Colonel Colin Mackenzie came to India in 1782 as a cadet of Engineers on the Madras Establishment of the East India Company desirous of prosecuting in India his oriental researches which had already become his hobby when entrusted with the searching for and gathering together of all available information respecting the knowledge possessed by the Hindus of Mathematics in general and of the nature [...] In 1818 before proceeding to Calcutta to take up his new duties as Surveyor-General of India he appears to have sent home to England presumably to the Court of Directors of the East India Company seven folio volumes of materials relating to the geography and history of the country with general and provincial maps. [...] With the sanction of the Court of Directors the Marquis of Hastings then GovernoGeneral of India purchased the collection on behalf of the East India Company from the widow of the deceased for £ 10 000. [...] The whole of the books and tracts in the languages of southern India and the inscriptions were lodged in the Madras College Library in 1828. [...] William Taylor prepared under the orders of the Government of Madras and with the sanction of the Court of Directors of the East India Company a catalogue of the Mackenzie collection 'which formed the third volume of "A Catalogue Raisonnee of oriental manuscripts in the Library of the College Fort St.
|Frontmatter||i-ii||S. Sastri, P.P. Sastri|
|I Scheme of Catalogues||1-2||P.P. Sastri|
|II Introduction||3-4||P.P. Subrahmanya Sastri|
|III List of Publications of the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library Madras||5-8||unknown|
|IV Interesting Specimens of Literary and Artistic Importance||9-11||P.P. Subrahmanya Sastri|
|Alphabatical Index of Sanskrit Manuscripts in the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library Madras||1-609||unknown|