John Falconer, British Library
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia
Son of Captain Malcolm McNeill, Madras Army, and his wife Emily. Baptised at Trichinopoly 25.3.1826. Educated Addiscombe and entered Madras Army 1843.
Agent to the Governor General, Orissa Hill Tracts.
Letter from McNeill to Thomas Pycroft, Chief Secretary to Government, Fort St George, dated Camp Russellcondah, 17 April 1862:
With reference to your letter, No. 1,070 A, dated 24th July 1861, forwarding letter of the Government of India, No. 3,311, dated 17th June 1861, calling upon me along with other Officers to furnish to Government, if practicable, Photographic Pictures of some of the inhabitants of the Hill Tracts of Orissa, I have the honor to state that I have this day dispatched in a parcel carefully packed, 16 pictures of different Tribes connected with this Agency and which in accordance with the wishes of Government I request may be lodged in the Madras Museum.
The order of this letter (No. 599 of 17 May 1862) noted that the photographs would be forwarded to the Museum curator as requested, pointing out that they were originally required for transmission to the London International Exhibition of 1862, but that they had arrived too late.
The Supreme Government are in possession of the number of Pictures required for their own use.
[IOR/N/2/10/f.56; IOR/L/MIL/9/197/ff.714-20; IOR/L/MIL/11/48/f.443 and No. 340 in L/MIL/11/50-54, 56, 57-61, 64 [unchecked]; Madras Public Proceedings, 16-19 May 1862, IOR/P/249/78 p. 352.]