Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Chennai / Madras 3: British Churches: Photo 21
The inscription reads: "To the memory of Josiah Webbe, Esquire, for many years Chief Secretary to the Government of Madras, and afterwards Resident at the Court of Scindia, where he died the 9th of November 1804, aged 37 years. His mind by nature firm, lofty, energetic, was formed by classic study to a tone of independence and patriotism not unworthy of the best days of Greece and Rome. Disdaining the little arts of private influence or vulgar popularity, and perfect in conscious integrity, he rested his claims to public honours on public merit. An extensive knowledge of the Eastern languages forwarded his rise to stations of high trust, where his ambition was fixed to exalt the honour and interests of his country. But in the midst of a career thus useful and distinguished, preferring the public weal to personal safety, he fell a martyr to an ungenial climate in the prime of life, beloved with fervour by his friends, particularly lamented by the Governors of India, admired and regretted by all. To his public and private virtues this monument is dedicated by his friends."
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