The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

Address from the ‘Native Community of Bengal’

Address from the ‘native community of bengal’

THE document below is a conspicuous expression of loyalty by several of the elites within Bengali society. It illustrates how dependent so many were for their offices and livelihoods on the beneficence of the East India Company and the desire therefore of some of them to distance themselves as far as possible from the violent events taking place in the plains of North India. Their sincerity may be open to debate.

Address from Native Community of Bengal Criticising Leniency of Government towards Rebels, 21 December 1857

My Lord,

We the undersigned Rajahs, Zemindars, Talookdars, Merchants, Tradesmen, Agriculturists, and other Natives of the Provinces of Bengal, Behar and Orissa, … beg leave to approach your ...

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