Military Memoirs of Mr. George Thomas; Who, by Extraordinary Talents and Enterprise, Rose from an Obscure Situation to the Rank of a General, in the Service of the Native Powers in the North-West of India

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Reprinted for John Stockdale, 1805 - 383 pages

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Page 227 - So, where our wide Numidian wastes extend, Sudden, th' impetuous hurricanes descend, Wheel through the air, in circling eddies play, Tear up the sands, and sweep whole plains away. The helpless traveller, with wild surprise, Sees the dry desert all around him rise, And smother'd in the dusty whirlwind dies.
Page 231 - Cato, speaking of the Numidian ? Coarse are his meals, the fortune of the chace, Amid the running stream he slakes his thirst, Toils all the day, and at the approach of night, On the first friendly bank he throws him down, Or rests his head upon a rock till morn ; And if the following day he chance to find A new repast, or an untasted spring, Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury. Let us have that kind of luxury, sir, if you will.
Page 131 - I established a mint, and coined my own rupees, which I made current in my army and country...
Page 109 - Confidering this mode of life, and the extraordinary rapidity of their movements, it cannot be matter of wonder if they perform marches, which to thofe who are only accuftomed to European warfare, muft appear almoft incredible. " The Seiks among other cuftoms...
Page 131 - I had resolved to establish an independency, I employed workmen and artificers of all kinds, and I now judged that nothing but force of arms could maintain me in my authority. I therefore...
Page 107 - Thomas, is fingular ; after performing the requifite duties of their religion by ablution and prayer, they comb their hair and beards with peculiar care, then mounting their horfes, ride forth towards the enemy, with whom they engage in a continued...
Page 382 - Mahummedan conquests ; with a continuation from other native writers, of the events in that part of India, to the reduction of its last monarchs, by the Emperor Aulumgeer Aurungzebe ; also the reigns of his successors, in the Empire of Hindostan to the present day ; and the history of Bengal, from the accession of Aliverdee Khan to the year 1780. By JONATHAN SCOTT, Esq.
Page 131 - I established my capital, rebuilt the walls of the city long since fallen into decay, and repaired the fortifications. As it had been long deserted, at first I found difficulty in procuring inhabitants, but by degrees and gentle treatment, I selected between five and six thousand persons, to whom I allowed every lawful indulgence.
Page 92 - Begam Samru is about forty-five years of age, small in stature, but inclined to be plump. Her complexion is very fair, her eyes black, large and animated. Her dress perfectly Hindustani and of the most costly materials. She speaks the Persian and Hindustani languages with fluency, and in her conversation is engaging, sensible and spirited
Page 132 - Sikh territories, I wished to put myself in a capacity, when a favourable opportunity should offer, of attempting the conquest of the Punjab, and aspired to the honour of planting the BRITISH STANDARD on the banks of the Attock,

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