Recollections of Four Years' Service in the East with H.M. Fortieth Regiment ... Under Major-General Sir W. Nott

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R. Bentley, 1845 - Afghan Wars - 364 pages
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Page 326 - Khan, chiefly in consequence of his reliance upon Persian encouragement and assistance, persisted, as respected his misunderstanding with the Sikhs, in urging the most unreasonable pretensions, such as the Governor-General could not, consistently with justice and his regard for the friendship of Maharajah Runjeet Singh, be the channel of submitting to the consideration of his Highness...
Page 329 - Shoojah-ool-Moolk, whereby his Highness is guaranteed in his present possessions, and has bound himself to co-operate for the restoration of the Shah to the throne of his ancestors. The friends and enemies of any one of the contracting parties, have been declared to be the friends and enemies of all.
Page 332 - Sir, — I have the honour to acquaint you, for the information of the...
Page 352 - Afghanistan and China have seen at once the forces at his disposal, and the effect with which they can be applied. Sincerely attached to peace for the sake of the benefits it confers upon the people, the Governor-General is resolved that peace shall be observed, and will put forth the whole power of...
Page 351 - The Government of India directed its army to pass the Indus, in order to expel from Afghanistan a Chief believed to be hostile to British interests, and to replace upon his throne a Sovereign represented to be friendly to those interests and popular with his former subjects.
Page 352 - To force a Sovereign upon a reluctant people would be as inconsistent with the policy as it is with the principles of the British Government...
Page 352 - Content with the limits nature appears to have assigned to its empire, the government of India will devote all its efforts to the establishment and maintenance of general peace...
Page 327 - Governor-general could not, consistently with justice and his regard for the friendship of Maha Raja Runjeet Singh, be the channel of submitting to the consideration of his Highr ness ; that he avowed schemes of aggrandisement and ambition, injurious to the security and peace of the frontiers of India ; and that he openly threatened, in furtherance of those schemes, to call in every foreign aid which he could command.
Page 330 - Afghanistan surrounded by his own troops, and will be supported against foreign interference and factious opposition by a British army. The GovernorGeneral confidently hopes that the Shah will be speedily replaced on his throne by his own subjects and adherents ; and when once he shall be secured in power, and the independence and integrity of Affghanistan established, the British army will be withdrawn.
Page 329 - The welfare of our possessions in the East requires that we should have on our western frontier an ally who is interested in resisting aggression and establishing tranquillity, in the place of chiefs ranging themselves in subservience to a hostile power, and seeking to promote schemes of conquest and aggrandizement.

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