Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker




















































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present instance, however, the movements of the governor (Sir G.
Anderson) cannot carry much weight, as he does - Page 10
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In The Present Instance, However, The Movements Of The Governor (Sir G. Anderson) Cannot Carry Much Weight, As He Does Not Move At All, With The Exception Of An Occasional Drive From Colombo To Kandy.

His knowledge of the colony and of its wants or resources must therefore, from his personal experience, be limited to the Kandy road.

This apathy, when exhibited by her Majesty's representative, is highly contagious among the public of all classes and colors, and cannot have other than a bad moral tendency.

Upon my first visit to Newera Ellia, in 1847, Lord Torrington was the governor of Ceylon, a man of active mind, with an ardent desire to test its real capabilities and to work great improvements in the colony. Unfortunately, his term as governor was shorter than was expected. The elements of discord were at that time at work among all classes in Ceylon, and Lord Torrington was recalled.

>From the causes of neglect described, Newera Ellia was in the deserted and wretched state in which I saw it; but so infatuated was I in the belief that its importance must be appreciated when the knowledge of its climate was more widely extended that I looked forward to its becoming at some future time a rival to the Neilgherries station in India. My ideas were based upon the natural features of the place, combined with its requirements.

It apparently produced nothing except potatoes. The soil was supposed to be as good as it appeared to be.

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