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42 WARREN HASTINGS.

to the Supreme Court, and to abide by its decision. By making
this proposition he risked nothing; yet it was a proposition which
his opponents could hardly reject. Nobody could be treated as a.
criminal for obeying what the judges should solemnly pronounce
to be the lawful government. The boldest man would shrink
from taking arms in defence of what the judges should pronounce
to be usurpation. Clavering and Francis, after some delay, un-
willingly consented to abide by the award of the court. The
court pronounced that the resignation was invalid, and that there-
fore Hastings was still Governor-General under the Regulating
Act; and the defeated members of the Council, finding that the
sense of the whole settlement was against them, acquiesced in the
decision.

About this time arrived the news that, after a suit which had
lasted several years, the Franconian courts had decreed a divorce
between Imholf and his wife. The Baron left Calcutta, carrying
with him the means of buying an estate in Saxony. The lady
became Mrs. Hastings. The event was celebrated by great festi-
vities; and all the mos‘ conspicuous persons at Calcutta, without
distinction of parties, were invited to the Government-house.
Clavering, as the Mahommedan chronicler tells the story, was
sick in mind and body, and excused himself from joining the
splendid assembly. But Hastings, whom, as it should seem,
success in ambition and in love had put into high good-humour,
would take no denial. He went himself to the General’s house,
and at length brought his vanquished rival in triumph to the gay
circle which surrounded the bride. The exertion was too much
for a frame broken by mortification as well as by disease. Cla-
vering died a few days later.

Wheler, who came out expecting to be Governor-General, and
was forced to content himself with a seat at the council-board,
generally voted with Francis. But the Governor-General, with
Barwe1l’s help and his own casting vote, was still the master.
Some change took place at this time in the feeling both of the
Court of Directors and of the Ministers of the Crown. All
designs against Hastings were dropped; and, when his original
term of tive years expired, he was quietly reappointed. The
truth is. that the fearful dangers to which the public interests in
every quarter were now exposed, made both Lord North and the
Company unwilling to part with a Governor whose talents, ex-

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