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The Georgiana being reputed a very fast sailer, and apparently well calculated for a cruizer, I mounted 16 guns on her and gave the command of her to that excellent officer, Lieut. John Downes, with a complement of 42 men.

Lieut. Downes joined me at Tumbez, near Guiaquil, on the coast of Peru. on the 24th June, after capturing three Letter of Marque ships.

Hector, 11 guns 25 men-Catherine, 8 guns, 29 menRose, 8 guns, 21 men.

I found, by experience, that the Georgiana did not deserve the character given of her for sailing. I therefore shipped her officers and crew to the Atlantic, and mounted on her 20 guns, with a complement of 60 men, andiappointed midshipman Rich. Dashell, acting sailing master, on board ber; to this vessel I gave the name of Essex Junior. I also fitted up the ship Greenwich as a store ship, and mounted on her 20 guns, placing her under the command of Lieut. Gambie, of the marines. On board her I have put all the provisions and stores of my other prizes, except a supply of three and a half months for each, and have by this means secured myself a full supply of every necessary article for seven months. I had hoped to dispose other prizes at Guiaquil : the Govs, in Peru, however, are excessively alarmed at my appearance on the coast, as my fleet now aniounts to nine sail of vessels, all formidable in their appearance, and they would if they dare, treat us with a hostility little short of declared enemies.

Indeed, sir, when I compare my present situation with what it was when I doubled Cape Horn, I cannot buit esteem myself fortunate in an extraordinary degree. There my ship was shattered by tempestuous weather, and destitute of every thing; my officers and crew half starved, naked, and worn out with fatigue. Now, sir, my ship is in prime order, abundantly supplied with every thing necesa sary for her. I have a noble ship for a consort of 20 guns, and well manned, a store ship of 20 guns, and well sapa plied with the best of every thing that we may want, and prizes which would be worth in England two millions of dollars; and what renders the counparison more pleasing, the enemy has furnished all. :

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engaged on, prevent all complaints on that account. It is not probable that you will hear of me for several months to come, unless some disaster happens; but I beg leave to assure you, sir, that I shall not be idle. I bave the honor to be, &c.

D. PORTER. Loss of fort Niagaro.--Gen. M'Clure, about the first of Dec. 1813, abandoned fort George, in Canada, and burnt the town of Newark, adjoining it, as a' measure, to prevent the enemy's occupying fort George after he had left it. On the 18th of the same month, the British crossed to Lewistown, in considerable force, and burnt it to the ground; when their Allies were set at liberty, and indulged freely in their brutal excesses, in murdering our 'defenceless citizens ; they then attacked and burnt Manchester, and Tuscarora, the latter an Indian town. In the mean time the British attacked fort Niagara, and took it by storm, at 4 o'clock on the morning of the 19th ; the gate being open, they surprised the picket, and entered the fort before they were discovered, when a scene of terrible slaugliter took place. They were not opposed by any, except a few wounded men in the southeast block house, and a few of the guard ; but, strange as it may appear, the enemy bay. onetted about 80 of our men, chiefly, after they had cried for quarters. The preceding facts were sworn to before a justice, hy Robert Lee, a gentlemán of Lewistown, whu was in the fort when taken.

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Burning of Buffaloe and Black Rock. Soon after the storming of fort Niagara, and the burning of Lewistown, &c. Maj. Gen. Fall repaired to the frontiers, for the par, pose : Buffaloe and Black Rock! From the 22d Dec. to the 29th, Gen Hall had collected about 2000 froups, militia and exempts, but was reduced to 1200 by desertions, on the morning of the battle of the 301h. I the evening of the 29th (says Gen. Fall, in a letter of the 30ih Dec. to Gov. Tompkįga,) at aimut 12 o'clock, I received information that one of our patroles had been fired on, one mile below Black Rockor The lenemy advariced and took possession of the battery near Conjokaties ereek. The troops were immediately formed, and stood by their arms. I was not yet

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certain what point the enemy meant to attack. Being, anxious to anticipate the enemy's landing, and meet him at the water's edge, I gave orders for the tronps at the Rock, to attack the enemy, and dislodge them from the battery, and to drive them to their boats. The attempt failed through the confusion into which the militia were thrown, on the first fire of the enemy, and the darkness of the night:) I then ordered the corps under Major Adams, and Col. Chapin to make the attack. These three detachments were thrown into confusion, and were of no service afterwards. As the day dawned, I discoyered a detachment of the enemy's boats crossing to our shore, and bending their course towards the rear of Gen. Porter's house. I immediately ordered Col. Blakeslie to attack the enemy's force at the water's edge. I now became satisfied as to the disposition and object of the enemy. Their left wing composed of 2000 regulars, militia, and Indians, had been landed below the creek, under cover of the night. With their centre, consisting of 400, royal Scots, commanded by Col. Gordon, the battle was commenced. Their right which was purposely weak, was landed near the main battery, merely to divert our force, the whole under the immediate command of Lieut. ten. Drummond, and led on by Maj. Gen. Riall. They were attacked by four field pieces in the battery and at the water's edge; at the same time the battery from the other side of the river opened a heavy tire upon us, of shells, hot shot, and ball. The whole force now opposed to the enemy was at most, not over 600 men, ihe remainder bavi ing filed, in spite of the exertions of their officers. These, few, but brave men, disputed every inch of ground, with the steady coolness of veterans, at the expence of many valyable lives. The defection of the militia, and the reserve, and loss of the services of the cavalry, by reason of the ground on which they must act, left the forces, engaged, exposed to the enemy's fire in front and Aank. After standing their ground for half an hour, opposed by an avern whelming force, and nearly surrounded, a retreat became necessary to their safety, and was accordingly ordered. I then made every effort to rally the troops, with a view

to attack their columns as they entered the village of but all in vain. Deserted by my principal force, I fell back that night to Eleyen Mile creek, and was forced to leave

f Buffaloe;

the fourishing villages of Black Rock and Buffaloe a prey to the enemy, which they have pillaged and laid in 'ashes. They have gained but little plunder from the public stores; the chief loss has fallen upon individuals.'

Our loss was 50 killed-40 wounded—and 69 missing, and one cannon. I regret to add, (says Gen. Hall, to Gov. Tompkins in his letter of Jan. 13) that on repossessilig the battle ground, we collected 50 dead bodies, yet unburied, of the battle of the 30th ult. The enemy admit

, their loss to be, in killed and wounded, 300.'


Col. Butler to Gen. Harrison.

? Detroit, March 7, 1814. [Extract] SIR--By Lieut. Shannon, of the 27th regiment U. s. infantry, I have the honor to inform you, that a detachment of the troops under' my command, led by Capt. Holmes, of the 24th regiment Ŭ. S. infantry, have obiained'a signa! victory over the enemy.

The affair took place on the 4th inst. about 100 miles from this place, on the river De Trench. Our force consisted of no more than 160 rangers and mounted infantry. The enemy, had from their own acknowledgment, 236. The fine light company of the royal Scots is totally destroyed; they led the attack most gallantly, and their commander fell within ten paces of our front line. The light compány of the 89th has also suffered severely; one officer of that company fell, one is a prisoner, and another is said to be badly wounded. In killed, and wounded, and prisoners, the enemy lost about 80-whilst on our part there were but four killed and four wounded. This great disparity in the loss on each side is to be attributed to the very judicious positioni occupied by Capt. Holmes, who compelled the enemy to attack him at great disadvantage; this, even more than his gallantry, merits the laurel. We took one hundred head of cattle also from the eneintended for Long Point or Burlington.



Capt. Warrington to the Secretary of the Navy.

U. S. sloop Peacock, at sea, April 20, 1814. [Extract.] SIR-I have the honor to inform you, that

, we have this morning captured, after an action of 42 min

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utes, his majesty's brig Epervier, rating and mounting 18 32 pound carronades, with 128 men, of whom 11 were killed and 15 wounded. Not a man in the Peacock was killed, and only two wounded, neither dangerously so. The fate of the Epervier would have been determined in much less time, but for the circumstance of our fore-yard being totally disabled by two round shot in the starboard quarter from her tirst broadside, which entirely deprived us of the use of onr fore and fore-top-sails, and compelled us to keep the ship large throughout the remainder of the action.

This, with a few top-mast and top-gaflant back stays cut away, a few shot through our sails, is the only- mjury the

. Peacock has sustained. Not a round shot touched our. hull; our masts and spars are as sound as ever. When the enemy struck, he had five feet water in his hold;' his main-top-mast was over the side, his main boom shot away, his fore-mast cat nearly in two and tottering, his fore rigging and stays shot away, his bowsprit badly wounded, and 45 shot holes in his hall, 20 of which were within a foot of his water line. By great exertion, we got her in sailing order just as the dark came on.

In 15 minutes after the enemy struck, the Peacock was ready for another action, in every respect but her fore-yard, which was sent down, finished, and had the fore-sail set again in 45 minutes---such was the spirit and activity of our gallant crew. The Epervier had under her convoy an English hermaphrodite brig, á Russian and a Spanish ship, which all hauled their wind and stood to the E. N. E. I had determined upon pursuing the former, but found that it would not answer to leave our prize in 'her then crippled state ; and the more particularly so, as we found she had $120,000 in specie, which we soon 'travsferred to this sloop. Every officer, seaman, and marine did his duty, which is the highest compliment I can

I have the honor to be, &c.

Killed none-wounded 2.

Killed 11-wounded 15--prisoners 117.

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