HC Deb 16 February 1905 vol 141 cc307-8

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether the Viceroy of India declined the request, made by Sir Henry Cotton, K.C.S.I., to present to His Excellency personally a copy of the resolutions passed at the recent session of the Indian National Congress at Bombay; and, if so, whether, having regard to the record of Sir Henry Cotton as an Indian administrator, this action of the Viceroy of India has the sanction of the Imperial Government.


I have no official information on the subject; but I observe that a letter from the Viceroy's private secretary to Sir Henry Cotton, couched in cordial language, stating the reasons why Lord Curzon declined to receive him officially as President of the Congress has been published in the Indian newspapers. As at present advised, I see no reason to question the propriety of the course adopted by the Viceroy.