Posted on: 23 November 2020

Digital Rare Book:
Journal of a Residence in India
By Maria Graham (1785-1842)
Published by G. Ramsay for A. Constable, Edinburgh

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Maria Graham (1785-1842) (in later life, Maria, Lady Callcott) was a travel writer, producing accounts of her travels to India, Italy, Chile, and Brazil. Graham went to India from England in 1808 with her father, a naval officer. It was there that she met and married her husband Thomas Graham, also a naval officer. Graham returned to England in 1811, publishing her first book Journal of a Residence in India.

The majority of women who traveled with their husbands to India were relegated to the domestic sphere. Their responsibility was to establish a suitable home environment that maintained the values of the English home. These Anglican women were seen as the guardians of the English race; preserving their purity was of the utmost importance to colonial men. Graham’s life and the work she produced is an exception to the ordinary experience of Englishwomen in India.

Credit: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Library

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