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which threatened to attack the British can- into confusion, or at least to prevent the topment. I arrived at Ahmednagger on the forming to charge in any regularity. 1° 8th, and immediately took possession of the junction of these divisions was perfect pettab (town), which had been ceded by the effected as designed. Bot the enemy havit, late treaty, but not given up by the honour. taken alarm in the course of the nighi ad able company
fruitless, though obstipale, opposition whic My march from Serooi to Poona became be made to Lieutenant-Colonel Milpe extremely difficult and harassing from the division in the passage of the river at YC want of cavalry. The enemy's horse con lera, and against which he appears to ha stantly surrounding my line and camp, com thrown out all bis in fantry, as well as larg pelled me to shorteo my, marches and to bodies of horse, precipitately drew preserve the closest order, and I could not
leaving a great part of his camp staudin reach Poona in consequence, before the and considerable quantities of ammunitit evening of the 13th. lo this situation I must on the field. His Highnrss the Prishwa, pot omit to report the gallant exertions of said to have fled about two o'clock ial Captain Spiller, with about 400 of the morning of the 17th. The enemy succeede auxiliary borse (8), who succeeded in ate in carrying off all his guns but one ; tacking and defeating a
had no means of pursuing him beyond #ma body of the enemy's horse, in which they lost fire of my artillery. The enemy having the a sirdar of rank, and about fifty meo killed disappeared, I lost no time in recrossing and woanded, with a very trifling loss river to occopy the most favourable groma among the auxiliaries. I made a disposi for bombarding the city ; but every intere tion on the evening of the 14th to attack abe and policy, as well as considerations of enemy, who was encamped on the opposite magiiy, made me most anxious to unite side of the Moottah Moolab, occupying the exertions with those of the Honourable ground of the old British caplooments, hav. Elphinstone, the resident, to avert the da ing his right upon a maogree grove, with a truction which now threatened it, either deep dullah crossing the extremity, and his bombardment or storm, and the enemy har left stretching along the inclosures of the ing luckily fled in an oppo-ite direction northern front of the officers, lines of houses, and left the defence of the city to only a fer extendiog towards the soburbs of the town. hundred Arabs, these were, by Mr. Elphin He had eleven guns in battery an his left, stone's influence, prevailed upon to with and a few.orhers more scattered along his draw; and I have the pleasure to arquain front and right. I was, however, disappoint your Excellency our guards took peaceabl ed in the state of the Yellera Ford, which possession of the city in the coure of the proved extremely difficult, and, by which I evening of the lith, when the Britisb. Da had hoped to pass my whole line over the was hoisted on his Highness's palace, onde Moottah Moolah; this obliged me to relin a royal salute. Although the troops, both quish attempting its passage by pight, and Native and European, were exasperated to the troops were then too much exhausted the utmost at the perfidious conduct of the from the harassing nature of their duties, lo enemy, in burning the residency and tbeilles justify my: atlempting any more distant cantonments, and in the most barbarou ford.
execution of Captain Vaughan, of the On the evening of the 16th, all the dispos Madras 151h Native Infantry, and his bro able corps, after providing for the camp ther, travelling under the belief of the peace and position of Kirky, were formed in able relations of the two Governments, still divisions (9) of attack; the first, uoder my do excesses have been committed against personal command, was destined for the the city, the resourses of which are invalu. enemy's left, and to cross the river at the able in the calculation of our future opers Sungum; and the second, under Lieutenant tions against his Highness the Peishwa, I Colonel Milnes, of bis Majesty's 66th regi shall be unavoidably detained here aiding ment, was directed to act upon the enemy's in the establishment of order and military right, and to cross tbe river by the Yellera security to the city, till the 22d instant, Ford before sun-set. A battalion, with a when I propose marching again apoo the company of Europeans and two field-pieces, enemy in his retreat to the southward. under Major Thatcher, of the 2d hatialion I cannot close this despatch without assuring 9ih regiment, was ordered to precede the 1st your Excellency of the zeal and good disdivision by a different route, to prevent the cipline of all the troops, and of the cheerful enemy opposing my passage. The 1st and aid I have received from all the staff. The 2d divisions, lying in position after she enemy confidently calculated he bad suc passage of the river, were appointed to ceeded in seducing the sepoys, hy large march at a given time from equal distances, rewards to desert our ranks; and if any so as to join in attack at the dawn of day, thing can add to the reputation of the Bombe by which I hoped to throw their cavalry bay army, it should be recorded, as a proof
of their incorruptible fidelity, that not a (8) A body of troops raised in the Peish sepoy has left bis colours since the Peishwa wa's dominions, and officered by Europeans, became our enemy. I inclose a list of (9) See the close of this letter,
killed and wounded in various skirmishes
with the enemy. But principally in the the eve of the action, to desire that he passage of the Mootta Moola, by Lieuten- might not fire the first gan; but that the ant-Colonel Miloe's division on the evening message was too late, or rather that Goklah, of the 16th instant, which acquitted itself hearing of its approach, anticipated it by with great spirit and steadiness during a begianing to cannonade: Moro Dicksbut losg sed severe fire, both of musquetry and bad been cotrusted with the Zerree Putkab, cames. From forty to fifty guas, with a (the standard of the Mabratta empire), and Geosderable quantity of military stores, had five thousand horse attached to him, we reported to be taken ia the city, returos besides his own two thousand; he is, how. of which I shall bare the bonour of trans- ever, represented as having been very averse mithing hereafter. I have the honour to to the war, and as being accused by Goklad report, that the 2d regiment of cavalry, of intrigues with us; Rastin was one of under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel those attached to Moro Dick shut's partyColebrooke, joined my camp on the morn: . being strongly suspected of disaffection, he ing of the 18th instant,
was compelled to chargo first, but acquitted I bave the honour to be, &e. himself with courage and fidelity; Goklah
LIONEL SMITR, Brig. Geo. arowed to Appajee Lukman Appa DesNames of Officers Wounded.
sayės Vackheel, immediately before the
action, that bis confidence of success, and Ist Batt. 3d Reg. Liegtenant Spiller, impatience to engage, were founded in the attached to the auxiliary horse, slightly.- certainty that oor sepoys would come over Babay European Regiment : Captain by companies or battalions on the field. Preston, severely.
After the affair of the 5th, the Peishwa's Non-commissioned and Privates : 15 ermy was dismayed: his Highness sent for billed; 76 wounded.
Hurruiseer, the bapter, lamented the break. Latract from a Despatch from the Governor sincerity, professed his wish to have re
ing out of hostilities, and with his usual jata Council of Bombay, to the Secret Come mained at peace, and threw the whole millee, daled the 9th of Dec. 1817.
blame of the war, hoth plan' and execution, We have the satisfaction of acqnajoting on bis Sirdars; on this occasion he disavowed your honourable Committee, that tbe disa the burning of the residency, and said he trict of Oolpar (10) has been taken posses. would be very glad to build a new one, but dies of withont opposition, and that the bis whole discourse appears to me to be furt af Severndroog (11), after a slight re merely a specimen of his accustomed double distance, has surrendered without a single dealing, and of his wish, even in the worst caualty on our part; about eighty or ninety of times, to keep open some separate channes have been made prisoners, but the rest nel of intrigue for his own use. Some days of the troops which coinposed the garrison after the action, the Peishwa's ollicers tfected their escape woder cover of the picked up some spirit, and set about circa eightWe congratulate your honourable lating the most absard reports of their snc Committee on this event, which will be of cesses and of the defection of our allies. Considerable consequeoce, should we be They were joined by Dhermajee Hurtob able, with the means at our command, to Row (the freebooter), and it is said, by the atteapt an extension of our acquisitions in Bon of Row RambhaChentamun Row the Southern Concan, although you may also joined before their fight from Poona : test assored that our measures will be coo. Goklah set up a white flag as an asylum for teed at present to secure what we have all who should desert us before a certain acquired in that district. The enemy bad time , after that ao pardon was to be given began to prepare their craft for the purpose to any man who had served us; all the serof allacking our trade which might repass vants of English gentlemen who happened
to live at Poona, were hunted out by Eztrect from a Despatch from Mr. Elphin, rity: the houses of most of them were given
Goklah, and many treated with great seves stone to the Governor General, daled up to plunder, but none of them were put Camp, Rajawarree, Nov. 23, 1817.
to death, On our obtaining possession of Poona, Sometime before the breaking out of the orrect accounts were obtained of some war, the Peishwa had conceried with all particulars which were before imperfectly tbe Bheels and Ramoossees, and other preIcown. It appeared that the attack on datory tribes in bis country, to shut up the eu troopa on the 5tb, was chiefly brought roads and plunder effects belonging to ug. about by the persuasion of Goklah, that ihe - Thry have readily obeyed an order so much Peishwa took the alarm after he bad given suited to their inclination, and have not The order, and even sent to Goklah, when on confined their depredations to British pro
perty. They have, however, shut up the (10) A valuable tract of territory in the roads; that io Bombay is further obstructed vicinity of Surat, belonging to the Vinchoor by the garrison of Logur, and by a detach
ment wbich bas taken possession of, and 01) On the sea coast, soatb of Bombay. stockaded the Bore Ghaut: no danks bave
been received from Bombay since the 5th : 'vouring to send a cossid (13) to Bancoote, General Smith, however, has sent a strong - and I avail myself of this opportunity to s detachment to open that road, and one of acquaint your Excellency with wbat hws - less strength to keep open the communica- passed since the force left Poona' on the : tion with Ahmednuggur. No more convoys 22d instapt. We had a most difficult task have been cut off since the first few days in ascending the little Bhore Ghaut with the after the war; but I am greatly concerned heavy train, on the 23d, which was not to state that Lieutenant Ennis, of the Bom- accomplished till late at night; luckily the bay Engineers, has been cut off near Sakoor enemy did not attempt to defend the Ghaut, Mandava, where he was employed on or it would have cost us many lives, and to survey. He had been recalled, but from or three days. I was obliged to halt on the • an over confidence in the strength of his 24th. We saw nothing of the enemy till guard, be did not fall back on any station. we came to Jeejoory on the 25th; here he He was attacked in the night by the inha shewed from four to Ove thousand borse on bitants of Sakoor Mandava, and next both flanks of our column: we pursued and morning was surrounded by the Bheels and dispersed one body of about two thousand, other adherents of Trimbucjee, who is still with the second cavalry and the artillery in that neighbourbood. Lieutenant Ennis gallopers, but with little effect, the cavalry was shot while engaged with the enemy, and being conpletely broken down and almost his detachment of a jemedar and twenty. useless, from the incessant forced marches tive, fought their way to a more friendly they have made for many months past. part of the country, Some coss on this side 1 The second body of the enemy being of Anaa Bootch they were received, fed, upon the rear, and the march being sery and sent off io disgoise by the Poltail (12) lang (twenty-four miles), they took or from of a village, whom I shall not fail to dis fifteen to twenty ballocks. The road was cover and reward. Cornets Hooter and part of the way winding through hills, and Morrison were in Goklah's custody; they it was impossible effectually to cover the were at Arst in charge of Major Pinto, who whole of the baggage. In the course of is said to have treated them well, and re the day's skirmishing, the enemy, by reports sisted Goklah's orders to use them with seve. from their own camp, lost above twenty rity, but before the Peishwa's flight, they men, and several horses; we had no one burt. were pot in chains, and sent to Goklah's I passed the Neerah, by the bridge the same fort of Kangoree, in the Concan.
evening. On the 26th, I marched to the In consequence of the execution of bottom of the Salpee Pass. On the 27th, Captain and Mr. Vaughan, I have ad. we halted to refresh before entering the dressed letters of remonstrance both to Pass, as the enemy threatened great opposi. the Peishwa and to Goklah; to the former tion. The following morning (yesterday) I only threatened retaliation, in general we ascended, the Ghaut, and perfectly whe terms, for any repetition of such atroci. molested till we reached the top, where the lies; but to Goklah I declared explicitly, enemy shewed about 600 horse, and threw a that any individual, however exalted his few rockets. The advance soon drove them rank, who should order the death of a Bri. back with loss. They gathered strength as tish prisoner, should answer for the crime in they retired in our froni, and towards the his own son. I omitted to state, that on the close of our march shewed from 3 to 4000 .18th, General Smith sent out a detachment men in front, and about as many more being to take some guros, which, with a body of upon our l'ear. We opened our gallopers infantry, had got off, to the neighbourhood upon them two or three times in the course of the fort of Singhur; fifteen guns wer of the march, and with great effect. The taken without any loss; besides these, forty. 2d battalion of the 9th regiment, goder sis were taken in Poona, and one in the Major Thatcher, had the rear guard, and Peishwa's camp ; large quantities of aminu tonk an opportunity of masking a galloper, nition have likewise been taken. The army under division of auxiliaries, which the is now in fall march after the Peishwa, who, enemy were preparing to charge; it opened it is romoured, intends to return to Poona, with grape, and did great execution: aod or holds that language to encourage his the enemy through the day could not have troops. Trimbockjee has not yet joined . Jost fewer than one hundred and twenty hin, whether from distrust on his own men; we had one havildar and one sepoy part, or policy on the Peishwa's, is not slightly speared. known.
In the march this morning he was conseExtruct from a Report from Brigadier. quently very shy; but at the close of it he General Smith, to Lieutenant-General Sir
shewed about five thousand horse out of Miles Nightingall, K. C. B. Commander.
range; as the piquet advanced they retired in-Chief at Bombay, dated Camp, Julo
slowly; the nature of the ground enabled gaum, 29th Nov. 1817.
me, however, in push upon them rapidly,
unperceived, till we reached a rising gropod, Mr. Elphinstone ioforms me he is endea.
when we found them formed, and within (12) Head inhabitant.
(13) A messeoger.
nhage; all the gallopers, and a light five it up. We have no difficulties whatever,
upoe them with great effect ; and, as asual, the distress has not yet been of a nature to
for all I take, that we shall continue to find.
ABSTRACT OF ..
THE Secretary to the SOCIETY of ported to this Society. as improper to be
Some of them, dated London, are drawn by Joan BERRY, Tailor, 112, Fleet-street, WILLIAX Euwaaps, upon and accepted by He and lodgiog at Mr. Hughes's, Duke-street, ROBERT GUMBLETON, (the drawer of some
part of the Surrey-side of Waterloo-bridge; of the others,) No. 5, Ebenezer place,
ments of the said WILLIAM EDWARDS and
Several tradesmen bare lately been de-
sent to them some Pawnbroker's duplicates
count in a Spungiog-house, where he then
tavern, Old Palace-yard, Westminster, Thomas LOVELL, Glove Cleaner, No. 9, And that the man lately mentioned as Russell-court, Drury-lane ;
calling himself JAMES WILLIAMS, and as WILLIAM LOVELACE Hont, Carpenter, borrowing a few.shillings ouder pretence Mint-street, Borough ;
of giving an order to Wine and Porier Mer.
Mas SIMPSON, WILLIAM JAMESON, and
Despatches have arrived overland from WILLIAN MALTBY, (several times men Bombay, brought by Captain Moore, and tioned,) and
dated 24th November, which are of more WILLIAM HINTON USSELL, Timber-mer. striking and important interest than any that chant, bate of No. 3. Saffolk place, Hack. we have received from Lodia for a consi. Deg-road, and now of No. 9, Gloucester. derable period. The accounts state, that street, Vauxball.walk, Lambeth, are the British Gorcrament,, baying ascertained
that the Peishwa was preparing for hostili- strict rigour of our Colonial System is, uoder ties, marcbed a force of 4,000 men from the ordinary circumstances, relaxed with regard Bombay army, to oppose him. The Peishwa to other friendly nations. It appean that met us with 40,000 men, and fought two our Ministers were not indisposed towards battles, in both of which he was defeated, an arrangement which would, per se, bare The first engagement took place on the 5tb proved satisfactory to the Americans ; but of November, but could not have been of a their overtures were rejected on account of decisive character, as the Mahratta chieftain being coupled with the demand of a com. was again in a condition to cope with the mercial intercourse with the ludians residept British troops on the 17th of the same inonth, within the American boundaries, which was when, notwithstanding the disparity of num- deemed to be inadmissible on the score of bers, he was totally rooted, flying to one of policy. bis strong forts, and leaving Poonah to its Another Bill is also before Congresi, fate, The English accordingly entered his which affects our manufacturing interest, by capital io triumph. Lord Hastings had con increasing the duties on iron in pigs, castcluded a treaty with Scindiah, by which it ings, nails, and alum. was provided that the British troops might The French Papers state that an embargo pass through his territories, to puoish the is said to have been laid in the ports of Piodarrees. It is not, however, supposed Spain og all the vessels of the Uuited States that a subsidiary force will be fixed upon of America. Scindiah, who seems anxious to maintain an A letter from Valenciennes states, in a amicable understanding with the company, positive manner, that the Army of Occupa. *** and willing to assist in suppressing the roh tion is soon to quit France. The contio bers. Holkar submits in every thing to gents of the minor powers are, it is said, to Lord Hastings. The troops of the Peishwa march homewards in the month of May, bung two British oficers whom they had the British and Russians remain until Sepmade captive-an' outrage for which we tember; and the latter have agreed to transway presurne that our countrymen were pot fer to France, by virtue of an arrangement slow io enforce a rigorous retallation. Dot yet made public, the whole of the hories
One of the expedients adopted by the of their cavalry, artillery, &c, which saves Government of Spain to enable it to fit out effectcally the risk and expense of carrying the Russian squadron, is to allow the mer. them round by sea. chants permission to ship on board 2000 tons The aew produce of coffee at St. Domin. of merchandize at low duties, the receipts of go is reckoned at upwards of 33,000,000 lbs. whieh, it was expected, would afford con This is not quite half of what was produced siderable aid. The exact destination is not by the Revolution, althoogh it is consider. told to the merchants, but they are given to ably greater than the island has produced of understand that the force will be so over. late years. The increase, therefore, may be whelming, that to whatever point of the fairly attributed to the improved state of wtramarine dominions it is bound, resist. cultivation, arising no doubt from the inance on the part of the Patriots must be creased security which property has of late the vain.
met with in the country. It seems that the From the Report of the Committee of consumption of coffee has very materially !! Congress, on the part of the President's Mes increased in Europe. sage which related to the Commercial Inter. The Lord Advocate of Scotland has, at course of the United States with the British length, made a return to the Order of the West India and North American Colonies, House of Commons for å list of all persons it appears that the measure does not extend, arrested in Scotland vpon charges of treaas some have supposed, to the total prohibi. sonable practices, and of administering and tion of the Commercial lotercourse, with the taking unlawful oaths. From this retorn it British Colonies, but to subject it to heavy appears, that of 37 persons arrested and duries whilst carried on in British vessels committed to the Castle of Edinburgh, only exclusively. The operation of this system, one was tried, and he was acquitted ; nnothey expect, will ultimately induce the Brie ther was held by the Court of Justiciary Lish Government to place the intercourse in without trial, and the remainder were requestion opon a footing of reciprocity.- leased, after being imprisoned for several The Committee complains that American months. vessels are carriers of less than a orth of the
TRE KING'S HEALTH. esports from the United States to our Colo
** Windsor Castle, April4. nies, and that more than four fifths are conveyed in British vessels, thoogh one-half of
“ His Majesty has been uniformly tranthe articles of commerce are the growth, quil throughout the last month, and con production, or manufacture of the United
tinues to enjoy good bodily health ; but bis States. Another topic of complaint is, that Majesty's disorder is undiminished. even this portion of the traffic arises only
“ H. Halford, from the temporary suspension of our Navi.
“ M, Baillie, gation Laws in favour of the Arnericans,
W. Heberdeng under the pressure of necessity; whilst the
* R, Willis."