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    William Wilson Hunter (Author)

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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. 1868. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX B. THE GREAT FAMINE OF 1770, DESCRIBED BY EYE-WITNESSES. Sect1on I.--Selections from General Letters from Bengal (the more important in full). 25M September 1769.--Paras. 20 to 27. Devastations of the enemy and want of rain for many months had rendered grain so exceedingly scarce at Madras, that that Government had become apprehensive of the most distressing consequences. Measures were taken to supply their wants from Bengal, but scarcity had prevailed also in Bengal. The Lord Holland was lost on her way down to Madras with a cargo of rice, and a second supply would be forwarded. 2,0th September 1769.--Para. 53. Revenues of the provinces of Bengal and Behar were expected to fall short, owing to the very unusual scarcity of grain. 23d November 1769.--Paras. 8 to 10.--8. 'It is with great concern, Gentlemen, that we are to inform you that we have a most melancholy prospect before our eyes of universal distress for want of grain.1 Owing to an uncommon drought that has prevailed over every part of the country, insomuch that the oldest inhabitants never remembered to have known anything like it, and as to threaten a famine. 9. ' As there is the greatest probability that this distress will encrease, and a certainty that it cannot be alleviated for six months to come, we have ordered a stock of grain sufficient to serve our army for that period, to be laid up in proper storehouses: and we have taken and shall pursue every means in our power to relieve the miserable situation the poor inhabitants must be involved in from this dreadful calamity: but we cannot 1 This letter is not signed by the Governor, Mr. Verelst. flatter ourselves that all our endeavours will prevent very fatal effects being felt, or that human means can check its baneful influence.' P...
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