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duties that had thus devolved upon him.

No. 6. — Extract from the Proceedings of the Bombay Government of the

\3thFeb. 1801.
** 122. — A copy of this paragraph to be transmitted for the report of the
Military Board ; the Hon. Court being at the same time advised, that the
office of Garrison Storekeeper has already received the confirmation of the
Supreme Government, and been found by ourselves extremely useful on the
occasion, more especially of the several maritime outfits, which we have
recently been, and continue still, engaged in, by order of the Supreme Go-
vernment, in which the zeal and honourable exertions of Capt* Moor, the
storekeeper, have been very conspicuous, and are deserving of our sincere

No. 7. — From the Gov. in Council at Bombay^ to the Supreme Government^

6th May, 1803.
'^ We take this opportunity of advising your Exc. in Council, that in view
to the expediency of keeping, as secret as possible, the objects of the exten-
sive commissions we some time ago received, for supplies of provisions to the


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Madras army, then preparing^ to march from the other coast into this vicinity,
joined to. our former experience of the ahility, seal, and energy, that Capt.
Mbor had so conspicuously displayed in ihe still larger applies for the' ser-
vice above referred to» this officer was confidentially entrusted by this govern-
ment, with the charfife of collecting* the several articles specified in the corre^

(Signed) " Francis Warden, Sec.

** Bombay Military Board Office, Aug. 19, 1803."

No. 10. — From ihe Hon. J. Duncan to Lord Wellesleyy March 14, 1801.
«< I am almost sorry for the agepcy being ordered to be instituted here ; for
the provision department, I had, in Capt. Moor, so active, intelligent, honest,

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EBd zeftloos an assistant, in this important d^rttaent, that I am persuaded it
chnnot be done better by any body. However, your lordship's commands
most of course be obeyed, and I only postpone, &c. &c.

No. 11. — From the Honourable Colonel Welleehy ("now Duke of WellmgUm)
io the Honourable ihe Oovemor of Bombay , April 13, 1801.
'' Sir, — I have the honour to inform you, that all the ships having troops
on board, which I have expected at this place, have arrived, received their
provisions, water, &c. and have sailed towards the place of their ultimate
destination^ excepting erne ship, the Maria liotusa, from which the troops have
been removed, and on which it is proposed to send to the Red Sea provisions
and water, and forage foi" the cattle. She will be ready to sail in the course
of a few days. As I comhianded the expedition wheh it came here, and as
all the ships have been re- victualled, in consequence of requisitions made by
me, and 1 have had the best and most frequent opportunities of observing the
manner in which the business was conducted by Capt. Moor, it is but justice
to him to represent to you, that some of the ships were completely refitted,
took in ballast, and received three months* water and provisions for their
crews, and the troops embarked on them, and sailed in four days after they
arrived; that five ships, which have been added to the armament from this
post since my arrival, were equi[^^ with six months provisions, &c and the
tfo^ embarked in five days after the requisition was made for them ;
and that, in short, the whole business has been conducted with regularity,
rarity, and satisfaction to myself, and to all the parties concerned. As
Capt. Moor was the only person concerned in making the arrangements, and
conducting the details of the service, I cannot but attribute to him all the
merit ; and I therefore beg leave to recommend him to your notice, and to
your favourable report of his exertions to the Governor-General.**

No. 12.— From the Marquess WelUslegy Govemor-Oeneralj io ihe Honourable

Jonathan Duncan^ May 6, 180 L.
" I therefore entirely approve your appointment of Capt. Moor, whose zeal
and ability in that department appear to render him particularly well quali-
fied for the important and responsible charge which you have given him.*'

No. 13.— From the Government of Bombay^ to Mqjor^General Bowles^

Commanding Officer of the Forces.
'* Sir, — In acknowledgment of your letter of this date, I am directed to ob-

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serve, that, sensible of tbe utility of the work undertaken by Capt. Moor, at
the instance of the President, the Gov. in council has resolved, that it shall
be sent to the press after it shall have undergone the suggested revision ; for
which purpose, you are desired to appoint a committee of qualified officers,
who are, through you, to report such alterations as they deem eligible, for
the purpose of compressing the whole into as convenient a size as possible,
without omitting any thing really useful for the instruction or information of
the army, under the respective heads inta which the Compilation is divided ;
to each of which, the committee are also authorised to subjoin sufficient notices
of such part of the military regulations as Capt. M. may possibly have omit-
ted. I am farther instructed to observe, that the Gov. in council will here-
after decide on the reward which he may deem Capt. M . deserving of for the
labour and attention he must have bestowed in collecting and arranging so
comprehensive and useful a Code of information as he has now brought forward.

(Signed) " Robert Riokards, Secretary.

" August 22, 1800.**

No. 14. — To Captain Edward Moor.

" Sir, — ^The Hon. the Gov. in council having taken into consideration
the present improved state of your Compilation of military orders, and ad-
verted also to the great labour, attention, and accuracy, which you appear to
have bestowed on the original work, considers you to be justly entitled to remu-
neration on these accounts, and has accordingly been pleased to award to you,
for the original work, the sum of 10,000 rupees, and for the additions since
made to it, 2000, in full also of the expence you have incurred for copyists.

(Signed) " A. Grant, Secretary.

*' Bombay Castle, Sept. 14, 1804."

No. 15. — Extract from General Orders, Bombay, Sunday, Nov. 20, 1803.
** On the occasion of Capt. Moor's present application, eventually to vacate
his office of Garrison Storekeeper during the course of the present season, and
to return to England on furlough. Government have a pleasure in expressing
the great, and uniform satisfaction which that officer has affi>rded by the in-
telligent, zealous, and honourable discharge of the important trust and la-
borious duties of his department, enhanced, as both have been, by the circum-
stances of the extensive equipments by sea and land which it has been his duty
to superintend, and of which he has acquitted himself so much to his own

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credit, and to the public advantage, as will, accordingly, be noticed to the
Honourable the Court of Directors on his return/'


(Bengal Establishment.)

This oflScer was appointed a cacjet in Dec. 1781 ; he arrived at Cal-
cutta in Nov. following, and was promoted to an ensigncy in Feb.
1783 ; be became a supernumerary ensign, on reduced allowances, in
1785; and was promoted* to lieutenant in Feb. 1790. In 1794 he
marched wilh a detachment to drive the Burmahs out of the Chittagong
district. In 1795 he was appointed aid-de-camp to Maj.-Gen. Mor-
gan ; in 1796*, quart.-mast. of b European reg. ; in 1797, adj. and
quart.-mast. of a brigade, in a reg. of two battalions ; and in Dec.
1802 promoted to capt. in the lOlh N. I. In 1805 he went on fur-
lough to England, after two-and-twenty years actual residence in
Bengal. He relumed to the service in 1809, and was appointed in
1811 aid-de-camp to Maj.-Gen. Stafford. He was promoted to maj.
in Sept. 1813, and assumed the command of the 2d batt. of the 10th
N. I. : in Oct. of the same year he was directed to join the Rewah
field force under Col. Adams, and to take charge of the battering
train and stores for that detachment : he served the campaign in that
quarter till the corps was broken up in June 1814. In the latter ser-
vice, one fort was stormed and taken, and 127 men killed ; the rest of
the service was mostly marching and countermarching, seldom seeing
an enemy.

In Oct. 1814 he commanded the infantry of Lord Hastings' escort,
as Gov.-Gen., in his tour of inspection through Oude, Bareilly, and
Moradabad. In Dec. he was appointed to raise and discipline the 28th

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r^. ; T^hich service he perfolined to the ebtire salisfaGtion of the
Com.-in-Chief, as published ia general orders.

In July 1815 he returned to the command of his old batt. at Futteh-
gurh. In Oct. of that year he marched to join the force assembling
at Seetapoor, for service in the Nepaul hills, but which was directed
to return to cantonments the day it arrived at the place of rendezvous.
He again marched, in Jan. 1816, with his batt, to join a force as-
sembling a second time at Seetapoor, under Col. Nicholls. He pro-
ceeded with the detachment towards the Goorkah frontier ; but after
three days' march, an express arrived from Sir D. Ochterlony, that
peace was concluded with the Goorkah government ; on which the
corps was broken up. In March foUowitig he applied to be placed
on the invalid estabhshment, and th6 Gov.-Gen. appointed him to
the command of the Benares provincial J)at<., where he continued
until Nov, 1820, and then obtained leave to retiirii lo England, and
retire from the service.


(Bombay Establishment, j

Lieut-Col. Burr's father dying during the infancy of his son, the
latter was appointed a minor cadet on the Bombay establishment, an
institution then existing at all the British presidencies in India, and thus
became provided for in the army. In consequence of this appoints
ment, he was educated for the military profession, and after a few
years instruction in England, soon after the conclusion of the Ame-
rican war, proceeded to the south of France, where he was placed at
the Royal Military College of Soreze, in Languedoc ; a noble institu-
tion, under the superintendence of the Benedictine order, situated at
the foot of the Cevennes, add close to the famous basin of St. Ferriole,

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whence the great canal of Languedoc is supplied. At this princely
institution, at which the then Prince Royal of Savoy and Carignan
was at that time receiving his education, he remained till a few months
before his return to England ; soitoe time after which, and at a moment
when he was preparing to proceed to India, in virtue of his original
mihtary appointment, the whole of the minor cadets were struck off.
This unexpected circumstance occasioned his purchasing a commission
in H. M/s 41st reg. ; but the regency bill being then under discus^
sion, a considerable delay took place in expediting the commission,
during which, the Court of Directors having decided on sending out a
number of cadets to India, he obtained a nomination in the list for
Bombay, and, in consequence, withdrew the money which had been
paid for a commission in His Majesty's service.

Early in April 1789 he sailed for India ; and scon after his arrival
at Bombay, an expedition being contemplated against the pirates of
western India, who occupied the southern Concan in great force, he
volunteered for that service. This expedition, however, was never
sent, as about that time Tippoo Sultaun having made an attack on
the lines of Travancore, a strong detachment of the. Bombay army,
under the late Maj.-Gen. Hartley, left the presidency for Cranganoret
when he again volunteered with the grenadier batt. ; but before the ex-
pedition sailed, he was promoted to an ensigncy in the 1st Europ. reg,,
which did not proceed on service till the end of the year, when being
assembled at Tellicherry early in Dec, it composed a part of the
field force then forming in Malabar, under the immediate orders of
our then Gov. and Com.-in-Chief, Maj.-Gen. Sir Robert Abercromby,
who immediately proceeded against, and reduced Cananore, then the
head-quarters, and a principal station of the Sultaun's forces. On
the storm and fall of the surrounding positions, the whole of the troops
within the fortress laid down their arms, to the number of near 6000

After this service, and the capture of some forts of minor import-
ance to the southward, at which Ens. Burr had the good fortune to
be employed, the whole army were occupied for a considerable time.

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in opening a communication with the Sultaun's capital, through the
Coorga country. This, however, notwithstanding the extraordinary
exertions they made, ultimately proved unavailing, as the retreat of
Lord Cornwallis, with the combined Bengal and Madras army, from
the enemy's capital, obliged the Bombay division to return to Mala-
bar, after having reached Periapatam. As many of the sick and
stores were left at that place. Ens. Burr, who was at the time ill with
a violent fever, had a most narrow escape of falling into the hands of
the enemy : he was left on the ground, and wilh great difficulty suc-
ceeded, on the ensuing day, by avoiding the route the army had taken,
and going across, and through the jungly country, in overtaking it
while in full retreat to its former positions in Malabar. He had, how-
ever, the satisfaction of saving the whole of his baggage, though most
of that of the army was lost.

During the latter part of the campaign, this officer, having been
intermediately promoted to a lieutenantcy, had the honour of being
offered, though the junior officer of the corps, the command of the
grenadier company of the 2d batt. N. I., to exchange from the
1st Bombay reg., in the light con)pany of which corps he had been
placed as an ensign ; this compliment he accepted, and accompanied
his -Dew corps to Seringapatam the succeeding campaign, where it had
the honour of supporting his former regt. in the distinguished part
it bore in the action of the 22d Feb., exposed to the severe cannonade
of the fort, and fire of the army to which it was opposed without. On
the following morning hostilities were suspended, which led to the
partition treaty of 1792, and the consequent evacuation of Mysore,
and return of the Bombay army to Malabar, where Lieut. Burr's
corps was immediately, after the monsoon, employed against the
Noorganaad Rajah, who, falling into their hands, Lieut. Burr was
selected to guard him ; and, after his death, was appointed to ac-
company his successor in a tour he made to a neighbouring district,
in the performance of some religious ceremonies rendered necessary
by recent events. Some time after this his corps was again actively
employed; and it continued till the conclusion of 1794, serving in

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hopes, that similar success might attend llieir endeavours at otlMsr
equally eligible distances, but which were not realised, as no furtlier
discoveries of the kind occurred, though strong detachments were

several officers and men- This rendered it necessary to open batteries
agaioM the fort; it sustained a regular siege for several days, during

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ifASuAk Capt Burr coaunaiukd the greiMuUer batt* and flatik com-
fMttiies <>f his corps, embodied for that service ; and subsequeotlj took
possession of, and commanded a position in tiie city, till Cannojee
Row Gmcawar, a natural brotlier of the reigning prince, having
assembled b force in the ndghbonring districts, rendered it necessary
fee reinforce the lale Sir George, dien Maj., Holmes^s detachment.
Capt> Burr proceeded with a strong division 6f his corps to join the
fidd force, which was immediately after engagisd with the enemy in a
rery severe conflict near Soulte, and ultimately succeeded in driving
him from his position witii great loss iM both odes, capturing the
whole of his camp, the chief himself narrowly escaping. Neverthe-
less, a few weeks afterwards, being joined by str^mg reinforcements,
be again sustained an attack of several hours, at Chapiia on the
banks of die Watrook, which terminated in a second defeat! his
minister, with wtem Capt. Burr had a personal rencontre, and whose
seal of state he obtained possession of, was killed with many of his
followers •

These events, witfi some oliters of subordinate importance, afforded
the 'fidd brigade ample occupation, till the approach of tlie monsoon,
when the whole was broken up, and went into quarters for the rainy
season, Capt* Burros corps being stationed at Nerriaad.

Qn the breaking out of hostilities with Sdndia, a force having pro-
ceeded against Broach, under Col- Woodington's command, Capt B.
applied for permission to attempt the surprise of the important
and formidable fortress of Powagfaur, an immense fastness of ex-
cessive elevation, and so difficult of access as to be regarded im-
pregnable. Having, however, ascertained that the Bfaeels, in whose
districts it was situated, occasionally scaled die mountain, and
robbed the washermen of the garrison of their linen, Capt. Burr
was sanguine of success, through the assistance of these people. It
*was, however, deemed too hazardous an enterprise, and on die
fell of Broach the place was regularly besieged, and the lower
works being partially breached, the garrison were intimidated into
a surrender. -

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Col. J. Murray arrived soon after this events and took the commaiid
of a field force ordered to be formed for the reduction of Scindia's dis-

honourable testimonial by Lord Wellesley and the supreme govern-
ment, associated probably with some negociations of a politicai
nature, wherein the confidence of his commander, Col. Murray,

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had afforded him an opportunity of reodering himself usefiil with
Cannojee and the principalities on the frontier.

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offered^ and lids impDitant and intefestiDg nc^oeiattoii was^ oltimatd j

In the sucoeoding campaign, whilst co-operating with the Bengal
anny, then on its march to Pattecolla, with which view the Bombay
division advanced to Kanoon^ near Rewarree, within a few miles of
Delhi, this offieer, through the fnendly prepossessions in his ikVoon
and confidaitial intercourse he had established with Rjrchund, the
able bntcilUfated minister of the J^ypoor state, and acting under die
sanction and authority of his immediate commander, Maj.-Gen.
Jones, he was occupied in preliminary discussions w^tlmt minister
on the subject of a pacification with Holkar, who had at ttiat time
retired into ihe Panjab. These produced a most conciliatory com-
munication direct to the General ; it was immediately followed up
by a negoci^tion with the Com.*^in-Chief, which terminated* in a
peace with that chieflain, and put an end to the roost protracted and,
probably^ om^ expensive war the East India Ccnnpany had been fbr
some time involved in ; an event that might be said to consolidate the
peace of India for a period far exceeding any thing that cooM have
been reasonably anticipated.

On the return of the Bombay Guzerat army, the field force being
brdken up, this officer was appointed to the command of the 1st batt.
Tdi reg. then in the Deccan ; and soon after sent to Goa, where he
commanded at the fortress of the Aguada during the whole rfthe
dbcussions with that government) in the execution of which duty he
possessed the confid^ice, and acquitted himself to the entire satisfkc-
tion,of Col. (now Maj.-Gen.) Adams, who commanded the British force
within the Portuguese territories; to whose talents, as a statesman
and an officer, may be justly attributed the discomfiture of ev^ry
hostile machination ; with which view, his £xc- the Count de Sar-
ceedos bad been appointed, with a special commission and extra-
ordiiiary powers, through the then powerful influence and ascendancy
of the French cainnet at Lisbon*

An expedition into Kattywar being deemed necessary before the

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monsoon of 1609^ tltjb officer'* 'o»r(is was called to B<MhUay fbr tba»
pttipo6e» but, owing! to the impediments it met with bri ite pyntq^^ wvs
unaxoidably 4siaintd ftt Bcmibay to raplace ihe grenadier batt^of thd
l0t neg*^ wbicb wat^ in cofiseqiiaticc^ substituted. On'tUe teraiUM^
tiOQ of the mottsoon^ it iras, however, again ordered to join tbUt
foroe, than destMied for Cutchi but, in conseqiraice of the irruption
of Amit& Kban into Berar, directed immediately to join tlie force in
the Deccan, with which it soon afkr took theiield. ThisI Officer (than
major in the army, which rank he attained Blh Oct. 1607,) connnanded
the right brigade daring that campaign, whtcfa, howekrer, the divii&M]
being merely advanced for the eventual support of Gen* Close^ was
unattended with any active operation. The remainder, of that, aad
the succeecUng y^ear, bmng passed in cantonments at Swroor, afforded
him an opportunity of devoting his best endeavours, to theimpnMre-
mont of his corps ; which were rewarded by its attaininjgtthigh degree
of professioiml reputation*

In Dec. 1811 Maj« Bun^s batt. was relieved by the. grenadier batt«,
from Kaira, in Guaerat, whose position it was occupy ; in
pursuance of which, the batt had reached Panwdl, when an express
was received for its proceeding to Bombay, for the purpose of being,
embarked for Porebunder, in Katty war, to £6rm part of a fidd force
dtere assembled, for the attack of the Newanuggw B^j^ a poweiful
tributary of the Guicawar state- In obedience to this order, ttie^wbde
corps proceeded to the presidency, and a few days after embarked^
for what wafi[ considered a novel service 1340 strong, without a single
casualty from the day of the receipt of die order for its march ; an in*-
stance of honourable devotion to the officers, and the service, and^
which, it is mudi to be regretted, was attended with a very severe loss
to tiie corps, several of the boats in which it was embarked beingxlia*
masted, and driven back in a storm, and one, on board of which were>
two European officers, the assistant surgeon, and upwards of 100 men
and followers, foundering at sea, of whom only two were saved.

The service at Newanugger having honburaUy terminated, and
added to the oredit the corps had previously attained, this officer was

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ordered with it, and a troop of Bombay cavalry, to Guzerat, where
fresh intrigues at Baroda rendered it probable their presence would
be required ; every thing, however, was restored to tranquilhty b^ove
their arrival on the frontier, where, leaving the cavalry to cantoon at
Runpoor, he proceeded on to Kaira, and cantoned the corps. It
remained there till June 1815, part having been intermediately eon-
ployed on the northern frontier of the province, and part of it latterly
with the field force assembled on the Mayhe, under the command of
CoL George Holmes, in which this oflBcer (who had arrived at the
rank of lieut.-coL 21st Jan. 1813) commanded the 1st brigade.

This force being broken up in May, Lieut-Col. Burr's corps? was
immediately after directed to form a part of the field force, then or-
dered to be assembled in Katty war, under Col. East, with which it
continued during the whole of that service, and the succeeding cam*
paign in Cutch, where he commanded the attack against the im*
portant city and fortress of Anjar, which terminated in its breach and
reduction, its chief deeming it most prudent to surrender unconditk>n-
ally at a moment the arrangements for the immediate storm were
making, a powerful battery of five 18-pounders, erected during the
preceding night, having effected a practicable breach, and destroyed
the principal defences during the course of the day.

From Anjar the force proceeded to Booj ; when negp^BXiwk^j sue*
ceeded by a peace taking place, the ulterior objects of the camp«.ign
were directed to the subjugation of the insubordinate districts ol'
Cutch, and reduction of the remaining fatnesses occupied by the
pirates of Oakamandal in that segregated peninsula. A most violent

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