The defeat of the ABDALLEES.

AFTER a consultation of the princi­pal Omrahs, it was determined, that the army should advance beyond the plain of Karnal, which had proved so unfor­tunate to the troops of Hindostan, in the action with Nadir Shah; they therefore proceeded to the ferry of Matcheewareh, and encamped on the banks of the Setluje. Here they received intelli­gence, that Ahmed Shah, after crossing the Rawee, had gone to Sirhind, and was now possessing himself of all the treasure and effects in that quarter; upon which the Shahzadeh with the army, turned back again, and marched towards Sirhind.

When they arrived within four cose of Sirhind, a cannonading commenced on both sides, which was repeated for sixteen days, till the 22d of Rebby ul Awwel, A. H. 1161, (or 10th March, 1748,) when both armies drew up in order of battle.

Kummereddeen Khan was sitting in his tent after having performed his prayers, intending to proceed shortly to action, when a cannon-ball from the enemy, struck him on the side, and deprived him of life. His son Maayen ul Mulk, immediately informed the Shah­zadeh and Sefder Jung of this dire event; and after calling together the officers of his deceased father’s troops, represented to them the necessity of keeping his death secret from the army; assured them of his resolution to conquer or perish in the action, and desired that those who were not hearty in the cause would retire. They were all animated by his example, and promised to support him at the expence of their lives; then having caused it to be reported, that the Vizier not choosing to stir abroad that day, had appointed his son to act in his stead, Maayen ul Mulk mounted his elephant, and led on the troops to the charge. The Abdallees sustained the attack with valour; and the contest was bloody and obstinate on both sides. Maayen ul Mulk displayed great military skill and intrepidity. Janish Khan was killed.

The Abdallees were now gaining the advantage, owing to the deser­tion of Isseree Singh, and his troops, which left one of the flanks of the Imperial army entirely exposed to the enemy, till Sefder Jung advanced to its sup­port; Mayeen ul Mulk renewed the attack, the enemy suffered great slaughter, and at length were obliged to retreat. On account of the death of the Vizier, the Shahzadeh did not think proper to pursue the enemy, but encamped on the banks of the Setluje, where we will now leave him.