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WARREN HASTINGS. 33

adhered to the original charges, but, after the fashion of the East,
produced a large supplement. He stated that Hastings had re-
ceived a great sum for appointing Rajah Goordas treasurer of the
Na.bob's household, and for committing the care of his Highness’s
person to the Munny Begum. He put in a letter purporting to
bear the seal of the Munny Begum, for the purpose of establishing
the truth of his story. The seal, whether forged, as Hastings af-
firmed, or genuine, as we are rather inclined to believe, proved
nothing. Nuncomar, as every body knows who knows India, had
only to tell the Munny Begum that such a letter would give
pleasure to the majority of the Council, in order to procure her
attestation. The majority, however, voted that the charge was
made out; that Hastings had corruptly received between thirty
and forty thousand pounds ; and that he ought to be compelled to
refund.

The general feeling among the English in Bengal was strongly
in favour of the Governor-General. In talents for business, in
knowledge of the country, in general courtesy of demeanour, he
was decidedly superior to his persecutors. The servants of the
Company were naturally disposed to side with the most dis-
tinguished member of their own body against a clerk from the
war-oflice, who, profoundly ignorant of the native languages and of
the native character, took on himself to regulate every department
of the administration. Hastings, however, in spite of the general
sympathy of his countrymen, was in a most painful situation.
There was still an appeal to higher authority in England. If that
authority took part with his enemies, nothing was left to him but
to throw up his oflice. He accordingly placed his resignation in
the hands of his agent in London, Colonel Macleane. But Mac-
leane was instructed not to produce the resignation, unless it
should be fully ascertained that the feeling at the India House was
adverse to the Governor-General.

The triumph of Nuncomar seemed to be complete. He held a
daily levee, to which his countrymen resorted in crowds, and to
which, on one occasion, the majority of the Council condescended
to repair. His house was an oflice for the purpose of receiving
charges against the Governor-General. It was said that, partly
by threats, and partly by wheedling, the villanous Brahmin had
induced many of the wealthiest men of the province to send in
complaints. But he was playing a perilous game. It was not

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