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longing to Baug Sing. This chief had, from Mr. Thomas's first entering the province, behaved towards him in a hostile manner, for which Mr. Thomas now determined to retaliate. On his arrival at Jeind, the capital of Baug Sing, he attempted to storm the place, but was driven back with the loss of four hundred men. Undismayed even at a check so unexpected, Mr. Thomas, having fortified his camp agreeably to his usual custom, formed the blockade of the place; by which means, there being three thousand persons within the town, he expected to compel them to a surrender. In this hope he was for the present dir. appointed. The sister of Sahib Sing, of Puttialah, a woman of a masculine and intrepid {pirit, attended by a large force, arrived to succour the place : with her also came Bugheel Sing, and other chiefs of the Seiks. Mr. Thomas, without hesitation, attacked the last-mentioned party with so much spirit that he compelled them to retire : and following up his victory, drove them through their own camp; which, consisting of straw huts, he quickly destroyed by fire. They returned however to the attack, and their numbers increasing, they were

permitted, by the shameful fupineness of his own officers, to take poffeffion of two redoubts, by which many of his best men were cut to pieces. Supplies of provision coming in slowly, and the country people perceiving the untoward situation of affairs, now declared against him, and joined the enemy. This compelled Mr. Thomas, after a blockade of three months, to raise the fiege, and return to Hanfi. The enemy, by this time increased to ten thousand men, followed in his rear; and to add to his distress, the chief of Puttialah appeared at the fame time with several pieces of heavy artillery. A retreat in these countries being always deemed equivalent to a defeat, the peasantry who rose on all sides increased the difficulty in his progress. In hope of diverting the enemy's attention, Mr. Thomas gave out that he was going to Jypore ; 'which lying far distant from their own country, he expected would induce them to relinquish their pursuit. In this he was unfuccessful; but the enemy having repeatedly attacked him, and as often been repulsed, now of their own accord drew off, and directed their march towards Hanfi. Hoping to intercept him before he could reach that place, in their route they encamped at Narnound, a town twenty coss to the northward of Hansı. Here Mr. Thomas resolved to attack them. For this purpose he marched all night, and arriving by daybreak in their camp, gave them a complete defeat. Their tents, baggage, the howdahs of their elephants, the bazar, with one thousand saddles, and about two hundred horses, fell into his hands; but his troops dif- persing on all sides in search of plunder, prevented his becoming master of their artillery and elephants.


From the inclemency of the season, Mr. Thomas was now neceffitated to return to the place where he had deposited his heavy baggage ; and the Seiks, in their late defeat, repaired to Jeind. On their arrival they were refused admittance into the place, by the fifter of Sahib Sing. This lady, who, as we have before seen, had on several occasions exhibited a spirit superior to what could have been expected from her sex, and far more decided than her brother, now offered to take the field in person. But the Seik chieftains, alhamed in being exceeded in spirit by a woman, returned to encounter

Mr. Thomas, whom they found encamped near a large town. They now came to a resolution to conquer, or perish in the attempt: but whilft deliberating on the mode of attack, their own camp was suddenly assaulted during the night by a numerous and daring banditti, who founded their trumpets with such loud alarms that the Seiks, thinking the whole force of Mr. Thomas was at hand, abandoned their camp with precipitation. This circumstance, though it occafioned no real loss to the Seiks, had great effect on the minds of the country people, and lefsened their ideas of Seik prowess. The Seiks were now as desirous of peace as they had be. fore been determined on the continuance of hoftilities; and it was at length agreed between the contending parties that each should remain in possession of their several districts, as they stood before the fiege of Jeind. Excepting the Rajah of Pattialah, all the rest were well fatiffied with the termination of hostilities. He alone refused to sign the treaty, although, 'in spite of his remonftrances, it was done by his more spirited fifter. For this conduct the Seik chief ungenerously evinced his resentment, by detaining her a prisoner ; but Mr. Thomas,

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deeming it his duty to interfere on this occasion, by threats compelled him to release her.

About this time Mr. Thomas was invited by Ambajee to unite their forces : for his affistance Mr. Thomas was to receive the monthly sum of fifty thousand rupees. Having at present no particular destination, he closed with the terms: and agreeably to the instructions of Ambajee, prepared to lead his army to Oudipoor to encounter Luckwa; who by this time, having rea gained his liberty, was assembled in great force. As the country of Oudipoor constitutes one of the principal states of Rajepootana, and is on several accounts extremely interesting, we shall hope for pardon in digressing a little from the thread of our narrative, and proceed to take a retrospective sketch of its geographical position, and internal resources.

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