BELL, Thomas Evans. London 11.11.1825 — Kensington, London 12.9.1887. British Colonial Officer in India. Major. Son of William Bell and Elizabeth Kinnear, educated at Wandsworth (London). Joined Madras Army in 1842. In 1855-60 Assistant Commissioner in Nagpur, lost his position because of disagreement with Chief Commissioner. In 1861-63 Deputy Commissioner of Police in Madras. Retired 1865 and returned to the U.K. Married 1866 Emily Magnus, two daughters. He was a secularist, free-thinker and suffragist, who often sharply criticized Indian government.
Publications: The English in India: letters from Nagpore. 202 p. L. 1859.
– The Empire of India: letters from Madras and other places. 6+412 p. L. 1864.
– The Oxus and the Indus. 1869, 2nd ed. 8+105 p. L. 1874.
– The annexation of the Punjaub and the Maharajah Dulcep Singh. 108 p. L. 1882.
– Memoirs of General John Briggs, of the Madras army with comments on some of his words and work. 8+285 p. L. 1886.
– Many further writings about contemporary Indian politics, sometimes with the pen-named Undecimus and Indicus.
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; Wikipedia with photo; wikitree.com.
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