Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
[graphic][subsumed][ocr errors]

minutes past two P.M. Lord Cochrane advanced in the [mpericuse with his accustomed gallantry and spirit, and opened a wel\~dirested ire upon the Calcutta, which struck her colours to the lmpcricuse; the ships and vessels above mentioned mon after joined in the attack upon Ville de Vursovic and Aquilon, and obliged thcm,bef`ore Ev: o‘clock, after sustaining a heavy cannonade, to strike their colours, when they were taken possession of by the boats of the advanced squadron. As soon as the prisoners were rcmoved, they were sez on Ere, as was also the Tunnérrc, a short time after by the enemy. I afterwards detached Rear-Admiral the honourable Robert Sroptbrd in the Caesar with the Theseus, three additional Ere ships (which wcrc hastily prepared in the course of the day), and ull the boats of the Beet, with Mr. Congrcve‘s rockets, to conduct the further operations of the night against any of the ships which lay exposed to an attzck. On the morning of the 13th, the Rear-Admiral reported to me, that as the Cxnr and other line of battle ships had grounded :nd were in a dangcrouisituation, he thought it advisable to order them all our, particularly as the remaining part of the service could be performed by frigntes and small vessels only; and I was happy to Gnd that they were extricated from their perilous siru.\;ion. Captain Bligh has since informed me, that it was found impractiublc ta destroy the three decked ship, and the others which were lying near the entrance of the Chzreate, as the tbrmer, being the outer one, was protected by three lines of boats placed in advance from her. This ship and all the others, except four of the line and a frigatc, have now moved up the river Charente. If any further attemptto destroy them is practicable, I shall not fail to use :very means in my power to accomplish R. » I have great satisfaction in stating to their lordships how much I feel obliged to the zealous cooperation of Rear-Admiral Stopfurd, under whose arrangement the bona of the Hee! were placed ; and I must also express tv their Iordships the high sense Ihave ofthe assistance I received from the abilities and uuemiuzcd attention of Sir Harry Neale, ban. the

Qupmin of the fleet, as well as of the unima

ted exertions of the captains, officers, seamen, ,and marines under my command, and their forwardncss to volunteer upon any service Ill!! might he allotted to them; particularly the zeal and activity xhewn by the captains of line-of haul: ships in preparing the fire vessel; ` 1 cannot speak Tn sufiicient terms of admi-nzion and applause, of the vigorous and gallant :mack nude by Lord Cochrane, upon the French line of battle ships which were on shore, as well n; of his judicious manner of apprmching them, and placing his shlp ig fha pouuun

position most advintageoua to annoy the enemy, and preserve his own ship; which could not be exceeded by any feat of valour hitherto achirve-i by the British navy.

It is due to Rear-Af miral Stopford, and Sir Parry Neale, that 1 should here take the opportunity of acquannng their lordships of the handsome and earnest manner in which both these meritorious officers had volunteered their services before the arrival of Lord Cochrane to undertake an attack upon the enemy with rtre ships; and that, hid nut their loidsh-jis rixi-d upon him to conduct the enterprise, I'have full confidence rhatthe result of their efforts would have been highly creditable to them.

I should feel that I did not do justice to the services of Captain Godfrey of the /Etr.j, in bombarding the enemy's ships on the ICth, and nearly ail the day of the l.Stb, if I aid not recommend him to their lordships notice ; and 1^cannot admit bearing due testimony to the anxious desire expressed by Mr. Congreve to be employed wherever 1 might conceive his services in the management of his rockets would be useful; some of them were placed in the fire shins with effect; and I have every reason to be satisfied with the artillerymen and others who had the management of them, under Mr. Cnngrcvc's direction.

I seni herewith a return of the killed, wounded, and missing of the fleet, which I am happy to observe, is comparatively small. I have not ytt received the returns of the Jlumber of prisoners taken, but I conceive they amount to between 4 and 500.

I have charged Sir Harry Neale with this dispatch (by the Imperieuse) and I beg leive to refer their lordships to him, as also to Lord Cochrane, for any further particulars of winch they may wish to be informed.

1 have the honour to be, tee.
(Signed) GaMitii

l.iti) April.

PS. This morning three of the enemy's line of ba' tic ships arc observed to be still on shore under Fouraa, and one of them is in a dangerous situation. One of their frigates (L'lndienne), also on shore, has fallen over, and they are now dismantling her. As the tides will take off in a day or two, there is every probability that she will he destroyed.

Sinie writing the foregoing, I have learnt that the Hon. Lifuc.-Culonel Cochrane (Lord Cochraoe's brother) and Lieut, Bitsett of the ^tftrvy, were volunteers in the Imperieuse, and 'tendered themselves eiiremely useful, the <tjrmer by commanding some of her guns on the main dick, and the latter conducting ooe of the cxtilos.un-vessels.

Unmet tftbe Shift in jiix Reads, fm-.cut to ibi

attack m tie lltb Afrits 1809, L'Ocesn, 1!0 gups, Vice'Admiral Alleman

de, C.ipt. Holand.—Repaired in 1806, so

shore under Fouras.

Foudroyant, 80 guns, Rear-Admiral Gourdon,

Capt. Henri.—Five years old; on shore under Fouras. Cassard, 74 guns, Capt. Faure, Commodore.

—Three years old ; on shore under Fouras. Tourville, 74 guns, Capt. La Caille.—Old; on

shore in the river. Regulus, 74 guns, Capt. Lucus.—Five years

old ; on s-ore under Madame. Patriote, 74 guns, Capt. Mahee.—Repaired in

1803. Jemappe, 74 guns, Capt. Fauva.—On shore

under Madame. Tonnerre, 74 guns, Capt. Clement de la Ron

ciere.—Nine months old, never at sea. Aquilon, 74 guns, Capt, Maingnon.—Old. Ville de Varsovie, 80 guns, Capt. Cuvillier.

—New, never at tea. Calcutta, 56 guns, Capt. La Tonie.—Loaded

with flour and military stores. Frigates. Indienne, Capt. Protean.—On shore near Isle

d'Fnet, on her beam ends. • Elbe, Capt. Perengier. Pallas, Capt. Lc Bigot, Horiense, Capt. Allgand.

N.B. One of the three last frigates on shore under Isle Madame. sXetwn of Officer*. Seamen, and Marines, killed^

lozundcdand mijj.nj, between the lub and

\4tb ofjlfril, 1809, inclusive.

Names of Officers killed.—W. Flintoff, acting Lieutenant of the Caesar; J. Seggese, gunner of the Mediator.

Names of Officers munded.—Wm. Edward
Fairfax, Master of the fleet, Caledonia;
R. F jewcrs, Master's Mate, Theseus;
Mr. Gilbert, Surgeon's Assistant, andM.
Matsden, Purser, Imperieuse; J. Gar-
land, Lieutenant, Revenge; James
Wooldridge, Captain; Nicholas Brent
Clements, Lieutant; and James Pearl,
Lieutenant, Mediator; Richard W.
Chariton, Midshipman, aEtna.

Total—3 officers, 8 men, killed; 9 offi-
cers, 26 men, wounded ; 1 man, missing.
Total 46.

Gambio.

Return received since the above was written.—1 officer, 1 man, wounded.

This gazette of the- 15th of April, contains a letter from Captain Yeo, of the Confiance, dated Cayenne Harbour, Jan. loth. It announces the capture of that important colony by a descent of British and Portuguese troops on the 4th of that month. Little resist ance was made by tbe enemy;.and thwe is nothing in the above letter, wJiicJi, would auxltoiisc us to give it in detail. Captain Yeo pays the highest compliments to all the officers and men under bis command. The place w*s Ibexii possession of in tire name of

the

[ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

the Prince Regent. We are sorry to add that Mr. J. ltead, lieutenant of marines, died of Ills wounds oil the 8th of January, as did \V. Iiuteinan, n private. Our whole Kiss amounts to 1 killed, and 23 wounded.

A letter from Captain M. Seymour, of the Amethyst, announces also the rapture •f \je Niemen, a fine new French frigate, of 44 guns, and 319 men, two days from Vt idun roads, with six months provisions and naval stores on hoard, and hound to the Isle of Trance, commanded by M. Dupotet, Captaine de Frigate, a distinguished officer, who defended his ship with Heal ahility and resolution. The action lasted from one till half past three A.M. on the 6th instant; when the Arethusa appearing in sight, the enemy struck—" She fell on board us (says Capt. S ) once in the contest; she had 47 killed and 73 wounded. The main and mizen-masts of the Amethyst fell at the close of the action and she had eight killed and 39 wounded.

The Gazette of the 22nd of April contains n letter from Captain G. Scott, of the Horatio, to Sir J. B. Warren, dated Feb. 19, announcing the capture of le Junon French frigate,' on the 10th, in Iat. 12. 50 Ion. 53. 30. W.'

"The enemy's frigate (says CaptainS.) on malting us out, bore right up before the wind for a short time, but very soon hauled up again. At three quarters past twelve, we met upon different tacks arid came to close action, the Horatio wearing under the enemy's ttern to get upon the same tack with her. In the early part of the action the country lost the services of the first Lieutenant Manley Hull Dixon, being badly wounded, and not lung after, I am sorry to say, that I recived a jevere wound in the shoulder by a grape shot, which obliged me to quit the deck; however, the service aid not suffer by that event, at the succeeding Lieutenant, the Hon. George Lwuglai, rovgtK the ship through the action in the most gallant manner, which continued about one hour and thirty-five minutes. The enemy !.-■.■ from the beginning pointed' tour (Hoi hi&o, we were by this time a complete wreck in eui masts, sails,.and rigging. Not«itljti:i situation the enemy was

she tried to effect her escape, which I knew *j, Impossible, from the stale of tier rigging, and more particularly as at that time the Superitur (the brig I before mentioned) hsiiled us, an.', gave us information that the strange s.iil ust seen to leeward was the Latoni. On the Later, coming witMn the enemy, and gfting her a few , she returned, and itighHy

of the Utoni's-men, the im

mediately brought to on the starboard tack, and every mast went by the boaid. She proved to be the French frigate La Junon, of forty-four guns, and three hundred and twenty-three men, commanded by Mons. Augustus Rousseau, a member of the Legion of Honour} out from the S-ints only four days, bound to France.

"I now detail the loss and damages sustained by his Majesty's ship under my command.

"The Horatio has suffered but little in her hull, from the reason already given, of the enemy's aiming particularly at our masts and rigging, which they effected, having nothing; else standing but our lower masts, much wounded, and completely dismantled, all to our foresail, and the rags of our mainsail.

"The number of officers, seamen, and marines lost on this occasion to their country and their friends, are by no means considerable, when compared with the dreadful loss of the enemy, which I shall hereafter relate. The loss on board the Horatio consists of Mr. George Gutter, midshipman, and six.seamen, killed; Mr. Andrew Lock, boatswain, and twelve seamen, badly wounded; Lieut. Richard Blalteney, of the royal marines, Mr. Robert King, master's mate, six seamen, and two marines, slightly wounded, the loss of the enemy, as I have before s'ated, was all her lower masts; her hull most wonderfully cut up, making, in consequence, a great deal of water, until the shot holes were stopped.

"The loss of the enemy in killed and wounded amounted to one hundred and thirty. The captain expired soon after the action from the wounds he received." \ ■•"■

[graphic]

In the House of Lords, on the 21st of April, Earl Gbev, in a most eloquent and argumentative speech of four hours, took a retrospect of the conduct of his Majesty's ministers, which he arraigned in the severest terms, and concluded with moving. *i»^yj!jw»g «.«.*»>ijfi^ty."

"That an humble address be presented to his Majesty, expressing to his Majesty an opinion,that the disgrace which attended theeipe dition to Spain was in consequence of the want of sufficient information on the part of his Majesty's ministers, with respect to the state of affairs in that country, and their neglect in not farming a plan of operations, and of those means which alone could have enabled the British arms to be of importance to the Spanite cause."

A lone debate ensued, and at o'clock in tile morning the boose vided—

Contents. .9* Hoc Contents.. 146

Majority against the motion 53

In the House of Commons on Mo day, April 17th, Lord Folkestone I to submit the inoiion he bad given

[ocr errors]

tice of," That n committee be appointed, the gentleman was really sincere, and in order to its taking into consideration wished the motion success. certain abuses now existing in the ex- Mr. Tierney opposed the motion. He penditurc of the public money."—The said he hopedtne Noble Lord would withNoble Lord observed, that it had for draw it and bring it in some other shape, years been well known, that great abuses for otherwise he could not agree without of that description prevailed in the ex- some slrongigronnds to criminate all dependiture of the revenue. He had little partments of the state. He believed the doubt if such a committee should be ap- majority of the house had no disposition pointed, that it would soon bring to light to shrink from enquiry, but still that invarious and gross abuses. He disclaimed quiry must be instituted in a manner the any object of attuck on ministers; stat- most proper and just to satisfy the public, ing, that he felt impelled to the motion His own character must speak for itself, by a sense of duty, and a knowledge but he .must say that no cry whatever that such abuses as he had alluded to, should induce him to agree with such a had too lonjbeen endured, lie did not motion.

expect any resistance from ministers, who Messrs. Brand, Ponsonby, Wynne,

were concerned, more than he was, in and P. Moore, objected to the motion,

rooting out these abuses. as did

Mr. Perceval said, that it appeared Mr. Canning in a long speech. He

to him that the Noble Lord's motion was concluded by saying, the Noble Lord, by

not only superfluous, but unnecessary, pursuing the course which he now ndnpt

The Right Honourable Gentleman said, ed, might probably succeed in driving

he bad a few days since introduced a bill from the career of public service, every

for preventing the sale and brokerage of honourable man, whose laudable ambi

places,whichwouldmeettheNobleLnrd's tion might lead him to fill a public situa

object, and render his motion umiessary, tion. He might succeed in making the

Lord Folkestone explained; remark.- cast of public men so degraded, that no

ing, that the bill alluded to by the Right honest man would belong to it. But

Honourable Gentleman hud been one should such a period ever arrive, he bad

among other inducements he had, to sub- no hesitation in saying that it would be a

mil the present motion. On the Right period of degradation and ruin to the

Honourable Gentleman's bill, lit con ten- country. He would not, then, let loose

ded no proceeding could be adopted, at this wide-wasting power, that must spring

least none such as his (Lord F.'s) motion out of the Noble Lord's motion; a power

went to institute; therefore he considered that must be as disgraceful to submit to,

the Right Honourable Gentleman's argu- as it would be afterwards impossible to do

nicnt as of no avail; as, unless such a away.

committee was appointed, it was very Lord Folkestone denied that be in

vnlikcly that any of these abuses could volved all public men in suspicion. He

be done away, or even corrected. only referred to particular parts ofevi

Lord H. Petty opposed the motion, dence already before the house, which he

uppn thesame grounds as Mr. Perceval, wished to refer to a commitee; therefore,

Mr. Wbiibread supported the mo- as it was not an original proceeding, he

tion, on the ground that the Chancellor could not sec how it could be objected to.

of the Exchequer did not deny the ex- The house then divided—for Lord

istence of abuses in the expenditure of Folkestone's motion,

the public money. From information Ayes 80

he Mr. W. had received, he knew that Noes 178

many and various abuses had existed Majority 143

for numbers of years, in the expenditure ' , , . ~ „ _

of the public money; but so far from On tie 7th instant, the Common Cotm

these abuses having been finished and cil of the city of London, passed the foU

swept away, he regretted to state, that lowing spirited resolutions:—

they still existed in all their pristine vi- Th» this Couk has on frequent occasions

gour. This was a serious fact, which ev'?"d. ,U **"?""*? P»bbc abuse.

the Right Honourable Gentleman could "J £*"eJ7h/Tl ?£^"Tt"r

. , ^ i . , --, pjrtmentl or tnt itate, and it cannot but

not deny, nor could any steps he (Mr. equally condemn the eonuPtPr«tic«develo

Perceval) felt inclined to take, prove ped by the late investigation before the bouse

available; unless that Right Honourable of parliament.

Gentleman was re-illy sincere. He hoped That Gwyllym Lloyd Wardle. esq. having,

u.4 ltd

unawed by ministerial thread, exhibited set Ious charjrs against the late Commander in Chief, which have been clearly substantiated, and which have, in tact, induced his Royal Highness to resign a situation of which he is unworthy, is entitled to the eitcem and gratitude of this Court and the country.

That the thanks of this Court, and the freedom of this city, in a gold-box, of the value of one hundied guineas, be presented to Cwyllym Lloyd Wardle, esq. in grateful testimony of the high seme they entertain of the zeal, intrepidity, and patriotism, which he so, eminently evinced in that arduous and laudable undertaking.

That the tlianks of this court be presented to Sir Francis Burdett, bar:. (Seconder), Lord Folkestone, Samuel Whitbrcad, esq. Sir Samuel Rouiiliy, knight, General Ferguson, Harvey Christian Combe, esq. Alderman, and one ot tin representatives of this city in parliament, and the rest of the 125 independent members, who, upon the important question on the conduct of his Royal Highness the Duke of York, attempted to stem the torrent of corruption.

That a considerable number of those who voted in favour ot the late Commander in Chief, on the 18th of March last, hold lucrative appointments at the pleasure of the

crown: a vote of acquittal under such circumstances, must at all tiroes appear extremely equivocal j but when given, as in the present instance, in diiect contradiction to the evidence produced, which led toa decision socoatrary to the legitimate expectations of the people, affords ground for apprehending that the decision has arisen from that preponderating influence of which this court«cforc has complainrd.

That those and other public abuses call loudly for constitutional correction and redress, and evince the necessity of; radical and speedy reform, as essential to the safety and security of the just prerogative of the crown as to the ancient and unalienable rights of the people.

Amount cf Eei/t of Er.g!ai:d Notts of Five

Pound* tach, and ufmurdt, including Sank

Post Bilk, fayablt uvm days after tight;—

1808. May 1st - 1.13,429,610

August 1st - 13,521,380

November 1st - 13,855,460

1809. February 1st - 13.2vJ6,860

Amount of Bank of England Notes of 21. and

11. each.

1800. May 1st - 1.4,062,?6d

-August 1st - 4,1*3,290

November 1st - 4,211,710

1809. February 1st - 4,3S3,i!0O

INCIDENTS, MARRIAGES Axd DEATHS In And Near LONDON: With Biographical Memoirs of distinguished Characters recently deceafed.

IT the beginning of the month of April, a whale was caught a little below Gravesend, by a pilot, who was going in his boat down the river, and afterwards brought up to London Bridge, in a west country barge, the cavity of which, it not only completely filled, but the tail projected near four yards beyond the stern of the vessel. A spectacle so unusual in this latitude, attracted an immense number of spectators, and indeed this monster of the deep was an object worthy bf. curiosity. Its extreme length from the luwcr jaw to the Cnd of the tail, 76 feet 6 inches, the circumference of the body at the dorsal fin, 21 feet, and the distance between the eyes, 9 feet 9 inches. It was claimed by the Lord Mayor, but was SeixcJ by .the Marshal of the High Court of Admiralty as a droit to his Majesty, and by his order sold at Lloyd's coffee bou.c, far 751. In 1761, a similar case occurred, when the admiralty interfered, and arretted the fish which was told for 1221

The daughter or the celebrated Addison, by Lady Warwick, who died a few years ago, left 5001. for the purpose of raising a monument t»6i» memory. liutd Bradford, who is > uaMxVr executors, allotted the talk to Mr. *t, addiajt' 5001. to the beouett. Ucra* anhyt hx*made a fine sutee of ^ 1. pj.ee. i* the 1W Ctener.

[graphic]

Westminster Abbey, and which will be opened for public inspection.

Lord Somerville's annual cattle shew took place as usual at Sadler's yard, Cos vellstrtet. The company who attended were iiiglily respectable, and consisted of many noblemen and gentlemen, en.'ourageri of agricultural pursuits. His Majesty sent a Merino and Wilts wether, in a store state. The shew of hulls, oxen, sheep, (particularly of the Merino breed), cows -r.d pigs, with the agricultutal implements, exhibited an interesting spectacle. Lord Somervillc exhibited several valuable articles; and Mr. Frederic Smith, of Norwich, shewed various long and square shawls, patterns for ladies' drcssi-s, and borders for ditto, stockings, &rc. All of Anglo-Merino wool. On the second da) after viewing the stotx, near 350 of Lord Somerville's Iricnds dined at Freemason'a Hall, where his Lordship upened tht award of llie judges for deciding his utemiums, which awarded a prize to Mr. Martin Webber, foi his two six-years old Devon oxen, and hii Lordship delrvcted to Mr. Webber, an elegant silver cup and cover, and another cap, the worker of these oxen. To the Dvjtt of Bedford, a large silver cup was deliver*" for hi' two six-years old Devon oxen; an hit Grace was complimented by another cup

[ocr errors]
« ZurückWeiter »