Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke

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Author: Edmund Burke

British Government in India.

The British government in India being a subordinate and delegated power, it ought to be considered as a fundamental principle in such a system, that it is to be preserved in the strictest obedience to the government at home. Administration in India, at an immense distance from the seat of the supreme authority; intrusted with the most extensive powers; liable to the greatest temptations; possessing the amplest means of abuse; ruling over a people guarded by no distinct or well-ascertained privileges, whose language, manners, and radical prejudices render not only redress, but all complaint on their part, a matter of extreme difficulty; such an administration, it is evident, never can be made subservient to the interests of Great Britain, or even tolerable to the natives, but by the strictest rigour in exacting obedience to the commands of the authority lawfully set over it.

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Chicago: Edmund Burke, "British Government in India.," Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke in Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke Original Sources, accessed October 4, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KR7H5A128HTX77A.

MLA: Burke, Edmund. "British Government in India." Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke, in Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke, Original Sources. 4 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KR7H5A128HTX77A.

Harvard: Burke, E, 'British Government in India.' in Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke. cited in , Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke. Original Sources, retrieved 4 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KR7H5A128HTX77A.