By Keith Arthur. Berriedale
This publication, first released in 1936, offers a entire description and research of each constitutional element of British rule in India from 1600 to 1936. starting with an outline of the East India corporation prior to Plassey, its structure, management of settlements, and relation to the Indian states, the ebook closes with an account of the reforms of the Nineteen Thirties, the occasions major as much as the White Paper and an research and elucidation of the govt of India Act 1935.
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THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMPANY'S SETTLE- MENTS AND (a) TERRITORIES THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNMENT In the early days of the activities of the Company there was little need for elaborate organization. The Company had I Keith, Speeches and Documents on Indian Policy, i, 10 if. , i, 24, 25). 3Cf. Lord Stowell in The Indian Chief (1800), 3 Rob. , at p. 28; Mayor of Lyons v. East India Co. (1836), 1 Moo. Ind. App. 175, 272, 273. 28 THE COMPANY BEFORE PLASSEY [Chap. I merely trading stations without territorial sovereignty, and it was only gradually that wider authority came to be exercised at Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta under the varying conditions dictated by the different sources of its power.
Force, however, extorted local respect, and the authorities at Surat agreed to grant trading privileges which an imperial firman confirmed. 1 He found that the Emperor was not prepared to conclude a treaty, and in the end he had to content himself with obtaining what was requisite in the way of permission to trade and to manage the affairs of the factory independently of local interference, in the form of a grant from Prince Khurram, the viceroy of Gujarat. Failure to effect more was inevitable, so weak was the Company, and so engaged in conflicts with the Portuguese and later in disputes with its former allies, the Dutch.
Moreover, in 1727 (November 17th) it was provided by supplementary Letters Patent that the fines levied by the court should go to the Company. This principle had long been operative in practice, but clearly under a royal grant the claims of the Crown would have been paramount but for the express provision thus made. The charter of January 8th 1753 which superseded those of 1726 and 1727 contained some improvements. The aldermen were on vacancies occurring to be chosen by the governor and council.
A Constitutional History of India, 1600-1935 by Keith Arthur. Berriedale