A Journey Through the Kingdom of Oude in 1849-1850: With Private Correspondence Relative to the Annexation of Oude to British India, [etc.], Volume 2

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Page 189 - ... establish in his reserved dominions such a system of administration (to be carried into effect by his own officers) as shall be conducive to the prosperity of his subjects, and be calculated to secure the lives and property of the inhabitants; and his Excellency will always advise with, and act in conformity to the counsel of the officers of the said Honourable Company.
Page 369 - Mosahibod-Doula, two fiddlers; two poetasters, and the minister and his creatures. The minister could not stand a moment without the eunuchs, fiddlers, and poets, and he is obliged to acquiesce in all the orders given by the king for their benefit. The fiddlers have control over the administration of civil justice ; the eunuchs over that of criminal justice, public buildings, &c. The minister has the land revenue ; and all are making enormous fortunes.
Page 189 - His Excellency engages that he will establish in his reserved dominions such a system of administration (to be carried into effect by his own officers) as shall be conducive to the prosperity of his subjects, and be calculated to secure the lives and property of the inhabitants...
Page 11 - Mahomdee, to which we were going ; that the strong only could keep anything under the Oude Government ; and as they could not be strong without union, all landholders were solemnly pledged to aid each other, to the death, when oppressed or attacked by the local officers.
Page 415 - Oude territory was divided, and half taken by us and half left to Oude, the landed aristocracy of each were about equal. Now hardly a family of this class remains in our half, while in Oude it remains unimpaired. Everybody in Oude believes those families to have been systematically crushed.
Page 66 - Your courts of justice are the things we most dread, sir; and we are glad to escape from them as soon as we can, in spite of all the evils we are exposed to on our return to the place of our birth.
Page 370 - All classes, save the knaves who now surround and govern the king, earnestly pray for this — the educated classes, because they would then have a chance of respectable employment, which none of them now have ; the middle classes, because they find no protection or encouragement, and no hope that their children will be permitted to inherit the property they may leave, not invested in our government securities ; and the humbler classes, because they are now abandoned to the merciless rapacity of...
Page 198 - God forbid) gross and systematic oppression, anarchy, and misrule should hereafter at any time prevail within the Oude dominions, such as seriously to endanger the public tranquillity, the British Government reserves to itself the right of appointing its own officers...
Page 362 - I took the liberty to mention to your Lordship my fears that the system of annexing and absorbing Native States, — so popular with our Indian service, and so much advocated by a certain class of writers in public journals, — might some day render us too visibly dependent upon our native army ; that they might see it, and accidents might occur to unite them, or too great a portion of them, in some desperate act...
Page 198 - Treaty, he will endeavor, as far as possible, to maintain (with such improvements as they may admit of) the native institutions and forms of administration within the assumed territories, so as to facilitate the restoration of those territories to the Sovereign of Oude when the proper period for such restoration shall arrive, 'Article 9.