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of the fort, contains about 1000 houses, with a well supplied bazar. The inhabitants are Rajpoots, Banians, and other Hindoos, all calling themselves Marwarrees, and they profess to be friendly to us, and to detest their former rulers, the Ameers of Sinde. These professions appear to me to be sincere. At all events they placed great confidence in us, as on the approach of our troops, they did not remove either their families or property out of the town, and the men and children mixed themselves up among our people, before we got possession of the fort, in a most friendly and confident way. I mention this not only to shew their present feeling towards us, but also, if I may be allowed to make the suggestion, how beneficial it will be to any garrison placed at Oomercote if means are adopted to encourage its continuance, as much, not only of the comfort, but also the very safety, of the garrison may depend on their remaining bound to us by such a strong tie. There is every appearance of the garrison getting provisions. I left all I had to spare, after setting aside a sufficiency for the use of the detachment on its march to Hyderabad. The supply so left will afford rations to 300 native soldiers for sixty days.
I have ordered a Hospital Assistant, provided with a supply of medicine, to be left with the garrison.
Enclosed I beg to forward a return, made by Captain Whitlie, of the guns and ammunition found in the fortress, and in a day or two I expect to send a survey and report of the fort, now being prepared by Captain Henderson, of the Madras engineers. I have, &c.
A. WOODBURN, Major, 25th Regiment, Commanding Field Detachment.
P. S. I observe I have omitted to mention, that the heat of the weather has been very great, and the marches long and fatiguing ones, and from these causes, as well as a scarcity of good water, the troops have had much to bear up against. I am happy, however, to say, all has been done cheerfully, and at the end of each march there has been hardly a man out of his place.
Return of Ordnance taken in the Fort of Oomereote.
No. 1, iron gun, 2 in. 6-10ths, 3 ft. 7 in. long.
No. 2, iron gun, 4 in. 5-10ths, 8 ft. long.
No. 3, iron gun, 4 in., 6 ft. long.
No. 4, brass gun, 3 in. 4-10ths, 7 ft. 3 in. long.
No. 5, iron gun, 4 in. 4-10ths, 8 ft. long.
No. 6, iron gun, broken.
No. 7, iron gun, 4 in. 6-10ths, 7 ft. 6 in. long.
No. 8, iron gun, 3 in. 6-10ths, 6 ft. long.
No. 9, brass gun, 4 in. 8-10ths, 7 ft. 8 in. long.
No. 10, iron gun, 4 in. 6-10ths, 8 ft. long.
No. 11, iron gun, 4 in. 4-10ths, 7 ft. 3 in. long.
No. 12, iron gun, 4 in. 6-10ths, 8 ft. long.
No. 13, iron gun, 4 in. 4-10ths, 8 ft. long.
No weight marked on the guns.
A large quantity of powder and a number of shot and shells were also found.
W. T. WHITLIE, Captain. Commanding 2d Company 2d Battalion Artillery. Downing- Street, July 4, 1843.
The Queen has been pleased to nominate and appoint Major-General Sir Charles James Napier, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, to be a Knight Grand Cross of the said Order.
Her Majesty has also been pleased to appoint the following Officers, in Her Majesty's Service, to be Companions of the said Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, viz.
Lieutenant-Colonel John L. Pennefather, 22d
Regiment of Foot. Lieutenant-Colonel John Poole, 22d Regiment
Lieutenant-Colonel Philip M'Pherson, 17th Regiment of Foot.
Major Frederick Darley George, 22d Regiment of Foot.
Major Thomas S. Conway, 22d Regiment of Foot.
Her Majesty has further been pleased to appoint the following Officers, in the East India Company's Service, to be Companions of the said Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, viz.
Colonel William Pattle, 9th Bengal Cavalry. Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Thomson Reid,
12th Bombay Native Infantry. Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Waddington, Bombay
Lieutenant-Colonel Maurice Stack, 3d Bombay Cavalry.
Lieutenant-Colonel William Wyllie, 21st Bombay Native Infantry.
Lieutenant-Colonel Walter J. Browne, 8th Bombay Native Infantry.
Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Francis Story, 9th Bengal Cavalry.
Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Woodburn, 25th Bombay Native Infantry.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Lloyd, Bombay Artillery.
Lieutenant-Colonel James Outram, 23d Bombay Native Infantry.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Thomas Leslie, Bombay Artillery.
Major Charles H. Delamain, 3d Bombay Cavalry.
Major Michael F. Willoughby, Bombay Artillery.
Major William Thomas Whitlie, Bombay Artillery.
Major George Fisher, 12th Bombay Native Infantry.
Major John Jackson, 25th Bombay Native Infantry.
Major Auchmuty Tucker, 9th Bengal Cavalry.
Major Stephen James Stevens, 21st Bombay Native Infantry.
Major Edward Green, 21st Bombay Native Infantry.
Major William Bazett G. Blenkins, 6th Bombay Native Infantry.
Foreign-Office, June 30, 1843.
The Queen has been pleased to approve of Don Estevan Berlinjiere, as Vice Consul at Gibraltar, for the Republick of the Equator.
Whitehall, July 1, 1843.
The Queen has been pleased to present the Reverend Edmund Hiley Bucknell Estcourt, M. A. to the rectory of Eckington, in the county of Derby and diocese of Lichfield, the same being void by the death of the Reverend Frederick Ricketts, the last incumbent.
LONDON GAZETTE of JULY 7,
Westminster, Juried, 1843.
THIS day, the Lords being met, a message was sent to the Honourable House of Commons by the Gentlemen Usher of the Black Rod, acquainting them, that The Lords, authorized by virtue of a Commission under the Great Seal, signed by Her Majesty, for delaring Her Royal Assent to several Acts agreed upon by both Houses, do desire the immediate attendance of the Honourable House in the House of Peers to hear the Commission read; and the Commons being come thither, the said Commission, empowering the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, and several other Lords therein named, to declare and notify the Royal Assent to the said Acts, was read accordingly, and the Royal Assent given to
An Act for granting to Her Majesty, until the fifth day of July one thousand eight hundred and forty-four, certain duties on sugar imported into the United Kingdom, for the service of the year one thousand eight hundred and forty-three.
An Act to abolish the Roman Catholic oath, as a qualification for voters at elections in Ireland.