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treat of the gun was covered by a brave 1 a return of the arms and ammunition which band of Indians, who made the enemy pay have been taken, as well as of the prisoners, dear for what he obtained. This party, whom you will perceive to be equal to my composed of militia and Indians, with the utmost force, exclusive of the Indians. gun, fell back eighteen miles to Brown's It is reported that a party, consisting of 100 Town, the settlement of the brave Wyan- men, bringing 500 hogs for General Windots, where I directed my force to assemble. chester's force, has been completely cut off On the 21st instant, I advanced twelve by the Indians, and the convoy taken. miles to Swan Creek, from whence we Lieut. M'Lean, my acting Brigade-Major, marched to the enemy, and attacked him at whose gallantry and exertions were conspi. break of day on the 22d instant; and after cuous on the 22d instant, is the bearer of suffering, for our numbers, a considerable this dispatch, and will be able to afford you loss, the enemy's force posted in houses and every information respecting our situation. enclosures, and which, from dread of fall. I have the honour to be, &c. ing into the hands of the Indians, they most (Signed) HENRY Proctor, Col.-Com. obstinately defended, at length surrendered To Major-Gen. Sheaffe, bc. Fort George. at discretion; the other part of their force, in attempting to retreat by the way they Admiralty-Office, April 20, 1813. came, were, I believe, all, or with very Letters, of which the following are Copies few exceptions, killed by the Indians.

and Extracts, have been transmitted to Brigadier General Winchester was taken in this Office by Rear-Admiral Dixon, adthe pursuit by the Wyandot Chief Round- dressed to John Wilson Croker, Esq. head, who afterwards surrendered him to by Lieut. Chads, late First Lieutenant me.--You will perceive that I have lost no of His Majesty's ship Java. time; indeed it was necessary to be prompt United States frigate Constitution, off in my movements, as the enemy would have St. Salvador, been joined by Majur-General Harrison in

December 31, 1812. a few days. The troops, the marines, and Sir,--It is with deep regret that I write the militia, displayed great bravery, and to you, for the information of the Lords behaved uncommonly well. Where so Commissioners of the Admiralty, that His much zeal and spirit were manifested, it Majesty's ship is no more, after sustaining would be unjust to attempt to particularize an action on the 29th instant, for several any; I cannot, however, refrain from men- hours, with the American frigate Constitioning Lieut.-Colonel St. George, who re- tution, which resulted in the capture and ceived four wounds in a gallant attempt to ultimate destruction of His Majesty's ship. occupy a building which was favourably Captain Lambert being dangerously woundsituated for annoying the enemy; together ed in the height of the action, the melanwith Ensign Kerr, of the Newfoundland re- choly task of writing the detail devolves on giment, who, 1 fear, is very dangerously me. -On the morning of the 29th inwounded. The zeal and courage of the stant, at eight A. A. off St. Salvador (coast Indian department were never more con- of Brazil), the wind at N. E. we perceived spicuous than on this occasion, and the In- a strange sail; made all sail in chase, and dian warriors fought with their usual soon made her out to be a large frigate; at bravery. I am much indebted to the dif- noon prepared for action, the chase not auferent departments, the troops having been swering our private signals, and tacking well and timely supplied with every requi- towards us under easy sail; when about site the district could afford.—- I have four miles distant she made a sigual, and fortunately not been deprived of the ser- immediately tacked and made all sail away vices of Lieut. Troughton, of the Royal Ar- upon the wind. We soon found we had tillery, and acting in the Quarter-master the advantage of her in sailing, and came General's department, although he was up with her fast, when she hoisted Amewounded, to whose zealous and unwearied rican colours ; she then bore about three exertions I am so greatly indebted, as well points on our lee bow. At fifty minutes as to the whole of the Royal Artillery, for past one P. M. the enemy shortened sail, their conduct in this affair.--I enclose a upon which we bore down upon her; at list of the killed and wounded, and cannot ten minutes past two, when about half a but lament that there are so many of both, mile distant, she opened her fire, giving us but of the latter I am happy to say a large her larboard broadside, which was not reproportion will return to their duty, and turned till we were close on her weather most of them in a short time; I also enclose bow. Both ships now mancurred to obtain advantageous positions, our opponent and wounded, our bowsprit and three evidently avoiding close action, and firing masts gone, several guns useless, we should high to disable our masts, in which he not be justified in wasting the lives of more succeeded too well, having shot away the of those remaining, who I hope their Lordhead of our bowsprit with the jib-boom, ships and the Country will think have and our running rigging so much cut as to bravely defended His Majesty's ship; unprevent our preserving the weather-gage. der these circumstances, however relucta

Ac five minutes past three, finding antly, at fifty minutes past five, our cothe enemy's raking fire extremely heavy, lours were lowered from the stump of the Capt. Lambert ordered the ship to be laid mizen-mast, and we were taken possession on board, in which we should have suc-of, a little after six, by the American friceeded, had not our fore-mast been shot gate Constitution, commanded by Commoaway at this moment, the remains of our dore Bainbridge, who, immediately after bowsprit passing over his tasfrail; shortly ascertaining the state of the ship, resolved after this the maintop mast went, leaving on burning her, which we had the satisthe ship totally unmanageable, with most faction of seeing done as soon as the woundof our starboard guns rendered useless from ed were removed. Annexed I send you a the wreck lying over them.--At half. return of the killed and wounded, and it is past three our gallaot Captain received a with pain I perceive it so numerous ; also dangerous wound in the breast, and was a statement of the comparative force of the carried below ; from this time we could two ships, when I hope their Lordships not fire more than two or three guns until a will not think the British Aag tarnished, alquarter-past four, when our mizen-mast though success has not attended us. It was shot away; the ship then fell off a would be presumptuous in me to speak of little, and brought many of our starboard Captain Lamberi's merits, who, though guns to bear: the enemy's rigging was so still in danger from his wound, we still much cut, that he could not now avoid entertain the greatest hopes of his being shooting a-head, which brought us fairly restored to the service and his country.broadside and broadside. Our main-yard It is most gratifying to my feelings to now went in the slings, both ships conti- notice the gallantry of every officer, seanued engaged in this manner till thirty-five man, and marine on board ; in justice to minutes past four, we frequently on fire, the officers, I beg leave to mention them in consequence of the wreck lying on the individually. I can never speak too highly side engaged. Our opponent now made of the ablé exertions of Lieutenants Hevsail a-head out of gun-shot, where he re- ringham, and Buchanan, and also Mr. mained an hour repairing his damages, Robinson, Master, who was severely leaving us an unmanageable wreck, with wounded, and Lieutenants Mercer and Daonly the mainmast left, and that tottering. vis, of the royal marines, the latter of Every exertion was made by us during this whom was also severely wounded. To interval to place the ship in a state to re- Captain John Marshall, R. N. who was a new the action. We succeeded in clearing passenger, I am particularly obliged for the wreck of our masts from our guns, a his exertions and advice throughout the sail was set on the stumps of the fore-mast action. To Lieutenant Aplin, who was on and bowsprit, the weather-half of the main the main deck, and Lieutenant Saunders, yard remaining aloft, the main-tack was who commanded on the forecastle, I also got forward in the hope of getting the ship return my thanks, I cannot but notice the before the wind, our helm being still per- good conduct of the mates and midshipmen, fect; the effort unfortunately proved inef- inany of whom are killed, and the greater fectual, from the main-mast falling over part wounded. • To Mr. T. C. Jones, Surthe side, from the heavy rolling of the ship, geon, and his assistants, every praise is which nearly covered the whole of our due for their unwearied assiduity in the starboard guns. We still waited the at- care of the wounded. Lieut.-General Histack of the enemy, he now standing towards lop, Major Walker, and Captain Wood, us for that purpose ; on his coming nearly of his staff, the latter of whom was severely within hail of us, and from his manæuvre wounded, were solicitous to assist and reperceiving he intended a position a head, main on the quarter-deck, I cannot conwhere he could rakė us without a possibility clude this letter without expressing my of our returning a shot, I theri consulted grateful acknowledgments, thus publicly, the officers, who agreed with myself that for the generous treatment Captain Lamour having a great part of our crew killed bert and his officers have experienced from be, &c.

40 guns.

our gallant enemy, Commodore Bainbridge, , vourably estimated; and by a consideration and his officers. -I have the honour to on the momentous period' at which the trust

has been renewed. From the weight HY. D. CHADS, First Lieutenant and magnitude now belonging to it, I of His Majesty's late ship Java. should be compelled to shrink, if I had

less reliance on the support of an enlightenP.S. The Constitution has also suffered severely, both in her rigging and men,

ed and generous people, and feel less deep having her fore and mizen-masis, maintop ly a conviction, that the war with a powmast, both maintopsail-yards, spanker-erful nation, which forms so prominent a boom, gaff, and trysail-mast badly shot, that justice which invites the smiles of

feature in our situation, is stamped with and the greatest part of the standing rigging very much damaged, with ten men successful termination. May we not

Heaven on the means of conducting il to a killed, the Commodore, Fifth Lieutenant, and forty-six men wounded, four of whom cherish this sentiment, without presump

tion, when we reflect on the characters by are since dead.

which this war is distinguished ? It Force of the Two Ships.

was not declared on the part of the United Java.

States until it had been long made on them 28 long eighteen-pounders.

in reality, though not in name-until ar16 carronades, thirty-two-pounders.

guments and expostulations had been ex: 2 long nine-pounders.

hausted--until a positive declaration had. been received that the wrongs provoking it

would not be discontinued nor until this Weight of metal, 1,034 lb.

appeal could no longer be delayed without Ship’s company and supernumeraries, 377. breaking down the spirit of the nation, de CONSTITUTION.

stroying all confidence in itself and in its 32 long twenty-four-pounders.

political institutions; and either perpetu22 carronades, thirty-two-pounders. ating a state of disgraceful suffering, or reI carronade, eighteen-pounder. gaining, by more costly sacrifices and more

severe struggles, our lost rank and respect 55 guns.

among independent powers. On the Weight of metal, 1,490 lb.

issue of the war are staked our national soCrew, 480,

vereignty on the high seas, and security

an important class of citizens, whose occuAMERICAN STATES.

pations give the proper value to those of

every other class. Not to contend for such Washington, March 4. a stake, is to surrender our equality with At twelve o'clock this day, James Madi- other Powers on the element common to all, son, the President of the United States and to violate the sacred title which every elect, having attended at the Capital for member of the society has to its protection. the purpose of taking the Oath of Office, -I need not call into view the unlawfuldelivered to the vast concourse of people ness of the practice, by which our inariners assembled on the occasion, the following are forced, at the will of every cruising Speech :

officer, from their own vessels into foreign " About to add the solemnity of an oath ones, nor paint the outrages inseparable to the obligations imposed by a second call from it. The proofs are in the records of to the station in which my country has here each successive administration of our gobefore placed me, I find in the presence of vernment—and the cruel sufferings of that this respectable assembly, an opportunity portion of the American people have found of publicly repeating my profound sense of their way to every bosom not dead to so distinguished a confidence, and of the the sympathies of human nature. responsibility united with it. The im- As the war was just in its origin, and nepressions on me are strengthened by such cessary and noble in its objects; we can rean evidence, that my faithful endeavours to fect with a proud satisfaction, that in cardischarge my arduous duties have been fa

(To be conlinued.)

Published by R. BAGSHAW, Brydges-Street, Covent-Garden.

LONDON: Printed by J. M'Creery, Black-Horse-Court, Fleet-street.

VOL. XXIII. No. 20.]


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the true account of the quarrels between SUMMARY OF POLITICS.

the Prince and Princess of Wales. He BERKAIRE MEETING." Spirit of THE left it with me to read. I read it, and I « Book."--This county, one of the very found (for I had seen part of the real Book first in the kingdom to step forward in all before) that, not only was it a mere rorases where Jastice calls for the people's in- mance, that it was, as to its intended meanterference, met on Monday, the 4th in- ing, a string of lies; but, that the author stant, to address the Princess of Wales. never could have seen the Book, or any part

- Mr. Monck moved the Address, and of it.- When, therefore, Mr. Haydn was seconded by Mr. MAKANESS, who returned, I gave him his manuscript ; was followed by Mr. HALLETT. - These told him it was all falsehood; told him that Berkshire men talk too freely for me to dare it was very unjust to publish such a thing ; 10 insert their speeches. But, I have read, and advised him to have nothing to do with with great pleasure, all the excellent things the matter. - The production was, howthey said about the parties, high and low, ever, published; and Mr. Haydn brought concerned in the transactions of which they me a copy and gave it me. He asked spoke. There was a Mr. REYNARD, mne to mention it in the Register. I told who spoke against the Address, who was him, that I could not do any thing tending very neatly answered by Mr. H. Marsh. to give the work currency, because I knew But, what I am anxious particularly to no- it to be wholly false, and because I regardtice with regard to this Meeting, is, an ob- ed it as containing matter calculated to do servation of Mr. Reynard, relative to a pub great injustice to the Princess of Wales. lication, called the “ SPIRIT OF THE He then asked me to be so good as to “ BOOK.” u his gentleman is reported to write against it! That I also refused, as bave said, that that work contained matter being likely to aid in the circulation. against the Princess, which had not yet However, it wanted no aid of mine. been answered. That any person, pre- riosily; the love of diving into such mattending to speak at a public meeting, should | ters; and the manner of dressing up the have named such a publication, as contain- story, sent it through all the circulating liing any thing worthy of serious notice, is braries in the kingdoin. The sale was imquite surprising; and it only shows to mense ; and the profit, as I am told, not what shifts and tricks the enemies of the less than three or four thousand pounds. Princess are ready to resort.--The thing -- This is the true history of the work, having been mentioned, however, and on which Mr. REYNARD thought proper to resuch an occasion, I will, for the informa- fer to at the public Meeting of a county, as tion of the Tax-payers of Berkshire, give containing serious matter against the the real history of this publication. --- I Princess of Wales.--What, after this, saw it in manuscript : it was while I was will not the enemies of the Princess trump in Newgate for two years, for having writ- up? Will they stop at any thing? I ten about the flogging of English militia. think it is not likely that they will; and, men, at the town of Ely, in Englaud, under therefore, the public ought to be upon their the superintendence of German Troops, guard against every thing which they say. and about a year before I paid the Prince -The Address, in Berkshire, was, it Regent a fine of a thousand pounds, for the seems, carried with only two voices against same crime; while, I say, I was thus in it; but, as we are told in the Morning Newgate,

a young man, who said his Chronicle, Mr. Dundas, one of the Coun

Haydn, came to me with the ty Members, has refused to present it, on Spirit of the Book," in manuscript, and account of certain parts in it censuring the told me that it was the writing of a person conduct of the four Lords, who held the then in the King's Bench prison. He Inquiry. If this be true, the people of told me, that, under feigned names, it was Berkshire ought to bear it in mind. What


name was

Her ac

right has Mr. Dundas to refuse to comply little deficient; namely, in not having adwith a vote of the whole county upon such dressed the Regent upon the subject of his a ground as that which is here alleged ? Royal Consort's escape from so base and

The people of the county voted, that the wicked an attempt against her honour and Address, which they agreed to, should be life. His joy must be as much greater carried up by the county Members; and, if than any other man's, upon the occasion, those Members refuse, what pretty repre- as his honour was more at stake. senlulives they are! They seem to think, how- quittal; the complete proof of her innocence, ever, that they are noi chosen by the peo- and of the guilt of her infamous enemies: ple; they well know, that it is not the free the shame, the disgrace, now affixed for popular voice that has placed them where ever on the heads of the suborned and they are; and, therefore, they disregard, "perjured traducers," must give him, very likely, that voice.- -The Meeting above all men, satisfaction.

Indeed the included, as it ought, all persons in the whole of the Royal Family, and, amongst county, paying laxes; and, surely, a man the female part, the Queen, that good old who pays taxes, ought to have something Lady, her aunt and mother-in-law, must to say in the affairs of the country and the feel her heart warmed at the wiping off of governinent.--Here, again, we see (and, these aspersions on her family. I think, indeed, it meets us every where) the want that Her Majesty also ought to be addressof a reform in the parliament. The state-ed; for, as I find from the Gazette, she was ment about the conduct of Mr. Dundas may addressed upon the marriage of the Princess, be untrue; but, if he has refused, the cause and upon the birth of her child. Why is, that he knows that he does not depend not address the Queen now? I would, if'i for his seat upon the payers of the taxes ; had any thing to do with Addresses. I do but, in the first place, upon the dependants not like the idea of treating the Queen as if of Government; upon the aristocracy and she were out of date. There can be no the church; and, then, upon their depend doubt; it would be disloyal to doubt, that ants. If every man who pays taxes had Her Majesty must feel the most lively sahad a vote in the county, Mr. Dundas would tisfaction upon the occasion ; and, by all not have refused to present an Address of that's loyal, address her I would! The the people.—Mr. HALLETT made an ob- people must meet again. They have but servation that was very striking. It was half done their business. Indeed, though this: that, when the Addresses were going the Ministers have, perhaps, too much moon against the conduct of the Duke of York, desty to say it, they, I dare say, are ofthe movers were accused of factious and fended to see no Addresses coming forward disloyal motives; and, that, now that they to the Queen and the Regent. This, now are addressing the Princess upon her escape I rightly think of the matter, must be the from the machinations of disloyal conspira- cause why they appear so cold upon the oc. tors, they are still accused of factious and casion. Go at them, therefore, with Addisloyal motives. As he observed, these dresses to the Regent and the Queen, and I accusers are very difficult to please. The will engage, that they will discover a strong truth is, they depend on the Government fellow-feeling in the work. It is, perfor the whole, or part, of what they pos- haps, for this second series of Addresses sess, and, they imagine, that Addresses that the Clergy are reserving themselves ; for the Princess are as disagreeable to those and, I must confess, that I am impatient to in power as Addresses were against the see those gentlemen come out. They have Duke of York. --That they think this is seldom been behind hand, when the work manifest enough ; but, the wonder is, why of Addressing was going forward in favour they should think so: Why they should of any one of the Royal Family; and, imagine, that Addresses, expressing joy upon an occasion like this, where an innoat the escape of the wife from a foul, cent woman has escaped from a base comand base, and infamous conspiracy, should bination against her, the Church, it appears be displeasing to any one in power. Why to me, ought to have stood in the front. they should think this is the wonder; and why the Clergy have hung back I cannot yet, that they do think it, appears very imagine. I wish some one, at least, of clear to me; because I always see them them would give us the reasons for what ready to pour in Addresses, when those appears so astonishing. But, at any rate, Addresses are manifestly pleasing to the if they will not come out, let us bear the Government. - There is one thing, in fact in mind, which, I think, the people have been a


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