Author: W H Sleeman
Publisher: Asian Educational Services
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120611047
This narrative of a "Pilgrimage" through the kingdom of Oude was written by the late Major General Sir William Sleeman in 1851, while a Resident at the Court of Lucknow, at the request of the Governor General the Marquess of Dalhousie, in order to acquaint the Honorable Company with the actual condition of that kingdom, and with the view of pointing out the best measures to be suggested to the King for the improvement and amelioration of the country and people.
So early as October, 1847, the King of Oude had been informed by the Governor-General, that if his system of rule were not materially amended (for it was disgraceful and dangerous to any neighboring power to permit its continuance in its present condition) before two years had expired, the British Government would find it necessary to take steps for such purpose in his name. Accordingly on the 16th September, 1848, the governor General commissioned the author to make a personal visit to all parts of the kingdom.
This narrative contains an unvarnished but unexaggerated picture of the actual state of Oude, with many remedial suggestions; but direct annexation formed no part of the policy which Sir William Sleeman recommended. To this measure he was strenuously opposed, as is distinctly proved by his letter appended to the journal.
Biographical Sketch of Major-General Sir W H Sleeman, KCB
Private Correspondence preceding the Journey through the Kingdom of Oude
Departure from Lucknow
to King of Oude and King of the Fairies - Surafraz Mahal
Bahraetch to Murder of Mr. Ravencroft of the Bengal Civil Service at Bhinga in 1823
Legendary tale of breach of Faith to Local ties in groves, wells etc.
Recross the Goomtee river to Children preserved by them in their dens and nurtured
Salone district to Crowd the city, and tend to alienate the Court from the people
Nawabgunge, midway between Cawnpoor and Lucknow to Sheikh Hushmut Allee of Sundeela
Sundeela to Insolence and impunity with which they oppress the Hindoos of the town
Infanticide to The Sakhoo or Saul trees of the forest
Lonee Singh, of the Ahbum Rajpoot's tribe to Mulika Zumanee, Her History and that of her son and daughter
Nuseer-od Deen Hyder's death to Probable effects of such a change on the feelings and interests of the people of Oude
Baree-Biswa district to How such atrocious characters find followers, and landholders of high degree to screen, shelter and aid them.
Adventures of Maheput Singh of Bhowaneepoor to Recollection of the ascent of a balloon at Lucknow and End of the pilgrimage.
Private correspondence subsequent to the journey through the Kingdom of Oude, and relating to the Annexation of Oude to British India.