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troops to pass as quickly as possible. guished honour and credit to them. On the 4th, between two and three selves.---[lere general Green aco'clock, brigadier gen. Maitland's knowledges his obligations to brigacorps moved on through a wood, and dier gens. Maitland and Hughes; to approached Fort New Amsterdam It. col. Shipley, major Wilson, of the within a mile to reconnoitre, with Artillery ; major Robertson, acting a view to extend their position to adj. gen.; acting com. gen. Glaswards the river Sarinam, and therc. furd ; capt. M'Geachy, assist. q. m. hy invest that fortress. Some shots gen.; capt. Drummond, of the were fired by the enemy's advanced 60th reg. ; and to com. Hood, and centinels, who retired. At this tiine all the captains and other officers of commodore Hood being with me at the squadron : particularly to capt. head-quarters on the Commewyne, Maxwell, of the Centaur, and capt. we received a flag of truce from the Kempt, agent of transports. The
commanding officer of the Batavian general concludes his letter with the • troops, with proposals to surrender following paragraph:]-I have the
on terms of capitulation, a copy of pleasure to assure your lordship, which is herewith enclosed; orders that the principal inhabitants of the were in consequence issued to sus- colony appear to be extremely re. pend hostilities until the conditions joiced at the event which has taken should be finally agreed upon. Lt. place, restoring to them the powcol. Shipley and capt. Maxwell of erful protection of the British go. the royal navy, were sent to settle vernment, and the solid advantages the terms. , They returned early on arising therefrom. Captain Campthe morning of the 5th, with two bell, my aid-de-camp, will have separate capitulations, signed by It. the honour to deliver this dispatch col. Batenburgh, commanding the to your lordship: be is a very old Batavian troops, and commodore and deserving officer, and I beg leave Bioys, chief of the naval depart. to refer your lordship to him for ment; but an article in the one signed further information. by the military commandant not be. On the 27th of April, gen. Green ing sufficiently clear, brigadier gen. and com. Hood proposed terms of Maitland was employed to arrange capitulation to the gov. of Surinant, the business, which being compleated according to which he was to surto our satisfaction, at five o'clock, on render up the colony in twenty-four the same evening, the advanced corps, hours. The inhabitants were to under the command of brigadier gen. enjoy their property; the exercise Maitland, marched in and took pos. of their religion, &c.; the laws of session of Fort New Amsterdam. the colony to remain in force; all The Batavian frigate and sloop of ships of war, artillery, stores, &c. war were also taken possession of to be delivered up; the Batavian at the same hour. Ilaving thus de- troops to surrender prisoners of war, tailed the particulars of our short, &c. These terms the governor rebut active operations, it is a very fused to accept, and hostilities con. pleasing part of my duty to state to tinued until the 4ih of May, when your Jorship, the names of those the commanding oficer of the Dutch officers whose situations enabled troops proposed a new captulation. them to come forward with distin. A negociation was then commenced
with him, and with the Dutch com. nant-colonel, 1 major, 19 captains, mander Van Treslong, which ter. 22 first lieutenants, 30 second lieuminated at last in articles differing tenants, 1 surgeon-major, 6 first only in some slight modifications surgeons, 10 second surgeons, 9 from those originally proposed by the serjeant-majors, 79 serjeants, 110 British commanders.
corporals, 24 drummers, 1434 priTotal Return of killed and Wounded vates. 13 women, and 11 children. of the Yroops under the Command N. B. Total number of priof Major General Sir Charles soners (navy included) exclusive of Green, at the Assault and Capture staff and departments, is 2001. of the Forts Leyden und Frederici, There fell into our hands, on this in the Colony of Surinam, on the occasion, the Proserpine of 32 guns, 30th of April.
and the Pylades of 18.—The quanTotal --3 rank and file killed; tity of ordnance, ammunition, and 1 field officer, 3 subalterns, 1 staff, stores taken is immensc. 1 serjeant, and 7 rank and file wounded. Oficers wounded-Lt. col. the hon. George Cranstoun, of Accounts of the different Attempts the 61th regiment; lieut. Arnold,
made upon the Enemy's Flotilla by of the royal engineers ; Mr. Hobbs, the Immortalité and Melpomené assistant engineer; lieut. Ross, of Frigates, in Letters addressed to the 64th regiment; lieut. Brown Lord Keith, K. B. &c. &c.—shiba rigg, of the 87th regiment; bri miral Louis, &c. gadier gen. Hughes. Total Return of killed and Wounded Inmortalité, Boulogne E. scron or of the Royal Nary, under the Com
eighi leagues, July 21st. mand of Commo:lore Ilood, at the Sir, Assault anul Capture of Forts Leyden The wind yesterday set in strong and Frederici, on the 30th of April, from the N. N. E. and N. E. by N.
Centaur-1 lieutenant, 1 petty and made so much sea, that the eneofficer, and 2 seamen, killed; 2 my's vessels in the road of Boulogne lieutenants, and 4 seamen, wound, became very uneasy; and about eight ed.
- Drake-1 warrant oflicer, P. M. the lec-most brigs began to killed. --Pandour--1 seaman, wound- get under weigh, and work to ed.-Unique-1 lieutenant, wound- windward, whilst some of the luged.- -Total—1 lieutenant, 1 war- gers ran down apparently for Etarant officer, 1 petty officer, and 2 ples; their force was then 45 brigs, seaman killod; 3 lieutenants, and 5 and 43 luggers. I made a signal to seamen wounded. Officers killed. look out on these vessels, which was Lieut. Smith, first of the Centaur, immediately obeyed by the Harpey, mortally wounded; died the follow- Bloodhound, and Archer, who closed ing day; W. Shuldham, midship with them, giving their fire to such man of the Centaur; Mr. as attempted to stand off from the boatswain of the Drake.
land; the Autumn was at this time Total Return of Buiarian Prisoners getting under weigh, and lost no
taken at the Conquest of the Colony time in giving her support to the of Surinam...
vessels already on this service, and 1 Lieutenant-general; I licut - continued with them during the whole 1
feather tide, to fire, from time to not yet been able to collect the re. time, on such of the enemy's vessels ports of these officers, but will foras gave them opportunity. At day. ward them the moment that they join light this morning there were nine.
E. W. C. R. Owen. teen brigs and eight luggers only Rear Admiral Louis. remaining in the Bay; and about six o'clock these began to slip single Letter to Lord Keith from Capt. and run to the southward, for Eta: R. D. Oliver, of the Melpomene, ples or the river Somme, the Autumn off Havre, July 21. and brigs being then too far to lee My Lord, ward to give them any interruption. Since
letter to your lordship As soon as the tide permitted this of the seventeenth'instant, we ship and the Leader to weigh, we had very light and variable winds stood in with Boulogne, when I for three days, which were succeeded perceived that a brig, a lugger, and by a gale from the north ward, when several large boats, were strand. the bombs had some difficulty to ed on the beach west of the harbour, keep clear of the shore. Yesterthe enemy were shipping and ená day the wind having got to the S. deavouring to save from them what W. I stood in with the squadron, they could, but I have no doubt and at eleven made the signal for the the rising tide would complete their bombs to try their range; they destruction. Three other brigs and placed themselves with the utmost a lugger were on the rocks near the precision immediately off the picr village of Portée, totally destroyed, heads, and at a quarter past eleven a brig and two luggers remained at began a most tremendous fire of anchor close to the rocks with wefts shells and carcasses, which was con. up, and the people huddled toge- tinued without intermission for an ther abaft: the brig had lost her hour and a half; in a very few mi. topmast, topsail, and lower yards, rutes the town was observed to be and one of the luggers the head of on fire, and as the pier was very full her mainmast; the sea was making of vessels, it is impossible but they a perfect breach over them, and if must have suffered considerably. the gale continues, their situation The vessels which had been outside is hopeless. The merits of captains the pier, during the bombardment Jackson and Heywood, as well as of the 16th, were so much annoyed those of lieutenants Richardson and as to retire, some into the pier, and Price, are so well known to you, some up the river; one of them was that I need only say, they acted on towed on shore under the batteries, this occasion with the same decisive and has been since taken to pieces. promptness they have always shewn; The enemy's mortar batteries have and though the night prevented my been very considerably increased seeing all that passed, there cannot since the attack of the 16th, and albe a doubt but that their well-timed though the fire from them on the attack caused the enemy's confu. bombs was as great as, I will vension, and occasioned much loss, ture to say, was ever experienced, which, taking every circumstance, they being considerably within the is, I doubt not, far beyond what range, yet it is with the most inexfell within our observation. I have pressible pleasure I acquaint your
lordship, that not a man has been as those which were moored outside, hurt. A shell passed through the amounting to 28 brigs, and as many mizen stay-sail of the Zebra, another luggers, and stood in with the squad. carried away the spare topsail-yard ron, as per margin*. Athalf-past seof the Merlin, and two chain plates, ven P. M. the bombs were well placed and grazed her side; and a 12-pound off the Pier Heads, when they be. shot cut the spare topmast and some gan a well-directed fire, which was other spars, and lodged in the booms kept up with great spirit for about of the Hecla; this is all the damage an hour and a half. The town was done. It is impossible for me to very soon observed to be on fire in find words to express my admi. two places ; and seven brigs, which ration of the conduct of captains were on the outside of the Pier, Sykes, James, Paul, and Beau- found it necessary to move; one lost champ, and the other officers and her main-mast. As the wind came crews of the bombs, for the able more off the land, and a strong ebb manner in which they placed and tide setting out, I ordered the bombs managed their vessels; and also to to discontinue firing. At half-past the officers and men of the Royal nine we anchored with the squadron Artillery embarked on board of about five miles from the Lightthem, for the judicious manner in houses. As the Explosion had fired which they fired the shells. Some away all her shells, and the Zebra luggers came out of the pier during most of her powder, I had them the bombardment and fired their supplied from the Meteor; and at guns; but they were made to keep half-past five this morning got under at a respectful distance by the vici. weigh, and stood in with the squad. nity of the Merlin, Pluto, Locust, ron again. Before eight the bombs and cutters, which were always took up their position near the Pier ready to give assistance where want. lleads, and kept up a constant fire ed, as were the other ships in the for near three hours with shells and squadron in the situations assigned carcasses ; so many shells burst on to them.
and about the Piers, that the ene R. D. Oliver. my's tire was observed latterly to
slacken considerably, and it was A Letter from Capt. Robert Dullcy evident they were in the greatest
Oliver, Commander of the Mel. confusion; some brigs and luggers, pomere, to William Marsden, Esq. however, got under weigh, and dated of Havre, the 2d Instant, came out to endeavour to annoy the incloses the following:
bombs, but all the other ships Melpomene, off Havre, Aug. 2. and vessels of the squadron were My Lord,
so well placed as to give chase to The wind having changetl yester- them immediately; and it was only day to the N. E. I determined to by cutting away their boats, which make another attack on the nume. were a-stern, and retreating very rous vessels in Havre pier, as well speedily into shoal water, that they
* Melpomene, Ariadne, Trusty, Magnanime, Merlin, and Favourite ; Hecla, Meteor, 'Explosion, and Zebra bombs; King George, Hope, Nancy, Countess of Elgin, and Locust cutters.
escaped, but not before they had under Admiral Linois in the India run the gauntlet of all the ships and an Seas, in a Letter addressed to cutters, and were very closely en the Ilonourable the Court of Digaged for a considerable time by rectors of the East India Comthe Merlin, Favourite, Locust gun. pany. Duted Earl Camden, Aubrig, and Hope cutter; and on this gust 6th, 1801*. occasion I feel particularly indebied For the information of the Ho. to the exertions of captains Brenton nourable Court, I beg leave to ac. and Foot, and lieutenants Lake and quaint you, that the Earl Camden Dobbins, whose vessels were very was dispatched from Canton by the often, during the action, in very Select Committee the 31st of Janu. shoal water, with a falling tide; in- ary last; and the ships noted in the deed nothing but the bad sailing margin + were put under my orders, of the Merlin prevented captain as senior commander; also, the Brenton from cutting off the stern Rolla Botany Bay ship, and the most brig. The Locust lost her country ships, as per margin I, main-topmast, but I have not heard were put under my charge, to conof any other loss. The conduct of voy as far as our courses lay in the the captains Sykes, James, Paul, same direction. I was also ordered and Beauchamp, commanding the to take under my protection a Porbombs on both these occasion, was tuguese Europe ship, that was lying highly meritorious ; and although in Macao Roads, whose Supercargo their ships were frequently struck, had solicited it from the Select Com. it gives me great pleasure to add that mittee. no lives have been lost. What damage Our passage down the river was may be done to the enemy by near tedious, and the fleet much dis500 shells and carcasses thrown into persed; the ships being under the the town and. bason last evening directions of their several Chinese and this morning, it is impossible to pilots, I could not keep them colcalculate ; but I may without vanity lected as I wished. say, that, if the exertions of the The Ganges, a fast-sailing brig, enemy's flotilla be not much greater was put under my orders by the on our shore than on their own, we Select Committee, to employ in any have little to dread from them. I manner that might tend to the safe. cannot conclude without expressing ty or convenience of the fleet, till my obligations to every officer and we had passed the Straits of Ma. man employed in this squadron.
I was then to dispatch her I am, &c. R, D. Oliver. to Bengal.
We passed Macao Roads on the
night of the 5th of February, and I Commodore Dance's Account of his conceive the Rolla had anchored so
defeating the French Squaulron near Macoa, as not to see the feet
* For an account of the honours and rewards bestowed upon sir N. Dance, and the officers and men of his fleet, vide Chronicle, page 409.
† Warley, Alfred, Royal George, Coutts, Wexford, Ganges, Exeter, Earl of Abergavenny, Henry Addington, Bombay Castle, Cumberland, Hope, Dorsetshire, Warren Hastings, Ocean.
Lord Castlereagh, Carron, David Scott, Minerva, Ardasier, Charlotte, Friend-ship, Shaw, Kissaroo, Jahaungeer, Gilwell, Neptune.