By George K. McGilvary
Laurence Sulivan embodied the East India corporation. He lived on the Company's center within the urban of London in India apartment, and regulated an unlimited 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 focused on British and Indian affairs, buddy and assured of Chatham, Clive, Burke and Pitt the more youthful and--very importantly--protector of Warren Hastings. McGilvary paints a brilliant and convincing photograph of an influential and colourful enterprise determine as he managed the main strong deepest corporation of his day.
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45 The feature, however, which more than anything else enabled him to amass his fortune and build his career, was the strict method and regularity he applied to his affairs. 46 BOMBAY AND ORIGINS 1713-52 21 He stressed the necessity of laying down rules and following them into habits. 47 These were the techniques Sulivan instilled into the fabric of his being when in Bombay. ’48 He also kept a record of every conceivable thing. His methodical approach brought order, enabling instant reference to any subject at any time.
Helena, where they stayed for nine days. There was a shortage of drinking water before reaching the Scilly isles and they were limited to three pints each per day. from the crew, much to the great mortification (of) the other passengers, Hough, Savage & Co. 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.
Such a pattern is discerned in his making certain that any important work was known at Leadenhall. The nourishment of friends and adherents, and the favours he obliged many with suggest the same. These years developed in him endurance and an ability to recover from severe setbacks; although in all probability he was already inured to tragedy and loss in a harsh age. His obsession with power perhaps took root in circumstances prior to arriving in the Indies; probably from an Irish background, but this can only be speculation.
Guardian of the East India Company: The Life of Laurence Sulivan (International Library of Historical Studies) by George K. McGilvary