[ The Indian Famine, 1896-1897. ] Programme for 'Famine Relief Meeting by the Dalhousie Institute, Calcutta, with printed sheet list of executive committee; ALS from Lord MacDonnell to Sir J. D. Rees; newspaper cuttings on the famine gathered by Rees

[ The Indian Famine, 1896-1897 ] Antony Patrick MacDonnell, 1st Baron MacDonnell of Swinford (1844-1925), Lieut-Gov. of the N. W. Provinces; Sir John David Rees (1854-1922); Dalhousie Institute
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[ Dalhousie Institute, Calcutta, India. ] All items from 1897.
SKU: 20123

The Indian Famine of 1896-1897 began in Bundelkhand early in 1896, and quickly spread to other areas including the United and Central Provinces, and the Bombay and Madras Presidencies. Over two years the famine affected an area of 307,000 square miles, and the mortality, both from starvation and accompanying epidemics, was very high, with around one million people dying as a result. The eighteen items in the present collection are from the papers of the Indian civil servant and author J. D. Rees, and are tipped-in and laid down on leaves from one of his albums. They are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: Printed programme titled: 'Famine Relief Meeting | Dalhousie Institute, 14th January 1897.' No printer given. 1p., folio. Begins: 'Programme of Meeting held under the presidency of His Excellency the Viceroy and Governor-General to establish a fund for the alleviation of distress in those provinces of India, which are suffering from famine.' Divided into six numbered parts, and with reference to: Rai Bahadur Shew Bux Bagla, the Sheriff of Calcutta; His Excellency the Viceroy; Hon'ble Mr. P. Playfair; Maharaja Bahadur Sir Narendra Krishna; Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal (with five others); H. H. the Maharaja Bahadur of Darbhangha; the Hon'ble Sir Francis W. Maclean (with three others); C. L. Tupper. Three resolutions are given, the first being: 'That the Meeting recognises the fact that the time has come when a Charitable Fund should be formed for the relief of distress in the famine-stricken districts of India; such relief being supplementary of the operations of Government, and designed to meet cases not clearly or adequately covered by those operations: - and that to this end subscriptions should be invited from the well-to-do throughout the country, and contributions from abroad be thankfully received.' The second resolution is that 'a General Committee composed of the following gentlemen be appointed, with power to add to their number, and to appoint an Executive Committee to administer the Fund. (The list of gentlemen to compose the Committee will be found on a separate sheet.)' TWO: Printed list (i.e. the 'list of gentlemen to compose the Committee', referred to as 'on a separate list' in Item [BLANK] above) headed: 'General Committee of the Indian Famine Charitable Relief Fund.' No printer given. 4pp., folio. Bifolium. Prefatory note: 'The following is the list of names of the Members and Officers of the General Committee proposed in the second Resolution'. Long list in small print, giving the President (the Earl of Elgin), Vice-Presidents, Chairman, Committee, Secretary, and Bankers. ITEM: Autograph Letter Signed ('A. P. MacDonnell') from Antony Patrick MacDonnell, 1st Baron MacDonnell of Swinford (1844-1925), Lieutenant-Governor of the N. W. Provinces, to Sir J. D. Rees. On letterhead of Government House, Lucknow. 24 March [no year]. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium with blank reverse of second leaf laid down on leaf from album. He is writing to thank him for his 'kindly references to our famine work in your crisp & pleasantly written XIXth. Century article'. (Rees's article 'Fighting the Famine in India' appeared in the March 1897 number of the London magazine 'The Nineteenth Century', pp. 358-61.) The article 'cannot fail to do good'. He points out the 'only one verbal slip' he has notices, regarding 'yellow flowering Indigo'. FOUR: 14 cuttings from Indian newspapers (Calcutta Englishman; The Hindu; Madras Standard; Madras Mail; Madras Weekly; Pioneer) relating to the famine, 1896-1897. The cuttings are arranged by Rees on leaves of a folio album, at three columns to the page, and covering six 8vo pages. Subjects are 'The annual meeting of the Dufferin Fund', 'Famine and the Famine Fund', 'State relief and private charity', 'Lord Wenlock and the Madras Famine', 'The large orders placed in Rangoon for rice for export to Calcutta', 'The Madras Review', 'Fighting the Famine'. FIVE: Also present is a printed programme for 'The Twelfth Annual General Meeting of the Countess of Dufferin's Fund, on Friday, 12th March 1897.' 1p., 4to.