The Life of Robert, First Lord Clive

J. Murray, 1848 - 314 pages

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Page 19 - A succession of nominal sovereigns, sunk in indolence and debauchery, sauntered away life in secluded palaces, chewing bang, fondling concubines, and listening to buffoons.
Page 248 - ... the vast fortunes acquired in the inland trade have been obtained by a scene of the most tyrannic and oppressive conduct that ever was known in any age or country.
Page 304 - ... with any civil or military power of the State is illegal. 3. That very great sums of money, and other valuable property have been acquired in Bengal from Princes and others of that country, by persons entrusted with the military and civil powers of the State by means of such powers ; which sums of money and valuable property have been appropriated to the private use of such persons.
Page 307 - But to be called, after sixteen years have elapsed, to account for my conduct in this manner ; and, after an uninterrupted enjoyment of my property, to be questioned, and considered as obtaining it unwarrantably, is hard indeed, and a treatment of which I should not think the British senate capable.
Page 297 - Plassey had placed me. A great prince was dependent on my pleasure ; an opulent city lay at my mercy ; its richest bankers bid against each other for my smiles ; I walked through vaults which were thrown open to me alone, piled on either hand with gold and jewels ! Mr Chairman, at this moment I stand astonished at my own moderation...
Page 304 - That all acquisitions made under the influence of a military force, or by treaty with foreign Princes, do of right belong to the State.
Page 19 - Wherever their kettle-drums were heard, the peasant threw his bag of rice on his shoulder, hid his small savings in his girdle, and fled with his wife and children to the mountains or the jungles, to the milder neighbourhood of the hyaena and the tiger. Many provinces redeemed their harvests by the payment of an annual ransom. Even the wretched phantom who still bore the imperial title stooped to pay this ignominious black-mail.
Page 177 - he says, " how is the English name sunk ! I could not avoid paying the tribute of a few tears to the departed and lost fame of the British nation — irrecoverably so, I fear.
Page 60 - If I had only consulted the interest and reputation of a soldier, the conclusion of this peace might easily have been suspended. I know, at the same time, there are many who think I have been too precipitate in the conclusion of it...
Page 124 - Notwithstanding the extraordinary effort made by the French in sending out M. Lally with a considerable force the last year, I am confident, before the end of this, they will be near their last gasp in the Carnatic,* unless some very unforeseen event interpose in their favour.

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