The History of the Indian Revolt and of the Expeditions to Persia, China, and Japan, 1856-7-8

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W. and R. Chambers, 1859 - China - 634 pages

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Page 120 - They seem to last where nothing else lasts. Dynasty after dynasty tumbles down; revolution succeeds revolution; but the village community remains the same. This union of the village communities, each one forming a separate little state in itself, has, I conceive contributed more than any other cause to the preservation of the...
Page 452 - Other conquerors, when they have succeeded in overcoming resistance, have excepted a few persons as still deserving of punishment, but have, with a generous policy, extended their clemency to the great body of the people. You have acted upon a different principle ; you have reserved a few as deserving of special favour, and you have struck with what they feel as the severest punishment the mass of the inhabitants of the country.
Page 457 - ... they must throw themselves upon the justice and mercy of the British Government. " To those amongst them who shall promptly come forward and give to the Chief Commissioner their support in the restoration of peace and order, this indulgence will be large, and the GovernorGeneral will be ready to view liberally the claims which they may thus acquire to a restitution of their former rights.
Page 456 - The army of His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief is in possession of Lucknow, and the city lies at the mercy of the British Government, whose authority it has, for nine months, rebelliously defied and resisted. This resistance, begun by a mutinous soldiery, has found support from the inhabitants of the city, and of the province of Oude at large.
Page 216 - A free press and the dominion of strangers are things which are quite incompatible, and which cannot long exist together. For what is the first duty of a free press ? It is to deliver the country from a foreign yoke...
Page 120 - ... by the descendants of those who were driven out when the village was depopulated; and it is not a trifling matter that will drive them out, for they will not often maintain their post through times of disturbance and convulsion, and acquire strength sufficient to resist pillage and oppression with success.
Page 456 - The first care of the Governor-General will be to reward those who have been steadfast in their allegiance at a time when the authority of the Government was partially overborne, and who have proved this by the support and assistance which they have given to British officers.
Page 456 - British government, ns well as those who believed themselves aggrieved by it, have joined in this bad cause, and have ranged themselves with the enemies of the state. 'They have been guilty of a great crime, and have subjected themselves to a just retribution.
Page 120 - ... cannot be inhabited, the scattered villagers nevertheless return whenever the power of peaceable possession revives. A generation may pass away, but the succeeding generation will return. The sons will take...
Page 337 - ... weakness and lassitude which, in the absence of all material sustenance, save coarse beef and still coarser flour, none have been able entirely to get over. The mortality among the women and children, and especially among the latter, from these diseases and from other causes, has been perhaps the most painful characteristic of the siege. The want of native servants has also been a source of much privation. Owing to the suddenness with which we were besieged, many of these people who might perhaps...

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