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The power of difpofing of what they conquer to their may eafily incline fuch lands for the fake of men difpojing D to conquer of them to the ON *S THE RIGHTS OF THE the beft bidder that the ; annals and am I not fare but of India have already furnifhed examples of fuch abufes *. And, without His Majefty's indeed, particular attention to the conduct of the Eaft-India this, but ferve as Company all the former charters, for authority cruelty and rapine. that the ftance, upon not only abroad, every It is degree faid, Company's might for officers of in- may, invade and deftroy their but it could never be meant juji caufe, enemies : that, they fhould have the fole cognizance, own and be the fole grefftons.

Or other jujl which cannot, the Company cattfe, in ; the common but 25 judgment fenfe, reft of with His Majefty, falls to the fupreme Arbiter, by the Britifh con- of ftitution, all of peace and WILLIAM and matters war. That, although King the fucceeding Kings of England, had not exprefly referved to themfelves their fove- and Authority over the EaftIndian fettlemcnts, and had granted to the reign Right mod unlimited power of making war and peace; yet could they Company not, the by any form of words, denude them- of that fovereign power, and could be only fappofed to have delegated it to the Company, as to their Attorney or Plenipotentiary, till fuch time as it mould felves be their royal pleafure to refume or limit it.

It may be faid, believe juftly, that King his learned council had indeed, and I WILLIAM it not in Contemplation to permit, by any, Or thofe words, that the and t^ieir all of Kingdoms of Bengal, EAST-INDIA COMPANY. and Bahar, OrirTa, 21 fhould be claimed as of as fuch, private property, or difpofed that the by the Eaft-India Company ; or Grown fhould not claim a Right of being confulted in the difpofal of revenues. But this in equally fubiifted them or refervation would have whatever words the charter had been conceived, equally fubfift their and would under any new charter > the in every government elementary principles not only empowering, but requiring the fupreme power to wave every confideration of private Rights, whenever fuch private Rights become, in a great degree, detri- mental or dangerous to the public.

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