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Some Account of the Services of Sir Charles Oakeley, Bart. in India Drawn up by Himself, Ed. by H. Oakeley (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 3 feb 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836. Excerpt: ... paying off large masses annually that the burden can be effectually subdued in the short intervals of peace. Besides, the appropriation of a considerable sum at once in India, would probably enable the government to reduce the exorbitant rate of interest upon the whole debt, and thus greatly accelerate its liquidation. This consequence actually followed a similar operation upon the debt at Madras in 1792 and 1793, and suddenly raised the public credit of that government to a pitch wholly unexampled in the annals of the Company." The same energy of mind was observable in every occupation in which he was engaged. The greater portion of his time was passed in his study; and one of the advantages of his release from public duties, which he eagerly embraced, was the power of improving himself in that branch of knowledge, the cultivation of which had been interrupted by his early removal to India. Considering the usual acquirements of a schoolboy at fifteen, the long interval which he had devoted to other pursuits, and the period of life at which he returned to classical reading, the progress which he made was surprising, and a strong proof both of his perseverance, and of his taste for literature. He took great delight in making written translations from the best Latin authors. At one time, he was in the habit of employing himself daily in this manner; and I remember, in particular, his translations of large portions of Tacitus, of Sallust, and of Pliny, done with great elegance and precision. It was his constant practice to engage in such studies with his boys, during their holidays; and we never found him weary or unwilling to return to them, though too often, it is to be feared, deficient ourselves in corresponding zeal and alacrity. Of the literature of h...

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