Charles James Fox; A Political Study

Charles James Fox; A Political Study

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...member, the other, a secret Committee, with Dundas as its chairman, and their reports were an unsparing revelation of the fraudulent disorder that marked the Company's rule in India, and it is only fair to add, a monument to the conscientious public spirit of the men who had investigated that painful field of research. During Rockingham's Government these reports had been printed, and the House of Commons adopted a number of condemnatory resolutions, amongst others one ordering the Directors to recall Warren Hastings, an order the Directors had obeyed and the proprietors, on Rockingham's death, had negatived. This was the condition of things the Coalition Ministry had to encounter and the India Bills were one of the two great contributions Fox and Burke made to the cause of honest and merciful Government in India. It was an inevitable result of the system which made the government of India to so many generations a question of dividends and patronage and influence, that a vested interest was created at home in the abuses of Indian administration. The chief obstacle to Give's wise reform for abolishing private trading among the officials was the eager rapacity of the proprietors, who called for their twelve and a half per cent, and wished their servants to supplement deficiencies in their salaries at the expense of the governed. Everyone who had made a fortune, or hoped to make a fortune, or who had relations who had made a fortune or hoped to make a fortune was an enemy to reform, and boroughs and all the merchandise of politics at home were in the market for men who had gone out to India poor, and had returned staggering under the weight of their ill-gotten gains. As long as India was governed by men who regarded the country not as their home, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667202X
  • 9781236672025