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Gentlemen,_Your letter dated the 2d instant to Mr. secretary Prinsep having been referred to me to learn whether I can suggest any other ground for the Metcalfe Library Building than the position first proposed for it in Tank-square; previous to making my report to Governmenton'this subject I am desirous of being informed whether your committee can point out any situation that would be eligible for such a structure, as I am not aware of any ground belonging to Government, that is not used for public purposes, and the giving up of which would not be attended with inconvenience.

I have the honor to be, Gentlemen,
Your obedient servant,

W. R. FitzGerald, Civil Architect,

Cart. W. R. Fitzgen Alb, Civil Architect.

Sir, –We have to apologize for the unaccountable delay which has taken place, in replying to your letter of the 16th August last.

The Committee for the “Metcalfe Library” request us to state with reference to your communication, that they would be content and thankful did the Government permit them to build the proposed edifice on the semicircular space of ground before the Town-hall, or opposite to the Ochterlony monument, immediately to the south of the Durrumtollah tank, opening upon the new cross road, or adjoining to the new reservoir near Chandpaul ghaut.

You will oblige us by ascertaining the pleasure of Government on this communication, and informing us at your earliest convenience of its decision. We are, &c. CARR, TAGoRe AND Co. Secs. Calcutta, 21st Oct. 1837.

No. 332.
To Messrs. CARn, TAGoRE AND Co. Calcutta.

Gentlemen, -Your letter dated the 21st ult, to my address, having heen submitted for the orders of Government, I beg to forward a copy of Mr. Secretary Prinsep's reply to my communication, for the information of the Metcalfe Library Committee. I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, Your obedient servant,

W. R. Fitzen Ald, Civil Architect. Fort William, 9th Nov. 1837.

No. 1486.
To CAPTAIN W. R. FitzGerald, Civil Architect.

Sir, I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of your letters, dated the 4th and 25th ultimo, the latter enclosing the copy of a letter from the Secretaries to the Metcalfe Library Committee to your address, proposing the semi-circular spot of ground before the Town hall, or opposite to the Ochterlony monument, immediately to the south of the Durrumtollah tank opening upon the new cross road, or adjoining to the new reservoir near Chaundpaul ghaut, as sites on which to erect the Library.

2. In reply I am directed to state, that the Deputy Governor of Bengal cannot consent to assign ground beyond the existing line of buildings towards the Esplanade of the fort.

I am &c. &c.

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(True copy) W. R. FitzGenAld, Civil Arch. Fort William, Aug. 16, 1837. [Englishman, Feb. 6. - SIR CHARLES METCALFE'S VISIT TO ALLAHABAD.

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relinquishing his high functions of Lieutenant-Governor of the north western provinces, the residents of Allaha. bad, comprising all the heads of departments and many of the uncovenanted servants of Government, with some of the officers of the station, proceeded at noon, on the 17th instant, to the Honourable Baronet's tent, which place he had appointed to receive them.

After a few words expressive of his entire approval (individually) of all the Lieutenant-Governor's public acts, and of his pleasure at having been selected as the organ of communicating the sentiments of the meeting, the Chairman (Mr. R. M. Bird) read the following :


HoN’BLE SIR,-We, the residents of Allahabad and its vicinity, desire to wait upon you on this occasion, with our assurances of regard for your person, respect for your character, and sorrow for your departure.

The immediate cause of your withdrawal, in the full vigor of your strenght and faculties, from the discharge of those high functions in which you have evinced so deep and constant an interest, we have learned from your published reply to the address of our fellow-countrymen at Agra, on quitting the seat of your Government. On this point, thus openly declared and set at rest, it would hardly become us to inquire or to remark further.

But under any circumstances, we must deeply regret the loss of an experienced, high-minded, and able Governor, whose established reputation, intimate acquaintance with the concerns of every public department, sound and extended policy, and tried administrative skill could not fail to secure to you the fullest confidence of all under your authority, and, especially, to stimulate and encourage those who have been entrusted with the subordinate conduct of the various branches of the public service.

We beg you to accept our grateful thanks for the hospitality and social virtues displayed during the brief period of your sojourn at this station; for your ready aid to every benevolent object; for that kindliness and courtesy, as well in official as in private intercourse, which never fails to conciliate affection, and command esteem, and which will not speedily be effaced from our remembrance.

Your judicious measures for the relief of the distressed pupulation during the present calamitous year, and strenuous exertions to obviate the threatened scourge of the last, form a suitable close to a long career of enlightened benevolence, and cannot, we feel, fail to call down on you the blessings of those who were ready to perish.

We now, with all regard and regret, bid you sarewell. We trust you may long be continued to be a blessing to all those within the sphere of your influence. We feel assured that, whether you may again engage in public, or enjoy the quiet of private life, you will possess that assu. rance of the confidence and effection of those over whom you have been called to preside, and that satisfaction in the recollection of a life spent in the service of mankind, which, to a benevolent mind, is a never-failing spring of pleasing recollection and present enjoyment.

SIR CHARLES M ET CALFE'S REPLY. To the Reidents of Allahabad.

Sins,—I beg you to accept my warmest thanks for the honour conferred on me by this address.

The assurance of approbation and esteem, at the close of a long public life, is the most gratifying reward of honest service. The expression of such sentiments in this conspicuous manner, is a high distinction, and a ma. nifestation of personal regard, for which I must ever be grateful. The recollection of this testimony of your friendly feelings, and of the other marks of kindness which I have received from all classes of the inhabitants of these provinces, on the occassion of my departure, will be a never-failing source of pride and comfort to me, whatever may be may future course of life. The same

would overwhelm me with shame and sorrow, should I ever do any thing unworthy of sentiments which you have so generously expressed.

Among those who have honoured me on this occasion, are some of the most eminent of my fellow servants; who are at the head of the great branches of the public administration in these provinces; and whom I have always regarded as colleagues in the government entrusted to my charge. With such efficient co-operation, the task of administration was easy, and was cheered with every prospect of success The government is now in the stronger hands of the Governor-General, and I entertain a confident expectation that with his Lordship's beneficent and enlightened views, and with such powerful aid as he will derive from the controlling authorities to whom I have alluded, and from the integrity, zeal and ability pervading every grade of the public service, the prosperty and haupiness of these provinces will be greatly advanced ; provided, as I humbly hope, it may please the Almighty Gover of all good to grant more favourable seasons, and remove the drought and dearth, which prevail to a most painful extent in some districts; but here, I am happy to see, in a less degree, than in those from which I have recently come.

My administration in these provinces has been exclusively civil ; I have not had the usual authority of a Go. vernor over the army. It is only, therefore, to those officers, military, as well as civil, who have acted under me in a civil capacity, that I am at liberty to express the thankfulness which I feel, for their valuable assistance and support. 1 notice this circumstance, party because it precludes me from paying officially the tribute due to the merits of the military branch of the public service, for which I have always entertained heartfelt respect and affection, and to which we owe the acquisition and preservation of our Indian empire; and partly because I am proud to state, that, notwithstanding the want of those powers which are usually attached to the administration of a Government, I have invariably received from the officers of the army, consideration, attention, and courtesy, to the utmost extent that could have been expected, if the millitary as well as civil powers of government had been vested in me—l may say to a greater extent, for there has been more than mere respect for station—there has been the greatest personal kindness, such as I must ever acknowledge with gratitude. I his grate'ul feeling, although the expression of it is called forth on the present occasion, by the friendliness which I have experienced in these provinces, extends beyond local limits. It is not confined to one presidency, not to any one branch of the army, nor to any particular description of force. Wherever I have served in India, I have always found, on the part of every portion of the army, without exception, in public duties the most zealous co-operation, and the most hearty desire to uphold the civil power; in social life, uniformly, the utmost hospitality, cordiality, and kindness. The impression made on me by what l have witnessed in these respects, can never be effaced, and I trust that it is not presumptuous in me to avow my sense of it. the greatest part of my life has been passed in situations, in which the society has been for the most part military; and the consequence of the intimate intercourse has been on my part a degree of admiration and attachment, which I cannot adequately describe ; but, nevertheless, cannot wholly refrain from declaring, on the last . that I may ever have, of giving public expression to suc sentiments.

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The public entertainment given to AE. R. McDonell, Esq., on Saturday last, by the Native Gentlemen of Madras, was in every respect as creditable to them as it must have been most gratifying to their honored guest. We may say without being accused of flattery, since he will have quitted our shores before these remarks appear, that no man ever spent a long life in India more universally and deservedly admired and esteemed by all classes than Mr. McDowell ; and the Hindoo community in publicly testifying their approbation of his conduct, have “won golden opinions from all sorts of people.”

The fête given to Mr. McDowell, by his numerous Hindoo friends was a “Subscription Nautch,” at the residence of C. V. Juggarow, in Vepery.—All the roads leading to the scene of festivity were lit up with torches for the occasion; and the garden and house were one blaze of light. At half past eight o'clock, the guests, European and Native, began to arrive; and in half an hour the hall was pretty full. The European gentlemen were about sixty in number, principally of the civil and military services; and several ladies were present also - The following programme exhibits the order of the entertainment above-stairs.

Programme of the Nautch, given to Mr. McDonell, Feb. 3, 1838.

First.—A set of three Mahommedan dancing-women, dancing in a circular form round the hall.

Second.—A young Hindoo girl dancing on the sharp edges of swords, which are fixed in a ladder, at the same time cutting pieces of sugar applied below her feet.

Third.—A set of eight Hindoo dancing-women, each of whom separately holding a string fixed in the ceiling; dancing in different ways and forming the strings into nets, ropes, &c., at the same time singing and beating time with their feet and hands.

Fourth.-A set of three Hindoo Dancing girls dancing in the Carnatic form.

Fifth.-A Hindoo dancing girl, dancing in the Hindoo form to an English tune.—Music with European Instruments.

Fiddlers, songsters and some dancing girls form the sixth.

About the middle of the entertainment, Mr. McDoNell. was approached by C. Strenavassay Pillay and G. V. Juggarow, and, whilst the former stood by bearing the cup to be presented to Mr. Mc DoNell, G. V. Juggarow addressed that gentleman to the following effect :

“The Hindoos, whom you have this day so highly honoured by your acceptance of the entertainment prepared for you, are proud to number you amongst the warmest of their European friends. It has devolved on me to express the feelings excited by the recollection of your kindness to them. I cannot attempt to say any thing more than simply to allude to the deep regret which pervades our minds at the prospect of being de

rived of your presence at Madras, even for a season.

*. the mean time, however, while we indulge the warmest hopes of seeing you return to us, at no distant period, with increased honours, we beg you will carry with you this trifling memorial of our sincere regard and es: teem. We wish you a safe voyage to England, and all possible prosperity.” (Loud cheering.)

The Cup presented to Mr. McDonell by his native friends is a hand some silver vase, with cover and

salver. The cup surmounted with a raven, the family crest, and the coat of arms engraved on one side, with the following inscription on the other as well as on the salver:

Piaf's ented

To AE R. McDonell, Esq. by his hindoo friends AT MADRAs, on the occasion of his departure Fitom iNota, AS A SLIGHT TOKEN of THEin SiN.cert E. REGARD AND ESTEEM. 3d Feb. 1838.

Mr. McDonell replied to the following effect:

“I regret very much that I cannot sufficiently express my feelings at the entertainment given by my native friends. When a man's heart is full he is unable to utter a word. . Nothing could have gratified me in this world more than the honour done me this evening. I have been in India for thirty years, and from the situations I have held in the Revenue department, I have had opportunities of being much associated with the natives, and I have liked them very much. Pray accept my thanks for the piece of plate which you have done me the honor to present to me; and which will be preserved in my family from posterity to posterity."

Almost immediately after the presentation of the cup, G. V. Juggarow proposed Mr. Mc Donell's health in a glass of champaigne, which was drunk by the European friends with enthusiastic and deafening applause, Mr. Mc Donell then proposed the health of C. Strenevassay Pillay and the Hindoo gentlemen of Madras, in a brief but very appropriate speech, which was also o by the same portion of the Company, with hearty Cheers,

The entertainment was kept up with unbounded hilarity until midnight. Two sets of dancing girls exerted their powers for the amusement of the company, at the same time, in very different costumes and received great applause. To persons who never witnessed the sight before, nothing can be more entertaining than the novelties, and, to some extent, the grace of a Hindoo dance ; and, in spite of what has been alleged to the contrary, nothing can contrast more favourably than it does with the legeretté. to use the mildest word of our own Opera-house. It was said that the value of the jewells on three of the girls who were dancing together, could not have been less than ten thousand pagodas! They were literally covered with brilliants, not excepting their noses, which were positively tortured with precious stones.

The rather alarming exhibition of a young girl dancing on the sharp edges of swords, which formed the second act, was repeated late in the evening ; but on the second occasion she cut limes with her heels instead of sugar cane. It appears hardly credible that a delicate little girl should be able to stand on the edge of a sharp sword, and at the same time, by pressing with her heel, cut a lime in two on the same instrument.

We must not omit to notice, that throughout the evening the European guests, and especially the ladies, experienced the most polite and unremitting attention from the native gentlemen who gave the entertainment. A room was laid out with every luxury to gratify the palates of our omniverous countrymen—wine cooled to a fault; and, indeed, nothing omitted which could render the entertainincut worthy of the occasion.— Herald Feb. 7.


To the Right Honorable Lond W.C. 131.NTINck, G.C.

B., M.P. and the Home Committee of the Bengal Steam Fund.

My Lord, I have the honor of enclosing for your Lordship's perusal, a copy of a letter, which, on the 20th September last, I addressed to the Secretary to the New Bengal Steam Fund, in which you will perceive that Iexpressed an intention to suspend to my retirement from the service of the subscribers to that fund, until they had been afforded an opportunity of considering the vindication of my conduct, which I had felt it a duty to address to them. I was not then aware of the communication which had been made to you, and refl. ction upon the nature of that communication has induced me to judge that a departure from the course which I had designed to persue, will, under these circumstances, be more advisable than an adverence o it.

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As the mere agents ourselves of that committee, we should have felt bound to have acted upon the instructions conveyed to us, although opposed to our own opinion, if we did not possess information and personal knowledge as to your services to that cause, which the Calcutta committee are anxious to promote, beyond what was, or could be possessed by them at the date of their letter of the 1st of May last ; and which we cannot but believe would have occasioned a very different feeling from that by which, under a misapprehensiou, they seem to have been actuated towards you at that period.

Under these circumstances, and with the strong impression we entertain, that when they shall become as thoroughly aware as we are, of the zeal and ability with which you have endeavoured to promote the adoption and success of the comprehensive plan of steam commu. nication direct to each presidency, the Calcutta committee will be anxious to do you full justice; we believe that we best study the interests, and the probable future wishes of our constituents, in declining to accept your resignation, until we shall have an answer to the communication which we shall think it our duty alike to them and to yourself, immediately to address to them on this subject ; and in requesting you as a personal kindness to ourselves to continue your valuable services to us and to the cause in the intermediate time as out


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Since the last report presented to the meeting, held on the 19th August last, the evidence taken before a Select Committee of the House of Commons, obtained by Lord William Bentinck, has been received and reprinted for circulation in India. Consequent on that evidence, and the recommendation of the Select Committee of a “continued and zealous attention to the subject on the part of her Majesty's Government and the East India Company,” a general meeting of the inhabitants of Calcutta and its neighbourhood was held on the 4th ultimo; at which a renewed petition to the House of Commons, and memorials to the Board of Control were passed, as also an address to the Right Hon'ble Lord Auckland. The petition was entrusted to the Committee to obtain signatures, and to forward to Lord William Bentinck for presentation to the House of Commons. Six thousand and nineteen signatures were ashxed to the petition, when it became necessary to

despatch it by dak banghy, so that it might be sure of reaching Bombay in time for the Atalanta.

The Hon'ble the Deputy Governor was requested to allow it to be despatched free of charge, with instructions that it might be specially entrusted to the Commander of the Steamer with directions to cause it to be speedily delivered to Colonel Campbell, in order to its certain despatch by the first Alexandria steamer; this was most readily granted. The duplicate copy was a the same time despatched by the Repulse. The Committee have addressed Lord William Bentinck, and, according to the tenor of the second resolution of the meeting, of which copy has been forwarded to his Lord. ship, have solicited his Lordship's continued exertions.

The memorials were forwarded to the Ilon'ble the President in Council by the Hon'ble Sir Edward Ryan, the chairman of the meeting, with the request of the meeting, that they might receive such support as the important object might seem to merit. His Isonor in Council in reply, has given assurance that they will receive his earnest recommendation. ln reply to the address of the inhabitants of Calcutta, Lord Aucklan I has expressed himself in terms the most favorable towards the exten. sion of the communications to the three presidencies. The Committee congratulate the subscribers most sin. cerely on this powerful accession to the cause.

They are happy also to be able to report the deep interest taken in their proceedings in another high and influential quarter. The agents of the Committee at Columbo, Messrs. Partlett and o., leport as follows, under date 15th ultimo. “We have deferred addressing you to the present time in order to be enabled to report to you for the information of the Committee, the result of an interview we had on the subject with his Excellency the Governor.”

“We beg you will be good enough to state to the Committee that his Excellettcy has authorized us to com. municate that, in the event of the plan of steam coin. munication which they contemplate being matured, his Excellency will recommend that the executive Council of this colony should authorize to Government to bear a proportion of the expenditure. His Excellency further expressed his wish to promote the completion of the comprehensive scheme as lar as lay in his power”

The Committee feel assured that it is wholly impossible the home authorities can resist the force of the evi. dence taken before the late Select Committee of the House of Commons, backed as it is by the united support of all the Indian Governments, They refrain from expressing as they feel, the value of this support, and especially of that of the Governor-General. They know it to be given under a conscientious sense of its being due to the cause ; and they feel satisfied that it must be so received at home.

The Committee have also the satisfaction of reporting that the feeling in favour of the extended communication is gaining ground to the Eastward. Messrs. Syme and Co, have requested, with reference to the enquiries made at Singapore, that 50 copies of Dr. Lardner's pamphlet might be sent to them for distribution. Only twenty copies being left ; they have, together 50 copies of the evidence taken before the Select Committee, been forwarded to them by the Sylph.

The Committee did not receive any communication by the last mail from the Home Committee, and they are ignorant whether or not it was the intention of Lord William Bentinck to follow up the report of the select Committee by any motion in the House of Commons. They rely, however, entirely on his Lordship's zeal and judgment; and they feel assured that his Lordship's parting pledge to procure the attainment of the object by every means in his power, as it has been so energetically followed up, so it will never he lost sight of until success is achieved,

The accounts are as usual laid on the table for the *pection of the subscribers. The only items on which any remark seems necessary are those for printing and advertising, and especially the latter.

The first item is, Rs. 1,088 for printing. Of this Rs. 888 are on account of the reprint of Dr. Lardner's pamphlet, and Rs 200 are for the reprint of the evidence taken before the Select Committee of the House of Commons. For this latter a further Rs. 453,8 will be required.

The advertising charges amount to Rs 1,537.3.11 and between three and four thousand rupees are still due. This heavy charge has been chiefly incurred in alorising the con itional scheme throughout India; a. well as in giving notice of the reprints of Dr. Lardner's Pamphlet, and the evidence taken before the select Committee of the House of Commons. Measures will be taken hereafter to reduce this charge, should extended advertisements be again required. "The actual |alance amounts to Rs. 49, 910.12 7, exclusive of £300 in the hands of the Home Committee. The balance, however, is subject to a letter of credit in favour of the Home Committee for £1,000. By order of the Committee, C. B. GREENLAw, Secretary. Town Hall, Calcutta, Feb. 16, 1831.

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