Commanding Correspondence: Letters and the "Evidence of Experience" in the Letterbook of John Bruce, the East India Company Historiographer

Jokic, Olivera
July 2011
Eighteenth Century: Theory & Interpretation (University of Penns;Summer2011, Vol. 52 Issue 2, p109
Academic Journal
The article discusses the correspondence of John Bruce, the official historiographer of the British East India Company in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. According to the author, Bruce and other petty imperialists used these letters to share their knowledge about the use of writing in empire and in shaping future knowledge. Topics discussed include the role of archives in empire, letters of introduction, Home Secretary Henry Dundas, and Dundas' nephew Philip Dundas.


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