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To the Editor of the Asiatic Journal. SIR,- In the Memoir of the Knights Commanders was first aplate Major-General Sir George portioned to each army ; and that Holmes, K.C K. published in the the dignity was subsequently connumber of the Asiatic Journal, ferred on that fixed number of offifor February 1817, I observe the cers at each Presidency: Therefollowing paragraph.

fore, to do away such an erroneous “ About this time the extension idea, and to obviate any impression of the honors of the Order of the unfavorable to the just preten-. Bath excited the hope of every sions and high reputation of the distinguished officer. One Com- Bombay army, which such a nomander's cross was destined for tion is calculated to produce, I the Bombay army.; and could the beg leave to state, that no such wish of every officer of that army regulation was adopted; that no have been ascertained, we may, particular proportion of the estawe believe, very safely say, that blished number of fifteen Knights few, perhaps not one, would have Commanders for the officers of the denied the brilliant distinction to Company's army was specially alhave been otherwise bestowed than: lotted to either of the three estaupon Major - General Holmes.- blishments ; but that the dignity It is almost needless to add, that was conferred on those fifteen offi the honor was so appropriated.” cers in the service of the East

The tenor of this paragraph, if India Company, who were conpermitted to pass without remark, sidered to have most distinguished may lead to a general conclusion themselves since the year 1802, and belief, that a certain portion of without any consideration as to the the number of Knights Command. Presidency to which they were ers of the Bath ordained for the immediately attached. officers in the service of the East Had it been in contemplation to India Company, has been perma- award to each of the three armies nently allotted to each of the armies a due proportion of the limited serving under the three Presiden- number of fifteen Knights Comcies of Bengal, Madras, and Bom- manders, whether in reference to bay; that a specific number of the number of corps, or to that Asiatic Journal.--No. 16.,


To the Bengal army

Madras army

of general officers and colonels he was the only officer belonging in each army, the just division of to it, whose services rendered him the honorabie distinction, would. eligible, according to the established have been as follows ;

regulations and restrictions, to be 7 raised to the dignity.

6 With respect to the wishes of the Bombay army

2 officers of the Bombay army, I be

lieve, I may very safely say, with15 out any disparagement to the pro

fessional character and meritorious Unfortunately for the Bombay services of the late Major-General army, there were only three officers Sir George Holmes, (and I sinbelonging to it who had enjoyed cerely disclaim all intention to de the opportunity of distinguishing tract' therefrom) that, could such themselves, within the limited pe- wishes have been accomplished, riod of service, so as to give them the brilliant distinction would likea claim to the dignity of Knight wise have been bestowed upon Commander. Colonel Woodington some of Sir George's brother offidied previous to the institution of cers, whose pretensions to the hothe ordinance. General Jones (who nor were as valid as his, though has recently had the honor con their achievements were not of so ferred on him) was, in the first in recent a date. stance, deemed ineligible to it, in I trust you will believe that in consequence of his having been re- offering these remarks, I am acmoved from the effective to the 'tuated by no other motive than a retired list of the army. General sincere desire to uphold the honor Holmes was the only officer in the of the Bombay army. Bombay army created a Knight

I am, Sir, Commander, not because there was Your most obedient servant, only “one Commander's cross des

ASIATICUS. tined for that army," but because London, 21st Feb. 1817.


To the Editor of the Asiatic Journal. SIR,In a late number I no- months, landed also at Garden ticed an article entitled " Fe. Reach. My friends received me male Miseries in India,” in which with joy ; and I was soon introthe writer certainly draws no very duced at all the fashionable parties flattering picture of female emigra- of Calcutta. Like your former tion to the East ; but, sir, there correspondent I also was young ; are few other subjects, in the but cannot say I have ever been discussion of which it is more ne called handsome"_" adınired for cessary to hear both sides of the my figure" " that my accomquestion. And if my account plishments are above mediocrity.” should tally but little with that of Nevertheless I contrived to make your late correspondent, I never- myself agreeable ; had always on theless rely on your candour to the course some young equestrians give it equal publicity. Not hav- at my carriage windows ; and have ing had the opportunity

never known what it was to nurse fusing several excellent offers from the benches at a ball, and never men of rank and fortune in Eng- set foot to ground. I had scarcely land," I felt less reluctance to un- passed eight delightful months in dertake a voyage to India, and this gay capital, before I had reafter a very pleasant one of five fused two, what were ternied by

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many, excellent offers. But my of the advantages to be derived from friends were not eager to get rid of marriage than of the institution itme, and I was at liberty to exer self; and by her adverting to the cise my own discretion. I confess civil fund, and the solitude of I:was either sufficiently wise, or judges and collectors, evinces the imprudent, to indulge but slender probability that her trip to the hopes of happiness with a man old East was, after all, “only to gain enough to be my grandfather, who a fortune.” Your correspondent, had been forty years resident in Mr. Editor, must have visited Cal. India, though rich as Cresus ; or cutta when the exuberance of her with a wild boy of a writer, en- youth was repressed by some two gulphed in debt, and almost ruined or three and thirty years ; or she by his excess. I refused them both, must have been too much occupied Mr. Editor, without hesitation ; with her own attainments to have and was soon after rewarded with consulted the wishes of others ; the hand of my present husband, the former she may term young, who though not a Nabob, is a young the latter considerable ; but, unman of some rank in the army, and fortunately for her, female age blessed with independence. Such, or conceit are never overlooked sir, has been my good fortune in in India. 'Tis true the days of India ; and let me add, that I as- chivalry are past ; but in London cribe it chiefly to an evenness of as in Calcutta, the wild horse (of temper with which Providence has whose appearance, by the bye, in blessed me.

I can safely say that the very centre of the town I have I have never felt hurt at the pre- read with the utmost astonishcedency of others, or at being ment), would equally have interhanded the last to table by any ested few in favour of a person, straggler the house afforded. I who expecting every attention endeavoured to make myself equal- from others, is not prepared to ly agreeable to all, and had the make a sacrifice in return. happiness of finding my efforts

I am, Sir, &c. generally successful. I fear your

NUBILIA. former correspondent thought more

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To the Editor of the Asiatic Journal.

MR.EDITOR,- In the last Edin. Kaimes, who published it in hls Sketches burgh Review, p. 243, on the arti- of the History of Mair:", cle of Dugald Stewart's Introduction to the Encyclopædia Britan- to the Asiatic Society at Calcutta,

About twenty years ago, I sent nica, is the following note ; “ At the conclusion of Bishop Taylor's European and oriental classics an.

a paper on the coincidences of the Liberty of Prophesying is a Jewish story, cient and modern, part of which told in the manner of a chapter of Genesis,

my friend General Kirkpatrick in which God is represented as rebuking

furnished the editor of the Asiatic Abraham for having driven an idolater out of his tent. This story, the Bishop says,

Register with a copy of, in which is somewhere to be found in the Rabinical

it appeared; but what I now send books : but till the original is eliscovered,

you has never been in print. In we may ascribe the beauty of the imita- Europe we have of late been much tation, if not the invention of the inci- amused by stories of Muhammadan dents, to the Bishop himself.”

Intolerance; but it has been by Dr. Benjamin Franklin gave the same writers, who were either ignorant story, with some slight variations, to Lord of the Musulman tenets, or wilful.

ly misrepresented them. In the mons, adds :-" that any fellow creature, Koran we are told that

who believes in God after his own fashion ،، Jews, Christians and Sabians, and

and heart, and thus accomplishes good indeed whoever believeth in God and the works, may expect a favourable reception last day, and doeth that which is right,

and final sentence on the last day, notshall have his reward with the Al

withstanding bis failure in ritual duty :

that there is salvation for a virtuous ini. mighty, and no fear shall conie upon him, neither needeth he to grieve.” And Sadi, del, but none for a vicious believer: he

moreover adds :in quoting that passage in one of his ser

وكم كافر في عباء

گم مومن في قبا

“Many a believer is arrayed in vain glo- ration can I offer than the followry, and many an infidel wears the garb of ing two Apologues from the Bushumility."

tan of Sadi ? But what finer examples of tole

* تيرا بحدمت میان بسته بود مغي در بروي جهان بسته بود پس از چند سال آن نکوهیده کیش * قضا حالتي صعبش آورد پیش

* بغلطید بیچاره بر خاكك دیر بپاي بت اندر بامید خیر که در مانده ام دست کیراي صنم * بجان آمدم رحم کن بر تنم

* که هیچش بسامان نشد کارها بزارید در خدمتش بار ها

* که نتواند از خویش راندن مگس تي چون بر آرد مهمات کس

* بباطل پرستیدمت چند سال بر اشفت كاي پاي بند ضلال

* وكر نه بخواهم ز پروردکار مهمی که در پیش دارم برار

* که کامش بر آورد یزدان پاك هنوز آن مغ آلوده رویش بخان

* هم وقت صافي برو تیره شد حقایق شناسي درین خیره شد

* هنوزش سر از خمر بتخانہ مست سرکشته دون آتش پرست کے دل از کفر و دست از خیانت نشست * خدا يش بر آورد کامي که جست

* که پیغامي آمد بكوش فيلش

فرو رفت خاطر درین

و قولش نیامد قبول

که پیش صنم پیر ناقص عقول

چه فرق از صنم تا صمد

آنکه کر از در که ما شود نیز رد دل اندر صمد باید أي دوست بست * که عاجزتر است از صنم هر که هست

* که باز آیدت دست حاجت نہي محال است اگر سر بدین در نهي

* بسي

* پس

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A Mogh, or fire-worshipper, had se “ done, take meoh! my idol ! by the hand, cluded himself from the world, and de “ I am afflicted to the soul, have compasyoted his whole time to the service of an “sion on my body." Oftentinies would idol: some years afterwards that profes- he be thus ferveut in devotional duty, for sor of a rejected faith happened to fall in his affairs wle not in the train of being to distressed circumstances : confident of settled : but how shall an image forward relief, he threw himself at the feet of his any man's concern, which cannot drive a idol, and lay prostrate and helpless on the fly from settling on its own body? The floor of it's temple ; saying, “ I am un poor Mogh waxed warm, and added in


his passion ; " Oh! slave of error! how cupied in trying to resolve this difficulty, “ long have I worshipped thee to a vain when a message from heaven was reveal“ purpose ! accomplish for me at once the ed into the ear of his soul, intimating to “ object of my heart, otherwise I must ،، this old and perverted sinner of" ask it of Providence, or the Lord God ،، ten implored his idol, and his prayers,

paramount !" That contaminated Mogh “ were disregarded; but were he to quit. still lay with his face in the dust, now " the threshold of my tribunal disappointthat the pure spirit of the Almighty had “ed, then where would be the difference complied with his prayer. One of the “ between a dumb and perishable idol, true faith, whose sincere adoration had ،، and the Lord God Eternal ? Put your been ever clouded with calamity, expres trust, oh! my dearly beloved friends ! in sed himself astonished at what had come Providence, for nothing is more helpless. to pass, and said ; “ here is a despicable than a stock or a stone idol : it were la“ and obstinate worshipper of the fire, mentable, when you might lay your heads. “ whose mind is still intoxicated with the on this threshold, if you should come to W wine of his temple ; his heart full of in- leave it disappointed of your object. " fidelity, and hand soiled with perfidy,

Sadi's second Apologue is as “ yet has God fulfilled the object of his

follows: " wish !” This holy man's mind was oc

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کر او مي برد سوي اتش سجود


* نیامد مهمان سراي خليل شنیدم که یک هفته ابن السبيل

* مكر بينواي در آید ز راه از فرخنده خوي نخوردي پكاه

* باطراف وادي نكه كرد و دید برون رفت و هر جانبي بنگرید

* سرو مویش از برف پیري سفید بتنها يکي در بیابان چو بید

برسم كريمان صلائي بكفت بدلداریش مرحبائي بكفت

* يكي مردمي کن بنان و نمك که اي چشم هاي مرا مردم نعم كفت و برجست و برداشت کام * که دانست خلقش عليه السلام

نشاندند رقیبان مهمان سراي خليل

* نشستند بر هر طرف همکنان بفرمود ترتیب کردند خوان

* ز پیرش نیامد حديثي بسمع

* چو پیران نمی بینمت صدق و سوز چنین کفتش اي پیر درینه روز

* که نام خوا وند روزي برند نه شر طست وقتي که روزي خورند

* که نشنیدم از پیر آذر پرست بكفيا طريقي نكيرم بدست

* که کیرست پیر تب بوده حال بدانست پیغمبر نیک فال

کے منکر بود پیش پاکان پلید بخواري براندش چو بیکانہ دید

* بہیبت ملامت کنان کاي خليل سروش آمد از کردکار جلیل

* ترا نفرت آمد از و یكی زمان منش داده صد سال روزي وجان

* تو واپس چرا مي بري دست جوذ

پیر ذلیل

* بعزت

الله آغاز کردند جمع

I have heard that no son of the road, or of his heart, he could never partake of his traveller, had approached the hospitable morning repast, till some weary stranger abode of that friend of God Abraham for had entered his dwelling : He took hima whole week : from the natural goodness self forth, and explored every quarter, ko

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