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1798, 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, 1804, AND 1805,
SHOWING THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CONDITION
OF THE ENGLISH IN INDIA..
SIXTY YEARS AGO.
W. S. SETON-KARR, CS,
AND VICE CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAICUTTA.
Published under the sanction of the Government of India.
A third and final volume of “ Selections from Calcutta Gazettes” is now presented to the Public.
It is unnecessary to add much to what has been already said, in the Prefaces to the first two volumes, of the plan and object of these Selections.
The present volume comprises the closing part of Lord Teignmouth's administration, the whole of Lord Wellesley's splendid rule, and the second brief tenure of office by Lord Cornwallis.
The complete Series embraces a period of twenty-one years, from the last year of Warren Hastings to the death of Lord Cornwallis in 1805, and no pains have been spared to render the volumes a correct and graphic picture of the state of Anglo-Indian life, social, moral, and political, as it was more than sixty years ago.
From the present volume it will be seen that the attention of Members of Society was keenly excited during the period treated of, by the spread and success of vaccination, by the final operations against Tippoo Sultaun, and by the presence of French Privateers and French Ships of war in the Bay of Bengal, during the war with France.
As regards the operations against Seringapatam, it may be mentioned that only one or two of the State dispatches and State proclamations have been selected for publication. Such State papers are already available in the Wellesley Despatches and in other Works. But some of the letters from Camp and accounts of the festivities which took place after the fall of Seringapatam are curious. This volume also contains some particulars of Lord Wellesley's tour in the Upper Provinces and in Bengal, which, in these days of Railroads and Electric Telegraphs, will, it is thought, not be devoid of interest. For several extracts from the Bengal Hurkaru, which was then published only once a week, I have been indebted to the kindness of Mr. S. Clarke, late Editor of that Journal, which, after a long popularity, has terminated its existence as a separate paper.
A full Table of Contents is prefixed to this volume, and this opportunity has been taken to print a Table of Contents for the first volume, which was unfortunately published without any such necessary help. That Table can be had separately.
W. S. SETON-KARR.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.