Capt. Arthur David LINKLATER

Captain Arthur David LINKLATER 1879 - 1955

The Willows: back in England working for Dhunjibhoy Bomanji (ii)

Something more.

Here is a passage from a document which is incomplete in the only version I have that Dum prepared after Dhunjibhoy's death in 1937 which sheds some light on the ebb and flow of his salary in 1932. Why he wrote the document I do not know, but it was again possibly a basis for legal action.

I came to Windsor as Manager in April 1929 it being agreed that I should come on a contract of £400 a year and in the event of the Principal's death if still in his service £2,000 and reside on the estate in a rent free house. When this contract was being signed by Dhunjibhoy in the office Lady Bomanji was present, and when the contract was being read over to Dhunjibhoy by myself, and after the clause was read in reference to the £2,000 Dhunjibhoy remarked to us both “this is apart from anything I may leave the Captain in my will.” From this it was reasonable to expect that I would be included in the will, and that the contract £2,000 was in the nature of deferred pay, and not in any way associated with what I might be left. From the time of my joining here till the end of 1935 if Lady Bomanji was not with Dhunjibhoy then I was, and in 1936 Dhunjibhoy now being much more ill he kept mostly to the house, and accordingly I did not see a great deal of him.

When I came here I did not sell my business in Hampstead, and Dhunjibhoy did not like me having interests in two places, and frequently suggested that it would be better to get finished with the other business, but I pointed out it was running very well under management and giving me no trouble. After a time he said if you give it up I will give you an extra £100 a year, and I accepted this proposal and sold the business in December 1929, and from then onwards have been getting £500 a year. In 1932 when the trade depression was on Dhunjibhoy wished to bring my salary back again to the £400, but when I pointed out that would mean Nelson having to be withdrawn from the school he was at which was an expensive one Dhunjibhoy waived his wish for a reduction, and I continued on the £500.

Dhunjibhoy was well pleased with the way I was looking after the estate, and on more than one occasion said to me that had he known I was as good as I was he would never have let me go in Bombay, and the way I was got rid of in Bombay was often very much on his mind...

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