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The British Museum Library and the India Office

Ilse Sternberg


SOME five years after an encouraging approach to the Colonial Office concerning colonial copyright deposit, an active Trustee of the British Museum and a personal friend of Panizzi, Lord Elgin, was appointed as Viceroy of India. Winter Jones quickly reminded the Principal Librarian of 'a conversation Mr. Watts and myself had with you sometime ago respecting the difficulty of farming [sic] for the Museum Library the books printed in the East Indies. It was suggested on that occasion that the appointment of the Earl of Elgin to the post of Governor General [sic] of India might perhaps present an opportunity of facilitating somewhat the collection of the works in question if his Lordship could be induced to give directions upon the subject.'

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