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BOURCHIER WREY SAVILE, M.A.,

RECTOR OF SHILLINGFORD, EXETER,
Author of " The Truth of the Bible," etc., etc.

A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of their ancestors will
never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by their descendants."

MACAULAY.

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Fondos DDLEIANO
HODDER AND STOUGHTON,

27, PATERNOSTER ROW

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Hazell, Watson, and Viney, Printers, London and Aylesbury.

PREFACE.

THE

HE object of the following story is to show

how the Indian Empire has been won by England, mainly, under Providence, through the skill and genius of two eminent statesmen, LORD CLIVE and WARREN HASTINGS, who may be regarded as the respective founder and builder up of the British Empire in the East. If to these two-amongst other distinguished statesmen who have governed India—must be awarded the chief merit of having established our Empire in Hindostan, it is universally admitted that it was preserved during the Sepoy mutiny of 1857 through the skilful rule of the late LORD LAWRENCE, the great pro-consul of the Punjaub, which happily for us was entrusted to his care at that most important crisis in the history of England. It was he who succeeded in conciliating the recently conquered Sikhs, and in converting them into our staunchest friends, by which means he was enabled at the supreme moment of the rebellion to send the much-needed assistance to our sorely pressed army at the siege of Delhi, when there was no means

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