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

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was contrary to the remonstrances of the then administration, and the furthest from the intentions of the said Barker himself, that his attestation should involve the Company, but the attestation of Colonel Champion was authorized by all the powers of the government, as a “sanction” intended “to add validity” to the treaty; that they, the said government, and in particular the said Warren Hastings, as the first executive member of the same, were bound by the ties of natural justice duly to exercise the aforesaid right, if need were; and that their duty so to interfere was more particularly enforced by the spirit of the censures passed both by the Directors and Proprietors in the Rohilla war, and the satisfaction expressed by the Directors “in the honorable end put to that war.”



I. That during the life of the Vizier Sujah ul Dowlah, and for some time after his death, under his son and successor, Asoph ul Dowlah, the Nabob Fyzoola Khan did remain without disturbance or molestation; that he did all the while imagine his treaty to be under the sanction of the Company, from Colonel Champion’s affixing his signature thereto as a witness, “which signature, as he [Fyzoola Khan] supposed,” (rendered the Company the arbitrators) between the Vizier and himself, in case of disputes; and that, being “a man of sense, but extreme pusillanimity, a good farmer, fond of wealth, not possessed of the passion of ambition,” he did peaceably apply himself to “improve the state of his country, and did, by his own prudence and attention, increase the revenues thereof beyond the amount specified in Sujah ul Dowlah’s grant.”

II.  That in the year 1777, and in the beginning of the year 1778, being “alarmed at the young Vizier’s resumption of a number of jaghires granted by his father to different persons, and the injustice and oppression of his conduct in general,” and having now learned (from whom does not appear, but probably from some person supposed of competent authority) that Colonel Champion formerly witnessed the treaty as a private person, the Nabob Fyzoola Khan did make frequent and urgent solicitations to Nathaniel Middleton, Esquire, then Resident at Oude, and to Warren Hastings aforesaid, then Governor-General of Bengal, “for a renovation of his [the Nabob Fyzoola Khan’s] treaty with the late Vizier, and the guaranty of the Company,” or for a “separate agreement with the Company for his defence”:  considering them, the Company, as “the only power in which he had confidence, and to which he could look up for protection.”

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