Men Whom India Has Known; Biographies of Eminent Indian Characters

9781130069549: Men Whom India Has Known; Biographies of Eminent Indian Characters

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 Excerpt: ...Indian career, and was bent on following his steps. The return to England, however, of his brother Henry, on sick leave from India, induced him to change his decision, by his pointing out to him the superior advantages of a civilian's career. So John Lawrence went to Haileybury. Here he remained till May 1829, and took prizes in History, Bengallee, Law, and was returned as highly distinguished in other departments." He left England in September of the same year, in company with his brother Henry and landed at Calcutta on the 9th of February 1830, where he remained ten months. Frequent illness gave him such a distaste for the country that it is probable an offer of 100 a year would have taken him home again! After passing his examinations he was at his own request appointed to the Delhi territory. 1 hough six months was the time allowed for joining, Lawrence accomplished the journey (900 miles) by palanquin in 18 days--an extraordinary performance in those days. For the first four years, he held the office of Assistant Judge, Magistrate and Collector of the city and its environs, under the Resident of Delhi--its area embracing 780 square miles, with a population of 506,689 souls. Next he was selected for the charge of the Northern division of this territory, the chief station of which was Paniput, twenty miles from Kurnaul. and rover which, with a turbulent and disaffected population of 486,000 and"an area of 1832 square miles, he ruled as the only officer in the district, for two years, and brought it into perfect order. After having performed this, he "was pronounced to be far too junior to draw the full salary attaching to the permanent charge reverted to his 'substantive office of Assistant Magistrate and Collector of Delhi, whilst t...

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