Excerpt from History of India Under Queen Victoria, Vol. 1: From 1836 to 1880
Ts! Following pages treat of a period in our Indian history of which no connected account on a like scale has hitherto been published. They present in fact a concise, yet full and careful, narrative... of events in India from the first days of Lord Auckland down to the last of Lord Lytton; that is, from 1836 to 1880, or, in other words, from the eve of the first to the close of the last Afghan War.
The history of these forty-four years is in many ways the most eventful and important in the whole of our Indian rule. A mere glance at the contents of these volumes will suffice to show the truth of this statement. There are not a few still living to whom the events here described are matters either of personal experience or of contemporary knowledge. Many of them will, no doubt, be tempted to refresh their memories in the act of their battles o'er again. But I would fain hape that a much larger class of younger men will find their interest and advantage in following the record of those great achievements in peace and war, to which, in these pages, I have tried to do justice, so far as it lay within my scope and means, without respect of persons or parties. They would learn, among other things, how much their countrymen in India have done or attempted for the people among whom their lot was cast; how nobly, on the whole, they wrought and suffered during the great crisis of 1857; and how far they have since succeeded in carrying out the kindly purposes of the Royal Proclamation of 1858.
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