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HONOURABLE EAST INDIA COMPANY'S
FROM 1741 TO 1858.
jncluding Chronological Lists of
GOVERNORS, COMMANDERS-IN-CHIEF, CHIEF JUSTICES AND JUDGES,
OF THE MADRAS PRESIDENCY, BETWEEN 1652 AND 1858.
AS WELL AS
LISTS OF THE DIRECTORS OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY;
AND PRESIDENTS OF THE BOARD OF CONTROL.
Compiled and Edited, from Records in the possession
of the Secretary of State for Jndia,
CHARLES C. PRINSEP,
STATISTICAL REPORTER, AND LATE SUPERINTENDENT OF RECORDS, INDIA OFFICE.
APR 20 1910
35allantyne Press BALLANTYNE, HANSON AND CO.
EDINBURGH AND LONDON
THE past History of the Old East India Company's service is too well known to require any description in this place; suffice it to remark, that it has produced a class of public servants not to be equalled by any other nation. No reader of Indian History can pronounce this eulogy as undeserved, for whether in peace or in war, rebellion or famine, its truth has been amply demonstrated.
The Indian Civil Service may be said to have commenced from the time when the Right Hon. Warren Hastings, who had previously served on the Council of the Government of Madras, was appointed Governor of Bengal in 1772, and subsequently became the first Governor-General under an Act passed (13 Geo. III., cap. 63) in 1773, when the East India Company first determined to take the country's revenues into their own hands. It was also resolved that the Presidencies of Madras and Bombay should be subject to the Governor-General in political matters. At this date the stupendous fabric of the Indian Civil Service fairly began, although from that time to the present day each Presidency has had its distinctive functions.
The first English Company for the purpose of trading with India was incorporated by Queen Elizabeth on 31st December