The Life of Robert, Lord Clive: Collected from the Family Papers Communicated by the Earl of Powis, Volume 2

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J. Murray, 1836 - India

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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.
Page 156 - tis true: 'tis true, 'tis pity; And pity 'tis, 'tis true: a foolish figure ; But farewell it, for I will use no art. Mad let us grant him then : and now remains, That we find out the cause of this effect ; Or, rather say, the cause of this defect; For this effect, defective, comes by cause: Thus it remains, and the remainder thus.
Page 337 - ... 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 322 - 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 273 - ... by any of his friends at camp ; but yet some of his acquaintances, hearing of his being arrived, went to him. The Major, who had excused him from appearing in public, informed them that they could not see him for some days, as he was too much vexed to receive any company. Ahmed Khan Koteishee, who was an impertinent talker, having come to look at him, thought to pay his court to the English by joking on the man's defeat ; a behaviour that has nothing strange, if we consider the times in which...
Page 336 - ... it is no wonder that the lust of riches should readily embrace the proffered means of its gratification, or that the instruments of your power should avail themselves of their authority, and proceed even to extortion in those cases where simple corruption could not keep pace with their rapacity. Examples of this sort, set by superiors, could not fail of being followed in a proportionable degree by inferiors. The evil was contagious, and spread among the civil and military, down to the writer,...
Page 131 - The little attention shown to these considerations, in the indiscriminate favours heaped on some individuals, and undeserved censures on others, will, we apprehend, lessen that spirit of zeal so very essential to the well-being of your affairs, and, consequently, in the end, if continued, prove the destruction of them. Private views may, it is much to be feared, take the lead here, from examples at home ; and no gentlemen hold your service longer, nor exert themselves further in it, than their own...
Page 125 - Carnatic, unless some very unforeseen event interpose in their favour. The superiority of our squadron, and the plenty of money and supplies of all kinds which our friends on the coast will be furnished with from this province, while the enemy are in total want of every thing, without any visible means of redress, are such advantages as, if properly attended to, cannot fail of wholly effecting their ruin in that as well as in every other part of India. May the zeal and the vigorous measures, projected...
Page 272 - The English commanders, admiring his firmness, consented to his surrendering himself in the manner he wished ; after which the Major with his officers shook hands with him, in their European manner, and every sentiment of enmity was instantly dismissed on both sides. At the same time the Major sent for his own palankeen, made him sit in it, and he was sent to camp.
Page 304 - Narrain, the Nabob of Patna, was given up ; the doctrine of the Subadar's independency was adopted, and every method was put in practice to confirm him in it. 'We need seek for no other causes of the war; for it is now some time that things have been carried to such lengths abroad, that either the princes of the country must in a great measure be dependent on us, or we totally so on them.

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