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of the rose,
THE BATTLE OF TALAVERA. Blythe o'er the mead the milk-maid trips RA
lightly, APID now the sun descending, Glowing red his evening beam,
No care cankered thought robs her cheek Daring deeds of blood portending, O’er Alberche's winding stream.
Contented and gay she chants her love-dit
ty, Britons, take the post of danger!
'Tis innocence only this blessing bestows. Silent form the battle's line. Ev'ry breast to fear a stranger;
Around yon neat coltage where wild Honour's station none resign.
flowers bloom gaily,
Soft steals the pure stream down its wil. Now the foe is near advancing,
lowy shore, Close in column's deep array;
There meek-eyed Contentment has chosen Night, the peril still enhancing,
her dwelling, Darkly shrouds his threat'ning way. And Peace, softly-smiling, reclines at the Now his capnon, loud as thunder,
door. Open with tremendous roar;
How sweet from the dangers of life's Strive to break our line ásunder
stormy ocean, Through the ranks destruction pour. Secure in this haven of peace to repose, To the shock a momeno yielding,
To taste the pure pleasure, the heart-felt
emotion, But a moment--fierce again, Like lightning, or the torrent's motion,
That innocence, innocence only bsstows. Turn, and heap the field with slain!
B-S Hark, the brazen trumpets sounding,
TALAVERA. Bright the British sabres glean !
By J. KING. Trembling earth with hoofs resounding,
Private in the Renfrew-shire Militia. Charge--glittering in glory's beam. Now, his final effort making,
BRITONS, another laurel leaf
Plays on the wreath o' yonder Chief; Once again the foe comes on;
While Victor, dark’ning in his grief,
Looks back on Talavera.
He saw his Eagles, hapless things,
Wi' bluidy heads and clippet wings, Foot to foot the day contend !
He saw the British Lion's springs, Carnage smiles, in horrid greeting!
And fled frae Talavera.
Tho' Wisdom form'd his battle line,
And gar'd his thick’ning columns shine ;
Britain-superior skill was thine, His dirge, the loudest cannons rattle!
It shone on Talavera.
The hill laughs at the lashing rain ;
The rock defies the roaring main;
So Victor's hosts advanc'd in vain ;
They fell on Talavera,
• Invincible is Gallia's host !" Brave, at length, to braver yielding, Was ance Napoleon's thoughtless boast; Now the slow retreat begin :
But ah! the magic spell is lost, Night again his columns shielding
Dissolv'd on Talavera. Cease, ah cease, the battle's din.
Egypt still thunders in his ears ; Turn a moment to the mourner,
The roar of Maida's field he hears : Streaming fast the crystal flood;
Now Fame to British valour rears While Victory, the low sigh breathing,
A stone on Talavera.
Oye, wha fell in days o'yore,
See- Victor two to one and more,
Retreats frae Talavera. HOW sweet sings the mavis among yon Joseph beheld the spreading woe; green bowers,
Saw the red streams o' battle flow; Soft whispers the breeze, gently sweeping His trembling heart wi' mony a throe the dale,
Was rent on Talavera, The bee homeward bending, forsakes the But Anglia sings her hero's praise; rich flowers,
The pipe-notes swell on Scocia's braes; And the shepherd's soft melody ficats on Frae Erin's harp heroic lays che gale,
Are heard o' Talavera,
which belongs to them. The non-comiCAPITULATION OF FLUSHING.
missioned officers, soldiers, seamen, and
officers servants, shall keep their haverHis Excellency the General of Di sacks.
vision Monnet, one of the Com Answert-Granted. mandants of the Legion of Honour, Com Art. III, The sick and wounded ca... - mandant in Chief of the fortress of pable of being sent out, shall be forward. Flushing, having authorised Monsieur
ed to France, the remaining sick shall *** L'Eveque, Captain of the Imperial En be left to the care and humanity of the gineers, and
Monsieur Montonnet, Cap- General commanding the troops of his che tuin of the Imperial Artillery, to treat Britannic Majesty, and sent to the
of terms of capitulation for the surren. French dominions as soon as their conder of the town of Flushing to the dition will permit; there shall be left troops of his Britannic Majesty; and a sufficient number of medical attend.
their Excellencies Lieutenant General ants for the care of the sick ; the me. ERA the Earl of Chatham, K. G. &c. and dical attendants shall receive the same
Rear-Admiral , Sir Richard Strachan, allowances as those of his Britannic
The physicians and surgeons will re.
This article is applicable to the offi- of War, the Medical Attendants, the cers of marine actually at Flushing. heads of the different administrative de
Answer— The garrison of Flushing partments, shall not be considered as will be permitted to march out of the prisoners of war; they shall be at libertown with the honours of war required, ty to dispose of their effects, their priand they will lay down their arms on vate and personal property, and to carthe glacis, but must be considered as ry it to France, as well as all documents prisoners of war, and sent as such to relative to their accounts, in order to England.
justify their conduct to the French GoThe officers of marine will share the vernment. This arrangement is applifate of the rest of the garrison.
cable to the commissaries and civil of Art. 11. General and Staff Officers, ficers of the marine, to the artificers and officers of the marine, and of the corps attendants of the pürt, to the officers of composing the garrison, shall keep their the customs and duties, as well as to arms, their horses, and all the property the paymasters of the army and navy. September 1809.
Answer.. The officers and others men Art. VII. The necessary carriages tioned in this article, all attendants on and vessels shall be furnished by the the French army, and in short, French English Commissioners, at the expence men of every description, not inhabi. of their Government, for transporting tants of Flushing previous to the year from this place to the French dominions, 1807, will be sent to England, and the sick and private effects of the offi. hereafter treated according to such ar cers. These effects shall not be search. rangement as may take place beiween ed, and shall have full security during the two Governments respecting noncombatants; their private and personal Answer.-Every expence of transportproperty shall be respected, and per- ing the French garrison, sick, &c. with mission will be given them to retain all their baggage, to England, will, of such papers as specifically relate to, and course, be defrayed by the British Go. may be necessary for, the settlement of
vernment. their accounts. All Frenchmen and o Art. VIII. If any difficulty shall arise thers, who may be permitted to remain, in the interpretation of any of the above will be expected to take the oath of als articles, it shall be settled by the underlegiance to his Britannic Majesty, when signed Commissioners, and as much as required, and to conform to all laws possible in favour of the garrison. and regulations which may hereafter be Answer.-Granted. made by the British Government. Art. 1.- If no particular stipulation this Isth day of August 1809.
Given under our hands in Flushing, has been made concerning the sick left at Middleburgh under the care of the (Signed) Geo. COCKBURN, Capt. of medical attendants and the officers of
his Majesty's ship Bellethe said hospital, they shall be treated
isle, commanding the Briaccording to articles III. and VI, of the
tish flotilla. present capitulation.
Rob. Long, Col. Adjutant Answer-Granted; conformably to
General, the answers given to the third and (Signed) F. MONTONNET, Capitaine fourth articles.
d'Artillerie. Art. VI. The property of the inha
P. L'EVEQUE, Capitaine bitants shall be respected ; they shall be
Commandant du Genie. at liberty to withdraw into France, with
ADDITIONAL ARTICLES. their private property; they shall have every security in this respect, and shall Art. I. The undersigned Commission. not be molested in any manner for their ers have agreed, that all ordnance, miopinions, and the part they have taken litary and naval stores of every descripduring the siege.
tion, as well as all maps, charts, plans Answer-The property of the inha- and military memoirs, &c. and all pubbitants, of every descriprion, will be re lic property whatsoever, shall be made spected, it being understood that all na. over, with inventories thereof, to such val and military stores will be held in Commissioners as shall be appointed by requisition until proved to be the pri- the Generals commanding the British vate property of individuals; and the and French forces conjointly to deliver British Government shall, in that case, and receive the same. be at liberty to make use of the same, Art. Il. It is likewise agreed, that as on paying a just remuneration to the soon as the ratification of the present caproprietors.
pitulation shall be exchanged, the gates Such inhabitants as may be desirous of the town and the sluices shall be oce of retiring to France, and shall certify cupied by detachments of the British arthis their intention within eight days my, and the French troops shall eva. after the ratification of this capitulation, cuate the fortress at noon on the 17th shall be permitted to do so at a period instant. to be determined by the British Com. Art. III. It is further agreed, that mander in Chief, and no inhabitants this capitulation shall be ratified by the shall be molested on account of any o. Gerals commanding in chief the Bripinion or conduct they may hitherto have tish and French armies; and that the held.
ratifications shail be exchanged at the
French advanced posts on the Middle. 59th Foot—2 rank and file killed ; I burgh road, at 12 o'clock this night ; in serjeant, 2 rank and file wounded. default of which, the present capitula. 630 Foot-2 rank and file wounded. tion, and suspension of arms, to be con 68th Foot-3 rank and file killed, 2 sidered as null and void,
officers, i serjeant, 12 rank and file Given under our hands at Flushing,
wounded. this 15th day of August 1809.
71st Foot-I officer, 1 rank and file
killed ; ? officers, 7 rank and file (Signed as before.)
wounded. Approved and ratified by us,
76th Foot-2 rank and file killed. (Signed) CHATHAM, Lieut. General 777h Foot-1 officer wounded. commanding the forces.
81st Foot-i drummer killed ; 2 of
841h Foot-2 rank and file wounded. val forces.
95th Foot-I rank and file killed; I Examined and ratified,
officer, 8 rank and file wounded. (Signed) Monnet, General de Di.
ist Light Battalion King's German vision.
Legion—7 rank and file wounded.
2d Light Battalion King's German Amount of the garrison which surren. Legion- officer, 3 rank and file kil.
dered at Flushing, on the 15th Au. led; i drummer, 10 rank and file
Total-3 officers, i serjeant, 1 drum-
Names of Officers killed and wounded. the 30th July to August 15, 1809,
cers, and of the number of non-com Brown, slightly.
Royal Engineers-1 rank and file, 36th Foot -Major M-Kenzie, dangerkilled; 2 officers wounded.
ously. 3d Batt. ist Foot-- 1 officer wounded. 68th Foot--Captain Soden, slightly;
2d Foot~ I rank and file killed ; I Lieut. Smitli, slightly. officer, 4 rank and file wounded.
71st Foor-Captain Spottiswoode, sth Foot-I officer, 2 rank and file slightly ; Lieut. D. M.Donald dangerkilled ; i drummer, 8 rank and file ousiy. wounded.
77th Foot-Captain A. V. Brown, 14th Foot-i rank and file killed ; 1 dangerously. officer, 4 rank and file wounded.
81st Foot --Captain Taylor, slightly ; 26th Foot-1 serjeant wounded. assistant-surgeon Chizler, dangerously. 35th Foot-1 serjeant killed.
95th Foot - Lieut. Manners, slightly ; 36th Foot-3 rank and tile killed ; i wounded 3d August, not reported in officer, 2 serjeants, 7 rank and file time to be included in the preceding rewounded ; rank and file missing. turns. Rob. LONG, Col. Adj.-Gen.
Middleburgh, 16th August 1899. Lillo, where their ships and gun-trigs Abs ract return of ordnance, ammuni. h d taken up a strong position. The
tion, and stores found in Flushing at command of the important service ci the surrender of the garrison to the the Scheldt I have given to Sir Rich. British army under the command of ard Keats, and he has my directions to the Earl of Chatham, &c.
co operate with Lieui. Gen, the Earl Mounted on travelling carriages or of Rosslyn, as well as to use every beds, &c complete —Brass,-29 24 means in his power for capturing orde. pounder guns; 10 18 pounders ; 20 12 stroying the fleet and flotilla of the ene. pounders ; 2 8-pounders; 1o 6 poun. my. ders ; 22 3 pounders ; 2 1-pounders ; 18
Rear-Admiral Lord Gardner re12 inch mortars; 8 8-inch ditio ; 6 12 mained with the ships named in the inch howitzers ; 2 8-inch ditto ; 12 50 margin * off Dykeshook, and his Lord. and-a-half inch ditto.
ship had received my direction to hold Iron.—40 24 pounder guns; 3 18 that squadron in readiness to go against pounders ; 20 6-pounders ; 20 conorns. the garrison of Flushing. Total 224 pieces,
On the 12th inst. I was informed by 11,687 24-pounder shot ; 15,794 18 Lord Chatham, that the advanced bat. pounder ditto ; 10,509 12-pounder dit teries were sufficiently prepared to o. to ; 717 8-pounder ditto ; 4,820 6-poun- pen on the enemy the day following, at der Gitto ; 6,305 4 pounder ditto ; 9,760 one o'clock in the afternoon; and as it 3 pounder ditto ; 3,102 12-inch shells; appeared to me of consequence that 386 8-inch ditto ; 600 5-and-a-half inch the line of battle ships should pass the ditto ; 800 hand-grenades.
town at the same moment, I, therefore, Powder, in barrels and cartridges, abandoned my intention of going up to supposed equal to 2900 barrels ; infan the advanced fotilla, and proceeding to try ammunition, a very large quantity, Dykeshook hoisted my fag in the St but not ascertained.
Domingo. The batteries opened on 63 spare travelling carriages and lim. the garrison as it was previously settled, bers ; 21 caissons; o waggons ; 2 devil at one in the afternoon of the 13th inst, carriages ; 4 copper fire engines.-With and the fire was returned with great vi. a large quantity of ordnance stores of gour by the enemy. every description, of which a survey The bombs and gun.vessels, under has not yet been made to ascertain the the direction of Capt. Cockburn, of the articles, J. M'LEOD, Brig.-Gen. Belleisle, were most judiciously placed
at the south-east end of the town; and Admiralty-Office, Aug. 20. 1809.
to the south-west Capt. Owen, of the
Clyde, had, with equal skill and judgDispatches, of which the following are ment, placed the bomb and other ves.
copies, were received last night at sels under his orders. I had much sa. this Office, from Sir Richard John tisfaction in witnessing the fire that was Strahan, Bart. and K. B. Rear-Ad- kept up by the squadrons under the miral of the White, &c. addressed to
command of these two officers, and the the Hon. Wm. Wellesley, Pole. precision with which the shells were
St Domingo, Flushing Roads, thrown from the bombs. SIR, 17th Aug. 1809. Unfortunately the wind was too scant I have much satisfaction in acquaint. to allow me to weigh when the batteing you, for the information of their ries opened, but it proving more favourLordships, that the town and garrison able the following day, I immediately of Flushing has capitulated upon the put that intention into execution, and terms, a copy of which I send here with, at ten in the forenoon of the 14th pro
Tbeir Lordships have already been ceeded with the ships already named apprised that it was my intention to towards Flushing, meaning to pass to a have proceeded up the Scheldt, with more convenient anchorage for placing the division of frigates under Lord Wil.
the liam Stuart, and that the greater part of our fotilla had advanced to Bathz, * St Domingo, Blake, Repulse, Vicin the charge of Sir Home Popham, bytorious, Denmark, Audacious, and Vewhom the enemy were driven abovc nerable.