The True Policy of Organising a System of Railways for India: A Letter to the Right Hon. the President of the Board of Control

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Smith, Elder, and Company, 1847 - Railroads - 37 pages
 

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Page 11 - General and the members of Government moving up to the frontier ; or, if it were necessary to move rapidly up, the return would be equally speedy. The vigour, the confidence, and the economy with which the Government would be carried on would be greatly increased. In a military point of view, I should estimate the value of moving troops and stores with great rapidity would be equal to the services of four regiments of infantry. This reduction...
Page 4 - ... have shown less of a selfish attachment to mischievous powers lodged in their own hands, have displayed a more generous welcome to schemes of improvement, and are now more willing to adopt improvements, not only than any other sovereign existing in the same period, but than all other sovereigns taken together upon the surface of the glol>e."* The policy pursued by Lord Mornington (who in December * 799...
Page 24 - Act, may acquire these railways upon payment of a sum equal to 25 years purchase of the annual divisible profits.
Page 13 - In this country, where no man can tell one week what the next may produce, the facility of a rapid concentration of infantry and artillery and stores may be the cheap prevention of 'an insurrection, the speedy termination of a war, or the safety of the empire.
Page 25 - Years Purchase of the said average Profits is an inadequate Rate of Purchase of such Railway, reference being had to the Prospects thereof, to require that it shall be left to Arbitration, in case of Difference, to determine what (if any) additional Amount of Purchase Money shall be paid to the said...
Page 11 - In a political point of view, the daily delivery of the mails from Delhi to Calcutta in sixty hours, instead of eight days— the electric telegraph communicating important orders in a few minutes from one extremity to the other — would give the Government great additional powers, approaching almost to ubiquity, as compared with the system of duh runners and dak travelling.
Page 32 - Ihe end than a stone bridge lasting for ever, because the other half of the capital thus saved would, in twenty years, more than double itself, or reproduce the whole sum of the original investment.

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