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for the security of Her Majesty's person and government, and of the succession of the crown of Great Britain in the Protestant line."
And be it further enacted, That the said Board shall be fully authorised and impowered, from time to time, to check, superintend, and control, all acts, operations, and concerns, which in any wile relate to the civil or military government or revenues of the territories and possessions of the* said United Company in the East Indies.
And be it further enacted, That the said Secretary of State for the time b«ing, shall nominate and appoint a Secretary to attend upon the said Board, who shall be subject to dismission, at the pleasure.of the said Board; and that the said Secretary shall enter, or cause to be entered, in books, all proceedings whatsoever to be had by or before the said Board; and shall be paid such salary as .His Majesty shall, by warrant under his iign manual, direct.
Provided always, and be it further enacted, That the Members of the said Board, before they shall proceed to act, in the execution of any of the powers or authorities to them given by this act (save only the power of administering the oath after mentioned) shall severally take and subscribe, the. following1 oath: (that is to fay)
I .A. B.. do faithfullypromife and swear, that as a Commissioner or Member of the Board for the affairs of India, I will give my best advice and assistance for the good government of the British possessions in the East Indies; and will execute the several powers and trusts reposed in me, according to the best of my skill and judgement, without favour or affection, prejucice or malice, to any person whatsoever." 'Which said oath any of the Members of the said Board shall and
are hereby impowered to administer; and the said oath shall be entered by the said Secretary among the accounts of the said Board, and be duly subscribed and attested by the Members thereof, at the time of their taking and administering the fame to each other respectively.
And, to the intent that the faid Board may be duly informed of all transactions of the said Company, in respect to the management of their concerns in the East Indies, be it further enacted, That all the Members of the said Board shall, at all convenient and reasonable times, have access to all papers and muniments of the said United Company, and shall be furnished with extracts or copies thereof as they shall from time to time require; and that the Court of Directors of the said United Company shall, and they are hereby required and directed, to deliver to the said Board copies of all minutes, orders, resolutions, and other proceedings, of all general and special Courts of Proprietors of the said Company, and of the said Court of Directors, within
. days after the holding of such respective Courts; and also copies of all dispatches which the said Directors shall receive from any of their servants in the East Indies, immediately after the arrival thereof; and also copies of alllettres, orders, and instructions, whatsoever, relating to the civil or military government or revenues of the British territorial possessions in the East Indies, proposed to be sent or dispatched, by the said Court of Directors, to any of the servants of the said Company in the East Indies, days at the least
before the time proposed for sending or dispatching the same respectively ; and that the said Court of Directors of the said United Company shall, and they are hereby required to pay due obedience to, and sliall be governed and bound ]jy, such orders and directions as they shall from time so tirAe receive from the said Board, touching the civil or military government and revenues of the territories and possessions of the said United Company in the East Indies.
And be it further enacted, That, within days after the receipt of
such copies last mentioned, the said Board shall return the fame to the said Court of Directors with their approbation thereof, subscribed By of the Members of the said Board, or their reasons at large for disapproving the same; together with instructions from the said Board to ^the said Court of Directors in respect thereto; and that the said Court of Directors shall thereupon dispatch and send the letters, orders, and instructions, so approved or amended, to their servants in India, without farther delay; and no letters, orders, ,or instructions, until after such previous communication thereof to the said Board, shall at any tiivæ be sent or dispatched by the "said Court of Directors, to the East Indies, on any account or pretence whatsoever.
And be it further enacted, That in case the said Board fliall send any orders or instructions which, in the opinion of the said Court of Directors, shall relate to points not connected with the civil or military government and revenues of the said territories and possessions in India, then, and in any such case, it fliall'be lawful for the said Court of Directors to apply, by petition, to His Majesty in Council, touching such orders and instructions; and Hi3 Majesty in Council fliall decide whether the fame be, or be not, connected with the civil or military government and revenues of the said territories and possessions in India; which decision fliall be final and conclusive.
And be it further enacted, That as soon as the office of any one of the Counsellors of the Presidency of Fort William in Bengal shall become vacant, by death, by removal, or resignation, the vacancy so happening shall not be supplied by the said Court of Directors, but 'the said Supreme Government shall from thenceforward consist of a Governor General and Supreme Counsellors only: and that the Commander.in Chief of the Presidency of Fort William in Bengal for the time being, fliall have voice and precedence in Council next after the said Governor General, any thing in any former act of Parliament contained to the contrary notwithstanding.
And be it further enacted, That the Government of the several Presidencies and settlements of Fort St. George and Bombay, shall, after the commencement of this act, consist of a Governor or President, and Counsellors only, of whom the Commander in Chief in the said severaLsettlements for the time being shall be one, having the like precedence in Council as in the Presidency of Fort William in Bengal.
And be it further enacted, That from and after the nomination and appointment of the several Commanders in Chief in the said Presidencies or settlements of Fort William, Madras, or Bombay, fliall be, and the fame are hereby vested in His Majesty, his heirs and successors, any law, usage, or custom, to the contrary notwithstanding.
And be it further -enacted, That it fliall and may be lawful for His Majesty, his heirs and successors, to nominate and appoint any person or persons to succeed te the said office of Commander in Chief in the said several Presidencies or settlements; and the persons ib nominated and appointed fliall respectively succeed to the said offices of Commanders in Chief respectively, iti like manner a3 if they had been appointed upon or after a vacancy or vacancies. » N
Provided always, and be it enacted, That the persons to be appointed to succeed to the office or place of Commander in Chief in the said Presidencies. or settlements, upon any vacancy thereof respectivly as aforesaid, shall and may, if His Majesty, his heirs or successors shall, by such appointment, so direct, have military command and authority next and immediately after the Commander in Chief of such Presidencies or settlements respectively.
And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful to and for the King's Majesty, hi« heirs and successors, by any writing or instrument « under his or their sign manual, countersigned by the said Secretary of State, to remove or recal the present or future Governor General of Fort William at Bengal, or any of the Members of the Council of Fort William aforesaid, or any of the Governors or Presidents, and Members of the Councils, of the Presidencies or settlements of Fort St. George and Bombay, or of any other Britifli settlements in India, for the time being; and to vacate and make void all and every or any appointment or appointments, as well absolute as provisional, of any person or persons to any of the offices or places aforesaid; and that all and every the powers and authorities of the respective persons so removed or recalled, or whose appointment sliall be so vacated, shall cease and determine at or from such respective time or times as in the said writing or writings shall be expressed and directed: Provided always, that a duplicate or copy pi every such writing, attested by the faid Secretary of State for the time being, shall, within days after the fame shall be signed by His
Majesty, his heirs or successors, be transmitted or delivered, by the said Secretary of State, unto the Chairpian or Deputy Chairman for the time being, - of the said United Company, to the intent that the Court of Directors of the said Company may be apprized thereof.
And be it further enacted, That whenever any vacancy or vacancies of the office of Governor General or President, or of any member of the Council (other than the Commander in Chief) shall happen in any of the Presidencies aforesaid,' either by death, resignation, or recal, as aforesaid, then and in such case, the Court of Directors of the said United Company lhall proceed to- nominate and appoint a sit person or persons to supply such vacancy or vacancies, subject to the approbation of His Majesty, his heirs, and successors; and within days nextvafter any such nomination and
approbation shall be made, the same sliall be signisied by the Chairman, or deputy Chairman of the faid Court of Directors, to His Majesty, Tiis heirs or successors; and in cafe His Majesty, his heirs or successors, sliall approve the said nomination and appointment, then the person or persons so nominated shall be constituted and appointed to the office or place, offices or places, for which he or they shall have been so respectively nominated, and sliall so continue, from the time of hia or their taking the same upon him or them, until he or they shall resign the same, or be removed or recalled therefrom by His'Majesty, his heirs or successors, and so toties quoties: And in cafe the person or persons so nominated and appointed by the said Court of Directors, sliall not be approved by His Majesty, his heirs or successors, then, within days after His Majesty, his heirs or successors, shall have caused to be signisied to the Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the Court of Directors, that His Majesty,-his heirs or successors, doth or do not approve of such person or persons, the said court shall proceed to nominate and appoint some other person or persons to the said office or place, offices or places, respectively, subject to the approbation pj disallowance of His Majesty, his heirs and sucVox XIII. X x cessor5f
cessors, in such and in the same manner as is herein before directed or prescribed, and so toties qncties, until some person or persons shall be nominated and appointed, who shaii be approved by His Majesty, his heirs or successors.
Provided always, and be it further enacted, That in cafe, and so often as the Court of Directors fliall not, within the space of to be computed
from the day whereon the notification of the vacancy, or of His Majesty's disej probation of any person by them nominated as aforesaid, shall have been received by the said Court of Directors, proceed to supply the same, then arid in any such case, and so often as the fame shall happen, it shall be lawful -for His Majesty, his heirs and successors, to constitute and appoint, by writing, under his or their royal sign manual, such person or persons rfs His Majesty, his heirs and successors, shall think proper, to succeed to and supply the respective office or place, offices or places, so vacant, or from which any person or persons (hall be so recalled or removed, or whose appointment or appointments shall have been vacated and made void as aforesaid : and that every person or persons, so1 constituted and appointed, fliall have and be invested with the same powers, privileges, and authorities, as if he or they had been nominated and/appointed by the said Court of Directors, and approved by His Majesty, hi* heirs and successors.
And be it further enacted, That no resignation to be made of the offices of the Governor General, or Governor or President of any of the subordinate settlements, or Commander in Chief, or member of the respective Councils of the said Presidencies in India, shall be deemed or construed to be legal or valid, or fliall be accepted as such, unless the fame be made by ari instrument in writing under the hand and seal of the officer or person resigning the same.
And be it further enacted, That no order or resolution of any General Court of the Proprietors of the said United Company lhall be available to revoke or rescind, or in any respect to affect, any act, order, resolution, matter, or proceeding, of the said Court of Directors, by this act directed or authorised to be made or done by the said Court, after His Majesty's pleasure shall have been signisied upon the same, in the manner herein before directed, any law or usage to the contrary notwithstanding.
And be it further enacted, That so much and such parts of an act, made in the twenty-sirst year of the reign of His present Majesty, as directs thft Court of Directors of the said United Company to deliver to the Commissioners of the Treasury, or to the High Treasurer for the time being, or to one of his Majesty'sPrincipal Secretaries of State, copies of any letters or orders relating to the management of the revenues, or the civil and military affairs of the said Company; and also all such powers and authorities given to or vested in the Proprietors and Directors of the said United Company, or in any General or Special Court thereof respectively, in and by any act of Parliament or charter, as are-contrarv or repugnant to this act, or any thing therein contained, shall be, and the fame' are hereby discontinued, for and during the continuance of this act, any thing contained in any such act or charter, or any custom or usage to the contrary notwithstanding.
Aud be it further enacted, That this act shall take place and have commencement, in Great .Britain, immediately aster '. . and shall take place and have commencement, in the several Presidencies aforesaid, and in the territories thereunto belonging, from the and shall remain and continue in f0rce for the space of years.
And be it further enacted, That this act shall be deemed and taken to be u public act,
END OF THE THIRTEENTH VOLUME.