Fonds RC0242 - Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite fonds

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Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite fonds

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  • 1884-1888 (Creation)

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12.5 cm of textual records

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Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite (1835-1915), a career civil servant, was born at Donnybrook in Ireland on 5 December 1835. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School and St. John's College, Oxford. He joined the Indian service in 1857. He served as chief commissioner of Burma from March 1887 until 1890. While in Burma, he cleared the province of rebels and set down the roots of British administration. In 1893 he became lieutenant-governor of the North-Western Provinces and Oudh. He wrote several books in retirement, including The Pacification of Burma (1912). He died on 28 May 1915 at Long Acre, Shamley Green, Surrey.

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The fonds consists mainly of his correspondence with Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple Blackwood (1826-1902), 1st Marquis of Dufferin and Ava. Blackwood, a diplomat and administrator, served as Governor-General of India from December 1884 until 1888. He was awarded a marquisate for his service in India. Crosthwaite's letters are mainly holograph copies, presumably done by his secretary. There is other correspondence in the fonds.

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Fonds was donated by Mrs. C. V. B. Corbet, a descendant of Crosthwaite, in May 1977.


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