HC Deb 18 February 1858 vol 148 c1606

said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, whether any additional despatch has been received by the Government from the Commander in Chief and from the Governor General in India, referring to the operations of General Windham in the defence of Cawnpore in November last.


I rather think, Sir, a communication on the subject has been received at the India House. My hon. and gallant Friend knows that there is no direct communication between the Governor General and any part of Her Majesty's Government; but I believe I may venture to say that explanations have been given which completely acquit General Windham from any blame connected with the operations at Cawnpore, which resulted in the loss of his baggage and camp. An inquiry is going on in India with regard to the conduct of certain other persons who are supposed to be in fault on that occasion, and I believe I am justified in saying that Sir Colin Campbell is satisfied that General Windham displayed on this, as he has done on all other occasions, the qualities for which he is so much distinguished,