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THE purport of this volume is to explain, in as clear and concise a manner as the subject will admit, the actual state of the different branches of the British Government of India abroad and at home. I have endeavoured to compress within narrow limits a body of information, great part of which is scattered over large volumes of public records and parliamentary papers. If these facts, and the opinions I have given, aid in any degree the judgment of those who have to decide upon so momentous a question as the Future Administration of India, I shall have attained my object.
March 23, 1833.
THIS volume was printed before the Correspondence between the Court of Directors and Board of Control, on the subject of the Charter, was laid before the Court of Proprietors. Though that Correspondence is full of matter which may be the subject of much future discussion, there is nothing in it which can induce me to alter or delay this publication. On the contrary, it furnishes an additional reason for the early appearance of a work, the facts and opinions stated in which may aid in the forming of a correct judgment on the numerous and important questions involved in proposed changes.
March 26th, 1833.