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as concluded—the farther agitation of a subject of this nature could be availing for no purpose, but that of disturbing the established course of public affairs, and for the excitement of feelings injurious to order and authority, and it will be accordingly of importance to the public welfare, that the circumstances connected with it, should be consigned to oblivion.
By order of the honourable the governor in Council.
« Chief Sec. to Gon."
TO THE OFFICER OF THE WEEK OF THE JUNIOR CLASS OF THE MILITARY INSTITUTION.
Sir,— Lieutenant-colonel Munro, quarter-master-general, having heard that the officers of the junior class of the military institution, have come to a resolution of expelling from their society Mr. Poole, for attending at the late entertainment given at the government-house, I am directed to ascertain if that circumstance had influenced them in their resolution against Mr. Poole, and if this should be the case, to inform the officers that they are to withdraw their proceedings against Mr, Poole, or lieutenant-colonel Munro will judge it proper to apply to government for an order, directing the gentlemen to quit the institution and join their corps. You are therefore requested to state to me what was the fact, and if it is the intention of the gentlemen to comply with the above direction.
« Feb. 13th 1809. "Assistant Instructor."
"TO LIEUTENANT KINSEY.
Sir,—In reply to your letter of yesterday, the officers of the military institution beg leave to state, that they conceive the gth paragraph regulation code, fully justifies the measures they have deemed fit to adopt against Ensign Poole, and as he is a person whose acquaintance they feel averse to, they have availed themselves of the privilege therein granted, to officers in common with other gentlemen, of making their own choice of companions for their private society,' to acquaint Ensign
Poole, that his longer continuance in the mess would be unpleasant to all parties.
I have the honour to be, sir,
Your most obedient servant,
'' Dent's Gardens, Feb. 14, 1809. «' Ensign."
"TO THE OFFICER OF THE WEEK OF THE JUNIOR
CLASS OF THE MILITARY INSTITUTION.
Sir,—I have the honour to transmit to you the copy of a letter I have just received from lieutenant-colonel Munro, quarter-master-general, and Irequestthat you will be pleased to send rne a list of the officers composing the junior class of the military institution, at the same time making the distinction therein mentioned.
"Feb. 17th, 1809. « Assistant Instructor."
Sir,—You wilLte pleased to forward to me, without delay, a list of the names of the officers composing the junior class of the military institution, distinguishing those who subscribed to the sentiments stated in the letter from the officer of the day, which you forwarded tome. You will be pleased to direct the latter officers to hold themselves in readiness to join their corps.
"Q. Master General's Office, "Quarter Master Gen.''
Fo:t St. George, Feb, 17th, 1809."
Sir,—Agreeable to your request I have the honour to subscribe the names of the officers composing the junior class of the military institution, whose sentiments were expressed in the letter forwarded to you for the information of lieutenantcolonel Munro
Lieutenant Stopford Ensigns Williams
Ensigns Marklove Hodges
Spicer W. Taylor
Heath "» Clarke
Ensigns M'Neil Ensigns Macleod
These are the names of all the officers of the institution, at that time present, with the exception of cornet Raymond Williams.
"- R. MACLEOD,
"Ensign and officer of the Week.*
"TO LIEUTENANT KINSEY, ASSISTANT
Sir,—I have the honour of expressing the desire of the commander in chief, that the officers attached to the junior class of the military institution, whose names are stated in the accompanying list, may be directed to join their corps forthwith. The places of these officers will be supplied at the institution without delay.
"Quarter Master General." "Q. M. General's office, 20th February 1809."
£Here follows a list of the officers mentioned in the preceding
"The respectful Memorial of the Madras Army humbly sheweth,
That your memorialists, deeply impressed with the sense of the duty which they owe to their country, earnestly implore your gracious interference for the purpose of cancelling a jystem which has occasioned the most serious alarm, lest the rules and ordinances which define their place in the community may be completely subverted.
Your memorialists are uninfluenced by extravagant notions of freedom, or any idea of independence, inconsistent with the rigid subordination which characterizes the profession, as essential to its existence; they do not expect, nor do they ask, for the relaxation of any tie, or the dissolution of any bond, by which the stupendous fabric of an extensive army is maintained in a state of due subserviency to the supreme power of the constitution, of which it forms a part, being justly sensible that inconsiderate indulgence of immunity, engender habits of licentiousness, necessarily tend to destroy the principles of discipline, and to make that body, which was formed for the protection of the state, subversive of its tranquility.
"Your memorialists, the free children of that country, which, while the rest of Europe is enslaved, boasts a constitution the basis of which is civil liberty,—your humble memorialists, not the abject slaves of a country enthralled by despotism, respectfully assert a claim to certain rights and priviledges, the enjoyment of which may be allowed them without impairing or encroaching upon the dignity of government, or in any way interfering with the other departments of the state.
'* Your memorialists have to lament generally, that although their body is now extremely numerous, and the question regarding their claims, their duties, and their priveledges are so multifarious as to require the assistance of practical experience in discussing the merits of them, yet they have not a representative in the conncil of government, where alone the discussion can be agitated; to this cause, probably, may be ascribed the recent measures which have made it necessary for your memorialists to implore your gracious interposition, as they are directly subversive of those principles of honour and discipline which harmonize and cement the constitution of a military body, and are, at the same time, grossly insulting to the general character of the military profession.
A succinct notice of those measures will amply develope the principles by which your memorialists estimate the injuries they have already received; and, by the further abuse of authorities, which they have reason to apprehend, unless the system, so manifestly hostile to the honourable feelings of a military society, be seasonably checked.
It may be already known to your lordship that lieutenantcolonel Munro, a member of the body to which your memorialists belong, having incurred the suspicion «f having acted in a manner that was most generally considered to be criminal, was openly and publicly impeached by a considerable number of respectable officers, who preferred charges against him. This, measure was adopted in the hope that a cordial examination before the honourable tribunal of a court-martial might confirm the supposed guilt, and lead to adequate punishment, or, if guilt did not actually exist, that, purified by that ordeal, he might again return to take his place, in a society, in which, as must be well known to your lordships, supicion is considered as equivalent to infamy.
In consequence of those charges, and by virtue of the warrant which gave to the commander in chief, and to hirn oniy, the judicature of the Madras army, and vested in him alone the jurisdiction, for the time being, lieutenant-general Macdowall placed Jieutenant-colonel Munro under arrest; he has since reluctantly released that officer, in consequence of the interference of the civil government, who have thus disunited - the chain, upon the integrity of which the principles of military subordination depend; for, if the source from whence authority and subordination flow to all members of the militarybody be violated, the subordinate branches, which derive their existence from thence, must lose their virtue.
Viewing the interference of the civil government to check the prescribed laws of military dependence, as a dangerous violation and infringement of the solemn laws of the army, your memorialists perceive in it the seeds of unlicensed anarchy 'and confusion; no desultory exercise of arbitrary power, however severe, can be expected to restrain the passions or feelings ot enlightened men, although it may mortify or distress indivi, duals ; the doubt regarding the legality and precarious principle by which it must ever be regulated, deprive it of that authority and respect which attaches to an established system of jurisprudence, sanctioned by the legislature, by prescription, by habits, and by the feelings of those educated under its influence.
In order to vindicate the character of his profession, and to maintain the integrity of the military authority over those under his command, lieatcnant-general Macdowall directed the publication of a general order, conveying a reprimand to lieutenantcolonel Munro, for disrespect to his commander in chief in not abiding by the regular course of enquiry, laid down in similar cases.
As the former acts of the government had proclaimed to the army that lieutenant-colonel Munro was not amenable to military iaw, on this occasion that officer was declared to be superior to the controul of the commander in chief, by the publication of an order, in which general Macdowall is stigmatized with the reproach of having acted in a manner derogatory to the character of government, and subversive of military discipline, and the foundation of public authority, although the order of gen. Macdowall refers purely tothedisrespect,thedisobedi: ncof orders, and the contempt of military autho ity, manifested by an officer, who was not only under his general contioul, as belonging to the army which he commanded, but who. at:;n hod to his immediate staff, owed him particular respect and obedience Your memorialists, accustomed to judge of the acts oi