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229: Indian Governor treks toward Tibet

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Title: Typed Letter, signed as British Governor of Bengal
Author: Anderson, John [Vicount Waverly]
Description: Typed Letter, signed. With blue ribbon tie.To Sir Stephen Tallents, Secretary to Empire Marketing Board, London: "…" We went touring in Sikkim. I had intended to go as far as Phari in Tibet, but"…I did not think it right to go so far afield. However, we were able to get to the top of two of the passes leading into Tibet, the Natu La and the Jelap La, and actually to penetrate a few yards into that mysterious country. The Maharaja of Sikkim insisted on our being his guests throughout the trip…The weather unfortunately was not clear so that we did not get any views of the high mountains, but we saw some very magnificent scenery for all that. The highest point we touched was 14,400 ft…". The wild poppy must be a marvelous sight when they are in flower. The withered stems were everywhere, four or five feet high. We ate Yak and Monal Pheasant and drank quantities of chung, a local beer brewed from millet and sucked through a bamboo..."" Following his five years in Bengal, British statesman John Anderson (1882-1958) became Home Secretary in Winston Churchill’s Cabinet during World War II. Overseeing Civil Defense during the German Blitz, Anderson became so well known to the beleaguered British public that he was nicknamed the “Home Front Prime Minister”. This letter shows an earlier adventurous side. Travel to Tibet was still a hazardous trek in 1932 - a year before novelist James Hilton used the “mysterious” Himalayas as setting for the mystical “Shangri-La” of Lost Horizon."
Heading: zzd(Tibet)Place Published: Government House, Darjeeling
Date Published: 11994


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