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bis hostility to the mock negotia- which the minister might have de, tions by which the return of peace manded? And could it be said that was prevented. He congratulated any present would have been safe if the meeting, and the public, upon the attempts of the minister had not the result of the present day. The thus been checked in their comable explanation which had been mencement ? The minister, it had given by the worthy chairman, of been seen, had declared that there the reasons of the present measure, was not money to pay the public rendered it urnecessary for him to creditor ; yet he thought that there go at length into the subject. With was money to send to the emperor the remarks he had to offer, he should of Germany, that it was the inteneven in the present weather trespass tion of ministers to make farther upon their indulgence for a few mi- “advances to the emperor, appeared nutes. The minister had indeed from a paper laid before the house reduced the national debt 20 mil- of commons on Friday last. This lions, but he had added 150; he was a paper of the most extraordihad repealed taxes to the amount of nary nature, and ought to be known 200,0001, but he had added six mil. to every man in the country. It lions and a half: yet, enormous, as appeared that advances had been the burdens which he had imposed made to the emperor, and the secuwere, it had been confessed that rity was worthy of remark. It was they were not sufficient to satisfy not that a fund was provided for the just claims of the national cre- the payment, but it was said, when ditor ; never was there a minister you lend me more, I will repay who possessed greater means, and what you have already advanced ; who was less scrupulous in the it was the security of a man who means he einployed, who had been borrow's twenty pounds, and proso unsuccessful in the ends which mises to pay the debt when the he pursued, and in the enterprises creditor shall lend him an hun. which he attempted; he had not dred. The sentiments wbich he spared the money of the people; had expressed from the bustings last that they well knew; he had not election, he had found no reason to spared their liberty ; that they had retract. He was more and more sufficiently experienced in a sister convinced, that if the country at kingdom ; he had not scrupled to large would display the same spirit, deprive a wbole province of the bene- manifested by the electors of Weste fit of the constitution, and to sub- minster, the affairs of the public ject them to martial law. Here he would be in a better situation. He had not scrupled to attack the very hoped, that the public would be vitals of public liberty, and by ill. animated by the glorious example founded charges of high treason, to which was now given them, and attack the lives of innocent men; catch a portion of that spirit by in this attenipt, however, ministers which bis constitutents were anihad been disappointed by the noble mated. In a situation like the preand patriotic conduct of English ju- sent, they ought to examine into the ries; and the country, deciding as state of public attairs. If an india jury, had confirmed the verdict. vidual found that under the adıniHad it not been for this steady and nistration of his steward, his reveindependent conduct, who could nues were impaired, and bis propretend to point out the sacrifices perly dilapidated, would he not think it time to change his servant, attentive to the mandates of his and to examine into his affairs? majesty's ministers than to the in. They ought to examine into the terests of the people. He hoped state of their affairs therefore ; and they would continue to exert them. whoever were the ministers, they selves; that they would remember ought not to resign themselves to what their forefathers had done ; their administration with implicit what Englishmen had achieved in confidence. They ought to pre- defence of liberty, and that they scribe the mode of conduct which would glory to distinguish them. was in future to be pursued. He selves in the same career. If they believed that it was not yet too did not persevere, their liberties late to save the country : but if would be crushed for ever, and the ministers were allowed to go on in nation ruined beyond recovery. the present system, no exertion, no The chairman informed the meet, spirit could save us from the ruin ing that the petition was prepared by which we were threatened. for signature, and he hoped that

The duke of Bedford said, that none would go away before they he was perhaps called upon to say confirmed their votes by their sig. a few words, in consequence of natures. being named to accompany those. The chairman returned his thanks who were to present the petition; to the meeting for the approbation but he should not detain the meet. they had expressed of his conduct. ing long with what he had to ob. The whole of the business was serve. He hoped that they would conducted with the utmost decorum confirm by their signatures what and propriety. The meeting, which they had sanctioned by their votes, was very numerous, dispersed in the It was the undoubted right of the most orderly manner. . subject to petition the throne. It Having given an account of the was the first and the best inheritance sentiments of this meeting, we have of freemen. They ought to ap- to add, that similar meetings were proach bis majesty with a language held in the course of the spring in tirm, yet temperate; respectful, the following counties and cities, bat manly; loyal, but such as was and similar resolutions and addresses fitting freemen to employ. The voled. To detail the speeches at advantage of public meetings had each would far exceed our bounds. been experienced on many im. partant occasions. That they now

Kent met on the present occasion was a

Hampshire glorious proof of the advantage of

Cambridgeshire the meeting last year, and though

Gloucestershire they had not gained their full ob

Bedfordshire ject, they had reason to be satisfied

Förfarshire with what they had thas been able

Londoni to preserve of their rights. He

Westminster hoped the example of the inhabi

Southwark tants of Westminster would be fol

Edinburgh lowed by the country at large. The

Dublin late parliament might justly be called the king's parliament, for

Paisley they had shewn themselves ·more · Nottingham




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that, in pursuance of my orders, I Boston

proceeded with his majesiy's ships Sieyning

Braave and Sphinx under my comSalisbury

mard to Foul Point in the islard of Canterbury

Madagascar; and having landed the Rochester

marines and small-arms men of tbe Evesham

squadron, and summoned the French Middlesex

resident to surrender, I took possesYorkshire

sion of the fort and factory in beNorthumberland

half of his Britannic majesty, and Norfolk, &c. &c.

reinained there will I had completed

the demolition of the establishment, From the London Gazette. agreeable to my directions. Admiralty-office, April 4, 1797. The French bad a considerable Extract of a letter from rear-ad- depôt of arms and ammunition,

iniral Pringle, commander in stores and merchandize for trading

chief of his majesty's ships and with the natives, the destruction of · yessels at the Cape of Good which must greaily distress the ene

Hope, to Mr. Nepean), dated at my, as the island of Mauritius draws that Settlement on the 15th of its principal supplies of provisions January last. .

from this settlement. i On the 31st ult. bis majesty's , I have also the honour to trans. ships Jupiter and Sceptre returned mit you the capitulation of M. here from their cruise off the Mau- Rasselin, the resident, who I sent, ritius, having captured three small together with other prisoners, in a vessels, two of which they destroy- cartel to the Isle of France; and reed ; the third, a brig, arrived the main' with great respect, sir, &c.'' 12 h instant. Captain Losack left.

-J. W. SPRANGER. that station on the 25th of Norem Rear-admirał Pringle, &c. o ber, having previously detached the Crescent, Braave, and Sphinx. to Translation of a letter from mons. look into Foul Point and Augustine' Rasscill, resident at Foul Point, Bay. On the 13th these last ships to captain Spranger, centaining returned to this place, having cap-. the terms for the surrender of tured five vessels, as per inc sed that suitement.' list, and also destroyed an establish SIR,' ! ment of the enemy at Foul Point Having been summoned by you upon the island of Madagascar; the to surrender this settlement, I am articles of ti e capitulation of which to acquaint you, that the superior I now enclose, together with cap. force you bave brought against it tain Spranger's letter to me upon the renders all resistance on my part subject. .

useless : I bave therefore to desire, Inclosures referred to in the fore before I lower the French colours,

going leiter from rear-admiral that you will cause a few guns, unPringle, &c. ! !

shotted, to be fired at the place, Crescent, Cape of Good Hope, which I will answer in the same 'Jan. 14, 1797. : manner, and then the three-colour

ed flag shall be hauled down; but I have the honour to inform you, I must repeat my desire that no shot



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may be fired by you, lest any mis- Alexander Champion, Esq.
chief or alarm should be occasioned Edward Darell, Esq.
to the natives,

Thomas Dea, Esq. '
Foul Point, island of Madagascar, George Dorrien, Esq.

12th Frimaire, fifth year of the N. Bogle French, Esq.
French Republic.

Daniel Giles, Esq.

Rasselin. Jeremiah Harman, Esq.
These articles, proposed by Mons. Thomas Lewis, Esq.
Raszelin, agent for the republic of Beeston Long, Esq.
France at Foul Point, island of Man William Manning, Esq.
dagascar, are agreed to by

Job Mathew, Esq.
J. W. SPRANGER, Sir R. Neave, Bart.
Captain of his majesty's ship Josepla Nutt, Esq.

Crescent, and senior offi. John Pearse, Esq.
cer of his majesty's forces George Peters, Esq.
at Foul Point.

Charles Pole, Esq.
Witness D. Walker. John Puget, Esq.
List of the enemy's ships and ves- James Reed, Esq.
sels captured by the squadron Peter Isaac Theliusson, Esq.
under the orders of captain Godfrey Thornton, Esq.
Spranger, of his majesty's ship Rt. H. Brook Watson, Ld. Mayor,
Crescent, viz.

John Whitmore, Esq.
Ship La Réunion, 320 tons, in A general court was held at the
ballast, bound from the Isle de Bour- Iodia house for the purpose of
bon to Foul Point. '

'electing by ballot a director in the
Sbip Le Navigateur, 300 tons, room of John Townson, Esq. de-
in ballast, bound from the Isle de ceased. At six o'clock the glasses
France to Foul Point.

were finally closed and delivered to
Brig La Diane, 80 tons, cargo of the scrutineers, who, on summing
slaves, pepper, salt, &c. bound from up the votes, declared the numbers
Mosambique to the Isle de France. to be, .

Cutter L'Euphrasie, 46 tons, in For Edward Party, Esq. . . 933
ballast, bound from Poul Point to. Richard Chichely Plowden,
the Isle de France. .


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Lug boat, Le Tigre, 18 tons, Whereupon Mr. Parry was de
cargo of slaves, bound from Quiloa clared duly elected for the term of
to Foul Point.

two years.
Came on the election of a go- 8. The London Gazette an-
Ternor and deputy governor of the nounces the capture of L'Amitié
bank of England for the year en French privateer, of 14 guns, and 55
suing, when Thomas Raikes, Esq. men, by lieutenant Elliott of the
was chosen governor, and Samuel Plymouth armed lugger; of the Buns
Thornton, Esq. deputy governor. Amis French privateer cutter, of

5. Cime on the election of twen- 6 guns, and 32 men, by the Spitfire,
ty-four directors, when the follow- captain Seymour; of Le Prends
ing geotlemen were chosen: Garde à Loup, of 2 gims, and 28
Thomas Boddington, Esq.

men, by lieutenant Sharp of the
Samuel Bosanquet, Esq.

Dover cutter ; and of 5 French ves-


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· sels, one of 6 guns, and 40 men, by in front, intermixed with cavalry

the Canada, three by the Magicienne, and artillery, advanced rapidly, and one of 24 guns, and two others of crossed the river near the uppes 10 guns each.

end of the extensive and open plain, Downing-street, April 8. A dis- occupied by twelve weak squadrons patch, of which the following is an His royal highness's personal exerextract, has been received by the lions could not prevent these from right honourable lord Grenville, his yielding to such superior force. majesty's principal secretary of state After this successful attack by the for foreign affairs, from colonel enemy's left, their right wing crossed Graham, dated head-quarters of his the river without opposition ; but royal highness archduke Charles, the progress of their numerous at Vippach, March 20, 1797. cavalry was checked by the steady

In my last dispatch from Udine behaviour of the regiment of Puis, of the 14th inst. I had the honour posted at the end of the plaio next of informing your lordship that the to Codroipo. archduke's head-quarters were just. The rest of the infantry were going to be moved forward to Pa.. under arms further back, near meir periano, near Codroipo, in conse- cantonments, and was not engaged. quence of a report of the French On seeing the enemy's force, which army being in motion towards the both in cavalry and infantry was Piave. This intelligence was soon greatly superior to that of the im. after confirmed, with the additional perial arwy, the archduke ordered account of general Massena's having a retreat after sunset. The headpenetrated by Feltri into the upper quarters were that night at Ontavalley of the Piave, and defeated ge- gnaul, and were removed on the 17th nerai Lusignan near Bellerno; but to Visco, behind Palma, which, pot it was sill doubtful whether their beiog in a state of defence, was principal corps was advancing to- evacuated on the 18th ; the headwards the Tagliamento merely to quarters being removed to Gorice. cover general Massena's column, or On the sgth the enemy advanced to undertake offensive operations. towards the Isonzo, in two columus, On the 15th general Hohenzollern, above and below Gradiska, which who had been left with a detachment served as a tête du pont over that on the Piave, retired behind the Ta. river. Their left was repulsed in gliamento, where the insperial army an attempt 10 storm Gradiska, but was cantoned. On the 16th, about their right found little difficulty in ten A. M. the enemy advanced crossing the river near Cassegliano, by the high road of Valvasone, though in ordinary seasons it is and pushed some small parties of scarcely any where fordable ; and cavalry and infantry across the river, as they there might turn the left of which, from the extraordinary the position of Gorice, it became drought of the season, was every necessary to abandon it. where fordable, but these were driven The head-quarters came here this back with some loss A distant morning cannonade was then kept up during 11. The London Gazette anthe rest of the day till four P. M. nounces the capture of La Molinette, when the enemy baving formed a of 2 swivels, and 28 men, by captain very strong column of vemi-brigade Fowke of the Swallow sloop; of the


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