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companies of Sirius and Magicienne, had every appearance, and was attended Provisions and water will be immediately by all the consequences of a precipitate wanted.
S. Pym. and forced retreat. No alteration of Commodore Rowley, &c. Boadicea. any importance has been made in the
N. B. By other dispatches received at position of the Enemy's troops since I the Admiralty it appears, that his Ma- addressed your Lordship. jesty's ship Phæbe arrived at the Cape I have, &c. WELLINGTON. of Good Hope on the 25th of September [This Gazette contains a letter from last, and that the Menelaus sailed from Captain Douglas, of the Bellona, reportSt. Helena for the Cape on the 16th of ing the capture, on the 18th inst., of the October.
French schooner privateer Le Heros du [This Gazette also announces the cap- Nord, belonging to Dunkirk, mounting ture of the French privateer Le Renard, twelve 2-pounders and two 12-pound carof six guns and 24 men, by the Quebec, ronades, with 44 men. She left the Brill commanded by Capt. Hawtayne ; of the the preceding evening, and had made French privateer La Caroline, of one no capture.] gun and 42 men, by Capt. Bluett, of the Saracen; and of le Mamelouck French
Admiralty-office, Dec. 29. privateer, of 16 guns and 45 men, by the Letter to Sir Roger Curtis, Bart, Comis Rosario sloop, Capt. Harvey.]
mander in Chief at Portsmouth.
Diana, of' La Hogue, Dec. 24. Admiralty-office, Dec. 22. This Ga Sir, Since I had the honour of adzette contains accounts of the capture dressing you by the Vautour, I have asand destruction of the Melampe Danish certained that the Enemy's frigate was privateer, of 3 guns and 17 men, by the so far embayed and protected by TatiRanger sloop, Capt. Acklom; and of the hou, and the batteries on the North capture of L’Adventurier French lugger shore, that nothing could be done with privateer, of 14 guns and 50 men, by the the ship to prevent the Enemy from Royalist sloop, Capt. Downie.
working during the falling tide to save
the stores, and that the ship was so comDowning-street, Dec. 25.
pletely bilged that there appeared little The
following Dispatch was received last chance of their being able to save the night from Viscount Wellington, dated hull; however, as I once already had Cartaxo, Dec. 8.
been deceived in my expectations of her My Lord, The detachment of the Ene- being destroyed, I determined to risk my's troops commanded by Gen. Gar the chance of the boats being able to set danne, which had returned to Sobreira her on fire, which service was generally Formosa, have continued their march to volunteered, notwithstanding the ship the frontier, and by the last accounts was completely under the fire of heavy had entered Spain. I have not heard batteries, and three armed brigs lying that this detachment had any communi- within hail of her. I anchored immecation with the Enemy's troops on the diately after dark, and gave the charge left of the Zezere, from whom they were of the boats to Lieut. Rowe, of the distant about three leagues. I under- Diana, in the barge (who I knew stand that, having lost some prisoners would execute it if possible), Mr. Bean taken by a patrole and by a party of the the gunner, and Mr. Noble the boatOrdenanza which accompanied the Hon. swain, who always volunteer; Lieut. Lieut.-col. Ponsonby on a reconnoissance Sparrow went in the gig to reconnoitre froin Abrantes to the river Codes, they and watch the brigs, to prevent surmade very particular inquiries respecting prize, and Mr. Knocker, master's mate, the position of Lieut.-gen. Hill's corps, went in the cutter ; and, as the service and the means which the allies possessed required the least possible loss of time, of crossing the Tagus at Abrantes ; and they took no other materials but two having cominenced their march from kegs of the combustible matter received Cardigos towards the Codes in the morn from the Roman, and I am happy to say ing, they retired about eleven with great that, though the water was nearly ur precipitation, and continued their retreat to her quarter deck, we had the satisin the same manner till they reached faction in an hour froin the time they the frontier. They were followed by the left this ship to see her completely on Ordenanza, who did them much mischief fire. The batteries and brigs immedion the march, and took much baggage ately opened a very heavy fire of round from thein. The Enemy destroyed many and grape; and as our peeple did not horses and mules which could not keep leave the frigate until the fire took effect, up with them; and this march, if it was it is with extreme pleasure I inform you ordered by superior authority, and is that not a single man was hurt. Lieut. connected with any other arrangiment, Rowe speaks in the strongest manner of
all employed under him; and I hope you hundred of shells amongst the gun-boats will agree with me in thinking that this and about the place of construction, unservice was most gallantly and well exe til the wind coming in from the Westcuted; they have brought off with them ward, made it necessary to move them the colours of the frigate and two other out.--We have not yet ascertained what cnsigns. Capt. Collier very handsomely has been the damage or loss on the part offered the boats of the Cyane to assist ; of the Enemy; but we have unfortunately but as it was not to be done by force, I on this occasion to lament the death of deemed it best to send the boats of this two highly esteemed and respectable ship only. Althongh there had been young officers, Lieut. T. Worth and boats constantly employed about the Lieut. John Buckland, of the Royal MaEnemy's frigate since she ran on shore, rine Artillery, whose loss is the theme they had not cleared any part of the of universal regret. Mr Samuel Hawwreck.
CHARLES GRANT.. kins, Midshipman of the Norge, also fell Letter to Sir C. Cotton.
gallantly, which, with four Spanish and Milford, Cadiz Bay, Nov. 24. four English seamen wounded, constiSir, Having observed the Enemy to tutes our loss in killed and wounded, on have collected several gun-boats in the a service, the execution of which merits River of Santa Maria in a situation sub my warmest praise. ject to bombardment, at 'a proper time
I have, &c. R. G. KEATS. of tide yesterday, I placed the mortar Pear-Adm. Otway has transınitted ta and howitzer boats under the able direc J. W. Croker, Esq. a letter he had retion of Capt. Hall, which (whilst the De ceived from Capt. Monk, of His Majesty's vastation, Thunder, and Ætna, with one ship the Pallas, giving an account of the division of Spanish and two divisions of boats of that ship having, on the 13th English gun boats, under the zealous inst. under the directions of Lieutenant command of Capt. T. Fellowes and Lieut. M'Curdy, captured, in the Cove of SiveW. F. Carroll, successfully drew the at raag, on the coast of Norway, two tention and fire of Fort Catilina,) threw, Danish cutter privateers, one of four seemingly with considerable effect, some guns, and the other of two.
PROCEEDINGS IN THE FIFTH Session of the Fourth ParliAMENT OF THE
UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, 1810. HOUSE OF Lords, Dec. 27. respect to any arrangements. He had The Earl of Carlisle, on the Lord hoped that all would agree to the preceChancellor's taking the Woolsack, com dent of 1788, as a ruled case ; but he mented on the delay in submitting the regretted to find that objections were subject of the Sovereign's indisposition taken to the whole course of proceeding to Parliament, and providing for the de- in 1788. The great advantage of Mofect in the kingly officema work so im- narchy was, a certainty in the operations portant, and of which they were now of Government, and a stay against amonly about to lay the foundation, whereas bition, by holding up, as high as we the edifice should have been before now could, the state, and capacity of the ready to be roofed in and completed. King. Our Constitution knew nothing He regretted that the Constitution had of a Regent, but through the special crebeen so prostrated; but upon this, how ation grounded on the necessity of the ever, he would not dwell. The different case, and carried no farther than that view given by the bulletins of His Ma- necessity strictly warranted. His Lordjesty's health, from those held out by ship here took a review of different peMinisters, he could not suffer to pass riods of our history in support of his opiwithout remark - their object was pro- nion, contended that an address of both crastination, and they had succeeded. Houses would confer no legal power, and He should not make any specific motion that none of the Courts below were on the subject; but should suggest the bound to recognise power so conferred ; propriety of a re-examination of the Phy- while, on the contrary, any act of the sicians, particularly on account of the two Houses to which the Great Seal was contents of recent bulletins.
affixed, could not be questioned, but was The House having resolved itself into binding upon the Courts below, and all ina Committee on the State of the Nation, ferior jurisdictions.] Here the noble Earl the Earl of Liverpool rose, and after ex was interrupted by Lord Stanhope, but culpating himself and his colleagues from who was himself immediately called to all blame for delay, or for any proposals order.]--In declaring that the legality or they made to Parliament, declared it was illegality of the Great Seal was matter impossible to avoid great difficulties with fit only for the discussion of Parliament,
he was not delivering a new opinion, dual. was this principle which was but an opinion which was avowed by acted upon at the Revolution, and seated Lord Camden, and all the eminent Law the present Royal Family upon the Throne. yers and Statesmen who had graced our His Lordship then noticed the gross conhistory. His Lordship afterwards de tradiction between the second and third tailed the proceedings in 1788; and Resolutions. The second admitted that the having expatiated upon the importance two Houses alone were competent to of the question, observed it was the duty supply the defect in the Executive Goof their Lordships to make effectual pro vernment; and yet the third asserted, vision for the maintenance of the'lon
that it became necessary to call in other stitution; to assert and defend the privi- assistance. After dwelling upon this leges of both Houses; and to preserve and other topics connected with the subthe political capacity of the Monarch en ject under discussion, and incidentally tire, whether in the weakness of infancy, noticing the ascendancy obtained by ceror in the infirmity of old age. Upon tain persons over his Majesty's mind, and these principles he would move, that which had, at former periods, been made their Lordships do agree to the Resolu instrumental in giving the Royal Assent tions communicated by the other House. by Commission to various acts of Go
The first Resolution was then put and vernment, his Lordship concluded by carried. On the second being proposed, exhorting the House to banish all unEarl Stanhope remarked, that the nobke seemly delicacies, and adopt an amendLord put great stress upon the arbitrary ment, which he proposed, for proceeding acts of James II, and attached too much by Address. importance to the Great Seal. If the
The Duke of Norfolk observed, that possession of the latter could legalize the virtues of the Great Seal did not conevery thing, he would, merely for the sist in the metal or the wax, but in its sake of argument, and without any legal application, which, as matters now doubt of the noble Lord's integrity, sup- stood, could not be rendered available. pose he had stojen it from the noble The Duke of Sussex said, that as it was Lord on the Woolsack-what was to bina evident, from the distressing details of der him from creating himself Duke of his Majesty's illness already made public, Flushing, then giving himself as great a that his Majesty had no communication pension as he chose, and lastly make an with any of his Ministers, nor with any of impression on the green wax to get the Royal Family, for several weeks, he himself a pardon? His Lordsbip then would ask, what right had the former to quoted a clause in the 6th of Anne, cap. talk of the King's approval of their acts? 7, directing the appointment of justices, In the natural conduct of things, the as a refutation of part of the nuble Lord's Ministers reported to the King, the King argument; and after dwelling upon the issued his orders to the Ministershe difficulty of stating the precise period commanded them to act, and they were when the Regency should ternìinate responsible for their acting. But Miwhich reminded him of the answer made nisters had not seen the King for three by Judge Burnet to a Country Squire, weeks, and yet they dared to talk of the who, remarking that there could be little King's approval of their measures.merit in filling the judicial character, as [Flere his Royal Highness was so agitated it was only to distinguish between black by his feelings as to be unable to proand white, was answered, that “ the ceed directly)-If the Ministers assuined Judges never ielt any difficulties in the to themselves a power, as of right, to act blacks and the whites, but that all as they had hitherto done, it was the the difficulties lay in the greys"-- most serious blow which the Constitution cluded by moving an Amendment to the had suffered since the Revolution. The second Resolution, to the effect, that the King was a Corporation; he never died; powers of the Regent should not cerse he enjoyed a sort of political immorta until the Lors and Commons had ascer lity. The act of Ministers in usurping tained his Majesty's recovery; which was his power was a kind of political reginegatived without a division.
cide. He could not separate the rights The second Resolution being then car of the King from those of the People. In ried, the third was put; on which Lord defending the koyal authority, lie only Holland rose, and, in a long argument, defended the principles of the Constitupointed out the absurdity of proceeding tion. It was expedient to defend the by Bill, which, to be complete, must re- rights of the throne, if the Constitution ciive the assent of the King, to remedy was to be preserved. If the proceeding whose very incapacity to give such a by Bill was adopted, and the House took sanction, it had been introduced. lle
upon itvelf to select a temporary Goperfectly agreed in the paramount power vernor, it might go the length of interof Parliament, and even thought it able fering with the future and rightful Postw bestow the Regency upon any indivi
The principle of succession was
the principle of the Common Law; the occasion, they were now much increased right of the modern succession, or that by the pressure of the times, and by the of the House of Brunswick, was to be arduous but proud struggle which this found in the Statute Law, grounded upon Country is supporting, not only for its the antient principle of the Common own honour and independence, but for Law. If a Regent were to be chosen, that of the only people on the Continent he must be made an effective Magis- which scorns to submit to tyranny and Krate, with the power of perforniing the oppression. He would have supported duties of Royalty. He must not be an adjournment, and gave Ministers full the mere muminery and mockery of credit for not wishing to hazard any Royalty His Royal Highness next danger or inconvenience to the State, by made a warm eulogium upon the British postponing too long the measures which Constitution, and observed, that the the existing circumstances required. He šurest way to overthrow the Monarchy must object to the mode and the princiwas, to degrade the King and his Heir- ple upon which it was proposed to carry apparent in the public estimation. With into effect that which is now indispensarespect to his feelings for his Royal Fa
bly necessary, as being, in his opinion, ther, he could, with the utinost since- unconstitutional, derogatory to the digo rity, quote the remarkable expression of nity of the Crown, and subversive of Lord Thurlow, “ When I forget my tbose rights which cannot safely be atKing, may God forget me!" But feeling', tacked in the person of the King's Subas he did most sincerely, those wishes stitute. He must deny the right of the with respect to his father, he would two Estates of the Realm to substitute-a also add, with equal sincerity and devo phantom in the place of the King, and to tion to the Constitution of this Country, pass an Act for which by the Constitu
May God forget me when I forget the tion the Royal sanction was necessary. Constitution which raised my family to He therefore much preferred proceeding the Throne !" (Hear, hear !) It was by Address, which was free from those this Constitution which, amidst the ruin objections. and desolation that emanated from the Earl Moira, alluding to the speeches French Revolution, preserved this Coun- of the Royal Dukes, congratulated the try, free and invincible, like a mighty House on having heard the true princirock in the sea, which defies the fury of ples of the Monarchy so well and so the storm. To this Constitution every constitutionally declared by two of his subject in the realm should cling for the Majesty's Sons. protection of their rights and liberties ; The Earl of Buckinghamshire was auand to the support of this Constitution, thorized in the absence of a Noble Friend none were more deeply pledged than his (Lord Sidmouth), to declare his acquiesFamily, whom it had called to the cence in the Resolutions proposed by the Throne, for the purpose of protecting it. Noble Secretary. He felt himself pledged by every tie to The Marquis of Lansdowne supported the support the Constitution in all its parts ; Amendment at great length, and stated, and it was from this feeling that he had that the motion would have been opposed conceived it his duty to state his senti- ' by a noble Earl (Grey), had he been ments to the House.
present.--Lord Erskine was prevented Lord Mulgrave stated some historical by a sudden bleeding at the nose, from facts-denied that the precedent at the supporting tbe proceeding by Address. Revolution applied to the present case, Lord Grenville, in an eloquent speech, and concluded by expressing his opinion supported the original motion, and urged that the only just, constitutional, and his opinions with many powerful arguloyal course, was the proceeding by Bill. ments.
The Duke of York, in a neat speech, The Lord Chancellor followed on the declared, that the opinions he now held same side, and remarked, that under were the same as he formerly main- the present circumstances, conscientious tained, and which he had publicly motives alone could induce his retention stated. He was led by every feeling of of the Great Seal. duty and attachment to his beloved Fa The House then dividedContents for ther, of solicitude
to preserve the
the Amendinent 74; Non-Contents 100 rights of the Crown, and of regard for --Majority for Ministers 26. the Constitution, to deprecate the adoption of a course, which appeared to him Dec. 28.-On the Report of the Comhighly detrimental to all those valuable mittee of the whole House on the State interests. No individual could feel more of the Nation being received, and the for the critical situation in which the cuestion being put on the third ResoluCountry was placed by a calamity, which tion, Lord Holland opposed it, and none could more seriously deplore. Great moved an Amendment, which was supa as the difficulties had been on the former ported by Lords Erskine and Darnley;
and combated by Lord Kenyon; after
COUNTRY News. which the Amendment was negatived Dec. 16. A poor unfortunate creature without a division,
of the name of Margaret Sawyer, who
was walking behind the West walls opHOUSE OF COMMONS, Dec. 31. posite the Gaol in Carlisle, was, without A conference took place with the any previous intimation, seized by two Lords, who notified their agreement to ruffians, and in a moment precipitated the Resolutions which were communi over the wall. Her skull was dreadfully cated in a conference on the 22d.
fractured she lingered until the 19th, The House having resolved itself into but was unable to describe the villains. a Committee on the State of the Nation, Dec. 18. This morning,
a violent the Chancellor of the Exchequer said, that whirlwind came on at Diss, from the it was the intention of his Majesty's ser S. W. which unroofed houses, blew down vants to propose the transferrence of the stacks, snapped trees, and tore others up Executive Authority to His Royal High- by the roots. A post-chaise going over pess the Prince of Wales, accompanied Diss Common was upset and dashed to with certain specified exceptions, which pieces; a gentleman and his wife, who are, however, only to be operative for a were inside, had their collar bones limited time. These exceptions extend to broken, and
otherwise much the granting of Peerages, Pensions, and bruised; but their child and female serPlaces for Life, for the period of twelve vant remained unhurt. months. The care of his Majesty's person to be entrusted to the Queer, assisted
DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES. by a Council; and that her Majesty have
Sunday, December 23. power to remove from, or nominate per This morning the sacrist of St. Paul's sons, to his Majesty's Household. The cathedral, on approaching the repository Hon. Gentleman concluded by proposing where the sacramental plate is kept, in Resolutions embodying the above state order to take it to the altar, found the ment.
iron door had been double-locked; as his The Hon. Mr. Lambe disapproved of key could only open it if singly locked, the restrictions with which it was ina he concluded the officer who kept the tended to fetter the Regent, and which, master-key had done it; he accordingly be conceived, went to fix an unnecessary went to him, and they both repaired to stigma on him. He pointed out the ne the spot ; when, on opening the door, a cessity of vesting him with the full most affecting scene presented itself: powers of Royalty. He concluded by the two large chests had been forced moving, that the Resolutions be amended, open and rifled of their valuable conand that all the part after they begin to tents; a magnificent edition of the Bible state the limitations and restrictions on and Common Prayer, in two volumes, the Prince Regent should be omitted, the covers of which were of solid silver, with exception of the provisions for en most beautifully chased with Scripture trusting the care of his Majesty to the History, was deprived of its ornaments; Queen, and respecting the disposal of his and the whole of the immense booty, Majesty's private property.
amounting to 1761 ounces, was carried Mr. Canning spoke against the Reso off. The villains seem to have acted with lutions. He thought that the patronage the most cool deliberation : to effect in appointing Officers of his Majesty's their purpose, they had to pass eight Household might not be lodged any doors before they reached the reposiwhere, and wished that his Majesty tory; each of these doors they opened should retain the splendour of his rank, and on their return carefully re-locked, but tliat the Executive Government excepting the iron door, which they should not be deprived of its imposing double-locked. The large chests were magnificence. He disapproved therefore each secured with two immense padof the restrictions as to creation of Peers, locks, besides the principal chest locks; and with respect to patronage, with the the padlocks they opened, but the locks. exception of the Household. He con baffling their exertions, they contrived curred in the Amendment.
to force the chests open. The robbery Lord Castlereagh, and Messrs. Mon must certainly have been committed on tague and B. Bathurst, combated the the night of Friday or Saturday, as on llon. Gentleman's arguments; Lord the former day the plate was used at an Kensington and Mr. W. Smith supported Ordination. The intrinsic value of the them. The Committee divided on the plunder is not the only thing to be laAmendment, Ayes 200, Noes 224. mented; as a great part of it was of the
The second Resolution was carried by most curious antique workmanship, be226 to 210; and the third by 233 to ing presents from different Deans and 214.
other pious persons, and might be con