[ Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of Crewe. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Crewe'), regarding 'the revision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure'.

Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquis of Crewe [ Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes ] (1858-1945), Marquis of Crewe, Liberal politician [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet ]
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On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ] 18 February 1914.
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2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A typed document, headed 'PRIVATE', with Crewe writing in autograph the number '18' from the date, the address to 'Dear Sir Richard', and the valediction 'Yours sincerely | Crewe'. In what is presumably a duplicated document sent to around thirteen individuals (see below), Crewe explains that he is 'anxious to receive the opinion and advice' of 'a few authorities' on the question of 'the revision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure', 'from the point of view of general legal principles and special Indian experience respectively'. As a consequence he is 'venturing [...] to send under separate cover to yourself and to about twelve others, a copy of a printed letter and enclosures in the form of an informal questionnaire' (not present). The recipient will have 'noticed from the Parliamentary reports of Questions and Answers in the House of Commons during the autumn', that 'certain points have arisen and are now under my consideration and that of the Government of India […] Among these are two important points of general principle, which, though embodied in the present Code and accepted for many years past, have recently been called in question.' The first relates to 'the power of appeal against acquittal exercisable by Government in certain cases', and the second to 'the admission of evidence of confessions made by persons in custody'. He concludes in the belief that he can rely on the recipient's 'good offices in a matter which, though of first-rate public importance, will not, I trust, involve either any very prolonged or extended research, or a very long and detailed answer.' Harington was appointed a Puisne Judge in the High Court of Justice at Fort William in Bengal in 1899, and served in that capacity until returning to England in 1913. From the Harington family papers.