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more by the zeal and fpirit which animate all ranks of your Majefty's fubjects in the caufe of their country.

Nor have we feen with lefs fatisfaction the entire difappointment of the attempts of our enemies against your Majefty's kingdom of Ireland, the defeat and furrender of the force which they had disembarked for the fupport of a rebellion inftigated by themfelves, and the capture or difperfion of the armaments deftined for the fame object; and we truft, that the rebellion, thus cut off from foreign affiftance, and curbed and repreffed, as it has been, by the vigour of your Majefty's councils, and the gallantry of your Majefty's troops, will, ere long, be finally extinguished.

We are anxious to declare to your Majefty, and to the world, our abhorrence of the views and principles of thofe who, in concert with our inveterate enemy, had planned the fubverfion of the conftitution of their country; and we cannot but feel perfuaded, that the complete expofure of thefe treafons muft awaken the deInded to a fenfe of their duty, and muft imprefs ftill more strongly on the minds of all your Majefty's fubjects, the neceffity of fupporting, against every attack, the laws and government of their

country.

Convinced of the extent and value of the bleffings which, under your Majefty's happy and paternal government, we have to defend, and confident in the refources and fpirit of our country, we have encountered with cheerfulness many and great difficulties. Thefe, by the bleffing of Providence on your Majesty's dignified firmnefs and perfeverance in a juft caufe, have happily been furmounted. Animated by this fuccefs, encouraged by the comparative fituation of our country, and, above all, deeply impreffed with a fenfe of that duty which is incumbent on every individual in a period of fuch general danger and calamity, we will not relax our exertions, but will, to the utmost of our power, fupport your Majefty in every measure which may beft contribute to deliver unimpaired to pofterity, the fecurity, independence, happiness, and honour of the British empire.

The following is his Majefty's most gracious Answer to the above
Addrefs.
My Lords,

I RECEIVE with the higheft fatisfaction this dutiful and loyal addrefs.

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Your congratulations on the brilliant fucceffes with which it has pleafed Providence to reward our exertions, are particularly agreeable to me; and I trust that the honourable and dignified perfeverance of my Parliament and my people will, both by example and effect, materially contribute to restore the independence of Europe, and to infure to thefe kingdoms the bleflings of fecure and honourable peace.

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APPENDIX.

HISTORY OF THE WAR.

From the LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY,
Friday, October 13, 1797.

Admiralty Office, October 13.

morning with a letter from Admiral Duncan, commander in chief of his Majefty's fhips, &c. employed in the North Sea, to Evan Nepean, Efq. of which the following is a copy:

Venerable, off the Coaft of Holland, the 12th of October, by Log (11th), three P. M. Camperdown, E.S.E. eight Miles, Wind N. by E.

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Sir,

I HAVE the pleasure to acquaint you, for the information of the Lords Commiffioners of the Admiralty, that at nine o'clock this morning I got fight of the Dutch fleet; at half paft twelve I paffed through their line, and the action commenced, which has been very fevere. The admiral's fhip is difmafted, and has ftruck, as have feveral others, and one is on fire.

I shall send Captain Fairfax with particulars the moment I can spare

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From the LONDON GAZETTE, Oct. 14, 1797

Admiralty Office, October 13.

Extract of a Letter from Admiral Sir Richard King, Bart. Commander in Chief of his Majefty's Ships and Veffels at Plymouth, to Mr. Nepean, dated the 11th inft.

I HEREWITH tranfmit, for their Lordships' information, a letter which I received this morning from Lieutenant Tomlinfon, commanding the Speedwell lugger, giving an account of his having captured a French cutter privateer, carrying two brass fix-pounders, two fwivels, and eighteen nien.

Sir,

Speedwell, at Sea, October 10, 1797.

I HAVE the honour to inform you, the Start bearing north about nine leagues, we fell in with, this morning, and, after a chafe of fix hours, captured Les Amies, a fmall French cutter privateer, having on board two brafs fix-pounders, two fwivels, and eighteen men; out four days from Granville, and had not taken any thing.

I have the honour to be, &c.

Sir Richard King, Bart. &c.

ROB. TOMLINSON.

Admiralty Office, O&. 14.

Copy of a Letter from Vice-Admiral Kingsmill, Commander in Chief of his Majefty's Ships and Veffels on the Coaft of Ireland, to Evan Nepean, Efq. dated the 5th of October 1797.

Sir,

I REQUEST you will inform my Lords Commiffioners of the Admiralty, that Captain Faulknor, of his Majefty's fhip Diana, has fent in a coppered French cutter privateer, Le Flibuftier, of four guns, five fwivels, and twenty-nine men, out of Bourdeaux fifty-two days, but which had not made any capture.

I have the honour to be, &c.
R. KINGSMILL.

Admiralty Office, Oct. 14.

Copy of a Letter from Vice-Admiral Kingsmill, Commander in Chief of his Majefty's Ships and Veffels on the Coaft of Ireland, to Evan Nepean, Efq. dated at Cork, the 9th of October 1797.

Sir,

PLEASE to inform my Lords Commiffioners of the Admiralty, that his Majesty's fhip Cerberus is juft returned from a cruife, in which the has captured the San Noberta Spanish privateer fchooner, of four carriage guns and fwivels, and forty-two men, and recaptured the Graff, a

Danifh fhip, having on board a Portuguese cargo of iron and grain, from St. Michael's, bound to Lisbon.

I have the honour to be, &c.

Extract of a Letter from Captain Roberts, Commander of his Majesty's Ship La Concorde, to Evan Nepean, Efq. dated at Madeira, the 7th of Auguft 1797.

R. KINGSMILL.

BE pleased to inform my Lords Contmiffioners of the Admiralty, that at break of day on the 24th ult. (Cape Finisterre bearing S. E. by E. diftant about forty leagues) I fell in with and captured the brigantine Le Poiffon Volant letter of marque, Captain Latarte, laden with wines and different kinds of merchandife, from Bourdeaux, bound to Guadaloupe; fhe is pierced for eight guns, but had only four on board; is new coppered, and was fitted out with the intention, after landing her cargo in the Weft Indies, to cruife in those feas as a privateer, where, from her fuperior failing, fhe probably would have done confiderable mischief, as the fails much better than the Concorde in light winds, and was taken by being fortunately within reach of our guns when first seen.

From the LONDON GAZETTE, O&t. 16, 1797.

Admiralty Office, O&. 14.

Copy of a Letter from Sir Richard King, Bart. Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Ships and Veffels at Plymouth, to Evan Nepean, Efq. Secre tary of the Admiralty, dated on board the Cambridge, in Hamoaze, the 15th inftant.

Sir,

THIS afternoon arrived here La Decouverte French national brig, of fourteen guns and ninety-one men, prize to his Majefty's fhip Unité, out three days from Nantz, fuppofed to be bound to Guadaloupe with fecret difpatches, which they threw overboard in chafe, and ten of her guns. I have the honour to be, Sir, &c.

R. KING.

Copy of another Letter from Admiral Sir Richard King, Bart. to Evan Nepean, Efg. dated on board the Cambridge, in Hamoaze, the 15th in ftant.

Sir,

I HEREWITH tranfinit, for their Lordships' information, a letter I have received this morning from Lieutenant Tomlinfon, commanding his Majefty's hired lugger Speedwell, giving an account of his having captured a French lugger privateer, carrying fix brafs fix-pounders, fix fwivels, and thirty-five men.

The above veffel is arrived here.

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I am, &c.

R. KING.

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Speedwell, at Sea, October 13, 1797, Start
N. N. E. five or fix Leagues.

Sir,

I HAVE the honour to inform you, that, after a chase of five hours, we have this day captured the Telemachus, French lugger privateer, mounting fix brafs fix-pounders on carriages, and fix fwivels: fhe had on board thirty-five men. I cannot learn that he has taken any thing, except a Danish brig. I have put fome men on board the Telemachus, and fent her to Plymouth.

I have the honour to be, &c.

Sir Richard King, Bart. &c.

ROB. TOMLINSON.

From the LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY,
Monday, October 16, 1797.

Admiralty Office, October 16.

CAPTAIN Fairfax, of the Venerable, arrived early this morning with difpatches from Adam Duncan, Efq. admiral of the blue, commander in chief of his Majefty's fhips, &c. employed in the North Sea, to Evan Nepean, Efq. fecretary of the Admiralty, of which the following are copies :

Venerable, at Sea, 13th October 1797, off the
Coaft of Holland.

Sir,

BE pleased to acquaint the Lords Commiffioners of the Admiralty, that, judging it of confequence their Lordships fhould have as early information as poffible of the defeat of the Dutch fleet under the command of Admiral De Winter, I dispatched the Rofe cutter at three P. M. on the 12th (11th) inftant, with a fhort letter to you immediately after the action was ended. I have now further to acquaint you, for their Lordships' information, that in the night of the 10th inftant, after I had fent away my letter to you of that date, I placed my fquadron in fuch fituation as to prevent the enemy from returning to the Texel without my falling in with them. At nine o'clock in the morning of the 11th I got fight of Captain Trollope's fquadron, with fignals flying for an enemy to leeward; I immediately bore up, and made the fignal for a general chase, and foon got fight of them, forming in a line on the larboard tack to receive us, the wind at N. W. As we approached near, I made the fignal for the fquadron to fhorten fail, in order to connect them; foon after I faw the land between Camperdown and Egmont, about nine miles to leeward of the enemy, and finding there was no time to be loft in making the attack, I made the fignal to bear up, break the enemy's line, and engage them to leeward, each fhip her opponent, by which I got between them and the land, whither they were faft approaching, My fignals were obeyed with great promptitude, and Vice-admiral Onflow, in the Monarch, bore down on the enemy's rear in the most gallant, manner, his divifion following his example; and the action commenced about forty minutes past twelve o'clock. The Venerable foon got through the enemy's line, and I began a clofe action, with my divifion on their van,

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