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There is great force, both of language and conception, in the wild narrative Sir Eustace gives of his frenzy; though we are not sure whether there is not something too elaborate, and too much worked up, in the picture. We give only one image, which we think is original. He supposed himself hurried along by two tore menting dæmons
· Through lands we Aed, o'er seas we flew,
And halted on a boundless plain ;
But Silence ruld the ftill domain,
The setting fun's last rays were shed,
Where all were still, alleep or dead;
Pillars and pediments sublime,
And cloth'd the crumbling spoils of Time.
Condemo'd for untold years to stay;
Endur'd no change of night or day i
Shone softly-folemn and serene,
The setting sup's sad rays were seen,' p. 226. · The Hall of Justice,' or the story of the Gypsy Convict, is another experiment of Mr Crabbe's. It is very nervous-very shocking—and very powerfully represented. The woman is accused of stealing, and tells her story in impetuous and lofty language.
• My crime! thiş fick’ning child to feed,
I seiz'd the food, your witness saw ;
But yielded to a stronger law.'-
Troubles and sorrows more severe ;
Lend to my woes a patient ear ;
A friend to help--- find one to hear,
I wander'd with a vagrant crew;
officers houses were ransacked, and every body found in them murdered. Upon the arrival of the 19th Light Dragoons under Colonel Gillespie, the Sepoys were immediately attacked; 600 cut down upon the spot; and 200 taken from their hiding-places; and shot. There perished, of the four European companies, about 164, besides officers; and many British officers of the native troops were murdered by the insurgents.
Subsequent to this explosion, there was a mutiny at Nundydroog; and, in one day, 450 Mahomedan Sepoys were disarmed, and turned out of the fort, on the ground of an intended massacre. It appeared, also, from the information of the commanding officer at Tritchinopoly, that, at that period, a spirit of disaffection had manifested itself at Bangalore, and other places ; and seemed to gain ground in every direction. On the 3d of December 1806, the Government of Madras issued the following proclamation.
CA PROCLAMATION. • The Right Hon. the Governor in Council, having observed that, in some late instances, an extraordinary degree of agitation has prevailed among several corps of the native army of this coast, it has been his Lordship’s particular endeavour to ascertain the motives which may have led to conduct so different from that which formerly distinguished the native army. From this inquiry, it has appeared that many persons of evil intention have endeavoured, for malicious purposes, to impress upon the native troops a belief that it is the wish of the British Government to convert them by forcible means to Chriftianity; and his Lordship in Council has observed with concern, that such malicious reports have been believed by many of the native troops. .
· The Right Hon. the Governor in Council, therefore, deems it proper, in this public manner, to repeat to the native troops his assurance, that the same respect which has been invariably shown by the British Go. vernment for their religion and for their customs, will be always continued ; and that no interruption will be given to any native, whether Hindoo or Mussulman, in the practice of his religious ceremonies.
His Lordship in Council desires that the native troops will not give belief to the idle rumours which are circulated by enemies of their happiness, who endeavour, with the baseft designs, to weaken the confidence of the troops in the British Government. His Lordfhip in Council defires that the native troops will remember the constant attention and humanity which have been shown by the British Government, in providing for their comfort, by augmenting the pay of the native officers and Sepoys ; by allowing liberal penfions to those who have done their duty faithfully; by making ample provision for the families of those who may have died in battle; and by receiving their children into the service of the Honourable Company, to be treated with the same care and bounty as their fathers had experienced. The Right Hon. the Governor in Council trusts, that the native
troops, remembering these circumstances, will be sensible of the happi: nefs of their situation, which is greater than what the troops of any other part of the world enjoy; and that they will continue to observe the same good conduct for which they were distinguished in the days of General Lawrence, of Sir Eyre Coote, and of other renowned heroes.
• The native troops muft at the same time he sensible, that if they should fail in the duties of their allegiance, and should show themselves disobedient to their officers, their conduct will not fail to receive merited punishment, as the British Government is not less prepared to punish the guilty, than to protect and distinguish those who are deserving of its fayour. . It is directed that this paper be translated with care into the Tamul,
Telinga, and Hindooftany languages; and that copies of it be circulated to each native battalion, of which the European officers are enjoined and ordered to be careful in making it known to every native officer and Sepoy under his command.
. It is also directed, that copies of the paper be circulated to all the Magiftrates and Collectors under this Government, for the purpose of being fully understood in all parts of the country. • Published by order of the Right Hon. the Governor in Council.
• G. BUCHAN, Chief Secretary to Government. $ Dated in Fort St George, 3d Dec. 1806.'
Scott Waring's Preface, iii-V. So late as March 1807, three months after the date of this proclamation, so universal was the dread of a general revolt mong the native troops, that the British officers attached to the native troops, constantly slept with loaded pistols under their pillows.
It appears that an attempt had been made by the military men at Madras, to change the shape of the Sepoy turban into something resembling the helmet of the light infantry of Europe, and to prevent the native troops from wearing, on their foreheads, the marks characteristic of their various castes. The sons of the late Tippoo, with many noble Mussulmans deprived of office at that time, resided in the fortress of Vellore, and in all probability contributed very materially to excite, or to inflame those suspicions of designs against their religion, which are mentioned in the proclamation of the Madras Government, and generally known to have been a principal cause of the insurrection at Vellore. It was this insurrection which first gave birth to the question upon missions to India ; and before we deliver any opinion upon the subject itself, it will be necessary to state what had been done in former periods towards disseminating the truths of the Gospel in India, and what new exertions had been made about the period at which this event took place,
More than a century has elapsed since the first Protestant missionaries appeared in India. The young divines, selected by the