CLIVE (ROBERT, Baron Clive of Plassey) 'Clive of India'
Autograph letter signed ("Clive"), to John Pybus of the Madras Council ("Dear Sir"), discussing a diamond that Pybus had consigned to him, valued by Levy & Rubens Solomons at £3000, and urging that he "avoid investing any Part of your Fortune in these large Stones for they will not answer at any Price there being no Purchasers"; telling him that "Things are so fluctuating in Leaden Hall Street [home of the East India Company] that I would advise you, to confine your Views and Designs to the Place where you now reside, an Independant Fortune of between 30, & 40 Thousand Pounds with some share of Youth to enjoy it will in my Opinion make you much happier, than returning to England with ever so large a one, One Foot in the Grave"; and concluding: "Such a Voyage as this cannot be agreable to me... The absolute Power at Bengal is lodg'd in a Committee of five which were all nominated by Me, & I am determind whatever Odium may fall upon me from Individuals to cut up Root & Branch the Evils in Bengal both Civil and Military", 4 pages, docketed at the head of the first page, lightly browned, old repairs at corners, minor faults but nevertheless still in attractive condition, 4to, Madras, 16 April 1765
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