Cleaving unto Woman 1833-1834
JAMES MILL'S last years brought fulfilment in many ways. In 1830 he reached the highest position attainable in his office career, that of Chief Examiner. His circumstances were opulent. He wielded great influence, both in Indian affairs and home politics. He moved to a fashionable house and had all his nine children growing up around him. He saw the Reform Bill passed and was full of hopes for the country. He had fame and was, perhaps, the richest man alive in true friends, from working men to those in the highest positions. The only clouds were his declining health and the grief John caused him by his stubborn attachment to Mrs. Taylor.
John, too, gained a step in his office career. He had been his father's assistant at £600 a year; he now moved up to Head of his Department and fifth in rank in the hierarchy of the Company, at a salary of £800. Although he could have afforded to set up house for himself, he continued to live at home as a matter of course. He must have felt it a relief not to be any more his father's direct sub- ordinate at the office. They were, however, closely cooperating in piloting the East India Company through a major trouble: the re- newal of its charter by the Government. It is likely that James Mill had been made Chief Examiner for the express purpose of doing this.
By an act of 1813 the Company had received a renewal of its power of India Government, but lost its monopoly of Indian