i.] ANTECEDENTS. 59 Among its characteristics are an active interest in public matters, and an administrative aptitude. There have been men of eminence in genera¬ tions previous to those mentioned below. First generation.—Sir Henry Strachey, under¬ secretary of state, and otherwise employed in high official posts in India, America, and England ; real negotiator of Peace of Versailles (Stanhope’s “ History of England ”) ; received medal of Society of Arts for having introduced indigo into Florida. Second generation.—3 males, 1 female, of whom 2 males deserve notice :—(1) Sir Henry Strachey, Indian judge, called by James Mill, in his “ History of India,” “ the wisest of the Company’s servants ; ” aided much in the organi¬ zation of the Indian judicial administration ; (2) Edward Strachey, author of reports of acknowledged weight on Indian judicial subjects (Vth Beport). Third generation.—6 males and 1 female, of whom 3 males deserve notice :—(1) Sir John Strachey, eminent in all branches of civil