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The Bramins, however, at first resisted this intrusion, but in the end being detected in a conspiracy to assassinate the Rajepoot chiefs, they fell a sacrifice to their own treachery, and were themselves, without mercy, put to the sword..

From that period the authority of the Rajepoots commenced in Joudpoor, and Joud Sing, as the elder brother, gave his own name to the place where they had first stopped. He founded the present city of that name, which in process of time became the capital of the Rhatore Rajepoots.

Kundul Sing, the second brother, took possession of the neighbouring territory of Beykaneer, where he settled with his family : and the descendants of the third brother at present occupy the district of Behadra.

Mr. Thomas not choosing to remain inactive, and arrears to a large amount being due to him from his northern districts, he resolved to march thither. In his route he punished a numerous and daring banditti, who had frequently an

noyed him by their predatory attacks; and who, having been joined by numbers of the peafantry who were assembled in considerable force at the village of Seesana, now confident in their numbers, issued forth from their strong bold to give battle to Mr. Thomas on the plain. But their temerity proved their destruction; for his troops, after a desperate conflict, not only completely defeated the enemy by driving them off the plain, but followed fo close at their heels as to enter the town along with the fugitives, where they killed'and wounded upwards of seven hundred men. His own loss on this occalion was considerable; but the capture of this place struck fuch terror throughout the country, that the remainder submitted without a struggle.'

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Mr. Thomas having raised the necessary contributions, and being satisfied in regard to the arrears due to his troops, next levied contributions on the districts held by Simbonauth, one of Luckwa's collectors in the neighbourhood of Sehaurunpore. Simbonauth was at that time in the Doo Ab, with a numerous though confused and disorderly rabble. He had lately sustained fome smart skirmishes with the troops . D. 1800.] GEORGE THOMAS. 257 fent against him by Mr. Perron; but his troop having been corrupted by means of a large sum of money, which Perron found means to distribute, Simbonauth was at length necessitated to submit, and give up part of his districts, to secure the remainder from the grasp of the Mahrattas.

· Mr. Thomas having thus raised the sum required, returned to Hanfi. About this time Mr. Perron, who had in vain exerted himself to obtain poffefsion of the person of Luckwa, or his family, returned from the army. Well aware that little was to be gained by open hoftilities with the Rajepoots, he marched back to Delhi, “ in order,” says Mr. Thomas, “ to “ gather eafier laurels from the grain merchant, “ Simbonauth who was by this time once " more ready to attempt the recovery of the “ districts which he had been fo recently com- . “pelled to resign.”

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Soon after his arrival at Delhi, Mr. Perron with a considerable body of men, having crossed the Jumna, passed into the Dooab, to act against Simbonauth; at the same time he dispatched

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letters to Mr. Thomas, which he pretended to have received from the Paishwa, containing or-' ders enjoining him to assist Luckwa, who was declared to be the protector of the family of the deceased Scindiah, and directed to remain in the service of his widow. These letters Mr. Thomas knew to be forged, and was moreover well aware that Luckwa was at this time, as he had ever been, his declared and inveterate enemy; and on several occasions had endeavoured to overthrow his authority, by promising grants of his country in the Paishwa's name to other people. This behaviour induced Mr. Thomas to regret not having afforded aid to Simbonauth ; as he might at this juncture not only have saved him, but crushed those who not long after effected his downfall.

Simbonauth had requested Mr. Thomas to come to his assistance, but without success.

Mr. Thomas however offered him an asylum within his own districts. He advised him not to think of resisting Mr. Perron with his present confused and disorderly force. This advice, though salutary, was of no avail ; for

GEORGE THOMAS. Simbonauth, confiding in the protestations of his followers, resolved to remain in the Dooab, and wait the approach of the enemy. The event manifested the truth of Mr. Thomas's prediction ; as on the actual appearance of the enemy, the troops of Simbonauth not only deserted, but actually endeavoured by treacherous means to seize his person, and deliver him up a prisoner. Disappointed in their treacherous designs, they went over to the enemy; but not before Simbonauth had fortunately effected his escape.

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Repairing to the Punjab, he there fought and obtained an asylum in the districts of Baug Sing, chief of Booreah.

At this time Mr. Thomas received intelligence that several of his districts, particularly those in the vicinity of Hansi, were in a state of actual rebellion, and had plundered the merchants resorting to that place of a very confiderable sum of money, and other valuable effects. Among others concerned in this revolt, were the zemindars of Bulhalli, Sorani, Jumalpore, and Bhuwaul.

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