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Desirous of placing on record, for future reference when necessary, a complete History of the late Discussions in India respecting the Freedom of the Press; and, at the same time, unwilling to intrude on the space which should be appropriated to subjects more calculated to interest the general reader, we have thought it best to occupy a few additional sheets, by way of AppENDix, with the Official Correspondence that follows... The Documents could not be given at separate intervals, and in a broken and disjointed manner, without materially lessening their interest, and diminishing their force; nor would it be doing justice to the question to offer a mere abstract of their arguments. We shall i. to the enemies of a Free Press in India the task of presenting garbled and ex-parte statements, on this subject, to the world; and, for ourselves, adopt the more impartial plan of giving, complete, the Letters which have been written on both sides; leaving the reader to form his own conclusions on the facts and opinions therein developed and expressed. Under the system of terror that prevailed in India, towards the close of Lord Hastings's Administration, it was deemed unsafe to publish even these official documents, at least in that country; and when the permission of the Indian Government was asked for this purpose, no answer was made; as if the members of it were unwilling to grant and yet ashamed to refuse so just and reasonable a demand. It was then determined to make a compilation of the letters, and print a few copies for private distribution, until a period should arrive when it might be safe to publish them to the world. That period, it is conceived, is now arrived; and from their publication here, the British community will see the nature of the writings which the Indian Government thought it necessary to restrain in their Eastern dominions, and estimate rightly the slender grounds of their pretended alarm.
A brief Statement of the principal Events cted with the Question of Summary Transportation without Trial, as a Punishment for Offences through the Press in India. Compiled chiefly for the elucidation of certain points referred to in the Official Correspondence, which has recently passed between the Chief Secretary to Government and the Editor of the Calcutta Journal.—Printed exclusively for the private Information of the Editor's Friends; but neither published nor sold.—August 13, 1821.
The impossibility of multiplying manuscript copies of the recent Official Correspondence, between the Chief Secretary to Government
which Summary Transportation without Trial is made the threatened punishment for alleged offences through the Press. Such cases as
and the Editor of the Calcutta Journal, on
have been brought before the King's Court,
and to confine the Official Letters to those in Transportation without Trial, which, what
Orient. Herald, Vol. 1. App.