The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Typescript copy of extracts from letters from J.P. Mills to Mrs Pamela Mills (in England), 1936

caption: Warm welcome from friendly villages at conclusion of tour
medium: letters
person: King Edward VIIIKing George VIWilliams/ Mrs.Williams/ Maj.
location: Mokokchung Pangsha Kohima
date: 13.12.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 1936
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: (31) Camp Mokokchung
text: December 13th, 1936
text: A wire from Government was waiting for me here to say the King had abdicated, and the Duke of York had been proclaimed (George VI). I am sure it was the best way out of it all. King Edward's reputation could never have stood the blow.
text: England likes a Queen too, and the Princesses are immensely popular. One never hears much of the Duke of York. How bad is his stammer now?
text: We had a stiff climb on a half-made bridle path, really worse than a Naga path, for it went up and down needlessly and suddenly, and we had a four-hour climb before we got to the top.
text: You can imagine the crowds which met us. Nagas from miles away came to meet their friends among the coolies, not one camp without a drink. I've had to pass three villages and each one had vats of Rice Beer all ready.
text: The coolies were not unrepasted by the time they got here.
text: I had such a nice note from Mrs. Williams. Immediately after the Pangsha show I wrote and told her how splendidly her Bill had got us out of it all. How completely calm he had kept himself and all of us. She wrote and said it was just the sort of gracious thing I would do - which is a compliment I appreciate.
text: Today is to be a day of goodbyes, and not a moment's peace do I get!
text: Next march - back to Kohima!