Manipulation And Control Of Colonial Leadership : Hoodwinking William Pitt The Younger
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The satirical caricature East India Stocks published in London in 1788 portrays an assortment of characters, referring to corruption and embezzlement of the East India Company stocks by the people in authority, specifically that of Henry Dundas, a lord advocate under George III, who would later become the president of the Board of Control. Although William Pitt the Younger, the English Prime Minister from 1783-1801, was seemingly the face of these charges, Dundas was the cunning politician dismaying Pitt from his vision for the United Kingdom and taking advantage of Pitt’s power. Dundus became exceedingly close to Pitt, and while carrying the “Dictator’s Wallet,” convinced Pitt that he was doing the right thing for his country. An opportunist, Dundus took advantage of Pitt’s acute health conditions, probable addiction to alcohol, and lack of static solutions despite a noble vision.
The only anonymous character in the caricature is a petrified, yet wealthy looking white man, dressed in a cherry rose-colored cloth, holding tightly to a post labeled “proprietary,” or in this case, his most precious stocks in the company. The bottom segment of the proprietary post converges into a wooden pillory labeled “controul,” referring to the Board of Control. The man’s feet are placed on the two holes and the pillory is secured with a bulky lock on the right corner, where the word “security,” is…