A History of the Mahrattas, Volume 3

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Longmans, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1826 - India

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Page 415 - Peishwa was evidently deliberating ; the din in the city was dying away ; the night was passing ; and the motives which had hitherto prevented preparation, determined Mr. Elphinstone to defer it some hours longer. Major JA Wilson, the officer in command of the European regiment on its march from Bombay, had already been made acquainted with the critical state of affairs, and was hastening forward.
Page 88 - Sindia, though much of his success is attributable to a combination of circumstances ; he was a man of great political sagacity, and of considerable genius ; of deep artifice, of restless ambition, and of implacable revenge. With a high opinion of his personal address, he generally failed where he attempted to exercise it ; and, in ebullitions of anger, to which he was prone, he frequently exposed what he most wished to conceal. His...
Page 109 - Peishwa to Benares, with a cloth about his loins, and a pot of water in his hand, to mutter incantations on the banks of the Ganges."* The minister at Poona was soon enabled to"; collect a very great army.
Page 433 - Pattison, adjutant of the infantry battalion, lying mortally wounded, being shot through the body, no sooner heard that the gun was taken, than getting up he called to the grenadiers
Page 421 - Peishwa's army. It was towards the afternoon of a very sultry day; there was a dead calm, and no sound was heard except the rushing, the trampling, and the neighing of the horses, and the rumbling of the gun-wheels.
Page 277 - CHAP. xx. ing on the ground of encampment, in order of battle, . till half-past nine. The infantry then moved off, the cavalry being left on the ground with orders to follow in half an hour, and to send Colonel Monson the earliest intelligence of Holkar's motions. The infantry met with no interruption ; but after marching about twelve miles, a report reached them, that at a considerable distance in their rear Lieutenant Lucan's cavalry had been attacked by the whole of that of Holkar. Colonel Monson...
Page 420 - ... intention of cutting off the Residency from the Camp, and having this object in view, they did not molest individuals. On ascending one of the eminences on which they were forming, the plain beneath presented at that moment a most imposing spectacle. This plain, then covered with grain, terminates on the west by a range of small hills ; while on the east it is bounded by the city of Poona, and the small hills already partially occupied by the infantry. A mass of cavalry covered nearly the whole...
Page 326 - Pindharees set out on an expedition, a leader sent notice to the inferior chiefs, and hoisted his standard on a particular day after the cessation of the rains, generally about the Dussera. As soon as the rivers were fordable, and a sufficient number had assembled, they moved off by the most unfrequented routes towards their destination. Commencing with short marches of about ten miles they gradually extended them to thirty or forty miles a-day, until they reached some peaceful region against which...
Page 88 - His habits were simple, his manners kind and frank, but sometimes blustering and coarse. He was beloved by his dependants, liberal to his troops in assignments of land or orders on villages, but quite the reverse in payments from his treasury or in personal donatives ; a characteristic, not only of Mahadajee Sindia, but of Mahrattas generally. His disposition was not cruel, although his punishments were • j severe.
Page 414 - Peshwa's treachery, and as he now stood listening on the terrace he probably thought that in thus exposing the troops to be cut off, without even the satisfaction of dying with their arms in their hands, he had followed the system of confidence so strongly recommended to a culpable extremity ; but other motives influenced his conduct at this important moment.

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