By John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill labored for thirty-five years within the Examiner's workplace of the East India corporation, first as a junior clerk and at last as head of the place of work. His actions there are one of the least tested elements of his career.

Mill used to be a little bit reluctant, due to his authentic place, to remark publicly at the Company's affairs, yet sometimes he placed forwards perspectives in essays and prior to parliamentary committees that alert us to special components in his inspiration and occupation. extra, while within the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny a succession of money owed was once introduced ahead in parliament to abolish the Companty, Mill used to be its leader spokesman in a succession of conscientiously argued pamphlets that exhibit much more of his views.

This quantity deals the 1st chance for a fill overview of Mill's contribution, together with because it does the 1st reprinting of the essays, parliamentary proof, and pamphlets, and including an appendix of an annotated checklist and placement of his despatches.

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Examiner F. Prideaux (Revenue & Separate Revenue) Correspondence Clerk E. Peacock (Revenue) 1 Asst. Examiner J. Hawkins (Judicial & Legislative) 1 Asst. to Examiner E. Bourdillon (Public) I Asst. to Examiner J. Kaye (Political) i Asst. to Examiner W. Thornton (Public Works) Correspondence Clerk J. Melville (Judicial, Public, & Revenue) the earlier stages of his own career). This pattern is confu'med by the fact that Mill's own list of despatches during this period (1856-58) does not include any drafts in the Revenue, Judicial, and Legislative Departments--drafts for which Hawkins and Prideaux were primarily responsible.

There was no doubt in his mind that such a system _vas very well suited to the needs of the more progressive nations of Western Europe. However, influenced by a combination of his father's pessimistic views of Indian culture, together with Comtian and Saint-Simonian notions about the main stages in the progress of human thought, Mill concluded that representative government could not as yet be introduced into the less advanced and traditional societies of Asia, including India. s7 The people of these societies were, he contended, too passive, and too crushed by centuries of despotism, to take an active stand in defence of their individual legal and political rights.

101-2. Examplesof Mill's correspondencewith the Board of Controlon Secret De_nent business (1856-58) are in Secret MiscellanyBook L/P&S/3/1, 440-2, 482-5. , 1857-58, Vols. 148-51; The Cambridge History of lndia, Vol. VI: The Indi_a_n Empire, xxxiv Introduction By the end of 1857 the directors knew that Lord Palmerston's ministry was preparing a comprehensive measure to end the Company's responsibility for the government of India, and they had evidently instructed Mill and other advisers to begin to prepare a defence.

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