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Binx's Ax Exi BAssy. To COCHIN-CHINA.
By letters received from a passenger on board the Hero of Malown, spoken with on the 28th May, near the Rabbit and Coney, we have been put in possession of the subjoined facts relative to the mission from Ava to Cochin-China, of which we some time ago laid an account before our readers. We insert the words of the letter itself, and expect that we shall be able to lay some very interesting matter before the public shortly with regard to its results. It must be remembered that previous to the embassy having been sent from Ava, a demi-official mission had been deputed to that place from the Governor of Sai-gun in Cochin-China. “On the arrival of the Cochin-Chinese ambassador at the Court of Ava, he was seized as an impostor, and confined in a dungeon until accounts were received from CochinChina, acknowledging him to be an envoy from the great king. Upon this he was well received, and an ambassador was sent from Ava to Cochin-China immediately after his departure for his own country. The person entrusted with the Birman Mission was the son of an Englishman, born at Rangoon, called Gibson. The deputation reached Penang in the month of April last; and while His Frcellency Mr. Gibson was amusing himself on shore, a Siamese junk, which was lying in the harbour, took fire and drifting with the tide, ran foul of and set fire to the Birman vessel, in which the presents for the Emperor of Cochin-China were. The consequence was, that both vessels sunk, and every thing was lost. Mr. Gibson next day complained to the Governor of Penang, and stated that the Siamese had set fire to their own vessel purposely to put a stop to the embassy, which it was reported was undertaken for the purpose of both nations arranging matters for an invasion of Siam. Governor Philips supplied him with money to fit them out a second time, and having taken a passage for them on board a Portuguese ship bound for Macao, the commander of which engaged to land them at Sai-gun, they sailed from Penang about the begin
George Town Theatre.—On Saturday last this small but neat and tasteful theatre was opened for the first time to a large and respectable audience. The pieces select. ed for the occasion were the tragedy of “Fatal Curiosity,” and the farce of “The Hole in the Wall.” Some doubts and fears were entertained for its success until the curtain drew up, when the elegance and taste displayed in preparing the scenery encouraged the pleasing hope that the more essential parts would be equally gratifying; and this expectation was not disappointed. The amateurs highly distinguished themselves in their several characters, which, being a first attempt, gained confidence with the applause their successful efforts excited, and the performance throughout went off with great éclat, and afforded general satisfaction.—[Penang Gaz, Mar. 19.
Importation of Rice from Bengal.—The importation of rice from Bengal since the beginning of the present year is estimated, we understand, at 40,000 bags. The price of that article has now fallen to 2 drs. per bag. The markets being so amply supplied will no doubt cause a material change in the retail price.—[Ibid., April 5.
Earthquake.—On Sunday morning, between the hours of five and six o'clock, two distant shocks of earthquake were felt on this island. The first was rather slight, but the effect of the second lasted about half a minute, and hanging lamps, furniture, &c. were observed to be moved by the shock.-[Ibid. April 23.
Sessions.—On Monday, the 28th inst., the first session of Oyer and Terminer for the present year, was held at the Court House with the usual ceremonies.—[Ibid., April 30,
May 12. The lady of Capt. Burney,
Military Secretary to the Governor, of a daughter,
M.A. R. R.I.A.G.E. May 14. At St. George's church, Capt. Fred. Dangerfield, Bombay Military Establishment, and Honorary A. D.C. to the Governor-General, to Miss Mary Dioni Bannerman, third daughter of the late Governor Bannerman.
DEATHS. May 18. At sea, on his way to Penang, Mr. G. W. Cropley. July 21. The Rev. Matupinus Petrus Pecot, Vicar of the Portuguese church of George Town, aged 37 years.
Letters from Malacca mention that the Hon. A. Koek, Esq. has been appointed Acting Governor of that settlement.
Colonel Farquhar.—Letters of the 15th of
April, from Singapore, announce the persect recovery of Col. Farquhar, after the kris had actually entered so far as to touch the lungs. The inhabitants were so pleased at seeing him amongst them again, that the first day he went out in his carriage, they took the horses from it and drew him home to his house.
New Institution.— On the 1st of April was established “ the Singapore Native Institution,” to which 25,000 dollars have already been subsrcribed. This institution consists of a Chinese College, a Malayan College, and a third or Scientific Department. The three patrons are Sir Stamford Raffles, and Messrs. Wilberforce and Grant. Colonel Farquhar is patron of the Chinese College, and the Rev. Mr. Hutchings of Penang of the Malayan one, and of the latter Capt. Davis is trustee.— [Beng. Hurk., May 1823.
Trade of the Island.—We have lately seen a letter, describing the extraordinary extent of the trade of the island of Singapore, during the year 1822. It appears that not less than 130,629 tons were employed in the past year in the trade of that island, and that the value of the imports and exports amounted to 8,568, 172Spanish dollars; 1,400 tons of pepper, 13,526 peculs of tin, and nearly 1,000 tons of sugar were exported, while India piecegoods, to the value of nearly half a million of Spanish dollars, and British piecegoods, amounting to above two lacs and a half of Spanish dollars were imported during the same period.—[Cal. John Bull, June 25.
Shipping Arrivals, The Royal George, Biden; the General Kyd, Nairne; and the Kent, Cobb, from Bengal;—the Farquharson, Cruickshanks; the Herefordshire, Hope; and the Waterloo, Alsager, from Bombay;—and the Charles Grant, Hay, from Mauritius, all bound to China. The Inglis, Searle, from Bombay, had passed Singapore; and the Kellie Castle, Adams, had arrived in the Roads, and was under weigh the 21st of August, for China.
twenty-five sent in irons to Batavia.| Penang Gaz. May 28.
Accounts from Batavia, of the 9th August, state that the expedition against the Pirates of Tontol has been entirely successful.
Letters from Macassar announce the death of Aroeng Polekka Polekka, King of Boni. He is succeeded by his sister, Aroeng Datoo.
Letters from Canton have been received by the Thames East Indiaman, dated the 5th of August, bringing intelligence that appears to forebode another misunderstanding with the Chinese Government. It appears that the affair of the Topaze frigate has by no means been forgotten, though generally understood to have been arranged in a satisfactory manner. On the arrival of the Thames in the river of Canton, which took place early in June, a person was sent on board by the Viceroy, to inquire whether they had brought out with them the murderers of those persons who fell in the affair of the Topaze, and were prepared to deliver them up to be put to death by the Chinese. They considered it to have been a stipulation fully agreed on, when they suffered the affair to rest, and the trade of the former season to go on in the usual manner, that the misunderstanding should undergo a strict investigation by the English Government, and that the offenders should be brought to Cantonby the first ship of the present season. The Commander of the Thames evaded the requisition, by alleging, as was the fact,that his ship was not the first of the new season, but the last of the preceding one, having been detained an unusual time on the voyage: and with this plea the Viceroy professed himself satisfied. In the beginning of August, however, before the Thames had cleared her cargo, the Bombay, which was in reality the first ship of the new season, arrived in the river at Canton, when the application was repeated, and met with a reply so little satisfactory, that there was no probability that the Bombay would be permitted to take in her cargo. It does not appear that the trade was actually stopped, the Bombay having proceeded
from Macao to make the experiment, and
the result not being known. The other ships which had arrived subsequently to the Bombay, were waiting at Macao until it was ascertained what course was adopted by the Viceroy with respect to that ship. The most violent conduct on his part was apprehended, and it was reported that the whole of the Hong, or security-me" chants, had been sent to Pekin, to answer for the omission of the expected by the British Government.
to MBs of English airn at shirtaz AND Ispahan DESTRoyrd.
We some time ago received an account that the tombs which had been raised over the remains of these respected characters, Mr. Rich and Doctor Taylor, of the Medical Establishment of this Presidency, at Shiraz, had been wilfully destroyed by the Persians. The tombs appear to have been raised within a public pleasure garden, and to have been surmounted with a dome, which may not altogether have been considered very gratifying to the Mussulman prejudices, and may have led to their destruction. We cannot learn with any confidence whether the tombs themselves have been destroyed, or only the buildings.
It will be remembered that Doctor Jukes, who was employed on a special mission of great importance to the court of Persia, died at Ispahan, on his way to the
capital. A late letter from Persia mentions that the tomb which had been erected over the remains of this much esteemed gentleman, by Mr. Frazer, of the Bengal Civil Service, had been also destroyed by the populace of Ispahan, and the materials stolen, and that their avarice had tempted them to open the grave, in the hopes of finding money or other valuables. As soon as this circumstance came to the knowledge of Mr. George Willock, the Resident Chargé-d'Affaires, he immediately wrote to the agent at Ispahan, to remove the remains of Mr. Jukes, with every proper token of respect, to the Armenian Church at Julfa, which, we are happy to learn, has been strictly observed. The Armenian priest attended on the occasion, and every ceremony observed that could be considered suitable to the rank and character of the deceased.—[Bom. Cour. July 19. .
MILITARY APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS, &c.
Fort William, Aug. 15, 1823. Capt. Wm. Fendall, H. M.'s 4th Light Drag. to be an Extra Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General. Capt. Irwin Maling, 9th regt. N. I. to be a Supernumary Aide-de-Camp to His Lordship. Brev. Capt. Edw. Lawrence, 2d regt. N. I. to continue to officiate as Deputy PayMaster and Post-Master at Cawnpore, during Capt. Maling's absence. Assist. Surg. Wm. Graham, M. D. to be first Garrison Assist. Surg. of Fort William, vice Hewett, proceeded to Europe. Assist. Surg. Henry Cavell, to be second Garrison Assist. Surg. of Fort William, vice Graham. Capt. Alex. Cock, 6th regt. L. C. transferred to the Invalid Establishment. Capt. Edw. Garstin, Corps of Engineers, nominated to officiate as Assist. Superintendent of Public Buildings in Lower Provinces, and to receive charge of Civil Buildings at the Presidency, during absence of Lieut. Buxton, deputed to Moorshedabad, to superintend the construction of a Palace for the Nabob.
Head Quarters, on the River, July 29, 1823. Cornet G. J. Fraser removed from 4th to 1st L. C. as junior of that rank. 1st Lieut. J. Henry Jarvis, to be Interp. to Artillery regt. Lieut. Vernon, 1st bat. 16th N. I. to do duty with 1st bat. 23d N. I. at Barrackpore, until 15th Oct. next.
Assist. Surg. Mitchelson having been reported sick, Assist. Surg. Mottley, attached to Artillery at Dum-Dum, is directed to afford medical aid to detachment of H. M. troops proceeding to Upper Provinces, under command of Capt. Gully of 87th regt. Ens. Wm. Saurin, lately admitted, to do duty with Lieut.-Col. Boyd's detachment of Europ. regt. at Dinapore, and directed to join. Assist. Surg. J. F. Stewart, attached to Presidency General Hospital, to join and do duty in Artillery Hospital at DumDum. Aug. 2, 1823. Lieut. (Brev. Capt.) S. Thornton, to act as Adjutant to left wing of 1st bat. 7th regt, while it may continue separated from Head Quarters. Assist. Surg. Hunter, attached to Artillery at Mhow, to do duty with Rampoorah Local Bat. ; and Assist. Surg. Pringle, on being relieved by Mr. Hunter, will proceed to Neemuch, and join 2d bat. 16th regt. Ens. Welchman to take charge of 5th comp. Pioneers, until arrival of a Pioneer Officer at Nusseerabad. Lieut. (Brev. Capt.) Alex. F. P. Macleod, now attached to Goruckpore Light Infantry, to do duty with Ramgurh Local Bat. Lieut. H. C. M. Kenly, lately appointed Interp. and Quart. Mast. to 1st bat. 21st regt. to continue to do duty with 2d bat. of regt. until end of rainy season, when he will proceed to join 1st bat. at Nagpore. Exchange of appointments sanctioned between IBrev. Capt. and Adj. Noton, who is appointed Interp. and Licut., and Interp. Lieut. Grigg, who is appointed Adj., to 1st bat. 23d regt.
Lieut. Shortland, 1st bat. 18th regt. to do duty with 1st bat. 23d regt. at Barrackpore.
Brev. Capt. A. Stewart to act as Interp. and Quart. Mast. to 2d bat. 14th regt. as a temporary arrangement.
Aug. 6, 1823.
6th Reg. L. C. Cornet F. Coventry to be Adj. vice Anstruther, who resigns that appointment.
HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES.
Aug. 9. His Exc. the Com. in Chief in India is pleased to promote the undermentioned subaltern of 15 years standing and upwards, to the rank of Capt. by Brev. in the East-Indies only, from 30th June, 1823.
54th Foot. Lieut. E. A. Evanson.
The promotion of Lieut. J. Adair to a company in H. M. 67th regt, as notified in G. O. of 18th Dec. last, is cancelled. Lieut. Cassidy will succeed to the company vacant by the death of Capt. Hall, until His Majesty's pleasure is known.
Templer, Esq., of the Civil Service, of a born son, Aug. 1. The lady of David Shaw, Esq., M.D., of a daughter. 3. At Allahabad, the lady of Major G. Warden, 2d bat. 27th regt., of a son. 6. At Nusseerabad, the lady of Capt. S. Smith, 3d L.C., of a daughter. 9. At Keitah in Bundelcund, the lady of Lieut. W. Bignell, 1st bat. 8th N.I., of a daughter. At Midnapore, Mrs. John D'M. Sinaes, of a daughter. — At Digah, near Dinapore, the lady of J. C. Brown, Esq., Civil Service, of a son. 13. The lady of Mr. John Thomas, ship-builder, of a daughter.
14. The wife of Mr. G. Pyne, of a daughter. 15. Mrs. C. Lefever, of a daughter.
— At Barrackpore, the lady of Major H. Bowen, of a son. 16. At Gussery, in the vicinity of Calcutta, Mrs. B. Barber, jun., of a daughter. 18. In Fort William, the lady of Capt. W. R. C. Costley, Barrack Master, of a daughter. — At Barrackpore, the lady of Lieut. Thomas Haslam, 2d bat. 20th N.I., of a Son. 19. Mrs. Richard Williams, of a stillborn male child. 20. Mrs. F. Cornelius, of a son. — Mrs C. H. Hackett, of a daughter. 23. The lady of Capt. H. B. Pridham, of a daughter. — The lady of John Smith, Esq., of a son. — The wife of Mr. James Fermie, of a soil,
June 16. At St. John's Cathedral, Mr. G. Edward Smith, of the Veterinary College, to Miss Sarah O'Connor, of Donegal, Ireland. July 24. At Patna, Mr. Charles Peter Fisson, to Miss Juliana Norrenberg. 26. At St. John’s Cathedral, Mr. Wm. Foy, of the Veterinary Establishment, to Miss Mary Conner. Aug. 2. At St. John's Cathedral, J. H. Moscrop, Esq., to Mrs. Sophia Matilda Richards. 18. At St. John's Cathedral, Henry Hugh Griffiths, Esq., Indigo Planter, to Miss Eliza Russell. 23. At St. John's Cathedral, S. P. Singer, Esq., to Anne, second daughter of the late S. Hill, Esq., of Futtyghur.
idea this. July 31. At Cawnpore, James Daniel, the infant son of Mr. Apoth. James Dick. Aug. 1. At Patna, Chas. Elliot Money,
son of Wigram Money, Esq., of the Civil Service, aged 11 months. 8. At Meerut, Mrs. Keys, widow of the late Dr. Keys, Superintending Surgeon of the Kurnaul Circle. After the death of her husband, she fell ill, and in the course of a few days followed him to the
grave. 9. At Allahabad, Thomas Jones Watson, the infant son of Capt. T. C. Watson. 10. Offever, Mr. C. M. Kent, aged 44. 11. At Cawnpore, Edward Jones, the son of George Reddie, Superintending Surgeon, aged 3 months. 12. At the house of Mr. Geo. Aviet, after an illness of nearly 3 months, the 3d infant son of Mr. Abraham Avietmall, of Chinsurrah. 13. Frederick Ruddell, 4th son of Capt. J. N. Jackson, aged 2 years. – At Guserah, the infant son of R. Barnes, Esq., aged 7 months. — Mrs. Elizabeth Samuel, aged about 35 years. 19. Maha Rajah Rajkissen Behadur, the son of the late Rajah Nobo Kissen. He died universally regretted, and his memory will be cherished and revered by his grateful relatives and friends. 21. At Fultah, on his way to town from Kedgeree, Thomas Vaughan, of a jungle fever, aged 27 years. 26. Mr. W. C. D'Rozario, of the Calcutta Custom House, aged 18 years.
Wemy inaccurate and even ridiculous reports having been circulated, through the public prints, respecting the successes of Runject Singh in his contest with the Afghans, it may be desirable that we should acquaint our readers, in a few lines, with the actual state of affairs in that quarter. Runjeet Singh has neither taken possession of the city of Caubul, nor established himself on the throne of “ Sabuctagi,” a prince we never heard of. It is true that he has beaten the Doranies, the most powerful tribe in Afghanistan, in a general battle; which was so hardly sought, that it lasted three days and three nights. The advance of a powerful army of Sikhs upon Peshawer, had previously induced the governor of that place (Yar Alahomed Khan) to transfer his allegiance to Runjeet Singh, on condition cf being continued in the command of the city and district. A numerous army of Afghans arrived shortly after, with the hope of reduring Peshawer. On the advance, how
ever, of the Sikhs, the Afghans fell back upon their resources, and the battle we have already mentioned was subsequently fought. We learn from the native Ukbars, that two Englishmen and two Frenchmen have high commands in the army of Runjeet Singh. A Mr. Jackson is commandant of artillery, and a Captain Walker “of the horse brigade” is also mentioned. The names of the Frenchmen are Laird and Venturio. It appears, from the same Ukbars, that three at least of these European officers were mainly instrumental in achieving the late successes of the Sikhs. The European discipline, matériel, &c. appear to have been extensively introduced into Runjeet's army. We shall probably speak more largely on these topics in our next number.
In a letter, dated Agra, July 16, 1823, it is stated that “a serious affray has lately taken place on the Bhurtpore frontier, by the wanton incursions of a party of the Bhurtpore troops, into the Jageer of the Nabob Ahmed Bhux Khan, a feudal tributary of the British Government, where many lives were lost, and much cruelty exercised by the Bhurtporeans. Hardly a year passes without some disturbance of this nature on the Bhurtpore frontier.”
Since our last number, accounts have been received of additional inundations in Bengal, arising from the swollen state of the river Hoogly, owing to great rains in the upper country. This heavy visitation occurred on the 7th of August. The cantonments of Berhampore were endangered. The bunds having given way in various places, an immense extent of country was soon laid under water. Cultivation has suffered greatly, and villages have been totally destroyed. The rains in the upper country have likewise most seriously injured the indigo crops: in short, the most distressing accounts have been received, both from the upper and lower districts, of the failure or destruction of every kind of crop, which has not grown upon the high grounds.
Accounts have been received of another attempt at revolution in Manilla. It was very promptly quelled, however, by Martinez, the governor. The plot had scarcely been investigated when the vessel sailed,