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before they pursued, and rode himself to see the state of the rest of the
As he was paffing on, a fhot from one of the guns with Draper's regiment, ftruck a tumbril in the retrenched tank on the left of Lally's, where the marines were pofted, and the explofion blew up So men, many of whom, with the chevalier Poete, were killed dead, and most of the others mortally hurt. All who were near, and had efcaped the danger, fled in the first impulse of terror out of the retrenchment, and ran to gain the camp by the rear of Lally's, and were joined in the way by the 400 Sepoys at the tank behind, who, although they had fuffered nothing, likewife abandoned their poft. Colonel Coote on the explosion, fent orders by his aid de camp Captain Izer, to Major Brereton, to advance with the whole of Draper's regiment, and take poffeflion of the retrenched tank before the enemy recovered the confufion which he judged the explosion must have caused; as in this fituation, they would command, under cover, the flank of Lally's regiment. The ground on which Draper's was flanding oppofite to Lally's when the order came, obliged them, in order to prevent Lally's from enfilading, or flanking them as coming down, to file off by the right. Mr. Buffy, who commanded on this wing, had before endeavoured to rally the fugitives, of whom he had recovered 50 or 60, and adding to them two platoons of Lally's, led and pofted them in the tank, and then returned to fupport them with the regiment. But Brereton's files kept wheeling at a distance, and moving at the quickeft pace, fuffered little from their fire, and coming upon the left of the retrenchment, affaulted it impetuously, and car ried it after receiving one fire of much execution from the troops within, under which Major Brereton fell mortally wounded, and when fallen refufed the affistance of the men next him, but bid them follow their victory. The first of Draper's who got into the retrenchment fired down from the parapet upon the guns of the left of Lally's, and drove the gunners from them; whilft the reft, being many more than required to maintain the poft, formed, and shouldered under it, extending on the plain to the left to prevent the regiment of Lally, if attempting to recover the poft, from embracing it on this fide. Mr. Buffy wheeled the regiment of Lally, and fent off platoons from its left, to regain the retrenchment, whilft the reft were opposed to the divifion of Draper's on the plain. But the platoons acted faintly, only fkirmishing with their fire inftead of coming to the clofe affault. The action likewife continued only with mufketry, but warmly, between the two divifions on the plain, until the two field pieces, attached to the right of Draper's, which they had left behind when marching to attack the retrenchment, were brought to bear on the flank of Lally's, who had none to oppose them; on which their line began to waver, and many were going off. Mr. Buffy, as the only chance of restoring this part of the battle, put himself at their head, intending to lead them to the push of bayonet, but had only advanced a little way when his horse was struck with a ball in the head, and floundering at every ftep afterwards, he difmounted; during which the fire from Draper's had continued, of which two or three balls paffed through his cloaths, and when he alighted only 20 of Lally's had kept near him, the rest had fhrank. Two platoons fet off on
the full run from Draper's to furround them: the officer demanded and received Mr. Buffy's fword, and fent him with a guard into the rear; he was conducted to Major Monfon, who had wheeled three companies of the grenadiers of the fecond line, and was halting with them and their field-piece at fome diftance, ready if neceffary to fupport the event of Draper's. Mr. Buffy afked who the troops he faw were; and was anfwered 200 grenadiers, the best men in the army, who had not fired a fhot; he clafped his hands in furprize and admiration, and said not a word.
During the conflict on this fide the two centers, which were compofed of the troops of the two East India Companies, had kept up a hot, but diftant fire; neither chufing to rifque clofer decifion until they faw the event between Draper's and Lally's; but as foon as Lally's broke, the enemy's center went off likewife, but in better order, although in hafte, to regain their camp. Many of Coote's, in the first fury of victory, had purfued their antagonists of Lorrain up to the retrenchment, by which the fugitives entered the camp: they might have fuffered by this rafhness, if the guard there, as well as the nearest Sepoys along the ridge, had not taken fright, and abandoned their pofts on feeing the rout of Lorrain. It took fome time to bring the purfuers back to their colours, when the officers, fending off the wounded, formed the reft into their ranks, and afterwards only made the appearance of advancing, whilft the rest of the battle remained in doubt, left Lorrain with the Sepoys fhould rally; to prevent which the four field pieces on the left kept up an inceffant fire plunging into the camp.
As foon as the other wing and the center of the enemy's army gave way, their opponents, the Company's battalion and Draper's regiment got into order, and with Coote's, who were ready, ad vanced to the purfuit, leaving their artillery behind. They entered the enemy's camp without meeting the leaft oppofition. India and Lally's had paffed through it haftily to the other fide, although not in route as Lorrain's before. Mr. Lally, after the rout of Lorrain, rode away to join his own regiment on the left, but on the way faw the explosion of the tumbril at the retrenched tank, the difperfion of the marines in this poft, and the flight of the Sepoys out of the tank behind. He was in this inftant near, and intended to speak to Mr. Buffy, but turned fuddenly, and ordered the Sepoys ftationed along the ridge in front of the camp to advanec. None obeyed; and most of them being those of Zulphacarjung who had ferved with Mr. Buffy in the Decan, he rafhly fufpected treachery, and, unable to controul the impulfe of diftraction, rode into the camp to stop the fugitives of Lorrain.
• The whole body of the French cavalry, near 300, who were all Europeans, appeared on the plain in the rear of the camp to which they had retreated, followed by the cavalry of the English army, whofe encounter they had hitherto avoided by abler evolutions; fo that neither of these two bodies had been within fight of the brunt between the two infantries. The French cavalry chanced to be near enough to fee the flight of Lorrain through the camp, and, animated by a fenfe of national honour, refolved to protect them, if, as might be expected, they fhould endeavour to escape ftill farther by gaining the
plain. In this purpose they united their fquadrons and drew up in the rear of the camp, and in face of the English cavalry, of whom the black horse, awed by their refolution, dared not, and the European were too few, to charge them. This unexpected fuccour probably prevented the utter difperfion of the French army. There were in the rear of the camp three field pieces with their tumbrils of am: munition; at which the fugitives of Lorrain, encouraged by the appearance of the cavalry, ftopped, and yoked them. These protections reftored confidence to Lally's and the India battalion as they arrived, likewife beaten from the field. They fet fire to the tents and undangerous flores near them, and the whole filed off into the plain in much better order than their officers expected. The three field-pieces kept in the rear of the line of infantry, and behind them moved the cavalry. They paffed to the weftward, and when oppofite to the pettahs of Vandivash were joined by the troops, who had continued at the batteries there, which they abandoned, leaving all the stores and baggage, and received no interruption from the garrifon as they were going off. The Morattoes, who were under the mountain when the cannonade began, intended not only to protect their own camp, but to fall upon the baggage of the English army; but when they faw the whole body of Sepoys remaining in the rear of the action, were deterred from advancing to the village, to which the baggage was fent; and having their own all ready loaded on their bullocks, fent off the whole train to the westward foon after the cannonade commenced; and with the first notice from their scouts of the rout of Lorrain, began to go off themselves. Their route led them across the way, along which the French were retreating; whom 700 of them joined and accompanied. Colonel Coote fent repeated orders to his cavalry to harafs and impede the retreat of the French line. They followed them five miles until five in the afternoon, but the black horfe could not be brought up within reach of the carbines of the French cavalry, and much lefs of their field-pieces. The brunt of the day paffed intirely between the Europeans of both armies, the black troops of neither had any part in it, after the cannonade commenced. The commandants of the English Sepoys complimenting Colonel Coote on the victory, thanked him for the fight of fuch a battle as they had never seen,
Twenty-four pieces of cannon were taken, 19 in the field and camp, and 5 in the battery against Vandivafh, 11 tumbrils of ammunition, all the tents, flores, and baggage, that were not burnt, Two hundred of the Europeans were counted dead in the field, and' 160 were taken, of whom 30 died of their wounds before the next morning; 6 of the killed, and 20 of the prifoners, were officers ;' wounded continually dropt on the road; fo that the immediate diminution of the enemy's force was computed 600 men. Of the' English army, 63 Europeans were killed, and 124 wounded, in all 190; of this number, 36 of the killed, and 16 of the wounded, bes longed to the Company's battalions, 17 and 65 to Draper's, 13 and 36 to Coote's regiment; four of the European horfe, and two of the artillery, were wounded, but none of either killed. Of the black troops, 17 of the horfe were killed, and 32 wounded: in all, 22 and 47; of the Sepoys only 6 and 15. The killed, as well in the Eu
ropean as the black troops, was, although not in the different bodies, one half of the number wounded, a proportion on the whole which rarely happens, excepting as in this action, by cannonade.
The first news of the victory was brought to Madrafs at fun-rife the next morning by one of the black fpies of the English camp. At noon came in another, with a note of two lines, written with a pencil, by Colonel Coote on the field of battle; other accounts followed, and foon after eye-witneffes. The joy which this fuccefs diffufed throughout the fettlement, was almost equal to that of Calcutta on the victory at Plaffey. Their congratulations to Colonel Coote and the army were abundant as their joy.'
The great length of this narrative prevents our making farther extracts from the prefent volume; we fhall therefore only add that, every step we have advanced in the perufal of this hiftory, we have feen fresh grounds for admiring the Author's fidelity and impartiality, as well as his ability in hiftorical writing. We fhall hope in due feafon to fee the whole plan completed, and a copious index annexed to this and the remaining volumes, fuch as Mr. Orme has given with the second edition of his first volume.
ART. XII. The Fathers; or, The Good natur'd Man. A Comedy.
As it is acted at the Theatre Royal, in Drury-Lane. By the late
O this Comedy is prefixed the following advertisement : The Comedy now published, was written by the late Henry Fielding fome years before his death. The author had hown it to his friend Mr. Garrick; and entertaining a high efteem for the tafte and critical difcernment of Sir Charles Williams, the afterwards delivered the manufcript to Sir Charles for his opinion. At that time appointed Envoy Extraordinary to the court of Ruffia, Sir Charles had not leifure to examine the play before he left England. Whether it has had the honour to travel with the Envoy into Ruffia, or was left behind, that it might not interfere with the intrigues of the embassy, we cannot determine. Sir Charles died in Ruffia, and the manuscript was loft.
As Mr. Fielding had often mentioned this affair, many enquiries were made, after his decease, of feveral branches of Sir Charles's family, but did not produce any tidings of the Comedy.
About two years ago Thomas Johnes, Efq; member for Cardigan, received from a young friend, as a prefent, a tatter'd manufcript play, bearing, indeed, fome tokens of antiquity, elfe the prefent had been of little worth, fince the young gentleman affured Mr. Johnes, that it was "a damn'd thing!"Notwithstanding this unpromifing character, Mr. Johnes took
the dramatick foundling to his protection with much kindness : read it: determin'd to obtain Mr. Garrick's opinion of it; and for that purpose fent it to Mr. Wallis, of Norfolk-ftreet, who waited upon Mr. Garrick with the manufcript, and afked him, if he knew whether the late Sir Charles Williams had ever written a play?-Mr. Garrick caft his eye upon it-" The loft "fheep is found!-This is Harry Fielding's Comedy!" cry'd Mr. Garrick, in a manner that evinced the moft friendly regard for the memory of the author.
This recognition of the play was no fooner communicated to Mr. Johnes, than he, with the most amiable politeness, ieftored his foundling to the family of Mr. Fielding.
Two gentlemen, of the most diftinguifhed dramatic talents of the age, have fhewn the kindeft attention to the fragment thus recovered. To the very liberal and friendly affiftance of Mr. Sheridan, and to the Prologue and Epilogue, written by Mr. Garrick, is to be attributed much of that applaufe with which the public have received the Fathers; or, The Good-Natur'd Man.'
It is difficult to difcover what is meant by the very liberal and friendly affiftance of Mr. Sheridan. If it is intended to imply the heightening touches of that writer's elegant pen, we will venture to fay, that fuch affiftance has not been very liberal: and indeed, in ftrict juftice to the deceased Author, and to the Public, the added and altered paffages, if there be any fuch, fhould have been fairly pointed out to the reader, that he might form a judgment on the original manufcript, and decide whether it had received the laft hand of the Author, or was only fubmitted to his friend, Sir Charles Williams, as the rough outline of a Comedy. Cibber paid this due refpect to the remains of Sir John Vanbrugh, and contributed by his fidelity, as well as indultry, to establish the theatrical reputation of the departed writer. Such very liberal and friendly affiftance, feems to have been unfortunately with-held on the prefent occafion. The loose indigested scenes of The Fathers, may be rather faid to contain fome crude materials towards the erection of a comedy, than the regular fabric. The very dialogue, notwithstanding many masterly ftrokes, is unfinished, the characters are scarce more than sketches, and the fable is moft grofsly defective. The original idea of the Good-Natur'd Man and his brother, was palpably fuggefted by the Micio and Demea of Terence; and indeed fome part of the scenes between Boncour and Sir George, is no more than a free translation from that author. Young Boncour is at once a faint and coarse copy of the Latin writer's Æfchinus, and the junior part of the family of Valence are deteftably original. Valence himself is an excellent drawing, very much in the best manner of the admirable Fielding; for