Bayern - Vorphila 1839
BRIEF VON MÜNCHEN NACH MAURITIUS- UNIKAT
Entire letter from MUNICH SEPT 10. 1839 (Bavaria / Germany) written by Lord Clifford and FORWARDED BY LORD JOHN RUSSELL then Colonial Secretary , as part of official colonial office mail from London to Mauritius with only his endorsement "RUSSELL" at arrival red double circle "MAURITIUS POST OFFICE FE 05 1840" & "to be charged 10d"( 6d ship letter + 4d inland rate) and send to GRAND PORT to the Reverend Edward Clifford (with interesting contents). Very rare and unusual Mauritius incoming mail. John Russell had become head of the Colonial Office in September 1839 from Lord Normanby. He believed that while the export of labor to British Guiana had been a failure, sufficiently stringent regulations should protect Indians going to Mauritius under a one year contract of indenture. This belief was based on the opinion that coolies travelling to Mauritius would receive higher wages and better conditions than what were available in India.For more information concerning John Russell see: Cumpston, I.M. Indians Overseas in British Territories. London: Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1969.