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the territory remains unrestored to this hour, and the very despatch for its restoration, if rumour speaks true, unreplied to. Letter XIV. must therefore be read as written under the delusion of supposing that the directions of the Queen's Government were obeyed by the Indian authorities.
It is well known that under the Double Government many a benevolent despatch from the Court of Directors remained waste paper in India. It is more than suspected that the practice had grown up latterly of writing such despatches as our Transatlantic cousins would say, for Bunkum-without any intention of their being carried out, but solely to make a show before Parliament and through the press.* There remains to be seen whether the Queen's Government will submit to either disgrace in future.
* The Moturfa abolition despatch for instance ?
INTRODUCTORY-The Proclamation and its Promises.
Acts of Annexation
bearing upon Adoption . . . . .
by Blood or Marriage . . . . .
LETTER XII. What the Natives have said of late Annexations
THE PLEDGES OF THE PROCLAMATION TO THE
PEOPLE OF INDIA.
LETTER XVIII. The Effect of the Sale-Laws