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The Taj shared the misfortunes of the city: the Jats carried off the silver portals and the treasure; the Marathas scraped off the mosaics; and finally an English governor, Lord Bentinck, had the effrontery to propose selling it for the value of the materials. Today Her Majestys government has a higher conception of its duties; all the damage has been restored, and the gardens, enriched with rare plants, are cared for as in the palmist days of Shah Jahan.

--Louis Rousselet, 1875


The Taj shared the misfortunes of the city: the Jats carried off the silver portals and the treasure; the Marathas scraped off the mosaics; and finally an English governor, Lord Bentinck, had the effrontery to propose selling it for the value of the materials. Today Her Majestys government has a higher conception of its duties; all the damage has been restored, and the gardens, enriched with rare plants, are cared for as in the palmist days of Shah Jahan.--Louis Rousselet, 1875