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The power of difpofing of what they conquer to their may eafily incline fuch lands for the fake of men difpojing D to conquer of them to the ON *S THE RIGHTS OF THE the beft bidder that the ; annals and am I not fare but of India have already furnifhed examples of fuch abufes *. And, without His Majefty's indeed, particular attention to the conduct of the Eaft-India this, but ferve as Company all the former charters, for authority cruelty and rapine. that the ftance, upon not only abroad, every It is degree faid, Company's might for officers of in- may, invade and deftroy their but it could never be meant juji caufe, enemies : that, they fhould have the fole cognizance, own and be the fole grefftons.

That, of as King by the Charters of the 1 3th GEORGE the firft, and of the ayth of King GEORGE the fecond, the Company is authorized to invade and E 854768 ,. * ON 16 THE RIGHTS OF THE dcftroy upon Jitft Caufe only, cularly amenable to and arc parti- His Majefty for any breach of their Charter in this refpccl, it perfectly regular and necefiary that His Majefry mould have complete knowledge, is from his own grefs of all Officer, of the rife wars carried on in the Eaft- in order to Jndies, and pro- know what wars arc on in compliance with the terms and what not.

No fuch invafion attempted ill -, but, on the contrary, an attempt of private perfons to invade the Rights of the public, by challenging to themfelves which belongs only a prerogative to the heads of king- doms and independent Republics. I havc^ therefpre. OM THE 24 "RIGHTS OF endeavoured to therefore, mew you what are in reality the Rights of the Eaft-India Company with regard to making peace and war, by quoting what is to be found in our feveral charters concerning them, and mail now recapitulate and fum up the whole, by obferving : That whatever pafTages are to be found in thofe charters concerning peace and war, are merely emanations of the royal Will and Pleafure no fuch being fpecified in the A& of Parliament, which only authorizes -, King WILLIAM to the and his fucceflbrs to grant Company, from time to time, by their letters patent, fuch powers and prithem mall feem fitting.

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