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Whiteball, May 21.
I Have the fatisfaction to inform your
Thirty-fix Trelawny Maroons, and all the runaway negroes who had joined them in rebellion, furrendered their arms on the 17th and 21st of March.
The Maroons to windward, who had fhewn a moft refractory and disobedient fpirit fince the commencement of the rebellion, have made their fubmiffion, and on their knees, in the presence of commiffioners, have sworn allegiance to his Majefty, I fhall, by the packet, inclofe the commiffion, and the return upon it.
The most perfect internal tranquillity is reftored to the island: The flaves on every plantation are obedient, contented, and happy.
Our operations against the rebels have been carried on with unremitting vigour. In following the enemy into their new receffes, the troops have undergone fatigue hardly to be credited; the laft column which moved against them were five days without one drop of water, except what they found in the wild pines. The rebels, worn out with fatigue, continually harraffed and difturbed in every new settlement, have been conquered in a country where no European had ever thought of penetrating.
The very fortunate clofe of this war is to be afcribed to the activity and good couduct of Major-Gen. Walpole, and I moft humbly recommend him to his Majefty's favour. BALCARRES.
In the fame Gazette Capt. Cayley, of his Majefty's fhip Invincible writes, that on the If inftant April he captured the Alexander French privateer of 10 guns and 66 men, out ten days, which had captured the Signior Montcalm, from Lisbon, bound to the Brazils, which fhip was alfo recaptured. Extract of a letter from Adam Duncan, Efq; Admiral of the Blue, and Commander in chief of his Majefty's fhips and veffels in the North Sea, to Mr Nepean, Secretary to the Admiralty, dated Venerable, at fea, May 16. At noon, Texel, S. E. by E. diftance 15 leagues.
Be pleafed to acquaint the Lords Commillioners of the Admiralty, that, on the
12th inftant, I difcovered a frigate and a
We continued in chace of the brigs,
The Leander I find, ftood as near the fhore as the could with fafety, and faw one of the brigs a ground; and from the report of the mafter of the cutters I fent in fhore after, find one of them was completely loft; the other had beat over a fhoal, and got to an anchor, but as it blew a perfect storm the next day on fhore, have reafon to helieve fhe is loft.
We ftood after the other brig, and a little before eleven fhe truck to the 3 M 2
Sylph: She proves to be the Mercury o 16 guns (all of which, except two, the had thrown overboard during the chace), and manned with 85 men. The day following, was rejoined by the Powerful, Phoenix, and Brilliant, together with the Dutch frigate, and the Duke of York bye-boat from Yarmouth to Hamburgh, which had been captured by the Argo the day before, and retaken by the Phoe nix on the 12th. The frigate is in excellent condition, and in a few days might be got ready for fea, and made a complete cruizer. I am, &c.
Then follows a letter from Capt. Donnely; and another from Capt. Halfted, giving the particulars of the action with the Argo, which concludes, "It is with infinite pleafure, I affure you of the very steady and cool behaviour of the officers and fhip's company I have the honour to command, it being fuch as to merit every thing I can say in their praise.
Our lofs confifts of one man killed and wounded; that of the enemy fix killed and twenty-eight wounded, fome of them dangerouily.
The fails, standing, and running rig. ging received fome damage, as did the enemy's, but not of fo much confequence, but was foon put to rights. The frigate and brigs were from Norway, bound to the Texel; the cutter which we retook is the Duke of York packet, from Yarmouth to the Elbe, taken by them the day before. I have the honour to be, &c.
from Amfterdam, of the 24th inftant, that, in confequence of the late diftur~bance in that city, the French General Bournonville had thought it adviseable to propofe putting a confiderable number of French troops in garrifon in that city; that the measure had at firft met with much oppofition on the part of the burghers of that city, who had claimed to themselves the right of fettling their own difpute, without the interference of the French military; that, however, they had been obliged to yield, and that a confiderable body of French troops had actually marched into Amfterdam.
L. W. HALSTED." May 31. This day's gazette contains a letter from Capt. Thomas Freemantle, of his Majefty's fhip Inconftant, dated April 23, giving an account of his capture of L'Unite, a corvette of 34 guns and 258 men.-Alfo from Capt. N. Tomlinfon, commander of his Majesty's floop La Suffifante, containing intelligence of the capture of the brig Revanche, pierced for 14, and mounting 12,long four pounders, with 85 chofen men.And of the capture of La Fantafie, mounting 14 guns, with 75 men, by Sir J. B. Warren.
June 7. This gazette contains the intelligence of Capt. Mowat of his Majefty's thip Refiftance, having taken Le Chaffeur privateer, pierced for 12 fix pounders, but having only 4, and 42 men on board, near New York.
Downing Street, June 8. Extract of a Difpatch from Mr Frafer to Ld Grenville, dated Hamburg, May 27. Information has been received here VOL. LVIII.
Whitehall, June 11.
By a dispatch from Major General Gordon Forbes to the Rt Hon. Henry Dundas, one of his Majeity's principal Secretaries of State, dated Mole St Nicholas, St Domingo, April 10. 1796, it appears, that a divifion of British and colonial troops from the garrison at Portau-Prince were embarked, on the 17th and 18th March, in order to proceed againft the town and fortress of Leogane in the fame ifland. The troops were landed on the 21ft, and a firing was o pened on the following day from a temporary battery, which had been conftructed. The enemy having brought their heavy artillery to flank this battery, it was obliged to be abandoned, with the lofs of one fix-pounder disabled, and another spiked and left behind. On this occafion, Lieutenant Bingham, of the artillery, loft his arm, and that corps, which behaved remarkably well, suffered fome trifling lofs. A very heavy fire had been maintained during the greatest part of the 22d, from the fhips of war, against the town and forts; but no impreffion whatever having been made by them, and the plac appearing much ftronger than it had been reprefented, the forces were judged inadequate to the enterprize, and the troops, ftores, guns, and ammunition of every kind, were, therefore, re-embarked, without further lofs or accident.
Admiralty-Office, June 11. Extract of a letter from Rear-Admiral Parker, Commander in Chief of his Majefty's fhips, &c. at Jamaica, to Mr Nepean, dated Swiftfure, at Port-auPrince, March 27.1796.
For their Lordships information, I beg leave to acquaint you, that, agreeably to my letter of the 28th ult. I proceeded to Port-au-Prince with Gen. Forbes, where, upon our arrival, a meeting was called of 3 N
the general officers, and the propofal for attacking Leogane difcuffed.
On the 21st, the army was landed, in two divitions, to the eastward and weftward of the fort and town, covered to the weftward by the Ceres and Lark, and to the eastward by the Iphigenia, and Cormorant and Syren floops, with the Africa and Leviathan placed against the fort, and the Swiftfure to cannonade the town. The fire of the latter was in terrupted in the course of half an hour from the fituation of the army on fhore; but the two former kept up an unremitting cannonade for near four hours against the fort, until dark, and the land wind coming fresh, the ships were moved off to a proper anchorage.
The day following, the army were chiefly employed reconnoitring; and the next day, from what they had obferved, and the intelligence gained, the enemy were found fo exceedingly numerous, that it was thought best for his Majefty's service to re-embark the army, &c. and poftpone the operation for the prefent.
In the courfe of the night, and by noon the next day, the artillery, army, &c. were re-embarked; but I am forry to add, that the army loft a few men, and that the Africa had one man killed and seven wounded; and the Leviathan five killed and twelve wounded, two fince dead, with damage done to the mafts and yards of both ships, infomuch that they must go down to Jamaica to to have them made good.
our lee beam; as the day opened, we perceived them to be frigates belonging to the French nation, which I communicated to Captain Williams by fignal, who immediately made fail to join me, and on his near approach made our fignal to pass within hail, for the purpofe of giving him information of the ene my's force. The ftatement of their fuperiority encouraged him in the eager purfuit, having faid that he would attack the largest ship, and defiring me to engage the next in ftrength. This noble example inspired every perfon with confidence of fuccefs. At two o'clock, the Unicorn being on our weather beam, we made fail, keeping up a running fight till a quarter past four o'clock, when the sternmoft fhip, finding it impoffible to escape, put his helm a-port, and endea voured to rake us; but being fortunately baffled in this effort, afforded us an opportunity of placing ourselves abreast of him within pistol shot, when a quick and well directed fire compelled him to furrender to his Majefty's fhip in lefs than twenty minutes. She proved to be the Thames, commanded by Citizen Fraden, mounting 36 guns and 300 men. The fhip which the Unicorn continued in chace of, is La Tribune, of 40 guns and 320 men, bearing the broad pendant, Citizen Moulfon, commander of a divifion; the other, which made off to windward, is La Legere of 24 guns and 180 men. I am glad to obferve, that our lofs is very difproportionate to the enemy, having only two feamen killed, and the boatswain and two feamen wounded, and her's thirty-two killed, and nineteen wounded, and many of the latter have fince died."
Admiralty-Office, June 18.
The gazette of this date contains a letter from Sir Edward Pellew, informing of the capture of two national brig corvettes, one of 10, the other of 16 guns, by the fquadron under his command.
It contains alfo letters from Vice-Admiral Kingfmill, commander in chief of his Majefty's fhips and veffels at Cork, wherein he informs of the capture of a large fhip laden with Dutch property from Surinam. And further informing of the capture of the Thames frigate, by Captain Martin of the Santa Margaretta; and of La Tribune by Captain Williams of the Unicorn, being part of a fquadron commanded by Commodore Moulfon. Captain Martin writes, "that being in company with his Majefty's fhip Unicorn, eighteen leagues weft of Scilly, we discovered, at two o'clock in the morning, three fait of fhips about a mile on
Capt. Williams writes, "after a clofe and obftinate fire, which lafted 35 minutes, I obferved that the enemy had dropt on our quarter, was close hauled, attempting, by a mafterly manœuvre, to cross our ftern, and gain the wind. This was happily prevented by our in ftantly throwing all aback, and giving the flip ftrong fternway, by which we paffed his bow, regained our fituation, and renewed the attack. The effects of our fire foon put an end to all manœuvre, for the enemy's fhip was completely dif mantled, her fire ceafed, and all further refiftance appeared to be ineffectual; they called to us they had furrendered, The fhip proves to be La Tribune, commanded by Commodore John Moulfon, mounting 44 guns, though pierced for 48 i
48; on the main deck 26 twelves, on the quarter-deck and forecastle 16 long fixes, and 2 42lb. carronades; had on board at the commencement of the action 337 men, 37 of whom are killed, 13 badly, and 2 flightly wounded. The fhip is quite new, launched fince the commencement of the war, fails extremely faft, is of large dimenfions, being on the gun deck two feet broader and thirteen feet longer than the Unicorn. Commodore Moulfon, who I am forry to add is among the wounded, is by birth an American, but has served fixteen years in the French navy, and during the prefent war has always had the command of a divifion. The fquadron late under his orders, confifting of La Tribune, La Proferpine, La Thames, and La Legere, of 20 nine pounders, had left Breft two days only, and had taken nothing; La Proferpine separated the preceding evening in a fog. While I congratulate myself upon the happy effects of their valour in the capture of two of the ene my's frigates, that have done fo much mifchief to our commerce during the war, and on their prefent cruize were likely to do fo much more, you may eafily conceive what my feelings are, when I inform you, Sir, this fervice is obtain ed without the lofs of one of the brave men in the fhip under my command; my happiness will be complete, if I find the Santa Margaretta has been equally fortunate."
Extract of a letter from Lord Amelius Beauclerk, Captain of his Majefty's fhip Dryad, Plymouth Sound, June 17. 1796, to Mr Nepean.
SIR, Please to inform their Lordships, that on the 13th inft, we discovered a fail ftanding towards us from the fouth ward, but on nearing us hauled her wind and tacked. I immediately chaced, and came along-fide of her at nine P. M. when, after a close action of forty-five minutes, the ftruck; proves to be the national frigate La Proferpine, mounting 26 eighteen pounders, 12 nines, and 4 thirty-two pound carronades, with 348 men, commanded by Citizen Pevrieu; failed from Breft the 6th inft. in company with La Tribune, Thames, and La Legere corvette; had not taken any thing. It is with pleasure I add, that our lofs confifted only of 2 killed, and 7 wounded; La Proferpine, 30 killed and 45 wounded. I have the honour to be, &c.
AM. BEAUCLERK. This gazette alfo contains the agree
able accounts of the capture of Demerary by Major Gen. White, with about 70 fhips loaded with the produce of the country; and the operations of the troops at St Lucia, under Sir R. Abercromby, both which will be given next month. (End of the Gazettes.)
On Monday, during the whole day, there was a very violent storm, which was particulary felt in St James' and Hyde Parks, where the trees have fuffered more than in the memorable hurricane of November laft.
7. It is with great fatisfaction we announce, that the treaty, between Great Britain and America, was ratified in the House of Representatives, by a majority of three voices.
14. Yefterday the poll for the city of Weftminster finally clofed; when the numbers appeared as follows: For Mr Fox
Admiral Gardner John-Horne Tooke 2819. 21. Arrived the American fhip Sanfon, Captain Smith, which left Bengal the 2d of February, and brings the melancholy particulars of the capture of the Triton Eaft Indiaman, of 800 tons, on the 29th of January, in the Balafore Roads, by a party of Frenchmen, in a schooner, which had been captured a few days before by the Modefte French privatteer. The whole number did not exceed 25, who it was proved had broken their pa role, efcaped from Calcutta in a dingey, and contrived to get poffeffion of the Pilot fchooner, under which defcription they were permitted to come along fide of the Triton. The moment they had boarded her, they killed every perfon who had the misfortune to be upon deck. Thofe who unfortunately fell victims to the treachery of thefe favages were, Capt. Philip Burnyeate, the commander, a very meritorious officer; Lieut. Wm Pickett, of the infantry, (the only fon of the worthy Alderman,) who was bound to Bengal; a Midfhipman, a Quartermafter, and a feaman. They then fired at the crew down the hatchway, and wounded fix, who were at dinner; the reft called for quarter, and obtained it the remaining paffengers, officers, and crew, were put on board the Diana, another prize, off Ganjam,-The invoice goods of the Triton, for Madras, a mounted to about LA 15,000, which has 3 Nd been
been fafely landed. Thofe for Bengal and Bencoolen were comparatively trifling.
25. A reconciliation having taken place between the Prince and Princefs of Wales, his Royal Highness came this day to Carleton Houfe, and dined with a felect party of friends. This defirable event is faid to have been brought about through the mediation of his Majefty and the Duke of York.
June 4. This being the anniversary of his Majefty's birth, who enters his 59th year, the great guns were fired at noon, and the Royal Edinburgh Volunteers and Hopetoun fencibles fired a feu de joye on the occafion. The ships in the roads likewife fired a falute at one o'clock. The Lord Provoft and Magiftrates met in the Parliament Houfe in the afternoon, which was fitted up in the usual ftile-In the course of the evening the mob was, as is ufual, exceedingly diforderly, throwing mud and pelting every decent perfon that appeared on the ftreet. Several gentlemen were very much hurt. Some of the most active in breaking the windows, &c. have been apprehended.
6. This day being the anniversary of the birth of George Heriot, his ftatue was elegantly decorated with flowers; and the ufual ceremonies gone through. The fermon was preached by the Rev. Mr Black,
when the Lord Advocate was elected without a diffenting voice. After the election, his Lordfhip, in a concife and elegant fpeech, returned thanks to the Freeholders, for the honour they had conferred on him by again appointing him their Reprefentative; an honour which it had been his earliest ambition to attain, and he hoped he might, without presumption, attribute this addition. al proof of their confidence to an approbation of his past public conduct.
16. A duel was fought in the neighbourhood of this city, between Major Crichton and Mr Bennet furgeon in Edinburgh, when the Major was wounded. The ball entered near the left fide of the cheft, paffed through part of the pectoral mufcle, and came out behind, near the edge of the blade bone. The wound is not confidered dangerous, and there is every reasonable hope of a fpeedy recovery.
9. By a letter from, the collector and comptroller of the cuftoms at Port Glasgow, to the Commiffioners of his Majefty's cuftoms, received this day, it appears, that a Dutch frigate, called the Jafon, mounting 36 guns, with upwards of 200 men on board, was, on the 8th inft. brought into Greenock by her crew, who had put their officers under confinement. This frigate is part of a Dutch fquadron which failed from the Texel in February laft, but having met with damages was obliged to put into Drontheim to refit. A great party of the Sutherland fencibles have marched from Glasgow for Greenock, to take poffeffion of the frigate.
fo. This day a very numerous attendance of the Freeholders of the county of Edinburgh took place in the Parliament Houfe, in order to elect their Representative for the ensuing Parliament,
The Royal Aberdeen Volunteers have prefented Captain William Byres with an elegant filver tea vafe, and a handfome fword; on each of which is engraved the following inscription :— "From the Aberdeen Volunteers, to Captain William Byres, in teftimony of their fenfe of obligation for his attention and fervices to the corps, 1796.”
The Rt Hon. the Lord Provoft, Magiftrates and Council, unanimously voted the freedom of this city to the Rt Hon. the Earl of Errol, and the Chevalier Cicciaporci, a nobleman of Rome.
19. The Royal Edinburgh Volunteers had a grand field day. The Right Hon. Henry Dundas attended in his uniform. The Duke of Buccleugh, Lord Frederick Campbell, Lord Adam Gordon, and Staff were alio prefent.
20. This day, as the poft boy with the mail from the weft country, was coming along the North Bridge, his horfe fell down with him, which broke the boy's leg. He was immediately car. ried to the Infirmary.
Two Catabaw Indians arrived in town on the 7th inft. attired in their native drefs, the fingularity of which attracted fo much notice, that they were taken to the City Guard, having no fettled place of refidence, to keep them from the crowd which attended them on the ftreets. John Redhead, the oldest of the two, fpeaks tolerably good English, and gives the following account of himself and his companion: He says, that they