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highly approved the grants made from this fund to the junior branches of the Royal Family, objected either to the production of accounts, or to inquiry.

Mr. Lushington thought inquiry necessary; and mentioned the following instance of what he considered a misapplication of the droits of Admiralty. An Hon. Baronet, a Member of that House, obtained leave to quit the British service; and having so done, he purchased a ship, settled at Ostend, and exchanged the vessel so procured, for another named the El Trusco. Thus provided, the Hon. Baronet sailed for India, where he loaded his ship, proceeded from thence to Dungeness, and there ran in; or, to speak more intelligibly, smuggled in a part of the cargo. After some transactions, in which Lieut. Bowen, of the Brilliant, was concerned, the ship came within the jurisdiction of the Court of Admiralty. Proceedings were thereupon instituted, and claims were put in by the Hon. Baronet, to the amount of 100,000l.; and he demanded the restoration of the vessel, as being his own property. In that Court he avoided process, and absconded. Capt. Robinson, who was the captor, received nothing; but in September 1805, his Majesty, in compliance with the recommendation of Mr. Pitt, Mr. Long, and another Lord of the Treasury, made the Hon. Baronet a present of the sum of 25,000l. He presumed, that this would not be reckoned among the rewards as

signed for meritorious service; it was, in truth, a reward to an Officer of the Navy, for having violated the laws of his Country,

Sir H, Popham observed, that he was not prepared for so personal an attack; but observed, that when he sailed, it was in a period of peace; and as to using a neutral flag, such adoption had arisen at a mo. ment of irritation. He wished the Hon. Gentleman would move for all the Papers in the India House on the subject, by which he should be exculpated from the charge of smuggling.

Mr. Sheridan thought inquiry necessary, not only as to the extent and application of these droits, but to determine if such a fund ought to continue in the hands of the Crown, independent of the salutary con troul of Parliament.

Sir J. Nichol explained the grant to Sir H. Popham to have been a remission of the penalty he had incurred by bringing a cargo of tea to this country, without licence from the India Company.

Sir C. Price thought the motion not sufficiently comprehensive.

Mr. Adam, Mr. Huskisson, and Mr. Perceval, were of opinion that the amount of the droits only should be produced; and that any other measure that might then appear necessary, would be resorted to; and the House concurred with them: there being on a division, Ayes 12-Noes 57.Majority for the partial production, 25. (To be continued.)

INTERESTING INTELLIGENCE FROM THE LONDON GAZETTES. Admiralty-Office, Jan. 30. This Gazette Visc. Castlereagh, with the following dis announces the capture of a French lugger patch: privateer Marsouin, armed with 14 guns and 60 men, by the Isis, Capt. J. Tower. -The French cutter Succes, of 10 guns and 59 men, by the Volage, off Galita Island, Capt. Rosenhagen.-Le Cæsar French privateer of four 6-pounders, belonging to Ancona, having on-board a cargo of rice and flour on account of the French Government, bound to Corfu, by the Hazard sloop, Capt, Hony.-A number of small vessels, carrying troops to Corfu and Otranto; 300 soldiers were taken, nine vessels destroyed, and two escaped; by the Glatton.- - And the Grand Argus French lugger privateer, of 4 guns, but pierced for 12, and 41 men, by the Sibylle, Capt. Upton.

Admiralty-Office, Feb. 6. This Gazette contains an account of the capture of the Quixote Spanish privateer of 8 guns, and 99 men on board, belonging to Porto Cavallo; by the Savage, Capt. Maur.ce.

Downing Street, Feb. 8. Capt. Berkeley Arrived yesterday morning at the Office of

"MY LORD, Santa Cruz, Dec. 27. "Being in a state of preparation and readiness to move a sufficient force against the Danish islands in these seas, in consequence of your Lordship's dispatch of the 5th of September, no time was lost (after the arrival of his Majesty's final commands, signified to me by Lord Hawkes bury's letter of November the 3d, in your Lordship's absence, by the Fawn sloop of war, which arrived early on Tuesday morning the 15th inst. at Barbadoes) in embarking the troops at Barbadoes on. board the men of war appointed to receive them by Rear-admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane, who immediately dispatched others to the islands to Leeward to take on board such as were under orders in each of them, with directions to proceed to the general rendezvous, the whole of which, except 100 rank and file of the 90th regiment from St. Vincent's, joined the Admiral before or soon after our arrival off the island of St. Thomas on the 21st inst. It was then thought proper to send a summons to Governor Von Scholten, in charge

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of Brig. gen. Shipley and Capt. Fahie éommanding his Majesty's ship Ethalion, to surrender the islands St. Thomas, St. John, and their Dependencies, to his Britannic Majesty, which he did the next day on terms agreed upon between him and Major Gen. Maitland and Capt. Pickmore, of his Majesty's ship Ramillies, which were afterwards approved of and ratified by Rear-admiral the Hon. Sir A. Cochrane and myself, a copy of which I have the honour to enclose, and hope they will meet with his Majesty's approbation. On the 23d, in the evening, after leaving a garrison of 300 men of the 70th regiment, with an Officer and detachment of the Royal Artillery, at St. Thomas's, under the command of Brig. Gen. Maclean, whom I have also directed to assume the Civil Government of the same until his Majesty's pleasure is signified thereon, we proceeded to Santa Cruz, the Admiral having previously sent his Majesty's ship Ethalion, with Brig.-gen. Shipley and Captain Fahie, to summon that island; who returned the next morning, the 24th, with a letter from the Governor, offering to surrender it to his Majesty, provided we would allow three Danish Officers to view on board the ships the number of troops brought against it, which we permitted, that his Excellency's military honour might not thereby be reflected on. These Officers having made their report to their Governor, returned early the next morning, the 25th, to the flag-ship, with a message, that the Governor was willing to treat for the surrender of the island, when Major-gen. Maitland and Capt. Pickmore

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were again sent on shore to settle the Terms of Capitulation, a copy of which I also transmit; which being approved of by the Admiral and myself, troops were landed, and the forts and batteries taken possession of in the name of his Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, a royal salute being fired on the British Colours being hoisted. I should be ungrateful in the extreme did I not state to your Lordship the great and many obligations I conceive myself, the Officers, and soldiers, to be under to Rearadiniral the Hon. Sir A. Cochrane, the Captains and Officers of the Royal Navy, who have universally afforded us every comfortable accommodation in their power and I am sure much to their own inconvenience. I am convinced that had it been necessary to have called for the exertion of the sea and land forces employed upon this expedition, that they would have added another laurel to the many ac quired by British valour and discipline. Copies of the two Letters of Summons, with the answers of the respective Governors, are herewith transmitted, together with a return of Ordnance, and Ordnance Stores, taken possession of, both at St. Thomas's and Santa Cruz.-This dispatch will be presented to your Lordship by Capt. Berkeley of the 16th infantry, an intel ligent officer, who will answer any ques tion you may be pleased to ask him; and I beg leave to recommend him to your Lordship's notice.-Capt. Berkeley is my first Aid de Camp. HENRY BOWYER,

Géneral and Commander of the Forces.", (To be continued)

ABSTRACT OF FOREIGN OCCURRENCES.

FRANCE.

The Moniteur of the 24th ult. contained two Reports from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The first accuses Portugal of favouring England, and deceiving France: the 2d is dated the 2d January, and is as follows:

"His Excellency recalls to the recollection of his Majesty how necessary were the active and vigilant measures which have been taken, and so well seconded, by the rapidity of the march of the French troops. Portugal only sequestered the English goods when the English were seeure from that measure, which Portúgal did not even affect to execute. She concerted her flight with the English; and, a little while before we received the news of it, a courier had carried to Italy, where the Emperor then was, new protestations of attachment to the cominon cause of the Continent. He announced the return of M. de Lema, who had not quitted Lis

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bon, and the arrival of the Ambassador Extraordinary, M. de Marialva, probably the dupe, as was the courier, of the bad faith of her Court. Portugal is at length delivered from the yoke of England: your Majesty occupies it with your troops-it had been left defenceless on the sea-side, and a part of the cannon on her coasts had been spiked. Thus England menaces her at present, blockades her ports, and would lay waste her shores. Spain has had fears for Cadiz-she has had fears for Ceuta it is against that part of the world that the English appear to wish to direct their secret expeditions. They have embarked troops at Gibraltar-they have recalled from that quarter those which had been driven from the Levant, and a part of those which they had accumulated in the city. Their cruizers on the coast of Spain become more vigilant, and seem to wish to revenge upon that kingdom the reverse they have experienced in the Spa

nish Colonies.

All the peninsula deserves to fix particularly the attention of your Majesty."

Report of the Minister of War on the Measures taken by France under the present Circumstances. 6th Jan.

"Your Majesty ordered me to form the first and second Corps of Observation of the Geronde. The first of those corps, sommanded by General Junot, has conquered Portugal. The head of the second is ready to follow the first, if circumstances require it. Your Majesty, whose vigilance is never at a fault, wished the Corps of Observation of the Ocean, confided to Marshal Moscey, to be in the third line. The necessity of shutting the ports of the Continent against our irreConcileable Enemy, and of having upon every point of attack considerable means, in order to profit by any fortunate circumstances which might present themselves, to carry the war to the heart of England, Ireland, and the Indies, may render the levy of the conscription of 1809 necessary. The party which rules at London has prolaimed the principle of eternal war, and the Expedition to Copenhagen has revealed its criminal intentions. Though the indignation of all Europe has been excited against England; though at no period France had such numerous armies; it is not sufficient-it is necessary that English influence should be attacked wherever it exists, till the moment in which the sight of so many dangers shall induce England to drive from her Counsels the Oligarchs who direct them, and to confide the Administration to wise men, capable of conciliating the love and interest of their country with the love and interest of the human race. A vulgar policy would have made your Majesty disarm; but such a policy would be a scourge to France, and render imperfect the great results you have prepared. Yes, Sire, your Majesty, far from diminishing your arms, ought to augment them, till England shall have acknowledged the independence of all Powers, and restored to the seas that tranquillity which your Majesty has ensured to the Continent. Undoubtedly your Majesty must suffer in requiring from your people fresh sacrifices, and in imposing new obligations on them; but you ought also to yield to the cry of all the French-" No repose till the sea be free, and a just peace shall have re-established France in the most just, the most useful, and the most necessary of her rights."

In consequence of the above Report, the Conservative Senate has placed at the disposal of Buonaparte 80,000 of the conscripts for the year 1809; viz. all youths

born in the years 1789 and 1790. The grounds of this anticipation were explained by M. Regnaud, one of the Orators of State, in the following speech:

Motives of the Senatus Consultum upon the Conscription of 1809, declared by Regnaud de St. Jean D'Angely, Minister of State.

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SENATORS,-When your wisdom called out the Conscripts of 1808, your wishes were directed towards the Peace which signal victories had prepared-you wished to ensure new means of conquering and pacifying. The success surpassed your hopes-the flames of war are extinguished upon the Continent-a durable peace has been sworn between the two greatest Sovereigns in the world, and Europe has time to breathe. But there is a Government to which the repose of Europe is despair, to which Peace is terror, to which discord is necessity, and war hope. England has replied to the offer of a generous mediation offered by the Emperor of Russia, by carrying tire and sword into the territories of his most antient ally, by professing more solemnly contempt of the rights of nations, by proclaiming more inhumanly the principle of eternal war. The indignation of all Sovereigns has replied to the injurious Manifestoes, to the cunning declarations, to the barbarous acts of the Cabinet of St. James. The predictions which the orators of his Majesty made to you a year ago in this Tribune are realized. It is, we said, from the bosom of the Continent, which England would set in a flame, that henceforth a terrible war shall be waged against her. It is by applying to her on all the European shores the princi ples she has applied in all seas, that we shall bring her back to the antient principles of the Law of Nations and of civilized states. It is by exiling her ships from all the coasts where we have soldiers and allies, that the English Ministry will be punished for the culpable refusal of giving Peace to the world.' Such, Senators, were the words we addressed to you in speaking of the Conscription of 1808, and behold a sacred and powerful league is formed to punish the English Oligarchy, defend the rights of nations, and avenge humanity. From the Baltic to the Mediterranean, from the Nile to the Narva, but few points remain to the English ships where they can land, or where they are not forbidden to touch.

But it is not sufficient to have, by a just reciprocity, pronounced against England that dreadful sentence of outlawry; she must not be permitted to be at rest in the seat of her iniquitous domination, upon any of her coasts, in any of her colonies, under any points of the globe, which are o rdicted to her. It is necessary

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that, repelled from one part of the world, menaced in all others, England should now not where to d rect the little military force of which she has the disposal; and that our armies, more formidable than ever, should be ready to carry into her possessions our victorious and avenging Eagles. Sueir, Gentlemen, are the motives which have determined his Majesty · to demand a new Conscription. The levy of the preceding year has been, as you foresaw, the pledge of Continental Peace the levy of this year will be the presage of a Marit me Peace. The pillage of the arsenal and port of Copenhagen-the emigration of the Portuguese fleet, have not yet left the Continent without ships.

"Our legions can yet reach the English Militia-Ireland may yet hope for succour against oppression India may yet expect deliverers; and while our antient phalanyes shall march to hasten the days of justice, new legions of young warriors shall be trained to discipline and to battle, under the paternal eye of those warlike Magistrates, of those Senators Generals, who with so happy a zeal have already formed brave men.to replace those whom War has snatched from the country, or who have been restored to their families. His Majesty will have a superabundance of means to realize his pacific views, or to execute his warlike projects. To the powerful armies of his faithful Allies, his Majesty will unite, for common defence am triumph, so formidable a mass, that success will not long be doubtful. So just a cause will not be vainly defended by so much force, and protected by so many powers. A league so imposing in its elements, so generous in its policy, so just in its objects, so great in its means, will at length bring back our Enemies to justice through fear, or to submission through victory."

Paris, Jan. 29.-The Senate yesterday held an extraordinary sitting. We are assured, that in this sitting an organic Senatus Consultum was presented, for the creation of a new grand Dignitary of the Empire, with the title of "Governor-General of the Department beyond the Alps:" his prerogatives and functions will be the same as those of the Prince Archchancellor and Grand Elector; and he will reside at Genoa:

A late Moniteur contains a translation of our King's Sprech on the opening of the Parliament, and an abridgment of the Debates which followed in both Houses. These are accompanied by notes, in the usual tone of invective and insinuation. The comments chiefly relate to the rejected Mediation of Russia--An unqualified condemnation of the Danish Expedition

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which all hopes of reconciliation with France are for ever lost-Suspicions against Austria, so far as regards her pretended remonstrance against England-Threats against Sweden, in which her patriotic struggle is treated with ridicule, predicting that Alexander will soon be in possession of Stockholm-The declaration of Mr. Canning, that he did not receive his infor-' mation relating to the Prussian troops from M. Jacobi, but from an English Minister, communicating the intelligence that Prussia was to be evacuated by France, without any reference to what England' might or might not resolve on. Buonaparte, however, with the true spirit of perfidy, at last openly avows that he will not consent to evacuate Prussia till the conclusion of the war, if even then! This paper contains observations also on several other subjects, in which the inordinate ambition of Buonaparte is more and more evident.-To this comment are added some remarks on Lord Galloway's Speech in Parliament, and some few hints. respecting our conduct at Madeira.-We scarcely need mention, that the whole of these remarks are embittered by every invective which can be suggested against the British Government.

The most remarkable of these Comments is a long note, in which it is pretended, that a peace of a few years continuance would be very advantageous to this Coun try, and extremely injurious to France. It is singular that Buonaparte should përinit this argument to be used, at the time that he is constantly expressing a desire for Peace. The sincerity of that desire is rendered very questionable, when declarations so inconsistent with it appear in the Moniteur. Why does he propose to negotiate, if he expects that the effects of a pacification would be so unfavourable to him?

Kehl opposite to Strasburgh, Cassel opposite to Mayance, Wesel and Flushing, have been united to the French Empire.

It is in contemplation, in France, to plant and cultivate the Cotton-tree in the Southern provinces of that country.

Buonaparte continues to elevate and secure his family, by extending its connexions among the antient Houses of Germany. The niece of his brother-in-law, Murat, has been lately married to the Prince of Hohenzollern; and a relative of Madame Buonaparte to the Prince of Aremberg.

Among Buonaparte's recent creations of title, he has named one of his grand-daughters (Josephine) Princess of Boulogne This is to be considered as a mark of Royal favour, conferred upon that town for the loyalty and bravery displayed by its inhabitants in their several rencontres with

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the English: perhaps too with a reference to the future services to be performed by the same inhabitants, in their co-operation with the projected expedition, which the foreign papers begin again to intimate is about to be undertaken against this country.

Buonaparte is making arrangements for the improvement of his dock-yards; there are to be 18 Companies of about 277 men each, and to be divided into sub-divisions of 18.

Napoleon has passed a decree, dated the 11th inst. for the enforcement of his decrees of Nov 23 and Dec. 17, for the confiscation of such neutral vessels entering the ports belonging to France, or occupied by her troops, as may have touched in a British port, or been visited by a British cruizer. By this decree, any of the crew or passengers on board such vessel, giving evidence of such visitation, is to be rewarded with a third part of the value of the ship and cargo. Any Custom-house Officer contravening this decree, is declared guilty of treason.

Armand Victor Le Chevalier, formerly a Chief of the Chouans, and pardoned, was tried by a Court Martial at Paris, on the 9th inst. and sentenced to suffer death, for having assembled an armed force last June, of which he constituted himself the Chief.

A man named Desnoyelles was lately fined 100 livres by one of the tribunals of Paris, for not having prevented his wife, Louisa Lecoc, abusing the credulity of the Conscripts by telling their fortunes on the cards; the poor man in vain pleaded that he had no power of controul over his wife; but the Judge silenced the plea by threatening a farther mulct for his criminal abandonment of that authority with which the laws of God and man had invested him. HOLLAND.

The Flushing Gazette Extraordinary of the 17th ult. was published for the purpose of announcing the damage done at Flushing by a storm and high tide on the 15th. The following is an abstract of this distressing detail:

At one o'clock on the morning of the 15th, the tide rose over the quays, and, being driven by a violent wind, poured in torrents through all the streets of the lower town-the inundation was so rapid as to have attained a great height before it was perceived; and many had scarcely time to remove their children out of bed to a place of greater safety. In less than half an hour, the water in many places was nine feet deep, and in the lower streets more than 14; so that in some low houses the inhabitants could only save themselves on the roofs.

With how much rapidity the water advanced will appear from the following instance: in the Palingstraat, a woman was found drowned, lying half out of bed, with her youngest child in her arms; hei eldest child was likewise out of bed; but, in consequence, no doubt, of the rapid rise of the water, they were all three found lifeless.

At break of day, the wind abated, and, the water decreasing with the ebb, the water left the houses on the town quay; but it still continued in the lower parts of the town, and was of considerable depth till the following day. Many persons in boats and other small vessels then conveyed some scanty supplies of provisions and water to the inhabitants in the upper stories, and on the tops of the houses,

The water on the Vineyard quay, at the magazine of provisions of the French Empire, made a great breach, through which beams of ship-timber were driven with so much violence, that they greatly damaged and endangered several houses, and entirely threw down others, causing the death of several persons. A great number of horses, and cattle, standing in the stalls of the dealers, were drowned.-This calamity was still more aggravated by a frost setting in, which rendered it necessary, so long as the frost lasted, and no rain fell, to fetch rain-water from Middleburg; what fresh water they before had having been spoiled by the salt water.

Twenty-nine persons, who lost their lives on this occasion, have been buried at the expence of the town; and subscrip tions have been opened for the relief of the sufferers.

A most severe Decree has been passed in Holland; by which the Ports of that Country are ordered to be shut against vessels of every description; ships of war belonging to Holland and her Allies only excepted.-It was thus prefaced: "Considering that every European nation ought to co-operate with all its might to the triumph of the cause of the Continent, in a contest which will not be of long duration, and whose result is not doubtful-Considering that our particular duty, as well as the dearest interests of our people, command us to accede in all points to the de sires of his Majesty the Emperor of the French, our illustrious Brother, and even to surpass his hopes-Considering that the indemnity and relief which our Kingdom has a right to demand and expect depend entirely upon the powerful intervention of France-Considering, in fine, that however great the sacrifices hitherto made by this country may be, and however painful its situation, both under the relations of conimerce and those of finance, it

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