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the jury that the matter was not a great sessions here. The solicitor premeditated thing on the part of for the crown came from London; his client, who, he said, was very and the counsel for the prosecution young, and inexperienced in the were, the attorney-general of the ways of the world. It was merely circuit, Mr. Phillips, Mr. serjeant the very powerful effect of the Williams, Mr. Touchett, and Mr. lady's charms, to the blaze of which Dauncey ; for the prisoners, Mr. , he was constantly exposed, from Milles and Mr. Blackstone. The the frequent opportunities he had two prisoners were brought up to of being in her company, and plead to their indictments on Tues, which receiving no check, ex- day evening. Mr. Milles took some panded till it broke out in all the objections to the form of them, at fever of distracted love, and led the same time declaring his deterhim to the commission of an act mination, and that of the prison. that must for ever render him a ers, to bring on the trials, and not miserable outcast of society. He to interpose any delay. The judges had already forfeited every world- over-ruled the objections, and Jy benefit, and, if heavy damages Thursday morning, at seven, was were given, what must be the re- fixed for their trials. The public sult? He must either perish in a expectation had been much raised, prison, or the weight must fall on and more than 140 gentlemen were the innocent and unhappy father, summoned upon the jury. A large with eight daughters to proride for. additional number of persons were Mr. Law admitted that his client sworn in as constables, and every merited a severe punishment, but precaution was taken to preserve prayed that it might not be be- the peace. At seven the court as.. yond his means of paying, which, sembled, and the jury were called, he declared, did not amount to and after many challenges and more than 3,0001, the sum invested some debate between the counsel as his share in the business being and court upon points as they advanced by his father. After arose, a most respectable jury were some other observations on his sworn; Mr. Barlow, the member elient's conduct, he concluded, by for Pembroke, was the foreman. intreating the jury to tincture their The attorney-general made a very justice with mercy, and only award impressive and dispassionate speech, a fair retribution. . .
stating the evidence most distinctly | Mr. Burchell, the deputy sheriff, which he should bring against the then summed up the evidence in a prisoners : and after having examinvery clear and concise inanner; ed two or three witnesses relating and the jury, after retiring out of to the apprehension of the prison. court for about twenty minutes, er, called one of the French prireturned with a verdict of ten thou soners to prove the facts which he sand pounds damages.
i had stated. He was an American, Extract of a letier from Huverford- and could speak very good Engrest, September 10.
lish. He refused to answer any ." The trials of the two prisoners question relative to the proceedings confined in our jail for high trea in the caiap, or to the prisoner at -son, for joining with and assisting the bar, saying that he would stay the French upon their landing at and hear what tbe other FrenchFishguard, were brought on at our men would say, and then he would
say as they did. Many attempts failure, than one of the partners were made to get the facts from hastened from town, and overtook him, but in vain. The counsel the goods at Portsmouth ; which for the prosecution then attempted he instantly seized, and would not' to go into an examination of what suffer to proceed. Now this was had passed from him before the an action of trover brought by the justice of peace and the grand jury. assignees of the Hunters, to recover This was resisted by the counsel the value of the tobacco so seized for the prisoner, and very ably by the defendants; and upon this and eloquently argued, and the ground: that the vessel in which it counsel were heard upon a variety was shipped by the consigners was of questions which occurred in a chartered ship of the consignees, this part of the trial, when the and that, therefore, it was an actual judges rejected the evidence, and delivery to them. The leading would not allow from the papers a counsel for the defendants made a question to be put to him. As very eloquent and ingenious speech they could not get any thing more to the jury : in which he insisted from him, he was dismissed, and strongly on the circumstance that the examination of two or three his clients, while settling the mode of the Frenchmen, who did speak of conveyance with the Hunters, out, affected the prisoner so little, had never once asked the question, that the counsel for the prosecu- whether the ship was chartered or tion, upon consultation with them. general; from whence he inferred selves, relinquished the prosecu- proof of no essential difference existLion. The other prisoner was then ing between them. Some other brought to trial. Against him the points were ably urged ; and he cona evidence was still slighter, and that cluded by reminding the jury of prosecution was given up in less the great importance of this cause ihan an hour.”
to the commerce of this country, ll. At the nisi prius bar at Bris- and of the pernicious consequences tol, a cause of great importance to which would result to credit, the the mercantile world came on, to very life-blood of the state, if they be tried before sir Nash Grose, and should give a verdict for the plaina special jury. The circumstances tifts. Before the leading counsel on of the case are shortly these: Mać the other side addressed the jury in Taggart and co, tobacco-merchants, reply, the judge said, it was his of London, struck a bargain with duty to declare, that he had never the Hunters and co, merchants, at known a stronger or a clearer point Bristol, to sell them a quantity of of law : that a chartered yessel was, unmanufactured tobacco (to the indubitably, the particular wareamount of 13001.) for a bill at house of those who chartered her, three months, payable in London. and that of consequence no person The goods were shipped off the could legally stop or detain any latter part of February ; about the goods shipped on board such vessel beginning of March of the same without permission of the owners. year, the house of the Hunters Upon this a verdict was instantly became insolvent, which was pre- given to the plaintiffs to the full vious to the time when M Taggart's value of the tobacco. bill on them became due. They, From this decision, it will be. therefore, no sooner heard of the come prudent for merchants to inquire whether the ship, 'which is and the corvette remained fast a. lo convey their goods, be chartered ground, but deserted by her peoor not; because had it been a ge- ple, and much damaged. As I did neral ship, the M-Taggarts would not think it possible to set her on have been justified in detaining the fire with the boats of the squadron, tobacco.
there being little wind, and the Admiralty-office, September 16. tide of flood setting us upon the Extract of a letter from the right coast, we hauled our wind to the
hon. lord Bridport, K. B. com- southward.
is destroyed, and it is doubtful if Herewith you will receive copies the other can be repaired so as to of letters, with the papers therein be of any use in future. referred to, from commodore sir J: The ships of the squadron have Borlase Warren, which I transmit sustained very trifling damages. A for their lordships' information. return of the killed and wounded
I am, &c. in cach ship is inclosed.
BRIDPORT. I have only to amount that a La Pomone, at Sea, Aug. 12, 1797. more favourable moment did not My Lord,
present itself, to afford the officers I beg leave to inform your lord- and men an opportunity of distinship, that on the morning of the guishing themselves; but the eneIlth instant, a convoy of the ene- my must have suffered considerably my, with a ship corvette, a brig on board the vessels and in the fort, and schooner gun-boats, two arm- from the number of shot that ed luggers, several chasse-marées struck them. and brigs, were discovered stand. Some hot shot were fired from a ing to sea, out of the Pertuis de battery of fire guns, which set fire Breton, from Rochfort. I attempt to the Sylph ; but any ill effects ed to cut them off or destroy them were prevented by the exertions of with La Pomone and Jason, who the officers and men of that vessel, altacked a fort, in order to cover wbo cut thein out, and behaved the Sylph, who was anchored near otherwise with much spirit and the two corveties, having left the zeal.
" Triton in chase to windward : the I have the honour to remain, &c. enemy, perceiring our intention, (Signed) John WARREN. anchored at the entrance of the ri- P.S. Since I began this letter, rer of Sable d'Olonne, close under not having an opportunity of sendthe fort, the ship corvette and gun. ing it to your lordship, I have reo boats with springs upon their cables. ceived information from three ves
At eleven, being near enough, sels who had left Sable d'Olonne the firing commenced, and conti. subsequent to the above affair, and nued for an hour, when the gun- the following is the result of these boat slipped her cables to run on reports : shore, but sunk before she got in • The ship corvette is in the har. the river, near the small vessels, bour, but so damaged as to be un
kt for service. The gun-boat re- through, and I fancy several of her mains sunk and destroyed. The crew were drowned, and as the enemy lost several killed, and tide left her, she fell over; the wounded in the two vessels. In remainder of her men, about 90 the fort, five soldiers were killed, in number, got on shore. She and two guns dismounted, and was called Le Petit Diable, a very some wounded; two or three fine vessel, pierced for 18 or 20 houses much shattered. We were guns, and 100 men complement. off Sable d'Olonne on the 26th, The prizes are laden with ship and saw the ship in the harbour.' timber, rosin and tar, and were Extract of another letter, dated on intended to fit out privateers from board the Pomone, at Sea, Au- the enemy's principal ports upon gust 23.
the coast. On the 23d inst. I chased, and I have the honour to be, &c. , drove on the coast of the Isle Dieu,
John WARRAN. L'Egalité armed chasse-marée, of Right hon. lord Bridport, four 6-pounders and eight swivels, K. B. &c. &c. &c. and which we afterwards got off. A list of vessels belonging to the La Pomone, at Sea, September 6. French republic, captured and My Lord,
destroyed by the squadron under I beg leave to inform your lord the orders of commodore sir ship that I continued steering for John Borlase Warren, bart. and the mouth of the Garonne; and K. B. between the 17th of July, on the 27th ult. being to the south 1797, and the 6th of September ward of the river, a number of following: vessels were seen in the south-west Vessels of war captured. quarter. I made the signal for a L'Egalité, chasse-marée, 50 tons, general chace, and continued un
8 guns and 20 men. til night, when, from the Triton Vessels of war destroyed. being far advanced a-head, and Le Calliope, frigate, 36 guns, the Jason to windward, the ships and 250 men, sunk.-La Freedom, kept the enemy in sight after the ship, 300 tons, 8 guns and 37 men, approach of night. Owing to the burnt.--A ship corvette, 22 guns exertions of Captains Gore and Stir- and 200 men, bilged.--A brig gunling, fire of them were captured. vessel, 12 guns and 70 men, sunk. At two A.M. being near the shore, Le Petit Diable, cutter, 18 guns a cutter was seen at anchor, that and 180 men, bilged and fell over. had accompanied the convoy, and Merchant vessels captured.-La one of the boats of this ship was Thalia, ship, sent to Falınouth. sent to her ; but being ordered to A brig, sent to Falmouth.--A brig keep off, and seeing she was a ves- sent to Falmouth.-- A brig, sent to sel of force, returned. I stood in Falmouth. - Three chasse-marées, after her, and upon our firing a sent to Falmouth. “L'Arche de few shot, one of which cut away Flotte, chasse-marée, cargo of wine hier mast, she slipped her cable, and and soap, distributed to the squaran among the breakers upon the dron. A brig, sent to Falmouth. coast of Arcasson, and into a most A chasse-marée, sent to Falmouth. tremendous surf that broke on -La Republicaine brig, foundered, hoard her, and must have stove crew saved.--La Sardine Fraiche, ber to pieces. She at last drore brig, foundered, crew saved. A
brig, sent to Falmouth.Le Dau: not taken any thing. I am sorry to phin, brig, sent to Falmouth. add a list of the killed and wounded. Les Trois Soeurs, chasse-marée, Return of the killed and wounded sent to Falmouth.
on board his majesty's ship AreMerchant vessels destroyed.-Le thusa, in the action with La * * * *, brig, sunk.Le Henri, Gaieté, French corvette, on the sloop, burnt. — Le Fidèle, brig, 20th of August, 1797. burnt. - L'Anne, chasse-marée, I seaman killed. sunk.--La Marie Anne, sloop, Mr. W. D. Morton, captain's clerk, sunk.-Le Pierre, sloop, burnt. i lost his leg.
J. B. WARREN. 2 seamen wounded. Copy of a letter from captain Return of killed and wounded on
Thomas Wolley, commander of board La Gaieté, French corhis majesty's ship Arethusa, to vette, M. Guiene commander. Evan Nepean, esq. dated Spit- 2 seamen killed. head, September 13, 1797. 8 ditto wounded.
I am to acquaint you, that on Signed. T. WOLLEY. the 20th of August, being in lati This gazette also contains actude 30 deg. 49 min. and long, 55 counts of the captures of the Derdeg. 50 min. having in tow a ship repente, a Spanish privateer lugger, under Prussian colours from Suri- and the Fabius, a famous privateer nam, which I have detained, sus- ship, of Nantes, of 16 six-poundpecting her to be Dutch property, ers, 4 twelve-pounders, and 140 we perceived at day-light three sail men, by the Doris, captain lord to.windward of us, one of which, Ranelagh; - also, Le Veteran, deceived by our appearance, bore French privateer sloop of eight down upon us, under French co. guns and 24 men, and La Dorade, lours, to within half a gun-shot, French privateer sloop, of four when she began to fire, which she guns and 74 men, by his majesty's continued for more than half an ship, Lapwing ;-and also, La Bahour before she attempted to tave, Dutch privateer sloop, of escape. We were, however, for- ten guns and 54 men, by his ma- . tunate enough to have so disabled jesty's ship Roebuck. . her in that time as to render her Admiralty-office, Sept. 18. This endeavours fruitless. On striking, gazette contains accounts of the she proved to be La Gaieté, French capture of El Domini Lucas, a corvette, of 20. French eight- Spanish lugger privateer, of 2 fourpounders, and 186 men, com- , pounders, 12 swivels, and 28 men, manded by M. Guiene, enseigne by his majesty's sloop Speedy, de vaisseau. She is a very hand. capt. Downman; also, the French some ship, and quite new, this be- privateer schooner L'Incroyable, ing her first voyage. She left of 3 six-pounders and 31 men, by France in April last for Cayenne, bis majesty's sloop Spitfire, captain which last place she sailed from Seymour; and the sinking of La about four weeks before we fell in Cornelie, French privateer brig . with her, in company with the of 12 guns and 90 men, only 17 l'Espoir, a brig of 14 guns, who of whom were saved, by his makept to windward during the action, jesty's ship Dryad, capt. Beanclerk, and stood away as soon as she saw owing to the imprudent conduct of the fate of the Gaieté. They had the Frenchmen.
- 19. Their