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42 LORD CLIVE.

English and the Nabob were
f the

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The negotiations between the
carried on chiefly-by two agents, Mr. Watts, a servant 0
Company, and a Bengalee of the name of Omichund-
Omichund had been one of the wealthiest native merchants
resident at Calcutta, and had sustained great losses in con-
sequence of' the N abob’s expedition against that place. In the
course of his commercial transactions, he had seen much of the
English, and was peculiarly qualified to serve as a medium Of
communication between them and a native court. He pos-
sessed great influence with his own race, and had in large
measure the Hindoo talents, quick observation, tact, dexterity,
perseverance, and the Hindoo vices, servility, greediness, and
treachery.
The N abob behaved with all the faithlessness of an Indian
statesman, and with all the levity of a boy whose mind had
been enfeebled by power and self-indulgence. He promised,
retracted, hesitated, evaded. At one time be advanced with
his army in a threatening manner towards Calcutta; but when
he saw the resolute front which the English presented, he fell
back in alarm, and consented to make peace with them on their
own terms. The treaty was no sooner concluded than he
formed new designs against them. He intrigued with the
French authorities at Chandernagore. He invited Bussy to
march from the Deccan to the Hoogley, and to drive the
English out of Bengal. All this was well known to Clive and
“ratson. They determined accordingly to strike a decisive
blow, and to attack Chandernagore, before the force there
could be strengthened by new arrivals, either from the south
of India, or from Europe. 'Watson directed the expedition by
water, Clive by land. The success of the combined movements
was rapid and complete. The fort, the garrison, the artillery,
the military stores, all fell into the hands of the English.
Near five hundred European troops were among the prisoners.
The Nabob had feared and hated the English, even while

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