The Lawrences Of The Punjab
Frederick P. Gibbon
Whenever our thoughts turn towards the achievements of Englishmen in India, when, with a thrill of pride, we reflect that no nation can show a like array of mqn who have served a subject state so devotedly, when the names of those faithful servants fall in to the bugle-call of memory, the first to be told off are those of Henry Lawrence, who died the best-loved man that ever set foot in India, and of John Lawrence, his brother, who lived to win greater respect than has been granted to any other Anglo-Indian. The one “ represented the poetry of Indian statesmanship,” the other " its hard direct prose.” * The story is unique in the history of brothers. The children of a pxjor soldier, the Lawrences raised themselves until they wielded power an emperor might have envied, and this position they attained, not by climbing over their fellows and thrusting them down, not by intrigue and trickery, nor by depreciation of other men’s work and advertisement of their own, but by sheer merit, by inspiring and justifying confidence in their integrity and ability.