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Proceedings at a meeting of the British inhabitants of Fort St. George, Madras, on Monday, September 19, 1785, in consequence of a summons by the High Sheriff of the said town. With an address to His Majesty, and petitions to both Houses of Parliament, on the subject of Mr. Pitt's East-India Bill.
London: J. Debrett. MDCCLXXXVI 1786 - 8vo., (2) + 36pp., some minor staining of title-page, recent marbled boards lettered on spine. A good copy. Only edition. Virtually the whole of the British ex-pat population were in a state of high dudgeon about Pitt's India Act> of 1784. Their complaints turned particularly on their change of status vis-à-vis the new system of criminal jurisdiction. Meetings of British residents had already taken place in Calcutta in July, and in Cawnpore as early as March. Both meetings had resulted in strong complaints being forwarded to London. The Fort St. George meeting in September underlined the uncompromising mood. In a letter to the King, the residents regretfully complained that: 'We observe, with inexpressable concern, that the Act of Parliament, passed in the 24th year of your Majesty's reign, and entitled, An Act for the better regulation and management of the affairs of the East-India Company, and for establishing a Court of Judicature for the more speedy and effectual trial of persons accused of offences committed in the East Indies>, is liable to an interpretation extremely adverse to that freedom and protection which are equally claimed by every subject in your Majesty's dominions. The privilege of trial by jury is there taken away from us, and our persons and property endangered without even the formation of a charge, or any alledged cause of suspicion against us'. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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