The next year Jewar Sing, the son and successor of Surujh Mul, A H. 1178.
A D. 1764.
in order to revenge the death of his father, who had been killed the year before in battle against Nujeib ul Dowla, collected together all his own followers, and being reinforced by thirty thousand Marhattas under Mulhar Row, and twenty-five thou­sand Sicks under several different chiefs, laid siege to the city of Dehly.—The siege lasted three months; in which time Nujeib ul Dowla, having written advice of his situation to Almed Shah Durranny, and solicited his aid, his Majesty immediately marched from Cabul where he then was, and to avoid any interruption from the Sicks, he proceeded along the skirts of the mountains, and had reached as far as Gurry Kotanah, when a peace was con­cluded between Nujeib ul Dowla and Jewar Sing, through the mediation of Mulhar Row, and the siege of Dehly was raised. Nujeib ul Dowla immediately sent intelligence of this to the Duranny Shah, and after expressing his gratitude for the ready assistance his Majesty had afforded him, he entreated him to return from the place which he was then at, least the arrival of his army in the neighbourhood of Dehly, should renew the calamities of that unhappy city.—The Durranny Shah, according to this address, repassed the Sutledge, and marched back towards his own country by the Lahore road.

In the mean time, the Sick chiefs, determined to revenge the defeat they had suffered at Barnala,—assembled their whole force at Amrutsur, to the number of sixty thousand horse and foot; and took an oath to exert every effort to cut off the Shah’s army. SIC. Almed Shah Durranny receiving advice of this, sent a person to the Sick leaders in quality of Ambassador, to negociate a peace with them, and prevent that effusion of blood, which their des­perate determination threatened to produce;—but on the arrival of this person in the camp of the Sicks, instead of listening to his proposals, they plundered him and his followers, and drove them away.—Almed Shah Durranny finding all accommodation impos­sible, marched immediately to give battle to the Sicks; and com­ing to Amrutsur in the evening, encamped close to the enemy. In the morning the Sicks drew up their army on foot, and imme­diately proceeded to attack the Durrannies sword in hand; and the Durrannies, with equal resolution, received their attack on foot also. The battle was long and bloody, and the loss so great on both sides, that at length both armies drew off to their respective camps; the next morning neither party was inclined to renew the conflict, and the Shah resumed his march without any fur­ther interruption.*

Some time after this, Ahmed Shah Durranny died, and was succeeded by his son the Prince Timur Shah, who has been too much employed on the side of Persia in keeping possession of the provinces usurped by his father from that empire, to have leisure for attempting to reduce the power of the Sicks.—Nor has any Potentate yet appeared on the side of Hindostan, equal to such a task:—some feeble attempts have been made, which have only confirmed the strength of the Sicks Government, as a little water thrown on a fire, does but increase its heat: so that for twenty years past, they have employed themselves in completely reducing the whole country from Attock to Karnal, and dividing it among their own sect.

Soon after the last expulsion of the Aumils of the Durranny Shah, the Sicks held a general Diet at Amrutsur, in which they determined to call in the rupees which were struck in the name of Jessa Kelal, and to strike them for the future in the name of their Gooroos, with an inscription to this effect, “Gooroo Gobind Sing, received from Nanuck, the Daig,* the sword and rapid victory,” which coin is current throughout their dominions to this day.

Thus has the Divine pleasure notified to Gooroo Gobind, been at length fulfilled; and thus has Providence raised up this sect in consideration of the piety and charity of Gooroo Nanuck its founder, that mankind beholding the reward of virtue, may learn to practise it.