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.
Chapter 4: Petition from the British Inhabitants of Calcutta
Petition from the British Inhabitants of Calcutta
THIS petition, most likely originating from within the British trading community in Calcutta, is remarkable for its criticisms of the Company's government, especially the restrictions on the freedom of the press, and calls, as early as August 1857, for the dissolution of East India Company rule in India and the institution of direct government from Britain, with local governance provided by an open legislative council.
Petition of the Undersigned British Inhabitants of Calcutta, 3 August 1857
Most humbly sheweth
That your Petitioners view with daily increasing anxiety and alarm the condition and prospects of British India….
Throughout India the Native belief in the prestige of British Power has been destroyed and where the Asiatic has ...