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.
Majority of material found within 1860 - 1871
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.
0.25 Linear Feet
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
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.
- Guide to the Holwell Walshe Papers
- compiled by Carol King
- September 1994
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository