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By Keith Arthur. Berriedale

This publication, first released in 1936, presents a entire description and research of each constitutional element of British rule in India from 1600 to 1936. starting with an outline of the East India corporation ahead of Plassey, its structure, management of settlements, and relation to the Indian states, the booklet closes with an account of the reforms of the Thirties, the occasions major as much as the White Paper and an research and elucidation of the govt. of India Act 1935.

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Its power to inflict sentences of death was disputed, but conceded in 17121 by the council.

204. 3 Advocate-General v. Richmond, Perry, Or. Cas. 573; of. De Silveira v. Texeira, Morley, Digest, i, 349. 4 Keith, Conet. Hi8t. of Fir8t Briti8h Empire, pp. 127-31. Sec. 3] THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS as the island in January 1669. In accordance with instructions from the Company he established the executive government under a deputy governor and council, but the current belief that he enacted codes for the civil and military administration of the island rests on a misunderstanding. The laws and ordinances of war which then were operative in the island had clearly been in force before his arrival, and so far from enacting them he expressed grave doubt as to their effectiveness and warned the deputy governor of Bombay, who claimed that they authorized a court martial to pass sentence of death on a military officer for alleged mutinous conduct, that the powers given rested only on the prerogative and that a man might be prosecuted for condemnation by court martial.

C. S. 161; and The Indian Chief (1800) 3 Rob. Adm. at p. 28; Advocate-General of Bengal v. Surnomoye Doesee (1863) 9 Moo. Ind. App. at 428, 429. 2 Cf. Wood, History of the Levant Company (1935), pp. 39 ff. 22 THE COMPANY BEFORE PLASSEY [Chap. I The Company, however, was not fated to effect much in the Spice Islands, and in India its contacts were with subordinates of the Mogul Emperor, who were not in the least inclined to treat on the basis of equality with the English merchants, especially as the influence of the Portuguese was exerted energetically against them.

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