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The Making of a Reformer, 1825–56

Edwin Hirschmann

in Robert Knight

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195696226
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080557 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195696226.003.0002
The Making of a Reformer, 1825–56

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This chapter details Robert Knight's London background and start in Bombay. Robert was born in Lambeth, a modest South Bank neighbourhood of London, on 13 March 1825, the son of William and Anna Maria (Coombs) Knight. No records show any university attendance. His later prose was that of an educated man, but it did not drip Latin and Greek phrases. Robert landed at Bombay on 8 October 1847, carried there from Suez by the East India Company steamship Victoria. Young Mr Knight — he was then 22 — brought with him the ideas of a new age, ideas of reform, of free enterprise, of an empire run for the mutual benefit of rulers and subjects, as judged by the values of that new age.

Keywords: family background; London; Bombay; Lambeth; India; reform; free enterprise

Chapter.  7580 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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