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which so eminently distinguishes is this year to be incurred, with the his public character, has endea- certainty of its amount being rather voured to mitigate extreme cases augmented than diminished every of distress by a separate fund, of the succeding year; therefore, with the sources of which I am uninformed; view of lessening such claims, howbut with the view of making such ever deserving the attention of a humane intentions the more gene- just government, I beg leave to rally useful, I have ventured to propose the following plan, taking offer the following outlines of a from the red book
data. plan for an orphan's fund institu
Ist. That an Ortion for the royal service, assimilating it in some degree with that be instituted, to be en
phanandWidows_fund established for the Bengal army, titled the Royal Miliby the late able and highly res- tary Fund, and that pected Major General Kirkpa, Government be the trick, from a plan first suggested by Lieutenant Colonel Richard thereto from the 1st
patrons, and subscribe Scott of that establishment, to of January last the anwhich I was a subscriber and nual contribution of..£30,0000 station secretary for several years ; and it has afforded me infinite
2d. That all Genesatisfaction to hear of the increa- ral Officers in Comsing success of so admirable an mand of' regiments be institution. But in this country the earnestly solicited to claims of the former should be aid this institution by discountenanced, because every of- paying the 100th part ficer in his Majesty's service may of their off-reckonings marry if he chooses ; whereas in thereto. Taking thereIndia, from the paucity of Euro- fore the peace estapean females, and other obvious blishment at 140 regts. causes, Company's officers seldom whether cavalry, artilcan, until they obtain eligible rank lery, infantry, and mato maintain them.* From every rines, at £15each is.. 2,1000 conversation I have had with the 199 Lieutenant Geneking's officers upon this subject, rals not in command, they have all frankly confessed at 20s.
month 2,388 0 some such plan would be desirable, 294 Major Generals, but that what was every person's
do.do.18s.per month. business was difficult to establish.
3,175 4 I have however ventured to lay 267 Colonels, do. do. before your military readers the 16s. per month 2,563 4 following plan, and shall be very 941 Lieut. Colonels, happy to notice any improvements do. 14s. per month. 7,904 8 suggested in its favor.
1000 Majors, 12s. per It appearing from the
7,200 0 Secretary at War's estimates laid before Parlia
2000 Captains and ment that for widows £98,824
Capt. - Lieutenants, and for the compassion
10s. per month 12,000 0 ate list 182,606 5000 Lieutenants, 8s.
24,000 0 forming together the
2000 Cornets and Envery considerable totalof £281,430
signs, 6s. per month 7,200 0
We by no means concur with our respected correspondent on this point. Ed.
Carried over €98,530 16
Brought over £98,530 16 tain which desirable objects so small 3d. That as a great
an annual sacrifice should not be number of casualties
withheld. By this plan also, those
officers who had sunk large sums accrue from his Ma
for the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel jesty's troops serving in the East-Indies, the
and Major, will have their money, Hon. Court of Direc
on their demise, returned to their tors be solicited to
widows and children in the shape subscribe for the Com
of handsome annuities, a return pany..
5,000 o never yet obtained, except by those
who are so lucky as to obtain re4th. That a percen.
giments, or foreign staff situations, tage on every commis
or governments. sion shall go in aid of
6th. As there can be little doubt, this fund: that is to say
judging from the last report of two and a half from
the Waterloo Committee, that a the seller, and two and a half from the pur
very considerable surplus will re
main after providing most liberally chaser, calculated at
5,000 0 for every demand thereon, no better But all fees hereto
mode for the disposal thereof can fore charged by the
be suggested, than by merging it Secretary at War to
with the funds of this institution, cease, and an allowance
whereby the humane intentions if necessary to be
of the Waterloo subscribers will made instead.
be equally attended to and exten5th. That Physi
ded. cians,Inspectorsof hos
7th. That this fund shall acpitals, Head Surgeons
cumulate for the period of five of stations shall be per
years; but as it is probable that mitted to subscribe as
many rich military characters, Colonels, regimental
and other liberal minded indivi. Surgeons and Purvey
duals, may immediately aid this ors as Lieut-Colonels,
institution by handsome donations, and Paymasters as
an earlier appropriation shall, if Majors, in case they
possible, take place, and especially wish to participate in
whenever urgent cases shall occur the great benefits held
prior to the year 1823. out by this institution;
8th. That a board consisting of in such case I calcu
general and field officers of each late their contribu
rank, together with the adjutant tions at per annum.. 3,000 0 and quarter master general, shall
meet quarterly to prepare a report £111,530 16 for the commander in chief of the
forces; and an annual statement Hereby forming such a fund as of the funds of this institution will in a few years considerably shall be published in the papers, aid government in its present lar or by a general order, for the gess to the orphans and widows, satisfaction of all subscribers. when the fund shall come into 9th. That paymasters of corps operation, as is hereafter specified, be authorised to deduct the vaand eventually render wholly need- rious rates of subscription from the less any payments by government officers of regiments, to be deducbeyond the requested contribution of ted from the abstracts, and to be £30,000, and in time exonerate it accounted for to the board by the from the compassionate lists ; to ob- paymaster-general every month.
10th. That committees be 18th. That all widows of subalformed at Jersey, Guernsey, Mal- terns ditto £100. ta, Gibraltar, the West India Is 19th. That whenever orphans, lands, Canada, the Cape, Mauritius, having lost their mother, shall Ceylon, Madras, Bengal, and Bom- afterwards be deprived of their bay, and denominated Orphan Fund father, a faithful representation of Committees, to correspond with, the state of the family shall be and report to the general board in made either by the commanding of London.
ficer of the regiment or executors 11th. It being presumed that where such casualty occurs, and the widows of general officers in such aid shall be afforded them as command of corps cannot, from may be deemed proper by the obvious causes, often require aid, general board ; and it is to be they shall be excluded from all clearly understood that this insticlaims on this fund ; but should tution shall extend to the widows
offiurgent cases occur, a proper de- and orphans of all half gree of relief shall notwithstan cers subscribing, but every nonding be allowed, on due represen- subscriber shall be excluded from tation to the board and comman all participation of its benefits. der in chief from executors, and
20th. That all monies belonging on due exhibition of wills.
to this institution shall be paid 12th. That all widows of lieu- into the Bank of England, and an tenant generals, not being pos
account opened with the board ; sessed of £10,000, shall receive and no cash shall be lodged in any such additional aid from this fund other place, except necessary sums as may yield a clear income of with the secretary to answer cur&€400 per annum.
rent demands. 13th. That all widows of major to the officers of the royal service
Having endeavoured to point out generals as may die not possessed of £8,000, shall receive such aid
the great benefits to be derived from this fund as may yield a clear from a general subscription, it income of £300 per annum.
must be evidently the interest of 14th. That all widows of colo
each to promote so desirable an
institution ; nels as shall die not possessed of
that although many of
each rank in the army may be £6,000, shall receive such aid from this fund as shall yield a
very independent in circumstanclear income of £250 per annum.
ces, yet, on the other hand, how 15th. That all widows of lieute.
many are there who possess little
more than the income of their nant colonels as shall die not pos. commission; besides, every officer sessed of more than £4,500, shall whose regiment may be ordered receive such aid from this fund as shall yield an income of £200 per supreme satisfaction of reflecting
upon foreign service will have the
that should he fall in battle, or by 16th. That all widows of majors the effects of an insidious climate, as shall die not possessed of his wife and family will be protect
£4,000, shall receive, such aid ted by this institution from those from this fund as will yield a afflicting distresses which have clear income of £180 per annum.
too often assailed 'the junior 17th. That all widows of captains ranks of the service during the and captain lieutenants as may late war, and the commander in die not possessed of €2,500, chief relieved from repeated apshall receive such aid from this plications which no royal fund now fund as will yield a clear income existing can meet. of £15per annum.
In order that no officer in his
majesty's service may think it a Upon the same principle a naval hardship to subscribe to so bene- institution may be formed; but as volent an institution, I have ven I am unacquainted with the detured to annex a statement of the tails of that department, it would monthly subscriptions in the Ben- be presumption in me to offer any gal army, (viz.) Colonels exclu- plan, though it must be obvious ded
how much benefit may be derived Per Month Per Ann.
by the three junior ranks and their Lieut. Cols. .. 12 Rs. or £18 O the effects of a long peace, were
families some years hence, from Majors
8 do. or
12 0 but a naval institution for widows Captains ......6 do. or
90 immediately formed. Subalterns 3 do.
I am, Sir, But whether any alterations have
Your very obedient servant, taken place in consequence of the
HENRY Scott, great increase of the Indian army I am uninformed; but every cadet,
Major on the retired List, it appears, is obliged to engage to
Bengal Army. become a subscriber, on his arri. Beslow, near Shrewsbury, val in India.
7th March 1818.
To the Editor of the Asiatic Journal.
Sir,-In consequence of the published, habits of long intimacy, debates at the India House on the and his knowledge of my posses18th of March last, and Mr. John sing a good memory, led him, from Hudleston's letter to the Hon. living in the same place, occasion. Court of Directors, inserted in ally to refer to me for facts which your last number (28), I have to I had witnessed.
I had witnessed. Among other request that you will publish in circumstances, he inquired regardyour next, the following state- ing the intended removal or escape ment under my name.--I remain, on ship board of the CommissionYours, &c.
ers at Mangalore: he had re
peatedly heard of it in India, but Thos. DALLAS. stated that he had not found it in Bath, 30, Circus
their journal, although affirmed in,
an official letter from Brigadier 18th April, 1818.
General Macleod to the government of Bombay: that he had,
when in London, solicited Placed by the late proceedings hour's conversation with Mr. Huat the India House between the dleston, with whom he had some painful alternative of submitting to acquaintance, for the declared injurious reflections, or most re
purpose of obtaining information luctantly being the possible cause
on some points regarding that emof injury to another, I have de- bassy which were imperfectly extermined to draw up the plainest plained on the records, but that and shortest narrative of facts in Mr. Hudleston had excused himmy power, avoiding as much as
self on the ground of bad memory. possible observations of any kind.
I accordingly related to Colonel When Colonel Wilks was pre- Wilks the facts which are stated parting the work which he lately in his work, of which the followAsiatic Journ.-No. 29.
VOL. V. 3 K *
ing is the short substance ;-" that afterwards I was sent for by the my servant having, on the illness second Commissioner, and informof the person usually employed, ed that there was no intention to been desired to interpret between embark.” the commissioners and Tippoo's
Such is the substance of the narministers, came to my tent at rative given on my authority. I night, in the greatest trepidation, never afterwards, nor I believe the to state that after the conference, officers, made any secret of my comand the departure of the first com- munication with them, and the missioner, he had accidentally circumstances connected with it overheard a plan settled between became matter of such general the other two for their removal on conversation and notoriety, that I board ship, which was to be kept did not feel the impression of resecret till the moment of embarka- lating any thing either new or tion, when they were to call at the questionable: and having during tent of the first commissioner, and that service, and since, been on give him the option of accompany- terms of kindness with Mr. Hudleing them; leaving behind the es ston, I certainly should not have cort, &c. &C., and that the ar authorized any thing being stated rangements for this purpose were on my authority which I appreto be personally made by Mr. Fal- hended to be injurious to his moral coner the surgeon, who was to character. I then thought, and get on board in the morning on I continue to think, that the remopretence of indisposition. At val or escape (for in our situation breakfast Mr. Falconer did appear tley were the same) of the Commisto be taken ill, and did embark. sioners would have been perfectly I accordingly assembled the offi- justifiable, if they thought the pubcers, and told them all I knew. I lic service could be forwarded by had received no orders, and did their embarkation ; and I should not know whether I should receive have deemed it my duty, if necesany, and when, or to what effect: sary, to cover their embarkation but I stated that in every possible with the sacrifice of the last man case I should remain with my men,
of the little escort. I felt their but would not under such cir- distrust of me to be unworthy, cumstances exact rigid military and the plan to be absurd, because obedience from them, but leave it impracticable, without the concurto such as chose it to embark if rence of an officer of common vithey should be permitted. They gilance; but here my unfavorable all declared their intention to fol. opinions rested, and still rest. I low my example. I waited Mr. should as soon have thought of Falconer's return in the evening, imputing fear to myself as to the and stated to him what I had heard Commissioners ; and I adopt the regarding his mission on ship following explanation given by board, and he distinctly admitted Col. Wilks, as a trưe transcript the facts to be as above stated, of the impressions which appearbut declined to tell me the time: ed to influence both of us when appointed for the execution of the the narrative in question was con-. plan. Stung by the distrust with 'mitted to paper. which I was treated, I desired him, “ Security in conducting the in finishing his report to the com “ negociations in question is dismissioners, to say that I was there “ tinctly stated to have been the to obey their orders, but that the “primary object of the plan; and arrangements of my
camp " that negociations might have would subject any persons at
66. been conducted with greater teinpting a clandestine escape to be taken up as deserters. Soon
advantage to the public service by the commissioners in a state of