A View of the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the English Government in Bengal: including a reply to the misrepresentations of Mr Bolts, and other writers.

Published: Printed for J. Nourse.

Date: 1772

[12], 148, [4], 253, [1]p errata. 4to. Front endpaper a little dusted, some very neat pencil notes in margins. A fine copy bound in full contemporary pale calf, double gilt fillet border, gilt spine in six compartments, red morocco label. Armorial bookplate of William Constable, Esq., of Burton Constable, Yorkshire.

ESTC T50786. First edition. Harry Verelst, served with the East India Company in Bengal between 1749 & 1769, and was appointed Governor of Fort William in Bengal in 1767. At a time when plundering and corruption was almost the norm within the East India Company, he maintained his integrity. He made many enemies by sacking them from service or barring them from illegal trading during his tenure, and was consistently sympathetic to the cause of the Bengal people. Immediately after his return to England in 1770, compensation cases were lodged against him, and although he was acquitted from all charges of illegalities, the series of litigations ruined him financially. Disillusioned by the conduct of his Bengal colleagues, he chose to leave England and retire to France. He died at Boulogne on 24 October 1785.


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