By George K. McGilvary
Laurence Sulivan embodied the East India corporation. He lived on the Company's middle within the urban of London in India condominium, and regulated an enormous advertisement and political empire in the course of Britain's "Commercial Revolution" and upward thrust to superpower prestige and supremacy in India and South and Southeast Asia. He used to be "king-maker," baby-kisser, manipulator and negotiator, deeply inquisitive about British and Indian affairs, good friend and assured of Chatham, Clive, Burke and Pitt the more youthful and--very importantly--protector of Warren Hastings. McGilvary paints a brilliant and convincing photo of an influential and colourful enterprise determine as he managed the main strong inner most corporation of his day.
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He must be seen as the very model of stability, a man with a sure touch, a winner. From this perspective, it really was not strange for him to say so little about his former life. He was making a new beginning. It could also explain why he left nothing much of his early years in his correspondence. It was only in 1778, when the father feared he would never again see his only child that some of the deliberately forgotten life came out. Nor did anything he ever wrote to others (other than to Stephen) indicate this propensity to dice with fate.
51 While at sea, he would have celebrated his fortieth birthday. He was wealthy and in the full flower of life, with a successful career behind him and a sound reputation. Should he wish, he no longer needed to discipline himself so severely; the future for his family was secure. Nor had the years in India affected his health too much, probably because of the self-control that 22 GUARDIAN OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY dated from his marriage. He was set ashore in England on 7 June 1753, to be reunited with his son.
Financiers from Amsterdam, Paris and other European currency centres were increasingly tempted to invest there because of steady and high return backed with security. LONDON AND INDIA HOUSE 1753-63 27 Britain was also gaining a position in world bullion distribution. The ‘City’ was taking over from Amsterdam because, apart from Jamaican and West Indian bullion, Portugal, which with Spain controlled the South American bullion sources, traded with Britain, and paid in gold from Brazilian mines. This was fed into the expanding English trade network, especially in the Far East and East Indies.