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ENTERTAINMENT TO LORD ELLENBOROUGH AT

CALCUTTA.

A FAREWELL entertainment was given by the officers of the corps belonging to the presidency division of the Bengal army, on the 29th July, at the Town Hall. It was not intended to be a public dinner ; consequently, neither the Governor-General, nor any of the Members of Council, nor the judges were present. “ The entertainment,” says the Englishman, “was, in all points of view, a private one, and in no respect bore more of a military character than those outward forms of compliment usual at mess dinners, which nobody dreams of calling public parties.” The decorations of the Town Hall, both external and internal (judging from the graphic representations now before us) were splendid. The grand entrance steps were inclosed with a profusion of foliage; the steps all the way up were lined with the Grenadiers of her Majes. ty's 10th regiment. The dinner-room, brilliantly lighted up, was lined and ceiled with tri-coloured cloth, blue, pink, and yellow, according to the pattern of the military ribbon of India, and at the end, opposite to where his lordship sat, was a transparency of a town in a state of siege, whilst round the apartment were arranged flags and medallion representations of the various medals which his lordship had conferred on the army. The upper hall was arranged in the form of a pavilion, and at the head of the table rose a rich canopy. On the top of the stair leading to the pavilion was a canopy over the bust of the Duke of Wellington, surrounded by the light company of the 10th. The effect is represented to have been unusually rich and tasteful.

Between 200 and 300 officers, from Calcutta, Barrackpore, and Dum Dum, assembled to meet his lordship, who was received with a cordiality and unrestrained exhibition of feeling which must have made a lasting impression upon him. The troops were drawn up at the portico to receive him, and upon his reaching the entrance, the whole body of officers descended to meet and welcome him—the soldiers cheered him, and the welcome was re-echoed by the crowds of native spectators who had assembled round the building. No Company's soldiers were to be seen, but the whole wing of her Majesty's 10th was present.

After the usual loyal toasts, General Cooper, the president, proposed the toast of the evening, “ Lord Ellenborough,” which he prefaced by a few words much to the point, and without any allusion to the public question connected with his lordship’s return to England, expressing the feelings of the company towards him, in his private capacity. The toast was received with a burst of applause which was continued for many minutes, without any cessation, and renewed, with augmented vigour, for several rounds.

Lord Ellenborough rose and addressed the Company as follows :

“ Gentlemen : I thank you most cordially for this last testimony of your kindness, which is, I assure you, only the more gratifying to me because offered altogether on grounds personal to myself, and having no reference to any political or military measures of my government. I thank all the officers of the united army of India for the uniform cordiality and kindness with which they have at all times everywhere received me. I thank them for the confidence they from the first reposed in me, and which no circumstances have, I believe, ever led them to withdraw. They fairly appreciated the difficulties of my position, and they gave me credit for having at heart the national honour. I thank you all for the invariable zeal and devotedness with which every instruction I have ever given to a military man has been executed, and, above all, for that spirit of enterprise and that noble ardour in the field, which, emulated by the troops of both services, have led in these later times to achievements Dever surpassed in the most splendid periods of our military history.

“ Gentlemen: I congratulate you on the high testimony borne to these later achievements by the great man who can best appreciate military services, and who is himself connected with the brightest glories of past times. Let it not be supposed that the glories so obtained are barren glories, obtained only at a great public cost, and productive of no benefit to the people. In India, the continued reputation of our arms is an indispensable condition of our existence; and if at this moment the revenue and the commerce of this country, and the condition of the people, be, as they are, changed indeed from the state in which I found them, to a state of unexampled prosperity, it is to the peace dictated by our arms to China under the walls of Nankin; it is to the general sense that our rule will always be exercised in a spirit of liberality as well as of justice and of kind consideration and favour towards the troops of both services that this result is to be attributed.

“Gentlemen : The only regret I feel in leaving India, is that of being separated from the army. The most agreeable, the most interesting period of my life has been that which I have passed here, in cantonments and in camp. I hare learnt to estimate the high qualities of the officers of the united armies. Amongst them I now leave the friends I most respect and regard. I have learnt to estimate the admirable character of the native sepoy, elevated as it is by his confidence in the British officer, and by European example in the field. Amongst them are some of the noblest of soldiers, deeply attached to those by whom they are led, and full of enthusiastic devotion to military honour. Cherislı that confidence, cherish that attachment and that devotion by every act of kindness, of consideration, and regard. Be assured that it is to the zealous obedience of a contented native army that the security in India, which has been reestablished by two years of victories without a single check, and its unexampled prosperity, are to be directly traced.

* Gentlemen: I sincerely congratulate you on the appointment which bas been made of Sir Henry Hardinge, as my successor. A good soldier himself, he will justly appreciate good soldiers. Confiding in the judgment and having the advice and support of the Duke of Wellington, he cannot fail to take a correct view of the real interests of India. His practical acquaintance with service in the field, and with all the details of military finance, and of the internal economy of regionents, must necessarily render him much more competent than I could ever have become, even with the best intentions and my utmost industry, to deal with all questions connected with the comfort of the troops, and with the efficiency of the army; and our past experience of his conduct in office in England affords the most satisfactory assurance that his power is the magic charm by which in India a few govern millions, by which this empire has been won, and by which alone it can be preserved. These are the last words of earnest advice I shall address to you in India. I now bid you all most sincerely and cordially farewell. I shall soon be far from you; but my heart remains with this army, and wherever I may be, and as long as I live I shall be its friend."

Loud cheering repeatedly interrupted his lordship, and when he sat down, the huzzas became tremendous.

Colonel Burlton next proposed the health of the Governor-General, Sir Henry Hardinge. He said :

“ Gentlemen,-Complimentary speech-making formed no part of my education, neither does it form part of the profession of a soldier, and I must, there. fore, bespeak your favourable indulgence to my deficiencies on the present occasion. I should be sorry, gentlemen, to make any remarks that could lay us open to the imputation of paying unbecoming court or adulation to a rising sun; but it is most gratifying to all our feelings, and strictly compatible with a legitimate and honest independence, to hail the departing glories of that which is now setting, as well as to express our grateful sense of the benefits he has diffused amongst us, whether in his morning, his meridian, or his erening splendour, and for this purpose it is that we are assembled here to-night. We have met here to do honour, or rather to attempt to do honour, as far as our humble means will admit, to our noble guest (who has been justly termed, who has openly avowed himself, and has most emphatically proved himself to be, our friend), and, at the same time, to mark our regret at his approaching de. parture from amongst us. Gentlemen, we should be cold and insensate, indeed, if we did not feel that regret. During the highly eventful period of our noble friend's administration, the armies of India have marched on from victory to victory, unclouded by failure, unchecked by defeat; and, under his auspices, they have retrieved the disasters which, for a time, o'ershadowed our national honour; they have effaced the foul blot which also, for a time, had been allowed to sully the purity and brightness of the banners of our country, and they have triumphantly replanted those banners on the citadel of Ghuzni and the Bala Hissar of Cabul. Under his auspices, they have fought and conquered at Mecanee and Hyderabad ; at Maliarajpore under his own eye, and at Punniar on the same day, almost within his hearing of their cannon. How the ser. vices which those armies have performed have been acknowledged, rewarded, and honoured by our distinguished guest, it must be superfluous for me to tell you; and, indeed, you have only to look around, and you will see many here present who bear on their breasts proud and speaking testimonials of their own merit, and, if I may venture to say so, of his gratitude. Gentlemen, we do feel very sincere regret at this approaching departure of our noble friend; but, in the midst of that regret, we find consolation when we turn to the distinguished individual who succeeds him in his high and honourable office, and from whom we may surely calculate on receiving the same kindness and consideration that have shone forth so conspicuously in all the public or private acts of his predecessor, in connection with the army. Eminent in the cabinet as well as in the field, the name of Sir Henry Hardinge has been already recorded in the pages of history, and it will go down to posterity as that of one of the bright galaxy of British chivalry which adorned the nineteenth century, as well as that of the associate, co-adjutor, and friend of the immortal Wellington. It would be presumptuous, and indeed it must be superfluous, for me to say a word respecting that distinguished individual, after the high eulogium which we have just heard pronounced on him by our noble guest ; but I may, notwithstanding, congratulate the army of India on the accession of such a person as Sir Henry Hardinge to office of Governor-General of this vast empire. As an old soldier, we may cherish a confident assurance that the interests, the welfare, and the honour of the army, will be dear to him as they have been to his predecessor. If his administration be one of peace, we doubt not that we shall at all times receive at his hands the same courtesy, urbanity, and kindness, which we have ever experienced in all our intercourse with Lord Ellenborough. Should it be our fortune again to take the field, under his auspices, we doubt not that any small services we may be happy enough to perform will be fairly appreciated, acknowledged, and rewarded, in the same liberal spirit that they have ever been by his predecessor; and lastly, when at the close of his administration he retires to his native land to receive, as we hope our noble friend is about to do, some high and distinguishing mark of favour from our beloved sovereign, he may in like manner rest assured that he will carry with him, as Lord Ellenborough now does, the respect, the gratitude, and the affection of the whole army of India. Gentlemen, let us drink, then, to the health of our new Governor-General, the Right Hon. Sir Henry Hardinge."

The speech was loudly cheered throughout, and the toast was received most heartily.

Capt. Champneys, in proposing the health of the Duke of Wellington, ob. served :

“ I bave a toast to propose,-a bumper toast! It is one which needs no lengthened preface, for the illustrious statesman whose health I shall now give is known and revered by every British soldier. He is the acknowledged friend of our noble guest, and of the Indian army. His time-honoured name is already emblazoned in the pages of history. Gentlemen, Great Britain knows and acknowledges the worth of him whose health I am about to propose; but highly as he undoubtedly is estimated, it will only be hereafter, when the difficulty is felt in replacing him, that his full meed of universal admiration, as a soldier and a statesman, will be accorded. Gentlemen, may that day be long distant; and let us drink, with due honours, the health of His Grace the Duke of Wellington, the personal friend of our distinguished guest.” (Great cheering.)

The health of Sir Hugh Gough was introduced in a few plain, soldierly, and effective words, by Brigadier Frith. This ended the proceedings.

Lord Ellenborough was supported on the right by the artillery officer who proposed the Commander-in-Chief, and on the left by Major-Gen. Cartwright. Between each toast a lady sang-supposed to be Madame Cailly, whose voice was accompanied by a pianoforte, played by a young officer.

The party broke up at about half-past eleven o'clock, when Lord Ellenborough took his departure, accompanied by the officers to the door of his carriage, and cheered as upon his arrival.

East-India Civil and Military Services.

(From the Indian Mail.) ARRIVALS REPORTED IN ENGLAND.

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MILITARY

Bengal Estab.–Surg. Joseph Worral), 8th N. I.

Brev. capt. Henry Henchman, 57th N.I.
Maj. Fred. S. Sotheby, C.B., artillery, retired.

Brev. capt. Thomas Renny, engineers.
Madras Estab.–Lieut. William Youngson, 14th N.I.

Lieut. John C. Day, 17th N.I.
Major-gen. Thomas King, 25th N. I.
Capt. Edward V. P. Holloway, 42nd N. I.
Lieut. col. John Laurie, 45th N.I.
Ens. James Cundy, 49th N.I.
Assist, surg. Samuel Cox, horse artillery.

Lieut. John W. Tombs, engineers.
Bombay Estab. - Assist. surg. Edward Sabben.

MARINE.

Bombay Estab. - Mr. George P. Cavendish, Indian Navy.

PERMITTED TO RETURN TO THEIR DUTY IN INDIA.

CIVIL.

Bengal Estab. – Mr. John R. Colvin, vid Egypt.

Mr. John C. Dick.

MILITARY.

Bengal Estab.—Lieut. Stamford W. R. Tulloch, 22nd N. I.

Capt. John A. Barstow, 37th N. I.
Ens. Thomas E. B. Lees, 43rd N. I., overland, Dec.
Lieut. Arthur H. C. Sewell, 47th N.I., overland, Oct.
Capt. Arthur Knyvett, 64th N.I., overland.
Capt. Fred. Knyvett, 64th N.I., overland, Oct.

Assist. surg. Henry Sill.
Madras Estab.–Lieut. Charles W. Gordon, 7th Lt. Cav.

Lieut. Jonathan Fowler, 8th Lt. Cav.
Lieut. Tom H. Atkinson, 15th N.I.
Lieut. col. George Grantham, 31st Lt. Inf.
Ens. Henry R. Smith, 40th N.I.

Lieut. Thomas Greenaway, 46th N. I.
Bombay Estab.–Lieut. col. George J. Wilson, Ist N.I., overland, Nov.

Lieut. Hen. Lodwick, 10th N.I., overland, Nov.
Capt. W. G. Hebbert, engineers, overland, Dec.
Lieut. Philip L. Hart, engineers, overland, Nov.
Surg. Andrew Montgomery, overland, Nov.

MARINE.

Bombay Estab. Mr. Harry N. Garrett, I.N.? By the Sir

Mr. Walter M. Pengelly, I. N. s Charles Napier.

GRANTED AN EXTENSION OF LEAVE AT HOME.

MILITARY.

Bengal Estab.Lieut. col. Henry Hall, C.B., 4th N.I., 6 months.

Maj. Lawrence N. Hull, 16th N.I., 6 months.
Madras Estab.— Capt. Thomas Fair, 3rd Lt. Inf., 6 months.
Bombay Estab. — Maj. Charles Johnson, 3rd N. I., 6 months.

Col. William Cavaye, 6th N. I., 6 months.
Lieut. Charles R. Dent, artillery, 6 months.

MARINE

Bombay Estab.–Lieut. Walter Jardine, I. N., 6 months.

Lieut. William Selby, I.N., till 1st Jan. 1845.

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