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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2018 11:48 a.m. PST

"From the time of their arrival in India at the end of 1774 the three members of the council, Francis, Clavering, and Monson, commonly known as the Triumvirate, set themselves to reverse whatever could be reversed in the past doings of Hastings, and to thwart his actions in the present. To this strife between the Governor-General and his council belongs an incident too notorious to be passed over. The Triumvirate deliberately set them­selves to procure evidence which could be used for a formal attack upon Hastings. An instrument upon whom they relied was a high-caste Brahmin, Nanda Kumar, whose name has been popularised as Nuncomar. Nuncomar was an adept at the fabrication of evidence, and Hastings was preparing to indict him for conspiracy when he was relieved from the necessity for further action. The new High Court of Justice presented an opportunity to an old enemy of Nuncomar, one Mohun Persad, who charged him before the court with forgery. The court administered English law, and forgery under English law was a capital offence. The court, after a long and entirely fair examination, found Nuncomar guilty and condemned him to death…."
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Crazycoote25 Sep 2018 8:11 a.m. PST

Decent summary of events in India in late 1770's early 80's, if somewhat high level! Imagine summarising the simultaneous American War into those few paragraphs…but sadly this is nowadays an unpopular period with little modern work to refer to.

The British really did come very very close to disaster indeed – something that heavily influenced the outcome of the war in the Americas.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2018 3:04 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


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