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Memoirs or [A. D. 1799. · exists a table of two hundred and fifteen princes
from rajah Ramchunder to Purtaub Sing, the present sovereign.*
* In the foregoing detail the compiler has great satisfaction in offering his best thanks to Colonel Palmer, late ambassador at the Poonah Durbar ; to Captain John Baillie, professor of the Arabic and Persian languages; and to the gentlemen students in the Persian and Arabic classes in the college of Fort William, founded under the auspices of his excellency the most noble Marquis Wellesley : Colonel Palmer having most obligingly communicated to him some M.S. matter on the genealogy of the Rajpoot princes of Jypore, Joudpore, and Oudipore; and Captain Baillie having, with no less kindness, suggested to his pupils the translation of it as a voluntary exercise during their vacation hours.
In an expedition against Jypore, Mr. Thomas is
joined by Vavon Row.—Their proceedings.— Account of the city of Futtahpore.- Approach of the Jypore army.--Battle of Futtahpore.
TN returning from a digression, which it is
I hoped will have afforded our readers fome relief from the tedium of narrative detail, it is now necessary to remark, that about this time Luckwah, commander in chief of the forces of Scindiah north of the Nerbuddah, sent orders to Vavon Row to invade Jypore ; and in his letter on that subject, having mentioned the sum exacted by his predecessors in office from each of the districts, he recommended Vayon Row to demand an equal proportion on the present occasion, as a reward for the service to be performed : he moreover allowed Vavon Row ten annas in the rupee, from the money thus collected, to be divided among the troops, :
and the remaining six annas to be sent to his own treasury.
Vavon Row, on receipt of the above order, wrote pressing letters to Mr. Thomas, inviting him to join in the proposed expedition; but he, though willing to make a temporary incursion to Jypore to obtain present relief to his necessities, was by no means inclined to go the lengths proposed, and at first from prudential motives declined the offer.
Mr. Thomas moreover was not ignorant that the subsistence of so large a body of troops on an expedition like the present, could only be obtained by a full treasury, and his own resources were at present dried up. That the numerous cavalry which the Jypore rajah could bring into the field would very much impede their efforts in procuring the necessary supplies of forage and provisions ; and that without these aids the success of the expedition would be very doubtful; and finally, he remarked to Vavon Row, that even if success attended their arms the rajah would never pay to them the sum specified, but would refer the matter to Luckwah himself, whereby they would lose the fruits of their labours. These suggestions, however falutary in their design, could not perfuade Vayon Row to give up his scheme, or convince him that their united force was incompetent to the present contest. '
That chief now sent his vakeel to Mr. Thomas, promising him a sum of money, of which he stood in great need, for the proffered aslistance, and he at length closed with the proposal.
His force at this time consisted of three battalions of four hundred men each, with fourteen pieces of artillery, ninety horse, three hundred Rohillas, and two hundred of the peasantry of Hurrianah, with which he joined Vavon Row at Kanond.
That chief had himself one battalion of in- . fantry, four pieces of artillery, nine hundred cavalry, and fix hundred irregulars. With this force they commenced their march towards Jypore. On entering the country, a party of
the Rajah's troops stationed to collect the revenues retreated; when the chief of the district fent vakeels into Mr. Thomas's camp, who agreed to the payment of the two years' tribute which had been named by Luckwah. .'
The offer was accepted, and the troops marching forward compelled several others to fubmit to fimilar exactions. For near a month the united armies continued their progress without interruption ; but the rajah of Jypore, who had in the interim been collecting his troops, now marched to the relief of his poffeffions, with a resolution to punish the invaders, and revenge the infult he had sustained, by giving battle wherever he should meet with his enemies. The army thus collected, amounted to forty thousand men, with which the rajah marched against Mr. Thomas and Vavon Row, who, not having yet got poffeffion of any place from whence a supply of grain could be drawn, became sensible of their error, and were reduced to a situation truly hazardous. Vavon Row deeming it impossible to encounter so large a force, now acquainted Mr. Thomas that he must rely on his own exertions; that from