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Sahagun; it was necessary to balt there, ful, that they had beheld the English for in order to refresh the men, and on ac. the tirst time flying before the conquering count of provisions. The information eagles. that I received was, that Marshal Soult About two o'clock, in the afternoon of was at Saldana with 16,000 men, with the 16th of January 1809, atier forming posts along the river froin Guarda to various columns for that purpose, the ato Carrion.”
tack took place on the front of the Bri- No sooner did this object present it- tists position. The part ayainst which self to his view, than the lieutenant-ge- it happened to be first directed, was the neral determined on striking a blow. right, occupied by Lieutenant-General lle accordingly gave orders for his troops Sir David Baird, the second in command, to advance in two columns, on the night who received a severe wound, in conseof the 23d; but, during that very evening, quence of which he was obliged to leave he received intelligence that the epeiny the field. The commander in chief, who had obtained considerable reinforce- bad instantly proceeded to the scene of ments. This, however, would not have action, made the most ahle dispositions, prevented him from carrying bis resolu- and forced the French to alter their orie tion into effect, had not the Marquis de ginal intentions; for being unable to force la Romana informed him, nearly at the ile right wing, they endeavoured to turn same time, that the French were advars- it, but without effect, and they soon becing froin Madrid, either to Valladolid, or held their own left threatened by the Salamanca.
ihovements that ensued. On tuis, a retreat was instantly resolved Their next effort was against the cena on, and Lord Paget was placed with the ter, but there again they were inanfully cavalry, so as to give notice of the first resisted; on whicb, varying their designs approach of the enemy's infantry, their according to circunstances, they obtained horse having alıcady advanced. On the possession of a neighbouring village, and 30th of December, Sir Jolin arrived at
advanced against the left of the British Astorga, whence he proceeded to Villa line. But there again, they were foiled, Franca, and continued to move on to- and obliged to give way. wards Corunna, amidst innumerable dif- Meaniwhile Sir John Moore, who had ficulties, such, in fine, as scarcely ever exerted himself, with his qsual avinjaoccurred before. On this occasion, a tion, lell like Wolle, in the moment of large portion of the cavalry was destroy- victory." His death was occasioned by ed, in consequence of the severity of the a cannon ball, which struck him in a service, while many of the officers and mortal part, and he was carried inwards men died from fatigue alone. To pre- Corunna in a blanket, supported by vent the inilitary chest from falling into sashes. While his wound was probed, the hands of the enemy, soine thousands he said to an officer, whom he desired to of dollars intended for the pay of the attend him during the short period he troops were buried; but the object that had to live, “ You know I have always day nearest the heart of the general, was wished to die this way!" Alihough sofa che preservation of the cannou, the safe fering grenc pain, he appeared eager to. ty of which is looked upon as a point of speak again, and the first question put by lionour, anong military men. It may be him, was, “ Are the French beateni easily conceived, that at such a period, On being assured of this fact by severn! every thing likely to encumber the troops, officers, who arrived in succession, he was thrown away, and it has even been exclaimed: “I hope the people of Engsaid, although perhaps without founda- land will be satisfied! I hope my country Lou, that, at the passage of the last will do me justice!" Then addressing bridge, a suticiency of tools to cut it himself to one of his aid-de-camps, be down), was not to be obtauied.
continued: “ You will see my friends as At length, the port of Corunna, being soon as you possibly can tell then every the place destined for the erubarkation, thing-ay to my inother -presented itself to the views of an army, There his voice failed; but he resumed already overcome witli the difficulties ist soon after in a still weaker tone: alone and fatiguing march, during which " Hop-Hope I have inuch to say, They were but scantily supplied with food. but cannot get it out is Culonel GraAt the same time, however, the pursuing enemy appeared in sight, an enemy flush . He was advancing »t the bead of the ed with their recent victories over tlie 42d, which he had just addressed in a short native Spaniards, and not a little boost- specchio
« Having risen to command, he signalized Moore, the father of the general died his name in the West Indies, in Holland, a few years since, leaving bebind him, and in Egyypt. The unremitting attention a most excellent character in private lile, with which he devoted himself to the duties and a high reputation in the republic of of every branch of his profess:01), obtamed letters. His mother, wlow he niemtion. him the confidence of Sir Ralph Abercromby, and with it
ed with his cynnige breath, suli survives and he became the companion in arms of that
her eldest soli, awed is not only deeply afillustrious oflicer, who fell at the head uf his victorious troops, in an ac.ion which main
flicted by his luss, but has to hewail tained our national superiority over the arms
the deplorable situation of his brother of France.
Charles, who lias been recently deprived " Thus Sir John Moore, at an early peof his faculties. riod obtained, with general approbation, that Mr. James Moore, a surgeon of great conspicuous station, in which he gloriousiy promise, in 1789, obiained a prize medal terminated his useful and honourable lite from the Liceum Medicum Londinense;
"In a military character, ob ained amidst Captain Graham Moore fuuglit a valiant the dangers of climate, the privations inci. action in the Melampus, and took the dent to service, and the sufferings of repeated Ambuscade of forty guns. lle acted as wounds, it is difficult to select any one point
cominudore of the jeet that conveyed as a preferable subject for praise ; it exhibits,
the Prince Regent, and royal family of however, one feature su particularly characteristic of the man, and so important to the
Portugal to the Brazils; while Mr. Franbest interest of the service, that the com
cis Moore, afier being some time primander in chief is pleased to mark it with his
vate secretary to the Duke ot Leedt, is peculiar approbation.
now deputy secretary to the War Of “ The life of Sir John Moore was spent fice. among the troops.
On the 8: h of February, 1809, a sub“During the season of repose, his time scriprion was opened in Glasgow, fur was devoted to the care and instruction of the erecting a monument to the memory of officer and soldier; in war, he courted service the late General Sir John Moore, K.B. in every quarter of the globe. Regardless of wlieni 15001. was iminediately raiscil for personal considerations, he esteemed that to which his country called him, the post of
that purpuse', and next day, being a nabonour, and by his undaunted spirit, and un
tional tast, his fellow-ciudens attended conquerable perseverance, he pointed the way
divine service in mourning, to victory. “ His country, the object of his latest so.
* Mrs. Dicore resides at Cobham, in Sus: licitude, will rear a monument to his la.
rey. She was a daughter of the late Dr. Sime mented memory, and the commander in chief son, prosessor o: divinity in the University feels he is paying the best tribute to his fame
of Glasgow, and a fear relation of Prozessor by thus holding him forth as an example to
Robert Simson, the restorer or ancient geo
metry. Mis. Porteus, an aunt of the general, the army.'
is still alive at Clasgow, and another, M75. We shall now conclude with some ob- Mackintosh, lately died in uhat neighbourservations rclative to to his family. Dr. houd.
Extracts from the Port-folio of 1 Nlan. of Letters.
[Communications to this Article are always thankfully received.)
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La visit to the Lord Mayor, and to my shoe tie.” Barriów, seeing his aim, having, protracted bis stay till a heavy returned his salute obsequiously, with shower canic on, be was led out by a dit. “My lord, I am yours to the ground" ferent door from that which he entered, Rochester, improving luis hiluw, quickly and, unmwdful of his carriage, he set off returned it with " Doctor, I am yours on foot, and got hoine dripping net to the centre," which was as smartly
When Mrs. llogerth asked liin where followed by Barrow, with “ My lord, I he had leit lis carriage? “He said, he am yours to the antipodes." Upon which had forgot it."
Tiochester, scorning to be joiled liy a DARROW
musty old piece of divinity, as he used to Barrow meczing Lord Rochester call lam, exclaimed, "Doctor, I tra