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East India Company

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Definition an English company formed in 1600 to develop trade with the new British colonies in India and southeastern Asia; in the 18th century it assumed administrative control of India and held it until the British army took over in 1858 after the Indian Mutiny
  • For a time, the East India Company virtually ruled India.
  • Fort St. George was the first home of the East India Company.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • There he was able to interest the Asiatic Society and the East India Company in his discovery.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • But the East India Company has now passed away, leaving the British possessions in India directly under the control of the Crown.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The du Lac Sevres and the Trevenna George II plate were out; so was the van der Luyden "Lowestoft" (East India Company) and the Dagonet Crown Derby.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • —Edmund Burke's eulogy of Charles James Fox for his attack upon the tyranny of the East India Company — House of Commons, December 1, 1783.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And before he had time to ask how, Mr. Joseph Sedley, of the East India Company's service, was actually seated tete-a-tete with a young lady, looking at her with a most killing expression; his arms stretched out before her in an imploring attitude, and his hands bound in a web of green silk, which she was unwinding.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • If I supposed you to be related to Foreign Powers or Native Boards, it is because you have a manner, a carriage, a dignity, which you will excuse my saying that none but yourself (with the single exception perhaps of the tragic muse, when playing extemporaneously on the barrel organ before the East India Company) can parallel.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The celebrated East India Company was all-powerful from 1756, when the English first gained a foothold on the spot where now stands the city of Madras, down to the time of the great Sepoy insurrection.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He was in the East India Company's Civil Service, and his name appeared, at the period of which we write, in the Bengal division of the East India Register, as collector of Boggley Wollah, an honourable and lucrative post, as everybody knows: in order to know to what higher posts Joseph rose in the service, the reader is referred to the same periodical.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Among the passengers was a number of officials and military officers of various grades, the latter being either attached to the regular British forces or commanding the Sepoy troops, and receiving high salaries ever since the central government has assumed the powers of the East India Company: for the sub-lieutenants get 280 pounds, brigadiers, 2,400 pounds, and generals of divisions, 4,000 pounds.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • There was a large West Indian, whom nobody came to see, with a mahogany complexion, a woolly head, and an exceedingly dandyfied appearance; there was another hulking boy of three-and-twenty whose education had been neglected and whom Mr. and Mrs. Veal were to introduce into the polite world; there were two sons of Colonel Bangles of the East India Company's Service: these four sat down to dinner at Mrs. Veal's genteel board, when Georgy was introduced to her establishment.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Joseph Sedley of the Honourable East India Company's Bengal Civil Service."
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair

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