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into his (Sir Thomas's) banker’s; also, the Thomas, which was read; and the subsum of 15,5001. in cash. The prisoner stance of which was, that as Mr. Coutts's gave to Sir Thomas a receipt for the Ex. agent would not be in town on the Saturchequer-bills; but did not give him any day, the receiving of the Exchequer-bills receipt for the cash alleged to be paid in. from him could not take place until MonThe prisoner farther informed Sir Thomas, day, at balf-past three o'clock; and, that that he had contracted for 15,000 pounds he, (the prisoner,) would call on Sir worth more of Exchequer-bills, with the Thomas, on that day at two o'clock, for agent of Messrs. Coutts: he believed the a cheque for 15,5001. The next letter prisoner said his name was Trotter. He received from the prisoner was addressed told Sir Thomas, that Mr. Trotter had to his brother, in which he acknowledges agreed to put him in possession of the Ex- his guilt in having robbed Sir Thomas of chequer Bills, at half past 3, on Saturday, 15,5001., and says, he had disposed of December the 7th ; that he had paid 55. part of it to pay small debts, the loss of premium for them, and that they bore in which to the parties would be inevitable ierest at 31d. per day. He promised to ruin, but that the bulk of it he had turned call on Sir Thomas, on Saturday, at 2 into Foreign Property and Bullion. He o'clock, for a cheque for the 15,0001. spoke most feelingly of his " dear, dear which he stated he had paid in, to com « wife," and of his “ seven children ; the plete the purchase of those bills which admiration of every one that beheld them.” had been agreed upon with the Agent of He requested, in the most impressive Messrs. Coutts. Sir Thomas, on the pri- terms, his brother's attention to bis wife ; soner's leaving him, went to his banker's, who, he said, must be within a week of and there found that the Exchequer Bills her confinement; and most fervently bad been paid in, but not any part of prayed for her and his children's happithe cash; he soon after learnt that the He had some hopes that Sir Thoprisoner had left town, no one could mas Plomer would not make the matter tell where, and that his family sup- public; but, if he did, he hoped it would posed him to have gone into the coun not get into the Morning Post, as his dear try on business. Sir Thomas immediately Mary would then see it; and such a applied to the Admiralty, to transmit the shock, in her present situation, he was necessary information to the out.ports by confident she could never survive. telegraph; and an application was made The next letter received at the Postto the Post office, to detain any letters office was produced, which was also in that might come into its charge in the tended for his brother. It chiefly spoke prisoner's hand writing. The Magistrates of his affection for his wife and family, and Officers of the Public Office, Bow and concluded by saying, that ere this, street, afforded all the assistance required he had no doubt but that that arch fiend, of them. The first letter that was re- Bish, had made a pretty story of it in the ceived had no date, but bore the Exeter news-papers; and that but for that man, post-mark. It was sworn by Sir Thomas he and his family might at that hour have to be the prisoner's hand writing, and was been in afluence and happiness. This addressed to himself (the prisoner) in Lon letter also stated, that he intended to have don, but intended for his clerk Mr. taken the money from another, whose It stated, that as he had the fullest confi. miserable and unprincipled conduct dedence in his clerk, he could confide in served nothing better; but that the him the secret, that he had misapplied the temptation had fallen in his way by Sir 15,5001. entrusted to him by Sir Thomas Thomas's money being in his hands; Plomer; that he was either to do this or that rather than see his wife and family to suffer his poor wife and seven dear starve, he had, by this most unjust conchildren to starve, and wrong other peo- duct, added ingratitude to real injury, as ple who could not half so well afford it as Sir Thomas Plomer was a sincere friend. Sir Thomas, one of whom was the Clerk's His last letter was to Sir Thomas Plomer father. He spoke in reprobation of his himself, confessing the robbery, implor. own conduct, for such an unjust act to a ing his forgiveness, acknowledging the man who throughout life had been bis and magnitude of his guilt, and stating the bis father's best friend; but the act was wretchedness of his circumstances, and done, and he had no idea of the transac- the impossibility of their ever mending or tion being as yet discovered. In this recovering in this world; but that if any letter to his clerk he inclosed one for Sir change of circunistances should take
place, and he once more become possessed , of England notes, and some silver ; which, of money, Sir Thomas might depend on with the American stock, the bullion, and every farthing being returned; but that other loose articles, were given to Sir he could not help supposing, that Sir Thomas's Solicitor, and the further exaThomas would at present only think such mination was postponed at half-past a declaration from him as adding insult eleven, until this day. to injury. He farther stated to Sir Tho Mr. Read enquired of the prisoner if mas, that he had repeatedly applied to he had any question to ask, or any thing Mr. Perceval for a situation under Go to say; but, without taking his hands vernment; that he had offered to leave from his face, where he had placed them bis home, his dear wife, and children; during the whole time, he answered “ No, and to meet the dangers and difficulties of Sir.” He bowed respectfully to the Mathe worst of foreign climates; but, that, gistrates when he retired from the bar. latterly, Mr. Perceval had returned no Mr. READ suggested, that as the prianswers to his letters. After the last soner had been searched, and all his letter, and one or two others of less im- money had been taken away, that a small portance, had been read, Sir Thomas sum should be given him for present purPlomer signed his deposition, and retired. poses. The prisoner was immediately sup
The next witness examined was Sir plied with four pounds by Sir Thomas's Thomas's Solicitor, who stated, that he solicitor. accompanied the Police Officer to Fal. mouth, and found the prisoner at an Inn there at breakfast, and on seeing the pri
OFFICIAL PAPERS. soner, he said to him, “I suppose you Spain. French Dispatches. Marshal know my business with you:” to which he Count Suchet's Account of the Battle and answered in the affirmative. He (the Soli Capture of Saguntum, 26 Oct. 1811. citor) then asked him to retire into a back (Continued from page 736.) parlour with him and the Officer, which he did. The deponent desired him to give up
To his Highness the Prince of Wagram and all he bad; his answer was, that he had very
Neufchatel, Vice-Constable. little; but on being informed by the de Monseigneur; After the battle of Sa. ponent, whose name we do not recollect, guntum I left the army a league from that he knew every circumstance of the Valencia, and returned at night to my transaction, he stated, that he had only camp at Murviedro.-During the day the some foreign money, and some bullion. breach had been merely formed, a fire of This, he said, was in his trunks; which some hours would have sufficed to render the deponent sent for, and now produced it practicable; but it was of consequence the contents of them. The foreign money to profit by the victory which had been consisted of 10,000) and odd pounds worth gained under the eyes of a whole garrison, sterling, purchased into the American for your Highness is aware that the isofunds, and with it were blank transferable | lared heights on which Saguntum is buils warrants. The bullion was in a bag, command the entire plain. I wrote the which the deponent, on securing, put his ecnlosed letter to the Governor, by means seal on
The packet was now, by order of which reminding him of what he had of the Magistrates, opened. It consisted witnessed during the day. I offered bim of doubloons, 71 in number, one half- permission to send two officers in order to doubloon, and other Spanish and Portu- inform himself of the successes which the guese money, amounting in all to about French army had obtained. My dispatch 3001. A small dressing-case was next pro:
was received at seven o'clock on the mornduced by the deponent, which contained ing of the 20th, and a Lieutenant-Colonel nothing but the usual articles, and a few of artillery was ordered to carry an answer. ends of cheques which had been used. He obtained egress with difficulty, all the
The Magistrates enquired if his person outlets of the fortress being walled up. I bad been searched, as there were still up had him conducted to the Generals Caro wards of 5,0001. unaccounted for. Being and Almoya, through the midst of the informed by Sir Thomas's Solicitor that officers and all the prisoners. He could it had not, the prisoner was ordered from no longer doubt of the loss of the battle. the bar for that purpose. On his return He relurned at five o'clock in the evening, he wept bitterly. There were found in he came with the Colonel of the regiment his possession forty-seven pounds in bank of. Don Carlos, bringing in information,
that the Governor had come to a resolu- / be French camp. After that Isball grant rion to accept the terms I bad offered. Iyou terms of capitulation, which in giving consented to the terms of capitulation sub- you the honours of war, will secure to joined, and at nine o'clock the Brigadier you the right of filing off through the Adriani, eight officers of high rank, and breach, and of laying down your arms 2,572 soldiers, filed off through the breach, outside the fortress; and further, I shal} laid down their arms, and six stond of consent that the Officers should retain colours, and were conducted as prisoners their arms and baggage. I require an of war to Morviedro.-We found in the answer in the conrse of an hour.-Suchet, place 17 guns, 800,000 cartridges, 2,000 Commander in Chief of the Army of Arpounds of English powder, 6,000 balls, ragon, and Marshal of the Empire. and 2,500 English muskets, &c. &c. I The substance of the capitulation is, that have the honour to transmit to your High- the garrison shall march out, through the ness the detailed account thereof, as well breach, prisoners; but with the honours of as well as that of the provisions.—Diffi- war, shall file off with their arms and bagculties vanquished by the science of forti- gage, and lay down their arms outside the fication; the hollowing a passage in the fort.-The Officers shall retain their arms, rock for the artillery, and making ap- equipage and horses, and the soldiers their proaches upon the single accessable point havresacks. Persons not bearing arms of the forts of Saguntum; the labours of shall be free, and may immediately rethe artillery, in the erection of their bat- turn to their bomes. teries, all raised upon points of rocks brought to a level by means of earth Report with Respect to the Works erec!ed by brought from a distance; all this effected
the Engineers during the Siege of Sagununder a heavy fire, do honour to the Colonel of the Engineers, Henry, who displayed The army arrived on the 23d of Sepa great constancy and activity, as well as tember before the fortress of Saguntum. the Chiefs of the Battalion Capelle and The same day the town of Murviedro was Charu, who particularly distinguished taken possession of, and all the enemy's themselves by their exertions.—I have the posts were driven in, and the fortress comhonour to transmit you the views and pletely invested. For some nights followplans of the forts, and a detailed report of ing communications were formed in Murihe extraordinary labours by which'a pas- viedro, where we were screened from the sage to them was effected." The task was enemy's fire. The streets were barricaded, very severe, and would have been much and embrazures were opened in the houses inore so if the enemy had had time to place on the side next the fortress. These works, 24 pounders in the forts.—Thus uniting which were executed under a heavy fire, the prisoners taken at the battle of the cost the lives of several miners, and that 25th, and the garrison of Saguntum, I am of Raffard, Lieutenant of Engineers, a about to send to France, in three columns, brave and zealous young officer.- The 7,211 prisoners, of whom more than 309 rock of Saguntum is situated on the right are officers,-I am with respect, &c. bank of the Murviedro; it is insulated Suchet, Marshal of the Empire.--Camp from all the heights, and rises in a peak on of Murviedro, Oct. 27.
the half of its periphery. The other P. S. I have the honour of transmitting half falls in very abrupt declivities, and is likewise to your Highness, the report of accessible but on a very few points, on the Generals of Artillery and Engineers, account of the jetting of the rock. The Vallie and Regnat.
ancient theatre of Saguntum is about half Copy of the Letter of his Eccellency Marshal way up, partly cut out of the rock, and, at
the foot of the rock is the town of Murvie.. Count Suchce to Brizulier Andriani, dro, the walls of which are washed by the Governor of the Forts of Saguntum.-Cump before Nsurviedro, Oct. 25.
river of the same name. On the long and
narrow ridges of the rock are the remains You have witnessed the battle of to-day. of ancient works, attributed to the Moors; Three stand of colours, twenty pieces of the Spaniards have repaired them-have cannon, 4,500 prisoners, among whom are added new ones, erecting flanking works, Generals Mahi and Caro, have fallen into and have formed tenures for the batteries the hands of the French army. I offer and parapets. The entire mass of these you permission to obtain what information works forms a very irregular fort of 400 you may want, by sending some Officer to toises in length; and in breadth from 30
to 60 toises. It is divided into four parts | wiizers, and five mortars. They attempted or places, so that a part of the foriress the tower of the outwork of St. Fernando. being taken the remainder may be still It was constructed of hard and thick ma. defended. The redoubt of St. Fernando son work, and the battery was at too great is on the bighest point, and commands all a distance, so that ebe breach was but the rest. The great roads from Valencia slowly effected, which induced a determito Barcelona meet and pass under the guns nation to batter the angle formed by the of the place.- We were obliged to have tower and the flank, which proved a matthe artillery for the siege brought from ter of greater facility.-On the 18th the Tortosa ; but the little fort of Oropesa, fire was kept up, and at four o'clock in the which the enemy occupied in our rear, in- evening the breach was practicable for terrupted the way in a defile. A battery five or six men abreast ; but it was still of of three 24-pounders, and a mortar, was rather difficult access. It was formed raised against this fort, which surrendered only of the rubbish of the walls, without on the 11th of October, after a cannonade any admixture of earth. It was 30 feet of eight hours. All that was necessary high, and its base being on an inclined for the siege of Saguntum was then free to rock, it was, of necessity, very steep. The pass, and the tools and sacks of earth enemy appeared above with much resola. wanted by the engineers were forthwith tion, and neither our artillery or musconveyed thither. All the counter-forts ketry could repel them, nor prevent them of the rock were too low to permit of our from constantly repairing the parapet erecting in them works to batter in breach, with sacks of earth, as they were levelled except a ridge of rocks which stretches by the guns. Orders were given for the for 200 toises in front of St. Fernando, so assault at five o'clock in the evening. that the attack was necessarily made on The column of attack assembled in the that side.
place, which had been formed within 35 On the 5th of October, the officers of toises of the work, pushed on to the breach, engineers commenced the approaches, and some gallant fellows actually reached formed covered ways through the rock, the top; but they were driven down by a and lodged picquets of infantry within 70 shower of grenades and hobits, and their toises of St. Fernando; profiting by the failure determined the retreat of the occasional protection which they derive columns.- In this unfortunate affair we from the irregular form of the rock. The lost 120 men. Lameran, Captain of Enartillery began to batter in breach on the gineers, was killed in the breach, together extremety of the platform at the distance with some miners.-The assault had failed of 160 toises. Colonel Henry and Major because the breach was in a recess covered Chulliot had a road formed with great dili- by the fire of the enemy, because it was gence, in order to bring up 24-pounders to too narrow-because the troops debouched the battery. They were constantly obliged from too great a distance, and finally, beto level the rock by mining.-On the 12th, cause the battering train of three pieces of they claimed the first point, behind which cannon was insufficient to level the parapets they had stationed themselves, in order to and drive the enemy from the breach. A. reach the covert of the rock, which runs resolution was adopted to erect a new batout from that on which St. Fernando is si- tery nearer, to increase the number of tuate; they got through the rocks on the guns, and to push the covert ways to the right, taking advantage of such veins of foot of the breach.—On the 191h, Colonel earth as were in their way, and making Henry caused the troops to advance in an use of sacks of earth and gabions. On the indented form. Steps were cut in the rock night of the 151h they reached a place behind wbich they were stationed, to faci. within 35 toises of the fortress, covered by litate the ascent, and when they had reacha bend of the rock, which afforded a place ed the summit of this rock, they approach. of rendezvous for the troops who were to ed the breach by the aid of an indented be engaged in the assault. Major Chulliot, covert formed of sacks of earth ; on the who had directed a part of these works with night of the 2+1h they were within three great bravery, was severely wounded.- toises of the fort of the breach, when they On the 171b the artillery began to bom formed a small parallel. bard with three 24-pounders, two ho
(To be continued.)
Published by R. BAGSHAW, Brydges-Street, Coreot - Garden,
LONDON :-Prlated by T: C. Hansard, Peterborough-Court, Fleet-street.
COBBETTY'S WEEKLY POLITICAL REGISTER,
VOL. XX. No. 25.]
LONDON, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1811.
[770 « General Jansens made his escape with SUMMARY OF POLITICS.
difficuliy, during the action, and reachCONQUEST OF THE EMPIRE OF JAVA. “ed Buitinzorg, a distance of 30 miles, On Monday, the 16th instant, intelligence" with a few cavalry, the sole remains of was received by our Government, that " an army of 10,000 men. This place the ships and troops, sent against the he has since evacuated, and fled to the Empire of Java, under Rear Adm. Sir Ro. “ Eastward."--Lord Minto bimself, the bert Stopford and Sir Samuel Auchmuty, Governor General of India, repaired to had succeeded in taking the city of Ba- Batavia, the capital of the Empire, and tavia and also the greater part of the thence he writes his dispatches, dated on Dutch and French European forces in the the 1st of September. Direetly after his Empire of Java. The troops landed, it arrival there he took formal possession of seems, on the 4th of August, Batavia sur. the sovereignty of the country and of rendered at discretion on the 8th, and, on sovereign sway over all its inhabitants, by the 26th, the intrenched and fortified the following proclamation: _" PROworks of Cornelis were forced. The ene. CLAMATION. In the name of his Mamy are stated to have lost two thousand in “
jesty George the Third, King of the killed and five thousand in prisoners, includ. “ United Kingdoms of Great Britain and ing amongst the latter two generals. Our Ireland.--In consequence of the glorious Joss is stated to have been considerable. " and decisive victory obtained by the The Governor of the island, whose name “ British Army under the Command of his was Jansens, was a Dutchman, and his “ Excellency Lieutenant General Sir Satroops, about 10,000 in number, were “muel Auchmuty, Commander in Chief, Dutch. The amount of our force, which “ on the 26th of August, by which the went from our East India possessions, is “ French troops were driven out of the not stated in gross; but, from the detail“ strong position at Meester Cornelis, of the several corps engaged, it would " upon which their Generals placed their seem to have amounted to between 15 and" sole reliance, and by which their whole 20 thousand land troops, exclusive of the “ army, with hardly any exception, either sailors and marines belonging to the “ fell in the field, or were made prisoners squadron employed on the expedition, “ of war; Lieut. Gen. Jansens fled in which, to have conveyed such an army," great disorder to Buitenzorg; but, knowmust have been considerable, though its ing that the victorious troops would soon force is not particularly stated, an onnis- " pursue him, he has precipitately quitted sion so common to all our dispatches of " That' post also, and has directed his this nature, that it cannot fairly be attri.“ flight, in despair, to some other quarter, buted to accident. The contest seems to " after having refused a second time the have been very sanguinary; for Sir Sa- " invitation of the English, to enter into muel Auchmuiy states, in his dispatch, " arrangements for the benefit of the that " in the action of the 26th, the num. “ country, which he left without defence “bers killed were immense, but it has" at their disposal.--Lieutenant General “ been impossible to form any accurate “ Jansens, who represented the French “ statement of the amount. About one" Sovereign in Java, having thus abandoned “ thousand have been buried in the his charge, and avowed by bis actions - works, multitudes were cut down in the " his incapacity to afford any further pro“ retreat, the rivers are choaked up with“ tection to the country; the French Go“ dead, and the huts and woods were “ vernment is hereby declared to be dis“ filled with the wounded, who have solved, and the British authority to be « since expired.
We have taken near · fully and finally established in the island of “ 5,000 prisoners, among whom are 2" Java, and all the possessions of the « General Officers, 34 Field Officers, 70 - French in the Eastern Seas. This ProCaptains, and 150 Subaltern Officers; " clamation is issued for the information