The Good Old Days - Preface

Here the author states that the book 'will afford both amusement and instruction, showing how rapidly improvement and progress have been going on, both in the condition and lives of the English in India, and we may add especially of the natives also, during the Government of the East India Company between the years 1600 and 1858.'

About The Good Old Days of Honorable John Company


This book is a collection of over 250 years' worth of ephemera documenting British customs in India during the rule of the East India Company (1600 - 1858). It includes newspaper articles, advertisements, minutes from council meetings and government documents. The documents cover an array of subjects - from the Indian lottery and property sales to champagne prices and silk and sugar exports, from wars and revolutions to riots and divorces. They also reveal a sense of the segregation and the division in wealth that existed between the British rulers and the Indians themselves.

Despite this, the author is insistent that the material is evidence of 'improvement and progress' in the living conditions of both the British and the Indians, and feels that the book will simply 'afford both amusement and instruction.'

Taken from: The Good Old Days of Honorable John Company
Author / Creator: Complied by W.H. Carey
Publisher: Argus Press, Simla
Date: 1882
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: 9056.f.1