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The gallant Mr. Hopkins, who had been conspicuous for his ardour throughout the attack, on this occasion received another severe wound.
The enemy, who had likewise luffered greatly, now attempted to escape from the fort, and to cut their way through Mr. Thomas’s troops. This, notwithstanding every exertion on his part, they effected ; and having taken shelter in a thick forest in the neighbourhood, Mr. Thomas thought it useless to pursue them any longer, but returned to take poffeffion of the fort.
During this transaction, the Seik army lay within eighteen coss, and that of Bappoo Scindiah only nine, though both, happily for Mr. Thomas, remained quiet.
He next marched to Kythul. Here the rajah of Pattialah and others of the Seik chiefs, fent vakeels into his camp to negotiate a peace. Mr. Thomas, on his part, was sincerely inclined to put an end to the war, as he was well in
formed that the army of Mr. Perron was now on its march from Delhi, for the avowed purpose of affording aid to the Seiks. They likewise had recently been informed that disturbances prevailed in their own country, and therefore haftened to conclude the present negotiations. It was agreed, therefore, that the Seiks should pay the fum of 1,35,000 rửpees, and renounce all pretensions to the country of Roy Kellaun; that the rajah of Pattialah should be reconciled to his fister, with whom he had been so long at variance; that this lady Thould be reimbursed for the property that had been confiscated; that certain districts should be ceded to Mr. Thomas; and finally, that the rajah of Pattialah should keep two battalions of infantry in constant pay, who were to be ftationed for the defence of the Punjaub frontier, as a mutual safeguard to either party.
“ Thus (says Mr. Thomas, in his usual man“ ly and energetic strain,) ended a campaign “ of seven months, in which I had been more “ successful than I could possibly have expected “ when I first took the field with a force “ consisting of five thousand men, and thirty“ fix pieces of cannon. I lost in killed, wound“ed, and disabled, nearly one third of my « force; but the enemy loft five thousand per“ fons of all descriptions. I realised near two “ hundred thousand rupees, exclusive of the “ pay of my army, and was to receive an ad“ ditional one hundred thousand for the hof“ tages which were delivered up. I explored " the country, formed alliances, and, in short, “ was dictator in all the countries belonging to “ the Seiks, south of the river Sutledge. *
- * Before we take leave of this interesting country, it may not be improper to advert to two of the desiderata of Major Rennel, which, from a perusal of his excellent Memoir accompanying the map of Hindoostan, appear to be as follow:
First, to ascertain the existence of a canal, which was to have been cut by the order of the emperor Firose, from the river Sutledge to the Jumna, the execution of which design would have opened a communication by water from Cabul to Assam.
Second, the altars of Alexander, which, according to Arrian, must have been situated between the Beyah and the Sutledge, near the modern city of Ferozepore.
It is much to be regretted that the spirit of modern travel has not yet reached these distant, though, to the British nation, not wholly inaccessible regions, as no doubt many very curious particulars in ancient history, which have hitherto remained in obscurity, might, by diligenz and accurate investigation, be brought to light.
Refle&tions Combination formed against Mr.
Thomas—commencement of hostilities battle with Captain Smith-death of Mr. Hopkins
-Mr. Thomas's opponents become more and more formidable-treacherous desgns of his officers—multiplied difficulties—Mr. Thomas is compelled to fly-reaches Hansi—he capitulates -arrives at the British frontier-his death and character.
IIKE a sea-worn mariner, who, after en
countering the dangers and hardships of a long and tedious voyage, is at length gratified with the fight of land ; or as a benighted traveller on his road after a weary journey, losing himself in desert wilds, or betrayed by false tracts in the treacherous snow, looks forward to the enjoyments of his peaceful home ; fo are we happy to perceive a prospect of terminating our labours, in view of a desired haven.