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Lords H. Petty, Milton, and Porchester, Messrs. C. W. Wynne, Laing, Herbert, Ponsonby, Grattan, Barham, W. Smith, and Tierney, contending that 13,000!. should be the sum granted; and Sir A. Wellesley, Messrs. Perceval, Wilberforce, Stephens, and Dr. Duigenan, arguing for the smaller sum of 9,250. The two last Gentlemen went the length of thinking that no grant whatever ought to have been made. On a division, the numbers were-for the larger grant 82, for the smaller sum 106 -Majority 24.
Another division took place on the motion of Mr. Tierney, for postponing the Resolution till Wednesday, when Mr. Canning might be expected to be present. On this question the numbers were-Ayes 82, Noes 112-Majority in favour of the
INTERESTING INTELLIGENCE Admiralty-office, May 10. This Gazette contains an account of the capture of the Tropard French privateer, late his Majesty's schooner the King's Fish, or Flying Fish, of 5 guns and 62 men, by the Pheasant Sloop, Capt. J. Palmer.-It also announces that his Majesty has judged it expedient to establish the most rigorous blockade of the port of Copenhagen, and of all the other ports in the Island of Zealand.
Admiralty-office, May 14. Transmitted by Admiral Cochrane:
Cerberus, at Deseada, March 30. Sir, I have the satisfaction to announce to you the capture of the Island of Deseada by the force you did me the honour to place under my command.-On the 29th inst. I weighed from Marie Galante with the vessels named in the margin *; and on the 30th, at half past three P. M. the boats under the command of Capt. Sherriff, of his Majesty's sloop Lily, with a detachment of seamen and marines from each vessel, under their respective commanders, who gallantly volunteered their services on the occasion, stood towards the shore, which was defended by a battery of two nine-pounders, completely commanding the narrow entrance of the harbour, together with the national troops and militia, amounting to about seventy men, who opened their fire upon the boats, when I found it necessary to anchor the squadron with springs on their cables, and commence a cannonading, which soon silenced them, and at four o'clock the French flag was struck; the boats landed at half past four, hoisted the British flag, and the whole Island surrendered without
* Cerberus, Lily, Pelican, Express, Swinger, and Mosambique. GENT. MAG. June, 1808.
Resolution 30. The Resolution for the smaller sum was accordingly agreed to.
The Scotch Judges Salary Bill was brought in by the Lord Advocate, and read the first time.
The Bill for preventing Child-stealing, the Interment Bill, and the Irish Assessed Taxes Bill, went through Committees.
On the motion of Mr. Horner, an account of the number of appeals and writs of error brought before the House of Lords since the year 1760, was ordered to be laid before the House.
Bills for raising three millions and one million and a half by issues of Exchequer Bills, were read the first time. (To be continued.)
FROM THE LONDON GAZETTES. opposition. I have the satisfaction to acquaint you, that this capture has been effeeted without loss; the Commandant, National Officers, and troops, are made prisoners of war, and the Militia have laid down their arms. I should not do justice to the merit of Captain Sherriff, was I not to express in the highest terms my entire approbation of his conduct, together with Captain Ward, and all the Officers and men employed on this service.
P. S. Under-mentioned is a list of the ordnance and military stores found on the Island; the whole of the great guns I have destroyed as well as the batteries; and the small arms and other military stores I have taken off the Island.
Iron Ordnance-At the principal Bat tery, three 24-pounders and two 9-pounders. At the Grand Bourg, two 9-pounders, and two dismounted 6-pounders.→→ 50 whole barrels of powders--50 muskets.
[A Letter from Capt. T. Searle, Commander of the Grasshopper sloop, Gibraltar, April 28, mentions the capture of two Spanish gun-boats, the destruction of two others, and the capture of two valuable vessels from South America. The vessels from South America anchored under a battery close in with Faro, among the shoals; he immediately anchored within range of grape-shot, and, after a very severe action of two hours and a half, the people on shore deserted their guns, two gun-boats struck, and the other two we drove ashore, and were destroyed. The cargoes on board the two Spanish vessels are worth thirty thousand pounds each, which are captured. There was one man killed, the Captain slightly, and three sea. men severely wounded. The enemy's loss was very great in the two gun-boats captured; they had forty killed and wounded.--A
Mr. Long obtained leave to bring in a Bill to accelerate the auditing of the accompts of the Paymaster-General of the Forces.
In a Committee of Supply, a long debaté took place on the question for granting 9,2501. for the support of 250 Students of the Roman Catholic persuasion at Mayzooth; Sir J. Newport having moved to extend it to 13,000l. as had been done by the late Ministry: On a division, the numbers were, for the larger grant 58, for the lesser, 98.
In a Committee of Ways and Means, Mr. Foster proposed a more gradual Assessment of the fire-hearths.
Mr. Lethbridge proposed a duty of 51. 5s. on double-barreled guns, which was opposed; and on a division the numbers were, for the Motion 17, against it 56.
HOUSE OF LORDS, May 2. Lord Ellenborough brought in a Bill for the relief of persons detained in prison under executions for sums not exceeding 201. exclusive of costs; according to which the debtor is to be entitled to his release at the expiration of 12 calendar months from the period of his first confinement, on application to any of the superior Courts in Westminster Hall, his effects still remaining liable. This his Lordship stated to be merely an experimental
In the Commons, the same day, Mr. Robarts presented a Petition from the City of Worcester in favour of the Reversion Bill.
Mr. Huskisson obtained leave to bring in a Bill for the better collection of the duties on malt, and the preventing of frauds on the revenue in the manufacture thereof.
The Local Militia Bill was read a second time, after a pretty long discussion.
The Lord Advocate of Scotland moved that the House do go into a Committee, to consider of the propriety of making provision for such of the Judges in the Courts of Session and Justiciary, and Barons of Exchequer in Scotland, as, by reason of superannuation, infirmity, or otherwise, might, retire from the Scotch Bench.
Mr. J. Abercrombie objected to the comprehending of the Barons of Exchequer in any such grant. They were not to be regarded as Judges, but as holders of sinecure places. After a considerable discussion on this point, the House divided For the Speaker's leaving the Chair 68, against it 25.
Having gone into the Committee on the question for granting three-fourths of their usual Salary to Judges on their retiring from the Bench, the same to be
paid out of the Fund from which Judges Salaries, and other expences connected with the administration of Justice in Scotland, were defrayed, Mr. Bankes objected to the fund, and contended that, if proper to be granted, the allowances in question should be paid out of the Pension List, which in Scotland had increased eight-fold during the present reign. On this, another long discussion took place, but the motion was carried, 80 against $1.
In a Committee on the Local Militia Bill, it was split into two-one for England, and a separate Bill for Scotland. The Report to be farther considered that day se'nnight.
In a Committee of Ways and Means, the sums of three millions, and of 1,500,000%. were ordered to be raised by Exchequer Bills, for the service of the year.
HOUSE OF LORDS, May 5,
'Lord Grenville, as a reason for not bringing forward a motion for the repeal of the Orders in Council, stated the prevalence of a report, that in consequence of the probability of the re-establishment of a good understanding with the United States of America, Government had it in contemplation to take a step which would render any such motion unnecessary.
Lord Hawkesbury rose merely to prevent his silence from being construed into an assent to the truth of what had just fallen from the Noble Lord. Here the matter dropped.
The Scotch Judicature Bill was commitA pretty long discussion took place.
In the Commons, the same day, Mr. Sheridan presented a Petition from Mr. St.John Mason, a Barrister of Ireland, stating that he had been confined for nearly three years, had been badly treated while in confinement, and at length, on the charges against him being found to be utterly groundless, been discharged, with the total ruin of his property, and great injury to his health. The Petition, therefore, prayed relief. After some conversation, it was ordered to lie on the table.
Sir A. Wellesley obtained leave to bring in a Bill to enable the Postmaster-General for Ireland to purchase certain buildings for the purpose of enlarging the PostOffice of Dublin.
Mr. Biddulph opposed the going into a Committee on the Assessed Taxes Bill. A division took place, when the motion for going into the Committee was carried
50 against 21. The measure afterwards passed through a Committee.
On bringing up the Report of the Committee of Supply, as to the grant to Maynooth College, a very long and animated debate, full of asperity and personalities, took place, Șir J. Newport, Col. Mathew,
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holm, May 24. uaint you, toa cutter-rigged and towards me. Danish Jack for her so far from the d to come up with reach the land. At d at four had the sawithin gun-shot of her. ed her fire; immediateattery on the shore opening about a mile from the nemy attempting to get a r stern to bear on me, she In the wind, which enabled thin musket-shot; and, after 20 minutes, she blew up and e state of the weather, being in unter the land, the fire of the and several of the boats-coming shore, I was under the necessity ng the wreck without saving the single one of her crew. The Dacutter appeared to be a vessel of it 120 tons, and mounting 8 or 10 s, and apparently full of men. ppy to add, not a man under my com.nd, or the vessel, received the least mage. M. R. LUCAS. [This Gazette likewise contains a Letter om Lieut. Price, acting Commander of he Falcon, of whose exertions Sir J. Saumarez speaks in terms of the warmest commendation, announcing the capture and destruction of 27 Danish boats off the Islands of Thunoe, Samsoe, &c. in the Belt.]
Letter from Charles Dashwood, Esq. Captein of his Majesty's ship Franchise, states, that the French lugger privateer Le Hazard, of 4 guns and 50 men, was taken on the 23d of February by the Franchise, twelve leagues South of Scilly.-There are in the Gazette three letters, transmitted by Admiral Dacres in the West Indies. The first is from Capt. Symonds, mentioning his having captured the Spanish schooner letter of marque Santissima Trinidad, from Puerto Cavallo, bound to Cadiz, pierced for 14 guns, had four mounted, with 20 men.-The next from Lieut. Rorie, mentions the capture of a Spanish felucca letter of marque by the Fortune brig, under his command.-A second letter from Capt. Symonds, of the Tweed, states, that he had captured the French privateer schooner L'Adventure, of three guns, and 52 inen. A few days prior to her capture, he destroyed a small schooner, prize and tender to the privateer.
This Gazette also contains a Proclamation for the restitution of all Portuguese property detained by this Country.-Also a Proclamation declaring that all his Majesty's subjects may lawfully trade to and from the Islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, subject to the same duties, &e. to which the trade to and from his Majesty's Colonies in the West Indies shall be subject by Law.]
Admiralty-office, May 17. Letter from Capt. Skene, of H. M. S. Guerriere, to the Hon. W. W. Pole, dated on-board, Barbadoes, March 19.
Sir, I have the honour to acquaint you, that the French privateer brig Malvina, of Nantes, commanded by Mons. Rone Salaun, and mounting 14 guns with 60 men, together with leer prize, the British ship Juliano, were captured on Feb. 15, by his Majesty's ship under my command, ALEX, SKENE.
Admiralty-office, May 21.
laden with grain, &c. three galliots of 110 tons, ditto, a schooner of 80, and a sloop of 90 tons, ditto.
Mr J. T. Curry, Commander of the Royal George revenue yatch, in a Letter to the Commissioners of the Excise, Edinburgh, announces his having proceeded in quest of the French privateer Passe Partout, of 16 four and eight-pounders and 68 men, which he heard to be on the coast, and after a chase of seven hours, got alongside, when, on tiring a couple of broadsides she struck.
Capt Bathurst, of the Salsette, communicates to Sir S. Hood, the capture of the Danish privateer Kratbesminde, of eight guns and 31 men, out five days from Copenhagen, and had made no capture.
Admiralty-office, May 24. A letter has been received by the Hon. W. W. Pole, from Mr. J. Kinsman, cominander of the Active Excise cutter, dated at Falmouth the 19th inst. stating that, on the 17th, he had captured in the said entter, after a chace of some hours, the Deux Freres French privateer of St. Maloes, armed with two carriage-guns, and manned with 29 She had been out four days, and had taken two vessels, one of which was retaken by the Active, and the other by the Betsy privateer of Plymouth.
Admiralty-office, Mey 28. Letter transmitted by Rear-admiral Purvis.
Redwing, at Sea, May 7.
Sir, This morning at day-light, Cape Trafalgar bearing W. N. W. about six miles, an enemy's convoy was discovered coming down along shore. The winds being very light and variable, I was not enabled to close with them before seven o'clock; at that time, being within pointblank shot, the armed vessels handed their sails, and forming a close line, swept towards us, indicating an intention to board. The just confidence I place in the officers and men that I have the honour to zette contains a Letter from Capt. Mason, command, induced me to meet the enemy of the Daphne, giving an accremt of the upon his own terms; and I endeavoured to boats of that vessel, and of the Tartarus, close, to decide the business as quick as having, on the night of April 25, cut ont possible, in order to secure the merchantten vessels from Fladstrand, on the coast inen.--Upon arriving within musket-shot, of Jutland, laden with provisions, and a quick and well-directed fire was opened, supposed to be bound to Norway. Lieut. our guns doing great execution. At nine Elliot, Mr. Stewart, Master, and three o'clock, the enemy, completely panicseamen were wounded. The Officers emstruck and beaten, pushed their vessels ployed on the occasion, and of whose con- into a heavy surf, sacrificing all their duct Capt. Mason speaks in terms of wounded. I instantly sent a boat to try to warm coinmendation, were Lieut. Elliot, save as many as I could, as it was disMr. Stewart, Lieut. Roger (Marines); and tressing to see their situation, but our men Messrs. Beazeley, Durell, Elliot, Moore, were unable to rescue one of them. The and Ayton, Midshipmen of the Daphne; merchant vessels, seeing the fate of their and Licuts. Gittens and Patterson, and convoy, attempted to disperse; some we Midshipmen Septford, Lussman, and sunk, others ran into the surf, and in a Andrews, of the Tartarus. Five of the short time disappeared; the rest were prizes are brigs of 130 to 190 tons, deeply captured, excepting three (two of which
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were armed) that it was not in my power to
It is with the most heartfelt gratifi-
Killed and Wounded in the boats.-
List of the Convoy. The Diligent of two
This Gazette likewise contains a Letter from Capt. Campbell, of the Unite, announcing the capture of the Etoile de Buonaparte, of six guns and 21 men, (15 having deserted previous to her sailing,) having an Aide de Camp of Gen. Berthier on board, with dispatches from Corfu to Ancona, which he destroyed previous to her capture.-A Letter from Capt. Harvey, of the Standard, stating the capture of the Italian brig Friedland, of 16 guns, and
having on board Don Amilear Paolucci, commanding in chief the Italian Mariae, and Knight of the Iron Crown.--Another Letter from Sir T. Livingstone mentions the capture of two armed vessels, of six guns each, under the protection of the Torre de Estacio, on the night of the 6th November, by the boats of the Renommee and Grasshopper, under the able conduct of Lieut. Webster. Mr. Barton, Purser of casion. The prizes being aground, and R the Grasshopper, and a seaman of the Rebeing impossible to take out the people, nommee, were badly wounded on the ocincluding several women and children, stroyed, as would otherwise have been done. they were abandoned without being de
Admiralty-office, June 11. Letter from
day, at noon, I observed a cutter-rigged
ABSTRACT OF FOREIGN OCCURRENCES.
The Arch-Tyrant of Europe has at length nearly consummated his perfidious labours in Spain; having compelled the wretched CHARLES IV. to resign his sovereignty, and the PRINCE OF ASTURIAS his birth-right, to make way for a crea
Naples: in the mean time, Murat (Grand ture of his own; it is supposed, his brother JOSEPH, at present called King of Duke of Berg, as he is termed) holds the power, as Lieutenant-general of the Kingdom. We annex the following documents, as bearing an official stamp: