from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In India, a customs permit.
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I was to receive a salary of 200 rupees by the month, in addition to which Mr. Holwell undertook to procure me a dustuck from the Governor, enabling any merchandise I chose to trade in to pass through the province of Bengal free of taxes or duties to the Nabob's government.
For my part, I did not embark in trade myself, having no capital, but I accepted the offer of a Gentoo merchant to lend him the use of my dustuck to cover his goods, for which he paid me handsomely.
The Company's _dustuck_, or passport, secured to them this exemption at all the custom-houses and toll-bars of the country.
The servants of the Company made use of this dustuck for their own private trade, which, while it was used with moderation, the native government winked at in some degree; but when it got wholly into private hands, it was more like robbery than trade.
The officers and gentlemen who are at Cawnpore, and Futtyghur, and Darunghur, and other places, by different means act very tyrannically and oppressively towards the aumils and ryots and inhabitants; and to whomsoever that requires a dustuck they give it, with their own seal affixed, and send for the aumils and punish them.
_dustuck_, or permit: their goods passed, without paying duties, through the country.
At need, there'll always he a fast horse and a dustuck* (* Permit.) to see you back to the Black Mountain again. "