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directed me to suggest to you, your the service. Were we to furnish a being good enough to state, at such statement of our resolutions, as the greater length as may appear to object for the Meeting to consider, you expedient, the points you may it would precludo any thing being be desirous of submitting for con submitted to the Meeting, except sideration, and the specific mode' these resolutions, and as the me. in which you would propose to in- thod and details of appropriation crease the benefit of the Institu« involve questions, upon which there tion to the Subscribers, by an ap-' is likely to be much difference of propriation of the present and fu- opinion, although all may be ature Surplus Funds.

greed as to the advantage of makThey desire me, however, to add, ing some appropriation, we think, that should you still be of opinion, it wouid be productive of inconve. that the Requisition is sufficiently nience to state our plan more deexplicit in its present form, they finitely. will have great pleasure in calling 411.-We request, therefore, that a Meeting in compliance with it, at the Neeting may be advertized, as the earliest opportunity

called for the purposc of taking in. I have the honor to be,

to consideration the expediency and Gentlemen,

propriety of taking measures for

the eventual appropriation of the Your most ubedient Servant, Surplus Funds of the Institution, (Signed). J. A. DORIN,

arising from the small number of

Annuities annually taken by Mem.

Secretary. bers of the Service entitled thereto, Civil Service Annuity

in case of such surplus being hereFund Office, 28th

after found to accrue..

Sir, we have the honor to be, To J. A. DORIN, Esq.

Your most obdt. Servants, Secretary, Civil Service

(Signed) Annuity Fund.

Courtney Smith, SIR, We have had the honor to

R. Walpole, receive your letter, dated 28th in

J. Pattle, stant, referring us to the 25th Rule

G. Chester, of the regulation of the Civil An

Henry Sargent. nuity Fund, and suggesting, that

George Alexander, we should state, somewhat more

N. G. Halhed, explicitly, the objects of the Meet

**3:' 93. T. Plowden, ing proposed to be called.

G. A. Bushby, 20. In reply, we beg to state,

W. P. Palmer, that the objects were, we conceive,

A. Ross, sofficiently stated in conformity to

J. Trotter, the Rule in question, in our pre

E. Barnett. viogs letter, ribough, perhaps, we

Caloutta, 30th April, 1827. . were in error in making mention of any resolutions we were to pro Few of the Requisitionists bcpose as being the objects for con- ing present, and those who were

in atrendance having no specific 30. - We wish the Meeting to be proposition for the consideration of free to consider the particular plan the meeting, the Chairman profor appropriation of the surplus, ceeded to enquire whether any

liat the requisitionists have the member of the service present, 'had intention to propose, as well as any any motion to bring forward conother plan that may be submitted to nected with the objects, for which the Meeting, by any other Member of the meeting was called. This not

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appearing to be the case, Mr. Ud of service to twenty years, includny informed the meeting, that he ing a furlough of three years. had received a letter from Mr. A. Ross, addressed to the Chairman, of members desirous of retiring

That is in any year the number containing proposals which that

from the service, fall short of the gentleman wished to be laid be.

number of Annuities claimable, fore the meeting.

the sum of money appropriable Mr. Ross being one of the Re- from the Funds of the Institution quisitionists, doubts were enter- ' towards providing for the Anuui. tained, as to the propriety of re- ties not claimed, be added to the ceiving bis letter, it being consider- sum appropriahle towards the proed by some of the meeting necessa- vision of the following nine addi ry that Mr. Ross should submit tional Annuities claimable on achis sentiments in person. Refer- count of the following year: and ring, however to the objects, for in the event of the aggregate of which the meeting was assembled, these sums being more than suffi. it was ultimately decided, that the cient to provide for an Annuity communication of Mr Ross should of £1,000, on the terms prescribed be received and considered. It by the existing Rules of the Inwas accordingly read by Mr. Udny stitution, to each of the members as follows:

retiring in such following year, To the Chairman of the Special that the surplus be divided among General Meeting, &c. &c.

those members, either in money,

or in the shape of increased AnSir,-Being prevented from attending the meeting to day, I have nuities, as may be preferred by

them. to request you will submit, for its consideration, the following propo- The foregoing modification of sition.

the Rules of the Institution would,

I conceive, be advantageous to all The Civil Annuity Fund was

ranks of the service, and as it established in the expectation that it would accelerate promotion in

would not require any additional

contribution from, or impose any the service, by inducing, some of additional burden upon, the Conthe senior servants to retire annually-It has not bitherto, bowever, of its obtaining the sanction of tho

pany, we might entertain the bope produced the expected effect, nor

Court of Directors. is it probable that it ever will, if it continue on its present footing;

I am, Sir, as an annuity of little more than £500 (which is the real value

Your obedient Servant, granted by the Fand,) can at no

(Signed) A. ROSS. time be sufficient to induce the retirement of servants, holding the Tuesday morning, highest offices under the Govern. June 26th, 1827. S ment, and in the receipt of large salaries.

The first proposal made by Mr.

Ross not having been seconded, Taking this view of the Institus tion, and thinking a modification sion. The second proposition hav

was dropt without further discusof the existing Rules necessary 10 ing been seconded by Mr. Best, Tender it effective, I am induced to

was put to the vote, and unani. propose as follows:

mously negatived. Mr. Udny then That the number of the mem- laid before the meeting the followbers of the Institution qualified to ing letter received from Patna and become Annuitants, be enlarged, its adjacent Zillaus, signed by by reducing the qualilying period nipeleen members of the service:

To the Chairman of the Meeting of the individual, the severity of deSubscribers to the Annuity Fund, taining him in this climate is great to be held on the 26th June, 1827. indeed, as the stay of an addition

al year or two may prove fatal, SIR,-Observing by the papers and, we fear that this bias often that there is to be a meeting of the been the case to persons, whose Subscribers to the Annuity Fund, circumstances prevented their goon the 26th of June, to take into ing, when there was every probaconsideration how the surplus bility, that a change of climate funds should be applied, we think would have restored them. that it would be a good opportnnity The convenience also to the anto bring to the notice of the Sub- nuitants of receiving on their arri. scribers some other points, which val in England, or soon after, a in our opinion would be an im- portion of their income, which provement, and would render the they would do, if the annuity comfund more beneficial to the service. menced in January, would be very

Annuities, according to the pre- great, and we believe that it is the sent Rules, are payable at the close custom in England, to pay annai. of the year for the past year, that ties half yearly. is, one whole year after the Sub- We are not aware, that there scriber has paid up his contribu- can be any objection to making up tion, and if he should unfortunate the accounts, and granting the ly die in the interim, the whole annuities from the 1st of January, amount of his contribution is lost instead of the 1st of May, in each to his family. The accounts of year, as the accounts of the fund the fund are made up to the 1st of are kept by our Secretary, totally May, which is not the season when distinct from any of the accounts persons sail for Europe, and of Government, and our subscripshould the number of the Annui- tions paid monthly to him, and it ties of the preceding year have is only in the item of interest, pay, been taken, so as to preclude the able by Government to the fund, Subscriber from taking the broken in which they can interfere with portion of that year's Annuity, he each other. has to wait nearly a year and

The inconvenience from the a half after resigning the service, change must be very slight, (and before he can receive a frac- we are sure Government would be tion of his Annuity. To en. willing to suffer it for the good of able him to get even that broken their servants,) as it would make portion, the Subscriber must resign no difference in the amount of their before the 1st of July, and there annual payments, and our Secre. are many circumstances to prevent tary would apportion it to the difan individual doing it so long be- ferent years in the accounts of the fore be can quit the country. fund. The Houses of Agency, in There are probably Subscribers at this country, make up their ace this time, whose period of service counts to the 1st of May, and their would entile them to the Annuity, corresponding Houses in England and who would willingly avail to the 1st of January, and we hear themselves of it, but having saved of no inconvenience, or loss, which little more than sufficient to por- they suffer from that circumstance. chase it, they are prevented taking With regard to the payment of it, having nothing left to support the annuity in quarterly, or half themselves during the interval of yearly payments, the only objectheir resignation and the receipt iions that we are aware of, are the of their Annuity. This, in any loss that would be sustained by the case, is a hardship, but should bad fund, in the interest of the sum for health be unfortunately the lot of the period, and the chance of the lapse of the annuity by the death paid in quarterly, or half yearly of the incumbent.

instalments. The chances of the latter advan

We bave honor to be, Sir, tage to the fund are so small, as to be hardly worth considering in Your most obedient Servants, a pecuniary point of view, for the (Signed) utmost that could be lost would

W. M. Fleming, be occasionally £5000, the first

J. E. Wilkinson, half year's payment ; and the sabo

W. Brown, scribers would never object to saf.

E. L. Campbell, fer that loss, when they consider

T. J. Dashwood, the convenience it will be to them.

W. A. Pringle, selves hereafter, to be paid balf

L. Kennedy, yearly, and the promotion it may

T. B. Beale, occasion in this country, without

H. Armstrong, taking into view, that the posses.

Richard Walker, sion of that small sum may be an

G. T. Bayley, object to the families of the poorer

H. Douglas, annuitants. The loss of interest,

J. B. Elliott, in the first case, would also be

P. Y. Lindsay, trilling, in our opinion, but if it is

C. D'Oyly. considered an object of importance

R. W. Smith, to the fund, in what better mode

J. Sham, can the surplus, which is now said

Robert Neave, to exist, and which this Meeting

J. F. Ellerton. has been summoned to dispose of, 1.-Mr. H. T. Prinsep threw be employed, than to counter-ba- into the following form, the pros Jance that loss. The receipt of the posals contained in the above letannuity in quarterly, or half yearly ter, wbich were submitted to the payments, would be a greater boon Meeting. to the service in general, than the That in the event of any surincrease in the amount of it to a plus being found to arise from the few individuals, during the first non-appropriation of annuities, or five or six years of the fund; for it from the interest arising therefrom, is most probable that, after that such portion of the amount só period, the whole number of an- accruing, as may be required for nuities will be annually taken. the purpose, shall be appropriated,

We are conyinced, that if the first to the annuitants, by an antisubject was brought to the notice cipation of the period when the of the Court of Directors, they annuities are made payable in mo. would, with their usual liberality, dification of the 5th Rule of the agree to the change, and grant this Institution; and secondly by proindulgence to their servants. We viding the difference of value from therefore request, should the sub- the payments being made balf ject not be proposed by any indivi- yearly, or quarterly. dual at the ensuing Meeting, that 2.-That in the event of the this letter be submitted for the above principle being adopted, tho consideration of the subscribers resolution be submitted to the serpresent, and the service in general, vice at large, with a view to a final for their opinion and vote, whether determination being taken at the a petition should not be forwarded, next annual general Meeting, by the Managers of the Fund, to preparatory to an application to the Court of Directors, for their the Court of Directors, in the sanction to the annuities hercafter usual form. commencing on the Ist of January, After some discussion regarding in each year, and to their being the proposals contained in the

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above Ictter, Mr. Molony, second- that " no Resolution of this Meet. ed by Mr. H. Lushington, moved ing shall be considered final, till as an amendment,

it has been circulated for the con. That it is the opinion of this sideration of the service at large, Meeting that, although the full and has received the approbation number of Pensions contemplated of the prescribed majority. The by the Hon'ble Court of Directors, motion being seconded by Mr. H. to be taken annually, has not bi. T. Prinsep, was put to the sense therto been accepted, the experi- of the Meeting, and carried by a ence of two years only, is insuffici- large majority. ent to justify the conclusion, that It was afterwards agreed, that the aggregate number of Pensions the proceedings of the Meeting which will fall due at the end of being printed in the Government fire or ten years, or any other giv- Gazette in the usual manver, en period, during the first 25 would sufficiently apprize the years of the Fund, will not be de. Members of the Fund of the intent manded,

of the foregoing resolutions. That, as it appears from legal Thanks were then voted to the advice taken by the Managers, Chairman, and the meeting adthat the Pensions. applied for in journed. one year, may be assigned from the

(Signed) R. WALPOLE, unappropriated Pensions of preceding years, so far as they will

Chairman. go, it is possible, that after the Calcutta, 26th June, 1827. Fund has been a few years longer

(Govt. Gaz. July 5. in operation, the number of appli. cants will be sufficiently large to On Thursday morning, the Ho. absorb all the unappropriated Pen- nourable J. Harington left towa, sions of preceding years; and that under the salute due to his rank as under the possibility of such, the Member of Council, to embark on appropriation of the surplus board the H. C. Ship Repulse, Funds now existing, either by for England via China. - John increasing the scale of Pensions, Bull, July 7. or in any other manner not provided for by the rules at present in We noticed in our last, the elevaforce, is premature and inexpedi- tion of Mookt Rao to the princi ent.

pality of Gwalior, by the title of Mr. Paxton here requested per- Jankojee Sindhia; and we are now mission to read the 63d para. of enabled to offer some further .ac. the Hon'ble Court's dispatch, by count of the occurrence. which he was of opinion, that the The adoption of a son by the contingency of a surplos was pro- late Dowlut Rao Sindhia, was a vided for ; after which the above measure often proposed by him amendment was put to the vote, during his life, but deferred from and carried by a large majority. time to time by the conflicting

Mr. Dampier then remarked, claims of different candidates, and that in conseqnence of the indis- the opposing influence of the Ma. tinct manner in which the objects baraja's confidential advisers, for which the Meeting had been His known intention, however, called, were set forth in the notice and the necessities of the state, published in the Government Ga- imposed the performance of this zette, and the consequent inability act upon the widow, who, agreeof the service at large to ascertain ably to the principles of Hindu what modifications of the present law, is empowered to adopt for her system were ia contemplation, he husband after his decease, if in considered it his duty to move, previous possession of his authority

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