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that the sums were taken for the Company's benefit at times, in which the Company very much needed them; that I either chose to conceal the first receipts from publick curiosity by receiving bonds for the amount; or possibly acted without any studied design, which my memory could at this distance of time verify; and that I did not think it worth my care to observe the same means with the rest. I trust, honourable Sirs, to your breasts for a candid interpretation of my actions, and assume the freedom to add, that I think myself, on such a subject, and on such an occasion, entitled to it.



I have the honour to be,

Honourable Sirs,

Your most faithful, most obedient,

and most humble servant,

Warren Hastings.


AN ACCOUNT of Sums received on the account of the Honourable Company by the Governour-General, or paid to their Treasury by his order, and applied to their service.


October. The following sums were paid into the Treasury, and Bonds granted for the same, in the name of the Governour-General, in whose possession the Bonds remain, with a declaration upon each endorsed, and signed by him, that he has no claim on the Company for the . amount either of Principal or Interest, no part of the latter having been received:

One Bond, dated the 1st

October 1780, N° 1539, 1,16,000 One Bond, dated the 2d

October 1780, N° 1540, 1,16,000

One Bond, dated the 23d

November 1780, N° 1354, 1,74,000

November. Paid into the Treasury, and carried to the Governour-General's

credit in the 12th page of the Deposites Journal of 1780-81, Mohurs of Sorts, which had been coined in the Mint, and produced, as per 358 and 359 pages of the Company's General Journal of 1780-81, Gold Mohurs

or Calcutta Siccas Batta 16 per cent.

12,861 12 11 2,05,788 14 9 32,926 3 6

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AN Account of Sums received, &c.—continued.

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30 April. Paid into the Treasury, and credited in the 637th page of the Company's General Journal, as Money received from the Governour-General, on account of Durbar

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August. Received in Cash, and employed in defraying my publick disbursements, and credited in the GovernourGeneral's account of Durbar charges for April 1782

Produce of the sum mentioned in the Governour-General's letter to the honourable Secret Committee, dated 20th January 1782, and credited in the Governour-General's account of Durbar charges for April 1782

Current Rupees

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Fort-William, 22d May 1782.

(Errours excepted.)

Warren Hastings.

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I, William Larkins, do make oath, and say, that the letter and account, to which this affidavit is affixed, were written by me, at the request of the Honourable Warren Hastings, Esquire, on the 22d May 1782, from rough draughts written by himself in my presence: that the cover of the letter was sealed up by him in my presence, and was then intended to be transmitted to England by the Lively, when that vessel was first ordered for dispatch; and that it has remained closed until this day, when it was opened for the express purpose of being accompanied by this affidavit.

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To the Honourable the Secret Committee of the Honourable Court of Directors.

Fort William, 16 December 1782.

Honourable Sirs,

THE dispatch of the Lively having been protracted by various causes from time to time, the accompanying address, which was originally designed and prepared for that dispatch (no other conveyance since occurring) has of course been thus long detained. The delay is of no publick consequence; but it has produced a situation, which, with respect to myself, I regard as unfortunate, because it exposes me to the meanest imputation, from the occasion, which the late Parliamentary inquiries have since furnished, but which were unknown when my letter was written, and written in the necessary consequence of a promise, made to that effect in a former letter to your honourable Committee, dated 20th January last. However, to preclude the possibility of such reflections from affecting me, I have desired Mr. Larkins, who was privy to the whole transaction,


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