Colonial Connections, 1815-45: Patronage, the Information by Zoë Laidlaw

By Zoë Laidlaw

This groundbreaking booklet demanding situations normal interpretations of metropolitan options of rule within the early 19th century. After the Napoleonic wars, the British executive governed a extra assorted empire than ever sooner than, and the Colonial workplace replied by way of cultivating robust own hyperlinks with governors and colonial officers wherein effect, patronage and data may possibly circulate. by means of the 1830s the conviction that non-public connections have been the way in which of exerting impact in the imperial sphere went way past the metropolitan government.

This booklet demanding situations conventional notions of an intensive revolution in executive, deciding upon a extra profound and normal transition from a metropolitan reliance on gossip and private info to the embody of recent statistical types of wisdom. The research strikes among London, New South Wales and the Cape Colony, encompassing either govt insiders and people who struggled opposed to colonial and imperial governments.

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Among the RGS’s founders were John Barrow, second secretary at the Admiralty for forty years, and John Murray, the leading publisher of explorers’ journals. PM5 31 5/10/2005, 5:29 PM M E T R O P O L I TA N C O N C E R N S The practice of sending naturalists with naval survey ships provided one avenue of nineteenth-century patronage, another was the various imperial survey projects. Individuals like Sir William Hooker, director of Kew Gardens, possessed considerable patronage when it came to the appointment of government botanists and directors of the nascent colonial botanical gardens.

311. 10 CO 854/1, fo. 7, précis of circulars, 1 May 1828, 31 May 1828. PM5 35 5/10/2005, 5:29 PM M E T R O P O L I TA N C O N C E R N S 11 This also worked in reverse, with the metropolitan newspapers taking much of their colonial news from the settler press, and the colonial newspapers of one colony also picking up stories from other colonies: see Lester, ‘British settler discourse’, 30–2; McKenzie, Scandal, p. 7. 12 Keegan, Colonial South Africa, pp. 49–50. 13 Arndt, Banking and currency, pp.

237, Beresford to D’Urban, 12 September 1835; DP, A519/8, pp. 10–12, Extract from Gladstone to Chase, 9 December 1837, encl. in Chase to D’Urban, private, 9 March 1838. 44 Lancaster, ‘D’Urban’, p. 327. 45 DP, A519/4, p. 199, Smith to D’Urban, very private, 30 May 1836; DP, A519/18, p. 111, D’Urban to Gordon, 26 June 1835. 46 DP, A519/7, p. 75, Taylor to D’Urban, 16 August 1837. ’, pp. 168–78. 48 Hickford, ‘Making “territorial rights” ’, pp. 1, 5–11. In the nineteenth century, the networks’ members were more commonly referred to as ‘philanthropists’ than ‘humanitarians’, by both supporters and opponents.

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