A Sketch of the History of the East-India Company, from Its First Formation to the Passing of the Regulating Act of 1773; With a Summary View of the Changes Which Have Taken Place Since That Period

A Sketch of the History of the East-India Company, from Its First Formation to the Passing of the Regulating Act of 1773; With a Summary View of the Changes Which Have Taken Place Since That Period

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ...the contemptibleness, of his character; In the course of the transactions described, some collateral acts were done by the British, which 'it is impossible not to regret and condemn. An allusion is particularly meant to the deception practised on'On1ichund, a Gentoo of wealth and influence, whoseico-operation was secured by the formal promise of a sum of treasure never intend-cents ed to be bestowed on him. This fraud, though in some measure provoked by the tergiversations of Omichund, is utterly indefensible; but it form-. ed no necessary part of the plan, even as far as the gaining of Omichund was concerned, for that person had his fair price, and might have been purchased without being deluded. In the communications, also, that passed between the Nabob and the British during the short interval before the exe-r cution of the design, a degree of finesse and evasion seems to have been practised by the latter, P 4 See Orme's History; Parliamentary Reports of 1773, &c. conformable indeed to the too general conduct o cabinets, and palliated by the known perfidiousness ' of Surajah Dowla, but yet scarcely reconcilable with the principles of the highest honour and integrity, which would have prescribed a more open conduct, even at somewhat greater expense of danger. These censures, however, do not affect the main transaction; the merits of which must be tried by a solution of the enquiry, whether the war against Surajah Dowla, and the encouragement of a conspiracy among his own followers, were justifiable. I The foregoing plain statement may, it is hoped, contribute to place these questions in a true point. of view. That lust of conquest which has so often been imputed to the Company, or to their servants, could, in thishow more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236765834
  • 9781236765833