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pursued by our troops with a perseverance which forms a principal feature of their character.
While some repose was granted to the troops, fatigued by an obstinate conflict, and while the remainder, who had not yet fought, were preparing for an attack on Monte Ajuto, it was observed, that the brigade of *General Count St. Julien had already ascended Monte Nutte, and was advancing against Monte Negiro in full speed. The position on Monte Ajuto, from nature and art, bad for the enemy all the advantages which I have already mentioned in those of la Torre di Cadibuona.
Five battalions of grenadiers were ordered by General Lattermann to march round by the right wing, while Count Balffy, at the head of the brigade of Bussy, with the utmost skill and bravery attacked the enemy, who had advanced from their intrenchments, and drove them back with considerable lofs to the highest precipice of Monte Ajuto, mentioned before; and in the same manner as our valiaut grenadiers menaced the prin. cipal redoubt in the rear, to cut off the enemy's retreat, the brave regiment of Spleny, with a division of pioneers, succeeded in storming these works in front, and in forcing the enemy to seek safety at Vado and Sa. vona, night only terminating the conflict.
At the same moment the troops under General St. Julien made themfelves masters of Monte Negiro, took one piece of cannon, several small field-pieces, and some ammunition, made prisoners 12 officers and 86 privates, pursuing the remainder along Madona di Savona to the citadel of Savona. Thus situated, we prepared for attacking Monte Giacomo on the 7th. The enemy made little resistance, and a small party of our troops took pofleffion of it, while Field-marshal-lieutenant-general Elfnitz directed his principal views towards the heights of Vado. On the morning of the 7th we were masters of the different points which could lead to the conquest of the strong places before us, and a division of the brigade of Sticker was actually advancing against Vado, across the heights of Madona del Monte, when our spies brought the happy tidings that the enemy had precipitately quitted the fort St. Steffano and its highest point, having destroyed their ammunition, spiked their cannon, and conveyed their troops by fea towards Finale; so that, beside these advantageous positions, 17 pieces of cannon, some ships, and various military uten fils fell into our hands.
The division of the enemy which had fled toward the citadel of Savona in confusion, left in our hands 350 prisoners--and the city of Savona, and the harbour of Vado, giving protection to our allies, will certainly crown our victory.
I am in hourly expectation of reports from the Generals in the Riviere di Levante, which will determine my further operations. Meanwhile the citadel of Savona is closely blockaded by our troops.
MELAS, Head-quarters at Cadibuona, April 3.
General of Cavalry. Extract of a Letter from Field-marshal-lieutenant Count Hohenzollern, to the
Imperial Commissary, Count Cocaftelli. Head-quarters, Bochetta, April 9, Eight o'Clock in the Evening: THIS morning I gave orders to the two regiments Kray and Alvinzy, under General Roufleau, to attack the Bochetta, hitherto deemed invincible
. Seven close batteries, lined with heavy artillery, were affailed one by one, and carried at the point of the bayonet, by the incredible
bravery of our soldiers. The enemy, with a view of disconcerting this enterprise, had yesterday made a strong diversion againit my right wing, and advanced even against St. Benedetto, but without success. Our troops are rapidly advancing against Genoa.--Col di Tenda, Mount Cenis, Vado, and Savona are in our hands; and these successes are a sure presage of still greater advantages.
Milan, April 11.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, May 10, 1800.
Admiralty Office, May 10. Copy of a Letter from Vice-admiral Lord Keith, Commander in Chief of
his Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the Mediterranean; dated on board the Minotaur, off Genoa, April 18.
I HAVE the satisfaction of acquainting you, for the information of their Lordships, that the Guillaume Tell having attempted to escape from Malta on the evening of the 29th ult. was intercepted and captured the following morning by his Majefty's fhips Lion, Foudroyant, and Penelope; but as I have not yet received Captain Dixon's account of the particulars of the action, or of the loss which has been sustained, I must take another opportunity of communicating them. I understand, however, that the enemy was completely dismalted before she struck, and that the Lion and Foudroyant have had killed and wounded about 40 men each,
Admiralty Office, May 10. LETTERS received this morning from Lord Keith, dated the 21st of April, mention several important advantages gained by the Austrians in the vicinity of Genoa, under the walls of which place the French have been obliged to concentrate their force. In many attacks the fire of the English thips was employed with considerable effect.—The messenger reports that he saw an English ship towing a captured Dutch ship of the line (with a frigate or Noop) into Yarmouth Roads. Copy of a Letter from Vice-admiral Lord Keith, Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Ships and Veffels in the Mediterranean, to Evan Nepean, Esq.; dated in Leghorn Road, April 1.
Sir, I HAVE the honour to enclose to you, for the information of their Lordships, a list of merchant-veffels captured by the ships of the squadron under my command. I have the honour to be, &c. &c.
List of Merchant-vessels captured by the Ships of the Squadron under the
Command of Vice-admiral Lord Keith, K.B. &c. The Spanish brig El Bulcano, from Corunna bound to the River of Plate, laden with fundries; captured December 23, 1799, by the squadron under the orders of Rear-admiral Duckworth.
The brig Catharina, of Hamburgh, from Oporto, bound to Limerick, laden with wine and fruit; recaptured December 24, 1799, by the Netley schooner,
The 1799, by ditto.
The English bark Dutchess of Gordon, from Newfoundland, bound to Oporto, laden with 7600 quintals of filh : recaptured December 25, 1799, by ditto.
The Einglish veffel Venus, 'from London, bound to Oporto, laden with fhot, lead, tin, staves, &c.: recaptured December 25, 1799, by ditto.
The English brig Liberty, in ballast: 'recaptured December 25, 1793, by ditto.
The Spanish brig La Fletcher, of 80 tons, 14 guns, and 44 men, from Saint Andero, bound to Vera Cruz, laden with wine, iron, paper, &c.; captured December 26, 1799, by the Caroline.
The Englith brig Commerce, laden with salt fish: recaptured December 27, 1799, by the Netley Schooner.
A Swedill brig, laden with iron and deals, from Stockholmn, bound to Viana : recaptured December 27, 1799, by dirto.
A Portuguefe fchooner, laden with falt: recaptured December 27 The Spanish brig La Villa Descada, from Vera Cruz, bound to Saint Andero, laden with sugar, hides, &c. : captured December 30, 1799, by the squadron under the orders of Rear-admiral Duckworth.
The Spanish thip (name unknown), from Cadiz, bound to Lima, with bale-goods, &c. : captured December 30, 1799, by the Phænix.
The Genoese Thip America, of 400 tons, from Alexandria, bound to Genoa, laden with fundry nierchandise: captured January 10, by the Theseus.
The Genoese polacre ship Divina Providenza, from Marseilles, bound to Genoa, laden with corn and wine: captured January 12, by the Santa Dorotea.
The Spanish brig Signora Montserat, from Barcelona, bound to Genoa, laden with wine and bird-seed ; captured January 13, by the Pearl.
A light fe tee: cut out of Ariache, and deftroyed January 18, by the Santa Dorotea.
The thip Signor della Providenza, from Marseilles, bound to Genoa, laden with corn and wine: captured January 19, by the Mutine.
A vellel (name unknown), the crew having deferted her, laden with corn and a few bales of leather: captured January 19, by ditto.
The Ragusan polacre ship L'Anonciat, from Tunis, bound to Genoa, laden with corn: recaptured January 27, by the Foudroyant and Queen Charlotte.
The French brig Le Dillon, laden with oil; captured January 27, by the Pearl.
A French settee, in ballaft: captured January 27, by ditto.
The French bombard La Françoise, from Adge, bound to Marseilles, laden with wheat: captured January 27, by the Petterel.
The French brig Le Jean Jofeph, from Adge, bound to Marseilles, in ballafr : captured January 27, by ditto.
The French brig Le Joseph, bound from Marseilles to Adge, in bal. laft: captured January 27, bv ditto.
The Spanith brig San Juan Baptista, from Carthagena, bound to Mar. feilles, laden with varilla: captured January 27, by ditto.
The Genoele polacre ship Nostra Seignora Divina Providenza, from Genoa, bound to Marseilles, laden with corn and wine : captured January 29, by the Santa Dorotea.
The Genoese fettee Nostra Seignora de la Marchade, from Genoa, bound to Cette, laden with ditto: captured January 29, by ditto.
The Genoese settee Santissimo Annunciato, from Genoa, bound to Toulon,- laden with ditto and dollars : captured January 29, by ditto.
A fettee, from Nice, bound to Loreano: captured February 1, by the Minotaur.
A Genoese polacre ship: run ashore off Narbonne, and totally loft, February 9, by the Pearl.
A fhip from Genoa, bound to Marseilles, laden with oil: captured February 9, by the Santa Dorotea.
A Neapolitan brig, from Palermo, bound to Leghorn, laden with locusts : recaptured February 10, by the Mermaid.
The Ragusan brig Nova Sorte, from Barcelona, bound to Leghorn, laden with wine: recaptured February 20, by the Mutine.
The Ragusan brig La Grazia, from Barcelona, bound to Leghorn, laden with wine : recaptured March 5, by ditto.
The Genoese polacre thip Il Volante, from Especia, bound to Lege horn, laden with iron, coffee, &c.: captured March 7, by ditto.
A Spanish polacre fhip, from Barcelona, bound to Malaga, laden with brandy, wine, and merchandise: captured March 9, by the Phoenix.
KEITH. Admiralty Office, Mary 9. Copy of a Letter from Captain Cockburne, of his Majesty's Ship La Minerve,
to Lord Keith My Lord,
La Minerve, at Sea, the 2d March. I HAVE the honour to inform your Lordship that his Majesty's fhip under my command captured this morning Le Furet French brig privateer of 14 guns and 80 men, belonging to Nantes, out seventeen days; has only taken the Alert of North Yarmouth, which we have retaken.
I am, &c.
Copy of a Letter from Captain Auften, of his Majesty's Sloop Petterel,
to Captain Oliver, of his Majesty's Ship Mermaid. Sir,
Petterel, at Sea, March 22. I HAVE to inform that the vessels with which you saw me engaged yesterday afternoon, near Cape Couronne, were a fhip, brig, and xebec, belonging to the French republic; two of which, the ship and xebec, I drove on shore, and after a running action of about one hour and half, during which we were not more than a cable's length from the shore, and frequently not half that distance, the third struck her colours. On taking poffeffion, found her to be La Ligurienne French brig of war, mounting 14 fix-pounders and two 36-pounder howitzers, all brass, commanded by Citizen Fraucis Auguste Pelabon, Lieutenant de Vaisseau, and had on board at the commencement of the action 104 men. Though from the spirited conduct and alacrity of Lieutenant Packer, Mr. Thompson the master, and Mr. Hill the purser (who very handsomely volunteered his services on the main deck), joined to the gallantry, and determined. courage of the rest of the officers, seamen, and marines of his Majesty's floop under my command, I was happily enabled to bring the contest to a favourable issue; yet I could not but feel the want, and regret the
absence of my first lieutenant Mr. Glover, the gunner, and 30 men, who were at the time away in prizes. I have a lively pleasure in adding, that this service has been performed without a man hurt on our part, and with no other damage to the ship than four of our carronades dismounted, and a few shots through the fails.
La Ligurienne is a very fine vessel of the kind, well equipped with stores of all sorts, in excellent repair, and not two years old; is built on a peculiar plan, being faftened throughout with screw-bolts, so as to be taken to pieces and set up again with ease, and is said to have been intended to follow Bonaparte to Egypt. I learn from the prisoners that the thip is called Le Cerf, mounting 14 fix-pounders, and the xebec, Le Joiliet, mounting fix fix-founders: that they had failed in company with a convoy (two of which, as per margin *, I captured in the forenoon) that morning from Cette for Marseilles. I enclose a list of the killed and wounded, as far as I have been able to ascertain it,
And am, &c. R. D. Oliver, Esq. Captain of
F. W. AUSTEN. his Majesty's Ship Mermaid. Return of the killed and wounded in an Aktion between his Britannic Majefty's
Sloop Petterel, Francis William Auften, Esq. Commander, and the French
La Ligurienne-The Captain and 1 seaman killed; I garde marine and i seaman wounded.
Admiralty Office, May 9.
His Majesty's hired armed Lugger Lady Ann,
Yarmouth Road, May 6. I HAVE the honour to acquaint you, that in pursuance of orders I received from A. Dickson, Efq. captain of his Majesty's fhip Veteran, I proceeded off Fluthing, and explored that anchorage in the lugger under my command; and having done fo, and seeing nothing in the road, on returning to join the squadron yesterday off Goree, I fell in with Les Huit Freres, French lugger privateer, mounting 14 long carriage guns (nine of which he hove overboard), when, after a close action of one hour and thirty-five minutes, the struck, close to the batteries along thore, West Chapel S. S.W. two miles. I attribute the long continuance of the action to the unfitness of the guns of the lugger ; however, du. ring that period, I was very ably seconded by the professional skill of Mr. David Banks, mafter, and by the bravery of the crew of the Lady Ann.
It gave me great pleasure in making this capture, and particularly as
* A French bark (name unknown); laden with wheat, about 350 tons : abandoned by the crew.
A French bombard (name unknown), laden with wheat, about 150 tons : left by the crew.