The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letters from J.P. Mills to Henry Balfour

caption: Effects of constitutional reform on Mills personally and on his position; raiding and trading; coin; guns
medium: letters
person: Balfour/ Henry
ethnicgroup: ZemiRengmaKonyak
location: Tesophenyu Kohima
date: 24.9.1933
person: Mills/ J.P.
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: Kohima,
text: Naga Hills.
text: Camp Cheswezumi
text: Sept. 24th 1933
text: My dear Balfour,
text: ...You ask me about the prototypes of the model Zemi clubs I sent you. I am afraid they are only a memory. The only existing fighting club known is the one I sent you from Tesophenyu (Rengma). But they must have been universal weapons once...
text: My next spell out here will be my last, I hope. There is no room for the likes of me under the Reformed Constitution and I shall have earned my full pension. To stay out after that is only waste of money. The difference between pay and pension does not make up for the expense of a possibly divided establishment, awful duty and postal rates on everything, and the very high cost of living out here.
text: And I'm beginning rather to long for England now. I suppose it's because I'm below par. My collecting will consist of looking through the rubbish heap of any old curiosity shops I can find! All sorts of odds and ends are sold for nothing because people do not know what they are.
text: The Nagas are not changing fast. This slump has made coin hard to come by and less European stuff is being bought in Kohima Bazaar. The restless birds across the frontier raid as they always have done. We have barred the use of guns in Konyak raids in the Control Area. They were too destructive, and rather unsporting. Is this trying to check progress?...
text: Yours ever,
text: Philip Mills