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CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.

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army ; but the result thereof afforded

so little prospect of accommodation, that We with pleasure announce the complete conquest of this valuable colony, and 72d regiments to the Roode Sand

I deemed it proper to move the 59th by the surrender of the Dutch forces

Kloof, and the 93d regiment towards under Gen. Janssens, who had retired into the interior of the country. On combined operation with the 83d regt.

Hottentot Holland, with a view to a the 5th April Lieut. Dale of the navy

which had sailed on the 14th inst. for arrived with dispatches from Sir David

Mosell Bay, in order to throw itself inBaird and Sir Home Popham, which

to the enemy's rear, possess the Atta. were published in the London Gazette

quos Pass, and from that position, cut of the sth.

off his retreat through the district of Dewuling Strect, April 7. 1806. Zwellendam. A dispatch from Major-Ceneral Sir Brigadier - General Beresford had David Baird, commanding his Majesty's acquiesced in the prolongation of the troops at the Cape of Good Hope, dated truce with General Janssens for a few 26th January last, addressed to Lord hours, in the hope that further delibera. Viscount Castlereagh, has been received. tion might dispose him to listen to the at the office of Mr Secretary Windham, very honourable and advantageous terms of which the following is an extract: I had offered him ; and at the moment

“ I had the honour to address your when every expectation of his renewing. Lordship on the 13th inst. relative to the negociations had ceased, his military the situation of affairs in this colony; secretary Capt. Debitz waited upon me, and I now proceed to submit to your and presented a modified draft of the Lordship my subsequent operations a terms originally proposed by me. On gainst the Batavian forces, commanded my declining to vary the conditions, by Lieutenant General Janssens, and Capt. Debitz solicited permission to rewhich have terminated in the subjection fer my ultimatum to General Janssens ; of the whole colony.

and he was at length authorised to notify “ According to my crders, Brigadier. his acceptance of them. General Beresford advanced with a de. ". In consequence of this notification, cachment of the army, on the 13th in- I dispatched Brigadier General Beresa stant, to occupy the village of Stellen- ford with directions to execute a treaty bosch, and secure the strong pass of on the conditions first offered to Gen. Roode Sand, with a view to exclude the Janssens, and whereof I have now the Batavian forces from that productive honour to transmit your Lordship an portion of the district, and to preserve authenticated copy.' to ourselves an undisturbed intercourse

ARTICLES OF CAPITULATION. with the farmers below the Kloof, Gen. Janssens made no effort to dispute The whole of the Settlement of the these objects, but contented himself Cape, its dependencies, rights, and priwith moving his forces to the summit of vileges, as formerly held by the BataHottentot Holland's Kloof, and there vian government, are surrendered to his took post, waiting, apparently, to re Britannic Majesty.--The Batavian troops ceive some overtures of pacification. to surrender their arms, guns, cavalry Brigadier - General Beresford availed and artillery horses, and all public prohimself of this aspect of affairs to trans perty of every description, but to retain mit to Lieutenant General Janssens a all their private property, and the offiletter from me, and took that occasion cers their swords and horses. - The of announcing that he was vested with troops to be embarked, and sent straight porvers to come to an accommodation to Holland, at the expence of the Briwith the Lieutenant General.

tish government, and not to serve against “ This proposition produced a truce, his Majesty or his allies, until after they for the purpose of carrying on a nego. have landed in Holland. The Hottentot ciation ; but it were superfluous to oc battalion of light infantry, after being cupy your Lordship’s time by detailing disbanded by Gen. Janssens, shall be at the various pretensions and arguments liberty to return to their own country, urged by Lieutenant-General Janssens, or to engage in the British service, as in objection to the terms I offered to they chusco-The troops when embark

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ed to be treated in the same way as What measures Government will think British troops. Any thing doubtful in proper to adopt against this formidable this capitulation to be justly and honour. foe, we know not. Two frigates and a ably interpreted, without preference to couple of gun-brigs would be sufficient either party. Ratified and confirmed at to keep the Dey's whole navy and port the Castle of Good Hope, Jan. 24. 1806, in a state of blockade. As to bombard. by Major-Gen. Sir David Baird, and ing the petty despot's capital, we do not Commodore Sir Home Popham.

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such a measure will be had re. Lieut. Dale left at the Cape, the Dia course to :-Upon that subject we recoldem, (Sir Home Popham), 64 guns ; lect a pleasant story of a former Dey, Diomede, 50; Leda, 38; and Narcis- who, upon a naval force being sent to sus, 32 ;-all well; and we have the

bombard Algiers, asked how much the pleasure to add, that our troops were expedition had cost? Upon being inlikewise healthy.

formed, he burst into a fit of laughter, The Belliqueux, Ruby, and Raison. “ Oh! you ridiculous Christians," he exable, with the other ships under the or claimed, “ if you had but given me half ders of Sir H. Popham, were cruising the sum, I would have saved you the between St Helena, Ascension Island, trouble, and battered down my capital and the Cape, with a view to recapture for you.” the prizes made on the coast by Linois, who,ignorant ofthe capture of that settle NAVAL INTELLIGENCE. ment, had directed all his prizes to pro DEFEAT OF A FRENCH SQUADRON. ceed thither. According to his order, soon after the surrender of Gen. Jans, this month announce another DECISIVE

It is with the highest satisfaction we sens, an English Guinea ship, captured

AND IMPORTANT VICTORY Over a squa. by Linois's squadron, was brought into

dron of the enemy. On Sunday mornTable Bay by the prize officer. This vessel was immediately boarded, and ing the 23d of March, Capt. Nathaniel her people made prisoners. By the in. Day Cochrane, of the Kingsfisher sloop

of war, (and son of the Hon. Admiral formation obtained from the Frenchmen, it appeared to be the intention of ralty with dispatches from Admiral Sir

Alex. Cochrane), arrived at the AdmiLinois to vist the Cape before his return

John Thomas Duckworth, after a pasto Europe.

sage of 39 days from St Domingo. The ALGIERS.-Letters by the last Lisbon

same forenoon a summary of their conmail announce the probability of Bona.

tents were publisbed in a London Ga

zette extraordinary-And next day the parte having another worthy coadjutor in the execution of his designs against dispatches were published at length in

another Gazette as follows: England, in the person of the Dey of Algiers.

Superb, to laeward of the town of St The following extract from the Gib. Domingue, about 12 leagues, Feb. 7. raltar Gazette of the ist March states : SIR, “ Mr Cartwright, his Majesty's Consul. As I feel it highly momentous for his General at Algiers, landed here on the Majesty's service, that the Lords Com27th ult. from the Niger frigate. Mr missioners of the Admiralty should have Cartwright, after trying in vain every the earliest information of the move. means in his power to obtain satisfac ments of the squadron under my comtion respecting various demands consis. mand, and as you will receive my letter tent with the treaties between our Go. of the 3d instant herewith, I shall only vernment and the Regency, and finding say, I lost not a moment in getting it impossible to avert the daily insults through the Mona passage, and on the which the Dey and his Agents offered 5th in the afternoon was joined by the to the British Legation and subjects, in- Magicienne, with a further corroboration timated that he intended to depart, and from various vessels spoken, of an enedemanded his passports, which were my's force of ten sail of the line, with granted him without difficulty." as many frigates and corvettes, being in

The Dey of Algiers has no doubt these seas. I therefore continued under been instigated by France to evince a easy sail for the night, in my approach hostile disposition to this country. off the town of St Domingue, having April 1806.

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given orders to Capt. Dunn of the Acas thom water, was forced to haut off to
ti, whose zeal and activity I have ex avoid the same evil; but not long after,
perienced for a series of years, to make the Diomede of 84 guns pushed on shore
sail with the Magicienne, Capt. M'Ken near his Admiral, when all his masts
zie, two hours before day-light, to re went; and I think it a duty I owe to
connoitre, when at six o'clock the Acas my character and country to add, from
ta, to our great joy, made the signal for the information of Sir Edward Berry,
two of the enemy's frigates; and before after she had struck, and the Agamem-
seven, for nine sail at anchor; at half non desisted from firing into her, from
past seven, that they were getting under the Captain taking off his hat, and
weigh; the squadron under my com making every token of surrender; and
mand then in close order with all sail set, Captain Dunn assures me both ensign
and the Superb, bearing my fag, lead and pendant were down ;-to comment
ing, and approaching fast, so as to dis on which, I leave to the world. About
cover before eight o'clock that the ene. fifty minutes after eleven the firing
my were in a compact line, under all ceased, and upon the smoke clearing
sail, going before the wind for Cape away, I found Le Brave, bearing a
Nisao, to windward of Ocoa Bay; and Commodore's pendant, the Alexander,
as they consisted of only five sail of the and Le Jupitre in our possession.
line, two frigates, and a corvette, I When I contemplate on the result of
concluded, from the information I was this action, when five sail of the line
in possession of, that they were endea. had surrendered or were apparently de.
vouring to form a junction with their stroyed in less than two hours, I can-
remaining force, and in consequence not, though bound to pay every tribute
shaped my course to render abortive to the noble and gallant efforts of the
such intention, which was completely Hon. Rear-Admiral Cochrane, Rear.
effected by a little after nine, so as to Admiral Louis, the Captains, officers,
make an action certain. I therefore seamen, and royal marines, under my
telegraphed the squadron, that the prin command, be vain enough to suppose
cipal object of attack would be the Ad that without the aiding hand of Provi.
miral and his seconds, and at three quar dence, such result could have been ef.
ters past nine, for the ships to take sta fected, and with a loss so comparatively
tions for their mutual support, and en small; and though I shall ever sympa-
gage the enemy as they got up, and a thise with the connections of those that
few minutes after, to engage as close as fell, the reflection on the cause will, I
possible, when at a short period after hope, afford much consolation.
ten, the Superb closed upon the bow of To speak individually to the conduct
the Alexander, the leading ship, and of any one would be injurious to all;
commenced the action; but after three for all were equally animated with the
broadsides, she sheered off. The sig same zealous ardour in support of their
nal was now made for closer action, and King and Country. Yet, possessed of
we were enabled to attack the Admiral these feelings, I cannot be silent without
in the Imperial (formerly Le Vengeur), injustice to the firm and manly support
the fire of which had been heavy on for which I was indebted to Captain
the Northumberland, bearing the Hon. Keats, and the effect that the system
Rear Admiral Cochrane's flag. By this of discipline and good order in which I
time the movement of the Alexander found the Superb must ever produce ;
had thrown her among the lee division, and the pre-eminence of British seamen
which Rear Admiral Louis happily a could never be more highly conspicuous
vailed himself of, and the action became than in this contest.
general, and continued with great seve After the action, the water being too
rity till half past eleven ; when the deep to anchor in the bay off St Do.
French Admiral, much shattered, and mingue, it was requisite to bring to
completely beat, hauled direct for the with the prizes to repair damages, put
land, and not being a mile off, at twenty the ships in a manageable state, and
minutes before noon ran on shore, his shift the prisoners, which took me till
foremast then only standing, which fell this afternoon; when I detached the
directly on her striking. At this time Hon. Captain Stopford in the Spencer,
the Superb, being only in seventeen fa with the Donegal and Atlas, which lat-

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FRENCH LINE. prizes to Jamaica; and being anxious,

K, & w. with Rear-Admiral Cochrane, that he L'Imperial, Adm.Lesseigues should return to his command, where

Capt. le Pigot 120 sup: 350 his services must be wanted, a jury Diomede, Henri 84 sup. 300 mainmast is fitting to the Northumber. Alexandre, - Garreau

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300 land, under this island, to enable her Jupitre, Laiguel 74 to get to windward, when I shall order

Le Brave, Coude 74 the Agamemnon, which is staying by The two first went on shore, and were her, to accompany the Rear-Admiral afterwards burnt. The latter three taken, to his station ; and I am now proceed and sent to Jamaica. The Felicite and ing with the Canopus, Rear-Admiral Comete frigates, and Diligente corvette Louis, Acasta, and Magicienne, off St escaped. Domingo, to make certain of the Im

Superb, Feb. 8. 1806. perial and Diomede being completely Sir, wrecked, after which I shall repair to Having acquainted you of my intenJamaica.

tions to fire the Imperial and Diomede, I Having recited the transactions of have now the satisfaction to say, that this glorious combat, which will fairly Captain Dunn, whom I had employed add another sprig of laurel to our naval on that service, had rescued all the prihistory, and assist in promoting our soners from perishing through a tremencountry's good, I am Sir, &c.

dous sea, and completed the whole of J. T. DUCKWORTÆ.

the service highly to my satisfaction

and his own honour, which I am to de. BRITISH LINE.

sire you will state to the Lords Commis

sioners of the Admiralty; and I am, Sir, With general Return of Killed and Wounded. your's &c. J. T. DUCKWORTH.

GUNS. K. w.

Admiral Duckworth, in another let. Superb, Adm.Sir J.Duckworth

ter, expresses his sincere thanks to the

Admirals Cochrane and Louis, and to Capt. Keats

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the efficers, seamen, and marines, for Northumberland, Hon. Adm. Cochrane, Capt. Tobin 74 21 79 displayed in the above action.

the great judgement, gallantry and skill, Spencer, Hon. Capt. Stopford 74 18 50 Agamemnon, Sir Edw.Berry, 64

In a second dispatch from Admiral

I 13 Sir John Duckworth, dated at Portroyal
Canopus, Adm. Louis, Capt.
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in Jamaica, Feb. 24. announcing his arDonegal, Capt. Malcolm

rival there with his prizes, he vindicates

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the conduct of Capt. Henri of the Dio.

mede, who is said to have run his ship Total (342)

on shore after she had struck, -it being

ascertained, after a strict examination, Officers wounded.Superb, Lieut. Chas, that Sir Edward Berry and Capt, Dunn Patriarch, badly; Wm. Pickering, mas had mistaken the Braave for the Dio. ter, ditto; and four midshipmen slightly. mede. -Northumberland, Lieut. Hon. G. F. The following are some further partiSeymour, badly; four midshipmen, bad- culars of the above action : ly, and three slightly.-Spencer, Capt. The Northumberland, Admiral Coch. Hon. Robert Stopford, slightly ; Lieut. rane's ship, which bore the brunt of James Harris, ditto; Lieut. Jas. Cuth- the battle, went into action with 200 bertson, marines, badly; and one mid men short of her complement; that ship shipman slightly.--Donegal, John Airey, and the Superb, owing to their superior master, and three midshipmen, all badly. sailing, were warmly engaged twenty Atlas,Wm. Moubray master, and Ste- minutes before the rest of our squadron, phen Spargo, boatswain.-Canopus and The Northumberland had the fire of Agamemnon none.

three French ships upon her for 40 mi. Killed,--Martin Oates, boatswain of nutes, and nearly a third part of our loss the Spencer.--C. H. Kynaston,midship- fell upon her. Admiral Cochrane,.say man of the Donegal, and Dav. Ridgeway, some of the letters, proved himself a sea midshipman of the Northumberland. cond Nelson, and was in imminent danger.

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He received a stroke on the head from a of the line therefore remain unaccounted
splinter, and had his hat carried off by for.
the wind of a cannon ball. A letter The well-earned rewards of their
from on board the Superb says" Capt. King and Country have been already
Keats, before we began, suspended to bestowed on the victors of St Domingo.
the mizen stay a portrait of our beloved A pension of 1000 l. a-year has been
Hero (Nelson.) There it remained un settled on Admiral Duckworth ; the
hurt, but was completely covered (so dignity of a Baronet of the United King-
was Capt. K. himself) with the blood dom has been conferred upon Admiral
and brains of poor Brook bank, one of our Louis, and Admiral Cochrane has been
boatswain's mates. Two or three minutes made a Knight of the Bath. The City
before the work of death began, offi of London have voted thanks and swords
cers hats off, on the quarter deck, our to Admirals Duckworth, Cochrane, and
band played, “God save the King;" Louis.-The patriotic Fund have also
then came “ Off she goes ;” and next voted the following donations :
“ Nelson of the Nile.” Never was en. To Admiral Duckworth, a vase, value
thusiasm greater than ours, and to it we 4001.-to Admirals Cochrane and Louis,
went with heart and hand.”

a vase each, value 3001.- to each of the It is remarkable, that upwards of 100 Captains and Commanders in the squaof the crew of his Majesty's ship Nor. dron, a sword, value 100l. and a vase of thumberland, were raised in Greenock. the same value-to officers of the se:

Lieut. Seymour (son of the late Ad cond class severely wounded, 100l? miral Lord Hugh Seymour) received a slightly wounded 50 1.-to officers of the most severe wound by a grapeshot, third class severely wounded, 50 l.; which carried away part of his under slightly wounded, 301.-tó officers of jaw. He is come home in the Kings- the fourth class severely wounded, 401. fisher, and is in a fair way of recovery. slightly wounded, 251.-to every sea.

The French paper the Moniteur con man or marine, whose wounds may be tains a long account of the late action in attended with disability or loss of limb, St Domingo Bay. It is written by M. 401. to every seaman or marine dan. Cocault, Captain of the corvette La Die gerously wounded, 201, slightly wound. ligente, which escaped out of the action, ed 101.--Relief to be afforded to the and arrived at Port Louis on the 26th widows, orphans, parents, and relatives of March--(Both the French frigates depending for support on the officers likewise sailed for Europe, but the Di. or men who fell in the action, ligente parted with them in the English After all the vigilance and activity channel in a storm, and knows nothing displayed by our fleets in watching the of them.) With the usual accuracy of enemy's ports, it has been found imposFrench statements, Adm. Duckworth's sible to keep up the blockade so 'effec. squadron is increased to nine sail of the tually, as that they shall not find opporline and several frigates, and the French tunities of getting out partial squadrons squadron is reduced to four. L'Impe- to sea. Besides the divisions from Rocherial, of 120 guns, is not mentioned in fort and l'Orient, it is now certain that the account; but, notwithstanding the no less than 15 of the Brest fleet, with great disparity of force, Capt. Cocault several frigates, got out of that port aasserts, that it was with the utmost diffi. bout the middle of December, of the culty the English obtained a victory, and destination of which we have yet no he is quite sure that if the force had certain intelligence. They separated inbeen equal, the English would have been to three divisions a few days after they crushed! - The Moniteur, in a note upon left Brest. One of these under Adm. this account, throws out a censure upon Lesseigues, made its way to St Domingo, the conduct of the French Admiral, for when it was fortunately met with, and remaining so long in St Domingo, as he defeated by Sir John Duckworth. The was ordered to continue his cruise. other squadron, which separated, comCapt. Cocault states, that he sailed from manded by Rear - Admiral Guillemay; Brest with 15 ships of the line, six fri. consisted of the Foudroyant, of 84 ; Ve. gates, and four corvettes, on 13th De- teran, of 80, Jerome Bonaparte; L'Eole, cember, and that on the 24th they sepa. L'Impetuex, Caffar, Aquillon, 74 each; rated into several squadrons. Ten sail and the Valeureux of 44. This squadron

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