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clerk of the survey; P. O. Elbard, to be clerk of the cheque. In consequence of a communication from the respective officers on this island, lieutenant-general Maitland has been pleased to publish, until further orders, the following appointments, made by the master-general and the honourable the board of ordnance. Mr. Robert Smith to be assistant countnissary to the field train department on Ceylon; Mr. James Walker and Mr. George Higgins to be clerks of stores to ditto. Galle, Jan. 6.—The following list of promotions by brevet in the army serving in Ceylon, is published, by the commander of the forces, for their information. Colonel Charles Baillie, of the 3d Ceylon regiment, to be major-general, date April 25th, 1808. Lieutenant-colonel John Wilson, deputy quarter-master-general, on the half pay of the late 5th garrison battalion, to be colonel, date April 25th, 1808. Brevet major George Herbert, Adams, of the 66th regiment, to be lieutenant-colonel, date April 25th, 1 SOS. Lieutenant-general Maitland announces the above promotion of majorgeneral Baillie to the forces under his orders, with a mixed feeling of satisfaction and regret. He does now and ever shall experience the most lively satisfaction at any increase of the major-general's military rank graciously conferred on him by his sovereign, which, by enlarging the scale of his military command, will extend his ability of rendering essential service to his king and country. But it is with the most sincere regret, the lieutenant-general reflects, that the major-general's promotion will deprive him, and the force in this island, of the forther benefit of the major-generai's valuable services—Services which have most deservedly acquired him the distinct approbation of his majesty, and his royal highness the commanderin-chief—which have secured to him the respect and esteem of every officer
with whom he has served, and the friendship and affection of all his majesty's civil servants under this governInent. The lieutenant-general fee's himself particularly called on to return his personal thanks to the major general, for the very able assistance he has atforded him as second in command, of which he can with truth say, he will ever retain a due and permanent recollection. Major-general Baillie will receive the honours of a major general in command during his further residence in the island, and all orders coming from him are to be strictly obeyed. Lieutenant colonel Bridges, royal engineers, is appointed commandant of Colombo, vice brigadier-general Baillie promoted. r (Signed) H. Q. Brown Rigg, o Dep. adj.-gen. General orders, Head-quarters, Tangalle, January, 12, 1899. The general court-martial, of which the honourable lieutenant-colonel P. Stuart, of the 16th regiment, is president, is approved and dissolved. C. R.I.M. E. Captain Charles Henry Steel, 2d Ceylon regiment, ordered in arrest by lieutenant-colonel Kerr, communog the 2d Ceylon regiment, for behaviour infannous and scandalous, such as is unbecoming the character of an officer and a gentleman—in the following ii)Stances : 1st. For his having, on the evening of the 19th ult, gone uninvited into the quarters of lieutenant Thomas James Rodney, of the 2d Ceylon regiment, who was with a party of otticers of the navy and army, and having, on that occasion, made use of Janguage so indecent and improper, as induced lieutenant Rodney and another officer, then present, to call captain Steel an impertinent fellow, or words to that effect, and further induced lieutenant Rodney to desire him to quit his house. 2d. For having, after drawing on himself the above treatment, so disgraceful to an officer, conds:cended to patch up matters by his proposing to make, and by making an apology to lieutenant Rodney before the said officers of the navy and army, instead of first calling on that officer to atone for having so insulted and disgraced him, thereby rendering his character as an officer contemptible. , 3d. For having given in to the officers of the regiment, who called him to account for his conduct as above stated, a partial, and incorrect statement thereof. (Signed) H. Q. Brown Rigg, Dep. adj.-gen. Dep. adj.-gen.'s office, Columbo, Dec. 20, 1808. sp NTEN CE. The court, having fully and maturely eonsidered and weighed all the evidence brought forward by the prosecutor in support of the first charge (as stated above), as well as what the prisoner has adduced in his defence, is of opinion, (though it can by no means approve of the proceedings stated to have taken place on the 19th November,) that he is not guilty of behaviour infamous and scandalous, such as is unbecoming the character of an officer and a gentleman, as is set forth in the charge. It, therefore, does fully acquit him of the same. With regard to the second charge, (as above stated) the court is of opinion that he is not guilty of behaviour infamous and scandalous, such as is unbecoming the character of an officer and gentleman in this instance, and does honourably acquit him thereof. With regard to the third charge, (as above stated) the court is of opinion that he is not guilty of behaviour infamous and scandalous, such as is unbecoming the character of an officer and a gentleman in this instance, and does acquit him thereof. The court, having thus given its opinion on the charges exhibited against captain Steel, feels itself called upon to notice a circumstance which arose pending the trial, as extremely irregular towards a witness, which, without imputing to the prosecutor motives of defeating the ends of justace, appeared to the court to have had
the effect of influencing the mind of the witness, who is a very young man, and intimidating him in his subsequent evidence; and which obliged the court to decline hearing any more evidence from that witness. (Signed) P. STUART, Lieut.-col. 19th regt. prest. (Signed) F RED. HAN KEY, Capt. 19th regt.offig. judge-advo. Approved. (Signed) T. MAITLAN p, Lieut.-gen.
Lieutenant-general Maitland has read, with much pain, the proceedings of the above general court-martial, and completely concurs in the opinion of the court, as specified on the first charge, that proceedings of the nature of those stated to have taken place on the 19th of November, are, in all instances, not to be approved of, and are extremely improper; but he wishes particularly to allude to a paper signed by the officers at the head-quarters of the second Ceylon regiment, which he feels it his duty unequivocally to state, in his opinion, to be in principle most erroneous, in language most improper, and in its application and consequences most subversive of military discipline and justice. For the younger officers, who signed it, some apology may be drawn from their youth and inexpe. rience, and the example of their seniors; but the captains are deprived of the first of these pleas, and the commanding officer, lieutenant-colonel Kerr, can plead neither. The lieutenant-general must, therefore, state, that it appears to him, the conduct of that officer, whether in the instance of the point so judiciously and very moderately stated at the end of the sentence itself, or in the instance above alluded to, is extremely reprehensible; and he trusts that no suppositions, or nistaken ideas of humanity, or no momentary impulse of feeling, will again induce lieutenant-colonel Kerr, or any other officer, to deviate from The direct and obvious line of military duty; or to violate the observance and respect eminently due to the court, before which he was a prosecutor.
This order will be read, the day it is received, at the head-quarters of every regiment on the island, on the public parade. Captain Charles Henry Steel, of the 2d Ceylon regiment, will immediately join the head-quarters of his regiment. (Signed) H. Q. BRow NRI'GG, Dep.-adj.-general. General orders. MoUNT LAv IN1A, January 24.— Major-general Baillie having been absent at the period his promotion appeared in general orders, the lieut.general has extreme satisfaction in now publishing the following order, which the major-general has requested may be communicated to the troops who have been under his immediate command. Orders by Major-general Baillie. Colombo, JAN. 22d, 1800. Major-general Baillie, previous to his quitting the island, begs to return his sincere thanks to the officers in command of corps, and to the officers and troops in general, whom he has had the honor immediately to command, during a period of above eight years, for the uniform attention, good conduct and discipline they have observed and maintained. The zeal they have always displayed, the cordiality amongst the corps which has constantly existed, and the readiness they have ever manifested to meet his wishes, at the first moment, have equally contributed to their own honor, to the good of his majesty's service, and to the comfort and happiness of the major-general. He begs leave to add, that the sentiments he has now stated will remain indelibly impressed on his mind.
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throughout the different districts on Ceylon, during ISOS, amounting to 20,207, which exceeds the proportion of any former year, and when added to 70,823, the number previously vaccinated, makes a total of 103,035 per
sons, who have been officially report
ed to me, as having regularly passed through the vaccine disease, since its first introduction into this island in 1802. . The dreadful ravages which the small pox usually cormitted on Ceylon, previous to the introduction of vaccination, must be in the recollection of every one ; and it affords me infinite pleasure to observe, that, agreeable to the most certain information I have been enabled to procure, that destructive malady has not existed in any part of the British possessions on this island, during the year 1 SCS, except in the district of Galle, into which it was brought on the 31st of January, by a Maldivian boat, last from Bengal. A large proportion of the crew of this boat died, and the disease was communicated by a fisherman who visited it, on its first arrival, to two or three inhabitants in the neighbourhood of Galle, but spread no further, which must be atributed chiefly to the favourable influence of vaccination, which has been so extensively diffused in that, and the other districts of the island. I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient servant, THos. CHR 1st I e, Med.-supt.-gen. Colombo, 10th Feb. 1809. General orders. HD-ars. MoUNT LAvi Ni A, 28th FEB. Lieutenant-general Maitland, having just received private information that the detachment of his Majesty's 3d Ceylon regiment, now serving on the coast, have in an attack, the first in which they were ever engaged, conducted themselves in the usual manner which all his Majesty's regiments have ever done when called upon to serve their king and their country, directs that the part of that regiment on this island do receive an extra allowance of
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approbation of the conduct of the detachment on the coast, and his conviction that, whenever the rest of the regiment is called into action, it will behave with similar zeal, and similar advantage to the public service.
Feb. 15.-On Tuesday, at 3 P. M. his Majesty's ship, Belliqueux, with the H. C. ships, Lady Jane Dundas, Jane, Duchess of Gordon, and William Pitt, under convoy, sailed from these roads, to join the remainder of the fleet, consisting of the H. C. ships, Hugh Inglis, Sovereign, Calcutta, Bengal, Bensley, Harriet, Euphrates, Indus, Northumberland, Earl St. Vincent, Lord Eldon, and Huddard, under convoy of H. E. Vice Admiral Sir E. Pellew, Bt. in the Culloden, and H.M. ship, Terpsichore, which had left Point de Galle on the same day. His excellency lieut.-gen. Macdowall, during the short stay he made at Colombo, resided with the governor, and was received anyongst his old friends at Ceylon with every mark of affection and respect; and the usual honors, due to his rank, were fired on his landing, and re-embarkation. In addition to the passengers, proceeding to England in the above fleet from the several presidencies of India, the following embarked from this island. The hon. Alexander Johnston, esq. puisne justice of the supreme court of judicature, on the Island of Ceylon. Mrs. Johnston and family, Miss Mary Twisleton, Major General Charles Baillie, the reverend Wm. H. Heywood, Renelm Chandler, esq. The honourable Alexander Johnston, esq. polisne justice of the supreme court of judicature on the Island of Ceylon, and second member of council, being on the eve of his departure for Europe, on his Majesty's service, the most respectable Dutch inhabitants and burghers of Colombo, and the native headtuen, the president and members of the Dutch consistory of Colombo, the priests and members of the Roman catholic religion, and the officers of the soprene court of judi
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addresses, expressive of their high ad. miration of his character, and their earnest wishes for his prosperity and happiness.
The unanimous address of his Majesty's civil servants, on the Island of Ceylon, To major-general Charles Baillie, colonel of H. M. 3d Ceylon regiment, and late commandant of Colombo. S1 R, After having had the gratification of living with you for many years, on terms of the most cordial intercourse and good will, you cannot be surprised if, on the occasion of your return to Europe, we unite to express our regret at your departure, our respect for your character, and our attachment to your person. o In you, Sir, we lose one of the greatest ornaments, and one of the best supports, of our society. By your unbounded hospitality, it has been earnestly promoted ; by your cheerfulness, constantly enlivened; and by your genuine worth, and engaging manners, eminently improved. But the diminution of our social enjoyments is by no means the whole extent of our loss;– while we have felt the influence of your private virtues, we have also partaken of the benefit of your public conduct. To your unremitted attention, we consider ourselves greatly indebted for the strict order and discipline of the troops under your command, which has rendered the residence of a military station as quiet and regular as that of the best constituted civil government. Under the in pulse of these feelings, we beg leave to express our anxious solicitude for your future welfare, and for the perfect re-establishment of your health, and to request your acceptance of a piece of plate, with an inscription that may perpetuate the sincere sentiments of our lasting esteem and regard. That you may long live to devote to your country those talents and services, by which your active and useful life has been so honourably distinguished, is our concluding and ardent wish.
To which the major-general answered as follows:
This unexpected tribute of your esteem and regard, I receive with the Purest impressions of gratitude and respect.
Flattering as such an address, with the token of remembrance which accompanies it, must have been to any person in my situation, they become infinitely more valuable to me, who have lived in the most intimate and social habits with you, for so many years of uninterrupted cordiality.
They convey the opinion of those who are endeared to me by mutual ties of friendship and affection, with whom my feelings are reciprocal, and who have impressed me with every sentiment which so honourable a testimony of approbation merits, and of which a warm and grateful heart is susceptible.
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To captain Jones, commanding the honourable company's ship, Halthamstoat'. SIR, We cannot permit you to depart from Colombo, without expressing the strong sense we entertain of the politeness, hospita ity, and gentlemanly attention, experienced in the Walthamstow. Though our stay with you was for a short period, we beg you to accept our sincere wishes for your future happiness; and should the service allow the opportunity of meeting you again, we shall feel the truest satisfaction. We are, Sir, with every respect, your obedient, humble servants, D. M. Be AN, maj. 89th regt. And the officers of the 89th regiment, who were on board the Walthamstow.
Colombo, March 12, 1809.
Answer from captain Jones.
I have had the honour of receiving your letter of yesterday, conveying your sentiments, and that of the othcers of your corps I had the pleasure of bringing round from Trincomallee to this place, which flattering testimony of your esteem for me, and good opinion of my conduct, I beg leave to assure you, has afforded me the highest gratification, and to add, that I shall always have much satisfaction in accommodating, to the best of my ability, not only the officers of his Majesty's 89th regiment, but also any of his Majesty's officers in this country; and only lament, that circumstances prevented me from giving you better accommodation during our passage round.
I am your most obedient servant,
THoMA's Jones. To major Mo Bean, and the officers of the 89th regiment.
Colombo, March 13, 1809.
Correspondence. Colombo, March 29.-The honourable Edmund Henry Lushington, esq., late puisne justice and provisional chief justice of the supreme court of judicature on this island, having resigned his office of provisional chief justice, and being on the eve of returning to Europe, the principal, and most respectable, of the Dutch inhabitants of Colombo, waited upon him, and presented the following address :
To the honouralle Edmund Lushington, esq., chief justice of the island of Ceylon. Honourable Sir, –We, the undersigned Dutch inhabitants of Colombo, urged by your sudden and unexpected resignation of your important situation, with an intention to return to your native country, feel it a duty incumbent upon us to impart to you our unfeigned sorrow on the occasion.—It is impossible for us to express ourselves in a language equal to our feelings; for, whatever reason we may have to e cani