Copy. Governor General's Narrative of the Transactions at Benares. 1781: Hastings, Warren Copy. Governor General's Narrative of the Transactions at Benares. 1781: Hastings, Warren Copy. Governor General's Narrative of the Transactions at Benares. 1781: Hastings, Warren Copy. Governor General's Narrative of the Transactions at Benares. 1781: Hastings, Warren

Copy. Governor General's Narrative of the Transactions at Benares. 1781

Hastings, Warren

Editorial: Govt of India, Fort William, Calcutta India, 1781
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Título: Copy. Governor General's Narrative of the ...

Editorial: Govt of India, Fort William, Calcutta India

Año de publicación: 1781

Encuadernación: Hard Backed


Copy. Governor General's Narrative of the Transactions at Benares. 1781. Fort William, Calcutta, 1781/2, large folio. A large manuscript volume of true copies of Warren Hasting's account of the Insurrection at Benares and his dealing with the affairs of Raja Chait Singh at Chunargur and Benares. 688 numbered pages of manuscript letters, memoranda, numerous appendixes including orders to and reports from military commanders, casualty lists etc., written in at least two clear secretarial hands. Bound in contemporary marbled paper covers with manuscript title, now contained in a recent quarter leather solander box. The volume is accompanied by a separate covering letter written on the first side of a bifolium of Whatman paper addressed to Evan Nepean Esq dated East India House 21st August 1782 signed Henry Fletcher [Sir Henry Fletcher, Bart (1727-1807) Chairman of the East India Company] and Nath. Smith [Nathaniel Smith (1730-94) a Director of the Company and an MP from 1783], this explaining that the Copy of the Governor General's Narrative of the Transactions at Benares are being send for the information of Mr Secretary Townshend [Thomas Townshend, 1733-1800, later 1st Viscount Sydney, who was Secretary of State in Lord Shelburne's government. Evan Nepean was Permanent Under Secretary there]. Contributors other than Hastings himself included Elijah Impey, William Palmer [Military Secretary, Lt Col Thomas Blair, Maj Isaac Eaton, Lt J Polhill, Maj M Cranford 28th NI, Francis Balfour, Maj Wm Popham, H Pigott, Nath Middleton, Charles Graeme, Jacob Barnet, A Ahmuty, Maj J W Crabb, Capt Robet Maxwell, Col T Morgan, J Naylor, E Hay, Hyan Beg. Some of the affidavits are noted as "a true copy of" or "a true copy of the translation" and signed E Hay, Sub Secretary of the Hon Gov Gen's Council. The very last page has the initials of three people who had examined the text and is marked Ex'd. G.B., T.W., I.H. Above that it is marked "(signed) / Warren Hastings and then marked "True Copies" above the signature J P Auriol, Secy. In whose hand many of the copies appear to be written. There is also a loosely inserted folded manuscript map which appears to be contemporary and was probably sent to England with the volume. It measures 17 x 26 ins and has one vertical and one horizontal fold the latter toen without loss along most of its length. The map uses outline colour to show British Possessions, Dominion of Oude & Mahrattas. The name Cheet Sing appears prominently across southern Oude with Azoph Dowlah to the north. A printed version of these documents was published in Calcutta in 1782 but it is particularly appealing to handle one in manuscript form which would have left Calcutta at the very end of 1781 or early in 1782 where it would have been one of a tiny handful of copies to reach East India House. That it was important enough for the letter accompanying it to be signed by the Chairman and another member of the Court of Directors indicates the level of importance which was attahced to it. Size: Large Folio [10 x 15ins]. N° de ref. de la librería 008172

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