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An Open Letter to the Right Honorable David Lloyd

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AN OPEN LETTER

TO

THE RIGHT HONORABLE DAVID LLOYD GEORGE PRIME MINISTER OF GREAT BRITAIN

BY LAJPAT RAI

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NEW YORK B. W. HUEBSCH MCMXVII

Copyright, 1917, by Lajpat Rai Printed in the United States of America

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE DAVID LLOYD GEORGE _Prime Minister of Great Britain_

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE DAVID LLOYD GEORGE _Prime Minister of Great Britain_

Sir: I am an Indian who has, by the fear of your Government in India been forced to seek refuge in the United States, at least for the period of the war. In 1907, when Lord Minto's Government decided to put into operation an obsolete Regulation of the East India Company (III of 1818) against me, in order to put me out of the way, for a while, without even the form of a trial, Lord Morley, the then Secretary of State for India, defending his action, gave me the highest testimonial as far as my private character was concerned. You must have heard that speech though it would be presumptuous to imagine that you remember it.

MY CREDENTIALS

Even my worst enemies have not been able to point out anything in my life which would give any one even the shadow of a reason to say that, in my private life, I have not been as good and honorable a person as any British politician or diplomat or proconsul, is or has been or can be. My record as a wage-earner is as clean and as honorable as that of the best of Britishers engaged in governing India.

Mr. H. W. Nevinson, than whom a more truthful and honorable publicist is not known in British life, has said in his work, "The New Spirit in India," that once when he told a high Anglo-Indian official that I was a good man held in great esteem by my countrymen, the latter remarked, that because I had a high character in private life, I was the more dangerous as an agitator.


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