Indian Recreations: Consisting of Thoughts on the Effects of the British Government on the State of India, Accompanied with Hints Concerning the Means of Improving the Condition of the Natives of that Country, Volume 3

Printed at the University Press, and sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees,& Orme, 1808 - 376 pages
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Page 50 - Animated with all the avarice of age and all the impetuosity of youth, they roll in one after another, wave after wave, and there is nothing before the eyes of the natives but an endless, hopeless prospect of new flights of birds of prey and passage, with appetites continually renewing for a food that is continually wasting.
Page 97 - ... of produce, and no more. Every abwab, or tax, imposed by the Zemindar over and above that sum is not only a breach of that agreement, but a direct violation of the established laws of the country.
Page 214 - ... at least to mitigate, these dreadful evils, a Humane Hospital was established by government, for the relief of those emigrants who were unable to labour. The monthly average of those who have been received since March into this hospital, is 1030 in Bombay, about 100 at Salsette, and probably 300 at Surat. " I myself visited this hospital in company with my excellent friend Dr. Scott ; and I witnessed a scene, of which the impression will never be effaced from my mind. The average monthly mortality...
Page 353 - For the first time, the blessings of universal tranquillity may be expected. That system of policy which could embrace the whole of India, which could comprehend in one bond of mutual defence and reciprocal forbearance the predatory chiefs of this great empire, deserves the admiration of all the civilized world.
Page 215 - India, should ever, in similar calamitous circumstances, forget its most important and sacred duties, that this example should be recorded for their reproach and disgrace. " Upon the whole, I am sure that I considerably understate the fact in saying, that the British government in this island has saved the lives of...
Page 128 - It has to be observed, however, that it was not until nearly the middle of the eighteenth century that what is designated the French philosophy of the eighteenth century became a power in France.
Page 212 - ... ravages ; all of you have heard accounts of them from accurate observers. I have only seen the fugitives who have fled before it, and who have found an asylum in this island ; but even I have seen enough to be convinced that it is difficult to overcharge a picture of Indian desolation. " I shall now state to you from authentic documents, what has been done to save these territories from the miserable condition of the neighbouring country. From the 1st of September, 1803, to the present time,...
Page 122 - ... and has been enabled in some degree to repay, by the efficacy of its assistance in the hour of emergency, the benefits which it has derived from the protecting influence and power of the British Government.
Page 51 - Were we to be driven out of India this day, nothing would remain, to tell that it had been pofleffed, during the inglorious period of our dominion, by any thing better than the ouran-outang or the tiger.
Page 216 - I take the liberty to assure you, that you will not find such reflections among the least agreeable or valuable part of that store which you lay up for your declining years.

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