- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: March 2012
- Print publication year: 2011
- First published in: 1837
- Online ISBN: 9780511873645
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511873645
Richard, Marquess Wellesley (1760–1842) became one of the most controversial politicians of his generation during his time as Governor-General of Bengal (1798–1805). Although this period saw him achieve territorial gains and military victories in India - including the defeat of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore - the financial cost was considered too high. The East India Company Court of Directors in London disagreed with many of the changes he made, and Wellesley was forced to return to England. This five volume collection of papers, edited by the political activist and historian Robert Montgomery Martin (1800–1868), was published in 1836–1837 and documents Wellesley's period of office in India. Volume 5 contains materials that supplement those in the four earlier volumes. They focus on large undertakings such as the Mysore and Maratha Wars, as well as topics including the East India Company's finances during Wellesley's tenure.