By Philip J. Stern

The Company-State rethinks the character of the early English East India corporation as a sort of polity and company sovereign good sooner than its intended transformation right into a country and empire within the mid-eighteenth century. Taking heavily the politics and political considered the early corporation all alone phrases, it explores the Company's political and felony structure as an in a foreign country company and the political Read more...

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Helena were generally forbidden to wear swords without special permission. ”63 Pomp and pageantry were in fact integral to the constitution of Company government. 64 Fryer described Aungier’s normal “state” as equally lavish: The President has a large Commission, and is Vice-Regis; he has a Council here also and a Guard when he walks or rides abroad, accompanied with a Party of Horse, which are constantly kept in Stables, either for Pleasure or Service. 65 When the Governor of Madras traveled outside the town, he did so with a retinue of attendants and soldiers, horses, fife and drums, flag and umbrella bearers, and palanquins.

Two others who arrived that year married by 1683. 108 “Planting & Peopling Your Colony” 37 It was not enough just to attract settlers; one had to convince them to stay. After 1671, any man who wanted a marriage license at Bombay had to sign an indenture, committing to reside on the island for at least seven years. English widows, “especially those of Ordinary Quallity,” were forbidden from leaving either for Surat or England, and, though it is not clear if they implemented it, Aungier and his council also recommended to London that all widows be bound by their husbands’ indentures.

Bombay’s new council immediately began to hear inhabitants’ complaints against previous, including Crown, governments on the island. ”38 By late 1668, the committees had composed a digest of laws for Bombay, covering a range of “civill, military or religious” matters, including observance of the Sabbath, judicial procedures, property laws, systems of probate, civil and criminal offences, and military discipline. 39 (A similar set for St. 41 To settle this transfer, Gerald Aungier, Bombay’s second governor, made two visits to the island from Surat, where he normally resided.

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