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may be fired by you, left any mis. Alexander Champion, Efq.
Thomas Dea, Esq.
car, 12th Frimaire, Fifth Year N. Bogle French, Esq. of the French Republic.
Daniel Giles, Esq.
Rasselin. Jeremiah Harman, Esq.
Job Mathew, Esq.
Sir R. Neave, Bart.
Crescent, and senior Offi- John Pearse, Esq.
Charles Pole, Esq.
John Puget, Esq.
fels captured by the Squadron Peter Isaac Thellufson, Esq.
John Whitmore, Esq.
lecting by ballot a director in the Ship Le Navigateur, 300 tons, in room of John Townson, Esq. deballalt, bound from the Ine de ceased. At fix o'clock the glasses France to Foul Point.
were finally closed and delivered to
379 Lug boat, Le Tigre, 18 tons, car Whereupon Mr. Parry was dego of Naves, bound from Quiloa to clared duly elected for the terın of Foul Point.
two years. Came on the election of a go 8.". The London Gazette an. vernor and deputy governor of the nounces the capture of L'Amitié bank of England for the year en French privateer, of 14 guns and 55 fuing, when Thomas Raikes, Esq. men, by lieutenant Elliott of the was chosen governor, and Samuel Piymouth armed lugger; of the Bons Thornton, Eig. deputy governor.
Anis French privateer cutter, of 5. Caine on the election of twen 6 guns and 32 men, by the Spitfire, ty-four directors, when the follow- captain Seymour; of Le Prends ing gentlemen were chosen : Garde à Loup, of 2 guns and 28 Thomas Boddington, Esq.
men, by lieutenant Sharp of tr.e Do. Samuel Bosanquet, Esq.
ver cutter; and of 5 French ves.
sels, one of 6 guns and 40 men, by in front, intermixed with cavalry the Canada, three by the Magi. and artillery, advanced rapidly, and cienne, one of 24 guns, and two crossed the river near the upper others of 10 guns each.
end of the extensive and open plain, Downing-Street, April 8. A di occupied by twelve weak fquaspatch, of which the following is an drons. His royal highness's per. extract, has been received by the fonal exertions could not prevent right honourable lord Grenville, his these from yielding to such fupe. majesty's principal secretary of State rior force. After this fuccefslut for foreign affairs, from colonel attack by the enemy's left, their Graham, dated head-quarters of his right wing crossed the river without royal highness Archduke Charles; opposition; but the progress of at Vippach, March 20, 1797. their numerous cavalry was checked
In my last dispatch from Udine by the steady behaviour of the regiof the 14th inst. I had the honour ment of Puis, posted at the end of of informing your lordship that the the plain next to Codroipo. archduke's bead-quarters were just The rest of the infantry were ungoing to be moved forward to Pa- der arms further back, near their periano, near Codroipo, in conse- cantonments, and was not engaged. quence of a report of the French ar
On seeing the enemy's force, which my being in motion towards the both in cavalry and infantry Piave. This intelligence was foon was greatly superior to that of the after confirmed, with the additional imperial army, the archduke orderaccount of general Massena's having ed a retreat after sunset. The head penetrated by Feltri into the upper quarters were that might at Onta. valley of the Piave, and defeated ge- gnaul, and were removed on the 17th neral Lulignan near Bellerno ; but to Visco, behind Palma, which, not it was still doubtful whether their being in a state of defence, was principal corps was advancing to. evacuated on the 18th; the headwards the Tagliamento merely to quarters being reinoved to Gorice. cover general Maslena's column, or On the 19th the enemy advanced to undertake offensive operations. towards the Isonzo, in two columns, On the 15th general Hohenzollern, above and below Gradiska, whick who had been left with a detachment served as a téte du pont over that on the Piave, retired behind the Ta- river. Their left was repulsed in gliamento, where the imperial ar- an attempt to storm Gradiska, but my was cantoned. On the 16th, their right found little wifficulty in about ten A. M. the enemy ad- crofing the river near Caffegliano, vanced by the high road of Valva. though in ordinary seasons it is fone, and pushed some small parties scarcely any where fordable; and of cavalry and infantry across the as they there might turn the left of river, which, from the extraordina- the position of Gorice, it became ry drought of the season, was every necessary to abandon it. where fordable, but these were dri The head-quarters came here this ven back with some loss. A diftant morning. cannonade was then kept up dur. Il. The London Gazette aning the rest of the day till four P. M. nounces the capture of La Molinette, when the enemy having formed a of 2 swivels and 28 men, by captain very strong column of demi-brigade Fowke of the Swallow floop; of the
Le Refleche privateer, of 12 guns those who did not listen to them and 67 men, by captain Lawrie of might be justly called unnatural. the Zepbyr; and of Le Hardi brig, The more he had reflected upon the of 18 guns and 130 men, by captain refusal of his majesty to receive the Ruddach of the Hazard.
address of the livery of London, 12. A common hall was held yester- the more was he convinced that miday to receive the Meriff's report of nisters intended to provoke the libis majesty's answer, as to the time very to some intemperate act, that of presenting the address of the they might introduce into the city lord mayor, aldermen, and livery of London that horrid system of London, voted in the common martial law which they had estahall, on the 23d of last month.
blithed in the fifter kingdom. They The lord mayor addressed the li should, however, be disappointed. very. He said he had called them The livery of London would contogether, for the purpose of hearing duct themselves in such a manner, the flueriii's report, and that it fhould that even such ministers as the prebe immediately read to them as it fent Nould liave no pretence afhad been made to him.
forded them for such measures. He The report was read. It stated concluded by moving a resolution that the meriffs had taken an early to the following effect: opportunity of waiting upon his “ That the lord mayor, aldermen, majesty, and had been admitted to and livery of London, have for time the usual audience in the closet. immemorial enjoyed the right and His majefty's answer was, that “this privilege of addressing the king upnot being the address of the city of on the throne, and have never beLondon in its corporate capacity, fore been denied that right, except he could not receive it upon the under the corrupt administration throne ---that the answer given by which occasioned and persisted in the duke of Portland, was given by the American war.” his order, and he would now repeat
Mr. Waddington seconded the it, viz. - He would be ready to re motion. He said the report they had ceive the address of the livery of heard was not an answer from a ferLondon upon Wednesday next, or vant of the servants of majesty; it upon any other levee day, provided was an answer which the king him. it was presented by no more than ten self had been graciously pleased to perfons."
give, and truly a moft gracious anMr. Hanson said, the report swer it was.
In this manner it was which had just been read was a me. attempted to deprive the city of lancholy confirmation of its being London of one of the most valuable bis majesty's intention not to receive rights, without even a reason being the address of the livery. If any assigned. There never was an addoubt had existed of the propriety dress passed with more unanimity of voting the address, the report than that of the common hall of the which they had now heard not only 23a ulty and the just complaints of proved its propriety, but its necet the citizens of London did not de: lity. Kings were called the father's serve such a return. The livery, of their country, and it was certain- however, would not tamely resign ly the duty of parents to listen to their rights and privileges. In the the complaints of their children; present times, to deliver their opi
nion was a duty, and silence was a ftru&tion of public credit; thus ecrime. In the proceedings of the vincing a disposition to facrifice the common hall of the city of London blood, treasure, and liberties of this at least, the future historian would kingdom, in support of measures recognize the British character and contrary to the princ ples of the spirit.
conftitution, derogatory to the digThe question being put, the refo- nity and safety of the king, and inlution was carried unanimously. confiftent with the happiness of the
Mr. Hanson said, the next reso. people.” bution he thould move was calcu The lord mayor infifted that this lated to show the very different cir- motion had no connection with his cumstances under which an address majesty's answer, and was therefore is received when presented to the inconsistent with the purpose for king on the throne, and when it is which the common hall was called, preiented to him at the levee. It as stated in the precept. was conceived in nearly the follow Mr. Waithman contended that ing terms :
the resolution was confiftent with Resolved, " That when a peti- the object for which the common tion is presented to his majesty upon hall was called. The livery of Lonthe throne, the petitioners have the don had come to the resolution of satisfaction of knowing that his ma- not presenting their petition in any jelty must hear their complaints, by other way than to the king upon the petition being read to him, and his throne, and as they had been rethat they will receive fome answer; fused that right, the resolution was but when a petition is presented at necessary to show the grounds upon the levee, they receive no answer, which they had voted the address and they are not certain that his to his majesty on the 23d of last majesty is ever made acquainted month. The livery had instructed with its contents, as it is always de. their representatives in parliament livered into the hands of the lord in
to vote against the war; but they waiting."
had instructed them to very little This motion was also seconded effect. On the present occafion there by Mr. Waddington, and carried were not too many of their repre. unanimously.
sentatives to be seen. It was a cir. Mr. Waithman proposed to move cumstance which ought not to pass the following resolution:
unnoticed, that none of those men, Resolved, " That his majesty's who have always supported the miniflers have wantoniy plunged diabolical measures of the present this nation into an unjust and unne- administration, durft now come forcessary war, which has produced a ward to vindicate them in public. series of calamities unexampled in They knew that the talk of defendhistory-an enormous increase of ing ministers was too arduous for public debt-an alarming diminu- them, and they shrunk from it. tion of our trade and manufactures But the livery of London had the man abridgmert of our rishts and right, when assembled in common privileges--a (hameful profusion of hall, whether on midsummer, Mi. our national wealth, by subsidizing chaelmas, or any other day, to disallies abroad and supportinga fyftem cufs any public grievance
. If the of corruption at home, to the de. livery gave up this right, he lould
fay, in the words of Shakspeare, It was also immediately connected “Our Fathers' mind is gone, and with the resolution which was to be we are governed by our mothers' proposed to follow it, and which Spiris,
went direály to nis majesty's a. Mr. Waithman addressed himself swer. The opinion of counsel bad to the lord mayor, and asked his been taken upon this point; and lordhip if he perfifted in his for- there was not a doubt that the limer opinion?
very of London in their common The lord mayor came forward to hall had a right to adopt any reloaddress the livery. He was faluted lution they i leafel. with an universal hiss and the itrong Mr. Waiohinan here read the re. eli marks of disapprobation. Have solution that was to follow : ing obtained filence, he said — Is Retolved, " That it appears the this a meeting of the livery of Lon- more neceilary that we should at don, where they will not listen to this time have the iull exeruise of their chief magistrate? He was a the right of petitionin', because man, and had been accuftomed to the unprecedented cala vities of the face men; he had no fear, but the country dena:id that his majesty's fear of not doing his duty; and he faithful subjects fhould represent to would not be influenced by the him the true ftale of attairs, and noise or the hifles of non-liverymen pray for the dismittal of those weak (a loud cry of “ Point them out, and wicked ministers, whose mispoint hiin out !” was reiterated conduct and incapacity have brought from every part of the hall). His this once great and Aourishing nalordfhip proceeded.--He was the tion into its present state of unguardian of the rights of the livery- paralleled dittress, and who have men who were abfent as well as proved themselves utterly incompethose who were present; and he tent to conduct the war, or to newould not suffer any business to be gotiate a peace.” brought forward which was extra Mr. Farmer read the opinion of neous to the purpose of the mee:- Mr. Wedderburn (now lord chaning. He asked, “if there was any cellor), Mr. Dunning, and some relation between the motion which other eminent counsel, taken many had been read, and his inajetty's an- years ago, upon this point. The (wer? He was forry that any man, opinion positively stated that the or set of men, could be found, whó livery of London have an undoubtcould take a pleasure in endeavour- ed right to take into their consideing to bring their chief inagistrate ration any public grievance, either into a disagreeable fituation. For on mdfummer, Michaelmas, or
part he was quite impartial; he any other day on which they may took no advantage and used no in- meet. “ It is beyond dispute, the fuence upon any question, but he right is inherent in them.” was determined to defend the rights
The lord mayor ftill perfifted in of the livery.
his own opinion. He said if the Mr. Waithman re-stated, that the livery wanted to make their petiresolution was undoubtedly relative tion public they might publith it in to the petition voted to be presented all the newspapers. To a resoluto his majesty; and therefore it had tion of that kind he should not have a relation to his majesty's answer, the smallest objection.