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FULLARTON, William.

A View of the English Interests in India;

and an Account of the Military Operations in the Southern Parts of the Peninsula, during the Campaigns of 1782, 1783, and 1784. In two Letters; Addressed to the Right Honourable the Earl of *********, and to Lord Macartney and the Select Committee of Fort St. George. The Second Edition.

London: T. Cadell; Edinburgh, W. Creech, 1787 Stock Code: 128627
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First edition. In 1780, "resolved to play his part in the now general war between Britain and the continental powers", Fullarton 1754-1808 raised his own regiment which was despatched to the Cape "only to see their design on the Dutch colony foiled by prior arrival of French reinforcements" (ODNB). Redirected to India, they joined the campaign against Haidar Ali. He was gazetted a colonel in the army of the HEIC, and in 1782 suppressed the Kollars of Madura and captured Karur and Dindigul. "In May 1783 he assumed general command of forces in the southernmost part of the Carnatic, invading Mysore and taking Dharapuram, Palghat, and Coimbatore. Further feats of arms were forestalled by the peace patched up with Tipu, who had succeeded his father, Haidar. Throughout the campaign Fullarton showed high abilities; James Mill praised him as the first British commander to look after his commissariat and organize intelligence" (ibid.). On his return home he published the present work in support of his attempt to recoup the 20,000 he claimed to have spent in India, after some ten years he succeeded in getting back nearly 16,000.

Provenance: contemporary armorial bookplate of George Kinnaird (1754-1805), 7th Lord Kinnaird; both Kinnaird and Fullarton were initial signatories to the declaration of the Society of the Friends of the People, which was presented to the House of Commons in 1792. The Society was "a group of opposition whig politicians who feared that their party was being influenced too much by Edmund Burke's alarmed reaction to the French Revolution abroad and the rise of radicalism at home" (ODNB). Fullarton represented Ayrshire at the Friends first Scottish convention (1792) and Kinnaird acted as treasurer.

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Description

Octavo (210 x 123mm). Contemporary tree calf, gilt banded smooth spine, red morocco label.

Illustrations

Folding engraved plate of the "Order of Battle of the British Forces in the Southern Provines of India" in 1783.

Condition

Gilt slightly rubbed on spine, extremities a little rubbed and bumped. A lovely copy.

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