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caster, Blyth, and Read, (of the Royat of the men soon carried them, and put Marines) Messrs. Savory, William Tay- the enemy to fight ; cach fort mounted lor, Forder, and Irwin, proceeded to the two brass nine-pounders' and fifty men. right with a party of the Confiance's, to This service was scarcely accomplished
а take Fort Diamant, which was soon in before the French troops from Cayenne our possession, mounting two twenty. attacked the Colonel at Grand Cane. four and one brass nine pounder, and Our force was much dispersed ; I there. fifty men. The French Captain and fore, without waiting an instant, orCommandant, with three soldiers killed, dered every body to the boats, and proand four wounded. The Major had the ceeded to the aid of the Colonel, who, same success: the fort mounting two with his small force, had withstood the brass nine-pounders and forty men: two enemy, and after a smart action of three of the enemy were killed. The entrance hours, they retreated to Cayenne. At of the river being in our possession, the the same time, 250 of the enemy appearsignal agreed on was made, and by nooned before Fort Diamant; but perceiving all 'were disembarked. At the same Lieutenant Mulcaster prepared to retime, I received information of General Cewe them, and imagining his force Victor Hugues having quitted Cayenne, much greater than it was, thiy, on hearat the head of a thousand troops, to dis- ing the defeat of their General, follow. possess us of our posts. Our force be- ed his example. There was yet the ing too small to be divided, and the dis.. strongest post of the enemy's to be tatance between the two posts being great, ken, which was the private house of and only twelve miles from Cayenne, it Gen. Victor Hugues; he had planted was determined to dismantle Fort Dia. before his house a field-piece and swi. mant, and collect all our forces at Grand vel, with 100 of his best troops. On the Cane. I therefore left my first Lieu. 8th I proceeded with some seamen and tenant, Mr Mulcaster, with a party of marines of the Confiance, and a party the Confiance's, to perform that service, of Portuguese troops, with a field-piece, and then join me. On arriving at Grand to take the said post; but as my only Cane, I perceived two other batteries object was to take the troops prisoners, about a mile up the river, on opposite by which the garrison of Cayenne would sides, and within half gun-shot of each - be much weakened, I dispatched Lieuother; the one on the right bank, called tenant Mulcaster in my gig with a flag Treo, on an eminence commanding the of truce, to acquaint the officer comcreek leading to Cayenne; the other, on manding, that my only object was to the opposite side, at the entrance of the take the post, and if he made an useless creek leading to the house and planta resistance in defending a private babitation of General Victor Hugues, and evi. tion, against which I gave him my ho. dently erected for no other purpose nour no harm was intended, I should than its defence. At three o'clock, I consider it as a fortress, and would leanchored the Lion and Vinganza cut. vel it to the ground. The enemy's adters abreast of them, when a smart ac- vanced guard allowed the flag of truce tion commenced on both sides for an to approach them within a boat's length, · hour ; when finding the enemy's metal then fired two vollies at them, and reand position so superior to ours, the treated. I then landed; but finding he cutters having only four-pounders, and had made several fosses in the road, and many of our men falling, from the in- the wood being lined with musketrý, cessant shower of grape shot, I deter. not a man of whom we could see, and mined to storm them, and therefore di. the field piece in front, I ordered ours rected Mr Savory (the Porser) to ae
to be thrown into a fosse, when our men, company a party of Portuguese to land with three cheers, advanced with pike at General Hugues' battery ; at the same and bayonet, and took the enemy's gun ; time proceeding myself, accompanied they retreated into the house, and kept by Lieutenant Blyth, my gig's crew, up a smart fire from the windows; but and à party of Portuguese troops, to on our entering, they flew through the that of Treo; and though both parties back premises into the wood, firing as had to land at the very muzzles of the they retreated. Every thing was level. guns, keeping up a continual fire of led with the ground, except the habitagrape and musketry, the cool bravery tions of the slaves. As we received in
formation that about four hundred of the from the time we landed until the surenemy were about to take possession of render of the place they had not the Beauregard Plain, on an eminence which least cessation from fatigue. commands the several roads to and from It is but just that should take noe Cayenne, it was determined between tice of the exertions of Mr J. Acott, act. the Lieutenant-Colonel and myself to be ing master, who has passed for Lieute, beforehand with the enemy, and march whom I left in charge of the ship, and our whole force there direct.
who proved himself worthy of the conWe gained the eminence before the fidence reposed in him. The Topazel enemy in the 9th, and, on the roth, French frigate appearing in the offing Lieut, Mulcaster and a Portuguese offi- on the 13th, with a re-enforcement for cer (Lieut. Barnardo Muskillis,) were the garrison, though with only 25 Brisent into the town with a summons to tons and 20 negroes, and no other offi. the General. In the evening, these of- cers than two young gentlemen, Messrs ficers returned, accompanied by Victor George Yeo and Edward Bryant, he Hugues's Aid du-Camp, requesting an contrived by his skilful maneuvres to armistice for twenty-four hours, to ar- drive her off the coast. range the articles of capitulation. This I have the honour to inclose a statebeing granted, and hostages exchanged, ment of the killed and wounded on on the 11th, the Lieutenant-Colonel and board the Confiance (24); also à list myself met the General, and partly ar. of the returns of ordnance, stores, &c. ranged the articles. A second meeting, The Portuguese land and sea forces, on the morning of the 12th, finally ftxed one killed and eight wounded. French, them; and, on the morning of the 14th, one Captain and fifteen privates killed, the Portuguese troops, and British sea. and twenty wounded. men and marines, marched into Cay- I have now, Sir, the happiness to conenne, and took possession of the town. gratulate you on the final success of the The enemy, amounting 'to 400, laid expedition, and I trust the steps I have down their arms on the parade, and taken will ensure me your approbation. were immediately embarked on board
I am, &c. the several vessels belonging to the ex
JAMES LUCAS Yeo. pedition ; at the same time, the militia, To Rear. Admiral Sir W. Sidney Smith. - . amounting to 600, together with 200 blacks, who had been incorporated with The following is a list of the killed the regular troops, delivered in their and wounded on the part of the Britsh:
Lieut. John Read, Royal Marines, It is with pleasure I observe, that mortally wounded ; died Jan. 8. Lieut. throughout the expedition the utmost Samuel Blyth, dangerously wounded. unanimity has prevailed between the Jas. Thomson, Quarter Master's Mate, Portuguese and British, and I have my, dangerously wounded, and 23. seamen self experienced the most friendly in. and marines wounded. tercourse with Lieut. Colonel Manuel Marques.
Articles of Capitulation, It has always been with the highest The garrison shall march out with gratification to my feelings, that I have their arms and baggage, and all the had to mention the good conduct of the honours of war; the officers shall retain officers, seamen, and marines of the ship their side arms, and those of the Staff · I have the honour to command, but due their horses. The garrison shall lay ring the whole course of my service I down their arms, and engage not to have never witnessed such persevering serve against his Royal Highness and resolution as they have displayed from his Allies during one year. Vessels the commencement of the campaign to shall be furnished at the expense of his the reduction of Cayenne.
Highness the Prince Regenty to carry As to the seamen and marines, all the garrison, officers civil and military, praise I can bestow falls short of their and all those employed in the service, merit; from the 15th December they with their families and effects, direct to never slept in their beds; the weather France with as little delay as possible. was constantly both boisterous and rai- A convenient vessel shall be furoished ny; the roads almost impassable; and to convey to France the Commissioner April 1809.
of the Emperor commander in Chief, Mr Mackie, Mr Buxton, and Mr Paris, his family, his officers, his suite and ef- were involved in the fames; and as fects, the Chief of the Administration they join the western extremity of the of Finances, the Commander of the Hall, it was thought that nothing could Troops, the Inspector, and the Com- have saved that splendid edifice. But mandant of the Artillery, with their fa. the night being still, and the exertions milies. The arsenals, batteries, and e. of the gownsmen, as well as the inhabivery thing belonging to the Artillery, lants, being greater than was ever before the small Arms, and Powder Magazines witnessed on a former occasion, the fire and the Provision Stores, shall be given was got under before six o'clock in the up, by inventory, and in the state in morning.
No lives were lost. Mr in which they now are. Private pro. Smith, of Oriel, Mr Hughes, of Jesus, perty, of whatsoever nature or de- and Mr Allen, of St Mary's Hall, who scription, shall be respected, and the were indefatigable in their exertions, inhabitants may dispose of it as hereto- were severely bruised by the falling of fore. The inhabitants of the Colony a large body of lead. Dr and Mrs shall preserve their properties, and re. White were conveyed to the house of side there, conforming to the orders and Canon Barion, whose hospitable manforms established by the Sovereign un- sion was filled with all the books and der which they remain ; they shall be furniture that could be saved from the at liberty to sell their properties, and re- fames. Lord Downshire, Sir Charles tire wherever it may suit them, with. Farnaby, Lord George Grenville, and out any obstacle. The Civil Laws Mr Eden, mixed with the populace, known in France under the title of the carrying buckets, and working the en. Napaleon Code, and in force in the co- gines. lony, shall be oberved and executed un. Dreadful Accident.- On Friday night, til the peace between the two nations; March 31st, about ten o'clock, an accithe Magistrates shall only decide on the dent of a novel nature happened at Twyinterests of individuals and differences ford, on the Paddington Canal, about connected with them in virtue of the five mi'es from Londin. One of the pissaid laws. The present Capitulation sage boats, belonging to Mr Pickford, shall be written in the three languages, was on its way to the country, laden and signed by the three Officers stipu- with various articles-among others,
some barrels of brandy and rum, over At the advanced posts of Buurde, this which were ten barrels of gunpowder. 12th January 1809.
The crew consisted of four men; one VICTOR HUGUES. was with the horse which drew the JAMES Lucas Yeo. buat, one in the little cabin in the after MANUEL MARQUES. part or stern; when the remaining two,
who were on deck, took it into their
heads to help themselves to a little spie, DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.
rits; they bored a hole with a gimlet, FIRE AT CHRIST-CHURCH COLLEGE, by mistake, in one of the casks of pow. OXFORD.
der, which immediately took fire, and On Friday night, March 3. about 12 the boat blew up with a most dreadful o'clock, a fire broke out in the great explosion. The two men were killed quadrangle of this noble College. It on the instant. One of them was blown was first perceived in the rooms of Mr to a distance of more than sixty yards, Brown, which being empty, it is impos- his entrails torn out, and his thigh and sible to trace the cause of this melan. leg separated from his body. Three choly event. It communicated most ricks of hay, belonging to Mr Willan, rapidly to the adjoining house of the of Mary-la-bonne Park, were set fire to, Reverend Doctor White, Regius Pro- and upwards of 360 loads of hay confessor of Hebrew, which was entirely sumed. The shock was dreadful in the consumed, and the whole of his valuable vicinity, and the houses were agitated oriental collection of books destroyed. as if by an earthquake. The man who The roonis on the south side of the was in the cabin asleep escaped, almost quadrangle, viz. those of Mr James, miraculously, unhurt.
COURT OF SESSION,
On Wednesday April 5, the above N Saturday the anth March, at the Joseph Muir, Andrew Lyon, and Chas.
rising of the Court of Session, the Murray, convicted of perjury, stood on Lord Justice-Clerk, in the Second Di. the pillory, at the Cross of Glasgow, for vision of the Court, read an abstract of one hour, between twelve and on, in the business that had been done in that terms of their sentence, each having the Chamber since the meeting of the Ses following label on his breast, " Perjured sion in November last. It is, as nearly witness in a 'cause brought before the as we could ascertain, thus:--The Court Court of Session;" · They are to be imbegan with an arrear of 43 superseded prisoned six months, and banished Scut. petitions against Inner and Outer House land for life. Interlocutors---37 causes upon the sum. High COURT OF JUSTICIARY. mary roll, and 155 Ordinary actions. On Monday, March 20, came on the Atuth March 1809, there would be trial of John Black, private in the 72d no superseded petitions, except one or regiment of foot, accused of having, in two that might be boxed that day while company with several other persons, on the Court was sitting-six causes re- the night of the 24th of September last, mained upon the summary roll-seven broken into the cellar of Mr Robert concluded causes, and about 20 Ordi. Sheppard, merchant in Edinburgh, and nary actions. The total number of pe. stolen therefrom a quantity of articles, titions of all descriptions, advised during (suap, sugar, and currants.) The Counthe session, were 832. Summary actions sel for the Crown, having restricted the advised were 246, and Ordinary actions, libel to an arbitrary punishment, the upon petitions and answers or informa. prisoner pleaded guilty, and the jury, tions 34-64 reclaiming petitions were having retired to the robing-room, soon refused without answers, and in twenty after returned a verdict, finding the prin causes, the interlocutors of the Ordina.
guilty of 'stealing the soap li. ries or Inner-house were altered. In belled.” On this verdict, it was pleade 23 causes, the judgements were not fi- ed by his Counsel, in mitigation of the nal, but interlocutory orders. There punishment, that ihe Jury had only will remain upon the roll about 120 cau- found the prisoner guilty of one single
act of simple theft, without taking any On Saturday, March 11, the Court notice of the aggravating circumstances (Second Division,) gave judgement in of housebreaking alledged against him. the complaint his Majesty's Advocate In consequence of which, and the other against Joseph Muir, and Charles Murcircumstances of the case, the Court onray alias Morran, labourers, and An- ly ordained the prisoner to be transportdrew Lyon, shoemaker, all in Glasgow, ed beyond seas for the space of seven ordaining them to stand on the pillory years, under the usual certification. therë, after which to undergo an imprị. Monday, April 10. 'the Court'met sonment of six monihs, and then to be and heard Counsel on the relevancy of banished from Scotland for life. Their the libel, raised at the instance of his crime was giving false evidence in a Majesty's Advocate, against John Moncausę betwixt Robert and James M'Al- roe and Wm. M‘Farlane, apprentices to pin, (brothers) spirit dealers in Glas- Francis Orr, pocket-book maker in Glasgow, advised in November last. James gow, for fraudulent and wilful imposiM'Alpin, who had been liberated upon tion, in enlisting into the army, and recaution to abide trial, accused of su, ceiving the bounty, and affirming they borning these persons, (and other two, were not apprentices. The Court found not yet apprehended, of the names of the libel relevant to infer the pains of Brodie and M•Kay) was fugitated for law; but that in the circumstances of pon-appearance, and his bail forfeited, the case, it was not expedient to pro.
ceed with the trial before this Court. At a general meeting of the CorporaThe diet was deserted pro loco et tempo- tion of the Orphan's Hospital of Edinre, reserving to the prosecutor to pro.. burgh, on Monday, Feb. 13. forty-two ceed against the prisoners before the children were admitted into the charity. Judge Ordinary of the bounds.
- There were upwards of 8o applicaThe National Fast Day, Feb. 9. was tions for admission into this useful inobserved at Edinburgh with the accus. stitution. The heritors and inhabitants tomed solemnity, and many excellent of the parish of Ratho have sent a donaand appropriate discourses were deliver- tion af 251. to the above excellent cha. ed on the' occasion.'. Notwithstanding rity, which is not limited to any partithe inclemency of the day, the collec. cular spot, but embraces helpless inditions for the Charity Workhouse were gence, at the most important and inas follows:
teresting period of life, from every quar. St Andrew's Church, L.50 19 4
ter. Tolbooth Church,
We are sorry to mention the loss of High Church,
the Thames, Craigie, one of the LonTron Church,
5 don Traders, belonging to Dundee, on Old Gray Friars,
the sands near the Nore,
The crew Lady Yester's
and part of the cargo were saved, but New North Church,
the vessel is gone to pieces; and me. New Gray Friars,
Jancholy to relate, four of the passengers College Church,
9 13 6 (a Miss Menzies and three female serOld Church,
7 7 vants of Lord Keith's,) who were left
on the wreck, have been drowned. The L.226
others escaped on the rigging. Episcopal Chapel, Cowgate, 38 13 10 Earthquakes.-Letters from various Do. Charlotte Chapel, Dr
parts of the Highlands state, that shocks Sandford,
have been felt within a Do. St Peter's Chapel, 16 5 6 short period. The following is the subDo. Mr Reid's, Carrubber's
stance of a letter from Strontian, in the Close,
15 west of Argyllshire" On Tuesday the Do. Mr Adams,
31st of January, we distinctly felt fir'e Lady Glenorchy's Chapel, 18 shocks of an earthquake. 'It extended Rose Street do.
over the neighbourhood, and was acMr Peddie's Chapel,
companied with a noise like distant thun. Dr Jamieson's Congregation, 14 ୨
6 der. On Wednesday there was another, Mr Lothian's chapel,
5 15 on Saturday following two more, on College Street do.
Sunday two, and this day (Feb. 6.) Mr Thomson's ditto,
one. The first, on Saturday, was the Mr Johnston's ditto, Carrub.
most severe; every moveable in my Close,
3 House was displaced, and the building Thistle Street do.
much shaken, but fortunately alarm was Glassite Congregation,
the only consequence, as I have heard Baptist ditto, Niddry Street, 8. 18 of no accident. The shocks were disMr Aiknan's do.
7 tinctly felt by the miners below ground; Roman Catholics,
they continued only for a few seconds, Methodists Chapel,
3 4 and have all taken place between five Society of Friends, (Quakers) 10 6
6 and seven in the evening."
March 25. The King has been pleased DIVINITY HALL.--The prizes in the to appoint the Right Hon. General Sir DaDivinity Hall of Edinburgh have been vid Dundas, K. B. to be Commander in this session adjudged as follows : _The Chief of all his Majesty's Land Forces in first to Mr Robert Burns, (who gained Ireland, in room of the Duke of York, re
the united kingdom of Great Britain and the same prize last year ;) the second to Mr Thomas Nickson and the third to
General Sir David Dundas was, by liis Mr Archibald Gracie, for their Essays Majesty's command, sworn of his Majesty's on " the Reasonableness and Advanta
most Honourable Privy Council, and took ges of Prayer."
his place at the Board accordingly.