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BELONGING TO THE HONOURABLE COMPANY.
BENGAL; One European Regiment.
One Artillery Regiment
One Engineer Corps, (the Engineer Corps
contains fewer men than the Regiments) N.B. Officers not included, they being before enumerated; about.........
Nine Regiments and Corps
Civil and Military Officers and Inhabitants
Company's European Troops........................
Total Europeans (men only) at the 3 Presidencies 33,646
King's Regiments at the three Presidencies...... 22
Total European Regiments & Corps at 3 Presidencies 31 King's Regiments at Ceylon
Total European Regiments and Corps in India
BELONGING TO THE HON. COMPANY; COMPOSED OF HINDOOS, MAHOMETANS, AND CHRISTIANS *.
BENGAL; Regiments of Native Cavalry
Regiments of Native Infantry
MADRAS; Regiments of Native Cavalry...
BOMBAY; Regiments of Native Infantry
Add European Regiments...
Total Regiments at the three Presidencies †
Some of the Native Troops in the Deccan have a proportion of Chris
The Troops in the service of the Company are estimated, in Letter from Chairman of Court of Directors to Lord Melville, at 140,000 men.
THE foregoing Prospectus of an Ecclesiastical Establishment for British India was communicated to the East-India Mission Committee of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, on the 1st of June, 1812. An Abstract of it was reported by that Committee, to a General Meeting of the Society, held on the 23d of that month, when the following important Resolutions, grounded thereon, were adopted. They are here reprinted from the Appendix, No. 4, to the Annual Report of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge for 1812.
RESOLUTIONS OF THE SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE, MADE AT A GENERAL MEETING, HOLDEN AT BARTLETT'S BUILDINGS, LONDON, ON TUESDAY, JUNE 23, A. D. 1812.
RESOLVED, I. That the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge are prompted, by the most pressing motives, to take part in the public solicitude, now more especially excited for the welfare of the British Empire in the East: having, by the first enlargement of the bounty of their Patrons, and by funds created for that purpose, been engaged to exercise their efforts for extending the knowledge of revealed Truth in those regions.
II. That the Society do, therefore, join the public voice, in imploring the attention of those who direct the councils of the nation, to the cause and interests of Christianity in the East, in which momentous topic of consideration the present and future welfare of so large a number of the subjects of this realm is involved.
III. That the Society are fully sensible, that the claims which such a body, as the subjects of British India, have upon the wisdom, the justice, and the charitable kindness of their rulers, must occupy the thoughts of those who have to consult and provide for their prosperity, inducing them to enact such measures as may serve for the improvement of their whole existence as a people, and more particularly in their religious and moral character. The Society for promoting Christian Knowledge do not therefore arrogate to themselves any other feeling, than that which is entertained, without doubt, by the Government of the Country: and in presenting their humble wishes and requests to those who are best able to give effect, under Providence, to what is so earnestly desired, the Society presume no farther than to hope, that they may hereby add another motive to those inducements, which the mere urgency of the case must press upon the Sovereign Ruler and the chief Councils of the nation *. The Society, therefore, most
* "Mr. Beaufoy, according to order, reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider further of the Government and Trade of India, the Resolutions which the Committee had directed him to report to the House; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the
humbly beg leave to advert to such means, for obtaining the object of their anxious wishes, as to them appear most likely to conduce to the great end in view.
clerk's table: where the same were read, and are as followeth, viz.:
"Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that it is the peculiar and bounden duty of the Legislature to promote, by all just and prudent means, the interests and happiness of the inhabitants of the British dominions in India; and that, for these ends, such measures ought to be adopted as may gradually tend to their advancement in useful knowledge, and to their religious and moral improvement.
"Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that sufficient means of religious worship and instruction be provided for all persons of the Protestant Communion, in the service or under the protection of the East-India Company in Asia, proper Ministers being, from time to time, sent out from Great Britain for those purposes; and that a Chaplain be maintained on board every ship of seven hundred tons burthen, and upwards, in the East-India Company's employ; and, moreover, that no such Ministers or Chaplains shall be sent out, or appointed, until they shall first have been approved of by the Archbishop of Canterbury, or the Bishop of London, for the time being.
"The said Resolutions being severally read a second time, were, upon the question severally put thereon, agreed to by the House."-Vide COMMONS' JOURNAL, 14th May, 1793, p. 778.
On the 17th of the same month,
"Another clause being offered to be added to the Bill, for empowering the Court of Directors to send out Schoolmasters, and persons approved by the Archbishop of Canterbury, or the Bishop of London, &c. for the religious and moral improvement of the native inhabitants of the British dominions in India;
"The House was moved, That the Resolutions which, upon Tuesday last, were reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider further of the Govern