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sidence rendered so unpleasant from the vicinity of military works, and to receive a compensation to enable him to procure another residence; and another thing, to ket the residence he is obliged under such cireumstances to leave. The fair question is, whether the £800 per ann. Sir Henry receives, is more than an ample compensation : for giving up his residence, and letting that residence with the furniture, to be occupied by any of the military staff, and used in the same way he would have used it himself. The £400 per ann. does appear to be a very ample compensation indeed, for merely the being obliged to give up a place of residence. But, I believe, it is often a very difficult matter, even for those who are on the spot, and in possession of all the circumstances that may be secessary to enable them to form an opinion, as to what is an adequate compensation in such cases. How comes it then that you and the editor of the Morning Chronicle are so competent 2 If it is a job so base as you and the Morning Chronicle have endeavoured to make the public believe it is, I bope all the parties concerned will receive from the public what such conduct deserves. But, I do think when the whole of this matter is sifted to the bottom, that the most disgraceful part of it will attach to the Editor of the Morning Chronicle, for the invidious part he has acted in this affair, and next to him, you will come in for your share, as being his bottle-holder. I am, &c.—X, T-London, July 5, 1807.
- * slo H. MILIMAY. SIR,-Englishmen in general, and the electors of Hampshire in particular, are under obligation to you for the diligence, discernment, and ability, with which you have unravelled the complicated transactions of the Moulsham Hall contract. It enables us to judge of the stern integrity of that gentleman, who in conjunction with Mr. Chute, and under the auspices of Mr. Rose, has so successfully windicated the independence of the country. That a bargain has been made injurious to the public and advantageous to Sir H. Mildmay, was from the commencement to a palpable to escape observation; but, in the progress of the discussion, I observed with concern, that the loud and confident assertions of Sir H. and his friends both in and out of parliament, began to stagger weaker minds; and that by dexterously confounding or omitting dates, and involving circumstances and details, charges : would be shuffled off and eluded, which it was impossible openly and directly to repel. but after the strong and luminous exposition
of facts and dates contained in your last number, I defy any man possessed of common judgment, to resist the inevitable conclusion that Sir Henry Mildmay has knowingly and willingly been twice paid for the same thing out of the public purse, of which he was the delegated guardian.—It is in vain that Sir H. asks, “ was there any thing in the verdict of the jury that prohibited him from letting His house to the Speaker of the House of Commons, or any other individual, or to government?” To this 1 answer that there certainly was no prohibition, no legal prohi
‘bition ? The question is not whether Sir H.
kept within the limits of the law, but whether he acted in conformity to those high ideas of honour, and pure principles of integrity, which should animate every gentleman, and more particularly the boasted champion of independence, who feels “ a stain like a wound,” and is indignant at the bare mention of the name of MilpsiAY, in the same sentence with so foul a term as Peculation. It also appears to me, that there would have been an essential difference between letting Moulsham Hall to the “Speaker of the House of Commons, or any other individual,” and letting it to “goovernment.” Sir H. had declared that his flouse was rendered uninhabitable by the military works enected in its vicinity, and government in consequence released him from his obligation of residence at the public expence, which those who know Sir H. Mildmay, know also to have been an object he had long been desirous to accomplish, and which he would probably, have considered as a sufficient compensation for the deterioration of his mansion. But this was not all; government assembled a jury to award a compensation for the land occupied by their field-works, and the inconvenience he sustained in being obliged to seek another residence, and a most ample sum was consequently assigned ; if after this, “the Speaker of the House of Commons, or any other individual,” had chosen to give £400 a year for Moulsham Hall, which Sir H. considered as uninhabitable, it would have been altogether a private transaction, in which, as no one but the parties would have been interested, no one else would have had a right But, Sir H. Mildmay must well know, that no individual would give him an ample rent for a residence so circumstanced as his then was; and as he indignantly asks, “what gentleman having such an house, so furnished would consider £400 as an equivalent 2" I, in return ask him. what gentleman having £400 at his command, would give it for an house closely sur
this very house which he talks of pulling |
down, was only suspended for four years; and when he tells us almost in the same breath that he shall be obliged to return to it with all its inconveniencies on the next 24th of June 2 The only pigeon, then, was the public, whose feathers, it must be confessed, rose with prompt and most inviting titillation round his fingers: but, it must also be recollected (and surely, Sir H. might have remembered it) that some generosity, some liberality, some forbearance was due to that public which had acted with so much liberality towards him. Would it have been too much to expect from Sir H Mildmay, that he should either have made the jury acquainted with the compensation which government were about to give him for his house, by taking a lease of it on as high terms as if the inconvenience arising from the military works was not in existence : or, that he should have informed government before the execution of this lease, that tile jury had taken this inconvenience into consideration, and compensated him for it, as Sir H. upon oath declared he conceived them to have done Or would it have been too wanton and profuse au exercise of liberality in a genileman of the baronet s property, if after having been bought out of his house, and fully remunerated for the inconvenience of being forced to quit a residence in which he never willingly placed his foot, he had made a free and gratuitous offer of it to government, on the sole condition of paying the taxes and keeping, it in repair, which would have amounted to a rent of 26.200 per ann at least : Had not the public which had virtualsy paid for the house, a rigo to exct at least thus much When I say a right, I do not mean a legal got. Weie 1 taiking of a pottifoggio att, roey, an usurious money lender, at Old Bailey swindler, or a public peculator, I would allow him to t; trench himself within the folloalities of saw. But when I am speaking of a gentle. man of extensive property, of high reputation, the representative of a wealthy and po
pulous county, and the champion of ministerial purity and integrity, I cannot but suppose he will acknowledge the validity of a claim on his honour; his liberality, and his justice, to be equal to one of which the law could urge the enforcement: and, I ask this gentleman, I ask his constituents, has his | claim been snfficiently attended to by him *— Yours, A HAMPshire Freeholdt R. | Portsmouth, July 12, F807.
FOREIGN OFFICIAL PAPERS. Contine NTAL WAR. Sirt, -third Bulletin of the Grand French Army. (Cincluded from page 64.) General Bosanti had with him only a few companies of the 1st Italian regiment of the line, which took to their arms in time, marched with resolution against the enemy, and routed him.—General Teuli, on his side, with the main body of the Italian division, the regiment of musketeers of the guards, and the first company of Gens d'Armes on duty, repaired to invest Colberg. On arriving at Naugarten, he found the enemy intrenched, occupying a fort beset with pieces of cannon Colonel Boyer, of the musketeers of the guards gave an assault. Captain Montmorency of the company of Genš d'Armes, made a successful charge. The fort was taken, 300 men made prisoners, and six pieces of cannon carried off. The enemy left one hundred met upon the field of battle —General Bombrowski marched against the garrison: of Dantzick : he fell in with it at Dirschau, overthrew it, made 600 prisoners, took seven pieces of cannon, and pursued it for several leagues. He was wounded with a musket ball. Marshal Lefebvre arrived in the mean time at the head of the 10th corps. He had been joined by the Saxons, and marched to invest Dantzick.—The weather is still changeable. It froze yesterday; it thaws to day. The whole winter has passed over in this manner. The thermometer has never been lower than five degreet.
64th Bulletin of the Grand French Army. . Osterode, March 2. The town of Elbing furnishes great resources to the army: a great quantity of wine and brandy was found there. This country of the Lower Vistula is very fertile —The ambassadors from Constantinople and Persia have entered Poland, and are on their way to Warsaw.— After the battle of Eylau, the Emperor passed every day several hours upon the field of battle—a horrible spectacle, but which duty rendered necessary. It required greatl bour to bury all the dead. A great notabco ot
knapsacks, broken pieces of muskets and sabres; the ground covered with cannon balls, howitzer shells, and ammunition; twenty-four pieces of cannon, near which were lying the bodies of their drivers, killed at the moment when they were strivingtocarry them off. All this was the more conspicuous upon a ground covered with snow : this spectacle is calculated to inspire princes with the love of peace, and an abhorrence of war. —The 5000 wounded whom we had, were all conveyed to Thorn, and to our hospitals on the left Bank of the Vistula, in sledges. The surgeons observed with astonishment, that the fatigue of this conveyance did no harm to the wounded.—The following are some details of the engagement of Braunsberg. Gen. Dupont marched against the enemy in two columns. Gen. Bruyere, who commanded the right column, fell in with the enemy at Ragarn, and drove him towards the river which runs before this village. The left column drove the enemy towards Villenberg, and the whole division shortly after stretched out of the wood. The enemy being driven from his first position, was obliged to fall back upon the river which covers the town of Braunsberg : he at first made a resolute stand, but Gen. Dupont marched against him, overthrew him by a charge, and entered with him into the town, the streets of which were choaked up with the Russian slain.——The 9th of light infantry, the 32d and the 96th of the line, which compose this division, distinguished themselves. Generals Barrois and Lahoussaye, Colonel Seinele, of the 24th of the line, Colonel Muenier, of the 9th light infantry, the chief of battalion, Rouge, of the 32d of the line, and the chief of squadron, Hubinet, of the 9th hussars, are deserving of particular encomiums.-Since the arrival of the French army upon the Vistula, we have taken from the Russians in the engagements of Pultusk and Golymin, 89 pieces of cannon; at the engagement of Bergfreid, 4 pieces; in the retreat of Allenstein, 5 pieces; at the engagement of Deppen, 16 pieces; at the engagement of Holl, 12 pieces; at the battle of Eylau, 24 pieces; at the engagement of
Braunsberg; Marshal Soult at Liebstadt and
Mohringen ; Marshal Ney at Guttstadt;
Marshal Davoust at Allenstoin, Hohenstein,
and Deppin; the head quarters are at Osterode; the parish corps of observation, under General Zayonscheck, is at Nieuerberg;
Marshal Lefebvre is before Dantzick; the 5th corps is upon the Omulew; a division of Bavarians, under the Crown Prince, is at Warsaw; the corps of Prince Jerome, in Silesia; the 8th corps of observation is in Swedish Pomerania; the fortresses of Bieslau,
Scweidnitz, and Brieg, are demolished; General Rapp. Aide-de-Camp to the Emperor, is Governor of Thorn; bridges are thrown over the Vistula at Marienburg and Dirschau
—On the 1st of March, the Emperor having been informed that the enemy, encouraged by the position of our army, had shewn
themselves on the right bank of the Passarge, ordered Marshals Ney and Soult to advance, reconnoitre, and drive the enemy. back. Marshal Ney proceeded towards
Guttstadt; Marshal Soult passed the Pas
sarge at Wormditt. The enemy's posts,
which retreated with precipitation, were pursued to the distance of eight leagues. The enemy, observing that the French were not inclined to pursue them any further, and that our force was merely an advanced guard, that had left their main body in the rear, brought forward two regiments of grena
diers, and, in the course of the night, attacked our cantonments at Zechern. The 50th regiment received them upon the point of the bayonet. The 27th and 39th regiments also conducted themselves with great courage. In these trifling affairs the Russians had nearly 1000 men killed, wounded, and made prisoners.-After having thus disturbed the enemy, the army returned again to its cantonments.—The Grand Duke of Berg, being informed that a corps of cavalry had advanced to Willenberg, ordered the Prince of Borghese to attack that place, who, at the head of his regiment, charged eight Russian squadrons, overthrew, and put thein
to flight, making 100 prisoners, including three captains and eight officers.-Marshal Lefebvre has completely invested Dantzick, and commenced the lines of circumvallation round that city.
66th Bulletin of the Grand French Army.
Osterode, March 14.—The grand army remains in its cantonments, where it takes repose. Frequent skirmishes have taken place between the advanced posts of the two armies. Two regiments of Russian cavalry came on the 12th inst to harass the 69th regiment of infantry of the line in its cantonments, at Lingour, before Guttstadt. A battalion of this regiment flew to arms from an ambuscade, attacked, and repulsed the enemy, who left So man on the field. General Guyot, who commands the advanced posts of Marshal Soult, has, on his side, had several affairs of outposts with the enemy, in which he has had the advantage.— After the little battle of Willenberg, the Grand Duke of Berg expelled the Cossacks, from the whole of the right bank of the Alle. In order to assure himself that the enemy was not making some movement, he went to Wartemburg, Sedburgh, Meusguth, and Bischosburg. He had some engagements with the enemy's cavalry, and took 100 Cossacks prisoners.—The Russian army
appears to be concentrated on the side of the.
Bartensteine on the Alle; the Prussian division on the side of Crentzbourg.—The enemy's army made a retrograde movement, and have approached nearer to Koningsberg. —The whole of the French army is in cantonments; it is provisioned by the towns of Elbing, Braunsberg, and from the resources drawn from the Island of Nogat, which is extremely fertile.—Two bridges have been erected over the Vistula, one at Marienwerder, the other at Marienberg. Marshal Lefebvre has completed the investment of Pantzic. General Lefebvre has invested Colberg. Each of these garrisons have been driven into these towns after a slight engagement.—A division of twelve thousand Bavarians, commanded by the Prince Royal of Bavaria, has crossed the Vistula at Warsaw, and is coming to join the army.
67th Bulletin of the Grand French Army.
Osterode, March 25.-On the 14th instant, at three in the afternoon, the garrison of Stralsund, taking advantage of a fog, made a sortie, with two thousand infantry, two squadrons of cavalry, and six pieces of canoon, in order to carry a reddinbt thrown up by General Dupas. This redoubt, which was open, without palissades and without
cannon, was defended by a company of voltigeurs, of the 58th regiment of the line. The immense superiority of the enemy had no effect upon these brave men; being reinforced by a company of voltigeurs of the 4th of the line (light infantry), under Capt. Barral, they resisted all the attempts of the Swedish brigade. Fifteen Swedish soldiers reached the parapet, but there found their death. All the enemy's attempts were equally fruitless. Sixty-two dead bodies of the Swedes were buried at the foot of the redoubt. It is supposed that 120 were wounded, and 50 were made prisoners, though there were not more than 150 men in the redoubt. Several Swedish officers were found among the dead, distinguished by their military decorations. This instance of bravery has attracted the Emperor's attention. His Majesty has sent three orders of the legion of honour for the companies engaged. Captain Drivet, who commanded on this weak redoubt, highly distinguished himself.——On the 20th, Marshal Lefebvre ordered the brigade under General Schraam to cross over from the island of Nogat, in the Erisch Haff, in order to cut off the communication between Dantzic and the sea.
hese orders were carried into execution at three in the morning. The Prussians were routed, and 300 of them fell into our hands. At six in the evening, the garrison of Dantzic sent out a detachment of 4000 men to retake the post; but they were repulsed, with the loss of some hundreds of prisoners, and one piece of cannon. General Schraam had under his command the 2d battalion of the 2d regiment of infantry, and several Saxon battalions, who distinguished themselves. The Emperor has sent three orders of the legion of honour to be distributed among the Saxon officers; and three more for the privates, subalterns, and to the major who commanded them.——In Silesia, the garrison of Niess has made a sortie, but sell into an ambuscade. A regiment of Wirtemberg cavalry took these troops in flank, killed 50, and made 60 prisoners.--—The winter in Poland seems to have resembled the winter at Paris, that is to say, variable. It freezes and thaws in alternate succession. However, we have the good fortune not to
have any sick in the army. On the contra
ry, all accounts agree that the Russians have a great number of sick. The army remains tranquil in its cantonments. The works which compose the totes du pont of Sierock, Modlin, Praga, and Marienwerder, are every day becoming more formidable ; and the magazines are organized, and are every where receiving provisions. Three hundred thousand bottles of Bourdeaux wine were found at Elling ; and though each bottle cost four francs the Emperor paid that price to the merchants, and ordered the wine to be distributed among the army.—The Emperor has sent the Prince Borghese upon a mission to Warsaw.
68th Rulletin of the Grand French Army. Osterode, March 29.——On the 17th of March, at three o'clock in the morning, the General of Brigade Lefebvre, Aid-deCamp to Prince Jerome, passed near Glatz, in his way to Wunchelsbourg, with three squadrons of light horse and the Taxis regiment of light infantry, when 1500 men, with two pieces of cannon, made a sortie from the place. Lieut Col. Gerrard imme. diately attacked and drove them back into Glatz, after having taken 100 soldiers, several officers, and two pieces of artillery. Marshal Massena is gone from Willenberg to Ortelsbourg, and forced an entrance there for the division of Becker's dragoons, which he has reinforced with a detachment of Polish horse. There were some Cossacks at Ortelsbourg, and several attacks were made, in which the enemy lost 20 men.—General Becker, as he was coming to resume his po sition at Willenberg, was attacked by 2000 Cossacks. An ambuscade of infantry was formed, into which they fell, and lost 200 men.—On the 26th, at five o'clock in the morning, the garrison of Dantzic made a general sortie, which proved very fatal. It was repulsed on all sides. A colonel, named Cracaw, who had a command, was taken with 400 men, and two pieces of cannon, in an attack made by the 19th regiment of chasseurs. The Northern Polish Legion conducted itself in an excellent manner, and two Saxon battalions distinguished themselves.——As for the rest, there is nothing hew. The lakes are still frozen; though there is some appearance of the approach of
inhabitants had suffered from the war.
-of troops to Dantzic.
the siege is now entrusted to Gen. Loison. On the 19th of March the redoubts of Selnow were attacked and carried by the 1st regiment of Italian light infantry. On this occasion the garrison made a sortie; but the company of carbineers of the 1st regiment of light infantry, and a company of dragoons, drove them back. The voltigeurs of the 19th regiment of the line, distinguished themselves greatly in the attack on the village of Allstadt. In that affair the enemy lost three pieces of cannon and 200 prisoners. Marshal Lefebvre commands at the siege of Dantzic, and General Lariboisiere has the direction of the artillery. The latter corps shews itself in all circumstances worthy of the fame which it has so justly acquired. The French cannoniers will inerit the name of select troops. The manner in which the battalions of the train have performed their service has also afforded perfect satisfaction. —The Emperor has given audience at Finkenstein to a deputation from the chamber of Marienwerder. It consisted of Count Von Groeben, Counsellor Baron Von Schleinitz, and Count Von Dohna, Director of the Chamber. The deputation represented to his Majesty the great hardships which the The Emperor answered, that he entertained a lively feeling for their sufferings, and that he would relieve Marienwerder, as well as Elbing, from the burthen of any extraordinary contribution. He farther observed, that there were evils belonging to the theatre of war which could not be avoided; that he participated in the regret which those evils occasioned, and would do every thing in his É. to mitigate them.—It is believed that is Majesty will this day set out on a short journey to Marienwerder and Elbing. The second Bavarian division has arrived at Warsaw. The Crown Prince of Bavaria has gone to Pultusk to take the command of the first division. The Hereditary Prince of Baden has marched at the head of his corps The contingent of Saxe-Weimar has arrived upon the Warta. —There has not been a shot fired sor a fortnight past at the advanced posts of the army. The heat of the sun begins to be felt, but it is not yet sufficiently powerful to penetrate and thaw the earth. All is still bound in Spring approaches slowly in this country. A number of couriers arrive at the head-quarters from Constantinople and Persia. To be continued.