Notes on the History and Antiquities of Chaul and Bassein by Joseph Gerson da Cunha

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Notes on the History and Antiquities of Chaul and Bassein

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... loss of one hundred Europeans killed and wounded. Next evening a second assault was given, but with more success, resulting in the whole garrison being put to the sword. The third day of the siege was marked by the loss of Commodore J. Watson, who was killed by particles of sand, struck by a cannon shot close to him, penetrating his body. On the 6th of March, by the treaty of Bassein, the island of Salsette and the territory around was ceded to the English in perpetuity. By the convention of Wargam, concluded in January 1779, this latter acquisition, with others, was about to be restored to the Marathas, but Mr. Hornby disavowed the treaty, and determined at all hazards to resist the cessions to the Marathas on the one hand, and the entreaties of the Portuguese Government to try their chance of recovery on the other. Very soon after, the Marathas cut off the supplies from Bombay and Salsette, which were usually brought to those places from the main, and this was a sufficient casus belli for the Government of Bombay to occupy the Konkan opposite Thana as far as the Ghats, including Kalyana.* It appears that the representation made by the Governor of Goa to the Court of Portugal and then to the cabinet of St. James had the effect of the Directors of the E. I. Company in London and the Supreme Council at Calcutta denouncing the conquest and annexation of Bassein and Salsette by the Bombay Government as "unseasonable, impolitic, unjust, and unauthorized," and advising them to cancel the treaty. In those times communication with England was so slow that these orders were not received in Bombay until two years after the above events had taken place. The Council of Bombay, however, protested against and disregarded the orders, being in the end...

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