The Early Annals of the English in Bengal, Being the Bengal Public Consultations for the First Half of the Eighteenth Century; Summarised, Extracted, and Edited with Introductions and Illustrative Addenda
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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... home to England and would lay an account of the whole affair before the Managers in London. Sheldon, however, continued to sit as a Chairman of the Council till the beginning of 1709, when illness compelled him to ask permission to take a voyage on the Mary smack, in the hopes that the sea air might restore his failing health. But the voyage was never taken, or, if taken, proved of no avail. Ralph sheldon died in Hugli at the end of April, and was buried in the old Calcutta graveyard, where his tombstone with the following inscription is still to be seen: --CHAPTER VI. CALCUTTA UN DER THE ROTATION GOVERNMENT: ITS POPULATION AND ADMINISTRATION. WHEN the English first came to Calcutta their position was precarious and ill-defined. The land in the neighbourhood being to a large extent wild and uncultivated, there was little or nothing to prevent any body of men that chose from seizing a piece of unoccupied ground and squatting on it. In this way the Setts and Bysacks had, more than a hundred years before, founded Govindpur, and the English, coming to Calcutta with the good-will and, probably, at the suggestion of these very Setts and Bysacks, had nothing more to do than to take as much waste land as they needed, clear it, and build houses and ofiices. They trusted that the natural strength of the position would protect them, and that the acquiescence of the government would leave them undisturbed in their new home. The first settlement at Sfitanuti seems to have consisted of mud and straw hovels with a few masonry buildings. Its chief defence was the flotilla of boats lying in the river. The renewed settlement established by Charnock in 1690 was of the same nature; but as time 190 LEGAL smros or THE ENGLISH AT CALCUTTA. went on...
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