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46 WARREN HASTINGS.

ances, and less about his duties, than might have been expected
from so eminent a member of so noble-a profession. Still he was
perhaps the ablest oflicer that was then to be found in the British
army. Among the native soldiers his name was great and his in-
fluence unrivalled. Nor is he yet forgotten by them. Now and
then a white-bearded old sepoy may still be found, Who loves to
talk of Porto Novo and Pollilore. It is but a short time since one
of those aged men came to present a memorial to an English officer,

who holds one of the highest employments in India. A print of '

Coote hung in the room. The veteran recognised at once that face
and figure which he had not seen for more than half a century, and,
forgetting his salam to the living, halted, drew himself up, lifted
his hand, and with solemn reverence paid his military obeisance to
the dead.

Coote, though he did not, like Barwell, vote constantly with the
Governor-General, was by no means inclined to join in systematic
opposition, and on most questions concurred with Hastings, who
did his best, by assiduous courtship, and by readily granting the
most exorbitant allowances, to gratify the strongest passions of the
old soldier.

It seemed likely at this time that a general reconciliation would
put an end to the quarrels which had, during some years, weakened
and disgraced the government of Bengal. The dangers of the
empire might well induce men of patriotic feeling, — and of patri-
otic feeling neither Hastings nor Francis was destitute, —to forget
private enmities, and to cooperate heartily for the general good.
Coote had never been concerned in faction. VVheler was thoroughly
tired of it. Barwell had made an ample fortune, and, though he
had promised that he would not leave Calcutta while his help was
needed in Council, was most desirous to return to England, and
exerted himself to promote an arrangement which would set him
at liberty.

A compact was made, by which Francis agreed to desist from
opposition, and Hastings engaged that the friends of Francis should
be admitted to a fair share of the honours and emoluments of the
service. During a few months after this treaty there was apparent
harmony at the council-board.

Harmony, indeed, was never more necessary; for at this moment
internal calamities, more formidable than War itself, menaced Ben-
gal. The authors of the Regulating Act of 1773 had established

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