Narrative by Major-General John Campbell C.B. of his Operations in the Hill Tracts of Orissa
for the Suppression of Human Sacrifices and Female Infanticide. London Hurst and Blackett. Printed for Private Circulation. 1861
First edition pp.x, 234. A very good copy in original cloth. Minor spotting to prelims, inner hinges strained, first gathering loose
Though written in the guise of a memoir, this is rather a continuation of the long standing feud between the author, former East India Company Agent for the Konds, and his predecessor, the first Agent, the recently deceased Captain S.C. Macpherson. Each advocated quite opposing methods for the eradication of human sacrifice and infanticide in the region. Macpherson attempted to understand and use existing indigenous legal systems and tradition, whilst Campbell favoured brute force and shows of strength. This volume both vilifies Macpherson's Agency and boasts of Campbell's successes, taking credit for Macpherson's work, as well as his own.