Book Description

Approximately 215 letters, a proportion of them contained in their original envelopes, mostly legible and in good condition, the majority signed “Jim” but a few signed “J. G. Bower”, together with a small group of school reports, and a 7pp. MS account of Bower’s journey from South Africa to East Africa during WW1 (somewhat frayed with loss). The letters date from his school days 1897-1903, Yale University (1903-6), survey work 1908-1912 in North America & South Africa, service in E. Africa during WWI, survey work in Morogoro, South Africa, & the Sudan (1917-22); and letters from service with British North African Forces in WWII (1943-4).
Dealer Notes
James Bower was the son of Sir Graham Bower (1848-1933), who served in South Africa as Imperial Secretary to the High Commissioner for Southern Africa, Sir Hercules Robinson. The Jameson Raid occurred during his period of office, and perhaps in consequence Sir Graham Bower was appointed Colonial Secretary of Mauritius in 1898, accompanied by his wife Maude. This archive contains letters written from James Bower to his parents, beginning in 1897, when he attended schools in England (initially Cordwalles prep school in Maidenhead, then Clifton School, Bristol). From 1903 to 1906 he studied at Yale University, and he remained in New Haven after graduation to work as a stoker on the trains - though the difficult hours prompted him to give up his position. By 1907 he had taken work with the Nevada Consolidated Copper Company based in Ely, Nevada, moving on to the Steptoe Valley Smelting and Mining Company in McGill, Nevada; one of his letters from this time contains a few photographs of the plant. Many of the letters from 1898-1908 also have their original envelopes, addressed to Bower’s parents in Mauritius.
Author Bower, James Graham (1884-1968).
Binding Disbound
Condition See description

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