Selected Writings of James Fitzjames Stephen: The Story of Nuncomar and the Impeachment of Sir…

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The Story of Nuncomar and the Impeachment of Sir Elijah Impey (1885) examines some of the most controversial events of 18th century English colonial legal history from the point of view of Victorian England's most important legal authority. An experienced barrister, journalist, Legal Member ofthe Governor-General's Council in India, author of the inaugurative and consolidatory History of the Criminal Law of England (1883), and, finally, a justice on the Queen's Bench, Sir James Fitzjames Stephen argues that far from being the victim of a judicially-engineered execution, Nuncomar (apowerful Indian accused of forgery and conspiracy) received a fair trial from Sir Elijah Impey, Chief Justice of the newly-formed Supreme Court in Bengal, and from his brethren. In mounting this argument, Stephen explicitly challenges the long-held judgments of Nuncomar, Impey, and Warren Hastingsthat had been pronounced earlier in the century by Stephen's mentor, the influential historian Thomas Babington Macaulay, and accepted thereafter. This new edition of Stephen's text (the first since the work was published more than a hundred years ago) includes a detailed introduction, table of dates, glossary, and a fully augmented index, as well as extensive explanatory notes. This apparatus offers important contextual information that notonly supports scholars who undertake work on this historical period but also allows a wider readership to understand more fully Stephen's complex and provocative text.

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The Story of Nuncomar and the Impeachment of Sir Elijah Impey (1885) examines some of the most controversial events of 18th century English colonial legal history from the point of view of Victorian England's most important legal authority. An experienced barrister, journalist, Legal Member ofthe Governor-General's Council in India, au...

Lisa Rodensky is the Barbara Morris Caspersen Associate Professor in the Humanities at Wellelsey College. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009. She is the author of The Crime in Mind: Criminal Responsibility and the Victorian Novel (OUP, 2003) and the editor of Decadent Poetry from Wilde to Naidu (Penguin, 2006), and The Oxford...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note on the TextIntroductionTable of Dates1. Introductory2. The Supreme Council and the Supreme Court3. Hastings, Francis, Impey and his Colleagues-Nuncomar-Dissensions in the Council4. Nuncomar's Accusations against Hastings5. Accusations brought against Nuncomar by Warren Hastings and by Mohun Persaud6. On the Evidence in the Trial of Nuncomar7. From the Conviction of Nuncomar to his Execution8. From the Execution of Nuncomar to the Impeachment of Impey9. The Impeachment of Impey10. Nuncomar's Petition11. Of the Quarrel Between the Governor-General in Council and the Supreme Court12. The Patna Cause13. The Supreme Court and the Europeans in Calcutta.- Touchet's Petition14. The Cossijurah Cause15. The Sudder Diwani Adalat16. The Lucknow Affidavits17. Barwell's LettersJFS IndexEditor's IndexGlossary