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Finally, I must be permitted to say that the writing of this book has been the hatefullest and most painful duty I have ever performed. I have put to myself, a score of times, Lord Melbourne's question, 'Can't you let it alone?' and always I have had to answer, ‘No, I can't.' And it's as well I can't. For, if I could I should be a contemptible creature. To me, things in India are as I describe them to be, and I have no choice but to so describe them.
DORSET HOUSE, DORSET SQUARE,
SOME OF THE AUTHORITIES CONSULTED
The Dufferin Inquiry in 1887–88 as to the Steadily Underfed Population of India :
Confidential' Volumes : a. An Inquiry into the Economic Condition of the Agricultural
and Labouring Classes in the North-Western Provinces and
Oudh. b. Similar Inquiries for Bombay, Madras, Bengal, Panjab,
Central Provinces, Assam, the Berars, and Ajmere.
Merwara. (These volumes constitute the nearest approach to an economic
inquiry into Indian conditions yet undertaken.] Statistical Abstracts of British India, Nos. 1 to 35. Statement Exhibiting the Moral and Material Progress and Condition
of India, Nos. 16 to 36.
The Orissa Famine of 1866.
Country and People;
and the People; and c. Information Furnished by the Madras Board of Revenue
to the Famine Commission of 1878–9. The Famine of 1897–98;—
Report and Evidence. Several volumes. Area and Yield of Crops. Third Issue, 1901. Parliamentary Inquiries into the East India Company's Administration prior to Renewal of the Charter
About thirty volumes in all.
East India Company during the Last Half of the Eighteenth
Administration Reports for
Ajmere, The Berars, for past Twenty Years. Over two hundred volumes. Tables of Trade of British India. Inquiry into Panjab Indebtedness, by S. S. Thorburn. Agricultural Statistics of British India. Tenth to Fifteenth Issues. Financial and Commercial Statistics of British India. Several Issues. Report on the Revised Settlement of the Gurgaon District, 1872–88. Census of India
a. General Report, 1881. Three volumes.
b. , , 1891. One volume. Several District Manuals of Madras and Bombay. And Numerous other Official Publications, including the Gazette
of India and Provincial Gazettes ; Also, the Several Official Commission Inquiries of the past
• India,' by Sir John Strachey, G.C.S.I. • England's Work in India,' by Sir W. W. Hunter, and other works
by the same author. The Dictionary of Statistics,' by Mulhall. • The Law of Civilisation and Decay,' by Brooks Adams.
The Science of Civilisation,' by C. B. Phipson. The Poverty of India,' by Dadabhai Naoroji. 'Famines in India,' by Romesh C. Dutt, C.I.E. The Great Famine,' by Vaughan Nash. The Indian Tribute,' by Thos. Inwood Pollard. • Asia and Europe,' by Meredith Townsend. "Life of Major-General Sir Thomas Munro, K.C.B.,' by the Rev. G. R.
Gleig. Two volumes. • Eastern India,' vol. i., 'Behar and Shahabad.' Montgomery Martin. Max Müller's Works. • The Indian Problem Solved.' • Mussulmans and the Moneylenders in the Panjab,' by S. S. Thorburn. • Improvement of Indian Agriculture,' by J. A. Voelcker. The Economic Revolution of India,' by A. K. Connell, and more than Two Hundred Other Volumes, such as the Rulers of India Series,
Biographies, e.g., Marquis of Wellesley, Lord Hastings, and
others, With Several Files of Indian Newspapers, and Volumes of the
Sarvajanik Sabha Journal. '
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