The London Gazette, Aug 3 1815

L 334 of Februarv, a letter from the Lieutenant-Colo- nd, dated at Ganeiteynne, on the 2d, informed, that the advance of that division, under Major Moffatt, of the 1st Ceylon regiment, having been detached to support a patrole which was conceived to be- in danger, had advanced so near the fortified post which commands the Balani Pass, that it was deemed advisable to attack it j and it had been car­ried., after a trifling opposition. At Attypittya, on the 4th, I received Major Hook's report, dated from Gerigamme the preceding day, apprizing me that he had taken possession of that strong position and the* neighbouring hill fort of (hdgederah, with hardly any resistance, and no loss. On the 6th T readied Ganitevune, where it became necessary to halt for some days, to give time for the concentration of the divisions advan­cing from Trincomalee and the east side of the Kandian territory. Lieutenant* Co Ion el O’Connell *was, encamped here, and Major Moffatt posteil at Aiuenoopoora, one mile and a halt beyond the pass, and a free communication open between the two corps. Ffere the Aktfiar Molligodde, by a message through Mr. D ’Oyley, requested permission to sur­render himself with the banners and records of the four Kprles, of which he is De^snve, having re- reived intimation of the escape of his family from Kandy. My consent being signified to him, lie, on the 8th February, came into camp m st*fe, attended by a number of Chiefs of the lour Korles, who had not previously appeared* and formally gave up the insignia and records of his Dessave into the hands of Mr. D’Oyley, whom I had de­puted as Commissioner on the part of the British J Learning by reports front Major Kelly, com­manding the?A division, and proceeding through the province of .SuSi-agam and On rah towards the Indulgaslnha l*ass, that he could be sufficiently ad­vanced to support a forward movement on the part of Lieutenant-Colonel O'Connell t* .nd Major Hook’s divisions, I,on the U)th, directed Lientenaut-Co- lonel O'Connell to jsceud tint Pass and occupy 3Iajor MofFatt’s position, sending his detachment a little in advance end on the evening of the same day, I joined the tamp at Aruonoopioora. The Adikar Cheyiapola, who had followed my progress as far as- Gauiteyune, proposed to.take a different route from thence and being furnished with an e*c >rt of about firry men, proceeded up ihs mountains, by t road to the right, leading into the province of Oiulinpr.ra, the inhabitants of which he was desirous tu communicate with. Late in the evening oi tiie I Ith, a report was brought to Mr. D’Oyley, ihat \division of the British troops, supposed to he that commanded by .Major Hook, had reached Kuttugastotre, a ferry of the great river called Mahaviiliganga, about three miles distant- from Kandy that the King had quitted the capital, and that the defences Go-at naroohu, another ferry of the same river, about an equal distance front the city, wei‘ e abandoned. A patrole, sent forward during the night, under the command of Major Krownrigg, reached Go- narocha early in the. morning, and, fording the river, ascertained the truth of the intclligcncc in all its parts. Eatterie of great extrnt w?re rrt''* 'r here, reaching from the commonplace of cros-mg for a considerable distance along the opposite bai.k, and commanding the ford but were entirely de­stitute of either men or guns. Hideous objects ol the King's resentment here presented themselves, in the remains of poor wretches stuck np on polei Doth sides of the river, seven of which were on full in view at the ferrv, and the whole number counted in that neighbourhood was nineteen. Major MofTatt, with the advance of the 2nd divi­sion, being a few miles in front of die general encampment, was, by Major Brownrigg, on his return with the patrole, directed to proceed for­ward to Gonarooha, in consequence of my orders to that effect. On learning the foregoing particulars, I,on the 12th, dispatched Major Willernnm, Deputy Quarter-Master-General, toward* Kandy, with in­structions to prevent the possibility of injury ti» persons or property, by prohibiting the entry of the troops within the gates of the city, otherwise than as guards, under such disposition as Major Willennan might judge advisable. Mr. D’Oyley, who had accompanied the patrole the preceding evening, and remained at Gonarooha until joined by Major Moffatt’s detachment, with which, before the arrival of Major Willerman, hu bad mhauced to the city, which was f^iund entirely deserted of inhabitants, and stripped of all property empty chests, baskets and mats, were the only things found, except some few articles of furniture, not portable enough nor of sufficient value to be removed. The detachment encamped without the gate. On the loth in the irmrnnn I left tin? po.M +jrm at Amenoospoora with Lieutenant-Colonel O'Con­ nell's division, which I caused to halt at a con­venient place on the hitherside of the river, pro­ceeding myself to the King’s-granary, between Go­ narooha anti the town, whereI passed the wight, and on the following day entered Kandy with my per­sonal suite, ami fixed my quarters in the iMace, In the. meantime 1 had learnt by reports fromM’ jor Hook, that he had been induced ito Ivance, in prosecution of- a plan formed with Captain dc Bussche, who, with his detachment, had ascended thejaltnewrc Gravet, and was in c<m 'limitation with the first dvision, iv a short distant eto j lie left. Information which those Officers hr c l received, rendered it probable tint the King w about Tofiy, a ui that the only remaining hope of securing, hitu was hv a rapid and secret movement of those two corjis. I was apprized by Major Kelly that he had* after .i faint resistance by the enemy, possessed himself of the batteries commanding the Idalga- sinlwi Pass, anti ascended the mountains. A >ub.,\c* quent letter of tho 13th announced the further pro­gress of this dfvi<3on fcr a? Maturate, mil by done, t» r<*d iT :the afternoon of the same day, at .MaugaU Dobbadt Ganeure, one day’s marc a from Haugevaukette, received by me on the I 1th, soon after reaching the Palace, !was inform d uf Ma Kelly having sensed (together with a great deal of treasure) a number of women and childrens whoia. he considered to be of the King’s family j but this idea was afterwards found erroneous, though scve- i
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