HC Deb 28 August 1857 vol 147 cc2093-4

said, he must appeal to the noble Lord at the head of the Government to direct that immediate assistance should be rendered to the widows and orphans of those who had perished in the Bengal mutiny. He would suggest to the noble Lord the propriety of placing means at their disposal to enable them to return to England. That could easily be done by placing the return transports at their disposal.


said, he cordially thanked the hon. and gallant Member for his suggestion, which was a really humane one. He was anxious that something should be done, but until the Government obtained more detailed accounts from the Governor General of the condition and wants of those on whose behalf the appeal was made, he did not know how they could act.


said, he could assure the House that the Court of Directors of the East India Company had sent out instructions to give all the assistance possible, not only to the civil and military servants of the Company, but all classes in distress.