Selected Writings of James Fitzjames Stephen: The Story of Nuncomar and the Impeachment of Sir Elijah Impey

ISBN : 9780199236183

Lisa Rodensky
416 ページ
163 x 238 mm

The Story of Nuncomar and the Impeachment of Sir Elijah Impey (1885) examines some of the most controversial events of 18th century English colonial legal history from the point of view of Victorian England's most important legal authority. An experienced barrister, journalist, Legal Member of the Governor-General's Council in India, author of the inaugurative and consolidatory History of the Criminal Law of England (1883), and, finally, a justice on the Queen's Bench, Sir James Fitzjames Stephen argues that far from being the victim of a judicially-engineered execution, Nuncomar (a powerful Indian accused of forgery and conspiracy) received a fair trial from Sir Elijah Impey, Chief Justice of the newly-formed Supreme Court in Bengal, and from his brethren. In mounting this argument, Stephen explicitly challenges the long-held judgments of Nuncomar, Impey, and Warren Hastings that had been pronounced earlier in the century by Stephen's mentor, the influential historian Thomas Babington Macaulay, and accepted thereafter. This new edition of Stephen's text (the first since the work was published more than a hundred years ago) includes a detailed introduction, table of dates, glossary, and a fully augmented index, as well as extensive explanatory notes. This apparatus offers important contextual information that not only supports scholars who undertake work on this historical period but also allows a wider readership to understand more fully Stephen's complex and provocative text.


Note on the Text
Table of Dates
I. Introductory
II. The Supreme Council and the Supreme Court
III. Hastings, Francis, Impey and his Colleagues-Nuncomar-Dissensions in the Council
IV. Nuncomar's Accusations against Hastings
V. Accusations brought against Nuncomar by Warren Hastings and by Mohun Persaud
VI. On the Evidence in the Trial of Nuncomar
VII. From the Conviction of Nuncomar to his Execution
VIII. From the Execution of Nuncomar to the Impeachment of Impey
IX. The Impeachment of Impey
X. Nuncomar's Petition
XI. Of the Quarrel Between the Governor-General in Council and the Supreme Court
XII. The Patna Cause
XIII. The Supreme Court and the Europeans in Calcutta.- Touchet's Petition
XIV. The Cossijurah Cause
XV. The Sudder Diwani Adalat
XVI. The Lucknow Affidavits
XVII Barwell's Letters
JFS Index
Editor's Index


Lisa Rodensky is the Barbara Morris Caspersen Associate Professor in the Humanities at Wellelsey College. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009. She is the author of The Crime in Mind: Criminal Responsibility and the Victorian Novel (OUP, 2003) and the editor of Decadent Poetry from Wilde to Naidu (Penguin, 2006), and The Oxford Handbook of the Victorian Novel (OUP, 2013).