General Sir Charles Napier's negotiations with the Ameers

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W. Blackwood, 1846 - Sind

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Page 316 - I fear, many omissions in these notes of instructions, but an anxiety to render them complete has already made them far longer than was at first intended. One of my chief objects has been to impress in the most forcible manner the great benefits which are to be expected from a kind and conciliating manner, and a constant friendly intercourse with those under your direction and control. It is the feelings and knowledge which such habits on your part will inspire, that can alone give effect to the...
Page 160 - I am at a loss to find out the reason of so harsh a measure. I have committed no fault ; if any is alleged against me, let me hear what it is, and I shall be prepared with an answer. I feel strong in the possession of that treaty, and I trust to the consideration of the British ; still, if without any fault on my part you choose to seize my territory by force, I shall not oppose you, but I shall consent to, and observe the provisions of the new treaty. I am now, and shall continue to be, a suitor...
Page 156 - It is, therefore, right to inform you of strange rumours that reach me. Your subjects (it is said) propose to attack my camp in the night time. This would, of course, be without your knowledge, and also be very foolish, because my soldiers would slay those who attack them, and, when day dawned, I would march to Khyrpore, transplant the inhabitants to Sukkur, and destroy your capital city, with the exception of your Highnesses...
Page 80 - I was determined that when there was a breach of treaty, whether great or small, I would hold all the Ameers responsible, and would not be played off like a shuttlecock, and told, this was done by one Ameer...
Page 317 - ... and to the very summit arch rests upon arch. We are now its possessors, and if we desire to preserve, while we improve it, we must make ourselves completely masters of the frame of the structure to its minutest ornaments and defects : nor must we remove the smallest stone till another is ready, suited to fill the vacant niche, otherwise we may inadvertently bring a ruin on our own heads, and those of others, on the spot where we too eagerly sought to erect a monument of glory.
Page 127 - I do not understand such double conduct. I hold you to your words and deeds; I " no longer consider you to be the chief of the " Talpoors, nor will I treat with you as such, nor " with those who consider you to be Rais.
Page 46 - I should be most reluctant to believe that you had deviated from the course which is dictated by your engagements ; I will confide in your fidelity, and in your friendship, until I have proof of your faithlessness, and of your hostility, in my hands...
Page 117 - Moorad ; listen to his advice ; trust yourself to his care ; you are too old for war ; and, if battle begin, how can I protect you ? If you go with your brother, you may either remain with him, or I will send an escort for you to bring you to my camp, where you will be safe. Follow my advice, it is that of a friend ; why should I be your enemy ? If I was, why should I take this trouble to save you ? I think you will believe me, but do as you please.
Page 122 - Khairpur to force his violent family to disperse the wild bands that they had collected ; I sent his Highness word that I should visit him ; I wanted to ask his advice as to the arrangements for the new treaty ; I thought that he had again become the friend of the government that I serve. " ' That night I heard that he had solemnly conferred upon his brother, the Mir Ali Morad, the turban of command over the Talpur family, which brother is the heir to that honour.
Page 68 - Should any Amir or Chief, with whom we have a treaty of alliance and friendship, have evinced hostile designs against us during the late events which may have induced them to doubt the continuance of our power, it is the present intention of the Governor-General to inflict upon the treachery of such ally and friend so signal a punishment as shall effectually deter others from similar conduct : but the Governor-General would not proceed in this course without the most complete and convincing evidence...

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