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MORRISON (John). The Advantages of an Alliance with the Great Mogul: In which are principally considered Three Points of the highest Importance to the British Nation. I. The immediate Preservation and future Prosperity of the highest Importance to the British Nation. II. The legal Acquisition of an immediate Revenue to Great Britain. III. The promoting of a vast Increase in the Exports of British Manufacture.1774

London: Printed for T. Cadell; J. Millan; and Richardson and Urquhart, First edition, half-title, [4], 99, [1]pp., disbound, half-title detached. A former officer in the East India Company's armies and Commander in Chief of the Great Mogul's Forces, Major John Morrison, returned to Britain in 1772 styled as 'Commander in Chief of the Great Mogul's forces'. Morrison was regarded as a traitor by the East India Company but he did succeed in publishing a pamphlet entitled "The Advantage of an Alliance with the Great Mogul" in 1774. Positioning himself alongside advocates of direct Crown control over Indian territories, Morrison suggested that Shah Alam II would be willing to cede Bengal to George III. The emperor's rough treatment at the hands of the Company, especially the non-payment of tribute, was lambasted as 'a dishonourable blow to the law of nations'. A proper agreement between kings would restore 'the stability and dignity of regal government', and replace 'the fluctuating and unsteady resolve of a Company of private men'. Kress, S2527; Goldsmith, 11155; Higgs, 5981.

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