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terms of the article, seemed to be bound only to Bulwant Sing's person, without any express provision being made for the continuance of the zemindaries in the Rajah's family. It appears, however, from Lord Clive's correspondence, that this was fully understood by all the parties to be the clear intention of the article; and the value and importance which was attributed to it by himself, and confirmed by the acknowledgment of the company at home, as well as by the prefidency of Calcutta, sufficiently shews that they all received and considered it in the same sense. J. ord Clive paid little attention to the nicety of words in a compačt with a man, whom he regarded at this time merely as an instrument of his own making, and the explanation of which would rest either with himself or the company. In fact, the English by being the mediators of this condition, became virtually its guarantees; and the ties between them and the Rajah, being founded on their mutual interests and security, were from thence indiffoluble. He looked only to them for protection against the malice and rapacity of a cruel and perfidious tyrant; while, on the other hand, his country afforded them, without any expence, a strong and excellent barrier on the side of Oude, and would, as well as his forces, answer a” purposes of war and defence, as effectually as if it were their own. When circumstances served, and the proper season was arrived, Sujah Ul Dowlah well knew how to turn to account this past error, or - negli

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