Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An agreement made between the Indian government and the zemindars, or feudatory landholders, for the farming, management, and collection of the revenue.
“Sing received a cabooleat on Dinagepore for the sum of 40,000_l. _, of which it appears that he has actually exacted 30,000_l. _, though he has paid to Mr. Hastings only 20,000_l.”
“Here there is no mention made of the name of the person who had the cabooleat: whom can they call upon?”
“But suppose the inquiry went to the payments of the Patna cabooleat.”
“I cannot certainly tell when the cabooleat, or agreement, was made; yet I shall lay open something very extraordinary upon that subject, and will lead you, step by step, to the bloody scenes of Debi Sing.”
“So here Mr. Hastings's bribe-agent admits that he had received 10,000_l. _, but he will not account for it; he says there is an arrear of another 10,000_l. _; and thus it appears that he was enabled to take from somebody at Dinagepore, by a cabooleat, 40,000_l.”
“It contained detached payments, amounting in the whole, with the cabooleat, or agreement, to about 95,000_l. _ sterling, and of which it appears that there was received by Mr. Croftes 55,000_l. _, and no more.”
“If the Company had a mind to inquire what is become of all the debts due to them, and where is the cabooleat, he refers them to Gunga Govind”
“We find here, "_Dinagepore peshcush, four lacs of rupees, cabooleat_": that is, an agreement to pay four lacs of rupees, of which three were received and one remained in balance at the time this account was made out.”
“No it appears as if the account had been paid up, and that the cabooleat and the payments answer and tally with each other; yet, when we come to produce the evidence upon these parts, you will see most abundant reason to be assured that there is much more concealed than is given in this account, -- that it is an account current, and not an account closed, -- and that the agreement was for some other and greater sum than appears.”
“Of the first sum, which is said to have been paid through Gunga Govind Sing, amounting on the cabooleat to four lac, and of which no more than two lac was actually received, -- that is to say, half of it was sunk, -- we have this memorandum only: "Although Mr. Hastings was extremely dissatisfied with the excuses Gunga Govind Sing assigned for not paying Mr. Croftes the sum stated by the paper No. 1 to be in his charge, he never could obtain from him any further payments on this account.”
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