Memoirs relative to the state of India

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J. Murray, 1787 - India - 196 pages
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Page 112 - ... adequate emergency, or in an occasion of dangerous example. I have ever deemed it even more unsafe than dishonourable to sue for peace ; and more consistent with the love of peace to be the aggressor, in certain cases, than to see preparations of intended hostility, and wait for their maturity, and for their open effect to repel it.
Page 125 - ... over the company's affairs from the Direction to the Ministers, instead of extending, it had limited the claims of patronage, which every man possessing influence himself, or connected with those who possessed it, thought he had a right to exert; and if it had made my continuance in office to depend upon the rectitude of my intentions, and the vigour with which they were exerted, instead of annexing it to a compliance with those claims, I should have had little occasion, at this period, to claim...
Page 111 - ... and trafficable wealth which may be drawn from the natural productions, and from the manufactures, both of established usage and of new introduction, to which no men upon earth can bend their minds with a readier accommodation...
Page 21 - When I took charge of the government of Bengal in April 1772, I found it loaded with a debt at interest of nearly the same amount as the present ; and in less than two years I saw that debt completely discharged, and a sum in ready cash of the same amount actually accumulated in store in the public treasuries.
Page 156 - ... a consistency of system, cannot be ruled by a body of men variable in their succession, discordant in opinion, each jealous of his colleagues, and all united in common interest against their ostensible leader. Its powers are such, that, if directed by a firm and steady hand, they may be rendered equal to any given plan of operation ; but may prove the very instruments of its destruction if they are left in the loose charge of unconnected individuals, whose interests...
Page 143 - Hence it is, that in all correspondence of the Board of Trade, we find constant complaints of private merchants making advances to the Company's weavers ; of their giving greater prices than have hitherto been given by the Company ; of their debasing the quality of the manufactures, by taking off goods which the Company refuse ; and in short, of their injuring the Company's investment by their competition and interference.
Page 156 - ... destruction, if they are left in the loose charge of unconnected individuals, whose interests, passions, or caprices, may employ them in mutual contests, and a scramble for superiority. It has been my lot to derive, from long possession and casual influence, advantages which have overcome the worst effects of my own deficiencies ; and it has been one maxim of my conduct (may I be pardoned for the apparent boast, but necessary allusion) to do what I knew was requisite to the public safety, though...
Page 142 - Although we have so long been in possession of the sovereignty of Bengal, and have provided our investments, not as the returns of commerce, but as the means of remitting the surplus of the revenues of the country ; yet we have not been able so far to change our ideas with our situation, as to quit the contracted views of monopolists for objects tending to promote the prosperity of those territories, from which we derive so valuable a tribute.
Page 107 - I should have sought no accession of territory. I should have rejected the offer of any which would have enlarged our line of defence, without a more than proportionate augmentation of defensive strength and revenue. I should have encouraged but not solicited, new alliances; and should have rendered that of our government an object of solicitation, by the example of those which already existed.
Page 107 - ... alliances; and should have rendered that of our government an object of solicitation, by the example of those which already existed. To these I should have observed, as my religion, every principle of good faith; and where they were deficient in the conditions of mutual and equal dependance, I should have endeavoured to render them complete; and this rule I did actually apply to practice in the treaty which I formed with the Nabob Shujah o

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