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[ 7 ) about the close of the first quarter of the nineteenth century, and was the first editor of the Hindoo Patriot and subsequently the Editor of the Bengalee when it first saw the light of day as a weekly journal in the year 1862. Seven years later the Anglo-Indian I. D. News wrote of him as follows: “It is no secret that we held him to be at the head of his contemporaries in the Anglo-Bengalee Press...with more men of his stamp, we should not despair of the future of India.” An eloquent speaker, a brilliant writer with a very wide command over the English and the French languages, a staunch friend of the oppressed and the down-trodden, he was admired alike by the rich and the poor, by Indians and Europeans. Col. Malleson, himself a distinguished literary man, was an admirer of Girish Chunder's scholarship and said that he had travelled over different parts of the world—Italy, Germany etc., but had never seen a more independent or more honorable man. His premature death in 1869 at the early age of sorty was mourned over by every section of the Calcutta community and the sum collected at a public memorial meeting held in his honor at the Town Hall was devoted to the foundation of a scholarship in his alma mater, the Oriental Seminary, with a view to perpetuate his name. It is well that the life of such a man should be written, and we are glad to be able to say that it has been ably written. The biographer chooses to be anonymous but it is quite evident that he is thoroughly competent for the task he has set to himself. His style is racy, idiomatic and interesting to a degree; he possesses judgment and the power of selection, and has taken care not to overload the narrative with cumbersome details. * * * With the insight born of true sympathy, Sir Henry Cotton once observed that had he lived in India in any other time but