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And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no person who hath been, now is, or shall hereafter be, in the service of the said United Company in India, fhall be capable of being a Director, or assistant Director, for the execution of this act within the space of two years from the time of his last return from India.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the faid Directors hereby appointed shall, once in every fix months, lay before the Proprietors of the faid United Company, in a general Court to be for that purpose affembled, an exact state of the debts and credits of the said United Company; the first cost and charges of their investments, outward and inward; with the ruins of money in India applicable to an invest. ment, according to the last accounts received therefrom; an account of the shipping ; an account of the produce of the fales; and the state of the warehouses at home and abroad.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Directors hereby appointed shall, within twenty days after the commencement of every session of Parliament, lay before the Lords Commiffoners of his Majesty's Treasury (who are hereby authorized and required, without loss of time, to lay the same before both Houses of Parliament) an account of the produce of the territorial and other revenues of the said United Company in India ; and also estimates of the civil, military, and naval establishment there ; together with a state of the bond and other debts due from the said United Company in India; and also the state of the trade, laid by the faid Directors before the faid Proprietors at their then last general court.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Directors hereby appointed, or the major part of them, shall have full power and authority to remove, difplace, suspend, appoint, confirm, or restore, all and every person or persons whatsoever, from or to any office, station, or capacity whatsoever, civil or military, in the service of the said United Company, or within the limits of the said United Company's charters, or any of them, or any way concerned in the management of their affairs within this kingdom, or in India, whether any such person or persons shall have been nominated or appointed in and by any act or acts of Parliament, or howsoever otherwise. nominated or appointed; except as is herein provided and established, as to the appointment and removal of such Directors themselves, and of the said affiftant Directors..

And for the more speedy and effectual punishment of offences committed in India, by persons

employed in the service of the said Company, be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That whenever any charge of corruption, peculation, oppression, extortion, receipt of presents, usury, breach of orders, or other grievous offence, shall be exhibited or made before the Governor-General and Council of Bengal, or the President and Council of any of the Presidencies or settlements abroad, of the said United Company, and transmitted from thence to the Court of Directors, hereby discontinued, or to the faid Directors hereby appointed, against any of the said Governors, Presidents, or Members of the Council, of any of the said Presidencies or settlements of the said United Company, or others, in any office, ftation, or employment, civil or military, in the said. United Company's service; or which shall be exhibited or made by any of the native Princes, dependent upon, or under the protection of the said United Company, against any such person or persons; the said Directors, hereby appointed, fhall, within twenty days after the fame shall be received, enter in an examination of such charge; and if, upon, or in consequence of such examination, such Directors shall not think proper either to recall or order a prosecution against such person fo charged, each and every such Director, making such examination as aforesaid into such charge, shall enter in writing, and subscribe with his name, in the journals of such Directors, his opinion on the validity and importance of such charge, with his fpecific reasons, on the particular case, for not recalling the person so charged, or for not ordering a prosecution upon such charge.

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And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That before any person or perfons whatsoever, who have been, are, or fhall hereafter be, in the service of the faid United Company, in any office, stationr, or employment whatsoever, civil or military, in any of the Presidencies or settlements of the said United Company abroad; and who have been, or are, or shall be, in Great Britain after such service abroad; and against whom any charge shall appear upon any of the Company's records, or shall have been made to the faid Court of Directors hereby discontinued, or General Court of Proprietors, or shall be made or exhibited to the laid Directors hereby appointed; shall be permitted by the said Directors hereby appoined to return to any part of Indir, either in the same, or in any other office, station, or employment, in the service of the said United Company; and also, before the faid Directors hereby appointed shall confirm the appointment, or suffer the departure from Great Britain, for India, of any person or persons who may have been, or shall be appointed to any office, ftation, or employment whatsoever, in the service of the said United Company, and against whom any such charge shall appear, or shall have been made, or shall be made as aforesaid; and also before the faid Directors, hereby appointed, shall themselves appoint any perfon, having before been in the service of the said United Company, to any office, ftation, or employment whatsoever, in the said United Company's service, and against whom any such charge shall appear, or shall have been made, or shall be made as aforesaid; the said Directors hereby appointed fhall, and they are hereby required to make a full and particular examination and inquiry into the conduct of every such person, relative to the laid service, and the subject matter of such charge; and shall enter on their journals their reasons for permitting any such person to return, or confirming the appointinent, and permitting the departure, of any such person, or for themselves appointing any such person (as the case may be) notwithstanding such charge,

And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That in case of any disputes, differences, or controversies whatsoever, which have arisen, and are depending, or which shall or may hereafter arise, between the Governor-General and Council of Bengal; or between any of the Presidents of any other of the settlements of thre said United Company, and their respective Councils; or between any of the subordinate Chiefs and their Councils; or between the Government of one settlement and the Government of any other settlement; or between any of the Governors or presiding powers of any of the subordinate settlements; the said Directors hereby appointed shall, within twenty days after the receipt of any official account of any such dispute, difference, or controverly, enter upon an examination and inquiry into the fame; and shall, within thre: months thereafter, either come to a definitive decision thereupon, or enter upon their journals their reasons, signed with their respective names, for not coming to luch definitive decision.

And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That if at any time the Governor-General and Council of Bengal, or the President and Council of any of the principal or subordinate settlements, Ihall require the direction or opinion of the said Directors hereby appointed, on any matter whatsoever for the government of such Gavernor-General and Council, or President and Council, or for the settlement or accommodation of any matter in dispute, or likely to come into dispute, between or among them, or any of them; the said Directors shall return an answer, opinion, or direction, to such requisition, within three months after receiving the letter or letters containing the same, or enter upon their journals their reasons, figned with their respe&tive names, for not fending the same within the time aforesaid.

And be it enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That if at any time complaint Thall be made of any breach of treaty, injury, wrong, or grievance, done or committed against any native Prince in India, by any of the Governments of the faid United Coinpany's settlements, or any officer or other person, civil or military, in the service of the faid

United Company; or if any such breach of treaty, injury, wrong, or grievance, shall (without coinplaint being made thereof) appear upon any part of the correspondence relating to the said United Company's affairs; the faid Directors hereby appointed íhali, as speedily as may be, inquire into fuch breach of treaty, injury, wrong, or grievance; and shall begin their examination into the fame, by reading and considering any treaties, agreements, or assurances, sublisting between the faid Ünited Company and fuch native Prince, or any way relative to him, if any such there thall be, or any orders. which may have been given by the Court of Directors hereby discontinued, or General Court of Proprietors, relating to such native Prince; and the faid Directors hereby appointed shall do full and complete justice to such native Prince for such breach of treaty, injury, wrong, or grievance, and on every material article and head of charge (if there be more than one) specifically, and not upon the whole of such charge in grofs.

And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That three, and not less, of the said Directors, shall form a Board for executing this act, or any of the powers thereof, or any other powers vested in or committed to, or which shall be vested in or committed to, such Directors, and the major part of the said Directors present shall determine, except where the voices shall be equally divided, and then the Chairman, or, in his absence, the Deputy Chairman, shall have two voices, or the casting voice.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all the correlpondence of the said Directors hereby appointed, with all perfons whatsoever in the service of the faid United Company, shall be signed by the Secretary of such Directors, by order of the Board.

And whereas by virtue of the charter of the said Company, and the regulations which have from time to time been made for the better governinent of the said Company, it it is required, that certain acts should be done or consented to, and that certain act counts should be signed by a particular number of the Directors, hereby discontinued, be it therefore enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That in all cafes whatsoever, where any act, matter, or thing is directed to be done or consented to, or any accounts or writing to be signed by the Directors hereby discontinued, or to be done or consented to, or signed by any particular number of such Directors, such act, matter, or thing ihall, from and after the commencement of this act, be done or consented to, and such accounts or writing shall be signed by three of the Directors hereby appointed.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Directors hereby, appointed, and assistant Directors, and each and every of them, during the continuance of this act, shall be utterly incapable of taking, holding, or exercising, any office, station, or employment whatsoever, in the service of the said United Company; and shall also be incapable of taking, holding, or exercising any other place of profit from the Crown, during pleasure.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall, and may be lawful for his Majesty to remove any of the faid Directors hereby appointed, or affiftant Dis rectors upon an address of either House of Parliament.

And whereas a doubt may arife, whether the place of Director, when the same shall be held by any person, to be appointed by his Majesty, in manner herein-before provided, be not within the provision of an act of the sixth year of the reign of Queen Anne, intitled, “ An Act for the security of her Majesty's person and government, and of the “ succession to the Crown of Great-Britain in the Protestant line,” although the faid place fhall have been created and erected by authority of Parliament: be it therefore enacted, and declared by the authority aforesaid, That such office shall not be deemed and taken to be within the intent and purview of the said act; nor shall any person accepting and holding the fame, by an appointment from his Majesty, under his royal sign

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manual, be thereby disqualified from being elected, or sitting and voting as a Member

of the House of Commons.

And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That there shall be allowed and

paid for and to each of the assistant Directors, for so long time as he shall continue in

the office, a clear yearly salary of five hundred pounds, payable by half yearly pay-

ments; and that the respective payments of the said salaries shall be stated and allowed

in the account of the disbursements for the management of the affairs of the said United

East-India Company.

And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That this A&t and all the pro-

visions herein contained, Mall commence and take effect from and immediately after this
act shall have received his Majesty's royal afsent, and shall continue, and be in full
force for and during the space of four years. .

HOUSE OF LORD S.
December 9.] A Petition was presented to the House by the East

India Company, praying to be heard by Counsel against the said bill,

and on a motion being made it was agreed to. They were accordingly

heard on the 15th, when a debate ensued in consequence of the mo-

tion for adjournment, made by the Duke of Chandos, and opposed

by the Duke of Portland, who said “ the motion meant to protract

<i time. Much art had been used to impede the progress of the pre-

“ sent bill, and no means were left unattempted, however unjusti-

“ fiable (alluding to the private conferences a noble Earl, out of

“ office, had with a Great Personage) to prevent its passing into a

“ law.” At one o'clock in the morning the House divided on the

question of adjournment, when there appeared,

Contents

69

Proxies

18–87

Non Contents

57

Proxies

22-79

Majority against the Duke of Portland

-8

December 16.] Counsel were called to the bar of the House on

behalf of the Proprietors, against the above-mentioned bill ; at nine

the Counsel finished, and the debate was adjourned to

December 17.] The order of the day for committing the East India

bill being read, it was opposed by Earl Gower, and on a division

there appeared,

Contents

57

Proxies

19-76

Non Contents

74

Proxies

2195

Majority

-19

Upon which the bill was loft.

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HOUSE

HOUSE OF COMMON S.

move,

December 17.] Mr. Baker faid, that from some matters which were of public notoriety, he should propose to the consideration of the House some thing of the highest and the most important consequence. It was of that nature which required very serious deliberation, as it concerned the dearest interests of the people. Therefore, prior to this important business, he should

That the Speaker do send the Serjeant 56 with che Mace to the avenues and rooms leading to the House, to “ collect sucha Members as were there, and require their attendance s in their places.”

Mr. Fox seconded the motion, and that form being gone through, Mr. Baker read the following Resolutions :

Resolved, " That it is now necessary to declare, that to report any opinion, “ or pretended opinion of his Majesty, upon any bill, or other pro

ceeding depending in either House of Parliament, with a view to “ influence the votes of the Members, is a high crime and misdemeanor,

derogatory to the honour of the Crown, a breach of the fundamen“ tal privileges of Parliament, and subversive of the Constitution of - this country.”

Resolved, “ That this House will, upon Monday morning next, resolve itself • into a Committee of the whole house, to consider the state of the “ nation.”

Lord Maitland inade a few pointed observations in respect to the rumour of Earl Temple having used his Majesty's name to influence the Members of the other House, and of the consequences that followed in respect to the India bill. His Lordship said, that on the fate of the present motion depended the existence of a free Parliament, and all that was dear to Englishmen; and that as he considered it to be a most proper one, he rose to second it.

Mr. Erskine, in a very able speech, argued very pointedly on the rumour, and contended for its being good ground for enquiry, and a reason why Parliament should take the alarm, and make provifion against the worst.

Mr. Arden spoke vehemently for the order of the day,

Lord

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