[ Dwarkanath Tagore ] Manuscript biographical study (panegyric even) of Dwarkanath Tagore, presumably secretarial text (two hands), but signed from Dwarky Oct [8]/42

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Dwarkanath Tagore [(1794-1846), one of the first Indian industrialists to form an enterprise with British partners and entrepreneurs. He was the grandfather of Rabindranath Tagore].
Dwarky
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No place, [c. [8] Oct. 1842]
£800.00
SKU: 23300

Four pages, cr. 8vo, bifolium, fold marks, good condition. Dwarkanath Tagore & his family were the projectors of the Hindoo College and by their exertions & support aided by Sir Edwd Hyde East carried this important institution into full effect even against the wishes of the Government of the day[.] [T]hey continue to support it with liberal subscriptions and by personal attention to the management, to the present day - The School Book Society has in like manner been instituted and supported by D.J. & his family[.][...]. The writer goes on to point out, paragraph after paragraph,Tagore's role in the Medical College (he has overcome the prejudices existing against this line of Education), his aid to the Native Schools around Calcutta, contribution to the vernacular schools, the Fever Hospital, the consequences of his membership of the Landholder's Association (improving the state of society). He continues, D. Tagore pays the largest Revenue to Government for his estates in the Bengal Presidency of any native inhabitant except the Rajah of Burdwan[.] D. Tagore was the first Bengal Gentleman to establish a house of business in direct connexion with England, China, the Mauritius etc etc upon European principles and in connexion with English Gentlemen. A different hand takes up the story at this point (see image). The attachment of the family of Dwarkanauth [sic] to the British Government [phrase added above text] has been steadfastly displayed through four [three elided] generations. As the acquisition of Calcutta and its neighbourhood by Col. Clive, the ancestor of Dwarkanauth Tagore cheerfully resigned the ground on which his [?] stood to facilitate the building of Fort William [more on their loyalty and fidelity]. | Finally it was Dwarkanauth Tagore above every other Native, who cooperated with the late Lord William Bentinck for the abolition of the cruel rite of Suttee through which he temporarily lost friends, to assist in a measure which has been justly considered one of the most humane, benevolent & signal, ever achieved in India. For this, Lady William Bentinck now in England is able and doubtless most willing to testify. See image for signature scrawled bottom right, Dwarky, apparently the (nick)name he adopted with English friends.