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APPENDIX I. HISTORY OF THE SANNYASI REBELLION. FROM WARREN HASTING'S LETTER IN GLEIG'S MEMOIRS. You will hear of great disturbances committed by the Sunnyasis, or wandering Fakeers, who annually infe t the province, about this time of the year in pilgrimages to Jaggarnaut, going in bodies of 1 Ooo and sometimes even Io,000 men. An officer of reputation (Captain Thomas) lost his life in an unequal attack upon a party of these banditti, about 3,000 of thcm, ncar 18 ungpore with a small party of Purgunnah Sepoys, which inas made them more talked of than they desorvo. The revenue, however, has felt the cffects of their ravages in the no: thern districts. The new cstablishmcht of Sepoys which is now forming on the plan enjoined by the Court of Direct, irs and the distri bution of them ordered for thc internal protection of the provinces, will, I hope, effectually secure them heat-after from Sir George Colebrookc-dated,2nd February 1773–Gleig's Memoirs Vol. 1282 Our own province has worn soline these incursions.—Hastings to thing of a warlike appearance, this year, having been infested by a band of Sannyasis, who have defeated two small pai ties of Purgunnah Sepoys (a rascally crops) and cut off the two officers who Commanded Thomas whom you know. Four battalions of the brigade Sepoys are now in pursuit of them, but thy will not stand any engagement and have neithe? camp equipage, nor even clothes, to retard them. One was Captain Yet make an example their flight. I hope we shall yet of some of them as they are shut in by rivers which they cannot pass when closely pursued. The history of the people is curious. They inhabit or rathcr possess the country lying south of the hills of Tibbet from Caubul to China. They go mostly makcd, they have neither towns, houses, nor families ; but rove continually from place to place recruiting their number with the bellthiest children they can steal in the countries through which they pass. I hus they are the stoutest and the most active men in India. Many are merchants. They arc all pilgrims and held by all castes of Gentoos in great veneration. This infatuation prevents our obtaining any intclligence of their motions or a d from the country against them, notwithstanding very rigid orders which have bcen published for that they ofton appear iii heart of the pro these purposes, ill so much vince as if they diopped from heaven, They are hardy, bold and enthusiastic to a degree surpassing credit. Such arc the Sannyasis, the Gipsies of Hindustan, We have dissolved all the Purgunnah Sopoys and fixed stations of the brigade Sepoys on our slontiers, which are to be employed only in the desence of the provinces, and to be relieved every three months. This I hope will secure the peace of the country against future irrup. tions, and as they are no longer to be