Mr. Disraeli, colonel Rathborne, and the Council of India, a letter [by A.B. Rathborne. With] Suppl


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Page 44 - We hold ourselves bound to the natives of our Indian territories by the same obligations of duty which bind us to all our other subjects, and those obligations, by the blessing of Almighty God, we shall faithfully and conscientiously fulfil.
Page 67 - ... with the political position of the present Government of Naples. In my first letter, while expressing an anxiety to avoid the discussion of the subject, I likewise intimated that some reference to it was necessary, in order to make the present policy comprehensible. Nemo repente fuit turpissimus ; and no such extremities of fear, cruelty, and baseness, as it has been my irksome duty to describe, could be reached by any Government but one already unmanned by a bad conscience, and driven on by...
Page 5 - ... law, unwritten and eternal, human and divine ; it is the wholesale persecution of virtue, when united with intelligence, operating upon such a scale that entire classes may with truth be said to be its object, so that the Government is in bitter and cruel, as well as utterly illegal, hostility to whatever in the nation really lives and moves, and forms the main-spring of practical progress and improvement...
Page 1 - The moral of my chequered career is this: That they who, in political matters, propose to themselves a strict and rigid adherence to the truth of their convictions, irrespective of personal consequences, must expect obloquy rather than reward; and that they who obstinately pursue their professional duty in the face of routine and official prejudice, may think themselves lucky if they escape persecution.
Page 11 - ... Ministers underrated the business from the first. They are in a scrape, and trying to get out of it by the bullying of The Times. I cannot altogether repress a suspicion, tho' it is only for your own ear, that many of the details of horrors, which have so outraged the sensibility of the country, are manufactured. The striking story of Skene at Jhansi, his deeds of heroic romance, worthy of a Paladin, then kissing his wife and shooting her, etc., etc. — all appear, now, to be complete invention....
Page 53 - Non possidentem multa vocaveris Recte beatum : rectius occupat Nomen beati qui deorum Muneribus sapienter uti Duramque callet pauperiem pati, Pejusque leto flagitium timet, Non ille pro caris amicis Aut patria timidus perire.
Page 5 - ... any warrant whatever, sometimes without even any written authority at all, or anything beyond the word of a policeman ; constantly without any statement whatever of the nature of the offence. Nor is this last fact wonderful. Men are arrested, not because they have committed, or are believed to have committed, any offence ; but because they are persons whom it is thought convenient to confine and to get rid of, and against whom therefore some charge must be found or fabricated.
Page 11 - The details of all these stories is suspicious. Details are a feature of the Myth. The accounts are too graphic — I hate the word. Who can have seen these things ? Who heard them ? The rows of ladies standing with their babies in their arms to be massacred, with the elder children clutching to their robes — who that would tell these things could have escaped ? One lady says to a miscreant : ' I do not ask you to spare my life, but give some water to my child.
Page 21 - Mayo, in short, the progressive policy inaugurated on the transfer of the Indian Government from the East India Company to the Crown...

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