History of the French in India: From the Founding of Pondichery in 1674 to the Capture of that Place in 1761

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1868 - French - 583 pages

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Page 16 - French general was said to have lost five thousand men in the siege; whereas the loss of the garrison, which at first fell short of three thousand men, did not exceed one hundred. The capitulation imported, that the garrison should march out with all the honours of war, and be conveyed by sea to Gibraltar. The French were put in possession of one gate, as well as fort Charles and...
Page 9 - The conditions granted to them were favourable, for they were allowed to march out with all the honours of war, and to proceed in whatever direction they might prefer.
Page 404 - All his countrymen," writes Mr. Orme, "concurred in thinking that his dismission from the Government of Pondichery was the greatest detriment that could have happened to their interests in India." When we think indeed how much he had accomplished — how he had built up the French power, how he had gained for it an unparalleled influence and an enormous extension of territory; — when we reflect that with half the two thousand men that Godeheu brought out with him, he could have crushed the English,...
Page 275 - Clive struck at Arcot, the capital of the Carnatic, when Trichinopoli was being besieged just as Ladysmith is now. Applying the general principle involved, he says: — ' The general who hesitates to do this, though he sees that if it could be done it would save him and ruin his enemy, does not calculate on the inevitable effect which such a movement must produce on the morale of the force opposed to him, especially when that force constitutes the principal, perhaps the entire, available army of...
Page 406 - My services are treated as fables ; my demand is denounced as ridiculous ; I am treated as the vilest of mankind.
Page 50 - Tellicherry, on the Malabar coast, and summoned the place to surrender. The governor refused. The situation of Maihi indeed seemed to place it out of all danger. " On high ground rising up from the sea, and washed on its north side by a little river, the entrance into which, as it ran into the sea, was closed by rocks for even the smallest boats, Maihi seemed to be able to bid defiance to any enemy who should attack it on the side of the sea.
Page 402 - If there is much that is wonderful, much that is bold and daring, much political genius in this idea, it must be admitted that the honour of having inaugurated it belongs to Dupleix, and that England, which in the present day reaps from it the profit and the glory, has had but to follow the paths which the genius of France opened out to her.
Page 181 - ... fought in India, there is not one more memorable than this. Not, indeed, that there has not since been displayed a daring equal to that of Paradis, or that numbers as disproportionate have not, within the memory of the living, achieved a victory as important. The circumstance which stamps this action as so memorable is that it was the very first of its kind, that it proved, to the surprise of both parties, the overwhelming superiority of the European soldier to his Asiatic rival.
Page 107 - Finding their number insufficient, he recruited from the negroes, and formed the whole into mixed companies. Working in this way, he soon found himself at the head of a body of men, well taught and well disciplined, and ready to undertake any enterprise he might assign to them.

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