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Commercial World of Mancherji Khurshedji and the Dutch East India Company: A Study of Mutual Relationships


On April 1st 1768, a Parsi servant of Mancherji Khurshedji, a merchant and -broker of the Dutch Company, came to Surat to whom another Parsi servant of Dhanjishah, a merchant under the English protection, asked wherefrom he came and without any further argument he inflicted a blow with his fist to the first mentioned who then fell down and meanwhile he gave him a slap, then the defender inflicted two pricks with his knife to the offender, many people witnessed this fight, and the Parsi who still had the knife in his hand, was attacked with bamboos with such force that the knife fell from his hand, he was further beaten up till he fell down.

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Acknowledgements: This paper owes its present form to the generous comments that I received from Professor Dirk H.A. Kolff, who very patiently went through the earlier drafts and gave his feedback. I have also benefited from the discussions that I had with Dr. Jos Gommans when this paper was in the process. I am grateful to both of them. Professor M.N. Pearson has also been very kind to comment on an earlier draft of this paper. I am thankful to him.
Note: All references to the Dutch sources are from the National Archives, The Hague, except wherever indicated.
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Modern Asian Studies
  • ISSN: 0026-749X
  • EISSN: 1469-8099
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