JOHNSTON, Sir Alexander. 17461



Autograph Letter Signed, to J.Jardine [?], asking for the return of the India Magazine “which contains the petition of the natives of Bombay to the Houses of Parliament.” 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches. Great Cumberland Place [London],19 July 1831. Sir Alexander Johnston (1775 –1849), colonial official who served as third Chief Justice of Ceylon and second Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon. He introduced a range of administrative reforms in Ceylon, introducing numerous liberal ideas and supporting the rights of natives. He was also an orientalist and along with Henry Thomas Colebrooke and others he was a founding member of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He was the father of Alexander Robert Johnston, the acting Administrator of Hong Kong (1841-42).