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Holwell Walshe papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1650

Scope and Contents

The Holwell Walshe Papers consist of correspondence and official government and military directives to and from Walshe which document his military career in the 1st and 2nd West India Regiments and, in particular, his years served as commander of the island of Sherbro, Sierra Leone.

Walshe and a detatchment of forty-two men took possession of Sherbro in September, 1862. The island, a territory ceded to England, was subject to internal strife among numerous feuding chieftains, lack of trade and revenue, and the external threat of raids and subsequent enslavement of inhabitants.

Captain Walshe successfully defended Sherbro and revitalized its economy, retaining the position of Civil Commandant until 1871, when he was transferred to Singapore as a police magistrate.

Dates

  • 1860-1949
  • Majority of material found within 1860 - 1871

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by the African Collection Curator in 1993.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1650

Overview

The papers consist of correspondence, and official government and military directives to and from Holwell Walshe, which document his career in the 1st and 2nd West India Regiments, particularly his years as commander of Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone. Walshe took possession of Sherbro in September 1862 and successfully defended the island and revitalized its economy. He remained as Civil Commandant until 1871, when he was transferred to Singapore as a police magistrate.
Title
Guide to the Holwell Walshe Papers
Author
compiled by Carol King
Date
September 1994
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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