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363 354 421 477 503 598
2d Feb. 1807. 24th Dec. 1807.
gain to the revenue, and the value of Year. No. of ships. Finished landing.
14th Jan. 1804. property preserved to individuals by
29th Dec, 1804. these means, amount annually to se
22d Jan. 1806. veral hundred thousand pounds.
1806 The report claims, as belonging to
1807 the establishment, credit for whatever
593 finish. Dec. 3. 1808. s: benefits have resulted to the West Exclusive of smaller vessels and craft, India trade from the warehousing
From these returns it will be seen, E system; the adoption of which, it is that within the last year
the company well known, had been long contem. have unloaded 65 ships more than in plated by a great statesman, and only the preceding season, and 174 ships
suspended until suitable accommoda more than the average number of the I tions for security of the revenue were five previous years. It is also stated, 14 provided, and that when these ob that, notwithstanding the embarrass
jections were removed by the com ments which the well-known stagnapany, the measure was immediately tion of export trade caused in the last resorted to by the legislature. season, by producing an extraordinary
It is also remarked, that the charges accumulation of goods in the wareon the import trade which the com- houses, and.consequent scarcity of
pany receive, and to which they are stowage room, the company actually ce limited by law, during the extent of unloaded, in the space of five months,
the charter, are taken exactly at the from the beginning of July to the existing standard of those charges at beginning of November, upwards of
the time of passing the act, although 460 ships, besides smaller vessels, &c., * these rates had been previously al. with cargoes comprising upwards of most annually advancing, and colla.
of sugar, rum, coffee, cotterally, with other expences of trade, 221,000 casks
top, &c. &c., not incluit would probably have still further ad- 137,000 bags
ding wood, and many
packages of other arti* vanced; consequently, that positive 11,000 bales
cles ; in this quantity beaby and considerable advantages were by
ing contained this speculation alone secured to the 159,800 hhds. and tierces sugar, public.
26,900 puncheons and hhds. rum, To demonstrate the increase of the 31,600 hhds, and tierces på West India trade, and that the com
*} coffee. ji pany's means and resources have kept That by their means and exertions, he pace with that progress, several state. notwithstanding the unusual difficul
ments taken from the books are pre- ties above alluded to, the whole reof sented ; and the report appeals to facts gular shipping of the season had been * as the most incontrovertible evidence, cleared of their cargoes with unpreie and the only sure test by which the cedented dispatch ; and from these 14 company's conduct in performance of circumstances, the extent and compe
its engagements with the publicought tency of the accommodation pro# to be judged. The first statement vided by the company for the trade by shews the comparative number of may be estimated : but in further cor# West India ships, and the dispatch roboration of this part of the case, #given at the docks for the last six an additional statement is given, of years, viz ;
the quantity of goods actually depo
hhds, and tierces} coffee.
sited within the warehouses at one finances ; as to the second, by th time, exclusive of articles on the details furnished by, and the fact quays, &c., which consisted of
connected with this report ; and a 153,600 casks
to the last, it may fairly be demande 207,800 bags of various commodities;
whether one single instance can b 11,600 chests
produced. 1,500 bales
7th. LONDON.-A naval and mili whereof 102,600 were hhds. and tierces sugar,
tary ball has been announced, for th 14,600 puncheons and hhds. rum, benefit of the Spanish patriots, b 38,200
Mr Wilson. This is certainly a ver 190,100 bags
laudable undertaking, and deserve That the warehouse-room for sugar the highest encouragement ; not tha at the free quays, previous to the any great sum can be expected to ac existence of the docks, according to crue from the profits of a ball; bu the best computation that could be such a glorious example, if followe made, was not capable of containing by the proprietors of all public place one third of the quantity of that arti- of amusement, would ensure a sur cle actually lodged at one time in that would do credit to the list o the company's warehouses; and that subscriptions in the aid of the glo some inference might thus be drawn rious cause. as to the advantages resulting to the Letters were received yesterday trade from the completion of the from the frontiers of Catalonia, da company's works, and also what ted the 24th November. They state must have been its present situation, that Barcelona was completely invest increased as it is, without the inter- ed, and that the bombardment of th position of this, or some similar insti- citadel was carried on with grea tution.
spirit. Having submitted these and other The brave corps of English caval details, to shew the competency of ry which disembarked at Coruna, ang the company's accommodations to which, from its splendid and military the extended state of the West India appearance, was the admiration of al trade, and to prove the fulfilment of who beheld it, has, under the order their public engagements, the report of Lord Paget, covered itself with concludes thus :
glory. On the 20th instant, 400 The principles by which the Court British attacked, at Sahagan, 900 of Directors have uniformly governed French cavalry, part of a corps of their conduct, have been those of from 12 to 13,000 men which is at sound discretion in the application of Saldana. The English fought with the funds of the company, a liberal such valour, that they put the eneconstruction and performance of its mytoflight, making 260 prisoners, be engagements with the public, and a sides 30 killed, and several wounded. scrupulous impartiality in the administration of business. How far (Lisbon Gazette, Dec. 16th.) these objects have been faithfully MADRID, Nov. 29th.–Our gazpursued, and successfully accomplish- ette of this day contains the followed, may best be evinced, as to the ing letter from the viceroy of Mexi first, by the prosperous state of your co, Don Jose d’Iturrigarai, to the
governor of Cadiz, Don Thomas From the London Gazette. i Morla ; the substance of which is as
Admiralty-Office, Jan. 7, 1809. follows:
Copy of a letter from Vice-Admiral Mexico, August 24th, 1808.-I Lord Collingwood, commander-inwish you the most perfect health, chief of his Majesty's ships and and that you may proceed in the vessels in the Mediterranean, to important affairs which you have un the Hon. W. W. Pole, dated on dertaken, with the utmost diligence board the Ocean, off Toulon, the and success.-All this kingdom is 19th of October, 1808. animated with the best sentiments, SIR-I inclose a letter which I and will continue so till our monarchs have just received from the Right are restored to Spain, and we have Hon. Lord Cochrane, captain of the the satisfaction we so much desire, of Imperieuse, stating the services which being under their orders. I have he has been employed in on the coast determined to send this ship to give of Languedoc. Nothing can exceed information of every thing to the the activity and zeal with which his juntas, and assure them of our pater. lordship pursues the enemy. The nity and good disposition to assist success which attends his enterprizes them with pecuniary supplies, if we clearly indicates with what skill and cannot do it with troops ; not that ability they are conducted. Besides we are in want of them, for we have keeping the coast in constant alarm, both cavalry and infantry in very causing a total suspension of the good condition. I have many things trade, and harassing a body of troops to communicate to you, but little employed in opposing him, he has time to write, having much to do, that probably prevented those troops we may be prepared for
every event. which were intended for Figueras
Jose D'Irturigarai. from advancing into Spain, by giving Letters from Valencia state the them employment in the defence of following trait of the most heroic va their own coast. On the coast tolour on the part of a boy, 14 years wards Genoa, the enemy have been of age, which deserves to be ranked equally annoyed by the Kent and in the military annals of this country. Wizard. Those ships have had that During the last inlistment at Sara- station some time, to prevent the gossa, the said boy was rejected, as French ships sailing from Genoa, and unfit for service; but animated by have almost entirely stopped the only the most fervent patriotism, and an trade the enemy had, which is in very xious to share in the glory of the small vessels. During their cruize gallant defenders of the country, he there, they have taken and destroyed continued to mix with the troops 23 coasters.
I inclose the letter of who attacked the French, and be- Captain Rogers, giving an account haved with so much intrepidity and of the attack made at Noli, and the valour, that he took a stand of co- capture of the vessels in the road. lours, which, in the sight of the army, I have the honour to be, &c. he carried to the church of Pilor,
COLLINGWOOD. placed them on the high altar, and
Imperieuse, Gulf of Lyons, rejoined the troops, who were still
Sept. 28, 1808. closely engaged with the enemy. MY LORD-With varying oppoCorunna Diary, Dec. 30th.
sition, but with unvaried success, the
after killed, by three grape shot he fine vessel, pierced for 18 guns, but
ria, the capture of which we forWhether from the confusion of the merly mentioned, encountered a corenemy, or from the situation she was vette ship of 16 32-pound carronades, then in, they, shortly after taking pos- four long 12's, and two long 9's, and session of his Majesty's brig, rau her had on board 405 men ; and notwithon shore, and left her an entire wreck. standing such superiority, the Maria
- She is the French national vessel mounting only 14 6's, and 67 men, Le Sards, mounting 22 guns and 1 she held the unequal contest for one swivel.-On her main deck, 16 32 hour and a quarter ; but at last, being pound carronades, and 4 long twelve- driven on the rocks near Bay Mahaut, pounder guns ; on her quarter-deck, was completely lost. Lieut. Bennett, 2 nine-pounders.
commander of the Maria, and Mr I am sorry to add the loss on board O'Donnel, midshipman, and four seahis Majesty's brig Maria was James men were killed, and nine wounded. Bennett, commander ; Robert O'. The master, surgeon, and three infeDonnell, midshipman; and four sea rior officers arrived at Dominica on men killed, and nine wounded, now the 18th inst., from Guadaloupe, in Point a Petre hospital, in a fair way where the remainder of the crew were of recovery. It would have given carried prisoners. pleasure to both officers and seamen By accounts from Dominica, from to have captured her. From her su whence we received the above partiperiority in force was compelled to culars, we also learn that the enemy strike. I have, &c.
at Guadaloupe, still indignant at our (Signed) Joseph Drason, Master. capture of Mariegalante, is forming a To the 'Hon. Sir Alex. Cochrane, black corps, for the purpose of avenK. B. &c.
ging himself on the defenceless island 9th.-BARBADOES, Oct. 22. This of Montserrat. day, at noon, his Majesty's ship Pom Lord Gardner, who was justly conpee, 80 guns, Captain Cockburn, 42 sidered as one of the ornaments of the days from Plymouth, arrived in Car- British navy, died at Bath on Sunday, lisle Bay, and brought in with her Ist inst. He was born at Uttoxeter, the French imperial brig of war in Staffordshire, and was in his 66th Pylades, of 18 guns and 105 men, year.
year. His father was a lieutenant, captured eight days after her having colonel in the 11th regiment of draleft Martinique, on a cruise to wind.
goon guards, and a native of Cole. ward of this island.
raine, in the north of Ireland. Lord The French prize the schooner La Gardner commenced his naval career Polly, from Martinique bound to on the 1st of May, 1755, on board Bourdeaux, with a valuable cargo of the Medway, of 60 guns, commanded coffee, clayed sugars, cloves, tortoise- by Captain Peter Dennis. He was in shell, &c., was captured on the 13th that ship in 1757, when, in company inst., to windward of Dominica, by with the Eagle, they took the Duc his Majesty's brig Superior, Captain d'Aquitaine, of 60 guns. On the 7th Ferrie. La Polly is a remarkably of March, 1760, he was advanced to
a lieutenant, and appointed to the upwards of 29 sacks of wheat around
The following accident happened the whole were drowned. The bodies
In order to render our work a faithful mirror of the times, we have thought it our duty to insert in the text the paragraph respecting the pugilistic art, from which some idea will be formed of its popularity among the mobility, and, we are ashamed to add, some of the nobility in England. On the same account we may have occasion to record some of the bloody conflicts by which its professors and their admirers so frequently display their skill. That pugilism may innocently be taught as an art, and may be useful for the purposes of self-defence, it is readily admitted. But this certainly can form no apology for the battles fought in cold blood-fought in presence of multitudes, whose hearts are rendered more brutal than before, by this brutal spectacle ;-battles which, having their origin in avarice, often terminate in death. If the law would consider those as madmen or murderers who should fight with xwords or with pistols, for amusement or for gain, in what other light ought it to regard the civilized savages who fight with their fists for the same purpose, or those who patronize and encourage them? Crimes are in general spoken of as crimes; and yet in such instances as those we have referred to, the most respectable London papers do not hesitate to enter into the subject as amateurs, and to debate upon it as if it were a harmless recreation. The admirers of Mr Windham may defend the practice, by telling is that such practices are necessary to keep alive the national courage. But we will not pay to Englishmen so poor a compliment, as to suppose that their courage requires such a stimulus, or that it is necessary to degrade them into brutes for the purpose of rendering them heroes. We do confess, however, that there is something less ferocions in this odious custom than in the practice of bull-baiting, which the wit and eloquence of the same statesman were employed too successfully to dle