1936 - 1937 Mission Diary

The official diary of the Gould mission to Lhasa sent by the British government. Read more about the mission diary.

November 27th, Friday

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We had an 'Old School' party in the evening. There were the three Rugbeians Ringang Kyipup and Mondo; Jigme, who was at St. Paul's School, Darjeeling; Surkang Se and Derge Se, who were at Mr. Ludlow's school at Gyantse. Between them they hold a varied selection of offices: there were two Monk Officials, a General, the Chief of Police, the founder and maintainer of the Lhasa electricity supply, and an official of the Mint and Arsenal - and several of them are absentee jongpens (district magistrates) into the bargain.

After dinner we gave a film show. The other day Tsarong received a letter from his sixteen-year-old son who is at school in Darjeeling. The following is an extract from it :

"Is there any talking picture in Lhasa? I heard there is talking picture in Lhasa, and every gentleman doesn't work, but go to see picture every night. I have nothing more to say’.

Author: Frederick Spencer Chapman [see handwritten annotations in Diary by Hugh Richardson in MS. Or. Richardson 2, Bodleian Libary, Department of Oriental Collections, University of Oxford]

Page Reference: Pt X p.1

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