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for the decision of the proper authorities in this country. We shall be happy to have all these desirable particulars confirmed, and to learn, on credible authority, that the power of the East India Company over their armies, as demi-officially announced, is increased and established by the close, or consummation of the disastrous events that have occurred, beyond the reach of human assault, or the hazard of future fortune. There may be many who may not chuse to assent to all the propositions and conclusions founded on, or deduced from the facts stated in the preceding letters. The writers of them, being on the spot, where the transactions, of which they speak, were passing immediately under their eyes, and which they describe as fraught with universal interest, might reasonably be deemed, in their relations, but more especially in their course of reasoning, to be subject to a bias—an involuntary leaning to the one side or the other. They exhibit not, indeed, any ostentation of neutrality. But though this circumstance, might lead us to distrust the deductions they should draw from facts, it would seem to dispose us to credit the facts themselves, so far as they are detailed. For who are so well qualified to give us authentic narratives of circumstances, as they who are themselves eye-witnesses of them The marks of the foregoing correspondence are the intrinsic marks of authenticity and truth apparent on the face of it: the fault, if it be thought that there be any discoverable about it, is the leaning, or inclination, of the writers respectively to the claims of the army. If it be not a species of gallantry, it is a sign, at least, of generosity and independence to adhere to an unsuccessful cause. But the sensible and able writers of the foregoing letters, notwithstanding they are influenced by a visible predilection for the success of the army, are not blind, as it should seem, to the inherent defects of its pretensions, nor of the mode by which the attempt was made to advance them. They record with grief and reluctance—but they do record—the unfortunate and fatal extremities, into which an originally well-intentioned, and most honorable body of men were gradually provoked, and imperceptibly involved. They express a concern for their errors, but they do not endeavour to throw over them a justification or defence.
We are not ashamed to feel and avow that we own somewhat of the same sentiment with these writers, springing, as we confess, from the same cause—a long intercourse with the Indian army, and a firm and unshaken conviction of its worth. Sincerely and deeply do we deplore the melancholy events that have closed their recent struggle. But melancholy though they be, and though they may be hastily, and inconsiderately condemned by those who have neither interest nor patience to investigate the circumstances attending them, or the causes that gave them birth, there is not a thinking mind, we speak with confidence, or a feeling heart within the kingdom, that can contemplate them without suggesting a palliation of the error which produced them, or returning a responsive sigh for the consequences likely to result from it.
A general cry has gone forth against . the malcontents of the Coast army, sounded in a variety of tones—from the whisper of private insinuation, to the fulminating report of the Governor General in Council. The public ear has been stunned and wearied with never-ceasing accusations. It is now time that it should be opened to the
still voice of truth, which seeks not to pour into it any laboured or varnished story, but whose first and last declaration is, that it aims not at the perversion of justice, through nice subtleties and metaphysical reasonings, but claims an extenuation of the offence, which it candidly admits, from the provocations which promoted it. He who shall cast his eye, however negligent and hasty may be the glance, over the first acts that gave rise to the discontents of the army, cannot withdraw it without an impression, that there was abundant food for complaint. - Not to dwell on minute and extreme matters, we would ask, Is it no circumstance of bitterness, that established emoluments should be taken from certain members of the army, not only without remuneration, but without the form of a previous and customary enquiry that they should be taken from them on grounds which they were not permitted to controvert, and on the assertion of a junior officer, unconfirmed by any external authority whatsoever, whilst they were denied by a respectable part of the staff: Is it no injury to have the door of justice shut in the face of their solicitation, though couched in the most respectful terms, and urged under the most direct and avowed responsibility ? Is it no injury, whilst their own claims to justice are refused, to see the object of their pursuit walking at his ease, and at full liberty, and in the plenitude of power to molest them still further, in despite of their means to pursue him, and in contempt of the authority which they had been taught to reverence Is it no n:ortification to look for ultimate redress where they have been wont to find it, and to be disappointed in the appeal 2 Is it no grievance to have the the source of promotion changed, from one who has an intimate knowledge of military merit and deserving, to another who is unacquainted even with the names that stand on the army list, and who is not to be approached but through the introduction and condescension of one in the meridian of grace, though in the dawn of service Is it of no concern to them, to see officers of distinguished rank flying from their eminent stations, in disgust and loathing, giving the truest test of the sincerity of their sentiment, in the relinquishment of lucrative place, in the dearer consultation of their dignity and honor Is it no grievance