The Private Journal of the Marquess of Hastings, Volume 1

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Page 98 - Here he has declared his opinion, that he is a despotic prince, that he is to use arbitrary power, and of course all his acts are covered with that shield. "I know," says he, "the constitution of Asia only from its practice.
Page 164 - Hastings ; a name that you will often hear of — a name at the sound of which all India turns pale — the most wicked, the most atrocious, the boldest, the most dexterous villain that ever the rank servitude of that country has produced. My lords, I am speaking with the most assured freedom, because there never was a friend of Mr. Hastings, there never was a foe of Mr. Hastings, there never was any human person that ever differed on this occasion, or expressed any other idea of Gunga Govin Sing,...
Page 14 - We charge this offender with no crimes that have not arisen from passions which it is criminal to harbor; with no offences that have not their root in avarice, rapacity, pride, insolence, ferocity, treachery, cruelty, malignity of temper; in short, in nothing that does not argue a total extinction of all moral principle, that does not manifest an inveterate blackness of heart...
Page 504 - There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity : — the law of nature and of nations.
Page 231 - Master of nature chose to appear himself in a subordinate situation. These are the considerations which influence them, which animate them, and will animate them, against all oppression, knowing that He who is called first among them and first among us all, both of the flock that is fed and of those who feed it, made himself the servant of all.
Page 229 - In the name of the Commons of England, I charge all this villainy upon Warren Hastings, in this last moment of my application to you. My lords, what is it, that we want here to a great act of national justice? Do we want a cause, my lords?
Page 186 - Rungpore and Dinagepore, for non-payment, were in many instances of such a nature that I would rather wish to draw a veil over them than shock your feelings by the detail, but that...
Page 101 - ... for men cannot covenant themselves out of their rights and their duties ; nor by any other means can arbitrary power be conveyed to any man. Those who give to others such rights, perform acts that are void as they are given...
Page 231 - I impeach him in the name of the people of India, whose laws, rights and liberties he has subverted; whose properties he has destroyed; whose country he has laid waste and desolate. I impeach him in the name and by virtue of those eternal laws of justice which he has violated. I impeach him in the name of human nature itself, which he has cruelly outraged, injured and oppressed, in both sexes, in every age, rank, situation, and condition of life.
Page 141 - They found a rumor running through the country of great peculations and oppressions. Soon after, when it was known, what their instructions were, and that the council was ready, as is the first duty of all governors, even when there is no express order, to receive complaints against the oppressions and corruptions of government in any part of it — they found such a body (and that body shall be produced to your lordships) of corruption and peculation in every walk, in every department, in every...