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2 - Conciliation after Hastings

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 June 2023

Joshua Ehrlich
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University of Macau
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In the decade after Warren Hastings’ departure (1785–98), his idea of conciliation encountered new and formidable opposition. He relied on the idea in his defense against impeachment in parliament, but his principal accuser, Edmund Burke, identified it with corruption. Conciliation also acquired a bad name in India, where Hastings’ acting replacement, John Macpherson, made it the watchword of his scandalous administration. Hence, it fell to Lord Cornwallis to rid the idea of its unsavoriness, as part of his attempt to restore metropolitan faith in the Company state. The governor-general’s alliance with Sir William Jones helped in this regard. In the 1790s, pressure on the Company state and on the idea of conciliation abated. Yet this was to be a temporary reprieve. Soon, both would be challenged afresh by the governor-generalship of Lord Wellesley.

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Print publication year: 2023

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  • Conciliation after Hastings
  • Joshua Ehrlich, University of Macau
  • Book: The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge
  • Online publication: 22 June 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009367967.003
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  • Joshua Ehrlich, University of Macau
  • Book: The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge
  • Online publication: 22 June 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009367967.003
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  • Conciliation after Hastings
  • Joshua Ehrlich, University of Macau
  • Book: The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge
  • Online publication: 22 June 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009367967.003
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