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MILL, John Stuart.

Autograph letter signed, pertaining to Mill's duties as an administrator in the East India Company.

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Published: India House 29 September, 1848

Stock Code: 128974

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Autograph letter signed "J. S. Mill" to an unknown "Sir", apparently unpublished, discussing political intrigues within the East India Company. With reference to a current dispute, Mill declares his support for one Captain Philip Meadows Taylor (1808-1876) in the military service of the Company, suggesting that the recipient of the letter "should work the India Board as hard as you can. If you know Waterfield you may use my opinion in a manner which I could not with propriety do myself. Waterfield always thinks for himself but if inclined in the manner we wish he may be strengthened by the opinion of another person conversant with the facts of the case. Whatever may be the cause that is working against Capt. Taylor, I am convinced Fraser has nothing to do with it. Fraser as far as I know has always written to illegible very much in his favour - but Fraser is a man who shrinks from responsibility. Capt. Taylor or rather his correspondent is quite in error if he supposes that the Nuzzerana business has done Capt. Taylor any harm. Fraser did not agree with them on that subject which the home authorities & Sir H. Harding did & do most strenuously". Despite the successes Taylor had met with in pacifying the state of Shorapur in 1841, three years later an unsuccessful attempt was made to replace him with another Company civil servant. At the time Mill wrote to Taylor's cousin, Henry Reeve, that "You can hardly feel more interested in preventing the removal of Captain Meadows Taylor from Shorapur than I do myself because (to say nothing of personal considerations), I have a very high opinion of the merits of his administration of Shorapur" (23 September 1845). It is unknown whether the difficulties facing Taylor in 1848 were the same as those in 1845; regardless, Mill's encouragement in his favour had not faded. The Waterfield mentioned in Mill's letter is Thomas Nelson Waterfield (1799-1862), a Senior Clerk in the Secret and Political Department of the Company.
Mill was employed with the East India Company from May 1823, aged 17, to October 1858, when the Company's charter was abolished. Though he began as a clerk in the office of the examiner of correspondence he eventually was appointed to the examinership itself.

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Single sheet (229 x 176 mm), folded once vertically, hand written in ink across three-and-a-quarter pages.


Creased from folding as usual, partly split along joint, bottom edge a little tanned with a few short closed tears, faint pencil annotation to final page, "John Stuart Mills", overall in very good condition.


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