Sir William Henry Sleeman (1788–1856) was a British soldier and administrator in India. While serving as Resident at the court of the King of Oude in Lucknow he travelled around the kingdom and made reports to the Governor-General regarding its proposed annexation by the East India Company. His letters and diaries reveal him as a capable and just administrator, who was at pains to weigh all the evidence for and against annexation, and who believed that reform of the existing administration would be possible. Sleeman described the kingdom of Oude as suffering from maladministration, lawlessness and corruption, but he stressed that illegal annexation would lead to resentment and rebellion. This book, containing Sleeman's account of his journey and a selection of private correspondence, was originally published in Lucknow in 1852; this reissue reproduces the 1858 London edition. Volume 1 covers the first six weeks of Sleeman's tour.
Table of ContentsBiographical sketch of Major-General Sir W. H. Sleeman, K.C.B.; Introduction; Private correspondence preceding the journey through the Kingdom of Oude; 1. Departure from Lucknow; 2. Bahraetch; 3. Legendary tale of breach of faith; 4. Recross the Goomtee river; 5. Salone district; 6. Nawabgunge, midway between Cawnpoor and Lucknow.