1826 Tract on the Government of India by an ADC to Lord Minto & Marquis of Hastings

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Lt Col M Stewart, FRSE: Some Considerations on the Policy of the Government of India, more especially with reference to the Invasion of Burmah. Published by A and C Tait [Edinburgh] 1826. 8vo. vi.136pp. Stab sewn, probably as issued [no sign of the gatherings ever having been bound], the half title, title and next page have a tear from the gutter towards the page sentree witout loss, the remainder of the tract is sound although the pages have some curling at the corners. The final page records that the tract was printed in Edinburgh by J Stark.. The half title bears contemporary pencil signature ‘A F Hudleston’ and the title has the pencil signature ‘ J Babington’. Copies of a work with the same title but of much shorter length (approximately 50pp) appear on the internet as extracted from a journal and are dated 1825. They may be versions or summaries of the earlier ‘pamphlet’ which Stewart notes in the advertisement before his “Considerations” as having been printed in a run of 50 copies in the spring of 1825. This present work was prompted by the failure of his earlier pamphlet to have stirred the Company to the sort of reforms which Stewart advocated. There is a copy of this tract listed in the 1844 Catalogue of the Library of the East India Company [page 166]. Andrew Fleming Hudleston and John Babington were both merchants on the Madras Establishment being respectively Sub Collector and Princpal Collector & Magistrate at Canara. Both were senior merchants, Babington appointed in the season of 1803 and Hudleston in 1813.

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