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pounders on her main deck, and the unhappy sufferers was secured manned with 345 men. She is only in the church of the Trinity, in the fix moaths old, built upon a new Little Minories, under the protecconstruction, and is, in every re- tion of parties of the guards and fpe&t, one of the finest frigates the west London militia. , French had, and certainly the largest, 21. A most extraordinary accimeafuring 45 feet beam. The other dent happened on the road near frigate, La Constance, commanded Bournbridge, early this morning. by monsieur Desauney, mounting The mail-coach, coming from Lone 24 nine pounders upon the main don, met a broad-wheel waggon deck, and manned with 189 men. belonging to Mr. Archer, of BarShe is two years old, and a very fine ton Mills, loaded with upwards of fhip. These are two of the frigates four tons of hay, when the lamp of which landed troops in Wales: it the coach striking against the hay, is a pleasing circumstance to have broke the glass, and instantly fet completed the failure of that expe- the hay on Bre, and the wind being dition. I am particularly happy to brisk, the whole load of hay and inform your lordship that neither the waggon were consumed, and it the St. Fiorenzo or La Nymphe was with the utmost difficulty the have had any men killed or wound. Ihaft horses were saved. ed, or the ships hurt; the St. Fio 23. A common hall was held to renzo only having received two consider of a motion for an address fhot in her bull. La Resistance to his majesty upon the alarming had ten men killed, the first lieu- state of public affairs, and to pray tenant and eight men wounded. La him to dismiss his present ministers Constance had eight men killed, from his councils for ever, as the and fix wounded.

first step towards obtaining a speedy, I have the honour to be, honourable, and permanent peace. Your lord thip's

Though the attendance of the Most obedient servant livery was more numerous than on

H. NEALE. any former occasion, all their proAdmiral Lord Bridport, K. B. ceedings were guided by that grac.

vity and decorum which the magThe same gazette announces the nitude of the question demanded. capture of the Surveillant privateer Beside the lord-mayor, aldermen of 16 guns and 156 men, by Capt. Plomer, Skinner, Sanderson, Curtis, Brown of the Alcmene.

Newman, Combe, Anderson, Lush 19. This morning, about four ington, and sheriffs Langston and o'clock, a dreadful fire broke out Staines were present. at Mr. Brigg's timber-yard, adjoin Mr. S. F. Waddington opened ing Haydon-square, in the Mino- the business in a very able and ima ties; which burnt with unopposed preslive speech. He took an exfury for near two hours before wa- tenfive view of the fituation of the ter could be procured, and spread country in consequence of the war. fo wide, that, notwithstanding the He was of opinion that ministers utmost exertions of the engines, had commenced hostilities with nearly thirty houses were destroyed, France upon principles inimical to including fix or seven houses in the conftitution, and that their filafront in the Minories. A great grant mismanagement of public afquantity of property belonging to fairs bad now entaily destroyed the



commerce of the nation. The last Mr. W. Smith, M. P. fupported but most alarming proof of their the motion. He censured, in very misconduet, was the order of coun- strong terms, the conduct of the cil, prohibiting the bank from pay. lord-mayor, in endeavouring to in. ing in specie. This had already fringe the rights of the citizens of produced the greatest diftress, and London. He proved, that, accordhe was afraid it was a blow which ing to the coostirution of the city, the trade of the country would the livery had a right to a common never recover. He concluded by hall whenever they demanded it. moving

He pointed to the statue of Beck“ That an humble address and ford, and hoped that the chief ma petition be presented to his majesty giftrates of the metropolis would upon the present alarming state of always look to that immortal chapublic affairs, and praying him to racter for an example, dismiss his prefent ministers from The Lord Mayor attempted to his councils for ever, as the first vindicate himself; but he spoke in Atep towards obtaining a speedy, fo low a tone of voice that the lihonourable, and permanent peace.' very could not hear his apology. * Mr. Farmer seconded the mo. This motion was also carried u02tion.

nimoutly. The question being put, it was The tbanks of the common hall carried in the affirmative. Among were moved to Mr. aldermarr 3000, the number suppored to be Combe, for his firm, patriotic, and present, there appeared only seven independent conduct, in the house diffenting voices.

of commons, in opposing those Mr. Waddington then produced measures which had brought the a petition, which was read and country into its present ruinous limoved, “ That this petition be tuation. presented to his majesty."

Mrà alderman Combe said, that Mr. alderman Skinner feconded it was not his intention to have the motion, which was carried with obtruded himself on their notice if only five diflenting voices.

the flattering compliment they had Mr. Taddy moved, “ That the paid him had not called for his faid petition be presented to his grateful acknowledgments. It was majefty fitting on his throne, by much satisfaction that his conduct, the lord-mayor, the two sheriffs, fince receiving their favour, had and the four reprefentatives of the proved itself to them consonant to eity in parliament.”

his profeflions when he fought that Mr. Anson (the Blackwell-hal favour. He always thought that factor) seconded this motion, which public situation was only defirable was carried unanimously.

as it gave effect to private opinion, Mr. Taddy moved the thanks of and that a public man should be the common hall to the court of nothing but a private man unfolded common council, for their refusing to public view. With respect to to countenance the conduct of the the conduct of the lord-mayor, he lord-mayor, when he declined to muft observe, that it could not be convene the livery of London a- the emanation of a fixed principle, greeably to the constitution of the because his previous conduct had city.

been diametrically oppofite, for Vir, Anson seconded the motion, when he was called upon by the

livery to convene a common hall iog him to dismiss his present mion the fabject of the money being nitters from his councils for ever, fent to the emperor, without the as the first step toward obtaining a consent of parliament, he acquief- speedy, honourable, and permanent ced in it immediately-the confti- peace. tution of the city was fimilar to the And an humble address and pe. conftitution of the country, and it tition being prepared, the same was was as injurious to city interest for read and agreed to. one branch to afTume the privik ges Refolved, -That the said petition of another, as for one branch of be fairly transcribed, and ligned by the constitution to invade the rights the town clerk. of ano!her-and with this view he Resolved,That the lord-mavor, could not but be the more anxious attended by the Theriffs, and this to maintain the independence of city's representatives in Parliament, the livety, because upon a view of be requested to present this petition National circumstances it appears, to his majesty on the throne. that in proportion as the liberty of Resolved, -That the seriffs te the subject has been abridged, the requested to wait on his majesty, to calamity of the country has in. know when he will be pleased to creased in proportion as the peo. receive this petition. ple have conhded in the mratures Resolved, -That the thanks of of the minister without controul or this common-hall be given to the enquiry, the opprelfion of the sub- 43 independent liverymen, who ject has been increased, and the na- have so honourably defended the tional disasters multiplied. He re- rights and privileges of the livery turned thanks for the honour they of London. conferred upon him, and repeated Resolved, -That the thanks of his assurances that when he was this common-hall be given to the left to himfelf he'lhould follow the court of common-council of this di&tates of conscience; when his city, for the spirit and unanimity constituents thought proper to in- with which they determined at their fruct him, he would be their obe- Jait court: dient representative.

6. That it would be highly im. Mr. Waithman moved, “That proper in that court, to give any the foregoing resolutions be pub- opinion respecting the propriety or lished in all the morning and even expediency of convening a coming papers," which was feconded mon-ball." by Mr.Cox.

Resolved, - That the thanks of Watson, Mavor.

this common-ball be given to our In a meeting or affembly of the worthy reprefentative, alderman mayor, aldermen, and liverymen of Combe, for the faithful fulfilment the several companies of the city of of his duty in parliament, on the Londen, in common-hall aslembled, .bufiness of the last common-hall. af (he Guildhall of the said city, on

RIX. Thursday the 230 day of March, The London Gazette Extraordina1.797,

ry, March 27, 1797. Resolved,-That an humble ad Parliament-Street, March 27. Early dress and perition be presented to this inorning Captain Drew, of the his majesty, upon the present alarm- 45th regiment,' arrived from the ing fate of public affairs, and pray- illand of Trinidad, with a dispatch




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from lieutenant-general fir R. Aber At two o'clock in the morning cromby, K. B. to the right honour- of the 17th, we perceived the able Henry Dundas, of which the Spanish squadron to be on fire; the following is a copy

ships burnt with great fury. One Heal-quarters, Trinidad, Feb. 27, line of battle ship excepted, which 1797

escaped the confiagration, and was

taken possestion of at day-light in On

my arrival in this country, I the morning, by the boats from did not fail to lay before the admi- our fleet; the enemy at the fame ral my instruâions, and to consult time evacuated the island, and abanwith him upon the means to carry doned that quarter. them into execution. I found in This unexpected turn of affairs him every desire to co-operate in directed our whole attention to the the execution of the views to which attack of the town. The troops they are directed. The arrival of were immediately ordered to land, part of the convoy from England and, as soon as a few hundred men enabled us to proceed with confi. could be got on shore, about four dence in our operations; therefore, miles to the westward of it, we adas soon as the troops could be col- vanced, meeting with little or no lected from the different islands, resistance. Before night we were which were ordered to rendezvous masters of Port d'Espagne and the at Cariacou, the admiral failed from neighbourhood, two small forts exMartinique, which island he left çepted. In the morning a capitu. with his squadron on the 12th in. lation was entered into with the go. ftant.

vernor Don Chacon, and in the eThe precision with which the advening all the Spanish troops laid miral had given his orders to assen- down their arms, and the whole coble the fhips of wir and transports, lony passed under the dominion of left us not a moment of delay. On his Britannic majesty. the 15th, in the morning, the feet Copies of the capitulation, of the failed from Cariacou; on the 16th, stores and provisions taken, are in the afternoon, it passed through herewith transmitted, the Bocas, or entrance into the Gulf It is a peculiar fatisfaction to me of Paria, where we found the Spanish that there is no lift of killed or admiral with four sail of the line wounded; lieutenant Villeneuve, and a frigate, at anchor, under cover of the Sth regiment of fooi, who of the inand of Gaspargrande, which was brigade major to brigadier gewas fortified.

veral Hompesch, being the only Our squadron worked up, and person who was wounded, and he came to anchor opposite to, and is fince dead of his wounds. nearly within gun fhot of the Spa From the admiral I have expe. nish ships. The trigates and tran- rienced every poflible co-operation. sports were ordered to anchor high- Captain Woolley, of his majesty's er up in the bay, and at the diftance Dip the Arethusa, and captain nearly of five miles from the town Wood, of the Favourite floop of of Port d'Espagne. The disposi- war, who had been sent to recontion was immediately inace' for noitre in the Gulf of Paria, afforded Jamiing at dav.light next morning, us minute information of the fituaand for a general at:ack upon the tion of the enemy previous to our town and thips of war.

arrival. Captain Woolley, who


directed the disembarkation, Mew. munition, money, effects, plans, and ed all the zeal and intelligence stores, with exact inventories there. which I have experienced from of, belonging to his Catholic mahim on former occasions. To lord jetty; and they are thereby trans. Craven, who begged to attend the ferred to his Britannic majesty, in expedition, I am

indebted for great the same manner and poffefiion as zeal and exertion.

has been held heretofore by his said Lieutenant-colonel Soter, who is Catholic majesty. intimately acquainted with this Art. II. The troops of his Cae country, has been, and continues tholic majesty are to march out to be, of very great use to me. I with the honours of war, and to lay I should not do justice to his gene down their arms, at the distance of ral character, it I did not take this three hundred paces from the forts opportunity to express it. My aid- they occupy, at five o'clock this de-cainp, captain Drew, of the 45th evening, the 18th of February. regiment, will have the honour to Art. III. All the officers and deliver this letter : he has served troops aforesaid of his Catholic Jong in this country, and is capable majesty are allowed to keep their to give such further information as private effects, and the officers are may be required. I humbly beg allowed to wear their swords. leave to recominend him to his Art. IV. Admiral Don Sebastian majesty's favour.

Ruiz de Apodaca, being on shore I have the honour to be, &c. in the island, after having burnt and

R. ABERCROMBY, K. B. abandoned his Mhips, he, with the Articles of Capitulation for the sur- officers and men belonging to the

render of the Inand of Trinidad, squadron under his command, are between his Excellency Sir Ralph included in this capitulation, under Abercromby, K. B. Commander the same terms as are granted to his in Chief of his Britannic Majes- Catholic majesty's troops. ty's Land Forces; his Excellency Art. V. As soon as thips can be Henry Harvey, Esq. Rear Ad- conveniently provided for the purmiral of the Red, and Com- pose, the prisoners are to be conmander in Chief of his Britannic veyed to Old Spain, they remaining Majesty's Ships and Vessels of prisoners of war until exchanged War; and his Excellency Don by a cartel between the two nations, Josef Maria Chacon, Knight of or until the peace; it being clearly the Order of Calatrava, Brigadier understood that they shall not ferve of the Royal Navy, Governor against Great Britain or her allies and Commander in Chief of the until exchanged. Illand of Trinidad and its De. Art. VI. There being some offipendencies, Inspector-General of cers among his Catholic majesty's the Troops of its Garrison, &c. troops, whose private affairs require &c. &c.

their presence at different places of Art. I. The officers and troops the continent of America, such of., of his Catholic majesty, and his al. ficers are permitted to go upon their lies, in the island of Trinidad, are parole to the said places for fix to surrender themselves prisoners months, more or leis, after which of war, and are to deliver up the period they are to return to Elle territory, forts, buildings, arms, am- 'rope ; but as the number receiving

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