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General Orders 1831-1836]
1836 - Drop titles. 6 volumes bound together. 4to. Contemporary sprinkled calf, joints cracked but holding fine, red morocco labels to spine and upper board ?Captain W.T. Stannus / 97th Regiment / A.D.C.?, extremities rubbed, but interior fine, 3 leaves, pp39-44, lacking from 1836. [Government Printing Office, Colombo], 1831 - Very rare. We cannot locate any other copies of these on OCLC or COPAC. Nor are there any records of them appearing on Rare Book Hub or ABPC. It's likely that these orders were only printed in a handful of copies for those at the top of the British Colonial Administration in Ceylon. Commencing with a detailed index of both subjects and names, these orders provide a fascinating insight into life in colonial Ceylon. Each one includes not only orders but also circulars that essentially narrate the day to day business of life. There is an abiding sense of hardship throughout the volume as nearly every order contains a court martial (for murder, bankruptcy, poor conduct), other court rulings and sentences (?two years solitary confinement in the Public Jail of Colombo?) as well as promotions (doubtless in part to offset the former). We read lengthy remarks on uniforms and how they best be worn, and several on staff pay usually advising irregularities or that they would be paid at the beginning of every alternate month. New Leave of Absence forms announced on 29 July 1831 on which soldiers are required to state ?the grounds on which the indulgence is sought.? There is some additional information regarding other colonies - Jamaica, New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land - as seems relevant to the operations in Ceylon. In short, the minutiae of army life and the administration of a colonial army is presented in unstintingly detail. Captain William Trevor Stannus (1798-1844) served with the 97th Regiment, which was raised in 1824 and made up largely of Irish soldiers as was Stannus himself. The regiment was based in Ceylon from 1825-1836. On page 96 of this volume we read of Stannus's appointment to Aide-De-Camp which was effective as of 23 October 1831.
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