Trevelyan's fictionalised letters chart the changing attitudes of an Englishman in India in the years around the 1857-1859 Mutiny.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - South Asian History Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)|
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A Close Foundation. 47 LETTER III. Mofcssilpore, Feb. 12, 1863. Dear Simkins, I libelled Patna somewhat in my last letter. Ratcliffe drove me in on two different occasions, and we spent one long day in poking about the town, and another in the opium factory, which is second only in importance to that of Benares. There is a mile or two of very singular street architecture. The Mahommedans live here in great numbers, and everything belonging to them is picturesque all the world over. We visited a Mahommedan foundation, something between a college and a monastery, which boasted a good deal of shabby magnificence. It is very richly endowed, and the loaves and fishes are kept strictly among the founder's kin. The head of the family for the time being is ipso facto President, and he had apparently distributed the college offices with great impartiality among his brothers. The Fellows were certainly bene nati, and may have been medio- criter docti for all I knew. There was no doubt that they fell short of the All Souls' standard in the other particular. 48 The Master who Sits up Aloft. We were led through a long series of quadrangles built of white stone, with the shrine of some devotee of ancient days standing in the centre of each, on the brink of a pretty little ornamental tank. Some of the courts were used as hospitia for pilgrims, others as schools for the younger members of the institution, others again as combination-rooms and studies for the Fellows. As all Mahommedans are strict teetotallers, it is hard to imagine how they spend their time in the combination-room. They probably talk about the dangers of setting aside the founder's will, and the presumption of the young men inwishing to have the mosque fines reduced. At present they were in a violent state of exci...
Table of Contents
Letter of introduction; 1. The two systems; 2. An Indian railway; 3. A government school and an opium factory; 4. A story of the great mutiny; 5. A journey, a grand tumasha, and the truth about the civil service career; 6. A tiger-party in Nepaul; 7. About Calcutta and its climate; 8. About the Hindoo character; 9. British temper towards India, before, during, and since the mutiny; 10. The 'Anglo-Saxon' party in India; 11. Christianity in India; 12. Education in India since 1835 Thomas Babington Macaulay.