Saturday, February 26, 2011

Conspiracy to overthrow Siraj (contd-1)

Mir Jafar and the Seths desired that the confederacy between the British and himself be kept secret from Omichand, but when he found out about it, he threatened to betray the conspiracy if his share was not increased to three million rupees (300,000 pounds). Hearing  this, Clive suggested an expedient to the committee. he suggested that two treatise be drawn - the real one on white paper containing no reference to Omichand and the other on red paper, containing Omichand's desired stipulation, to deceive him. The members of the committee signed on both treaties, but Admiral Watson signed only the real one and his signature had to be counterfeited on the  fictitious one. Both treaties and separate articles for donations to the army, navy squadron and committee were signed by Mir Jafar on 4 June .