OUR TRIP TO BURMAH.
THE HISTORY OF THE FIRST BURMESE WAR. (1824 to 1826.)
So much has of late years been saidaand in some respects deservedly saidawith regard to the extent and completeness of arrangements for our troops in India in time of war, that we are apt to believe such has always been the case. The available materials do not enable us to extend our remarks on this subject beyond the time of the first Rangoon warabetween 1824 and 1826; but the particulars in regard to it to which we have had access will tend to impress the reader with the idea that then, at any rate, the manner in which the expedition was fitted out, and arrangements made for the ordinary requirements of the troops, were such as to reflect small credit upon those concerned.
The extent and severity of the sickness which during these two years prevailed among our troops in Ava are matters of history. Among the causes which contributed to their production, Dr. Burke* enumerated athe want of fresh and wholesome provisions, the want of watch-cloaks, very severe duty, particularly night duty, and the very heavy rains which continued to pour down for five or six months without intermission.aa aDuring the war in Rangoon in 1826, the 38th Regiment became very unhealthyafever, dysentery, and what was called a beri beri/ prevailing to a great extent.a The fever was followed by a state of exhaustion, debility, swelling of the legs, etc., and was rapidly followed by dysentery, sponginess, dropsy of the chest, abdomen, and legs, hospital gangrene, and increased debility. By some medical officers this condition was recorded as a beri beri a; others, however, detected it to be scurvy, notwithstanding that a fresh beef, bread, tea sugar, milk, beer in large quantities, yams, pumpkins, lime juice, spruce, and pickles were all issued to the sick without benefit;a nor did the surgeon fail to notice that the other
* At the time Inspector-General in India.* At the time Inspector-General in India.