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of the launch (from whose carronade much was expected in the plan for attack) having not been able to keep up with the other boats, and being distant when they were discovered and fired on by a French privateer schooner that had come in uuseen by us in the night, and was placed to Hank the ship, and gave the alarm, on which the barge and two cutters immédiately pulled io the ship and boarded. 'I am convinced more determined bravery could not have been displayed than has been hown by Lieutenants Beaufort and Huilli, Lieutenant Duncan Campbell of the marines, Melirs. Hamilton and Santon, midithipmen, and Mr. Deagon the gunner, and the boat's crew employed upon the service; and it is with extreme concern I add, that one seaman was killed coming alongfide, and that their very gallant leader (in whom I have ever found a molt capable and zealous assistant) was first wounded in the head, and afterwards received several sugs through his left arm and body: Lieutenant Campbell received feveral flight falvre wounds; Mr. Augustus Barrington IIamilton was foot, while in the boat, through the thigh; notwithstanding which he boarded, and his conduct is highly spoken of; and John Wells, a seaman, not through the thigh. The loss of the enemy appears to beve been thirteen wounded, fix badly, and some are supposed to have been wounded and driven overboard.
I give your Lordstrip the detail of this service, feeling it incumbent on me to do so, to do justice to the parties employed upon it, humbly hoping that Mr. Beaufort's conduct and wounds will entitle him to the protection given in the present war to officers of diftinguished merit; and I regret exceedingly that Mr. Hamilton wants fome considerable part of his fervitude, as he is of an age and in all respects well qualified for a lieutenant.
Towards daylight the signal being made to me that our people were in full pofleflion of the prize, I chafod a vetrol that had palled us an hour before, and brought her to, under a battery, in Cape Moleno. She proves a light polacre, from Cerita, bound for Malaga. Afterwards, running down to pick up our boats and people, we were carried so far to leeward, that the French fchooner (which we had not seen from the ship) pafsed to windward along thore to Malaga, quite out of our reach. Vice-admiral Lord Keith,
JAMES N. MORRIS. Letter from the Earl of St. Vincent to Fran Noliean, Esq.; dated Torbay,
the 12th injant. I ENCLOSE, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, a letter which I have received from Captain Crawford, of his Majesty's Noop Childers, giving an account of his having captured a Spaui ih jugger privatcer.
His Majesty's Slo p Chillers, ar Sea, October 24. YESTERDAY at noon his Majesty's loop under my command captured a Spanith lugger privateer naraeu Diseale, mounting two fourpounders, four swivels, and having on board 30 men : had been out two days from Vigo, and bad made no prize.
I have the honour to be, &c.
J. C. CRAWFORD.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, November 25, 1800.
Admiralty Office, November 25. Copy of a Letter from Dr. Thomas Alti, Commander of the Hawke price
Skip of War, to Evan Nepean, Esq.; dated at Viana in Portugal, the 22d of October
Sir, YOU will be pleased to acquaint my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, I yesterday afternoon fell in with and captured the Spanin krine privateer, called the Atalante, of Ponte Vedra, Captain Don Bernardo Lopes, of 10 guns and 56 mem, having come out of the port of Arofa the day before, and was just on the point of capturing a British vellel when I fell in with her. In running from me she threw fix of ber guns overboard; the four I found on board were long fixes and nines. I brought her in bere, and delivered the jo men to his Britannic Majesty's Conful. I have the honour to be, &c. &c. &c.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, November 29, 180o.
Admiralty Office, November 29. Epy of a Letter from Captain Frederick Watkins, Commander of his Majesty's Ship Neriile, to Evan Nepean, Elg.; dated in Curaças, igak October.
Sir, BE pleased to inform my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty that I have thought it indispensably necesary to icad these dispatches to England by my firit othcer, Lieutenant Paul, to acquaint their Lord hips of the súrrender of the valuable island of Curaçao to his Majesty's frigate under my commard. I beg leave to transmit duplicates of all my letters to the Right Honourable Lord Hugh Seymour, and the articles of capitulation agreed between his Excellency Johan Rudolph Lauffer and myself; as alfo inventories of warlike stores, hipping, &c. I hope their Lordihips will fanction my conduct in taking poisestion of this centrical and valuable ifand in his Majesty's name.
Lieutenant Paul I cannot recommend in too strong language to their Lordlips, for his zealous exertions during the whole of the liege; and for any further information he is perfectly able to describe every thing their Lordships may be desirous of knowing respecting Cut.icao. I have the honour to be, &c.
His Majesty's Ship Nereide, of Amsterdam, Isand My Lord,
of Curaçao, uth September. I WISH not to lose a moment in sending a fast-sailing vessel to inform your Lordship, that the island of Curaçao has claimed the protection of his Britannic Majesty. I have in consequence felt it my duty to take possession of it in bis name.
I am now running for the harbour, as it is absolutely neceffary to lose no time to save the island from the enemy, who threaten to storm the principal fort tv-night; but I trust the Nereide's allistance will be the
means of frustrating the enemy's views, and saving a most valuable colony for his Majelty.
I compute the force of the French to be about fifteen hundred now.in pofleffion of the west part of the island, but no strong post of any confequence to prevent my holding the forts commanding Amsterdam, until I am honoured with an answer from your Lordship.
There is great property afloat belonging to the Spaniards.
Lieutenant Paul will have the honour of delivering this dispatch to your Lordship, of whose exertions and zeal for the service I cannot speak in too strong terms. I have the honour to be, &c. &c. &c. The Right Hon. Lord Hugh Seymour, (Signed) F. WATKINS.
&c. &c. &c.
My Lord, His Majesty's Ship Nereide, of Amsterdam, Sept. 14. SINCE sending my last dispatch of the 11th inftant, Governor Johan Rudolph Lauffer has finally surrendered the island of Curaçao and its dependencies to his Majesty's arins.
Enclosed I have the honour of transmitting to your Lordship a copy of the terms of capitulation. I have the honour to be, &c. The Right Hon. Lord Hugh Seymour,
FRED, WATKINS. Esc. &c. &c. Articles of Capitulation agreed between Frederick Watkins, Esq. Captain of
his Britannic Majesty's Ship Nereide, now lying off the Harbour of Curaçao, and Johan Rudolph Lauffer, Governor (interim) of the said Island, and its Dependencies, and Commander in Chief of all the armed Force of the said Nand; namely, that the said Ifand of Curaçao and its Dependencies shall Jurrender, and be placed under the immediate Protection of his Britannic Majesty, in Conformity to the following Articles, viz.
ART. I. The island of Curaçao and its dependencies shall be placed under the protection of his Britannic Majefty, and shall peaceably and quietly submit to the government of his said Majetty.
Art. II. The inhabitants of this island and its dependencies shall enjoy perfect security in their persons and properties, and the full exercise of their religion, except such as shall appear to belong to the lubjects of the powers now actually at war with Great Britain ; such property only excepted as was on board the vessels in the harbour on the ioth instant. Answer.-Agreed to.
Art. III. All thips and vessels of war that may be in the harbour, and all artillery, warlike stores, ammunition, &c. that may be found in the forts and public magazines, and all property, of whatsoever nature it may be, belonging to the Batavian republic, thall be delivered up to his Britannic Majesty in the state in which they now are, and officers shall be appointed on each side by the joint parties to take inventories thereof.
Art. IV. All debts due by the government of this island shall be punctually paid out of the revenue of the said island.
Answer. -Agreed to.
Art. V. No alteration shall be made in the established laws of the said itland, except that in future such might be found necessary for mutual benefit or lafety, and which must be regulated by the concurrence of
Art. VI. During the time this island may remain under the protectioa of his Britannic Majesty, or, in case this island and its dependencies should, at the conclufion of the war, remain in the posseffiou of Great Britain, the inhabitants of the said island and its dependencies thall enjoy the same rights and privileges as his Majesty's subjects in the West Indies.
Art. VII. The laws heretofore observed respecting property shall remain in full force,
Private.--As it is impossible for the inhabitants of the said ifland and its dependencies to fubfift without a free intercourse with the Spanish main, the ports of Curaçao and its dependencies shall be open to all Spanish vessels.
Answer.--Agreed to be allowed the fame free trade as the ifand of Jamaica.
Signed, sealed, and ratified in the presence of Cornelius Spencer and
W. RIDLEY, Secretary. Here follows alío a list of the existing guns, an:munition, &c. delivered in some months ago, and which were really existing before the prefent hege, viz. two brats 2 4-pounders and two brafs 18-pounders, with four defective, five iron 24-pounders, 98 iron 18-pounders, 46 12-pounders, 44 eight-pounders, 24 fix-pounders, two four-ponnders, 20 three-pounders, and two two-pounders, bolides 38 of different calibre defective. On the batteries, not including Fort Piscadera, Fort St. Michael, the Hill St. Michael, and False Bay, five 24 pounders, 63 18-pounders, many of their ships' guns, 28 12-pounders, 26 eight-pounders, and 27 of less calibre; upwards of 26,coolb..of powder, besides a powder magazine at she Creek Battery, and a variety of other stores.
My Lord, His Majesty's Ship Nereide, Curaçao Harbour, 23 Sept. I HAVE now the fatistaction to inform your Lordship that the Englith colours are flying in this itland, and that I have entered this barbour in consequence of the total evacuation of the French forces last night. I am now arranging affairs in fuch a manner as to tranquillize the minds of the inhabitants, and restore perfect peace in the name of his Majesty in this valuable island, I have been received with great faith, and will do my utmost in establishing the security of the principal fortress till I receive your Lordship's answer for my further conduct. Enclofed I have the honour of tranfmitting to you an inventory of warlike stores, ammunition, &c. in the garrison, except those lately in poffeffion of the enemy, which I have not yet received the regular returns of, but have given the necessary orders. It was my intention to have sent any farther dil. patch to your Lordship by the remaining lieutenant, Mr. James Hodgson; but, as I do not exactly conceive myself in a perfect state of safety, without having perfect poffeffion of the principal fortrefs which commands the town, I have appointed him, with a party of my own men, to that command; his zeal, bravery, and universal steady conduct in any service be
Is oruerei un, makes my mind perfectly easy in doing so: he has been of the utmost service in a new ere&ted battery in annoying the enerny, and indeed may be considered the principal cause of their retreat. Lieutenant Fitton, commanding the Active tender, I have much pleasure in recome mending to your Lordship’s notice, from his activity and spirited conduct since he has joined me. From him, my Lord, you will receive material information as to all situations of the island and its valuable harbour.
I haye the honour to be, &c. &c. &c. The Right Hon. Lord Hugh Seymour, (signed) F. WATKINS.
Esc. Esc.gr. Here follows a list of the vessels lying in the harbour of Curaçao, 44 in number; consisting of 8 Dutch, 8 Danes, 7 American, u French, 7 Spanish, and 3 English prize ships.
Downing Street, Novemćer 29. Extract of a Letter from Mr. Penrose, his Majesty's Chargé d' Affaires at
Florence, to Lord Grenville; dated Munte Varchi, near Florence, October 16.
IT is with the greatest fatisfa&tion that I acquaint your Lordship, that the property of his Majesty's Tubjects at Leghorn has been, as well as circumstances would permit, prevented from falling into the hands of the enemy, under the protection of his Majesty's thips of war stationed at that port, off which a frigate will still remain, to prevent any vessels from going in.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, December 2, 1800.
Admiralty Office, December 2. Letter from Captain Sir Richard Strachan 10 the Earl of St. Vincent. My Lord,
Captain, at Sea, November 18. YOUR Lordship will perceive in the narrative of my proceedings, that a convoy of the enemy had got through the Teignouse passage yesterday, and that I was endeavouring to intercept them from the Morbihan, or passage along the coast; I had the mortification in the morning to perceive that the greater part had got into the Morbihan ; and the others at the entrance were only waiting the tide, protected by the batteries on each side, and a ship corvette of 20 guns, the commodore of the convoy. By the skilful management of the Nile cutter, the first velfel up, under the command of Lieutenant Argles, the corvette was kept from the north Thore; and soon after, upon the Magicienne getting near her, the run into Port Navale, where the took the ground, and her people began to quit her, and her colours were struck; the boats of the Magicienne, under Lieutenants Skotowe and Rodney, attempted to board, but the corvette fired upon them, having rehoisted her colours, and making fail, ran farther into the port: the Magicienne recalled her boats; but Lieutenant Rodney gallantly took a merchant.vessel from under one of the batteries as he was returning. As soon as I could get the boats out, I sent them all to be under the orders of Captain Oglivy, with directions for them to be sent under the orders of the senior othícer of this ship, Lieutenant Hennah, to destroy the corvette, having under his orders Lieutenant Clyde of this thip, and Lieutenant Clark of the Marlborough; and the boats were manned by the Captain and Marlborough's men. The enterprise was