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: British Empire & Commonwealth
: Correspondence from Joseph Stephens to his family
: Correspondence written by Stephens to his mother and siblings from Northern India / Pakistan where he was stationed from 1945 to1947. These letters reveal a young man who is sensitive to the natural world, fond of writing, and who enjoys reading, sport, and photography. The majority of letters are to the whole family, but there are occasional letters to individuals, advising his siblings on their schoolwork, discussing books and French studies with Philip, chess problems and sport, especially cricket and Bristol City and Rovers with John, school and nature studies with Rachel. Stephens' letters discuss life as he views it in India, his bible studies, rationing at home (he sends food such as candied peel and tinned peaches, and gets shoes/shirts made) and the process of demobilisation. There are glimpses of the increasing unrest as Partition becomes a reality and Independence approaches.
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