This is a collection of two of Macaulay’s famous historical essays: Clive (1840) and Warren Hastins (1841). Those glittiring pieces originally appeared in the Edinburgh Review, the most authoritative literary periodical of the day. These essays contain in immense measures the two qualities which made Maculay popular with his contemporaries and continue to find readers for him today: his always lucid style and his dramatic way of presenting a subject. In the quality which he himself put first in a historian, the narrative art, he is preeminent among historians. A great number of books on Clive and Hastings have appeared after the publication of these essays. But none of them could ignore the judgement disposed with majestic case in these vigorous and brilliant essays.