[ Sir John David Rees denounces 'the Anglo vernacular press', 'women lawyers', 'Miss Cornelia Sorabji, & Rukmi Bhai' and 'Reviving Hinduism'. ] Corrected draft of newspaper article showing a marked antipathy to the Indian population.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Lord Lansdowne;Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne ]
Publication details: 
Written in India during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship and Lord Rosebery's premiership, hence 1894.
£150.00
SKU: 20458

For information on Rees see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. 2pp., foolscap 8vo. On the rectos of a bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the second leaf tipped in onto a leaf extracted from an album. From Rees's papers, and written during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship, 1888-1894, and Lord Rosebery's premiership, 1894-1895; hence in 1894. An extract from the corrected draft of an untraced newspaper or magazine article, showing marked antipathy to the native Indian population, their rights and aspirations. The first page carries 23 lines of autograph text, and it begins: 'It is interesting to see how the native press has had to eat its words of condemnation & to praise Lord Lansdowne for his action in regard to the exemption of the cotton imports. The Indian papers will soon dub him the Straight Viceroy just as the English in India do.' The text continues with a reference to 'Sir David Barbour's hesitating and half unintelligible utterances upon a subject of which he should be a past master', 'the Anglo vernacular press', 'the position of […] women & the exaggerated representation of Miss Cornelia Sorabji, & Rukmi Bhai' ('There is a general impression that neither gods nor men can tolerate Miss Sorabji's women lawyers, & that Rukmi Bhai is making a living out of her legal status as a disobedient wife. The utterances of the English Press on the subject of Indian women seem to those who know India & its people as ignorant, as those of the Indian Mirror of Calcutta which announced in large type, not long ago the “Retirement of Mr Gladstone & the appointment of Lord Rosebery as premier of the United Kimberley”'. The second page carries a newspaper cutting, bearing a quotation 'from the “Vrittanta Chintamani”, which 'completely disposes of Lord Meath's precious proposal to make British peers of I ndian Rajas'. The quotation (beginning 'Native rajas are unfit to be members of the House of Lords; even if they are found fit they will be of no use.') is said to provide 'a cold douche of common sense'. The final paragraph is on 'Reviving Hinduism', which 'thanks Christian Missionaries for presenting educated Hindus their own faith in a purer form, purged of its grosser aspects, which however remain as preponderant as ever for the vulgar', containing another reference to 'the English & Anglo Vernacular press'. The document breaks off: 'In many papers it is boldly stated […]'.