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tioned at their golahs, to prevent the delivering any rice without a rmit or order; and notwithstanding all the orders for purchasing up the country on the Company’s account, so bare were the Company's granaries here, that the Council were obliged to send and take from the Merchants golahs, what they wanted for the support of the workmen on the fortifications at Calcutta and Budge Budge, who were threatening to desert for want of vićtuals; and it was deemed a great favour if the Merchants were allowed to carry from their golahs a few maunds to the Bazars, to sell for the support of the inha; bitants. The Nabob and several of the great men of the country at Muxadavad, distributed rice to the poor gratis, until their stocks began to fail, when those donations were withdrawn, which brought many thousands down to Calcutta, in hopes of finding relief amongst us. By the time the famine had been about a fortnight over the land, we were greatly affected at Calcutta; many thousands fallin daily in the streets and fields, . bodies, mangled by dogs, jackalls, and vultures, in that hot season (when at best the air is very infectious) made us dread the consequences of a plague. We had 1oo people employed upon the Cutcherry List, on the Company's account, with doolys, sledges, and bearers, to carry the dead, and throw them into the river Ganges. I have counted from my bedchamber window in the morning when I got up, forty dead bodies lying within twenty yards of the wall, besides many hundreds lying in the agonies of death for want, bending double, with their stomachs

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