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Exeter, DEVON, GBR
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 Excerpt: ...troop and subjects were often attacked within range of forts, and the sentries tired at on the works. All the Poligars of Tinnevelly.were in rebellion, and closely connected with the Dutch Government at Colombo, from whence attempts were meditated, in conjunction with them and with Mapillai D6var, to reduce those countries and the Strength of Marava dominions. Nearly one hundred thousand Poligars and Colthe Poligars. leries were in arms throughout the southern provinces, and being considered hostile to Government, looked to public confusion as their safeguard against punishment. Your southern force was inadequate to repress these outrages and to retrieve your affairs. The treasury was drained, the country depopulated, the revenues exacted by the enemy, the troops undisciplined, ill-paid, poorly fed and unsuccessful ly tommanded. During the course of these proceedings, your southern pro' vinces remained in their former confusion. The Poligars, Colleries, and other tributaries, ever since the commencement of the war had thrown off all appearance of allegiance. No civil arrangement could be attempted without a military force, and nothing less than the whole army seemed adequato to their reduction. While such a considerable portion of the southern provinces remained in defiance of the Com-Chapter VI. pany's Government, it was vain to think of supporting the current Diffic"j,8 ef charges of the establishment, far less could we hope to reduce the the situation, arrears, and to prepare for important operations, in the probable event of a recommencement of hostilities. It became indispensable, therefore, to restore the tranquillity of those provinces by vigorous military measures as the only means to render them productive of revenue." After having reduce...