THE INDIAN DIARY OF LIEUTENANT PHILIP CROWE 2ND BENGAL NATIVE CAVALRY, 1799-1812.
90pp., 18 colour (2 sepia) & 1 b/w plates, P.B. 2014.
Gareth came across this journal when researching his brother, Charles Crowe. Philip Crowe served in India until December 1811. He became a lieutenant on 11 March 1805. In September 1803 when serving with General Lake’s Army at the Battle of Delhi, he was severely wounded and it became necessary to amputate his foot. He then continued to serve by carrying out desk duties. His diary is actually more of a biographical almanac of the officers he served with in India. He is very candid regarding their relationships and peccadilloes and I am sure that this was produced solely for the private enjoyment of his immediate family! It is accompanied by a great number of original drawings made by Philip Crowe whilst in India which accurately depict the various peoples he encountered. These drawings are very accomplished and detailed and add great value to the diary on a social level.