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Enclosures of letter to Her Majesty's Secretary of State for India, No.18, dated 22 January 1875: Nos. 3 to 30 Abstract of Contents from the Foreign Department, Fort William [‎148v] (6/20)

The record is made up of 10 folios. It was created in 22 Jan 1875. 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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Enclosure No. 20.
Telegram, dated ISth January 1875.
From— Sir Lewis Pelly , Baroda,
To—Foreign Secretary, Calcutta.
I have just received forty lakhs of Rupees in Government notes of one
thousand rupees each. We have now about a total of sixty lakhs of rupees in
hand, so the financial mess is cleared. I need not trouble you for aid.
Enclosure No. 21.
Telegram, No. 171P, dated 18th January 1875.
From—Foreign Secretary, Calcutta,
To— Sir Lewis Pelly , Earoda.
Y ours of 18th about forty lakhs satisfactory.
Enclosure No. 22.
Telegram dated 19tli January 1875.
From— Sir Lewis Pelly , Baroda,
To—Foreign Secretary, Calcutta.
Y our p-uch of 14th received many thanks. Pouch leaves this to-morrow
morning. Gaekwar has retained Shanteram Narayn who returns to Bombav
to-morrow for further Counsel. Successful and crowded Durbar A public audience held by a British colonial ruler, deriving from the Persian and Urdu word for ‘court’. to-dav in which
Sirdars condemned action of Synaputtee in regard to concealment of forty
lakhs. Administration and affairs progressing. All well.
Enclosure No. 23.
No. 19-62, dated Baroda, 13th January 1875.
From Col. Sir L. Pelly , K.C.S.I., Agent, Govr.-Genl., and Special Commr., Baroda,
To—C. U. Aitchison , Esq., C.S.I., Secy, to the Govt, of India, Foreign Dept.
R eferring to minor arrrangements at Baroda I have the honor to report
that finding cause to suppose that some of our local officials were two intimate
with people about the Court, 1 have suggested transferences which have been
carried into effect as follows :—
iransference of the Government Telegraph establishment, and introduc
tion of new men wholly without local acquaintances.
lemporary introduction of Inspecting Postmaster.
Transference of the Railway Station Master and all his porters.
Removal of an Office Clerk implicated.
1 emporary increase of Railway Way Inspectors.
Introduction of a Head Inspecting Detective with two subordinates for
detective purposes in town and cantonment.
Introduction of 12 policemen from different points for duty under detectives.
rr i ?" at 1>waihva y i Company have obligingly instructed their Inspecting
lelegrap i Master to place all information at my disposal. Thus all teleorams
of a questionable character will be made known to me.
3. 1 trust that these arrangements, which, though pettv, are of much
use, may be approved by His Excellency in Council
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The enclosures consist of correspondence between the Secretary to the Government of India, Foreign Department (Charles Umpherston Aitchison); Secretary to the Government at Bombay (Charles Gonne); and the Agent, Governor-General and Special Commissioner at Baroda (Lewis Pelly). The correspondence discusses the appointment of a Commission to investigate the case against His Highness Malharrao Gaekwar, including the specialist requirements of the Commission in relation to secretaries with language skills; the Advocate-General at Bombay being tasked with the prosecution of the case on behalf of the Government of India; and how the expenses of the Commission will be paid.

The enclosures also report on the situation within Baroda following the announcement of the Commission, and the steps taken to ensure that administration of the state continued and that any outbreaks of civil disturbances could be dealt with.

There are two copies of the enclosures: folios 146-150 and 151-155, however the original letter and abstract of contents of the enclosures are no longer enclosed.

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Enclosures of letter to Her Majesty's Secretary of State for India, No.18, dated 22 January 1875: Nos. 3 to 30 Abstract of Contents from the Foreign Department, Fort William [‎148v] (6/20), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F126/81, ff 146-155, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023626961.0x000063> [accessed 18 February 2020]

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