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they will gain in reverence and respect. This act alone would call back men's duties and affections, were they estranged at a greater distance than they are. Such a willing offering to peace, would do more than a hundred examples of sanction and of vengeance. The hour may come, notwithstanding the present meridian height of our Eastern splendour, when every heart and hand may be required to secure even a safe possession. Let not any ungracious perfU nacity dissever one from the other.
Let not any one represent these plain observations, as adverse to the interests, or disrespectful to the rights of the constituted body, to which they are principally addressed. They are not offered in the feeling of an enemy, but in the sentiment, and with the warning voice of a friend. If the style or manner of the address shall be deemed in some parts to be rude, the intent at all times, and in all places, will be seen, we trust, to be honest. The case in our view of it, appeared to be extreme, and desperate, and not to admit of any trifling palliatives, or more flattering digestives. It would, in our contemplation, have been an act of dishonesty, to "skin and film the ulcerous part," and leave the Constitution to be wasted underneath, by secret and lurking corruption. We have boldly applied the bold treatment, which, in our mind, it seemed to demand, though the caustic burn, and the knife should wound.
Since the preceding pages have been in the press, letters have been received from India of so late a date as the 22d of October, which confirm the previous accounts of the amnesty granted to the parties involved in the late unhappy occurrences on the Coast of Coromandel, and describe the particular exceptions, which are more numerous than hitherto supposed, as well as the grounds ion which they had been governed, in the application of the general rule. This act of grace was declared in a General Order of the Governor General of the 25th September.
The principle on which it proceeds may be best understood from the language of the order itself, in which Ldrd Minto thus expresses himself:
"The principle I have thought myself at liberty to adopt has been to limit the number of punishments, since impunity cannot be general; and to mitigate their degrees to the utmost extent of lenity, not entirely incompatible with the public good, and the indispensable demands of justice.
"In the execution of this principle, it has been necessary to make a small selection from a great mass of delinquency, all subject in strictness to the penalties of the law; and that such a choice should neither be capricious nor subject to the suspicion of partiality, I have adopted general criterions, the principles of which are manifestly just, and the application of which to particular cases is subject to no difficulty. .
"The first ground of selection is the commission of some overt act of rebellion or mutiny, such as seizing on fortresses, or public treasure; actual hostility against the troops of his Majesty, the Company, or its allies; quitting the station allotted to troops without orders, or the refusal to obey the orders of Government.
"This principle of. selection would "liberate a considerable proportion of the "army; but it would involve a much greater "number than it enters into my views te '* exclude from pardon.
"It is necessary therefore to select "from the numerous class already described "a smaller number comprized within a "narrower head of distinction.
"That selection is to consist of the offi"cers in command of stations, or bodies of "troops, commandants of corps and per"sons peculiarly distinguished for a forward "and violent part in the most criminal acts "or proceedings of the army.
"The whole of this highly criminal "and peculiarly responsible, but not nu"merous class, will most justly be sub"mkted to a trial by Court Martial.
"But as the Courts Martial may of "necessity be bound to pass sentences of "greater severity than it is in contem"plation to extend without distinction to "the whole number of those submitted to "trial, a more minute sub-division will yet "be made, and the officers in command of "garrisons, or considerable bodies of troops, "will be separated, on this ground of higher "responsibility, from the commandants of *' corps. The former will be subjected at *' all events to trial; the latter will be "allowed the option of a trial, or dismissal "from the service.
"In order that no anxious uncertainty "may remain concerning the application of "these rules of selection to individual cases, "the names of all the officers intended for "punishment, are expressed in the following "list:"
Then follows the list of the officers included in the separate classes.
In the first are described those, who are to be absolutely tried by a Court Martial, and those appear to be
J. Bell, Lt -col. Artillery, commanding at Seringapatam
John Doveton, Lt-col. Sth reg. N. C at Jaulna.
Joseph Storey, Major, 1st bat. 19th reg.N.I. Masulipatam.
In the second are contained the names of those, who have the option of abiding the event of a Court Martial or of dismissal from the service, which are as follow:
Robert Munro, Lt.-col. 2d bat- 15th reg. Seringapatam.
George Cadell, do. 12th bat.N.I. Ditto.
H. M'Intosh, do. 1st bat. Sth reg. \ Marched, wt. orders, FK. Aiskill, do. 1st bat.l5th reg. / from Chittlcdroog.