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ECLECTIC REVIEW.

MDCCCXLV.

JULY-DECEMBER.

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Φιλοσοφίαν δε ου την Στωικήν λέγω, ουδε την Πλατωνικήν, ή την 'Επικουρείον τε
και 'Αριστοτελικήν άλλ' όσα είρηται παρ' εκάστη των αιρεσέων τούτων καλώς,
δικαιοσύνης μετά ευσεβούς επιστήμης εκδιδάσκοντα, τούτο σύμπαν το ΕΚΛΕΚ.
TIKON φιλοσοφίαν φήμι.-CLEM. ALEX. Strom. L. Ι.

NEW SERIES.

VOL. XVIII.

LONDON:
THOMAS WARD & Co., PATERNOSTER ROW.

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ECLECTIC REVIEW

For JULY, 1845.

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Art. I. The History of British India, from 1805 to 1835.

Horace Hayman Wilson, M. A., F.R.S. Vol. i. Madden & Co.,

London. 1845. British power in India has grown up like the enchanted palace of Aladdin. The great Moguls have hardly ceased to rub their eyes with astonishment. European knowledge has proved itself a more wonder-working lamp, than that of the African magician : inasmuch as truth will be frequently found far more marvellous than fiction! But the parallel holds yet further between the fact and the fable; for, as in the favourite story alluded to, there was a window of the hall left incomplete, 80 in the case of our Anglo-Indian empire, the fabric never seems finished. There is always a war to begin or conclude,an enormous robbery to avenge, or perhaps perpetrate,-some province of diamonds or indigo to set in order, or conquer. Neither directors at home nor governor-generals abroad, have been able to realise their professions of moderation, and set limits to aggrandizement. In Roman history, Adrian surrendered the acquisitions of his predecessor; but all our heroes in Hindostan have, as yet, been Trajans. At what point will the talisman of ambition or necessity cease to operate ? scendant of Timour, who reigned at Delhi in 1715, might have cast a supercilious glance on two intelligent factors from the then humble presidency of Calcutta, presenting, as they did, an offering from the English merchants — one hundred gold

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