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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 ?

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LETTER V.
The Pledge of Respect to Treaties in its Bearings upon late

Acts of Annexation

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LETTER VI.
The Pledge of Respect to the Rights of Native Princes, in its

bearing upon Adoption . . . . .

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LETTER VII.
How Successions by Adoption were respected till 1841.

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LETTER VIII.
How the Right of Adoption was invaded, 1841-8. .

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LETTER IX.
How the Annexation Policy dealt with the Right of Adoption

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LETTER X.
How the Annexation Policy dealt with Rights of Succession

by Blood or Marriage . . . . .

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LETTER XI.
A Sample of the details of Annexation :-Nagpore ..

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LETTER XII. What the Natives have said of late Annexations

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LETTER XIII.
Guarantees of the Non-annexation Policy required for the
Future . . . . . . .

LETTER XIV.
How some of our Allies have been lately treated . .

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PART II.

THE PLEDGES OF THE PROCLAMATION TO THE

PEOPLE OF INDIA.

LETTER XV.
The Pledge of Religious and Civil Impartiality and Equality

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LETTER XVI.
The Pledge of Respect to Native Property and Usages ; a
Glance into the Past .

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LETTER XVII.
The North-West Revenue Settlement and the Talookdars

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LETTER XVIII. The Effect of the Sale-Laws

LETTER XIX.
The Resumption Laws and the Inam Commission

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LETTER XX.
The Inam Commission and the Government Practice as to
Adoption and Alienation

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LETTER XXII. Decay of the Wealthy and Respectable Classes

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LETTER XXIII.

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The Land Revenue

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LETTER XXIV. How the Pledge of Respect to Native Property is to be carried out . . ·

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