The History of British India, Volume 3

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Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, Paternoster Row., 1817 - Hindus

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Page 16 - ... therefore no sooner elected than he set off for Madras, and defrauded the longing eyes of Parliament. We have never enjoyed in this House the luxury of beholding that minion of the human race, and contemplating that visage which has so long reflected the happiness of nations. It was therefore not possible for the minister to consult personally with this great man. What, then, was he to do ? Through a sagacity that never failed him in these pursuits, he found out, in Mr. Benfield's representative,...
Page 27 - Bombay, having in sundry instances acted in a manner repugnant to the honour and policy of this nation...
Page 421 - Mauritius, from whence forty persons, French, and of a dark colour, of whom ten or twelve were artificers, and the rest servants, paying the hire of the ship, came here in search of employment. Such as chose to take service were entertained, and the remainder departed beyond the confines of this...
Page 126 - I maintained the wars which were of your formation, or that of others, not of mine. I won one member f of the great Indian Confederacy from it by an act of seasonable restitution ; with another \ I maintained a secret intercourse, and converted him into a friend ; a third \ I drew off by diversion and negotiation, and employed him as the instrument of peace.
Page 126 - I dare to reply that they are, and their representatives annually persist in telling them so, the most flourishing of all the states of India — It was I who made them so. The valour of others acquired, I enlarged, and gave shape and consistency to the dominion which you hold there : I preserved it...
Page 346 - ... are not very scrupulous adherents to truth ; yet I do not say that they deliberately speak studied falsehood, or have a settled purpose to deceive. They have inquired and considered little, and do not always feel their own ignorance. They are not much accustomed to be interrogated by others ; and seem never to have thought upon interrogating themselves ; so that if they do not know what they tell to be true, they likewise do not distinctly perceive it to be false.
Page 27 - Forasmuch as to pursue schemes of conquest and extension of dominion in India are measures repugnant to the wish, the honour, and the policy of this nation...
Page 435 - I will go (said he) and drag him to the breach, and make him see by what a set of wretches he is surrounded; I will compel him to exert himself at this last moment." He was going, and met a party of pioneers, whom he had long looked for in vain, to cut off the approach by the southern rampart, " I must first (said he) shew these people the work they have to do," and in the act of giving his instructions, was killed by a cannon shot.
Page 275 - The generous resolution was adopted, of sacrificing to the improvement of the country, the proprietary rights of the sovereign. The motives to improvement which property gives, and of which the power was so justly appreciated, might have been bestowed upon those upon whom they would have operated with a force incomparably greater than that with which they could operate upon any other class of men : they might have been bestowed upon those from whom alone, in every country, the principal improvements...
Page 16 - Paul Benfield is the grand parliamentary reformer, the reformer to whom the whole choir of reformers bow, and to whom even the right honourable gentleman himself must yield the palm : for what region in the empire, what city, what borough, what county, what tribunal, in this kingdom, is not full of his labours?

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