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plate, I accept with every feeling the which now fills the mind of,
proposed inscription is capable of
exciting : and beg to assure you, I shall ever contemplate it with the same admiration and respect
Gentlemen, &c. (Signed) W. EDMeAds. Madras Roads, April 28th, 1806. Honourable company's ship, William Pitt, ,
BoMBAY.—Occurrences for May.
Medina has been delivered up to the Wahabees, on the express condition that the tomb of the prophet should not be violated: the inhabitants declared their resolution to be all cut in pieces rather than surrender on any other terms. We have much pleasure in recording the following address, as a tribute of respect to a meritorious officer. To captain Campbell, late adjutant of the Bombay Fencible regiment. Dear Sir, On leaving us to take the field, in Dec. 1803, it was our wish to have offered you a mark of our approbation and esteem; but we thought it better to wait, until the public service might permit of your return to the presidency, to resume the adjutancy of the Fencible regiment; which, at the particular request of the officers, was kept open for you by government. We now embrace the opportunity of your approaching departure for Europe, to request your aceeptance of a sword of the value of fifty guineas, which will be presented to you in our names, by major Fawcett, in England, as a testimony of our high sense of the manner in which you conducted the duties of your station, whilst attached to the Fencible regiment, and which was equally creditable to yourself, advantageous to the Public, and satisfactory to the officers of the corps. Renewing the expressions of our esteem and
regard, and sincerely wishing you a pleasant voyage to your native country, and speedy re-establishment of health, We remain, dear Sir, &c.
Captain Campbell's reply.
To Lieutenant-colonel Fell, &c. &c.
Officers of the Fencible regiment. Gentlemen, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 14th current, announcing your intention of presenting me, through major Fawcett, in England, with a sword, value fifty guineas, as a token of your approbation of my exertions while formerly adjutant of the Fencible regiment. I accept, with feelings of the warmest gratitude, this highly honourable testimony of your esteem. I intreat you to believe, gentlemen, that the recollection of that period of my life, which passed in the society of so repectable a body, can never cease to be most gratifying to me, while the valuable pledge of your friendship, designed for my acceptance, will prove a constant stimulus to future exertions, and an adherence to such conduct as may secure to me a continuance of your regard. Wishing you, gentlemen, every happiness and prosperity, I remain,
your obliged and faithful servant,
ALEXANDER CAMPERLL. The ship Marquis Wellesley was totally destroyed by fire while
f Supreme Court. Sessions of Oyer and Terminery or general gaol delivery, before the Hon. Sir Henry Gwillim, Knt. Peter Macdonald was tried for the wilful murder of Anka, a native of Mysore. The circumstances disclosed on the trial were briefly these. The prisoner, who elongs to H. M. 12th. Regt. of foot, which were then marching through Mysore, was one of three stragglers who remained behind in the village after the regiment had marched. It appeared that he had
maliciously and wantonly fired away twenty-one rounds of ball cartridge, one of which was discharged at a number of natives sitting in a choultry, but fortunately without doing them any injury; he afterwards went up to a man who was at work, picking paddy, in the front of his house, and demanded some toddy. The man told him he had none, upon which he put his musquet to his shoulder, and shot the unhappy native through the neck, of which he died. On this evidence he was found guilty of murder, and was immediately condemned to suffer death, which sentence was carried into execution on Tuesday morning last. An immense concourse of people attended to witness this awful scene. James Stevens, matross of artillery, was indicted for the wilful murder of Lutchoomy, a native woman, his servant, at Futtypore, near Hydrabad, by giving her several blows with his fist, and afterwards kicking her; by which she languished and died. It was proved on the trial that the prisoner, who was intoxicated, had used the deceased in the brutal manner set forth in the indictment; but as the surgeon who examined the body after death could not positively swear that the blows were the cause of her death, (although he admitted that they might, from the effect of concussion) the learned judge informed the jury, that they could not legally find a verdict against the prisoner for murder. He was accordingly acquitted. But before he was taken from the bar, the judge addressed him to this effect:-Although you are dismissed from the bar, yet your case is one of the many I have known, where the verdict of acquittal is no discharge of the crime. You are, I fear, answerable to God for the life of a fellow creature; you, contrary to the discipline of military service, got into a beastly state of intoxication, and did then wantonly and Roaliciously beat and kick a desenceless woman, your servant, and consequently under your protection, by which brutal conduct I more than suspect she lost her life.—May the escape you have had operate suitably on your mind, and lead you to seek forgiveness for your great offence from that God,
before whom you must one day answer for the life you have destroyed. A man in your situation, as a soldier, is doubly culpable in the commission of such a crime. It is contrary to military discipline, and such conduct tends, as far as was in your power, to subvert the authory of the company's government in India, by alienating the affection of the natives from the British nation. You, and such as you, are sent into this country to preserve order, and to adord protection to those very persons, whom too many of you insult, injure, oppress, and destroy. It would well become you to return to the prison, and there join in prayer with the clergyman, who is at this moment in attendance on the unhappy culprit who soon must suffer. Endeavor to assist him in the repentance of his crimes, afford him all the consolation in your power, and by acts of kindness and attention towards him, may you render yourself acceptable in the sight of God, and thereby expiate some of the load of guilt that now attaches to you. Take warning, and be ever ready to prevent mischief amongst your comrades, and remember, if ever you appear again at this bar, what has been disclosed here against you this day will not be forgotten. James Moran, a private soldier in H. M. 80th regiment was tried for manslaughter. It appeared in evidence, that the deceased, William M'Kenzie, had, in presence of five soldiers, struck the prisoner, who was at the time asleep in his cot, three or four hard blows with a stick, upon which Moran, who is a cripple, rose from his bed, and told M'Kenzie he did not wish to have any thing to say to him. M“Kenzie struck him again; upon
which the prisoner gave him one
blow with his crutch upon the
belly, by which such internal injury was done, as to occasion his death. The jury by direction of the learned judge, thinking the prisoner's assault to have been rather in the nature of self-defence acquitted him. The Judge, however, severely reproved the soldiers, who had quietly stood by, and had allowed a man to receive three or four blows while in a defenceless state, fast asleep on his couch, and said he considered them as more answerable for the life of the deceased than the prisoner who had been tried, and he was sorry to find their conduct had undergone no investigation in the regiment. Shaik Erim, who had been charged, on the Coroner's inquest, with the wilful murder of Hemsing, late a sepoy in the 1st bat. 22d regt. native infantry, was acquitted for want of sufficient evidence. The blow which killed the deceased was supposed to have been inflicted by order of the prisoner, yet it could not be brought home to him, as the man who actually struck it had absconded; and, although a reward was offered, had hitherto eluded all pursuit.
Moonepan, a servant in the employ of Benjamin Roebuck, Esq. was found guilty of stealing two silver forks, the property of R. A. Maitland, Esq. whilst in attendance on his master at dinner, at the house of the latter.
Betty and Jose, were both found guilty, the first of feloniously stealing two strings of pearls, and several other articles of wearing apparel, the property of her mistress, Comal Trepooty, and the latter for receiving the same articles knowing them to have been stolen.
Purchay, was convicted of stealing two wooden folding doors, the property of major-gen. Collins.
Areapootran, a lascar in the company's service, was found guilty of stealing, from the gun carriage yard in the black town, several pieces of iron, the property of the honourable East India company.
Raman, late a servant in the employ of major-general Pater, was convicted of stealing a chair, the property of his inaster. The above six natives were ordered to be transported to Prince of Wales's Island, five for seven, and one for fourteen, years.
William Dawson, John Hunter, Charles Learmoth, Adam Gibson,-and Colin Gibb, Esqs. The recorder addressed the jury in a short but appropriate speech, with a few observations on the nature of the crimes that were to come under their consideration;—the first was, that of child murder, a crime which his Lordship observed was of a very peculiar heinous nature, and being so easily perpetrated without detection, in a very extensive population, it required every exertion to put a stop to it; the second crime was for firing loaded fire arms into a gentleman's tent, on the Esplanade; and the last was for an intention of waylaying two foreign gentlemen, who were suitors in the court of the recorder. – On both these subjects his Lordship made several very pointed observations; after which, the grand jury proceeded to examine the evidence against a Kalkee woman, charged with the wilful murder of a Suckoo, female infant, and after having retired for some time, returned “A True Bill.” The grand jury also found a bill against Lieutenants Macquire and Cauty, for a conspiracy, to waylay, assault, and otherwise ill treat two Dutch gentlemen, of the name of Wandersloot, on the night of the 21st February last. When they were put to the bar, and a jury chosen, the hon, company's council addressed the jury at some length, observing that it could not fail to be extremely painful to him in the discharge of his public duty to be obliged to call their attention to the conduct of persons whose profession placed them in the rank of gentlemen, while their actions degraded that character, and
were a disgrace to the cloth which they had the honour to wear. That the jury would be of his opinion, with respect to the conduct about to be detailed he could not have a doubt; indeed, it resembled more the deportment, of desperate, unprincipled, and lawless ruffians, ready to perpetrate any enormity, than that of British officers, whose praise it is to excel as much in dignified propriety of conduct towards each other and their fellow citizens, as in those qualities of military skill and courage which exalt their country's reputation, and their own, in the eyes of their enemies. The persons mentioned in the indictment as the objects of brutal attack and violence, were also gentlemen of Cochin, who formerly held the rank of surgeon and major in the Dutch service. Their object in coming to Bombay, was to obtain redress, by legal means, for wrongs which they and their family conceived themselves to have sustained, when the regiment to which Lieutenant Cauty belongs, was quartered at Cochin—wrongs of a most outrageous nature, and in which they accounted that gentleman a principal actor.— They had accordingly commenced a suit against him, which was still pending; and it greatly aggravated the guilt of the conduct charged in the indictment that the defendants made no secret of its being in revenge of those proceedings, that they had formed the resolulution of assaulting the Messrs. Vandersloots in the dead of night, on the King's highway, and for that purpose to watch their return to their own house, which is in the woods, about a mile from the Fort. Having laid this atrocious plan for the gratification of their private malice, they lamentably forgot the