(CORNWALLIS, Charles, first Marquess Cornwallis.) FORREST, G. W. (ed.).

Selections from the State Papers of the Governors-General of India. Lord Cornwallis.

Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1926 Stock Code: 140904
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Notes

First edition, first impression. This remains a vital source of information on Cornwallis and was one of the last editorial ventures of the veteran historian of India, Sir George Forrest (1845-1926), a man whose diligent work in the Indian archives "opened the way for a new type of history of British India" (ODNB). Volume I is given over entirely to Forrest's introduction, in which, he remarks in his Note, he has "devoted some care to the account of the military operations under Medows in 1790, the full story of Cornwallis's own campaigns in 1791-92, and the Parliamentary debates in February and March, 1791".

Cornwallis was governor-general of India between 1786 and 1793 and again for just under three months in 1805, this second tenure cut short when he fell ill and died at Ghazipur, near Benares. For his campaigning in India, ODNB describes him as "a logistical commander par excellence".

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Description

2 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, gilt-lettered spines.

Illustrations

Half-tone portrait frontispiece of Cornwallis.

Condition

Spines lightly sunned, sides slightly mottled where previously damped. A very good set, largely unopened.

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