The History of British India, Volume 3

J. Madden, 1840

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Page 329 - A gentleman sends a Gomastah here to buy or sell; he immediately looks upon himself as sufficient to force every inhabitant either to buy his goods or sell him theirs; and on refusal (in case of non-capacity) a flogging or confinement immediately ensues. This is not sufficient even when willing, but a second force is made use of, which is to engross the different branches of trade to themselves and not to suffer any...
Page 362 - Your deliberations on the inland trade have laid open to us a scene of most cruel oppression; the poor of the country, who used always to deal in salt, beetlenut, and tobacco, are now deprived of their daily bread by the trade of the Europeans.
Page 335 - The conduct of the Company's servants upon this occasion," says James Mill in his History of British India, " furnishes one of the most remarkable instances upon record of the power of interest to extinguish all sense of justice, and even of shame.
Page 164 - Committee of the House of Commons, appointed to inquire into the Bankrupt Laws ; and i This and the two preceding motions were lost by large majorities.
Page 165 - ... in hopes they would have reflected (after the first impulse of their panic was over) how cruel as well as shameful it was to leave their countrymen to the mercy of a barbarous enemy ; and for that reason we made no doubt they would have attempted to cover the retreat of those left behind, now they had secured their own : but we deceived ourselves ; and there never was a single effort made in the two days the fort held out after this desertion, to send a boat or vessel to bring off any part of...
Page 402 - To go farther, is in my opinion, a scheme so extravagantly ambitious and absurd, that no Governor and Council in their senses can ever adopt it, unless the whole system of the Company's interest be first entirely new modelled.
Page 363 - Subah, as to them may appear most prudent, either by settling here at home the restrictions under which this trade ought to be carried on, or by referring...
Page 434 - Soubah ; that we have allotted him a stipend which must bje regularly paid in support of his dignity; and that though the revenues belong to the Company the territorial jurisdiction must still rest in the Chiefs of the country acting under him and this Presidency in conjunction.
Page 629 - I declare that I will not suffer Nuncomar to appear before the Board as my accuser. I know what belongs ' to the dignity and character of the first member of this administration. I will not sit at this Board in the character of a criminal. Nor do I acknowledge the members of this Board to be my judges.
Page 327 - A trade was carried on without payment of duties, in the prosecution of which infinite oppressions were committed. English agents or gomastahs, not contented with injuring the people, trampled on the authority of government, binding and punishing the Nabob's officers, whenever they presumed to interfere.

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