The London Gazette, Aug 3 1815

f 1584- ]In a military view, the resistance, and come- 1 quentlythe danger, has been comparatively trifling, but it Would be tbe bigbe<t injustice to estimate, by tbe inadequate opportunities which have pre­sented themselves, what might have been achieved if tbe occasion bad called forth the full exertions of the troops. Of fatigue and hardship of weather, they have bad considerable trials, the roads being indescribably rugged, with frequent interruptions both of mountain a»d morass, and every difficulty that marching can possibly admit. TheSe, however, with the dispiriting addition of frequent rain, only served to display their ardour, which no obstacles, no discouragements could subdue. But that for which I hold myself principally indebted to the army which I have had the honour and good fortune to command in this undertaking is, their drderly behaviour, and abstaining from all acts of plunder, violence, and irregularity. They have in consequence bean everywhere received fcv the Chiefs and inhabitants with unfeigned Welcome, assisted with supplies and means of car­riage, and their camps frequented by all classes of the natives, with extraordinary freedom and fami­liarity. Your Lordship will readily perceive tbv happy tendency of this kind of behaviour, in en­couraging and propagating that confidence, on the yart of the inhabitants of these provinces, in the justice and moderation of His Majesty's Govern­ment, and the protection of his arms, which served to iuvite and attach them to the cause in which they were engaged, and led, under Provideuce, to a conquest, tbe attempting of which has informer instances proved so fatal, as to leave terrific les- —BUMtiun—ailll iW U M aU C C rO fntura ^ders an enterprize which, I have no hesitation in saying, could not, with any common prudence, have been entered upon, except with the most credible assurances of the concurring wishes of the Chiefs and people, nor could ever have been brought to a successful issue without their acqui­escence and aid. The army enjoyed in avery surprising de­gree the blessings of health. Our returns of sick arc much below the number which might be cxr pected in the same force, stationed in any of the garrisons of the colony. s I gm now occupied in returning to their former stations such parts of the troops as will uot be re­quired to remain for the maintenance of the British government in the interior. 1 am not yet prepared to present to your Loit’- ship any ccr.nectcd view of the complicated and important considerations, of apolitical aud civil nature, which arise out of this great change :these I shall therefore reserve for a separate dispatch, and conclude the present witli soliciting your Lord­ship to dome the honour of presenting to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, the expression of my humble congratulations in being enabled, by (he speedy aud happy issue of a campaign, ending with the unparalleled good fortune ot’ not losing a single life, to tender for his Royal Highness's ac­ceptance, the duties of anew and industrious hardy race of people, aud the possession of a territory, bountifully endowed with natural gifts, aud re­quiring only the blessings of a just government, and an equitable administration of justicc, and the in­dulgent care and countenance ot a humane and gracious Prince. I consider the circumstances which have taken place to be of so much national -interest and im­portance, as to warrant my entrusting them to the care of a confidential Staff Officer. My son, Major Browniigg, Deputy Adjutant-General to this army, will therefore have the honour of delivering this dispatch, and as lie has a perfort knowledge of ail tlT fe occurrences of our short Campaign, he it en­abled to afford such infoimation as your Lordship may he pleaded to require of him. He will be charged with the banner or standard of Kandy, to be laid, with iny most respectful duty, at the feet of His Royal Highness tbe Princc Regent. Printed by Robert Gkobge C^akkf, Cannon-Row, Pailiatnent-Stree*.
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