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the cover of about twenty pieces opposition: the general took posof cannon and three mortars, which setlion of the town the same evenwere mounted on Gasparajıx ifland, ing, and the 18th the governor deand had been placed there for the fired to capitulate for the whole fole purpose of defending the ships inland, and the articles were agreed ja the bay : that illand, which, like to, and signed the same day; a code tips, had been abandoned dur- py of which I here with tranfinit*. ing the night, was taken possession Captain Harvey, ot his majesty's et sopa after day.light by a party tip Prince of Wales, will have the of the queen's regiment.

honour to deliver this dispatch, Geoera! Abercromby, early in from whom I have always expethe morning, jwined the Arethufa, rienced the greatest zeal and attenand the troops were all landed, in tion to his majesty's service. the courie of the day, under the I have the honour to be, direction of captain Woolley, co

Sir, ered by the Favourite floop, about Your most obedient humble servant, three miles from the town, without

HENRY Harvey, Lift of Ships of War burnt and captured in Shaggaramus Bay, in the

Gulf of Paria, February 17, 1797, by the Squadron under the Com. mand of Rear Adiniral Harvey. San Vincenté, 84

SR. A. Don Sebastian Ruiz de Apodaca,

Captain Don Geronimo Mendoza,

74 Don Gabriel Sorondo,
Arrogante, 74 Don Raphael Benasa,
San Damafo, 74. Don Toref Jordan,-captured.
Santa Cecilia, 36 Don Manuel Urtesabel,-burnt.

HENRY HARVEY, 28. On Sunday afternoon, about evening announces the following four o'clock, a moft dreadful fire captures by the vessels employed at broke out at the old family manfion Barbadoes and the Leeward Islands : of the duke of St. Alban's, at Han. The French corvette Le Cerf Voworth-park, near Hampton; which, lant, by captain Rickett's of La in the course of three hours, de Magicienne; the L'Africaine, of kroyed every part of the building, 18 guns, by captain Cook of the and all the beautiful gallery of Quebec; the General Leveau, 16 paintings, which were an heir-loom gins and so men, and a Dutch with the house. Very little of the brig and Spanish schooner by the furniture was saved. The fire broke Refource and Mermaid; the Maria out at the back of the house, near Topaze, of 10 guns and 64 men, by the library, and was occafioned by the Lapwing, captain Burton; the a girl belonging to the farm yard Galzo, 18 guns, 124 men, by the lighting her fire too near the win. Alarm, captain Fellow's; La Legere, dows; owing to the high wind, the of 6 guns ard 48 men, by the Bellotames caught the thutters

, and the na; La Bujuaparte, 14 guns, by confagration spread through the La Sutlifante, captain Wittnian; mansion before any assistance could the L'Espoir, 4 guns and 48 men, be obtained.

by the Lapwing; and a French The ordinary gazette of this schooner of 2 sex pounders and soine


Vide ir Ralph Abercromby's Letter.


Bull Dog,

swivels by the Matilda. This ga. Brig Lady Mary Fitzmaurice, zette also contains the following lader with merchandise, fent in by accounts:

the Lapwing, recaptured, having An Account of Spanish Vefsels, de- been taken by a French privateer.

tained (by Admiralty . Order, Sloop Ferdinand, laden with mer-
being Spanish Property) by his chandise, fent in by the Lapwing
Majesty's Ships and Vessels under recaptured, having been taken by a
the Command of Henry Harvey, French privateer,
Efq. Rear Admiral of the Red, Schooner Syren, laden with fu-
Commander in Chief, &c. &c. gar and cotton, sent in by the Ari-
&c. Leeward Ilands.

adne, part of the cargo condemned
Schooner Paftora, laden with ox as a lawful prize.
en, hides and cocoa, sent in by, the Schooner L'Alexandre, laden with

warlike stores, fent in by the AriSloop Maria Manuel, laden with adne, condemned as a lawful prize. cattle, sent in by the George armed Guinea fhip, Helen, laden with floop.

Naves, &c. sent in by the Ven. Launch Delbarmen, laden with geance's tender, captured the 7tà vi mules, fent in by the Alarm. December, 1796, by the Scipio,

Schooner Flora, laden with sun- French corvette. : dries, sent in by the Alarm.

Ship Aspinall, laden with slaves, Sloop Prince of Asturias, in bal- sent in by L'Aimable, recaptured. last, sent in by the Alarmn.

Ship Thomas, laden with sugar Launch Rofaria, laden with goo coffee, and mahogany, fent in by dollars and some hogs, fent in by the Invincible, recaptured. the Alarm.

Henry HARVET. Launch San Jofeph de Arminas, 29. The earls of Suffolk and laden with corn, sent in by the Oxford were at the levee at St. Aların

James's; the former nobleman, who · Launch Del Carmen, laden with made a motion in the house of lords mules, sent in by the Alarm. on Monday for the dismissal of Mr.

Sloop San Nicholas, in ballaft, Pitt, bad a private conference with sent in by the Alarm.

his majesty before the council comLaunch Rofario, laden with menced, for near twenty minutes, mules, sent in by the Alarm. in which the noble earl laid before

Launch Del Carmen, laden with his majesty a picture of the distresses corn, sent in by the Alarm. which his ministers had brought oa

Ship Anna Maria, laden with their country.
dry goods, fent in by the Fury.

An Account of Vessels recaptured 1. The London Gazette an-

by his Majesty's Ships and Vessels nounces the capture of the Spanish
under the Command of Rear- brig the Magallanes, of 4 guns,

but Admiral Harvey, Commander in pierced for is, and 36 men, by Chief, &c. &c. &c. Leeward lieutenant Kent'of the Dover armed Illand Station.

transport Ship Britannia, in ballast, fent in by the Bull Dog, recaptured, having The lord mayor, aldermen, and been taken by a French privateer.

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S. (63) bled is common hall, to consider tive, as were all those which followthe report of his majesty's answer as ed. On the shew of hands only

to the time of receiving their ad- two appeared against each resoluTour dress voted on the 23d of last tion.

Mr. Waddington said the resoluThe hall being opened with the tion he had to propose would have ge usual formalities, the lord mayor in- come with peculiar propriety from

formed the meeting that the report the alderman of the ward of Far1, of the heriffs would be read by the ringdon Without (Mr. Wilkes), sonon sergeant.

who, he was sorry to observe, was Mr. Sylvester (the common ser- not present on that day. He thought

geant) read the report. It stated the flyeriffs had acted very impro20th that the sheriffs had attended at St. perly in taking an answer from the tüin James's on Friday, the 24th of duke of Portland, and returning aan March, to know when the address, without having an audience of the Hea carried in the common hall, which king. The duke of Portland acted,

was held on the 23d, should be pre- in this instance, only as a fervast, presented to his majesty; that the duke. and it did not become the citizens

of Portland had informed the fhe- of London, in common hall assem

riffs that his majesty received ad- bled, to receive the answer of a serIntern dresses from the city of London as vant of servants. He hoped the li

a corporate body only, and that he very of London would not fuffer would receive the address of the li- the rights and liberties of the city very in the common form at the le. to be so infringed. He concluded vee on the Wednesday following, by moving, “ That the lord mayor,

or upon any other levee day. attended by the sheriffs and the reof S

Mr. Hanson, after a speech of presentatives of the city in parliache in considerable length, moved, “ That ment, be again requested to present

the sheriffs of London have at all to his majesty the address voted in times a right to an audience of the the common hall of the 23d of king, and when deputed by the li- March, and that no answer be revery of London, they are in duty ceived through the medium of a bound to demand it.”

secretary of state.Mr. Farmer seconded the mo Mr. Waithman seconded the motion. He said he had more respect tion. for his majesty than to believe ihat The following resolution, moved the answer given to the sheriffs was by Mr. Hanson and seconded by the king's answer. Precedents had Mr. Waddington, was next carried been fought for to support the pre. - That the feriffs of London, atfent refusal to receive the city ad- tended by the city remembrancer, dress

, and it had been said that it do wait on his majesty to know was in some degree warranted by an when he will be graciously pleased act of parliament passed in the to receive the said address on the reign of Charles II. but that was throne. furely an eratnu inauspicious to To the motion of Mr. Farmer it liberty to permit any of its regula- was resolved – That the sheriffs be tions or practices to be now held instructed, if necessary, to inform up as examples.

his majesty, that the lord mayor, alThe queition being put, the re- dermen, and livery of London, carsolution was carried in the affirma- not deliver their address in any other


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manner than to the king on his titem together upon this inportant throne.

occafion; and as he was voted into After this resolution was paffed, the chair he would perform his duty Mr. Theriff Langston came forward as well as he was able ; but as he and informed the livery, that they was not in the habit of addressing might depend upon the meriffs of audiences of such respectability and London doing their duty agreeably numbers, he hoped for the indul: to their instructions.

gence of the meeting, while he de. Mr. Waithman ftated, that the livered to them the reafons for callproceedings relative to the calling ing them together. They had seen of the last common hall had not by the advertisement, which called been entered upon the journal. He them together, that it was intended therefore moved, “ That the an by those who convened them, that fwer of the lord mayor to the re- they should be better accommoquisition of the livery for holding dated than they were. The place the last common hall, together with (Westminster. hall) usually allotted their remonftrance, be entered upon to the citizens, parishioners, and inthe journal of their proceedings.” habitants of Westminfter, when they

Mr. Waithman said, that how met to deliberate on public business, ever he might have disapproved of had been forcibly and rudely fhut the conduct of the chief magi. agaiost them. So deprived of their strate with regard to the calling of ufual accommodation, they were the last common hall, his lordihip reduced to the necessity of proceedon the present occalion bad acted in ing, under the canopy of heaven, in such a manner as could not fail to very unfavourable weather, to do procure him the approbation of the the best they could do in the cause livery. Impressed with this senti- of their expiring liberty. Under ment, he moved, s. That the thanks these circumstances, discouraging as of this meeting be given to the lord they were, the inhabitants of Westmayor for his impartial conduct minster would fight to the last gaff this day.” Carried unanimously. for the recovery of their rights; he

On the motion of Mr. Farmer, did not mean that they fhould fight the resolutions were ordered to be with weapons of destruction, but correatly copied, figned by the with arguments, that they would town clerk, and published in all the firmly affert the rights which had morning and evening papers. been fo bravely fought for by their

3. A meeting of the inhabitants ancestors, and tranfinitted by themi of Westminster was held in Palace. to us as a sacred deposit to be handtard; (Westminster-hall having been ed down unimpaired to our poite: Inut against them by order of the rity. That they would, by petition keeper) to consider of an address to to the throne, state their calamities his majesty, &c.

and grievances, with that firmness Peter Moore, Esq. one of the se. which ihe consciousnefs of justice, ven gentlemen who figned the no- integrity, and honour could never tice for the merring, was called to fail to inspire. The question was, the chair. He stated the occasion of whether we were to have peace or the meeting. He was glad to see so not: Peece! peace! refounded from numerous an attendanre. He was all parts of the company. This one of the house keepers who had was not a quefiion of loyalty, for figned the advertisement to call there was no doubt they were all


layal; it was not a question of the last four years that he should exhipatronage of ministers; that was too bit any complaint against them; and inlignificant to be considered now; in this narrative he Thould be short. it was a question which involved In the year 1792, the minister the salvation of this country, and brought forward a llate of the nawith it, the happiness, and even the tion before our house of represencomfort of every individual whom tatives. In the course of which he he had the honour of addressing. It said, that the annual probable inwas a question which involved the come of this country would exceed interest of the inhabitants of the its expenditure by 900,oool. he greateft part of the world in which faid also, that 700,000l. more would we live,

be afterwards saved each year. He There was a petition prepared, also congratulated the country on the substance of which was, to ad. the hopes that the national 'debt dress his majetty on the calamitous should be reduced, in consequence condition of this country; and of which the burthens of the peowhich related facts which, he be ple would be so far eased, that lieved, the company would think 200,000l. a year Iliould be taken off was descriptive of the last four annually of taxes which were felt, years of the adıniniftration of this severely, and were extremely obcountry; of the violent, outrageous noxious. These were taxes which condust of his majesty's ministers never ought to have been laid, for towards the people of this country; they were taxes on female industry. as that condue regarded the lives. The minister, however, at this time, the liberties, or the property of the assured the public that he was not people of this country; so that little holding forth the language of delu. would be necessary for him to fay to fion, that prosperity was within our satisfy the meeting of the propriety view, for that we had a fair proof the petition. If he were to prospect of the long continuance of ceed to take notice of the conduct peace. This was in the year 1792. of ministers, from the commence- Four months after this, in the month ment of their career to the present of June, the parliament was pro. hour, the means by which they came rogued; still countenance was given into power, he was sure he might to the hope of the continuance of bring against these ministers charges peace, and afterwards parliament to which they themselves must plead was dissolved, still the people exguilty. But he did not mean to de- pecting much alleviation from taxes. tail the whole of their contradictory, Five months more elapsed, and delusive, daring and wicked. con- there came out a proclamatien unduct, by which they had exhibited der the royal authority: complainlo much corruption and iniquity, ing of whom? Of the foreigri eneand in which they had been guilty my? No--of thote whom miniof almost every act that could tend sters were pleased to cail the doto debase the human character. meftic enemies of this count:;. On Much of this their conduct he the 15th of December 1792, an adwould pass by, and for the purposes dress was voted to the throne by of brevity he would consent to for- parliament, which, is true, there give ministers for the whole of their was not one man who heared him this misdeeds for eight years of their ad- moment who ought not to be hangministration. It was only for the ed. It Ntated that a vast number of 1797.

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