The Good Old Days - Company Land, p.114

can be collected in” “This,” the Court continues in their despatch, dated 30th March, “though attended with great labor, does not prevent his prosecuting his own surveys, the fatigue of which and the desperate wounds he had lately received in one of them, have already left him but a shattered constitution. This consideration and his being deprived of every means of advantage while he is thus continually moving up and down a country unexplored by Europeans, to the utmost risk of his life, we hope will justify us for increasing his salary to Rs. 300 per month, which indeed may be considered as only a just reward for past services and sufferings.”


An extract from an act of Parliament of 21st George III is published (1784,) by the Government,  “forbidding any British subject or subjects in the service of the said United Company or licensed by them to proceed to India, to reside in any other place in India than in one of the principal settlements belonging to the said United Company, or within ten miles of such principal settlement, without the special license of the said United Company, or of the President or Governor and Council of such principal settlement, in writing. “


A novel mode of reducing the expenditure of the State is hit upon by the government in a notice from the Secret Department of Inspection, dated 27th January 1785 : -


“The Honorable the Governor General and Council, having thought proper to resolve on a reduction of expense in several departments under this government, and having been consequently obliged to remove some gentlemen in the civil service from their offices and to diminish the allowances, and alter the pensions received by others, notice is hereby given that permission will be granted to persons under these descriptions, who may be willing to avail themselves of it, to return to England on leave of absence, with an allowance of half their allotted salaries payable in Bengal, and without forfeiture of their respective ranks in the service. All such persons are to enjoy their leave of absence for three years, commencing from the day of their arrival in England, on condition of their returning to the service before that period, if required so to do by the Honorable Court of Directors whether it be to remain in England or return to India and on failure thereof, they are to lose all pretensions to the service.



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