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In 1763 being of the Supreme Council at Calcutta, he with one appointed to treat with MEER COSSIM, and remained a voluntary holtage, that his fenior and others of his Countrymen might be allowed to leave. Patna, where by the Tyrants order he was murdered October the 5 1763,
WILLIAM HAY, ESQ.
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