On This Day: 17 May 1687

On this day in 1687, the East India Company at Fort St George received the letters Bowrey and the Council at Cuddalore wrote concerning Bowrey’s imprisonment at Porto Novo.

The Council at Fort St George was even less sympathetic than that at Cuddalore. They demanded a bond for 10,000 pagodas (£625,000 today) to indemnify the Company from any legal demands that may be made against them. In their opinion, Bowrey should not have taken matters into his own hands, the officers at Cuddalore would have been justified in doing nothing and they intended to demand he accounted for his actions when he returned to the Fort.

For reason which are unclear, Bowrey was released within the next week. He confirmed he had given his bond to the Company and requested it be returned once the matter had been resolved.

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