History of British India: With Continuation Comprising the Afghan War, the Conquest of Sinde and Gwalior, War in the Punjab

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T. Nelson, 1850 - India - 748 pages

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Page 746 - ... committed to its charge. To that end, and as the only sure mode of protecting the state from the . perpetual recurrence of unprovoked and wasting wars, the governor-general is compelled to resolve upon the entire subjection of a people whom their own government has long been unable to control, and whom (as events have now shown) no punishment can deter from violence, no acts of friendship can conciliate to peace. Wherefore, the governor-general of India has declared, and hereby proclaims, that...
Page 448 - It is probable that no national or private collection of ancient armour in Europe, contains any weapon or article of personal equipment which might not be traced in this motley crowd ; the Parthian bow and arrow, the iron club of Scythia,* sabres of every age and nation, lances of every length and description, and matchlocks of every form, metallic helmets of every pattern...
Page 671 - The Governor-general cannot forgive a treacherous attack upon a representative of the British Government, nor can he forgive hostile aggression prepared by those who were in the act of signing a treaty. It will be the first object of the Governorgeneral to use the power victory has placed in his hands in the manner most conducive to the freedom of trade, and to the prosperity of the people of Scinde, so long misgoverned.
Page 719 - Singh remembered his vow ; he clothed himself in simple white attire, as one devoted to death, and calling on all around him to fight for the Gooroo, who had promised everlasting bliss to the brave, he repeatedly rallied his shattered ranks, and at last fell a martyr on a heap of his slain countrymen. Others might be seen standing on the ramparts amid showers of balls, waving defiance, with their swords, or telling the gunners where the fair-haired English pressed thickest together. Along the stronger...
Page 746 - The Government of India has no desire for conquest now; but it is bound, in its duty, to provide fully for its own security, and to guard the interests of those committed to its charge.
Page 707 - ... by their gallant efforts, greatly reduced in numbers, and suffering extremely from thirst, yet animated by an indomitable spirit. In this state of things the long night wore away. " Near the middle of it, one of their heavy guns was advanced and played with deadly effect upon our troops.
Page 479 - To die along with you," was the universal reply. A unanimous resolution was formed to try again the fortune of the field, with the alternative only of victory or death. All present were deeply affected ; one of the chiefs, before taking leave, threw himself prostrate and clasped the feet of his master, the usual sign in India of the most solemn farewell.
Page 705 - Confusion of the obstinacy of the contest, threw the English into confusion ; men of all regiments and arms were mixed together ; generals were doubtful of the fact or of the extent of their own success, and colonels knew not what had become of the regiments they commanded, or of the army of which they formed a part.
Page 671 - ... freedom of trade, and to the prosperity of the people of Sinde so long misgoverned. To reward the fidelity of allies by substantial marks of favour, and so to punish the crime of treachery in Princes, as to deter all from its commission, are further objects which the Governor-General will not fail to effect. To Major-General Sir Charles Napier, and to the brave troops he commanded, the Governor-General offers the tribute of his own admiration, and of the gratitude of the Government and People...

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