The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 09 (of 12) eBook

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XI.  That the said Hastings, in the answer aforesaid, did further endeavor to inflame the commander-in-chief against the Nabob Fyzoola Khan, by representing the said Nabob “as highly presuming, insolent, and evasive”; and knowing the distrust which the Nabob Fyzoola Khan entertained of the Vizier, the said Hastings did “expressly desire it should be left wholly to the Vizier to treat with the enemy by his own agents and in his own manner,”—­though he, the said Hastings, “by no means wished the Vizier to lose time by seeking an accommodation, since it would be more effectual, more decisive, and more consistent with his dignity, indeed with his honor, which he has already pledged, to abide by his first offers, to dictate the conditions of peace, and to admit only an acceptance without reservation, or a clear refusal, from his adversary”:  thereby affecting to hold up, in opposition to and in exclusion of the substantial claims of justice, certain ideal obligations of dignity and honor,—­that is to say, the gratification of pride, and the observance of an arrogant determination once declared.

XII.  That, although the said answer did not reach the commander-in-chief until peace was actually concluded, and although the dangerous consequences to be apprehended from the said answer were thereby prevented, yet, by the sentiments contained in the said answer, Warren Hastings, Esquire, did strongly evince his ultimate adherence to all the former violent and unjust principles of his conduct towards the Nabob Fyzoola Khan, which principles were disgraceful to the character and injurious to the interests of this nation; and that the said Warren Hastings did thereby, in a particular manner, exclude himself from any share of credit for “the honorable period put to the Rohilla war, which has in some degree done away the reproach so wantonly brought on the English name.”



I. That, notwithstanding the culpable and criminal reluctance of the President, Hastings, hereinbefore recited, a treaty of peace and friendship between the Vizier Sujah ul Dowlah and the Nabob Fyzoola Khan was finally signed and sealed on the 7th October, 1774, at a place called Lall-Dang, in the presence and with the attestation of the British commander-in-chief, Colonel Alexander Champion aforesaid; and that for the said treaty the Nabob Fyzoola Khan agreed to pay, and did actually pay, the valuable consideration of half his treasure, to the amount of fifteen lacs of rupees, or 150,000_l._ sterling, and upwards.

II.  That by the said treaty the Nabob Fyzoola Khan was established in the quiet possession of Rampoor, Shahabad, and “some other districts dependent thereon,” subject to certain conditions, of which the more important were as follow.

“That Fyzoola Khan should retain in his service five thousand troops, and not a single man more.

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