insolence with which this deputation was met. The officers were refused admittance, and after a long delay were compelled to retire from the door without having delivered the Commodore's letter.
Commodore Lambert at once declared the blockade of the rivers, and, in retaliation for the insults offered to the British Blockade declared. Government, seized a royal ship and proceeded down
the river, having previously taken on board such British subjects as wished to We. The Fox anchored opposite the great stockade. The Burmans opened fire, which was returned by the Fox with shot and shell. The Burmese battery Was soon silenced, and the war-boats on shore destroyed by the boats of the Fox and Phlegethon. Meanwhile a stockade on the opposite bank opened fire on the Hermes, but her heavy guns and a few rockets soon put an end to the Burmese firing.
When these events were communicated to the Government, another attempt was made to avert war, and a letter spnt to the king of Ava calling on hima
1*1, to apologise for the insult offered to the British officers at Rangoon ;
2nd, to pay an indemnity of one million rupees ;
3rd, that the British agent at Rangoon should be received with due respect ;
4th, the governor of Rangoon to be removed.
Failing the fulfilment of these conditions on or before the 1st April, he was informed that immediate war would be declared.
On receipt of this letter the Burmese Government at once commenced preparations for war.
The Governor General, warned by the first war, took immediate steps after the despatch of his letter for ensuring that the force to be employed against Burma in case the king refused to accede to the demands made should be in the field cf action by the 1st of April, so as to be able to commence hostilities immediately after that date. By the 23rd March some of the troops from Bengal had left, and the rest were ready to embark. General godwin, c.b.,* had been nominated to command, and the staff appointments bad been filled up.
The land force consisted of the following troops :a
18th Royal Irish. I 40th Bengal Native Infantry.
80th Kegiment (wing). j 67th Bengal Native Infantry.
51st Kings Own Light Infantry. 26th Madras Native Infantry.
9th Madras Native Infantry. 5 companies artillery with 16 guns.
35th Madras Native Infantry. 2 companies Sappers and Miners,
taking a total, exclusive of artillery, of 5,250. These troops were con-vAyed in twelve transports. n . __ . .
The fleet destined to co-operate under the command of Rear-Admiral austen, c.b., was composed ofa
Her Majesty's shipsa
^ Hen. Guns.
A ^ttler " (Flag ship), Commander A. Mellish ... 130 11
" r " A m Lambert ... ***
Vermes" a a Fishbourne ... 120 6
Salamander" a a Ellman ... 135 6
I^nt" Louard ... 125 16
Gunboat ... 10 1
_ 818 ~80
* General Godwin was invested with full diplomatic authority.* General Godwin was invested with full diplomatic authority.