MALTBY, Thomas James. 18?? — 1???. British Civil Servant in India. Possibly son of elder Thomas James M., who was British Vice-Consul in Brussels. Served as assistant collector of Ganjam district under Madras Presidency, later apparently superintendent. An Internet forum offers the following dramatic account signed by Roy Corduroy: “Civil servant Thomas James Maltby was charged before the magistrate in Madras in 1879 accused of causing the death of Latchim Nazada. The court found him unfit to plead by reason of unsound mind. By law he was removed to England and detained in Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum in May 1880. Shortly, however, he was removed from Broadmoor to ‘Moorcroft House, Hillingdon to keep him in safe custody, there to remain until our further pleasure shall be known. … the 19th day of July 1880, by Her Majesty’s command.’” There was another ThJM (1835–1867) in India, but he died too early.
Publications: A practical Handbook of Uriya or Óḍiyá Language. 216 p. Calcutta 1874.
– The Ganjam district manual. Ed. by G. D. Leman. 262 p. Madras 1918.
Sources: Not in Who Was Who, Br. Biogr. Arch.; http://www.jtrforums.com/showthread.php?p=174154; stray notes in Internet.
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