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ftrongly indicative of favourable fentiments refpecting the motives which actuated my conduct.

Gentlemen of the Council, Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of the Affembly,

I have paffed all the bills which have been brought before me for my affent; and I feel infinite pleasure in being able to fend you to your families and homes with eafe and comfort to yourfe.ves, freed entirely from that apprehenfion and anxiety which fo lately disturbed your minds.

I do therefore prorogue this General Affembly unto the 8th day of June next; and it is now prorogued accordingly.




From the LONDON GAZETTE, June 7, 1796.

Admiralty Office, June 7, 1796.

Extract of a Letter from Captain Mowat, of his Majefty's Ship Afiftance, to Evan Nepean, Efq. dated Staten Island, May 3, 1796.




YOU will be pleafed to acquaint my lords commiffioners of the admiralty, that about four o'clock on the 20th of March, his Majefty's fhip I have the honour to command left Spithead, and at eight o'clock the fame evening fhe paffed the Needle Point, the wind then at E. N. E, which carried her in the lat. 43 deg. 57 min. long. 25 deg. 20 min. having been a week out; from that period until laft evening, that he anchored two miles below New York, the wind did not continue twenty-four hours at any time favourable to her course. The day before the fair wind left us, a fail was diícovered right a-head; the fhip being under full fail, with a moderate breeze, foon brought the veffel to be feen from the deck ftanding towards us, which the continued to do within the distance of feven or eight miles, when the thought it time to put about, and crowded all the fale fhe could from us, and was difcovered to be a brig. About four hours after the was brought to, and proved to be Le Chaffeur, French privateer, belonging to Bayonne, pierced for twelve guns, fix pounders, only four on board, the others having been reported to be thrown over-board: her crew fixty-two in 'number. From the time of her failing fhe had' captured only one veffel, a brig, with a cargo of falt from Spain, bound to Newfoundland. VOL. V.



From the LONDON GAZETTE, June 11.

Downing-freet, June 8.

Extract of a Difpatch from Mr. Frafer to Lord Grenville, dated Hamburgh, May 27, 1796.

INFORMATION has been received here from Amsterdam, of the 24th inftant, that, in confequence of the late difturbance in that city, the French General Bournonville had thought it advisable to proposfe putting a confiderable number of French troops in garrifon in that city; that that measure had at first met with much oppofition on the part of the burghers of that city, who had claimed to themselves the right of fettling their own difpute without the interference of the French military; that, however, they had been obliged to yield, and that a confiderable body of French troops had marched into Amsterdam.

Whitehall, June 11.

BY a dispatch from Major-General Gordon Forbes to the right hon. Henry Dundas, one of his Majefty's principal fecretaries of ftate, dated Mole St. Nicolas, St. Domingo, April 10, 1796, it appears, that a divifion of British and colonial troops from the garrison of Port-auPrince were embarked, on the 17th and 18th of March, in order to proceed against the town and fortrefs of Leogane, in the fame ifland. The troops were landed on the 21ft, and a firing was opened on the following day from a temporary battery, which had been conftructed. The enemy having brought their heavy artillery to flauk this battery, it was obliged to be abandoned, with the lofs of one fix-pounder dif abled, and another fpiked and left behind. On this occafion Lieutenant Bingham, of the artillery, loft his arm, and that corps, which behaved remarkably well, fuffered fome trifling lofs. A very heavy fire had been maintained during the greatest part of the 22d from the fhips of war against the town and forts; but no impreffion whatever having been made by them, and the place appearing much stronger than it had been reprefented, the forces were judged inadequate to the enterprize, and the troops, ftores, guns, and ammunition of every kind, were therefore reimbarked, without further lofs or accident.

Admiralty Office, June 11.

Extract of a Letter from Rear-Admiral Parker, Commander in Chief of bis Majefty's Ships, &c. at Jamaica, to Mr. Nepean, dated Swiftfure, at Port-au-Prince, March 27, 1796.

FOR their lordships' information I beg leave to acquaint you, that agreeably to my letter of the 28th ultimo, I proceeded to Port-au-Prince with General Forbes, where, upon our arrival, a meeting was called of the general officers, and the propofal for attacking Leogane dif


On the 21ft the army was landed, in two divifions, to the eastward and weftward of the fort and town, covered to the weftward by the Ceres and Lark, and to the eastward by the Iphigenia, and the Cormorant and Serin floops, with the Africa and Leviathan placed against


the fort, and the Swiftfure to cannonade the town. The fire of the latter was interrupted in the course of half an hour from the fituation of the army on fhore; but the two former kept up an unremitting cannonade, for near four hours, against the fort, until dark, and the land wind coming fresh, the fhips were moved off to a proper anchorage.

The day following the army were chiefly employed reconnoitring, and the nex- day, from what they had obferved, and the intelligence gained, the enemy were found fo exceedingly numerous, that it was refolved beft for his Majesty's fervice to reimbark the army, &c. and poftpone the operations for the prefent.

In the courfe of the night, and by noon the next day, the artillery, army, &c. were reimbarked; but, I am forry to add, that the army loft a few men, and the Africa had one man killed and feven wounded; and the Leviathan five killed and twelve wounded, two fince dead, with damage done to the mafts and yards of both fhips, infomuch that they must go down to Jamaica to have them made good.

From the LONDON GAZETTE, June 18.

Admiralty Office, June 18.

DISPATCHES, of which the following are copies and extracts, have been received at this office by Evan Nepean, Esq.

Extract of a Letter from Sir Edward Pellew, Bart. Captain of his Majefty's Ship Indefatigable, dated off Falmouth, June 13, 1796, to Mr. Nepean.

YOU will be pleased to make known to the lords commiffioners of the admiralty my return off this harbour, accompanied by the fquadron and two national brig corvettes, which we fell in with about eight leagues from Ufhant, on Saturday morning. The early habit they have of making off as foon as feen led me to fufpect they were cruizers; and after a chace of twenty-four hours, they were both captured. One is called Les Trois Couleurs, mounting 10 guns and 70 men, the other La Blonde, of 16 guns and 95 men, commanded by enfigns du vaffeaux, both coppered; had left Breft two days, to cruize for fix weeks; had not taken any thing.

Copy of a Letter from Vice-Admiral King fmill, Commander in Chief of his Majefty's Ships and Veffels at Cork, to Mr. Nepean, dated June 12, 1796.


BY my laft, of the 10th inftant, you were acquainted, for the information of my lords commiffioners of the admiralty, that his Majefty's fhips Unicorn and Santa Margaritta, part of the fquadron under my orders, had fent in a large fhip, under Swedish colours, laden with Dutch property, from Surinam; and that Lieutenant Carpenter, of the Unicorn, who brought her here, told me he had left our ships in chace of three fail, fuppofed to be enemies.

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