“To make a service so situated, perfectly efficient, and capable of rendering the utmost advantage to the State, no unnecessary exclusive spirit should be shown towards it; and surely it is but reasonable to expect that officers who alike serve their country should have no humiliating distinctions drawn between them. At the same time, it would be only justice that the fair claims of the King’s service should in no way be overlooked while they are in India.
”There is another circumstance also most hurtful to the feelings and interests of the Company’s officers, and that is, the Company’s armies of the three Presidencies being always under Commanders-in-Chief of another service, who frequently, far from having any sympathy or numerous associations with them, are utter strangers, and have few or no relations or friends in this foreign service, of which they have not
only become the head, but are moreover the official guardians of its rights and feelings, and honor.
The Indian Armies, 1850