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A print from 1815 showing the Hindu religious custom of Sati
(By permission of The British Library, Foster 165)
[A British officer and a bishop talk while an Indian woman lies on her husband’s funeral fire.]

This Custom tho' shocking to humanity we still allow in consequence of the revenue it brings in, which is of importance. I have also private reasons for not suppressing the burning system immediately.

Why my Lord, with a view to [O]economy under existing circumstances it might be imprudent to press the measure at present. Besides I think I feel also the private motives which actuates your Lordship.
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