1st Edition

Letters from India The Correspondence of Lady Susan Ramsay, 1854–1856

Edited By Ross Nelson Copyright 2024

    This fascinating volume reproduces the letters and journal of Lady Susan Ramsay (1837-1898), the elder daughter of the Marquess of Dalhousie, Governor-General of India from 1848 to 1856. The correspondence was written over a two-year period: commencing with Susan’s positive response to her father’s request that she join him in Calcutta, following the death of her mother; and concluding with Susan’s arrival with her father at Southampton. Lady Susan was still only 17 when she arrived in India, and was therefore the youngest person to take up the role of vicereine of India. Her letters and journal represent the unique viewpoint of a highly intelligent, witty, articulate and unprejudiced young woman expressed from locations that range from Osborne on the Isle of Wight to Seringapatam in Mysore. The detail, maturity and inventive quality of her writing invites comparison with that of Emily Eden, Emily Metcalfe, Charlotte Canning and other prominent early Victorian women. Accompanied by extensive introductions and annotations by Ross Nelson, this volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of Imperial History.





    Editorial Policy


    Family Trees


    The Letters

    1. Before the Journey: February–October 1854
    2. The Journey Out: October–December 1854
    3. Government House: December 1854–February 1855
    4. From Calcutta to Ootacamund: February–March 1855
    5. The Western Ghats: April–October 1855
    6. Mysore to Calcutta: October–November 1855
    7. Final Months in Bengal: December 1855–March 1856
    8. The Voyage Home: March–May 1856





    Ross Nelson holds degrees in English Literature and in History (Oxford, 1980 and Birkbeck, 2009), an MA in British Romantic Literature (Manchester, 2000) and a PhD (UWE, 2016). He is the Editor of Letters to Martin Van Buren (Routledge, 2022) and Co-Editor of The Selected Letters of Caroline Norton (Routledge, 2019).