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knocked down. This first effort, being fol. lowed by two other discharges, completely routed the enemy, and drove them from this well.contested field.

The Mahratta horse, who had been the chief cause of the late disaster, had in the interim haftened to the camp for protection, but were by Mr. Thomas's order refused admittance; and a small party of Rajpoots, who had followed in their rear, put several to death without mercy.*

The enemy's infantry, perceiving the attack made by the horse, began by this time to rally, and seemed inclined to renew the action. To afford them an opportunity of so doing, Mr. Thomas, having collected the remains of his gallant detachment, waited the attack. The day approaching to a close, the enemy thought proper to retire; and Mr. Thomas, after fearching in vain for the twenty-four pounders which he had once possessed during the action, re

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* Throughout the whole of this action, Mr. Thomas speaks in terms most indignant of the disgraceful behaviour of his allies.

turned with his army to camp. In this action, in killed and wounded, Mr. Thomas lost three hundred men (amongst the latter of whom was the gallant Morris): that of the enemy amounted to more than two thousand, exclusive of horses and other valuable effects, which they were compelled to leave behind on the held of battle.

CHAPTER IX.

Military operations continued.-Mr. Thomas com

pelled to retreat.--Distress of the army.- Peace concluded.--Mr. Thomas marches against the rajah of Beykaneer.Geographical description of that countryof the Lackhi Jungle. Military operations.--Mr. Thomas enters inta engagements with Ambajee.

ON the ensuing morning, Mr. Thomas noU tified to the enemy's general that he might send proper persons to bury the dead, and carry away the wounded men without interruption on his part. This civility was received with attention, accompanied at the fame time with a request to treat for peace.

Vavon Row, as a previous ftipulation, insisted on the payment of a large sum of money to indemnify him for losses sustained during the campaign. To this the other objected, upon the principle of not being authorised by the

rajah of Jypoor to disburse so large à fum without further orders. On receiving this answer, Mr. Thomas, suspecting that the enemy only waited for time to procure à reinforcement, recommended to Vavon Row the prosecution of hostilities. That chief was averse to the proposal, as he deemed the performance of mamla, or agreement, preferable to the hazard and risk of a second engagement, and therefore he overruled Mr. Thomas's objections. The negotiations for peace were therefore broken off. The enemy, having collected the scattered remains of their forces, took post on their former ground. In the mean time letters from Scindiah arrived, requesting Vavon Row to desist from hoftilities against the troops of Jypoor. Others of similar import came from Mr. Perron, who had lately succeeded General Duboigne in the chief command of Scindiah's forces.

The enemy now of their own accord offered to pay the sum of fifty thousand rupees, which being most unaccountably rejected, Vavon Row had much reason to repent. During the late negotiations considerable reinforcements had arrived in the Jypoor camp, and hoftilities re

commenced with redoubled vigour on both fides.

Mr. Thomas's troops from a want of foragë which they were obliged to collect from a distance of twenty miles from the camp, suftained much inconvenience. In attempts to bring it in they were moreover harassed by detached parties of the enemy; and to complete their distress, the rajah of Beykaneer had by this time reinforced the Jypore army with five thousand men. The Mahrattas in Mr. Thomas's camp, wholly useless, were fit only to plunder and destroy the unresisting peasantry. Thus situated, and forage continuing to de: crease, a council of war was held between Vavon Row, Mr. Thomas, and the other commanders, in which it was unanimously agreed to attempt a retreat to their own country. ':

Agreeably to this resolution, the next morning before day-break, the troops began to file off, but were scarcely got in motion when the enemy's whole force came up to the attack. While it continued dark, great confusion prevailed; but on the appearance of day-light, Mr.

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