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gifted with no intellectual faculty higher than plain good sense,
he fully appreciated the powers of his brilliant coadjutor.
Though he had made a methodical study of military tactics,
and, like all men regularly bred to a profession, was disposed
to look with disdain on interlopers, he had yet liberality enough
to acknowledge that Clive was an exception to common rules.
“ Some people,” he wrote, “are pleased to term Captain Clive
fortunate and lucky; but, in my opinion, from the knowledge I
have of the gentleman, he deserved and might expect from his
conduct every thing as it fell out;—a man of an undaunted
resolution, of a cool temper, and of a presence of mind which
never left him in the greatest danger—born a soldier; for,
without a military education of any sort, or much conversing
with any of the profession, from his judgment and good sense,
he led on an army like an experienced oflicer and a brave
soldier, with a prudence that certainly warranted success.”
The French had no commander to oppose to the two friends.
Dupleix, not inferior in talents for negotiation and intrigue to
any European who has borne a part in the revolutions of India,
was ill qualified to direct in person military operations. He
had not been bred a soldier, and had no inclination to become
one. His enemies accused him of personal cowardice; and he
defended himself in a strain worthy of Captain Bobadil. He
kept away from shot, he said, because silence and tranquillity
were propitious to his genius, and he found it diflicult to
pursue his meditations amidst the noise of fire-arms. IIe was
thus under the necessity of intrusting to others the execution
of his great warlike designs; and he bitterly complained that
he was ill served. He had indeed been assisted by one oflicer
of eminent merit, the celebrated Bussy. But liussy had
marched northward with the Nizam, and was fully employed in
looking after his own interests, and those of France, at the
court of that prince. Among the officers who remained with

Duph-ix, there was not asinglc man of capacity; and many of

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