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rfe-Guards, May 14. of a letter from Brig. General cols, dated Port Royal, Grenada, March 28. to Lieut. General Sir R. Abercromby, K. B. and tranfmitted by him to the Rt Hon. H. Dundas. I had the honour of writing to your excellency on the 24th inftant; that day I got on fhore the detachment of the 8th and 63d regiments, with a part of the 3d or Buffs: I also got two fix pounders and a five and a half inch howitzer to a ridge fouth of Port Royal, and diftant about 1000 yards; a battery was made in the night, by the great exertions of Brevet Major M'Mara of the 38th regt. fo that by day-light it opened upon the enemies redoubt. I detached a ftrong black corps, with 50 of the 88th regt. under Major Houfton, to diflodge fome ftrong parties of the enemy; owing to the difficulty of the grouud, it was near two hours before they could get near the enemy; but fo far from diflodging the enemy, I faw with regret our black corps and the 88th regt. retiring, Major Houfton having tried, without fuccefs, to accomplish the object he was fent on. This obliged me to detach the 8th regiment to support them, which it did effectually.
At this moment an alarming fire broke out in our rear, near the place where all the ftores we had landed were depofited; but by the exertions of our people, under the orders of Lieut. Col. Dyott, they were all preferved. The fituation of affairs was now fo critical, that an inftant was not to be loft. I accordingly directed Brigadier-General Campbell to proceed to the affault, and I brought up every thing in my power to fupport him: He therefore advanced with only the Buffs and 63d regiment, the 8th having been detached on another service. I ordered up half of the 29th régiment to replace them, and half of the 9th alfo to affift if neceffary; but the 29th, that I had to bring from Grand Bacolet, tho' they came as foon as poffible, did not join him till after the Buffs had met with a check, from the advantage the enemy had of the ground, and from a very gal ling fire to which they were expofed; they, however, foon formed again under the cover of a hedge, and being then joined by the 29th regt. under Capt. Clavy, Brigadier-General Campbell or dered the whole to advance to the affault, which they did in the most deter
mined manner, led by the Brigadier himfelf. They foon gained the top of the ridge, the enemy then ran towards their redoubt, and were fol lowed by our people, who fcrambled in at the embrafures, Capt. Clavy, of. the 29th regt. being the first that en‐ ›. tered. The enemy then flew in the utmoft terror in all directions, fome throwing themselves down precipices, whilst others tried to efcape down the hill, through brush and other wood; but there was fo heavy a fire kept on them from the top by our people, that they' were forced to try to escape along a bottom, where the detachment of the light dragoons, under Capt. Black, and the St George's troop of light cavalry, under Capt. M. Burney (that had previoufly been formed under the hill to profit by any occafion that offered), feeing the enemy flying, rushed on them through a fire of grape from the French schooner, and cut down every man they faw, fo that very few, if any, efcaped that had been in Port Royal.
We have to regret the lofs of fome gallant men, and of two officers, Major Edwards and Lieut. Williams, of the 3d, who fell leading their men on most fpiritedly. Col. Dawfon, at the head of the 3d regt. was wounded through the neck, before they got to the bottom of Port Royal hill. Major Baillie, of the 63d regt. was then next in command to Brigadier-General Campbell, whofe conduct the General reports to be steady, collected, and officer-like.
Inclofed is a return of our killed and wounded-Our fuccefs at Port Royal has been followed by the evacuation of Pilot Hill by the enemy.
Return of his Majefty's Troops Killed and Wounded at the attack of Port Royal, Grenada, March 25. 1796.
Total-1 Major, 1 Lieutenant, 18 rank and file, and 1 horfe, killed; I Lieutenant-Colonel, 3 Lieutenants, I Enfign, 5 ferjeants, 1 drummer, 83 rank and file, 1 furgeon, and 2 horses, wounded.
Names of Officers Killed and Wounded. Killed-Maior Edwards and Lieut. Williams, of the 3d (or Buffs.)
Wounded-Lieut. Col. Dawfon, 8th (or King's); Lieuts. Campbell and Harding, 3d.; Lieut. Tandy and Enfign Arbuthnot, 29th; and Surgeon (attached) Mor❤ rifon, 63d.
J. H. DREW, Major of Brigade.
Return of Colonial Troops Killed and Wounded in the land of Grenata, from the 23d to the 25th of March 1796. Total-2 Captains, 6 rank and file, and 1 horse, killed; 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 30 rank and file, and 2 horfes,
Names of Officers Killed and Wounded. Killed Capt. Noel and Capt. John Forbes, of the Royal Black Rangers. Wounded-Capt. Brander, of Capt. Brander's Black Company; and Lieut. Porter, Royal Black Rangers.
J H. DREW, Major of Brigade.
Admiralty-Office, May 14. Extract of a Letter from Admiral Sir John Laforey, Bart. Commander in Chief of his Majesty's fhips and veffels
at the Leeward iflands.
La Pique and the Charon have fent here a privateer big of 14 guns and 90 men, taken to the windward of Barbadoes: And I have intelligence that Capt. Vaughan, in the Alarm, with one of the floops of war, has taken and deftroyed three privateers in the gulf of Paria, and retaken four of their captures. Since my letter of 17th of January, a fourth fhip, under Danish colours, has been taken, attempting to convoy French people, from Havre de Grace into Guadaloupe.
This gazette alfo contains a letter from Lieut. Richards of the Alfred, that the national corvette La Favourite, and two merchant ships belonging to Admiral Cornwallis' convoy, which had been cap tured by the corvette were all taken by
Alfo an account from Vice-Admiral Kingsmill, of the capture of the French national cutter Le Cigne of 14 guns and 60 men, by his Majefty's fhip Doris.
Admiralty-Office, May 17. Extract of a letter from Vice-Admiral Colpoys, dated on board his Majefty's fhip London, at Spithead, the 14th inft. to Mr Nepean, Secretary to the Admiralty.
I here with tranfmit you, for the information of my Lords Commiffioners of the Admiralty, copies of two letters received from Capt. Foote, of his Majefty's fhip Niger, giving me an account of his proceedings at different times I detached him in fhore on the coaft of France.
Niger, near the Penmarks, April 27. SIR, I have the honour to inform you, that from the time I made the fignal of the chace, being an enemy's cruizer, I continued working towards her. The enemy feeing no poffibility of escape, run on fhore. I fent Meffis Long and Thompson, the First and Third Lieutenants, Mr Morgan, mafter's mate, and Mr Patton, midshipman, in the barge and cutters, with their crews and fix marines, giving directions to Lieut. Long to fet fire to the veffel if he could not bring her off. At half paft ten, the boats returned, with the fecond Captain, a Midshipman, and twenty-fix men, having fo effectually. performed this fervice, that at twenty minutes past twelve the blew up. proved a corvette, called L'Ecuriel, mounting eighteen four-pounders, commanded by Monf. Rouffeau, having 105 had only been launched two years. men on board. She was coppered, and
E. J. FOOTE. Inclofed is a return of the wounded officers, feamen, and marines. Return of Wounded on board his Majef-, ty's fhip Niger, April 26.
Lieut. Long, Firft Lieutenant, feverewounded on the head and hand.
Mr James Paton, Midshipman, on the
Three feamen and two marines flightly wounded.
Niger, at fea, May 8. I had the honour to receive from you on In compliance with the orders which the 4th inftant, I ftood for the French coaft, and by feven o'clock the next morning fetched close in with the eastern part of the Ifle Dieu, where I discovered, and immediately gave chace to and ran on fhore, a French fchooner and floop. The fchooner was completely bilged; the floop, laden with wine and brandy, was brought off and taken in tow; but in a fhort time fhe became fo water-logged that I fcuttled her.
Admiralty-Office, May 17. Copy of a letter from Admiral Peyton, Commander in Chief of his Majefty's fhips in the Downs, to Mr Nepean, dated May 15.
SIR, You will be pleased to acquaint their Lordships, that the Flora armed cutter, Lieut. Reddy, is juft returned here from looking into Dunkirk, and has brought in with him L'Epervier French lugger, mounting 2 two pounders and 6 fwivels, with 26 men, which he cap
His Majesty, on the 17th ult. reviewed the North fencible regiment, commanded by the Duke of Gordon, in Hyde Park. The King was attended to the field by all the male branches of the Royal Family. They made a very martial appearance, and gave univerfal fatisfaction to his Majefty, the Royal Family, and a number of military officers, and others. The plaid dress, the accompaniment of the bagpipe mufic, and the fineness of the day made it a very engaging fpectacle.
The attempts, or fuppofed attempts of the monopolifts, to keep up the price of corn, have unfortunately excited riots by misguided people at Hull, Portsmouth, and other places. The prudence of the magiftrates, and the vigilant alacrity of the militia and volunteers, have hither to prevented any very ferious confequences.
May 7. The judgment of the Court of King's Bench was moved for by the At torney General againft Kyd Wake, a journeyman printer, who grofsly infulted and abused the King in his way to the Parliament House, in October laft, when Justice Afhhurft pronounced fentence as follows, after addreffing the prifoner on the enormity of his crime, and the frivoloufnefs as well as futility of his defence: That you be committed to the cuftody of the Keeper of the Penitentiary Horf in and for the county of Gloucef
ter, and be kept to hard labour for the space of five years; and within the first three months of that time, that you ftand in and upon the pillory for one hour, between the hours of eleven and two in the afternoon, in fome public Atreet in Gloucefter, on a market day; and that you give fureties in roocl. for your good behaviour for the term of ten years to be computed from the expiration of the faid five years; and that you be further imprifoned until you find the, faid fureties."
11. Crofsfield, Le Maitre, Iliggins, and Smith, were placed at the bar of the Old Bailey, charged with a confpiracy to affaffinate the King. Crofsfield pleaded generally Not Guilty. Le Maitre faid, he had good objections to make to the. indictment; but, relying on his innocence, would not make them: he therefore pleaded Not Guilty; as did George Higgins and John Smith. Some confultation was then held at the bar, when Le Maitre, Higgins, and Smith, were remanded, and Crossfield was put on his trial. The Attorney General addref, fed the Jury, and having laid down the. law, and flated the circumstances of the cafe, proceeded to adduce the evidence on the part of the Crown. After this, the trial was adjourned till next. day, when Mr Adam addreffed the Jury in the prifoner's defence. Several witneffes were examined, and the Attor ney General replied to Mr Adam. After hearing the charge by the Judge, the Jury retired; and after deliberating about two hours, brought in a verdict Not Guilty.
20. This day came on the trial of John Reeves, Efq; for a libel, before Lord Kenyon and a Special Jury, at Guildhall. Our readers will remember, that this profecution was inftituted, în confequence of a refolution of the House of Commons, on account of a pamphlet published by Mr R. intituled, "Thoughts on the English Government and in which were the expreffions, "that the Kingly Government might go on, if Lords and Commons were lopped off;" and fuch other expreffions as were deemed a libel by the Houfe. The Attorney General ftated the cafe on the part of the Crown, and left it to the Jury to confider, whether the expreffions alluded to were merely unadvised and erroneous; or whether, confidering the whole context of the pamphlet, they were, as
charged, libellous, and tending to villify the Conftitution. Mr Plumber, in be half of Mr Reeves, admitted the fact of publication; and contended, from the whole tenor of the work, and the known character of Mr Reeves, and his enthus fiaftic admiration, and support against democracy, of the British Conftitution, that no imputation of libel could be fixed on him.-Lord Kenyon delivered an admirable charge to the Jury, who retired, and remained out of Court for upwards of an hour. When they return ed, the Foreman faid, "My Lord, the Jury are of opinion, that the pamphlet, which has been proved to have been written by John Reeves, Efq; is a very improper publication: but being of opinion, that his motives were not fuch as laid in the information, therefore-Not Guilty."
28. An examination took place yefter day, at the public office in Great Marlborough-ftreet, refpecting the fudden and unfortunate death of Lord Charles Townshend, who had the very day before been returned member for Yarmouth in Norfolk, and was returning thence with his brother Lord Frederick Townshend, in their own chariot with four post-horses. The laft ftage was from Ilford. One of the poftillions depofed, that he was ordered to drive to Hanover-fquare, by a gentleman in black, (Lord Frederick Townshend) he faw no other gentleman in the carriage; and was pofitive that there was no other on the fear, becaufe, if there had been, he mutt have feen him. The gentleman in black paid the Stratford turnpike. They then drove on, and he heard no noife whatsoever, until they came near the Globe, at Mile-end, when he heard the report of a piftol in the carriage, and turning about, faw Lord Frederick throw the piltol out of the window into the road; he ftill drove on, and he faw Lord Frederick wave his hat, and heard him hollow feveral times, and make a great deal of noife. When they arrived at the corner of Argyle-street, in Oxford-street, he alighted to afk the gentleman where he was to drive him to? who faid, to the Bishop of Norwich's; but upon faving that he did not know where the Bishop lived, the gentleman came out of the chariot, and truck him over the face, and fwore he'd knock him down. Lord Frederick walked about without at. tempting to make off, and ftripped off his
coat, waistcoat, and fhirt; opened the knees of his breeches, and talked of fighting. He (the deponent) then went to the door of the carriage, and faw a dead man lying on the cushion. The people then came up, surrounded Lord Frederick, and took him to the watch-house.-The evidence was confirmed by the other driver. Sir Edward Lacon, Mayor of Yarmouth, gave feverai ftrong inftances to prove infanity in both Lord Frederick and Lord Charles. Their behaviour to each other, at Yarmouth, evinced every mark of mutual affection; but their conduct was such, that their friends wished to get them out of Yarmouth as foon as poffible; and he himself had followed them to London in the mail coach, in order to inform the Marquis, their father, of their fituation. Lord Frederick's fervant deposed, that his master had been confined for infanity two years ago, and that from his behaviour at Yarmouth, he was apprehenfive another fit was coming on. It appeared, from the observations of Mr Kerrifon, apprentice to Mr Barnham, chymist, No 330. in Oxfordftreet, (to whofe houfe the deceased was conveyed) that the pistol must have been put into the mouth, as the teeth were not injured; but he could not fay whether it was fuicide, or death by the hand of another: he thought the deceased had been dead two hours.
May 2. This day the court-martial that had been fitting on Lieut.-Col. Shaw,, fince the 4th of January, closed its proceedings, which terminated mcft ho-, rourably for that officer. On feventeen. charges he was acquitted with honour; he was found guilty of two, one of which did not deserve the least cenfure; the other was adjudged cenfurable, on account of irregularity. The President addressed Lieut.-Col. Shaw, and acquainted him, › "that he had no order from government to convey any cenfure than the reading of the fentence." The Court added to the fentence, "That the prosecution appeared to them to have originated more from malicious motives than from any attachment to his Majefty's fervice; feveral of the charges appeared frivilous and vexatious, and others not having been attempted to be fupported by evidence."
On the 27th ult. a fire at Jedburgh confumed a tan work, and several dwelling houses in the Smyth wynd.
A young gentleman belonging to a banking houfe in town, dropped a parcel containing one thousand pounds. The fame was found by a porter at the head of the close leading from the Royal Bank, and returned.
At a meeting of the Quarter Seffions of the county of Edinburgh, the Lord Advocate, in a speech which did honour to his feelings, declared, that he was determined to exert all the power with which he was invefted, to procure a speedy relief to the poorer claffes of the community, who were the moft affected by the present high prices of provifions. He therefore moved, That a Committee of the gentlemen of the county fhould be appointed, to confer with the Lord Provost and Magiftrates of the city, in order to concert measures for procuring a more plentiful supply to the markets, and at reduced prices. The Committee accordingly met, and came to several refolutions on the subject.
On the 3d the price of oat meal fell in Edinburgh market, one penny a peck -the beft is now fold at 18d. And on the 4th, oats fell two fhillings a boll in the corn market.
The Baltic trade and other veffels in Leith roads at prefent, are near one hundred, which make a grand and picturefque appearance.
On the 6th, at the annual Belton fair of Rutherglen, there was the greateft fhow of horfes and black cattle almoft ever remembered. The demand for horses was but small; those, however, which were fold, brought very high prices. The cows fold in general remarkably well; one was fold for eighteen guineas.
letter and warrant for 1000l. for propagating the Proteftant religion in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, being read, as usual, the Affembly was opened by an elegant fpeech from the throne, to which a very fuitable reply was made by the Moderator. The further proceedings of the Affembly, will be given next month.
20. This day a young man, well drefsed, fell from Salisbury Craigs, and was killed on the fpot. His name is Knox, he was a gentleman's servant.
A young woman was alfo found dead within the fea-mark, a little to the eastward of the Glasshouses.
26. This day the Right Hon. Henry Dundas, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, was unanimoufly elected Member of Parliament for this cit. The metropolis of Scotland is the only borough which has the privilege of chufing its Representative immediately after the diffolution. All the other boroughs in Scotland must elect on one day, which is thirty days after the tefte of the writs.
Helen Cameron, daughter of the late Mr Cameron of Callart, and her husband, againft Ewan Cameron of Faffefern, Efq. This was a claim made to a leafe of part of the forfeited eftate of Callart. Court of Seffion dismissed the claim; and after the appellants counsel had finished, the House of Lords affirmed the interlocutors, without hearing the refpondent's counsel.
17. William Irving of Wifeby, against Sir Robert Turing, Bart. and others, his creditors. Affirmed with L. 60 cofts.
25. Sir Robert Anftruther of Balcafkie, appellant, against Sir John Anftruther, affirmed.
April 2. The Circuit Court of Jufti19. This day the General Affembly of ciary was opened at Jedburgh by the the Church of Scotland met. The Right Right Hon. Lord Efkgrove. John Scott Hon. the Earl of Leven, his Majefty's was accused of forgery; the Jury found Commiffioner, attended by feveral Noble- the libel not proven, and he was affoilmen and Gentlemen, walked from his zied and difmiffed.-Elizabeth Elliot lodgings, New Affembly Clofe, to the was accused of child murder, on the 21st High Church, where he was received by act of the 2d feffion of the ift Parliament the Magiftrates in their robes. The Rev. of King William and Queen Mary. The Dr James Meek preached. After fermon, pannel prefented a petition, praying for his Grace went to the Affembly room, banishment; and the Advocate Depute, when the Rev. Dr William Greenfield, on the part of the public profecutor, one of the minifters of this city, was having confented to her being banished unanimously elected Moderator. His from Scotland for fourteen years, fenGrace's commiffion, and his Majesty's tence was paffed accordingly.-John