The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 13: The Indian Relief Fund
The Indian Relief Fund
AN important expression of a world-wide reaction to the events in India can be seen in the arrangements made for money to be collected in aid of the European (and loyalist native) sufferers in India—the so-called Indian relief fund. This was effectively a global mobilisation of persons sympathetic to the plight of one sort of victim of the uprising. The extracts below include newspaper reports of collections for the fund and public meetings held at diverse locations around the world in 1857–1858.
‘Aspect of Indian Affairs’, The Economist, 12 September 1857
Everything that private sympathy and the activity of the Government can do to relieve the pressure of calamity on the Indian sufferers, and to crush the evil itself ...