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obedience, fidelity and zeal which constitute the first principles of their profession, which have hitherto distinguished the army, and which are indispensable to the prosperity of the British empire in India. “By order of the honourable the governor in council. (Signed) “ A. FALCONAR,
GENERAL ORDER BY GOVERNMENT.
“The honourable the governor in council has been pleased to make the following appointments:" “ Major T. H. S. Conway to be adjutant-general of the army, with the official rank of lieutenant-colonel, vice Cuppage. - w Captain P. V. Agnew to be deputy-adjutant-general of the army, with the official rank of major, vice Conway. Lieutenant-colonel T. Clarke to be commandant of artillery, with the staff allowance annexed to that station, and a seat at the military board, vice Bell. Major Sir John Sinclair, Baronet, to be commissary of stores in charge of the arsenal of Fort St. George, vice Clarke. “ Lieutenant A. E. Patullo, to command the honourable the governor's body guard, vice Grant. Captain J. Doveton, of the 7th regiment native cavalry, to be paymaster at Vizagapatam, vice Marshall. * The following officers, who have been suspended from the service of the honourable company, until the pleasure of the Court of Directors shall be known, are directed to hold themselves in readiness to proceed to England, by such opportunities as the honourable the governor in council may think proper to point out, viz. ” Lieutenant-colonel the honourable Arthur Sentleger, Major Thomas Boles, Major John De Morgan, Captain Josiah Marshall, Captain James Grant. Lieutenant-colonel Sentleger is further directed to repair to the presidency without delay. “The honourable the governor having been pleased to appoint Lieutenant-colonel Henry Conran, of his Majesty's royal regiment, to command the whole of the troops composing the
garrison of Fort St. George, the governor in council directs that col. Conran shall be considered to beentitledtothesame allowances as other officers holding commands under the appointment of the governor in council. “By order of the honourable the governor in council. (Signed) “A. FALCONAR,
• G “Chief Secretary to Government.” By order of major-general Gowdie, commanding the army.”
[ N. J “GENERAL ORDERS BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE GOVERNOR GENERAL IN COUNCIL. “ “ Fort William, July 20, 1809. The right honourable the governor-general in council has received private but authentic advices, that orders having been issued by major-general Gowdie, the officer commanding in chief on the coast, to lieutenant-colonel Innes, commanding at Masulipatam, directing the embarkation of one or more detachments of the Madras European regiments on board his majesty’s ships, for the purpose of serving as marines; the officers of the station were induced to entertain the erroneous supposition, that the object of those orders was to separate, and finally to disperse that regiment, (a design which the government of Fort St. George has formally disavowed) and, under the influence of this misapprehension, declared their resolution to resist the execution of them; that lieutenant-colonel Innes, having manifested a determination to enforce them, the officers of the garrison proceeded to the barracks, and by personal representation succeeded in seducing the troops from their duty, and in obtaining from them a promise of support; that major Storey, the next in command, who was then in the cantonments, proceeded to the garrison, and having endeavoured, without success, to induce lieutenant-colonel Innes to depart from the obligation of his public duty, by abandoning his resolution to carry into effect the orders which he had received, adopted the extreme measure of placing that officer in arrest, under the charge of European centries. “The governor-general in council has deemed it necessary to apprize the army of Bengal of an event so deeply interesting to the feelings of every loyal subject, and especially of those who have the honour to bear a military commission. The governor-general in council has received, with sentiments of the deepest affliction, the intelligence of the excesses into which
the officers of the station of Masulipatam have thus been gradually led by the effects of the late prevailing agitation in the army . of the Coast. He trusts, however, that this unhappy event will afford a salutary warning of the danger to which the combined interest of the public and the army must be ever exposed by the first and slightest departure from the established principles of military discipline, on the one hand; and, on the other, of a just subordination to the laws of their country and to the legitimate authority of the state. “The occurrence of this afflicting event, combined with the agitation which unhappily prevails among the officers of the army of Fort St. George, renders it the duty of the governorgeneral to proceed, without delay, to that presidency, in the hope of being enabled successfully to appeal to those sentiments of loyalty and attachment to their King and their country, which his lordship in council yet confidently ascribes to the general body of the officers of the coast army ; whose zeal, fidelity, and professional achievements have hitherto been the theme of just and unqualified applause: and, by an accurate knowledge of all the circumstances which have attended the late agitation, to devise such means as may best tend to avert the impending dangers of anarchy and insubordination, and reestablish the foundations of public security and national prospe
rity in this important branch of the British empire.
“ Chief Secretary to Government.”
[ O. J “ GENERAL ORDERS BY THE HON. THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL. “ August 3rd. “Para. 1. The honourable the governor in council judges it proper to announce to the native troops, that the very improper conduct of some of the European officers of the company’s service, and the refusal of others to acknowledge their allegiance to the government, have rendered it indispensably necessary to remove for a time a considerable number of European officers from the exercise of authority. “ 2. This measure will not, however, affect, in any respect, the situation of the native troops, who must know, that their first duty is to the government which they serve, and from which all authority is derived. “ 3. The governor in council entertains the same solicitude
for the welfare and comforts of the native troops that has invariably been manifested by the British government. - 4. He has no intention whatever of making any changes in their situation ; and he expects that the native troops will display on every emergency the unshaken fidelity to government which constitutes the first duty of a soldier; that they will obey with zeal the orders of the officers whom the government shall place in authority over them ; that they will refuse a belief to all reports calculated to agitate their minds and diminish their confidence in the government; and that they will not allow themselves to be involved in measures in any respect adverse to their duty and allegiance. 5. The governor in council is pleased to express his approbation of the good conduct which has been recently manifested by the native troops at the presidency in the camp at the Mount, at Trichinopoly, and at Vellore, and he is confident that their behaviour will be equally correct and loyal at all other stations of the army. “By order of the honourable the governor in council.
“ The hon, the governor in council has been pleased to resolve, that all the European officers of the company’s service, who may be removed from the exercise of their military functions, in consequence of their refusing or omitting to sign the declaration, required in the orders of the 26th of July last, shall be permitted to choose a place for their residence until further orders, between Sadras and Negapatam, both places included, from which they are not afterwards to proceed beyond the distance of five miles, without the permission of the governor in council.
“The governor in council is further pleased to direct, that the commanding officers of divisions, stations, or corps, shall take the most effectual measures for obliging the officers who may be suspended from the exercise of their military functions, for the reasons above stated, to quit the stations of their corps without any delay whatever, and to proceed, with all practicable dispatch, to the places which they may choose for their residence.
“Commanding officers of divisions, &c. are directed to report to the office of the adjutant-general of the army, the names of
the places which may be selected by the officers for their residence under this order. “By order of the honourable the governor in council.
[ P. “LIEUTENANT COLONEL DAVIS, COMMANDING IN MYSORE.
“ SIR,--I have this morning received your official letter, giving cover to a copy of a letter from government, under date 26th ult. and have, in reply, to state, that I tendered the paper, in due form, to all the officers present here, who (unaminously) refused to sign it. I have delivered over the command to Subidar Bohoodling, a most respectable and good soldier, whom I had some trouble to persuade to supersede his European officers in the command of the corps and stations. The enelosures will fully explain every thing further.
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SIR,--I have the honour to forward a paper, which I have to request you will forward to Madras, without delay; I beg leave, at the same time, to offer apologies for making you the channel of such communication, which proceeds from the absence of colonel Davis, and an anxiety to anticipate the orders of government, that we may share, in common with our brother officers at Bangalore, that temporary disgrace which Sir George Barlow has determined to inflict on them. & 4 - I have the honour to be, Sir, “Your most obedient servant,
“ JAMES WELSH.”
“We, the undersigned officers of the garrison of Nundydroog, understanding that our brother officers at Bangalore have been called upon to sign a paper, promising implicit obedience to the orders of the honourable Sir George Barlow,