Memoir of the three campaigns of major-general sir Archibald Campbell's army in Ava

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Page 328 - Mew, which followed, exhibited the same features of intrepidity and self-devotion. " The frequency of these acts of spirited soldiership on the part of his troops renders it difficult for the Major-General to vary the terms of his praise ; but he offers to every officer and soldier engaged this day the tribute of his thanks, at once with the affection of a commander and the cordiality of a comrade.
Page 377 - Followed by a concourse of spectators, numerous, and animated by an anxious curiosity, but governed by all the restraints of respect and decorum, the de • puties were escorted to the hall of justice, there to await, for nearly an hour, the completion of the preparations within the palace. At five the first portal was...
Page 376 - ... the first of March was fixed for their state reception at the palace ; at eleven all preliminary forms had been adjusted, and the head of the procession was about to leave the dwelling, when its progress was arrested by the announcement that the monarch had retired to sleep. A little after three they were informed that the hour of presentation had arrived. A discussion here arose on a point of ceremony, often before canvassed at this court. The ministers had, in the morning, stipulated that the...
Page 23 - ... the chief authority in the town. On receiving intelligence of the arrival of a large fleet of ships at the mouth of the Rangoon river — ships of unusual size and belonging to the British — " this unfortunate barbarian became almost beside himself with wonder, consternation, and rage." His first order ran thus — " English ships have brought foreign soldiers to the mouth of the river. They are my prisoners ; cut me some thousands of spans of rope to bind them.
Page 375 - The deputies reached the capital a few minutes before midnight. They were conducted with every mark of respect, by a numerous deputation of the officers of state, through the eastern gate of the city, to the house of the commandant of the northern division of Ava, where they were entertained in a style of the most cordial hospitality. Nine o'clock on the morning of the first of March was fixed for their state reception at the palace ; at eleven all. preliminary...
Page 301 - Shells hit sometimes a few paces from the parapet, behind which the garrison was crouching, bursting among their ranks, sometimes upon the huts of the troops and marked points of the pagodas. The rockets flew in the truest path. Many fell upon the Barbarians, many shaped their course direct into the pavillions of the chiefs. Partial fires were soon seen to break out at Melloon. Twice the line of the Barbarians which manned the eastern face gave way under the dreadful fire ; twice they were rallied...
Page 327 - Providence has once more blessed with success the British arms in this country, and in the decisive defeat of the imposing force, posted under and within the walls of Pagam-mew, the Major-general recognizes a fresh display of the military virtues which have characterized the troops from the commencement of this war.
Page 250 - However, after the termination of the armistice between us, if you shew any inclination to renew your demands for money for your expenses, or any territory from us, you are to consider our friendship at an end. This is Burman custom.
Page 300 - Cotton, and he superintended the fire of the guns, "which," according to Havelock's description, who was present on the occasion, " poured a continuous storm of shot and shell among the enemy. The deafening peals succeeded each other with a rapidity which suggested the image of unchecked vengeance falling in thunder upon the heads of these deceitful barbarians.

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