A sketch of the history of the East-India company PDFdownload book for $9.99 (free for members)

Subtitle: 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 in the internal administration of British India

Author: Robert Grant

Pages: 478

Year published: 1813

Publisher: Printed for Black, Parry, and co.

History / Asia / General
History / Asia / India & South Asia
History / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)

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... them, however, the Nabob found means to render ineffective. The grant of the thirty-seven towns he frustrated, by secretly instigating the owners to refuse the English offers of purchase, however liberal. In another point, his opposition to the claims of the patentees was more open. The Calcutta government contended that the immunity conferred by the imperial grant was intended to protect, not merely articles of export of import, but all English property in transitu, even that circulating within the provinces. The words of the patent would perhaps warrant this construction; but Jaffier Khan indignantly disallowed it, not without the use of strong arguments in his own justification; and the claimants found it necessary to satisfy themselves with the studious cultivation of their less equivocal privileges. The Company, though they debarred their servants in India from the trade to Europe, excepting with respect to some specified articles, had altogether relinquished to them the country trade, or that which passed between one Indian port and another. The exemption from payment of customs in Bengal covering this trade as well as that of the Company, it increased with great rapidity. What with their skill in navigation, and their privilege, the English became the principal carriers from the ports of the Ganges; and the shipping possessed by private Europeans at Calcutta N 4s Ormc's History. amounted, in ten years after the period of the embassy, to ten thousand tons. Amidst their concern to promote the Indian branch of their commerce, the United Company did not neglect the island of Sumatra; where, as was before related, the Old Company had, on the expulsion of the British agents from Bantam, established a set of factories, Bencoolen being the chief. This establishment prospered so well, and promised so much, that, immediately after the first union between the two Companies in 1702, the government of Bencoolen was declared independent of Madras. Mr. Thomas Pitt, the pr...

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