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Scowderdowp cam' to our dwallin", "Twas more! 'twas mind, this heart that
An' wi serious, smudgin' leuk,

Spier'd at Aunty, gin the collan'

And link'd the chains her person threw. Wanted owther cleps or crook.


W. W.L.
Fidgin' Davie clew his haffit,

Hotchin' thrang o' crikes an' flaes ; Tune.--Ye banks and braes o' bonny Doun.
Tam, quo' he, their gibes we'll laugh at,

THE lily of the vale is sweet,
Whan I mak' the bairns's claes.

And sweeter still the op'ning rose,

But sweeter far my Mary is
Warst o'a', Rab Birse the souter,

Than any blooming flow'r that blows.
Sent it ringin' thro' the toun,

Whilst spring her fragrant blossoms spreads,
How ho'd fairly poutch'd the multre

I'll wander oft by Mary's side,
O'the laddie's brydle shoon.

And whiper saft the tender tale,
Blythe ha'è I been wi' my Bessie,

By Forth, sweet Forth's meand'ring tide.
Blyther days I never saw;

'T'here will we walk at early dawn,
Gaun' to woo my bonny lassie,

Ere yet the sun begins to shine,
Owre the moors o' Gallowa.

At eve oft too the lawn we'll tread,

And mark that splendid orb's decline.
O'the days whan luve was lispin', The fairest, choicest flow'rs, I'll crop,
O' the days o' auld lang syne,

To deck my lovely Mary's hair,
Whan the silken tow was.twistin'

And while I live, I vow and swear,
Roun' this artiess beart o' mine.

She”ll be my chief, my only care.
LONDON, 1806.

7. M. C.
Banks of the Forth.



TUNE.-" My love she's but a lassie get.” HOW sweet are the blushes of morn,

And sweet is the gay blossom'd grove,
MY love they say is yet too young, The linnet chaunts sweet from the thorn,
Ah me! I cannot think her so;

But sweeter's the smile of my love.
Her mind belies each censuring tongue,
For there she scarce 'can older grow.

Awhile, my dear Mary, farewell,
With mild affection's winning grace,

Since fate has decreed we should part,
Possess'd of every pow'r to charm,

Thine image shall still with me dwell, Such smiles adorn my Mary's face,

Tho'absent, you'll reign in my heart. As would e'en cruelty disarm.

But by winding Devon's green bow'rs,
With form that envy's sting must raise,

At eve's dewy hour as 1 rove,
With artless manners all admire,

I'll grieve for the pride of her flow'rs,
With innocence above all praise,

And the pride of her maidens, my love.
Who knows must to my love aspire. The muse shall cease in the grove,
If youth and beauty can alone

Thine absence the linnet shall mourn,
The human heart in love retain,

But the lark in strains breathing love, Sense, youth, and beauty, all her own, Soft warbling shall greet thy return. Insensible who can remain.

Banks of the Forth, ?

Tis thus exhaling sweets at morn,

The rose-bud bursts upon the view,
Thus opes the blossom on the thorn,

When wet with drops of early dew.

The flow'r that's in the sun-beam sprung,

By 7. Leyden.
If shelter'd will more lovely blow,
Then let them say my love's too young,

MALAYA's woods and mountains ring

With voices strange and sad to hear,
Still I can never think her so.

And dark unbodied spirits sing

W.W. L.

The dirge of the departed year.
To M. B.

Lo! now inethinks in tones sublime,

As viewless o'er our heads they bend,
WHO could resist the witching smile,

They whisper “ Thus we steal your time,
Upon my Mary's face that shone ?
Who could behold her soft blue eyes,

Weak mortals," till your days shall end.
And still retain his heart his own ?

Then wake the dance, and wake the song,

Resound the festive mirth and glee; And yet 'twas not that witching smile, Alas ! the days have passed along, Fair form, or eyes of lovely blue,

The days we never more shall see.

But ?


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But let me brush the nightly dews Still may'st thou live in bless secure
Beside the shell-bepainted shore;

Beneath that Friend's protecting care ;
And 'mid the sea-weeds sit to muse And may his cherish'd life endure
On days that shall return no more.

Long long thy holy love to share.

Madras Gazette.
Olivia! ah ! forgive the bard

If sprightly strains alone are dear,
His notes are sad, for he has heard

Occasioned by reading Cooper's Works.
The footsteps of the parting year. WHILE, bards, whose busoms never

'Mid friends of youth, belov'd in vain,
Oft have I hail'd this jocund day;

With holy zeal, or love to God,

To transient themes attune the lyre,
If pleasure brought a thought of pain, Themesc-such as wine or lust inspire,
I charm'd it with a passing lay.

Unmindful of their being's end,
Friends of my youth, for ever dear,

Their views no further than the hour ex
Where are you from this bosom fled ? tend;
A lonely man I linger here,

Cooper, in more instructive strains,
Like one that has been long time dead.

Or sings of peaceful, rural plains,
Foredoom'd to seek an early tomb

Or careless of the crowd's applause,
For whom the pallid grave.flow'rs blow, Asserts Religion's slighted laws,
I hasten on my descin'd doom,

Bids every heart her precepts prize,“
And sternly mock at joy or woe.

And all our wishes centre in the skies.
Yet while the circling year returns,

Oh! blest to whom impartial Heaven, Till years to me return no more,

A mind still sway'd by truth has giv'n;
Still in my breast affoction burns

Who fix'd on some sequester'd shore
With purer ardour than before.

At distance hears life's tempest roar,

Beyond its margin casts his view,
Departed year! thine earliest beam,

And marks th' Almighty arm that guides
When first thou grac'd thy splendid

him through.
Beheld me by the Cavery's stream, For ever free from jarring strife,
A man unblest on holy ground.

He leads a calm, religious life;

While others dread approaching death,
With many a lingering step and slow,

He often hails his latest breath;
I left Mysura's hills afar;

Blooms 'midst his mould'ring frame's de-
Through Cunga's rocks I past below,

To trace the lakes of Malabar.

And in a heavenly transport breathes his
Sweet Malabar! thy suns that shine,
With soften'd light through summer How mean to this the courtier's pow'r, ,

('The glaring phantom of an hour,)
Might charm a sadder soul than mine,

At morn he walks with kingly airs
To joy amid thy lotus flowers.

At those beneath him proudly stares,
For each sweet scene I wander'd o'er, At noon-are all his honours fled,

Fair scenes that ever shall be dear; And poor Supe-bus mingles with the dead.
From Cunga's hills to Travancore,

Such is the scene that strikes the eyes, I hail thy steps, departed year.

When zephyrs wave along the skies ;
But chief that in this eastern isle

When not a cloud hangs o'er the hill,
Girt by the green and glistening wave,

When smoothly slides the limpid rill,
Olivia's kind bewitching smile

When hills and groves in bloom appear,
Seem'd to recall me from the grave.

And sounds melodious charm the ravish'd
When far beyond Malaya's sea
I trace dark Soonda's forests drear;

But soon the sweet deception dies,
Olivia, I shall think of thee,

Soon sable mists o'ercast the skies ;
And bless thy steps, departed year.

Hush'd is the warbler's pleasing song,

The stream now turbid pours along ; Each morn or ev'ning spent with thee, Harsh peals of thunder roar around,

Fancy shall, 'mid the wilds, restore, And hills and groves reverberate the In all their charms, and they shall be

souud. Sweet days that shall returp no mote.


soul away.


Oct. 1806:



in a

CAPTURE OF BUENOS AYRES. From fogs and baffling winds we did not

meet the Narcissus until the sixth day after conquest of this

our arrival in the river, and I had the satiswith almost no loss, by the British forces

Ocean transport, which had parted from under the command of Major-Gen. Beres

us previous to our going to St Helena. Sir ford and Commodore Sir Home Popham. Home Popham and myself immediately -The expedition was planned at the Cape consulted whether it would be better first of Good Hope by these Commanders, in

to attack the Town of St Philip of Monteconjunction with Sir David Baird. They

Video, or Buenos Ayres, the capital of the set sail from the Cape on the 20th of March,

province; and after much reasoning, we and took on board some troops, and ad- determined to proceed against Buenos ditional stores and provisions at St Helena. Ayres, which made it necessary to renove From thence they sailed on the 2d of May, from the line of battle ships, the troops and for the execution of this important enter- marines, and such seamen as were incorprize ; and on the 12th of September, the

porated with the latter, and others that had Narcissus frigate, Capt. Ross Donelly, ar- been practised to arms during the passage, rived at Portsmouth, with the following into the transports, and his Majesty's ship accounts of the complete success of this ex- Narcissus, which was effected on the 16th pedition, which were next day published ult. and though then only about 90 miles

from Buenos Ayres, still, though to his LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY,

skill Sir Home Popham added the most

persevering zeal and assiduity,, yet from Downing Street, Sept. 13. fogs, the intricacy of the navigation, and Dispatches, of which the following are co- continnal opposing winds, it was not until

pies and extracts, have this day been re- the 24th, at night, that we reached oppoceived by Mr Windham, from Major- site to it. We found ourselves the next General Beresford, commanding a de. morning about eight miles from the Point of -tachiment of his Majesty's-troops in South Quilmes, where I proposed landing, having America.

been informed by an Englishman, who

was pilot for the river, and had been taken Fort of Buenos Ayres, July 2. 1806. by the Narcissus out of a Portuguese vesSIR,

sel, that it was an excellent place, and an I had the honour to communicate to easy access from it into the country. As you, by my letter dated the 30th of April, soon as the wind would permit, on the the circumstances of my arrival at St He- 25th, Sir Home Popham took the shipping lena, and the result of the application to as near as it was possible for them to go, the Government of that place for troops.-

and at a convenient distance for disembarkThe fleet sailed thence the 2d of May, and ing, which was effected in the course of after a most unexpected long passage made the afternoon and night, and without op. Cape St Mary on the 8th of June. The position, the enemy remaining at the VilNarcissus had been dispatched from the sage of Reduction, on a height about two fleet on the 27th of May, and Sir Home miles from us in our front : the whole inPopham thought it right to proceed in her, termediate space, as well as to the right for the purpose of making himself acquaint- and left, being a perfect flat : but my guide ed with the navigation of the river, that informed me, that though in winter it was no delay might occur in proceeding im- impassable, it was then very practicable, mediately on the arrival of the troops to and easy for us to pass. such place as our information should in- It was eleven o'clock in the morning of duce us first to attack. I had sent Capt. the 26th, before. I could move off my Kennet of the royal engineers (not liking ground, and the enemy could, from his pomyself to leave the troops) in the Narcis. sition, have counted every man I had. He sus, to make such reconnoitring of the ene- was drawn up along the brow of a hill, on my's places on he river as circumstances which was the Village of Reduction, which would admit; and to collect every pos- covered his right flank, and his force consible information concerning them, and sisted principally of cavalry (I have been the strength of the enemy at the several since informed 2000), with eight field places.

pieces. The nature of the ground was



such, that I was under the necessity of go- Kennet of the Engineers, to reconnoitre
ing directly to his front; and to make my the sides of the river, and found that on
line as much as I could equal to his, I for- our side we had little or no cover to pro-
med all the troops into one line, except the tect us, whilst the enemy were drawn up
St Helena infantry of 150 men, which I behind hedges, houses, and in the shipping
formed 120 yards in the rear, with two on the opposite bank, the river not thirty
field pieces, with orders to make face to the

yards wide.

As our situation and circumright or left, as either of our flanks should stances could not admit of the least delay, be threatened by his cavalry. I had two I determined to force the passage, and for six pounders on each flank, and two how- that purpose ordered down the field-pieces, itzers in the centre of the first line. In which, with the addition of those taken this order, I advanced against the enemy,' from the enemy the day before, were elever and after we had got within range of his (one I had spiked and left, not being able guns, a tongue of swamp crossed our front, to bring it off,) to the water's edge, and and obliged me to halt whilst the guns ordered the infantry to remain under cover, took a small circuit to cross, and which except the light company and grenadiers of was scarcely performed, when the enemy

the 71st. As our guns approached, the
opened their field pieces on us at first well enemy opened a very ill-directed fire from
pointed, but as we advanced at a very quick great guns and musquetry; the former
rate, in spite of the boggy ground, that very soon ceased after our fire opened, the lat-
soon obliged us to leave our guns behind, ter was kept up for more than half an hour,
his fire did us but little injury. The 71st re- but though close to us, did us but little or
giment reaching the bottom of the heights no injury, so ill was it directed. We then
in a pretty good line, seconded by the found means, by boats and rafts, to cross a
marine battalion, the enemy would not few men over the Rio Chuelo, and on or-
wait their nearer approach, but retired dering all fire to cease, the little of them
from the brow of the hill, which our tronps

that remained ceased also.
gaining, and commencing a fire of small The troops which opposed us during
arms, he fled with precipitation, leaving to these two days appeared to have been al.
us four field pieces and one tumbrill, and most entirely provincial, with a consider-
we saw nothing more of him that day. able proportion of veteran Officers. The

I halted two hours on the field to rest numbers that were assembled to dispute our
the troups, and to make arrangements for passage of the river, I have been since in-
taking with us the enemy's guns and our formed, were about 2000 infantry. I had
own, which had now, by the exertions of no reason from their fire to suppose their
Capt. Donelly, of the Narcissus, been ex- numbers so great ; the opposition was very
tricated froni the bog.--He had acciden- feeble ; the only difficulty was the crossing
tally landed, and accompanied the troops on

the river to get at them,
seeing them advance to the enemy, and I I cannot omit reporting to you that I had
am much indebted to him for his voluntary the most just cause to be satisfied with the
assistance. I then marched in hopes of conduct of every Officer, and all the troops
preventing the destruction of the bridge under my command. To Lieutenant-co-
over the Rio Chuelo, a river at this season lonel Pack of the 71st every praise is due,
of the year not fordable, and which lay as well as to that excellent regiment. The
between us and the city; distant from it Battalion of Marines, commanded by Cap-
about three miles, and eight from our then tain King of the Royal Navy, not only be-
situation, and tho' I used every diligence, I haved with the utmost good conduct, but
had the mortification to see it in flames with a discipline in the field much beyond
long before I could reach it. I halted the what could have been expected, though e-
troops for the night a mile from it, and very exertion to effect it had been used by
pushed on three companies of the 71st, un- Commodore Sir H. Pophanı, and every
der Lieut. Col. Pack, with two howitzers, Officer of the Royal Navy during the pas-
to the bridge, to endeavour to prevent its sage.
total destruction. I accompanied this de. A corps of seamen, who had been drilled
tachment, but on reaching the bridge, found to small arms, were also landed; they
it entirely consumed ; and as the enemy were between 80 and 90 in number, and I
during the night was heard bringing down was under the necessity of attaching them
guns, I withdrew the detachment before to draw the guns, which they did with a
light, as their position was thought too cheerfulness and zeal that did them great
open and exposed to the enemy's fire, who credit ; and I was under great obligations
had at nine o'clock, on hearing some of our to Captain King for his activity in prepar-
soldiers go to the river to get water, open- ing rafts, boats, &c. to pass the Rio Chuelo.
ed a fire from their guns, and a considerable Lieutenant-Colonel Lane, and the St.
line of infantry.

Helena troops, also merit ny thanks for
As soon as it was light, I sent Captain their good conduct; as does Captain Ogil.

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vie, commanding the Artillery, for the Ensigns, : Paymaster, 1 Adjutant, i Quar
manner in which the guns were conducted termaster, : Surgeons, 4 Assistant Sur.
and served. Captain Kennet, of the Royal geons, 72 Serjeants, 27 Drummers, 1 466
Engineers, was particularly serviceable by effective rank and file, 16 effective horses,
his intelligence and zeal; as were the I wheeler, I collar maker, 4 artificers, ?
Honourable Major Dean, my Brigade Ma- five and half-inch howitzers, 4 light six-
jor, and the Honourable Ensign Gordon of pounders, and a light 3-pounders.
the 3d Guards, my Aid-de-Camp.

W. C. BERESFORD, Maj. Gen.
By eleven o'clock A. M. I had got some
guns and the greatest part of the troops Return of the killed, wounded, and mis-
across the river, and seeing no symptoms sing, of the Troups under the command
of further opposition, and learning that of Major Gen. Beresford, on the 26th
the troops in general had deserted the city, and 27th June, 1806.
motives of humanity induced me to send, St Helena Artillery, i rank and file
by the Hon. Ensign Gordon, a summons wounded. -7th Reg. i Officer, I serjeant,
to the Governor to deliver me the city and s rank and file woundedSt Helena In.
fortress, that the excesses and calamities fantry, 1 rank and file wounded; 1 Officer
which would most probably occur, if the missing. - Royal Marines, 3 rank and file
troops entered in a hostile manner, might wounded.- Corps of Şeamen, i rank and
be avoided ; informingphim, that the Bri- file killed.
tish character would ensure to them the Names of Officers wounded and missing.
exercise of their religion, and protectiqu to --Capt. Le Blanc, of the 71st Regiment,
their persons and all private property; He shot in the leg ; since amputated above
returned to me an officer to ask some hours the knee. Assistant-Surgeon Halliday, of
to draw up conditions; but I could not the niedical Staff attached to St Helena
consent to delay my march, which I com. Regiment, nissing,
menced as soon as the whole had crossed
the Rio Chuelo; and, on arriving near the Terms granted to the inhabitants of Buenos
city, an officer of the Governor again

Ayres and dependencies, by the Com. met me with a number of conditions, to manders in Chief of his Britannic Ma. which I had not then time to attend; but

jesty's forces.
said I would confirm by writing what I
had promised, when in possession of the

These consist of 10 articles. (After the city and the terms granted and signed by the troops, &c. and the marching out of the

usual stipulations respecting the entrance of Sir Home Popham and myself. I have the honour to annex. I also transmit a return

prisoners with the honours of war, they state, of the killed, wounded, and missing, on the belonging to the people, the churches, or

that all bona fide private property, whether 26th and 27th of June, as well as the re. turn of the ordnance taken. I cannot con

the public institutions, shall be unmolested;

that all the inhabitants shall receive proclode without assuring you of the unwearied

tection ; that the different taxes shall be zeal and assiduity of Commodore Sir Home Popham, in whatever could contribute to

collected by the Magistrates, &c. as usual, the success of this expedition, and of the

until his Majesty's pleasure be known; that cordial co-operation and great assistance every protection shall be afforded to the

exercise of the Catholic religion ; that the which I have received from him.

coasting vessels in the river shall be deliI have the honour to be, &c.

vered to their owners; and that all public W. C. BERESFORD, Maj.-Gen. property shall be surrendered to the capa Maj. General Sir D. Baird, Com

tors.) manding in Chief, 8c.

Return of ordnance, ammunition, and arms Actual state of the Troops under the com.

captured at Buenos Ayres, and its depenmand of Major-Gen. Beresford, at "the

dencies, viz. Point de Quilmes, on the 26th June,

Iron ordnance, of different calibres, from 1806.

18 to 3-pounders, 45 pieces.- Brass ordAfter specifying the number of officers

nance, from 32 to 3-pounders, including

mortars and howitzers, 41 pieces.-- Total 86. and men in each corps, the following is given as the total.-i Major-General, a

Five hundred and fifty whole barrels of

powder, 2064 muskets with bayonets, 616 Major of Brigade, i Aid de Camp, I ds.

carbines, 4016 pistols, 31 musketoons, 1308 sistant Quarter-Master-General, i Assis

swords. tant-Commissary; 1 Surgeon and i Assis.

(Signed) J. F. Ogilvie, Capt. tant Surgeon (of the Staff); ! Captain, 3 Lieutenants, and 4 Midshipmen (of the

commanding Royal and St Helena.irtillery. Royal Navy): 2 Lieutenant-Colonels, 2 Since the above return was sent to Sir Majors, 15 Captains, 20 Lieutenants, 7 D. Baird, the following guns, left by the


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