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at him: but having resolutely seized on the ringleaders, he expelled them from the camp; and the remainder, perceiving the fate of their comrades, returned to their duty, ...
He then proceeded against Luckwa. On the road he was joined by vakeels from the rajahs of Joudpoor, Jypoor, and Kishen Ghur, each of whom brought presents from their respeca țive masters. It was now represented to Mr. Thomas, that Scindiah having pardoned Lucka wa, it was therefore improper to proceed to hostilities with that chief; but Mr. Thomas, who only consulted the interests of Ambajee in whose service he was now engaged, and from whom he had received positive orders to fight Luckwa wherever he came up with him, did not, from these considerations, think himself at liberty to desist. But the former mutiny among his troops, not having been properly quelled, from a mistaken lenity in Mr. Thomas, and unwillingness on his part to push matters to extremities, now broke out again with redoubled violence. With his usual prompitude, he seized on the ringleaders, and instantly caused one of them to be blown from the mouth of a cannon; the others were secured by putting them in irons: this prompt severity was attended with the happiest effect, the mutiny was entirely subdued, and was the last he ever experienced.
He was now joined by a brigade of troops under Mr. Sutherland, who came for the avowcd purpose of opposing Luckwa. On uniting their force, they advanced towards Luckwa.' That chief, as yet unable to make an effectual resistance, encamped near the pass leading to Oudipore, the nature of which has been before described. Into this pass he threw his heavy baggage and stores, a measure which on any other occasion would have proved his ruin; but Luckwa had previously received information that the rana of Oudipore, being favourably inclined towards him, was ready to afford protection to himself and followers.
A plan of attack was now concerted by Mr. Thomas and Mr. Sutherland, and the ensuing morning named for carrying it into execution. That very night, however, Mr. Sutherland, without assigning any cause, to Mr. Tho.
mas's utter astonishment, thought proper to decamp, and leave him, to conduct the operations against Luckwa with his own troops.
This circumstance inspired Luckwa with confidence ; and he, who from the untoward situation of his affairs, had before been hum- . ble, now became haughty in proportion to their alteration. He fent letters to the different chiefs in the neighbourhood, commanding them to join his standard. Three days after Mr. Sutherland's retreat, Mr. Thomas, leaving Ambajee with his troops to protect the baggage, advanced against Luckwa in order of battle; but the action was at that time prevented by the coming on of a most tremen. dous storm of rain, thunder, and lightning, which induced Luckwa to halt. Mr. Thomas's position being favourable for cavalry to act, of which the enemy's force chiefly consisted, and - far superior in number, he was desirous of
changing it; and accordingly, moving more to the left; he took poft on a rising ground from whence he could have nothing to apprehend from an attack of horse. When the storm was pyer, Luckwa again advanced towards Mr.
Thomas ; but seeing his advantageous pofiition, and having loft a number of men in his approach from the fire of Mr. Thomas's artillery, he thought proper to draw off the field. Mr. Thomas, after a severe and fatiguing service during the day-time, returned in the evening to his own camp.
At midnight, vakeels from Luckwa arriving in the camp, produced letters from Scindiah, in which that chief repeated his commands for hostilities to cease on both sides, he having nominated Luckwa to the government of all his poffefsions north of the Nerbuddah. In the morning a council of war being held, the different sirdars each delivered his own opinion. Mr. Thomas, on his part, observed, that being employed by Ambajee for the express purpose of reducing the province of Mewar to his authority, he could consent to no terms in which the evacuation of that country by Luckwa was not a leading article.
After much negotiation, a proposal was made for both armies to march to the northern frontier, and there wait for fresh instructions from
Scindiah on the subject. Mr. Thomas, well apprised of the insincerity of Luckwa, knew that he only wished to gain time, in order to form a junction with a body of troops now on their march to join him from Ajemere, and to get that country in his rear, which, as the fort and city of Ajemere belonged to him, would enable him to receive a constant supply of provisions ;. for these reasons, therefore, he was averse to the proposal. He knew also, that their present situation near Oudipore would be much benefited when the periodical rains, which were now daily expected, should set in, as he would then be able to procure a supply of forage, of which they were in great want.
· These points he submitted to Ambajee's consideration, but in vain, for that chief's principal officers having been gained over by bribes, declined acting against Luckwa, until answers to the propofitions referred to Scindia should be received.
In those resolutions Mr. Thomas unwillingly acquiefced. The armies commenced their march, and although only at a distance of fitty