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Excerpt from A Plan for the Home Government of India: With Provisions Calculated to Prevent or Limit the Evils and Dangers of PatronageTo give that power to the Government of the Crown which it is clearly desirable it should possess in ruling such aMoreExcerpt from A Plan for the Home Government of India: With Provisions Calculated to Prevent or Limit the Evils and Dangers of PatronageTo give that power to the Government of the Crown which it is clearly desirable it should possess in ruling such a dependency as India- namely, an arbitrary power, coupled with grave responsibility for its exercise.To bring the proceedings of the Home Government of India constantly and distinctly under the general supervision of the Houses of Parliament- without which, no plan for the administration of a British dependency, conquered or colonized, could be for a moment entertained.A principal object of my scheme is, I repeat, to limit Ministerial patronage and Parliamentary jobbery, as much as it is possible to limit them in free and happy Britain- where jobs and jobbery are as endemic as consumption: where they blossom and bloom, and give fruit so luxuriantly, that a lover of jobs in the abstract (and there be many such) might exclaim with the Persian poet,Agr behisht dur zumeen ustHumeen ust - humeen ust - humeen ust.a distich which I will not be so uncomplimentary to the kind reader as to translate- since every one is, in the present day, so conversant in matters connected with the East, that we, who have sojourned all our lives in that blessed country which showers on its kings barbaric pearl and gold, have no manner of chance.But touching this question of patronage and job, you, my discriminating public, imagine that you have nipped the whole thing in the bud, by your system of competition for appointments to India. I beseech you, Lay not that flattering unction to your soul. Assume, though the assumption might cause a man of the world to smile, that the best competitors will always be the successful and chosen ones, it is of no vital importance.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.