.bill had been brought in purpofe in the preceding feflion,»

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there was not‘, occafion for the in- were to be made by the fele& com-

terpolition of parliament; if there was,‘how could the Company pre- tend to act independent of them, after it had applied for relief to the miniller? if there was not, why did they apply I’

On the other fide it was ob- ferved, that parliamentary inter- pofition had hitherto been attended with very little advantage to the Company. That the laft parlia- ment -had undertaken, in the year 1767, the regulation of their af- fairs, and after {pending the greater part of the feflion upon that buli- nefs, the refult was, the extortion of a vall fum of money from the Company without an equivalent, and the leaving their affairs to lhift for themfelves, without the fmalieit regulation; that their affairs had fince continued open to parliament, without any thing being done, but the‘ making or renewing of bar- gains for the benefit of govern- ment, without the fmallcii atten- tion t.o that of the Company; that a feleél committee had been ap- pointed in the preceding feifton, which had continued its fittings throughout the fummer, and it was not pretended that the Com- pany had reaped any advantages from them ; and that a fecret com- mittee had newly llarted up, the benefits of which were yet to be difcovered, as nothing but com- plaints had hitherto attended its proceedings. That if the Com- pany was not armed with fuflicient powers, fpr the punilhmcnt of its fervants and the regulation of its governments in India, the fault lay wholly in adminillration, as a lor that

which was laid by, under pretence 0f Waiting for the difcovcries that

mittec.

That the evils apprehended, from the extraordinary powers of the fupervilion falling into the hands of the oFFenders in India, were merely imaginary; the Company had well forcfeen, and effectually provided againlt thole evils, in the body of the commiilion; no at} of the fuper-vifion can be valid, with- out the prefence of three of the commifiioners; the firfi ofthefe is to have the cafiing voice, and they are to be aliilted by the governor, commander in chief, and fecond in council, only as inferior aflcf- fors; and the fupervilors have power, if they fee caufe, to dif- mifs the governor and the whole council, and have a power of con- troul in all cafes.

That if the particular intercfls of the Company were conflicted as matters of indifierence, the great revenues and immenfe benefits it afforded to the iublic were not to be wantonly {parted with; that as the reliraint in tile bill was laid for fix months, and the iemlrti of the year would of nccefiw cc‘: i- nue it for fix more, twelve tvhole months, in the prefent critical {late of their affairs, would be tOtaliy loll to the Company, before any intended regulation, whether by parliamenrt, or other-wile, could pollibly take place; that this de- lay might be productive cfthe molt milchievous eri-“ect to the COmPn-‘tt’, as the grievances and evils, winch they wanted to renxcdy or prevent, would have the accumulation c-f all that time added their pre- fentamount; and as the dcltgtl of regulation would be ft- l-ng known before hand to the oficndtrrs, they would tzfe inch intiur. y in their fe- veral tl<-p.trtn~::~.t~, t-zat there would

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