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THE SERVICES AND PROGRESS OF PROMOTION OF THE
DETAILS OF THE PRINCIPAL MILITARY EVENTS OF
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58. General John, Lord Hutchinson, G.C. B.
In 1774 this officer was appointed a Cornet in the 18th dragoons, and in 1775 a Lieutenant; in 1776 he was promoted to a company in the 67th; in 1781, to a majority; and in 1783, to a Lieutenant-Colonelcy in the 77th; the 1st of March, 1794, he was appointed Colonel, by brevet; 3rd of May, 1796, Major-General; 25th of September, 1803, Lieutenant-General; 27th of April, 1811, Colouelof the ]8th foot; and 4th of June, 1813, General. Lord Hutchinson is Governor of Stirling Castle.
His Lordship served the campaigns in Flanders as extra Aid-de-Camp to Sir Ralph Abercromby; he served in Ireland during the rebellion, and at the battle of Ca6tlebar was second in command; in 1799 he was in the expedition to the Helder; in the expedition to Egypt he was appointed second in command, and on the death of Sir Ralph Abercromby the chief .command devolved on his Lordship. For his services he had the honor of being created a knight of the military order of the Bath, and a Peer of the realm. He was subsequently employed on a mission to the court of St. Petersburg.
On Monday the 18th of May, 1801, the following resolutions were moved by Lord Hobart, in the House of Lords, and by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the House of Commons.
"That the thanks of this House be given to the Honorable Major-General John Hely Hutchinson, second in command, Generals Eyre Coote, Cradock, Ludlow, John Moore, Earl
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Cavan, Finch, John Stuart, Hope, Doyle, Oakes, and Robert Lawson, and the several officers Vvho served under Sir Ralph Abercromby, for their splendid and heroic exertions; when, in spite of local difficulties, and the desperate attacks of a powerful and well-prepared army, on the 21st of March, 1801, the British arms obtained a brilliant victory, &c."
To this resolution Lord Hutchinson replied as follows:
■> "Malta, 28th December, 1801.
"I have had the honor of receiving your Lordship's letter, transmitting to me the resolutions of the House of Lords upon the 18th of May last, when their Lordships were pleased to vote the thanks of their House to the General and other officers who served in the army under the command of the late Sir Ralph Abercromby, for their splendid exertions in effecting a landing upon the coast of Egypt on the 8th of March, and for all their subsequent operations, particularly in resisting, with signal success, the attack made upon them on the 21st of March, and achieving the glorious victory obtained on that day; as also, the resolution of their Lordships expressive of their approbation of the regularity, discipline, coolness, and valor, displayed by the non-commissioned officers and private soldiers of the army, in their memorable and brilliant conduct in Egypt, during the same period.
"I have to thank their Lordships in the name of the Generals, other officers, and troops, for this high and proud mark of national applause, which has been gratefully received by the army in Egypt, zealous to discharge its duty to its country, and seizing with eagerness all occasions of furthering by their exertions the common interest.
"Were any incentive requisite to instil into the mind of the officer and soldier, this sentiment of patriotism, at present in every man's breast, the high authority of their Lordships' approbation could not fail to have that effect: proud in having contributed to support the glory of their country, they cherish its commendation as their brightest laurel. Permit me at the same time to thank your Lordship for the flattering manner to me personally, in which you have communicated those thanks; and while I assure you of the respect and great esteem with which I receive them, I cannot but feel proud of having made one in that army, whose glorious achievements have reflected honor upon the national character, and to whose heroism and discipline I shall boat all times ready to bear my humble testimony. I have, &c.
(Signed) “J. HELY Hutchinson,
“The Right Honorable “Lieutenant-General. The Lord Chancellor.”
“Malta, 28th December, 1801. “Sir,
“I have received with the utmost satisfaction, and respect, the unanimous resolutions of the House of Commons, thanking the Generals, the officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates of the army in Egypt, who served under the command of the late Sir Ralph Abercromby, for their brilliant, noble, and meritorious conduct in the actions of the 8th, 13th, and 21st of March. I have not failed to communicate your resolutions to the different parties concerned; and I am to assure you both in their names and in my own, that nothing can be so grateful to our feelings as the approbation of the House of Commons, and the testimony which they are pleased to bear, that the army in Egypt has sustained the honor of their sovereign, and promoted the glory of their country. We know well that we have received one of the greatest rewards that can be conferred upon British subjects, and we rest in humble hope that our future conduct may not prove us to be entirely unworthy of such distinction.
“I cannot conclude without expressing a sentiment of regret, that it has fallen to my lot to answer your resolutions, and not to him who so nobly led the army, and whose conduct, talents and example, so greatly contributed to the success of those there brilliant days.