culminating acts which brought about the intervention of the Indian Government were two instances of arbitrary exercise of authority over shipsa captains. In one case the Commander of the British ship Monarch was cast into prison and money extorted from him on a false charge of murdering a pilot, who had been lost overboard through his own rashness. The second incident was of a similar character, the captain in this instance being charged without any justification with the murder of one of his crew. The British
Indian Government of an accredited resident at Rangoon. On New Years Day, 1852, a reply was received by Commodore Lambert, commanding the British squadron, to the effect that the King was anxious a to comply with the demands which had been made and to maintain the relations of peace.a Four days later the new Governor appointed by the King appeared at Rangoon aempowered by the King to settle the claims of the Indian Government.a He came attended by a numerous retinue who were accommodated
accumulated spoils of office. The very next day the new Governor sent to Mr. Birrell, a British merchant, a demand that he should take down a flagstaff he had erected and remove a gun he had placed in position on the landing stage. Acting on the advice of Commodore Lambert, Mr. Birrell declined to accede to the demand, whereupon the Governor issued orders that all communication with the shipping should be stopped. Not wishing to give the authorities the slightest excuse for belligerent action, the British
residents in Burma made these occurrences the basis of a formal appeal to the Indian Government for the adoption of measures to remove the intolerable conditions under which they traded.
Lord Dalhousie, the then Governor-General, responded to the appeal by sending a squadron to Rangoon with a demand for satisfaction for the outrages which had been perpetrated, and for full official sanction to the posting by the
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in a flotilla of gorgeously decorated State barges. The expectation of the foreign community was that the ex-Governor would be put upon his trial for his misdeeds, but it soon became evident that nothing was further from the Burmese intentions than to give satisfaction. On January 6, the peccant official departed in triumph up the river with his family and a large retinue and fifty boats in which were placed, it was stated, the
commander advised Mr. Birrell to remove the flagstaff and the gun, and this was subsequently done. Up to this point the Governor had taken no notice of the Commodore, and a messenger of the subordinate staff, Mr. Edwards, was consequently sent ashore to inquire the cause of the official silence and to ask when it would be convenient for him to receive a public communication. The Governoras bearing was courteous,commander advised Mr. Birrell to remove the flagstaff and the gun, and this was subsequently done. Up to this point the Governor had taken no notice of the Commodore, and a messenger of the subordinate staff, Mr. Edwards, was consequently sent ashore to inquire the cause of the official silence and to ask when it would be convenient for him to receive a public communication. The Governora s bearing was courteous,