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The whole of the trade from the Danish West India islands employed only between fifty and sixty vessels, from 80 to 120 tons burthen.

Some charges having been made against Sir J. Orde, as governor of Dominica, by the assembly of that island, he was recalled to England, and the charges investigated before the King in council. The result of the inquiry, Mr. H. Dundas tells him, “ is highly creditable to you; and the more so, from the full and minute considerations which those charges, and their general imputations against you, underwent."

In 1786, the assembly had voted him their thanks; and in 1791, the principal inhabitants did so again, for suppressing a dangerous revolt of the slaves.

In February, the Methodists held a conference at Antigua; and by the returns which were made to this conference from the different islands, they found that their total number of members in society amounted to 6570 persons. Of this number, 2420 resided in Antigua, of whom only thirty-six where Whites, and 105 people of colour. The rest were Blacks.

Nearly 400 had been formed into a society in Nevis.

From the return made to the House of Commons, it appears that Great Britain imported 90,547 cwt. of coffee and 163,500 hhds. of sugar

from the West Indies, of which 28,928 cwt. of coffee and 80,300 hhds. of sugar came from Jamaica.

Upon the 25th of November, his Majesty's ships Penelope, Captain B. S. Rowley, and Iphigenia, Captain Sinclair, captured L'Inconstante, of thirty-six guns, in the Bight of Leogane, St. Domingo.

In August, St. Christopher's was considerably damaged by a hurricane. On the evening preceding the storm, there were near thirty sail at anchor in the roads, but in the morning none were to be seen, except those stranded at different places along the

June 29th, George Poyntz Ricketts, Esq., was appointed governor of Tobago.

The Methodists in Grenada finished their chapel: it would contain about 400 persons, but was at times too small for the congregation. The Methodists were 100 in society in June. In August, the assembly passed an act, establishing the Romish clergy, with the Church of England, in every parish throughout the island – allowing them £200 per annum, and prohibiting preachers of any other denomination whatever from exercising the functions of

coast.

Naval Chronicle, vol. xi. p. 191. Coke's West Indies, vol. ii. pp. 75. 77. 80. 443.; vol. iii. p. 16. Sir W. Young's Common-place Book, p. 16. Steele's Naval Chronologist.

Annual Register, 1793, pp. 43. 63.

ministers, under the penalty of being treated as rogues and vagabonds. The bill, however, did not pass into a law.

General export of the four staple articles of produce of the British sugar colonies, from return to order of House of Commons, May the 5th, 1806, for 1793, — 2,129,750 cwt. of sugar, 4,907,051 gallons of rum, 92,016 cwt. of coffee, and 9,173,583 lbs. of cotton.

The dried fish from the United States, imported into all our islands collectively, was 5025 quintals; and the herrings, or other pickled fish, amounted to 426 barrels.

A Spanish squadron under Lieutenant-General Ariztizable, composed of seven sail of the line and ten frigates, arrived at Porto Cavallo in July, where they remained six months, and suffered dreadfully from the fever. They then crossed as rapidly as possible to Fort Ďauphin, where a part remained. The rest went to the Havaña, and remained there until the ships rotted, for they were found not sea-worthy; when, in 1801, an order was sent to the · Havaña, for their return to Spain.

In May, his Majesty's ship Experiment arrived in English Harbour from Grenada, in the greatest distress, having lost almost all her men by the fever. An artificer belonging to the ordnance, who had gone on board, and slept in a blanket belonging to one of the dead men, was seized with the fever, and died in a few hours. The infection by means of this blanket, which was carried on shore to the ordnance quarters, with the wearing apparel of the deceased, as part of his property, was communicated to the whole detachment of artillery, and from them to the 31st regiment, then on garrison duty. A boat's crew of the Solebay frigate were sent on board the Experiment to assist in working her into the harbour; they caught the infection, and all died. They had communicated the disease to the crew of their own ship, of whom 200 perished. The contagion was carried to St. John's.

This year, there are only three privateers reported to have been taken by the English in the West Indies.

On the 1 lth of June, Admiral Gardner with a fleet, having on board 1100 soldiers, under the command of General Bruce, arrived off Cape Navire, in Martinico. The troops landed on the 16th, and were immediately joined by about 800 French royalists, and the whole took post within five miles of St. Pierre's, the general intending to attack the two forts which commanded that town. On the morning of the 18th, the troops were to march in two columns,

Sir W. Young's Common-place Book, pp. 29, 30. 32, 93.

Stephens's Defence of Register Bill, p. 201.

Depon's South America, vol. ii. pp. 51. 211.
Coke's West Indies, vol. ji. p. 419. quoting Dr. Chisholm,

Steele's Naval Chronologist, p. 48.

Edwards, vol. iii. p. 438.

the British in one, and the French in another. They were in motion before daylight; but some alarm taking place among the royalists, they began in mistake, firing on one another. Their commander was wounded, and they retreated to the post from which they had marched. As no dependance could be placed upon these troops, and the British were too few, the attack was given up, and the troops reimbarked.

The assembly at St. Vincent's passed an act, declaring, “ that no person in the island should in future preach, without first obtaining a licence; and no person was eligible to a licence, but those who had actually resided twelve months on the island.” This militated entirely against the itinerant plan, which had been pursued among the Methodist missionaries who had been established by that sect in the islands. Though they should continue idle for one year, at its expiration there was no certainty of procuring a licence.

The penalties for breaking this law were — for the first offence, , a fine of ten johannes, or imprisonment for not more than ninety days, nor less than thirty; for the second offence, such corporal punishment as the court should think proper to inflict, and banishment; and lastly, on return from banishment, death.

On the Sunday following the passing of this act, Mr. Lumb preached, as usual, in the Methodist chapel, which had been built by their own money, and to which no other person presumed to lay the most distant claim. On the ensuing Thursday, he was committed to jail. Through the iron gratings of his window, he repeated the crime which had brought him to that condition; and the Negroes thronged round the prison, “ to receive his instructions, and weep over his calamities.” To prevent this, the magistrates ordered him to be closely confined, and none but white people were allowed to visit him. From this place Mr. Lumb was released, upon his promising to quit the island.

Dr. Coke says, “ before the above iniquitous law was enacted, no island afforded a more pleasing prospect of the prosperity of religion than that of St. Vincent's. Above 1000 of the poor slaves were already stretching forth their hands unto God; and multitudes more attended constantly the preaching of the word. The Negroes throughout the island appeared in general ripe for the gospel, but the door was shut against it."

Dr. Coke returned to London, and waited upon Mr. Dundas, one of the secretaries of state; who, upon the 31st of August, informed him, “ that his Majesty in council had been graciously pleased to disannul the act of the assembly at St. Vincent's;" and 5 that his Majesty's pleasure should be notified by the first packet that sailed to the West Indies. Thus was liberty of conscience again restored, by the best of monarchs, to his loyal subjects.”

The repeal of this law opened a new epoch in the religious history of St. Vincent's.

In February, the number of Methodists in society at St. Christopher's amounted to thirty-two Whites, and 1522 coloured people and Blacks. Dr. Coke calls it a “ happy island, in which genuine religion flourished like an olive-tree in the house of God.”

The number of Methodists in society at Tortola and the adjacent islands amounted to about 1400 souls.

Le Gælan, of fourteen guns, was taken, the 16th of April, by his Majesty's ship Penelope, thirty-six guns, B. S. Rowley, on the Jamaica station.

Le Curieux brig, of fourteen guns, was taken by his Majesty's ship Inconstant, Captain A. Montgomery, the 3d of June.

La Convention Nationale schooner, of ten guns, was taken by Commodore Ford's squadron, in September, at St. Domingo.

Le Vengeur of twelve guns, La Revolutionaire of twenty, Le Sans Culottes, twenty-two, were taken by Captain C. Parker, in the Blanche, the 30th of December.

His Majesty's ship Hyæna, twenty-four, Captain Hargood, was taken by La Concorde, of forty guns, off Española, in May.

His Majesty's cutter, Advice, of fourteen guns, Lieutenant E. Tyrrel, was lost in the Bay of Honduras — crew saved.

1794.

Upon the 6th of January, Sir John Jervis, with the fleet under his command', arrived at Barbadoes from England. On the 5th of

Coke's West Indies, vol. iii. pp. 61. 114. Steele's Naval Chronologist.

Edwards, vol. iii. pp. 444, 445.

· The following ships composed the naval force under Vice-Admiral Sir J. Jervis :

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SHIPS.

COMMANDERS. Asia

................... 64 Captain J. Brown. Assurance .............

44

V. C. Berkeley. (St. Lucia and Guadaloupe.) Avenger............... 16

J. Milne.

Vice-Admiral Sir J. Jervis. Boyne ...... ................ 98

98 Beaulieu

40

J. Salisbury. Blanche.

92

C. Parker. Blonde ............... 32

J. Markam. (Martinico only.) Bull Dog

E. Brown. (Guadaloupe only.) Ceres ....................

32

R. Incledon, Dromedary, S.S.

S. Tatham, Experiment

S. Miller. Irresistible............ 74

J. Henry. Inspector

16

W. Bryer. Nautilus ............ 16

J. Carpenter. Quebec

32

J. Rogers. Roebuck ............ 44

A. Christie.

............ 14

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February, they approached the island of Martinico, in three divisions, having on board 6085 soldiers, including a detachment of Negro dragoons.

Commodore Thompson, with his squadron, and the detachment under Major-General Dundas, arrived in Gallion Bay in the evening. Captain Faulknor, in the Zebra, drove the enemy from a battery on Point à Chaux, and the troops disembarked without further opposition. They halted for the night, and the next morning took possession of Morne le Brun. Lieutenant-Colonel Craddock was then sent to attack Fort Trinité: it was abandoned upon his approach, and the troops took possession of it, with the cannon and stores. At the same time, Commodore Thompson took possession of the vessels in the harbour. Bellegarde, the Mulatto chief, being obliged to evacuate a fort bearing his own name, set fire to the town of Trinity as he retired. Most of the houses, and a quantity of stores, were destroyed by the flames.

On the evening of the 7th, Major-General Dundas left Major Skirrett to command in Fort Trinité, and proceeded to Gros Morne, a strong fortification, commanding the principal pass between the north and south parts of the island. The French retired at his approach.

On the 9th, the major-general advanced to Bruneau, from whence he sent Lieutenant-Colonel Craddock to seize Fort Matilde: the place was abandoned upon his approach. On the night of the 10th, they were attacked by 800 of the French, under the command of Bellegarde, who was repulsed, and compelled to retreat to Fort Bourbon. In the attack, the English had eight killed and nineteen wounded.

Edwards, vol. iii. pp. 446, 447.

Vice-Admiral Sir John Jervis's Fleet continued.

GUNS.

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SHIPS.

COMMANDERS.
Rattlesnake · 16 Captain M. H. Scott. (Martinico and St. Lucia.)
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28

E. Rion:
Retort

Hon. C. Herbert. (St. Lucia and Guadaloupe.)
Reprisal.
............... 18

Young.
St. Margaritta

E. Harvey
Solebay

32

W. H. Kelly
Seaflower (cutter) ... 14

W. Pierrepoint.
Terpsichore

32

S. Edwards.
Ulysses

44

R. Morice.
Undaunted

32

J. Carpenter.

Commodore C. Thompson
Vengeance.... 74

Captain Hon. H. Powlett.
Veteran

64

C. E. Nugent.
Vesuvius (bomb)

8

C. Sawyer.
Winchelsea

32

Lord Viscount Garlies.
Woolwich

44

J. Parker.
Zebra ........

16

R. Faulknor.
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