Excerpt from Bombay, 1885 to 1890: A Study in Indian Administration Dear Miss Florence Nightingale, Some time ago you asked me to write a book which would show the practical working of British administration in an Indian Presidency. You pointed out that while the yearly Statement of the Moral and Material Progress and Condition of India supplies Parliament with the materials for judging of the results of our rule in India, there is work readily available to the public which exhibits the local methods by which those results are attained. The constitution of the Supreme Government of India has, indeed, been ably treated of; but similar facilities do t exist for gaining a clear view of the modern mechanism of the Provincial Governments, and of their actual impact on the people. The Presidency of Bombay discloses in a striking light the progressive and the conservative aspects of Indian administration, and the problem of State-ownership of the land in its most direct form. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy 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.