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nately driven from before it with numbers (about 1200 men, with very considerable loss. In the suc- three pieces of cannon), must, in cessful defence of St. Marc, the all probability, have cost us a num. undaunted and active courage, and ber of valuable lives to have carthe military conduct of the mar ried; but this additional strength quis de Cocherell have merited my gave us an easy victory; for no fullest approbation.
sooner did they perceive a detach. I have the honour to be, ment of infantry and cavalry, With the utmost respect, &c. which I sent to gain the heights
J. G. Simcoe. and turn their flank, than they im. ... Mirebalais, June 2, 1797. mediately fled in the utmost confuSIR,
sion, and with such precipitation, · I have the honour to inform you, that though lieutenant-colonel Carthat, after giving previous orders ter, with the detachments of the to colonel Dessources to proceed 14th, 18th, and 21st British light with his column, in the morning dragoons, pursued them with that of the 30th ult. to his destined post alacrity and spirit which has ever of La Selle, where, according to distinguished him, he could only your excellency's instruction, he come up with a very few. He suc. was enabled to také post, I moved ceeded, however, in driving a great forward with the centre column, many into the river Artibonite, under colonel de Pestre. We ar- most of whom perished; and be, rived, after two very hot days' had the good fortune to take two march, at post Mitchell, not quite of their guns, with their ammuni. completed, and occupied by about tion, mules, &c. &c. The third '50 of the enemy, who retired on was most probably lost in the river, our approach. In the evening we the carriage being left behind. We discovered a column of troops de found the fort in the Bourg of Miscending the hills on our left, where rebalais as perfect as it had ever they encamped. A detachment of been, and in no manner destroyed. cavalry was immediately sent to We did not see colonel Bazil reconnoitre them; they proved to and his column till near an hour be colonel Dessources'column. This after we were in possession of officer was unable, from the bad- Mirebalais ; he was, however, at ness of the roads, and the heavy the place appointed, and, had the rains which we have had every enemy made any stand, would have evening, to proceed to the place of fallen on their rear, and hare his destination; he therefore, in a enabled us, no doubt, to have given very proper and soldier-like man- a better account of them. ner, marched and joined us; Although the action, from the which, in some measure, defeated rapid retreat of the enemy, was your original plan of cutting off very short, yet, sir, I have the sathe enemy's retreat by La Selle; tisfaction to inform you that time but I cannot help deeming this enough was given to evince as junction rather a fortunate circum- much alacrity and spirit to enter stance, as it enabled us to drive it, both in the officers and men, the enemy from a very advanta- as I ever remember to have witgevus position they had taken the nessed. next day, to dispute our passage, I enclose a return of the artillery which, from their superiority of and ammunition found in the fort of Mirebalais; and I am happy to swer was, that he considered the inform your excellency that the re- sentence of the mutineers as foundpossession of this important posted upon solid justice and imperious and district was effected without necessity, and consequently he loss, one serjeant and one private could not think of retracting the of the dragoons being all our sanction which he had given to the wounded.
judgment of the court-martial, by I have the honour to be, &c. whom they had been convicted.
G. CHURCHILL, brig.-gen. Upon this determination being Lieut.-gen. Simcoe, &c. &c. made known to the people of the Return of ordnance, and ordnance St. George, the strongest symptoms
stores, taken in the fort of Mire- of dissatisfaction were manifested balais, on the 2d of June, 1797. by them. Observing their conduct, 2 French eight-pounders, badly the captain took the precaution of
spiked, since unspiked and ren- watching their proceedings with the dered serviceable.
utmost strictness; and very soon 2 Six-pounders, serviceable. discovered, by means of an honest 2 Two-pounders, ditto.
tar, that they had entered into a A large proportion of shot for the resolution of seizing the ship, de
above ordnance, of every descrip- posing the officers, and liberating tion; the ammunition not ascer- their condemned companions. The tained, but it is stated to be da- evening previous to the day apmaged.
pointed for carrying into effect the G. CHURCHILL, brig.-gen. sentence of the court-martial was 15. A daring mutiny on board the time fixed upon to put their the St. George man of war, of 96 plan in force. Captain Peard seeguns, capt. Peard, one of lord St. Vina ing the crew assemble in the waste, cent's fleet, was lately quelled by immediately approached, and adthe spirit and activity of her com- dressed them to the following efmander and his first lieutenant, fect :- I am perfectly aware of whose conduct on the occasion, your intentions, and shall oppose while it exhibits a glorious exam- them at the risk of my life. You ple to the officers of our navy, en- have determined to resist the autitles them to the thanks and gra- thority of your officers; I am re
titude of their country. Three solved to do my duty, and to en. men, who had been sentenced to force a strict obedience to my orsuffer death for mutinous behavi. ders. I am sensible that you are, our in some other ship, were sent for the most part, the victims of on board the St. George to be exe- delusion; I know the ringleaders, cuted. The crew, on the arrival and do not hesitate to avow my of the prisoners, drew up a remon- intentions of bringing them to strance in their favour, and begged justice. I command you to disof capt. Peard to intercede in their perse, and to return to your duty.' behalf with the admiral of the Finding this address did not profleet. The captain replied, that he duce the desired effect, the captain should lay their prayer before lord instantly pushed in amid the crowd, St. Vincent; and, in pursuance of accompanied only by his first lieuhis promise, he lost no time in sub tenant, bravely seized two of the mitting the remonstrance to the people, whom he knew to be the admiral. - The noble earl's an. promoters of the conspiracy, drag. 1797.
ged them out by main force, and The first lieutenant has since put them in irons, without expe- been promoted to the rank of masriencing the slightest resistance ter and commander, as a just trifrom the crew; and such was the bute to his acknowledged merit. gallaut spirit aud determined cou- 16. Yesterday morning, about rage displayed by him on the oc- eight o'clock, a special jury was casion, that order was iminediately assembled at Warwick, and the restored, by the remainder of the cause of the king versus Binns, men retiring to their respective sta- which had excited considerable attious. The three convicts were tention, was tried before Mr. jus. next morning hanged at the yard- tice Ashburst, Mr. Perceval, assist. arm, agreeably to their sentence, ed by five other counsel, conducted m the presence of the repentant the prosecution, under the direc. crew, whose conduct from that tion of Mr. White, solieitor to the time was marked with a becoming Treasury ; Mr. Romilly, assisted by submission and subordination. The Messi's. Reader and Fletcher, untwo mutinous seamen remained indertook the defence. custody till Friday and Saturday, It appeared that the sentences July 7th and 8th, when, after a composing the charge had been most impartial bearing, they were abstracted from different parts of condemned, and executed the next the speech which Binns delivered, morning, Sunday the 9th. The and so put together in the indictfollowing judicious order was given inent, as to convey a meaning bighout by the admiral, on the Satur- ly, seditious; for it stated, that he day nigiit previous to the execu- had said, that force was justifiable tion.
to obtain a reform in parliament. General Order.. Every ship in But it was sworn by five witnesses, the fleet is to send two boats, with that his words were, · If attempts an officer in each, and two ma- were made to deprire the people rines or soldiers properly armed in of the trial by jury, and the libereach boat on board his majesty's ty of the press, that then it woulu ship the St. George, at hall past be laudable to oppose it by force.' seven to-morrow morning, to at- ' Thus,' said Mr, Romily, the iend a punishment. The sentence words were applied to a. mere hy. is to be carried into execution by pothesis, and not respecting a re. the crew of the St. George alune, forin in parliament. When the and no part of the boat's crews of words are thus applied, they are far other slips, as is usual on similar froin importing any thing crim. occasions, are to assist in this pain- nal; nay, (continued the counsel) ful service: in order to mark the to support by force the trial by high sense the commander in chief jury, and the liberty of the press entertains of the loyalty, fidelity, agailist the attacks of government, and subordination of the rest of the is justifiable according to Blacktleet, which he will not fail to stune. Here the learned counsel make known to the lords.com- read a quotation from Blackstone's missioners of the Adiniralty, and Commentaries.-Mr. Perceval rerequest their lordships to lay it plied. before the king. This memoran- · The trial lasted near eleven hours dum is to be read to the ships' and a half, when the jury retired, vinpanies.'
'and, after delibcrating about two hours and three quarters, followed privateer, of 10 guns, and 50 men, the judge to his lodgings, and de- with her prizes, an English ship livered a verdict of-Not guilty. and brig, by his majesty's ship
20. Yesterday the coroner's in- Proserpine, capt. Lake; also, Le quest was taken on the body of Lynx, French lugger privateer, of the right hon. Harvey Redmond 14 guns, and 50 men, by his maviscount Mountmorres, who, on jesty's sloop Stork, capt. Pearson; Friday morning last, shot himself and the re-captures of the Charat his lodgings, in York-street, St. lotte of Liverpool, and the Neptune James's square, and brought in of Greenock, by his majesty's ship their verdict-Lunacy.
Magnanime.. It appeared on evidence, that 22. This gazette contains achis lordship's physician had been counts of the capture of the Prowith him the preceding day, when digy French brig privateer, pierced á conversation took place respecting for 18 guns, mounting 14, and 87 his lordship's departure for Ireland, men;by his majesty's sloop Espiegle when he appeared particularly captain Boorder ;-also, a French gloomy, and lamented the miseries lugger privateer, of 10 guns (only of his unhappy country, and the 4 of which were mounted), and 34 portentous cloud that overhung men, called the Revenge, by the its politics. So agitated was he Resolution hired lugger, Mr. George. at the recital, that his physician en- Broad commander. deavoured to dissuade him from 26. This gazette contains achis intended journey, in the de- counts of the capture of the Fliranged state of mind and body he bustier privateer brig, of 12 guns then appeared to experience. This and 104 men, by his majesty's ship advice had tery little weight with Maidstone, capi. Mathews; also, his lordship, for, after taking the Le Batave, of 12 guns, and 54 men, medicine prescribed, he dressed by his majesty's ship Roebuck, capt. himself for the journey, and had Burrows. made all things ready. It is supposeď 29. This gazette contains an that the derangement increasing, he account of the capture of Le Tierdid not go to bed, but sat up the celet French schooner privateer, of whole of the night, and in the morn- 8 guns, 10 swivels, and 47 men,. ing committed the fatal act of 'sui- copper bottomed, (together with cide, by discharging the pistol in the Prosperity, of London, which his mouth.
the privateer had captured three Admiralty-office, Aug. 21. This days before), by his majesty's ship gazette contains accounts of the Magnanime, capt. De Courcy. capture of La Victorine, French Bath, Aug. 30. At the yearly conschooner privateer, pierced for 16 ference of the methodist preachers guns, and 82 men, by his majes- and delegates from the principal ty's ship Santa Margarita, capt. societies in the kingdom, lately held Parker ;-also, D'Klyne Sperwer, at Leeds, they came to a resoluDutch privateer, of 6 guns, and tion, that if any of the members 28. men, twenty of whom escaped of their societies should maintain in their boats, by his majesty's and propagate opinions iniinical sloops Nautilus and Sea-gull, and to the civil government and esKing George and Fox cutters;- tablished religion of the country, also, the Unity Dutch schooner they should no longer be consider
ed as having fellowship or connec- again on the starboard tack: wore tion with them, but, that all such immediately, keeping under their should be desired quietly to with- lee, with a constant fire at both.
draw themselves from the societies : At three quarters past nine the · which, if they refused to do, and sternmost struck, and hove-to, but
continued to act contrary to the the sea running too high to take spirit of this resolution, that then inmediate possession of her, and they should be forthwith expelled; finding the other of much more it being unanimously determined consequence, who was making that the societies should not become every endeavour to escape, I cona nursery of sedition or acknow- tinued the pursuit, when, after an ledge the disturbers of the public hour and forty minutes running weal.
fire, having shot away her main
top-mast, she struck, and at nine . SEPTEMBER.
took possession of her. Found her
to be L'Oiseau French privateer, - Admiralty-office, Sept. 2. Copy of of 18 guns (pierced for 20), 10 a letter from vice-admiral Kings- 9-pounders, and 2 long French mill, to Evan Nepean, esq. dated twelves, with 119 men on board. on board L'Engagcante, at Cork, At half past meridian, wore, and the 27th of August, 1797.
made sail after the other, who by SIR,
this time was nearly out of sight, I herewith transmit, for the in- endeavouring to get off. At four formation of my lords commision- brought her to, and took posses. ers of the Admiralty, a letter to me sion, finding her to be the Express, from capt. Pulling, of his majesty's of Dartmouth, prize to L'Oiseau, sloop Penguin,containing particulars formerly L'Appocrate French prirelative to a capital brig privateer, Fateer, of 12 guns, taken a few and a prize she had made of the months ago. L'Oiseau is quite brig Express, of Dartmouth, bound new built, for a corvette, launched to Newfoundland, both of which in June last, and coppered. Fler he has brought in here.
length of keel 73 feet, of gun-deck
R. KingSMILL. 87 feet, and breadth of beam 25 Penguin, Cork Hurbour, dug. 23. feet: her first cruize from Xantz,
out 34 days, and had taken two I have the honour to inform you, other vessels. She has been chased that on the 21st instant, in lat. 48 five times before by his majesty's deg. 30 min. north, long. 8 deg. frigates, but always maintained a west, being on the larboard tack, decided superiority of sailing ;spares with the wind easterly, blowing the Penguin at least one-third of hard, at half past eight A.M. saw ber canvas; and we are much intwo sail a-head, standing towards debted to their disorder, and a bigli us, with every appearance of being sea, for our success. She had one cruizers. At half past nine, hav- man killed, and five wounded. I ing weathered us about a mile, beg leave to express the warmest they bore down, the headmost un- approbation of the conduct of my der English colours, but very soon first lieutenant, Mr. George Neat disçı vered themselves to Le the Tremlett, with every officer and enemy, when we opened our fire, nan m liis majesty's sloop I have which ubliged them to haul up the honour to command, for their