightly to the Naga side and Maring to the Kuki side...
text: Yours ever,
text: Philip Mills