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herewith a copy and translation of a Petition presented to me by Lall Singh, Shah Singh, and Gauree Singh, sons of the deceased, soliciting a continuance of the allowance, which I beg leave to submit for the consideration and orders of His Excellency the Most Noble the Governor-General in Council.
2. The particulars of the case are so fully set forth in the Petition, that I do not deem it necessary to trouble the Board with my further observations on it than to mention that the circumstances of the zeal and good conduct of Dujjoo Singh and his adherents in the expulsion of the rebel Fatteh Sahi from the Company's Territories is notorious, as well as his steady attachment to the English interest during the troubles at Benares, and that it was in a great measure owing to the exertions of himself and his followers that this district was saved from devastation and ruinous consequences of the predatory incursion of Fatteh Shahi's Banditti.
3.—As it would appear that the sons and adherents of Dujjoo Singh were, with himself, wholly supported by the pension they received from Government, and as there is every reason to believe that their numerous family will be reduced to the greatest distress from the resumptions, I take the liberty of recommending the prayer of their Petition to the liberality of Government.
I have, etc.,
The 11th July, 1805.
Translation of a Petition from Lall Singh, Shah Singh, and Gauree Singh, sons of Dujjoo Singh, deceased.
In 1189 Fussilly, when the Governor General was at Benares to punish the Rebellion of Raja Chitta Singh, ordered the different Divisions of the army, including the Battalion stationed at Burragang in Parganah Cullianpore Koarry to join him at that place, Rajah Futteh Shahi availing himself of the opportunity afforded by their absence, came with Ajeetmall and other zamindars from Gorakhpur with a body of 20,000 men to Burragang, and surrounding Govindram Missir, the Tahsildar of the Parganah, attacked and plundered the station. Mr. Grome, then Collector of the District, on receipt of this intelligence, wrote a purwanah to Dujjoo Singh, desiring him to join the Tahsildar and afford his assistance in driving the said Fatteh Shahi beyond the boundary of the Company's provinces. Dujjoo Singh immediately collected his adherents amounting to about 1,000 men, and after unremitting exertions for
18 days, succeeded in defeating Fatteh Shahi in battle, and at length obliged him to retreat to the jungles with the loss of many hundreds of his people who fell in the different engagements. Dujjoo Singh and his sons were also severely wounded, when Major Lucas with a reinforcement of Regular Troops came to his assistance, and uniting his forces. with Dujjoo Singh, who for their gallaut conduct he honoured by giving the lead in action, soon after drove Fatteh Shahi out of the district. That gentleman reported to Government the zeal and meritorious behaviour of Dujjoo Singh, and the Governor General was pleased to send for Dujjoo Singh to Benares, bestowed on him a khelat of gold cloth and the usual habitments, with many other distinguished marks of his favour, and promised that when he, the Governor-General, returned to Patna, he would dismiss him with further honorary rewards, at the same time ordering the Dewan, Canto Babu, to furnish whatever he might require for his expenses. The Governor-General then went to Bijughur, and when he returned from thence to Calcutta, Dujjoo Singh intended to have gone with him, but owing to the wounds he had received in battle, he was unable to do so. When the Governor-General reached Calcutta he issued orders to Mr. Grome directing him to pay a pension of Rs. 200 per month for the maintenance of Dujjoo Singh and ourselves, who were wounded with him, and the widows and orphans of those who had lost their lives on the occasion, the amount has been regularly paid to us to the end of Falgoon 1212, from which we and many others, the said widows and orphans of our adherents, obtained support and prayed for the Company's prosperity. At the end of Falgoon Dujjoo Singh died, when the Acting Collector, Mr. Ravenscroft, resumed the pension. Sir, Dujjoo Singh was not the only person who came forward: we were also in the engagement and were severely wounded; and the widows of our many followers who fell on the occasion are still in existence. The pension was granted both for their and our support, and the name of Dujjoo Singh was inserted only because he was our leader. Dujjoo Singh alone has paid the debt of nature. We, and many of the widows of Dujjoo Singh's deceased adherents, are still living, and our sole support is from the pension of Rs. 200 per month granted to us by Government, and by the discontinuance of it we are reduced to extreme distress. We are therefore hopeful from your goodness that the said pension may be continued and confirmed to our family; that we and the widows of our numerous deceased adherents may thereby receive a provision for their maintenance, and offer up our prayers for the prosperity of the English Government. (A true Translation.) (Sd.) R. GRAHAM, Acting Collector.
In reply to your letter of the 11th ultimo, I am directed by the Board of Revenue to acquaint you that the Governor-General-in-Council has been pleased to authorize you to continue to the sons of the late Dujjoo Singh the pension of Rs. 190-8 ans. per mensem formerly received by that person, and to discharge any arrears which may be due on that
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Extracts from the Proceedings of Government in the Revenue Dept.
Read the following letters and enclosure from the Provincial Council of Patna:
Constituted 14th June, 1775.
THE HON'BLE WARREN HASTINGS, ESQ.,
Governor-General and Council of Revenue, Fort William. HON'BLE SIR AND SIRS,
Enclosed we have the honor to transmit you a copy of a letter received from Lieutenant Erskine, who commands two companies of Sepoys in the Hossepur District, giving an account of an attack made by Futty Shaw on the Renter and the Superintendent of the Collections of that country, in which they were both killed. The other letters we have received from that place, confirm the circumstances mentioned by the officer, and acquaint us further, that the business is thrown into the utmost confusion by this unexpected event. We beg leave to represent to you that Futty Shaw was formerly the Zamindar of Hosseypur. About the end of the year 1767, he refused to pay his rents, fought the Company's Troops who were sent against him in consequence, and was with
much difficulty expelled from the country; he then withdrew into the jungles, bordering on the Vizier's dominions and the Behar Province, watching every opportunity to make incursions into the district, and to plunder the villages, by which means the collections have been constantly interrupted in 1772. He put to death one Govind Ram, the Renter of Hossepur, but as he most solemnly denied having any knowledge of that transaction, the Collector of Sarcar Sarun, finding that the rents could not be properly conducted so long as he remained in that situation, recommended to the Council that he should be induced to come in on the promise of an allowance being made him from Government. This was accordingly done; he came willingly to Patna, and, an allowance being fixed for the maintenance, he promised to remain quietly with his family in Hosseypur. Within two months, however, he withdrew again from the country and has ever since committed depredations on the district, of which we received frequent complaints from the officers of the collections; we understand he is now collecting together a body of Facquiers and other Banditti, with a view of making further disturbance. We have thought it expedient to write to Captain Jones, who is stationed with his Battalion near that place, desiring he will take such measures as may be necessary to protect the country and prevent the desertion of the raiyats. As he takes protection in the dominions of the Nabab Asoph-ud-Dowla, it will not be practicable to seize his person without the assistance of the Nabab's Phousdar in the Gorackpur District. We have, therefore, desired the Chief to represent the circumstances to the Nabab through Mr. Bristow, and to request His Excellency will give the necessary orders to his people. Thus far we have thought fit to proceed for the immediate security of the country, and beg to be favoured with your orders, if you deem it proper, to take any other measures for getting Futty Shaw into our hands.
Bussant Shaw was the farmer of Hossepur, and Rajah Cheyt Singh security for him in the payment of his rents.
Camp at Burrah Gaun, 4th May, 1775; Patna, the 8th May, 1775.
MR. ISAAC SAGE,
Chief of the Provincial Council of Revenue.
Last night, about sunset, I received a letter from Meer Mogul informing me that Futty Shaw, early in the morning, had surprised Meer Jammaul and Babu Basanta Shaw at Jadapur, a village 6 coss from Burrah Gang, and that he had murdered them with most of their attendants. He requested I would hasten to Burrah Gang that I might prevent his coming there. I immediately marched with the detachment from Sewan and arrived here about 10 o'clock. At night I received certain intelligence that Futty Shaw after putting the poor defenceless people to death and plundering their effects, immediately fled with the booty into the Perg. Jugginee Jungle, where it seems his family is, and which is in Mirza Maun's District. As Meer Mogul writes you the particulars of this affair by the bearer, it would be a needless repetition in me to mention them, as I have only heard them from him. Both Meer Jammaul and Babu Basanta Shaw were lulled into such an opinion of security by Futty Shaw's fair promises, that they did not apprehend the smallest danger from him. Even the night before their death, they received a letter from him, informing them that he was within 3 coss of them and that they need not dread any destruction from him, as he was only going to see his family at Perg. Jugginee. This I am informed of by some of the wounded people who made their escape and are just arrived here. They say that Futty Shaw had about 25 horsemen and 200 or 300 matchlock fellows with him. Had the two companies been stationed at the place, I cannot see how the melancholy accident could have been prevented. As you positively forbid me to pursue either him or the Nourannees into Miza Maun's District, I am almost certain he will always take care to keep out of my reach.
Permit me to give it as my opinion that unless you order a body of troops to follow and drive him out of the Perg. Jugginee Jungle, that after carrying matters to such a length he will prove a constant pest to the inhabitants hereabout. By what I can learn there are so many avenues into the jungle that it will take at least a battalion of sepoys to block them up and pursue him in it with any prospect of advantage. I have sent Hircarrahas to bring me positive intelligence where he is, and if requisite shall remove the detachment for the protection of the raiyats to whereever it may be necessary.
I have not recalled the detachment from Somewell as, if I was to