On 10 March 1793 he arrived at Calcutta, where he remained without official employment or responsibility until the departure of Cornwallis.
He succeeded to the government on 28 October 1793.
The period of Shore’s rule as governor-general was comparatively uneventful.
His policy was attacked as temporising and timid.
Though he showed weakness in dealing with the mutiny of the officers of the Bengal army, he boldly settled the question of the Oudh succession, when he substituted Saadat Ali Khan II for Wazir Ali Khan.