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ence with the Minister was to have votes at his disposal in the East India Proprietary Court.

"By every thing which tended to lessen the number of voting Proprietors, the force of all these sinister interests was increased. The only expedient which had a tendency to counteract them, was to render such Proprietors as numerous as possible. This would have promoted the interests of the public, but not those of the minister; the interests of the many, but not those of the few." (Vol. ii. p. 298—302.)

This is a fair specimen of the manner in which our historian analyzes the merits of plans of policy. His mode of examination is, perhaps, somewhat too elaborate; but his views are often profound and ingenious; and the very methodical arrangement which he pursues, if it sometimes impairs the graces of his composition by a semblance of formality, is at least a powerful assistance to the understanding, both in entering fully into the opinions of the writer, and in detecting their fallacy, where any fallacy exists.

In the general distribution of his history, between 1756 and 1773, Mr. Mill appears to us to have paid too strict an attention to the order of time. The affairs of the Carnatic, and the affairs of Bengal, form, during this period, two distinct streams, which have little communication with each other; and he would have consulted the ease, as well as relieved the memory, of his readers, had he not passed so frequently from the one to the other. We at least have found, that the mind, in attempting to acquire a clear view of the transactions which he relates, is disposed to follow an arrangement different from that of the history. But we are well aware that little stress ought to be laid on criticisms of this sort; the order which is most suitable to the habits and associations of one mind, may be extremely perplexing to another. We have now reached the epoch of 1773, when the Company had become a great territorial power in Hindustan, and, in some measure, from its dependance on the ministry, an integral part of the government of England. Here we shall stop for the present. In our next number we shall take a survey of the remainder of Mr. Mill's work, which will bring in review before us the administrations of Hastings, Macpherson, Cornwallis, Shore, and Wellesley; the impeachment of Hastings, the change effected in the constitution of the Company in 1784, the subversion of the kingdom of Mysore, and the war with the MahThese are topics of too much importance to be passed cursorily over in the few pages which we could have allotted to them in our present Number.






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