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ply of ammunition, unexpectedly turning on his pursuers, gave them a most severe check.
Luckwa returned in confusion with the loss of a great many men; and so great was the consternation, that the darkness of the night alone saved him from a total defeat. Between the camps there ran a nullah, the north fide of which was occupied by the army of Luckwa; and the troops of Ambajee and Mr. Thomas were stationed on the south. Ambajee, in order to prevent the advance of Luckwa's artillery, who endeavoured to open upon him, fortified an advanced redoubt on the north fide of the nullah, but too far detached from his main body to receive succour in case of an attack. For its defence, were stationed three battalions of sepoys, fix pieces of cannon, and one thousand Ghosseins. To support these, three battalions were posted at a short distance in the rear. A heavy rain had fell for twenty four hours, which caused two large reservoirs to overflow their banks, by which means the nullah rising to a great height, became impalfable, and thereby intercepted the communication between the camps. Luckwa availed himself of this opportunity, and attacked the post before-mentioned with great vigour and resolution; his men in advancing to the alsault were up to their necks in water, which resolute conduct infused such terror into the men in the redoubt, that being panick struck, they surrendered without firing a shot. The Ghosseins alone refused to submit; and, after a brave though fruitless resistance, were cut to pieces. Ambajee's troops, who before this difafter refused to fight, now deserted in great numbers. Luckwa also had by his intrigues induced the Shahpoora Rajah to join in hostilities against Mr. Thomas, whose supplies by this means were entirely cut off. Although he had provisions sufficient for the consumption of twenty days for his own troops, those of Ambajee had not more than three. Should they be compelled to retreat unsupported by him, they would most likely be cut off by their active and vigilant enemy. Mr. Thomas was distressed for ammunition ; his superfluous stores having been left at Singanah, a place twenty.coss distant from their present encampment: the distance did not permit his fending a small force to escort the stores, and from pre
sent circumstances he was unable to detach a larger party. For these reasons, he thought it more advisable to march himself, and having procured the necessary supplies, to return to his former ground; but Ambajee's sick and .. wounded men having been left on the ground, Mr. Thomas, with his accustomed humanity, generously advanced money to procure them carriage to the place. In his retreat he was pursued by a party from Luckwa's army; but after several ineffectual attempts the enemy desisted, and he completed the remainder of his march unmolested. We have before had occasion to remark that Ambajee was sensible of his ill conduct in authorising an attack on Mr. Thomas's poffeffions, who had ever served him with fidelity; that chief now wrote letters excusing, thefe attacks, and laying the blame on the enmity of Mr. Perron.
In fact, both Ambajee and Perron, supposing that Ivuckwa had been compelled to evacuate the Mewar, concluded there was no further occasion for Mr. Thomas's services; the present time, therefore, appeared to them moit
favourable for seizing his country; but perceiving his resolute conduct and steady adherence to their interests during the late conflict, they ultimately grew ashamed of their proceedings, and desisted.
Mr. Thomas, though diffatisfied at the treatment he had experienced, nevertheless resolved, from prudential motives, to appear content; and the districts which had been taken from him having been restored, the matter was finally dropped.
Arriving at Singana, he completed his ammunition and other requisites, and immediately recommenced his march against Luckwa ; that chief had invested a fort about thirty coss to the north east of Singanah. Advancing by flow and easy marches through the districts occupied by Agagee Mirtha, Mr. Thomas thought proper to punish that chief for his conduct on a late occasion, in having invited the country people to declare against him.
In a few days he arrived within twelve THOMAS
miles of Luckwa’s camp, which he intended to attack the next morning; but Luckwa, deeming himself unequal to the contest, suddenly decamped from the fort he was besieging, and having quitted the boundary in difpute, hè in two marches reached his own districts in the province of Ajemere.
Letters had lately been received from Dowlut Rao Scindiah, enjoining Mr. Thomas to obey Luckwa, and put an end to the conteft. To these he had uniformly replied, that being in the service of Ambajee, he could only pay obedience to the orders of that chief; and in this he was justified by express and repeated commands not to cease from hoftilities' until Luckwa had quitted the dominions of Oudipoore.
That object being now happily accomplished, Mr. Thomas employed himself in levying contributions to reimburse Ambajee for the expences incurred during the campaign. He collected near four lacks of rupees, a sum considerably beyond the actual expenditure, and