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these are afraid to come in, from a coa sciousness of their crimes.
The Maroon rebellion,! think, is drawing to a close j and a substantial proof of my assertion is, that public credit, which was destroyed by this revolt, is completely restored. The general opinion is, that property has acquired a degree of security which it never heretofore had in this island.
His Majesty's forces, regulars and militia, have fought the rebels in more than twenty actions. The^y had been impelled by one sentiment, that ot crushing a most daring, unprovoked, and ungrateful rebellion.
I should indeed find it a most arduous taste to detail individual merit. The efforts of the whole community have been directed to (hew their attachment to his Majesty, and to maintain his Government and their own happiness against1 all banditti whatsoever. I must, however, recommend to his Majesty's notice, the Hon. Major-General Walpole; and I am proud to fay, that much is owing to his personal activity and excellent conduct. Our success, though great, is not without its alloy. The Maroon rebels, like to other rebels, have found it easier to raise rebellion than to quell it. Runaway slaves are still in the woods, to the number of nearly one hundred and fifty, ill armed, and with very little ammunition. Their reduction may take some time, and create further expence and uneasinese to the country ; but they merit the less consideration, as I am happy to give the most unqualified assurances of the excellent and peaceable disposition of the negro staves throughout the island. I have the honour to be, &c.
ExtraS of a Letter from the Earl of Balcarras to Mr Secretary Dundas, dated Feb.,15.1796.
My letter of the 30th Jan. apprised you, that thirty Maroon men, and one hundred women and children remained out in rebellion.
I have now the honour to inform you, that, after having ineffectually searched for them from four different points, 43 more have surrendered themselves, of which fix are stout, able Maroon men.—• The Maroons now out consist of twenty four men and sixty-three women and children.
Horse-Guards, April t%.
Dispatches hare this day been, receiv
ed by the Right Hon. Henry Dandas.one of his Maj.sty's Principal Secretaries of State, from Mjjor-General Leigh, dated at Martinique, Jan. 17, and Barbadoes, Mar. io, 1796: by the former of which, it appears, that, on the 20th of January, the enemy, at St Vincent's, made an attack on the British post at Millar's Ridge, which they continued with great violence from day light until it was quite dark, but were finally repulsed with considerable loss, after twice attempting to carry the redoubt. At the commencement of the action, Lieut.-Colonel Prevoft, hav« ing advanced with a view of surprising an advanced picket of the enemy, was twice wounded, but is not thought to be in any danger. The behaviour of this Officer, ot Majfr M'Leod of the 59th, who commanded at Millar's Ridge, and of the other Officers is mentioned by General Leigh in the strongest terms of commendation. The total loss of the British during the action was % serjeants. and ii rank and file killed; 1 Lieut.Col. (Prevost,) 1 serjeants, and 31 rank and file wounded.
By the dispatch of the toth of March, it appears, that Major Wright of the 15th regiment, who commanded at Pilot's Hill in the Ifland of Grenada, was obliged to abandon that position, and fall back to the post of Sauteur, on the night of the 19th of February. It is stated, that the want of water, of which the supply had been entirely cut off by the enemy, rendered this retreat necessary, and that it was effected in good order, with the loss of only two privates badly wounded. Previous to the retreat, Major Wright had been frequently attacked by the enemy without success. His loss on these occasions was :—
ajth regiment.—1 rank and file killed;
1 ditto wounded. Black rangers—8 rank and file killed; I*
ditto wounded; % ditto miffing.
Admiralty-Qffice, April 23.
Extract of a Letter from Admiral Peyton, Commander in Chief of bis Majesty"t Jhips and vessels in the Downs, to Evan Nepean, Esq. Secretary to the Admiralty, dated on board the Savage Sloop, April
I have received a letter from Captain Roe, of his Majesty's sloop Racoon, acquainting me he had taken, on the coast of France, a French lugger privateer, with thirteen men armed, with blunderbusses and inuseueu, which had
keen keen out from Dunkirk fire days, but hid taken nothing.
Admiralty-Office, April 13.
Copy os a Letter from Rear-Admiral Parker, Commander in Chief os bis Majesty's Jbips and vessels at Jamaica, to Evan Nepcan* Esq. dated Swistsure, at the Hole, Feb. 10,-1796.
I beg leave to acquaint you for their Lordships information, that the Honourable Captain Carpenter, of his Majesty's ship Intrepid, being stationed to cruize ass Oid Cape Francois for the reinforcements expected from Cork, fell in with a French frigate, which, after ten hours •hace, (the latter part being very light airs of wind) she first anchored, and afterwards, by their cutting her cables, drove on shore, in a Cove a little to the eastward of Porto Plata, when the crew abandoned her, and (he was taken possession of and got off, without damage, by Captain Carpenter.
It appears by the Log-Book that she is called La Percante, commanded by the Citoyen Jacque Clement Tourellet, Lieutenant de VaisTeau, mounting twenty ■ine-pounders and fix brass two pounders, and had on board near two hundred men, dispatched by order of the Minister of Marine and Colonies, and sailed from Rochelle the 6th ortDecember last, with orders not to be spoke with, or to speak with any thing.
From the London Gazette, April j6.
Dispatches, of which the following are copies and extracts, have been received at this Office from Sir Ed. Pellew, Bart.
MxtraS of a letter from Sir Edward Pellew, Captain of bis Majesty's Jbip Indefatigable, to Mr Nepean, dated at Falmouth, no April 1796.
I have the pleasure to inform their Lordships, that on the 13th instant, at foor P. M. we fell in with, and gave general chace to a French frigate to windward, the Revolutionnaire being far afiern, was tacked by signal to cut the chace from the shore; and I had the pleasure to see her, just before dark, in a situation to weather the enemy upon a different board, which obliged her also to tack.
The night setting in cloudy, we lost fight of the cbace before nine o'clock, when slie bore up, but not unobserved by that zealous ar.U attentive officer Cap
tain Cole, who pursued, and closed with her at half past eleven; and not being able to prevail upon her commander to surrender without resistance, he opened a close and well-directed fire upon her, which was faintly returned ; and, after a second broadside, the enemy struck, an-t proved to be tbe national frigate La Unite, from L'Orient to Rochfort, mounting 3$ guns, twelve and six pounders, and manned with 155 men, eight or nine of whom were slain, and eleven or twelve desperately wounded. La Revolutionnaire happily had no men hurt; and it appears that (he was manœuvred by Captain Cole in the most officer-like manner, and the attack made with great gallantry.
I have the honour to inclose the report which he has made of the good conduct of his Officers and ship's company upon this occasion; and, from the high terms in which he speaks of his First Lieutenant Mr Ellicott, who I know to be a good officer, I have thought -pro* per to give him an order to cammand the prize to England.
La Unite was reputed one of the greatest sailers in the French navy, and is a very fine frigate, only seven yean old.
The wife of the Governor of the Port of Rochfort, Madame Le Large, and her family, were on board, who, with her son, an ensign of the (hip, I suffered to return to France in a neutral vessel, taking the parole of the young man not to serve until exchanged.
La Revolutionnaire, at Sea, Sir, April iit 1796.
It being so dark when I came alongside tbe FrencafrigateL'Unite,thatyou could not observe the conduct of the two ships; I beg leave to report to you, that not being able to prevail upon her commander, Citizen Durand, to surrender, after some minutes conversation, I opened a close and well-directed fire upon him. After we had sustained the fire of hit stern chacet some time, and upon firing the second broadside, he called out that he had struck. I had at the same moment directed the helm to be put to port, in order to board him, at the slips were going under a press of fail at tbe rate of ten knots, and drawing near the shore.
Allow me, Sr, to express to you how much I feel myself obliged to my first Lieutenant Edward EHicot, for his particular attention in keeping fight of the cbace] and for bis steady and manly courage rage when close engaged: the chearfulness with which he put himself at the head of the boarders, promised me the happiest success; if that event had been necessary, and which was only stopped by the enemy's calling to surrender.
In this stWt contest, the highest praise ■is due to my officers and (hip's company ; and the effect of their steady conduct is striking in the number of killed and wounded, of which a list is annexed.
I cannot sufficiently express my own good fortune, in not having lost an officer or man, which is to be attributed to the enemy's firing at the masts and rigging. I am &c. Era. ColeSir Edward Pelleiv, Bart. &c.
L'Umtc, Citizen Durand, Commander, Killed 9—Wounded II.
Indefatigable, Falmouth, *$ April 1796. Sir,
1 have most sensible pleasure in desiring you to inform my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty of my arrival at this port, accompanied by the French national frigate La Virginie of 44 guns, eigh. teen and nine pounders, and 340 men, commanded by Citizen Bergeret, capitaine de vaisseau, who sailed from Brest sou/ days ago, to cruize off the Lizard in this favourite frigate, which is considered the finest (hip and (attest sailer in the French navy, and of the largest dimensions, being 158 feet long, and 43 broad. On Wednesday morning the aotli instant, after I had sealed my dispatches for their Lordships, laying to under the Lizard, with the squadron, waiting for
this time much crippled, her mizen-mast,' and main-top-mast being (hot away ,• the Indefatigable was not much less disabled, having lost her gaff and mtzen-top.maft, the main-top-sail was rendered useless by an unlucky (hor cutting both leech-ropes. In this situation we pa slid the enemy without the power of avoiding it, having no after fail to back, and I had long discovered we had not only to combat a (hip of large force, but that her commander was completely master of his profession, in whose presence I 'could not commit myself with impunity, by throwing my (hip in the wind, without submitting to be raked by him. She had not at this time struck, and we kept close a-head of her, receiving new braces to enable us to bring the (hip to, to renew the attack.
At this period Li Concorde appeared in sight, dote under her stern; and, upon the enemy seeing her, (he fired a gun to leeward, and struck her light, as ■a signal of surrender.
Although a very few minutes would have placed the Indefatigable again, alongside of her, I am confident, (he would not have surrendered without further resistance, had not/the Concorde so timely come up.
I am extremely indebted to Captains Hunt and Reynolds, for their very particular attention in keeping after us during the night on so many courses, which nothing but the most delicate observance of my signals would have enabled them to do, their distance astern being so great.
Their Lordships are well aware how
the French frigate La Unite, our prize, difficult it is in a night action with a fly
to weather that point, I observed a (hip coming in from the sea, which, in my mind, looked rather suspicious; and, on her not answering the private Signal when isle tacked from us, I immediately gave chace to her, accompanied by the Amazon and La Concorde, (having by signal directed La Kevolutionnaire to attend her prize into port, and the Argo to proceed to Plymouth.) The superior sailing of the Indefatigable gave me the satisfaction of coming up with her, after a chace of fifteen hours, and running one hundred and sixty-eight miles. Fortunately the wind prevented her from steering for Ustunt, or (he must have escaped.
A little past midnight I commenced -action with the enemy, which was closely continued, under a crowded sail, for -one hour and forty-five minutes. The -enemy, who. fought gallantly, was by
ing enemy, whose rate of sailing is little inferior to her antagonist, to chuse a situation; and, when it is remembered how often this (hip changed her's in the action, I need scarcely say what great attention was paid to my orders by ever/ officer under my command.
To Lieutenants Pellowe, Thomson, and Norway, my thanks are above expression. Lieutenant Williams of the marines, and Mr Bell the master, who were immediately about my person, rendered me the most essential services.— The (hip's company, who have been my faithful companions during the war, and are endeared to me by their uniform, exertions, manifested on this occasion nothing but ardour and zeal.
But above all other pleasures I feel is that of informing their Lordslnps that I have lost neither officer nor man. in the
contest. contest. The enemy suffered considerably, hiving 14 or 15 killed, 17 badly wounded, and 10 Uighily: Tiic (hip much stuttered in her hull, and four feet water in her hold from Ihot holes.
I have sent La Concorde to Plymouth with La Virginie, and shall proceed with the Atnazsn, who has lost her head, for the fame place, to-morrow, in order to' repair the damages we have lustai' ed in the action. I am, &c. Edward Pellenu.
[Here end the Gazettes."}
8COTLAND. ._ Aberdeen,'Apfil it.
The Circuit Couit ot Justiciary was opened here this day by the Right Hon. Lord Justice Clerk and Lord Craig. James Grant and James Grahan;, accul,ed of breaking into the shop of John Lyatl, and stealing a quantity of yarn and other goods, were both found guilty upon their own confession. Grant was sentenced to transportation for life, and Graham was banished from Scotland tor 14 years.
James Caflie, twift-mi'.ler, Alexander Monro, Margaret Monro, and John Hendrie, late sheriff-officer, all in Peterhead, wete accused ot being concerned in a riotous mob at Peterhead, collected for the putpole of rescuing John Grtijt, weaver in Peterhead, who was then in custody under examination before the Sheriff ot the county. Alexander Monro not ippearinLr, was outlawed; Maigarct Monro confessed her guilt, and submitted to mercy; ami Caflie and Hendrie were found Guilty by the Jury. Margaret Monro was sentenced to imprisonment tor two momhs, ami Caflie and Hendrie were banished Scotland for life.
William Watt, John Lamb, John Brand, and John Robb, weavers, Margaret Cowie and Margaret Murray, all residing in Stonehaven, were accused of being concerned in a riotous mob which collected at the mill of Cowie, 111 February last, and assaulted George Philp, in Meagraw, and his servant, tor the purpose of compelling them to sell meal at a reduced price. John Brand was confined by a fever, and could not ap* pear. The Jury found, that a number of persons did assemble at the said mill on the day lib»Jled, and in a riotous manner, wounded and assaulted Mr Philp, tor the purpose above mentioned, attacked and prevented his servant 'procuring assistance to him. Found
it proven, that the prisoners were present at the meeting, and art and part in committirg the assault; but, from the particular circumstances of the caie, unanimously recommended them to the mercy of the Court. They were sentenced to imprisoi'tnrnt sr three months, and to find caution to keep the peace tor one year, under the penalty of 100 merks each.
John Donaldson, barber, Jos. Kynoch, shorm >ker, William Ross, Fanny Kefs, his lister, and Hugh Maclran, sailor, all in-Aberdeer, were accused of being concerned in a riotous mob which happened in Aberdeen on the ijth of F bruary last, and which broke into the shops of William. Rar, meai feller in Aberdeen, ano James Smithvmeal-sel'er there, which they demolished and destroyed, and carried away therefrom all the articles of goods therein contained. Hugh M.ificjn. not appearing, was outlawed. William, Ross and Fanny Rois confessed their guilt. John Donaldson also confessed his being concerned in the proceedings * at one of the shops, but Joseph Kynoch having denied his guilt, his trial proceeded, and the Jury found it pi oven, that he was present at the proceedings which-'ook place a' the shop ot Wi'.um Rac: the Jury considering the situation of William Ross and Fsnny Ross, and the confessions made by them, unanimously recommended them to the mTcy of the Courts Joseph Kynoch was sentenced to be imps'sou ed for one monih, William R''ls aid Finny Ross to br imprisoned lor two months, and the whole three w< re ordered to fi.'id caution to keep the peac foi a year. John Donaldson was sentenced to banishment trom ScotIan.! for 7 years.
There were three more trials for similar offences, that should have come be-" fore the Court ; but his M-j sty's Advoca'e, considering that a number of persons had already been sentenced to be punished for crimes of the like nature; that the offences of these persons were not so atrocious as thole of the tormer j and th t there were cither particular circumstances in their favour, he was induced, from these considerations, to riiscrt the diets against thele persons pro loco et tempore; but at the fame time intimated to them, that their afterwards being brough' to trial or not would much depend uppn their good behaviour as peaceable subjects.
The Judges expressed their ,Teat opniou of the utility of the Aber een Volunteers, ■lunteers, and of the important services which they had rendered the community on a late occasion.
• Stirling, April 16. , The Circuit Court or Justiciary was opened here this day, by the Right Hon. Lo' d Swinton.—There was no busineis beiore the court.
. Inverness, April 11.
The Cinuit Court of Judiciary was opened here this diy, by the Right Hon. Lord CtaitT; James Mackenzie, apprentice to John Fraltr, weaver, Alexander Macgregor, wright, Thomas Frafer,gardener, Grizrl Ciulholm, spouse of Wm. Frafer, carter, and Davi'J Morrison, weaver, all in Inverness, acculed of being concerned in a riotous mob which h?ppened in Inverness in March last, concerning the scarcity of meal, and of assaulting the M'.giUrates and Volunteers. David Morrison not appearing, was outlawed; the trial proceeded as to the others: the Jury found that Thomas Frafer was very active at the commenement of the mob, particularly on the more, and in the manufactory of Mackintosh, Jamieson, and Co.; but found it not proven that he took any part along with the mob after the elapse :>f one hour from the reading of the riot act ; and found the libel proven against the other persons. The Court sentenced Thomas Fial'er and Giizel Chifholm to four mouths imprisonmfnt, and 10 Snd caution to keep the peace for one year j and James Mackenzie and Alexander Macgrcgor were banished from Scotland for life.
Marion Henderson, accused of child muriter, was, upon her own petition and the consent of his Majesty's Advocate-depute, banilhed from Scotland for seven years.
James Mackintosh, mason, Janet Wilson, daughter of James Wilson, vintner, Mary Macphail, and Margaret Morrilon, rcsideriters in Nairn, were accused of being concerned in a riotous mob in Nairn, in March, collected for the purpose of seizing grain lying in a house in the neighbourhood, and of assaulting one of the Magistrates of Nairn. The Jury found the prisoners guilty of assembling themselves in a riotous and seditious manner as libelled; but found the other points of the Idyl not proven. The Court lentencedthe prisoners to 3 months imprisonment,and to find caution to k-ep the peace for one year, under the penalty of 200 mtiki Scots each.
April 17. This forenoon, the Berwick Waggon, owing to an alteration making on the road at the east end of Calder bridg-, about five miles from G'asgoWf tumbled over a precipice of about forty feet j one of the horles was killed on the spot, another had his legs broken, andj the waggoner had his left collar bone fractured, and was otherwise much bruised. The goods received no injury.
Jedburgb, April 17. This morning, between nine and ten o'clock, a dreadful fire broke out in this town. It was discovered in a house in the Smith Wynd, blazing out at the roof, which being thatch and very dry, burnt with great violence, so as to prer vent the possibility of getting it under: the furniture was with difficulty saved. The wind being very high, carried the sparks down the street, and set fire to other thrte thatch houses, which were consumed in a very short time, together with some stacks of wood behind the .'.ouses.—A tannage workhoule, which stood at a considerable distance, sturecj the fame fate.
Lately, Mrs Abbatt, wife of George Abbatt, of Preston, corn-dealer, a girlbeing her aoth child, a«d the alii year of her marriage with Mr Abbatt.
, the wife of Isaac Hainlworth, of
Cookridge, near Leeds, of' 3 fine boys, all likely to live.—They have been named Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
April 15. Mrs Cochran ot Kirkfield a daughter, at Kirkfield Houle.
18. Mrs Cathcart of Genoch, a daughter.
19". At his house of Drumpellier, the Lady of Andrew Stirling, Esq. a son.
—. Mrs Major Maclean, isle of Monk, a son at Mussclburgh.
13. Lady Margaiet Maclean, a son, at Letn.nn.
Maj 4. The Lady of William Charles Reoch, Etq. a son.
6. The Right Hon. the Countess of Calli hs, a daughter, at Cullean Crftle.
Lately, at Chunar Gar, in the East Indies, William Preston, Esq. Caplain of Infantry on the Bengal Establishment, and Major of Brigade at Cawnpore, to Miss Chariot. Harvey, of Golden-Square, London.
April 4. At Logan, in Wigtonlhir^, Captain John Hathorn of Caitlewigg, to