Extract of a letter from George Swinton, Esq., to Sir A. Campbell, dated
" Fort William, 18th March, 1825."
I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch relative to the capture of the strong post of Than-ta-bain, or Quangalee, by a detachment of troops under the command of Lieutenant-colonel Godwin, aided by a party of seamen under Captain Chads and Lieutenants Keele and Hall. The governor-general in council is happy to observe, in the signal and complete success which attended the operations against Than-ta-bain, the same judgment, energy, and skill, on the part of Lieutenant-colonel Godwin, which distinguished his conduct op the occasion of his being detached against Martaban, and which again demand the unqualified approbation and applause of his lordship in council.
To Captain Chads, the governor-general in council desires to express his constant acknowledgments for the distinguished share he bore in the action. His lordship in council has also noticed, with particular satisfaction, the characteristic gallantry displayed by Lieutenants Keele and Hall, who, with their boats' crews, were the first to enter the enemy's fort, followed by Captain O'Reilly of the grenadiers of his majesty's 41st regiment. His lordship in council requests that these sentiments of the supreme government may be conveyed to Captain Chads and Lieutenants Keele and Hall, through the senior officer of his majesty's ships.
I now beg leave to acknowledge my obligations to Captain Alexander, C.B., senior naval officer, and commanding the flotilla, for his hearty and cordial co-operation on all occasions since we have served together, and for his very great exertions on the present occasion, in bringing up stores and provisions. Since we have been before Donoobew, 11 of the enemy's large class war-boats have been captured by our advanced boats, under his own immediate orders; making, with others, evacuated by their crews, 38 first-rate war-boats now in our possession ; and I have every reason to think that only five of the large squadron, the enemy had stationed at this place, have succeeded in escaping. A vast number of other boats of an excellent description, have also fallen into our hands. By Brigadier-general Cotton, and all the officers embarked, the zeal and incessant labour of his majesty's navy are mentioned in terms of high admiration.
In my former despatch, dated Feb. 24th, I gave you the names of all officers and young gentlemen commanding boats, and I again request you will be pleased to recommend them to the favourable
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