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Press cuttings from The Times [‎40r] (5/8)

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The record is made up of 4 folios. It was created in 24 May 1879-29 May 1879. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Wo are reauested by Lord Colin Campbell to
publish the following ;—
" Ar^jll-lodge, Keusiugton, May 27,1879.
" Dear Lord Eldio,—Yoar letU-r in TAt Times of to-dcy
is open to tL»< criticism that the person agaiut whom it
i» directed is, and will bo for gome time, prevented
from protesting against the construction wlicli you hare
cbosen to place upon Li» letter which appeared in The
Times of the 24th inst. Believing that that construction
is a fair one, you speak of the letter iu which lie disclaims
a certain interpretation which you appeared to put upon
the language recently used by him when refer
ring to the confereiices between Noor Mahomed and
Sir Lewis Pelly at Peehawur as au ' apology ' for
and a ' retractation or denial of what appeared
to be his personal charges against Sir Lewis i eliy.
Unnecessary though it teemed to him, he was willing, iu
order to save you trouble, to give an explanation of that
language J but aa nothing was further from his intention
so nothing will aurprise him more than to learn that ho has
either apologized or retracted.
" You have quoted and considered apart, I think,
from the context the words to which you took exception ;
and you say that ' in the natural sense of ordinary lan
guage these words would appear to apply directly to Sir
Lewis PeJiy.'" u
Undoubtedly they apply, and were intended (when taken
with what goei before) to apply directly to Sir Lewis
Pelly ; but that this was a direct application to
him, coiifciiiered as the ' mouthpiece' and representative
of tbo Government of India, and not a direct aud
personal application retioeting on his private character, no
uge could have failed to infer who looked to the entire
passage (part of which you have quoted), and who remem
lered that Sir Lewis Pelly both received instructions before
and while conducting the negotiations, and that he acted up
to them in such a way as to earn the unqualified praise of
Lord Lyttou aud af Lord Salisbury. • > 11
" Had there been anything done or said by Sir Lewis Pelly
at Peshawur which bad uot, iu every particular, been
adopted and approved by the Home Government, the words
spoireu ou the 16th of this month in the House of Lords
might have had the force aud effect which you errone
ously attribute to them.
" When you say that you are 4 not surprised to bud
that the duke has come to the conclusion that be bad
made a mistake in speaking as he did of Sir L. leily,
you somewhat adroitly attempt to excuse your own r^
treat by representing him as having changed his front,
when, iu fact, his position remains, and will continue tu
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Press cuttings from The Times relating to the Duke of Argyll's attack in the House of Lords on Sir Lewis Pelly:

  • 24 May 1879 printed letter from the Duke of Argyll regarding Lord Elcho's intention to speak on the matter in the House of Commons and amending his accusations against Pelly to be accusations against his superiors.
  • 27 May 1879 printed response from Lord Elcho citing numerous references to the exemplary nature of Pelly's work there given in the House December 1878
  • Undated [28 May 1879?] printed letter from Lord Colin Campell regarding the Duke of Argyll and Lord Elcho's correspondence
  • 29 May 1879 summary of the disagreement as printed in The Times 24-29 May.
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