Hancock, W. Neilson. 'Residents in India, as affecting the choice of the Civil Service of the East India Company as a career for young men'. - Dublin: Dublin Statistical Society,Vol.1, Part III, 1855, pp115-119
Journal of the Dublin Statistical Society Vol.1, Part III, 1855
In this paper I propose to direct your attention to some facts,
commonly overlooked, but which ought, nevertheless, to be fully
considered by those who have to decide either for themselves or for
others, as to the wisdom of choosing an Indian career.
A young man commencing life would naturally desire an employment
in which he had a reasonable prospect of attaining the
usual period of human life, that he might first qualify himself for
performing some duties serviceable to mankind ; then spend his manhood
in discharging them; and in old age retire to a dignified
position of influence, which a well-spent life is calculated to produce.
Now what prospect of prolonged life has the successful competitor
of the Indian examination ?
To solve this question, I have no elaborate statistics to produce;
but the calculations for commercial speculations, though only rough
approximations, are free from any risk of gross error or willful
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