"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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