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 12: Letter of Reverend Ragland
Letter of Reverend Ragland
THIS is an extract of the material reproduced in a Christian biography, published in 1861. It provides an interpretation of events in South India in 1857 from the perspective of the Reverend Thomas Ragland, in letters written to a Miss Owen. These letters give us an insight into how clergymen could become so caught up in the need for retribution. In a letter dated 16 October 1857, he wrote,
I could not refrain from tears, in reading what you told me about no one seconding in the House of Commons the proposal to give orders not to shoot mutineers away from the cannon. I think if any one had got up it would have been mock philanthropy, or ...