« ForrigeFortsett »
their post. The enemy, as soon as they had seized the church, immediately climbed to the top, and from thence poured down a storm of fire on our people who were posted behind it, and who now lay entirely exposed to their shot. In this disadvantageous position, the European soldiers maintained themselves with resolution and patience, until a detachment with ten field pieces came to their relief. The Spaniards were at length driven off with the loss of 7o men: nor were we freed from this resolute attack without loss on our fide, a brave officer having fallen, and forty men being killed or wounded in the encounter. - This was the enemy’s last effort, They were now confined to the walls. Discouraged by their frequent and bloody repulses, the greatest part of the Indians returned home. The fire of the batteries, which had been a little interrupted by these attacks, recommenced with greater spirit, and with a more decifive effect than ever; so that the next day the enemy's cannon were all filenced, and the breach appeared practicable. Any other people but the Spaniards of this garrison, in these circumstances, would have imme
diately prepared a capitulation,
i have made led by officers in whom they had
* : For the Y E A R 1763. 3.
ance into the city, and compleated the conquest. Ah hundred Spaniards and Indians posted in a guard house refused quarter, and were cut to pieces. To Three hundred more, who endeavoured to escape over a deep and rapid river, were drowned in the attempt. The governor retired into the citadel; but as that place was not tenable, he soon surrendered at discretion. Influenced by a generosity familiar to our commanders, and willing to preserve so noble a city from deñrućtion, general Draper and the admiral, though able to command everything, admitted the inhabitants to a capitulation, by which they enjoyed their liberties, lives,
able islands which are its dependencies. - :P. III. - - - - - -
amounted to upwards of a million
torious officer was bred, and of “had conquered twenty-five islands. which at the time of this acqui- all of them diffinguishable for stion he was a member, had the their magnitude, their riches, or
satisfaction of being graced with , the importance of their fituation.
the trophies of his victory. The She had won by sea and land, in general desired, and the king con--the course of this war, twelve iented, that the colours taken at-battles; she had reduced nine forManila, should be.hung up in their tified cities and towns, and nee. chapel. There could not be a forty forts and casses; she ha"