The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

printed - tour diary of the Deputy Commissioner of the Naga Hills for the year 1870-1872 (John Butler) volume two

caption: copy of rough diary of the Deputy Commissioner of the Naga Hills for 1871-72
caption: to Seebsagor and consult with the Deputy Commissioner about Lhota Nagas; rain
medium: tours
person: RabanTodd/ MrHolroyd/ Col
ethnicgroup: LhotaAngami
location: Seebsagor Gotunga
date: 29.8.1871-7.9.1871
person: Butler/ John
date: 22.11.1870-17.2.1873
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 29th and 30th August. Halted at Golaghat obtaining carriage to take me on to Seebsagor where I wish to see the Deputy Commissioner to consult with him regarding the Lhota Nagas with special reference to the Angami whom they murdered on the high road near the Jhoprajan in April last.
text: 31st August. Rode into Gotunga and put up with the Rabans. The road was in a terrible state, bridges all broken down and the latter half of the road almost entirely under water, in fact my pony had to swim for it some three or four times, the water coming almost up to my neck whilst sitting in the saddle. I was sorry to see some barbarian had been cutting down all the find Borgach trees on the road. My elephants and servants did not get into Gotunga until 11 p.m.
text: 1st September. Rode into Jorehaut a very fair road all the way and had it not been for the incessant rain we encountered, I should have enjoyed my ride.
text: 2nd September. Having had heavy rain all last night and as it was looking very like rain again this morning, I thought it prudent to halt specially as I hear from Carnaqz that the road ahead is not very good.
text: 3rd September. Rode into Metan and put up with Mr. Todd. Here I met Colonel Holroyd who happens to be going on towards Seebsagor tomorrow. So we shall be able to travel together.
text: 4th September. Moved camp to the Jhanzee River and put up in the Rest House on its banks, a capital road the whole way.
text: 5th September. Rode into Seebsagor and put up in the Circuit House. The last half of the road could scarcely have been worse. The Dikhu had cut it through in all directions and was flowing over it and the surrounding country for many miles.
text: 6th and 7th September. Occupied in reading up the old Agency records from which I gleaned much useful and interesting information regarding the Nagas inhabiting the hills to the south of Seebsagor. Also discussed the whole question regarding the Lhota Nagas with the Deputy Commissioner.