The Life of John Nicholson: Soldier and Administrator; Based on Private and Hitherto Unpublished Documents

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J. Murray, 1898 - Generals - 333 pages

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Page 2 - He is gone who seem'd so great.— Gone ; but nothing can bereave him Of the force he made his own Being here, and we believe him Something far advanced in State, And that he wears a truer crown Than any wreath that man can weave him. Speak no more of his renown, Lay your earthly fancies down, And in the vast cathedral leave him. God accept him, Christ receive him.
Page 173 - Mountford — but most likely you never felt it — that to be wroth with those we love Doth work like madness in the brain...
Page 289 - You may rely upon this, that if ever there is a desperate deed to be done in India, John Nicholson is the man to do it...
Page 162 - as the best district officer on the frontier. He possesses great courage, much force of character, and is at the same time shrewd and intelligent. He is well worth the wing of a regiment on the border, as his prestige with the people, both on the hills and plains, is very great.
Page 280 - Every day's delay,' wrote Sir John, ' is fraught with danger. Every day disaffection and mutiny spread. Every day adds to the danger of the native princes taking part against us. In the Punjab we are by no means strong.
Page 181 - And so he is. It is difficult to describe him. He must be seen. • Lord Dalhousie, — no mean judge — perhaps best summed up his high military and administrative qualities, when he called him " a tower of strength." I can only say that I think him equally fit to be Commissioner of a division, or General of an army. Of the strength of his personal character, I will only tell two anecdotes. 1. If you visit either...
Page 180 - Of none ; for truly he stands alone. But he belongs essentially to the school of Henry Lawrence. " I only knocked down the walls of the Bunnoo forts. John Nicholson has since reduced the people (the most ignorant, depraved, and bloodthirsty in the Punjab) to such a state of good order and respect for the laws that, in the last year of his charge, not only was there no murder, burglary, or highway robbery, but not an attempt at any of those crimes.
Page 28 - Palmer and the head quarters of the corps. You cannot picture to yourself the scene these two houses presented ; every room was crammed, not only with sepoys, but campfollowers — men, women, and children— and it is astonishing the slaughter among them was not greater, seeing that the guns of the citadel sent round shot crashing through and through the walls.
Page 301 - Tell him I should have been a better man if I had continued to live with him, and our heavy public duties had not prevented my seeing more of him privately. I was always the better for a residence with him and his wife, however short. Give my love to them both.
Page 266 - ... of advance. Their position extended from a bridge over the main canal to the town of Najafgarh, a distance of a mile and threequarters or two miles. "Their strongest point was an old serai on their left centre, in which they had four guns ; nine more guns were between this and the bridge.

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