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could have raised a great deal more, had not Mr. Perron about this time broke the treaty into which he had lately entered with Am-. bajee.
This treaty stipulated, that should Scindiah hereafter think proper to reinstate Luckwa in his authority, they were to act in concert, a measure by which security in their respective possessions would be established.
· In this agreement it was also stipulated that · Mewar should remain in Ambajee's poffefsion. Mr. Perron, who now began to entertain a jealousy against Ambajee, entered into a private and separate treaty with Luckwa, whom he had gained over to his interest. The letters from Scindiah were produced, requesting Am. bajee to withdraw his troops from the Mewar, and put Luckwa in possession of his country. Perron advised compliance with the order, and in case of refusal threatened to assist Luckwa in taking poffeffion by force. In this state of the business, Ambajee wrote letters to his col. lectors and to Mr. Thomas, ordering them to deliver over the country in dispute, and withdraw the troops. Mr. Thomas, on receiving a cypher from Ambajee, complied.
Mr. Perron now marched to Jypore ; Am. bajee remained behind; and not long after the transaction above related, desired Mr. Thomas to march to Duttiah. He was preparing to obey, when a contrary order arrived, defiring him to join the united force of Ambajee and Luckwa. Mr. Thomas, from such contradictory orders, suspected treachery, and that Luckwa wished only for this opportunity to effect his ruin.
Refusing therefore compliance with the demand, he commenced his march northward.
· Luckwa now throwing off the mask, wilhed to send a force after Mr. Thomas in order to punish him, but was not able to raise a supply of money fufficient for the purpose. · Mr. Thomas continued to levy contributions in the Ajemere province, through which he directed
his march, and now considered himself in a state of actual hostility against Luckwa.
His situation had by this time become critical; the army of Luckwa was but twenty coss to the eastward of him; that of Jypore lay in his front; and Perron himself was endeavour ing to hurt him at the court of the Rajah. The bad water of the mountainous country of Mewar having affected his army, a third part of the troops were fick, but Luckwa's troops were in a state of insubordination; and the Rajah of Jypore and Mr. Perron were at prefent overawed by the presence of Colonel Col. · lins, the British Ambassador at that court, who about the latter end of 1799 had arrived at Janaghur, to demand the delivery of the person of Vizier Alli, the spurious Nawaub of Oude.
In this state of affairs, Mr. Thomas, after eluding every attempt to oppose his progress, and having raised contributions to the amount of two lacks of rupees, arrived in his own territory, desirous of obtaining some repose from the fatigucs of his late perilous campaign.
His repose however on this occasion was not of long duration ; the force which he had left behind to collect the revenues having accomplished their purpose, now joined him ; and finding himself at ease with regard to the Mahrattas, he resolved to make an incursion into the Punjaub, in order to punish Sahib Sing of Puttialah, who had undeservedly ill treated his sister for entering into the negotiations with Mr. Thomas the preceding year. That chief had, moreover, during Mr. Thomas's absence in the Mewar country, authorised depredations among his districts ; but hoftilities were for the present prevented by the Seik chief agreeing to surrender certain villages, and paying a sum of money as a compensation for those depredations
Mr. Thomas next turned his arms against the Rajah of Beykaneer, who, as we have before had occasion to remark, on the termination of his late dispute, had given him false bills on the merchants of Jypore. That Prince had lately obtained some advantages over his neighbours the Battees, an extraordinary race with :