Abbildungen der Seite



fail from him. And in a subsequent let, and file, posted on the hill, commandter, dated the 15th, he informed me that ing the town of Gouyave; one fubaltern he discovered the ship again to the lee- of which, with twenty men, were deward of him, when he captured her, af tached along the ridge, running west ter an action of half an hour, with the about two hundred yards from Captain lossof one man killed, and several wound- Hamilton's post, in order to prevent their ed in the Mermaid, and twenty killed, approach from coming up'a valley in and several wounded, of the enemy: their front, which had the desired effect, That both these vessels were Conven- as Ensign Connor, of the 68th regiment, tional corvettes. The ship, named the a very steady and brave officer, checked Republican, mounting 18 guns, had on a column, intended againit him, by the board 250 or 260 men at the commence. vigilance and fire of his advanced senment of the action, with a French Ge- tries. The column then (as he supposes) neral and his faff, destined to command directed their route towards the Capat Grenada. In a letter wrote the fol tain's poft, as a hot firing soon after lowing day, he acquainted me, that, up- commenced there, during a heavy shower on his return to Grenada, with his of rain. This circumstance induced Enprize, he had the mortification to find sign Connor to march to the support of that the important post of Gouyave, or that post; but on his arrival fell in with Charlotte, had been taken by the enemy Captain Hamilton, who told him he the night before.

had been furrounded with a very fupė. Admiralty-Office, Jan. 2.

rior body of the enemy, which had pe

netrated, and driven his party from the Extract of a letter from Rear-Admiral works; and that Lieutenant Carr, with se

Parker, at Jamaica, October 27. 1795. veral of his men, were badly wounded ; This morning his Majesty's ship the all which circumstances were confirmed Hannibal, returned from a cruize to Port to me by the arrival of Captain Hamilton Royal, with two prizes, privateers, one at Gouyave house, who made me a fithe Convention of 12 guns, and twenty- milar report. During this transaction a four men; the other a schooner, of report prevailed that the insurgents were guns, and fixty-fix men.

advancing from our rear, and the part

of the works below; and I was conExtract of a letter from Major-General firmed in it by firing being heard from

Ligh, to Mr Secretary Diingas, dated the latter mentioned place.
Martinico, October 31. 1795.

This prevented me from calling up It is with real concern 1 inform you Colonel Webster’s black corps, who had of the capture of the important poit of the defence of the town and the proGonyave, in the island of Grenada; for tection of the hospital; as alío Captain the particulars of which, I beg leave to Angus's black corps; who had been refer you to Brigadier Gen. Nicholls' let- posted to defend the sugar works (and, ter of the 18th instant, and to the leveral as I had been informed, had perceived reports made to him upon that event, co- an enemy approaching) to make an atpies of which I have the honour to in- tempt to recover the hill again. An atclote.

tempt, however, was made by all the Copy of a letter from Lieutenant Colo- ment ; but they were not able to ad

men I could muster of the 68th reginel Schaw, of the 68th regiment, to Brigadier General Nichols, dated St tioned, on the left of the ridge, which

vance further than the post already menGeorge's, O&ober 17. 1795.

was gained with great difficulty, from Sik, In obedience to your desire I the very steep and flippery ftate, occashould have earlier given you an account fioned by the constant rains; aná findof the particulars which obliged me to ing the enemy fo fuperior in numbers, cvacuate the poft of Gouyave, but wait- and in poffeflion of a field-piece, from ed to ascertain our loss, which I find to which they fired grape, as to make it be two ferjeants and thirty-four rank too hazardous, and no probability of and file miffing, with one Lieut. Carr, fuccefs. fupposed to be mortally wounded. It was then the general sense of the

The insurgents attacked a strong pic. officers under my command, whose opiquet, conGiting of a captain, two fubal- nions I severally took, to retreat to Sauferns, four ferjeants, and fixty rank teur, but that afterwards being found Vol. Lyili.



[ocr errors]

my fide.

impracticable, it was resolved to march greeing with me in the propriety of to St George's.

landing the troops, they were disemThis, Sir, is a detail of facts, as near. barked on the 3d, about four miles to ly as I can ftate to you, of this unfortu- the northward of Trincomale, without nate business, but which, however to be oppofition. Jamented, will not, I trust, appear to Neither the garrison of Trincomale you, either to have proceeded from nor Oostenburgh have hitherto given us want of vigilance or neglect of duty on any moleftation in the laborious fervice

in which the troops have been employI have the honour to be, &c. ed, of conveying provisions, ordnance, (Signed) JOHN B. SCHAW and stores, along a steep sandy beech, Major of the 68th regiment. from a distance of three miles ; nor has and Lieut.-Col.

any act of open hoftility taken place.

We are still employed in the fame ferHorse-Guards, fan. 6.

vice, as well as in preparing materials for Dispatches from Colonel Stuart, of which the construction of such works as may be

the following are copięs, have been necessary to reduce the forts; and if the this day received by the Rt Hon. Hen- Commandant perseveres in his resolution

to refuse us admittance as friends, I hope ry Dundas.

to have in my power to begin our apCamp before Trincomale, in the Isand of proaches against the fort of Trincomale

Sir, Ceylon, August 17. 1795. to-morrow night.

In obedience to the orders and instructions I received from the govern, gations to Commodore Rainier, for the

I cannot too strongly express my obliment of Fort St George, and Colonel readiness with which he has afforded Braithwaite, commanding the King's

every assistance which could be given and Company's forces on the coast of by the squadron of his Majesty's thips Coromandel, I have the honour to ac- under his command, in conveying and quaint you, før his Majesty's informa. landing the troops,, ftores, and provition ; by the Royal Admiral under dif- fions, and in every part of the service patch for Europe, that the armament where his aid and co-operation could be with the command of which I am en- of use; and his zeal has been ably fetrusted, embarked the 30th ult. at Fort conded by the exertions of the officers George, on board his Majesty's ships of and feamen employed in carrying bis war upon that ftation, and the transports orders into effect. I have the honour to taken up for the purpose of conveying be, &c. it to this place.

J. STUART The fleet arrived in Back Bay, to the northward of the forts of Trincomale Camp near Trincomale, August 30. 1795. and Oostenburgh, on the ist inftant; Sir, Soon after I had the honour to and as Commodore Rainier and I was address you on the 17th inftant, ioformparticularly anxious that the command- ing you of my intention to begin our ant of those forts should not misappre. approaches against the fort of Trincohend the object of the armament under male on the following day, circumstances my command, every precaution was tak- occurred which induced Commodore en to prevent any misapprehension upon Rainier and me to detain the ships then that head, by explaining to him the na. under dispatch, in the hope of that sucture of it; and two days were spent in cefs which I now have the honour to communications between the fort and announce. We broke ground on the fleet for that purpose.

evening of the 18th, opened our bat- As the commandant, however, did taries on the 23d, and before twelve not think proper to accede to the requi- o'clock on Wednesday the 26th, comfitions made, in the name of the King, pleted a practicable breach. Commoby the Commodore and me, and refuf- dore Rainier and I then thought proed obeying the commands of his fupe- per to summon the garrison to surren. Fior; Mr Van Angelbeck, the governor der, while preparations were making of Columbo, to deliver up the port of for the assault. Terms were demanded Oostenburgh to a detachment of his Ma. which could not be allowed, and such jesty's troops, on account of an infor- as we thought consistent were transmitmality in the order, the Commodore &- ted in return : these not being accepted

within a limited time, our fire recom- be delivered up, in their present condimenced, and in a few minutes the white tion, to the officers appointed by us to Ang was displayed on the ramparts, the receive them. conditions we had offered were accept- The garrifon to march out, and the de figned and transmitted to camp, British troops to be put in poffeffion of with iwo Captains of the garrison as the fort, in one hour after this capitulabetages for their performance.

tion is signed ; and two officers of the I have the honour to inclofe a copy garrison of the rank of Captain to be de. of tre capitulation offered to the garri- livered immediately as hostages for the boto, and accepted of by the Command- performance of this agreement. These 21, and of some explanatory articleswhich are the only terms we the underligned were afterwards arranged, with a state officers, commanding his Britannic Maof the garrison, return of ordnance and jefty's forces, can grant. Major Forn20- tores taken, and a list of the killed hauer, if he accepts the conditions, will and wounded of the forces under my sign this paper, and return it by the ofcommand.

ficers he fends as hostages, within half an This evening the prisoners taken here hour from the time he receives it. will embark for Madras.' I shall imme- Given under our bands, in camp, bedrately take up a convenient position, fore Trincomale, this 27th day of August and begin the neceflary preparations for 1795. the attack of fort Oostenburgh, the com

(Signed) Peter RAINER. mandant of that garrison having refused

J. STUART. to surrender when summoned on the [The following articles of capitulation, 17th instant; and I have reason to hope and those of the capitulation of Fort that that fort also will be very foon in Oostenburgh, are faithfully translated our poffeffion.

from the French originals contained His Majesty's and the hon. Company's in the Gazette.] Loops, forming the force under my com

· Explanatory Articles., masd, have so uniformly distinguished Capitulation, according to which the themselres on every former occasion, fort of Trincomale will be surrenderthat I need only fay their zeal and gal- ed to the troops of his Britannic Maiantry on the prefent service has been jefty : weil exerted to maintain the reputation Art. I. The garrison shall march out to they have so juftly acquired.

morrow at four in the afternoon by the ( am beyond meafure indebted to breach, with the honours of war, drums Commodore Rainier for his cordial co. beating, and colours flying, ) the troops operations, and the active affiftance of will lay down their arms on the glacis the navy in every department of the pu- All the officers, whether Europeans or bic fervice; and I have particular pleasure Indians, fall keep their swords. diloc in aisuring you, that from perfect harmo- The Creeffes of the Malays shall be by subfifting between all descriptions of packed up in a cheft, to be delivered to be naval and land forces employed here, them in case they should he sent back to pery thing may be expected from this their own country, as being weapons pedivifion of his Majesty's troops, which culiarly belonging to them, which they s capable of being attained by their u- will never consent to part with. Ans. The Ecd exertions. I have the honour to garrison Mall march out at sun-set this *, &c.

J. STUART. evening in the manner demanded ; but Taal-15 killed; four officers, and so the redoubt, the cavalier on the fank of men wounded,

the breach, and the Zeeberg Bastion, TERMS OF CAPITULATION. must be immediately given up to the The garrison of Trincomale, in con- British troops. The Creesses of the Masderation of the defence they have made, lays shall be disposed of in the manner *be allowed to march out of the requested; and the whole of the officers best with the honours of war, drums and men shall be considered as prisoners Seating and colours flying, to the glacis, of war.

xio ba where they will ground their arms, and II. All the ammunition and other of render themselves prisoners of war, fects of the company fhall be delivered the officers keeping their fwords. Pric to the persons named on the part of his vz?e property will be secured to them; Britannic Majesty's commanders.melle bat all public property, papers, guns, Granted. kores, and provifions of every kind, muft


[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

cember 1795.

26. 1795:

III. The European officers shall not be sent to Europe contrary to their own A dispatch, of which the following is

Downing Street, Jan. 16. consent.-A. Granted. IV. The effects as well belonging to

an extract, has been received from the garrison as to individuals shall be pre

Lieutenant Colonel Craufurd by the served for them.-A. Granted.

Right Hon. Lord Grenville, dated V. The civil servants of the company

head-quarters of Marshal Clairfayt's thall be allowed to retire to another part

army, Creutzenach, the 21st of Deof the island.-A. It is not in the power of the officers commanding the British In consequence of the advantages obforces to grant this article.

tained by Marshal Clairfayt, as stated in VI. The fick and wounded shall be my laft, General Jourdan, after having properly taken care of.-A. Certainly. attempted in vain, by different ma

VII. The garrison shall not be subject næuvres, to fecure the right of his ar.. to reprisals.--. A. Granted.

my, began his retreat from the Nahe on The commandant demands permission the 13th inft. and upon the 15th he took to send to the government of the island, a position upon the Hunsruck, occupying by a civil agent of the company, the all the principal paffes between Baschapapers relative to the fiege.

rah on the Rhine, and Tarback on the Copies of the papers to be submitted Moselle. to the British commanders.

From the 15th to the present date feDone at the Fort of Trincomale, Aug. veral unimportant' actions have taken:

place between the advanced corps of (Signed) J. G. FORNHAUER. These two armies, and the Austrian light Signed by authority of Commodore troops have at different times fcoured Rainer and Col. Stuart.

the country from Birkenfeldt to Treves ; P. G. AGNEW, Dep. Adj. Gen. but the ftrength of the enemy's pofition Camp at Trincomale, August 31. 1795. in the mountains, and the roads that Sir,

lead to it being rendered fo bad by the After closing my dispatch of yesterday late rains as to make the march of heaan officer was sent to me by the com- vy artillery almost impossible, has premandant of Fort Oostenburgh, requef- vented Marshal Clairfayt from underting that I would permit an officer to taking any operation of consequence. meet hiin this morning, for the purpose His Excellency's line now extends from of opening a negociation for the furren- Dreyckhausen on the Rhine, by Stromder of the fort. I'accordingly sent Ma- burg, Kien,and Oberltein, to Birkenfeldt, jor Agnew, the Adjutant General of the from whence the left of his army is conforces under my command, and have the nected by a chain of light troops with satisfaction to inform you, that the gar. Marshal Wurmfer's right, which occulrifon this day surrendered themselves pri- pies Kaiserslautern.-Marihal Wurmfer foners of war, and that a detachment of has drawn his line from Kaiferslautern, his Majesty's troops took poffeffion of by Neustadt, along tie rivulet, called the fort, and the British colours were the Spirebach, to the Rhine. hoisted in it before fun-fet.

General Pichegru has made several atI have the honour to inclore the arti- tempts to oblige the Austrians to abancles of capitulation, but have it not at don the post of Kaiserslautern, and on present in my power to tranfmit the fe- the 20th inf. he attacked it with very fi:veral returns which will be necessary, as perior numbers; but, after an action of Commodore Rainer and I do not think several hours, he was completely repulit proper to detain the Indiamen any sed, with the lots of near iwo thousand Tonger, particularly as the Commodore men and several cannon. The Auftrians proposes recommending to the govern- had, on this occasion, twenty-nine ofiiment of Madras to dispatch the John cers, and between fix and seven hundred schooner, in a few days, to Europe, as a non-commiffioned officers and privates more expeditious conveyance. I have killed and wounded. the honour to be, &c.

The enemy fometimes make demon

J. STUART. Atrations from Dulleldorf, but the Auf Follows the articles of capitulation trian corps stationed upon the Sicg rivu

which are nearly the same as those let keep them completely in check on granted to the garrison of Trincomale.) that fide.


[ocr errors]

Part of Marshal Wurmfer's army and Early in the night she mified the Comthe Prince of Conde's corps defend the modore's lights, and by the severe gale right bank of the Rhine from Philips- of wind which then raged, she was dribourg to Bafle.

ven on the Hannoaux rocks, near GuernDowning Street, Yan. 26. fey, where she ftruck on Tuesday mornBy advices received from the Austrian ing at four o'clock; and having got off

from thence, was driven upon the island army on the Rhine, dated December of Alderney, and ai half past nine ran on 30, it appears, that a suspension of arms fhore in the Bay of Praye, in that island. has been agreed upon between the Austrian It was luckily near high water, and by and French Generals in that quarter, waiting till the water was low; the crew with liberty to either party to pui an

was fafely landed without losing a man. end to it, on giving ten days notice.

The three masts and bowsprit are gone, (End of ihe Gazettes.)

but if the weather proves moderate the stores will probably be saved. The people

of Alderney were extremely earnest in LONDON.

carrying warps and messengers to the The maroons in Jamaica have received ship: but the sea ran fo very high that a very considerable check from a force of they could not get near her, except one militia and regulars, under the command boat, which got under her quarter, and of Major General Walpole. Their dif- near enough to catch a rope, but was ferent parties, with the most deftructive unfortunately overset, and two of the fury, have destroyed a number of plant- men drowned; the four others were filations, burning the houses, and carrying ved by the great exertions of their friends off provisions and other articles capable on shore, who made a chain of perfons, of being transported to the huts, where through a most tremenduous furf, to they helter themselves. In thefe depre. rescue them. The failors' cloathes and dations faveral white people have lost bedding are all saved, and having their their lives; for putting an end to the ra- pockets full of money, very little reguvages of thefe banditti, commissioners jation can take place among them to have been appointed for burning and long as it lasts. clearing the woods bordering on their The following afflicting intelligence cockpits.

was received from Cowes, Dec. zift, In In the island of St Vincents, the the catalogue of human woes, which British had not met with equal fuc- hiftory records from the earliest period cels ; although reduce to great ftraits of the creation, we do not remember to from want of provisions and other necef have heard of one, equal in misery, to faries, the Brigands continued still for- the following account, handed to us by midable, and the utmost vigilance of the a friend, on whose veracity we place the military force was neceflary to guard stricteft reliance : againft their depredatory attempts. On Sunday last, 86 of the Somerset,

Jan. 1. Gen Paoli is arrived in this shire, and 29 of the Suffolk reduced Fencountry from Corsica, and hath been cibles, with five women, were put, at presented to his Majesty at the Levee. Jersey, on board a small veffel of 35 tons

Mr Brichwood the agent sent to pur. burthen, called the John and Elizabeth, chase corn at Canada, has written home, William Mitchell, master, belonging ta that the most he can obtain will amount Cowes, to return to England. to about 40,000 quarters.

In the passage they had very tempef2. Admiral Hervey with a squadron tuous weather, and on Tuesday night, of thips arrived at Spithead from Qui- being not far distani from land, a most beron Bay, he had under convoy trans- violent hurricane came on, and continuports with the troops from Ille Dieu. ed with such force, that the malter seeing LOSS OF THE AMETHYST FRIGATE. inevitable destruction by running ashore

Captain Affieck, of the Amethyst fri- if he steered his course, put his veifel agate of 38 guns, arrived at the Admiralty bout and endeavoured to lay to. In this office, with the difagreeable intelligence position, every fea palling over the deck, of the total loss of that ship.

he judged it expedient, for the fafety of The Amethyit failed from Torhay the vessel and lives on board, to batten on Monday the ath, in .company with down the hatches to prevent the water the Trusty, on a cruize in the Channel linking her.


« ZurückWeiter »