[ East India Company 'Writer's Covenant'. ] Printed indenture, completed in manuscript, bearing the Company's seal under paper, docketed 'Counterpart Covenant of Mr Edward John Harington Writer for Bengal'

Author: 
[ East India Company, London ] United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East-Indies [ Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831) of Ridlington, 8th Baronet ]
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United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East-Indies [ East India Company, London ]. 24 [25] January 1812. 'Cox and Son, Printers, Gt. Queen Str.' [ London ].
£200.00
SKU: 19240

Printed on one side of a 74 x 52 cm piece of watermarked laid paper. Seal in red wax, under paper, at bottom-right, and two embossed tax stamps at top-left.. Docketed '25th: [sic] January 1812 | Counterpart | Covenant of Mr Edward John Harington Writer for Bengal'. No signatures. A printed document, completed in manuscript. Harington is described (with his Christian names transposed) as 'Edward John Harington of London Gentleman', and his new post given as 'Writer and Covenanter Servant at Fort William in Bengal in the East Indies'. In good condition, aged and worn, folded into the customary packet. Considering how many such indentures must have been signed, it is curious how scarce they have become. Accroding to one source, 'The Company employed many junior clerks, known as "writers", to record the details of accounting, managerial decisions, and activities related to the Company, such as minutes of meetings, copies of Company orders and contracts, and filings of reports and copies of ship's logs. Several well-known British scholars and literary men had Company writerships, such as Henry Thomas Colebrooke in India and Charles Lamb in England.' From the papers of the Harington baronets of Ridlington.