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FAMILIAR HISTORY

BRITISH INDIA.

FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE TRANSFER OF

THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA TO THE

BRITISH CROWN IN 1858.

FOR THE USE OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS.

By J. H. STOCQUELEK, Esq.,

AUTHOfi OF THE 'HANDBOOK OF INDIA,' THE 'LIFE OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON,'
THE 'MILITARY ENCYCLOPEDIA,' &C, &C.

LONDON:
DARTON & Co., HOLBORN HILL.

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LONDON: PRINTED BT WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFOBD-STREET, AND CHARING CROSS.

TO

THE REVEREND J. A. EMERTON, D.D.,

PRINCIPAL OF THE HANWELL COLLEGE,

f.jjc follofoing J) ages

ABE RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED

BV ONE WHO HAS LONG ENJOYED HIS VALUABLE FRIENDSHIP,

AND BEEN PERMITTED TO ASSIST HIM IN THE DUTY

OF EDUCATING GENTLEMEN FOR THE

BRITISH AND INDIAN ARMIES,

THE AUTHOB.

INTRODUCTION.

In the course of preparing sundry of the pupils of the Hanwell College and other schools for the Indian Army and Civil Establishment, I was much struck with the extraordinary imperfections of the History of India prescribed by the late East India Company for the candidates for their services, and still continued in use. The volume of Me. Hugh Murbay actually omits all reference to the chief events in the career of Warren Hastings, and the governments of Lord. Minto and Sir John Shore, the Mutiny at Vellore, the Burmese War of 1824-25, the Barrackpore Mutiny of 1826, and several other incidents of great historical importance. And the date of the publication of the book, of course, has precluded any allusion to the last great rebellion, and the administrative changes which have resulted from it. Other histories 1 have found either too meagre or too full for the ordinary student; and few of them minutely accurate in their account of the progress of English settlement, and the diffusion of good laws and the Christian religion in India, though not wanting in

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