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A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II

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Major-general SirWilliam Henry Sleeman (8 August 1788 – 10 February 1856) was a British soldierand administrator in British India, best known for his work suppressingThuggee activity. Sleeman wrote about wild children who had been raised bywolves with his notes on six cases. This was first published in the firstvolume of his Journey through the kingdom of Oude in 1848-1850 (1858) andreprinted in 1852 as An Account of Wolves Nurturing Children in Their Dens,by an Indian Official and in The Zoologist (1888 12(135):87-98).This caughtthe imagination of many and ultimately inspired Rudyard Kipling's Mowglicharacter. Sleeman is best known for his work suppressing the Thuggee secretsociety. In 1835, he captured "Feringhea" (also called Syeed AmirAli, on whom the novel Confessions of a Thug is based) and got him to turnKing's evidence. Sleeman wrote three books about the Thugs: Ramaseeana, or aVocabulary of the peculiar language used by Thugs; Report on the DepredationsCommitted by the Thug Gangs of Upper and Central India; and The Thugs orPhansigars of India.

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