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opposite to this place and the Isle de Leon, on the night of the 24th, and morning of the 25th. My aid-de-camp major D'Oyly will bave the honour to deliver this satisfactory intelligence. I have the honour to be, &c.
Geo. Cooke, Major-gen. My LORD-I HAVE the pleasure to ipform your lordship, that the enemy abandoned his positions and works opposite to Cadiz and the island, on the night of the 24th, and morning of the 25th, except the town of Port Santa Maria, where a body of troops remained till the middle of the day, and then withdrew to the Cartuga. He has left a very numerous artillery in the several works, and a large quantity of stores and powder; and although most of the ordnance has been rendered useless, be appears to have retired froin his position with more precipitation than I should have expected. A considerable body of cavalry was brought down previous to the retreat commencing. The lowns of Puerto Real and Chiclana are now occupied by detachments of Spanish troops, and a party from the 2d Hanoverian hussars is at the first-mentioned place, to which Colonel Lambert bad moved from the Portazzo with them, and some light troops from this divi. sion. I have the honour to be, &c.
Extract.-I TAKE this opportunity of informing your lordship, that colonel Skerrett, and the Spanish troops under General Cruz, were at Manzanilla on the 22d, where they remained to draw the attention of Marshal Soult. I beg to state to your lordship, that the regency has given orders to commence a cut across the Trocadero impiediately, by a considerable number of workmen, so as tu insulate it.
LONDON GAZETTE, September 8. Downing-street, September 7, 1812. -A dispatch, of which the following is an extract, has been this day received at Earl Bathurst's office, addressed to his lordship by majorgeneral Cooke, dated Cadiz, August 16, 1812.- I HAVE the honour to inform your lordship, that I have just received accounts from colonel Skerrett, dated at Huelva, on the 14th ; the allied troops landed there on the 12th. The enemy blew up the castle of Niebla, spiked the guns, and retired; the place is now occupied by Spanish troops.
War-office, September 8, 1812.-His Royal Highness the Prince Regent has been pleased to appoint colonel his Serene Highness William Frederick Henry, hereditary Prince of Orange, to be an aid-de-camp to his Royal Highness.
Fourth regiment of dragoon guards, John Scaranche, gent. 1o be cornet, without porchase, 'vice Blennerhasset, who resigns. 12th regiment of light dragoons, lieutenant William Webb to be captain of a troop, vice Dickens, killed in action.
First regiment of foot guards, brevet major James Dawson West to be captain of a company, by purchase, vice Udney, who retires; ensign C. H. Churchill to be lieutenant, vice West; James Nixon, gent. to be ensign, vice Churchill. 7th regiment of foot, William Trevener, gent, to be lieutenant, by purchase, vice Harrison, appointed to the 3d dragoon guards. 14th ditto, ensign Edward Pender to be lieutenant, without porclase, vice Tothill, who resigns. 29th ditto, lieutenant Robert Brownrigg, from the Wexford militia, to be ensign, without purchase. 40th ditto, surgeon Thomas Fearon from a recruiting district, to be surgeon, vice Woods, who exchanges. 49th ditto, quarter. master Joseph Stean to be adjutant, (with the rank of ensign) vice Fitz-Gibbon, who resigns the adjutantcy only; serjeant Peter Merte to be quarter-master, vice Stean. 60th ditto: to be captains of companies; lientenant Richard Henry Hughes, without purchase, vice Dudley, who resigns; lieutenant J. Trumback, vice Lord Clinton, promoted in the 41st foot. 68th ditto, captain Peter Le Mesurier, from the 89th foot, to be Military Promotions.
captain of a company, vice Crespigny, who exchanges. 82d ditto, ensign Cooper Langford, from the North York militia, to be ensign, without purchase. 89th ditto, captain George C. Crespigny, from the 68th foot, to be captain of a company, vice Le Mesurier, who exchanges; lieutenant W. Gray, from the 5th garrison battalion, to be lieutenant, vice Gillespie, who exchanges; hospital mate Alexander Gardner to be assistant-surgeon, vice M-Kechnie, promoted in the 69th foot. 90th ditto, Henry John French, gent. to be ensign, without purchase, vice Rogers, who resigns. 4th West India regiment, ensiga John Rimmer to be lieutenant, without purchase, vice Sexton, who resigns; Horatio Scott, gent. 10 he ensign, vice Rimmer. Royal African corps, serjeant Joseph Hilton, from the Coldstream regiment of foot guards, to be ensign, without purchase, vice Beale, who resigns. 5th garrison battalion, lieutenant Joshua Gillespie, from the 89th foot, to be lieutenant, vice Gray, who exchanges. 4th royal veteran battalion, John Bartram, late quarter-master-serjeant in the 83d foot, to be ensign, vice M‘Moutray, appointed quarter-master. The Duke of Brunswick Oels' corps: light infantry, lieutenant George Sternfelds to be captain of a company, with temporary rank, vice Lüder, dead of his wounds; ensign Zweifel to be lieutenant, vice Sternfelds: to be ensigns; serjeant Henry Scholtz, vice Leopold, appointed to the 7th battalion of the line, King's German legion; Otto Breasen, gent, vice Blüttnitz, appointed to the 7th battalion of the line, King's German legion ; J. Carl Schartroth, gent. vice Zweifel. Meuron's regiment, lieutenant Stanislaus Schultz to be adjutant, vice L’Ardy, who resigns the adjutantcy only.
Brevet. Major Ulysses Burgh, of the ninety-second regiment of foot, to be lieutenantcolonel in the army.-- Hospital Staff. Surgeon T. Woods, from the 40th foot, to be surgeon of a recruiting district, vice Fearon, who exchanges : to be hospital-mates for geueral service; J. Dawn, gent. W. Bell, gent.- - Memorandum. The promotion of ensiga Anthony Leslie to be licutenant in thc 8th foot, vice Cumming, deceased, as stated in the Gazette of the 23d June 1812, has not taken place. Lieutenant Hewson, of the 82d foot, is snperseded, being absent without leave.
Office of Ordnance, September 7, 1812. Royal regiment of artillery, first lieutenaut John Dowse to be second captain, vice Mallett, deceased, dated July 21, 1812; second lieutenant Francis Stanway to be first lieutenant, vice Dowse, dated as above; temporary: assistant-surgeon Doctor Richard Kirby to be second assistant surgeon, vice Ashford, deceased, dated August 15, 1812.
Commissions signed by the lord lieutenant of Wigtownshire: Kirkcudbright and Wigtown militia, Major George Maxwell to be lieutenant-colonel, vice Fullarton, promoted, dated June 17, 1812 ; James Loirson, gent. to be ensign, vice Taylor, promoted, dated August 8, 1812. Wigtownshire local militia, adjutant James Denniston to be captain, by brevet, dated February 29, 1812; ensign Andrew Hannay to be lieutenant, vice M'Gill, superseded, dated as above; ensign Robert Cuming to be ditto, vice M'Culloch, resigned, dated as above; ensign Robert M Master to be lieutenant, vice Jorie, resigned, dated February 29, 1812; ensign James Hannay to be ditto, vice Kerr, resigned, dated as above; Robert Hannay, gent, to be ensign, vice A. Hannay, promoted, dated as above; James Broadfoot, gent. to be ditto, vice Cuming, promoted, dated May 26, 1812.
LONDON GAZETTE, September 5, 1812. Admiralty-office, September 5, 1812.-Copy of a letter from Vice-admiral Sir James Saumarez, bart, and K.B, to John Wilson Croker, esq. dated on board bis Majesty's ship Victory, in Hawke Road, the 27th August, 1812.-SIR-I HEREWITH enclose a letter I have received from Rear-admiral Martin, dated the 17th instant, on board the Aboukir, off Riga, conveying information of the movements of the Rassian forces to that London Gazette.-Various Dispatches, &c.
period; by which their lordships will observe, that no event of importance had taken place since the letter I transmitted the 11th instant.
Aboukir, off Riga Bay, August 17, 1812.-Sir-I HAVE to acquaint you that couriers arrived last night from Count Wittgenstein and General Barclay de Tolli, by whom we learn that no important affair has yet vecurred. Count Wittgenstein's letter is dated the 13th instant, at a small village called Doschoch, about forty miles this side of Polotsk, to which last place he had pursued Oudinot; and leaving a strong advanced post in front of it, in order to deceive him, the count immediately took a direction with his army towards Drouia to meet Macdonald, of whose departure from this neighbourhood he bad received early intelligence. Hearing, however, that Marshal Oudinot had obtained a reinforcement of eleven thousand men, he halted, and presently moved forward again in the direction of Polotsk, and falling in with a small French division, he attacked them, and took six bundred prisoners, besides baggage. It was conjectured that Oudinot bad re-crossed the river, and it was ascertained that his loss in the late action had been much more severe than was at first reported. General Barclay de Tolli's letter is dated the 30th of August at Smolensko; it speaks only of an attack made by Count Pahlen's cavalry on the enemy's rear guard, which he drove before him, taking two or three hundred prisouers, and General Sebastiani's carriage with all bis papers. Frequent skirmishes take place, and they are represented as invariably favourable to the Russians; and every thing in the army is going on in a satisfactory way. Several small detachments from this garrison have been scouring the country, and have destroyed a magazine, and taken some prisoners. I have the honour to be, &c. T. M. MARTIN, Rear-adm,
Admiralty-office, September 5, 1812.—Extract of a letter from commodore Sir Home Popham, to admiral the right honourable Lord Keith, K.B. dated on board his Majesty's ship Venerable, Bilboa Inlet, 16th August 1812, and transmitted by the last-mentioned officer to John Wilson Croker, esq.-YESTERDAY morning, at day-dawn, General Renovales attacked the enemy, and his dispositions were so judicious, that he drove him out of the town, from wbence he retreated on the high road to Zornosa, and his whole force fell back towards Durango. The Spaniards lost ten men killed, and twenty-three wounded; the enemy certainly lost more, and had six prisoners taken. Major Williams marched with a strong picquet to examine the country; but as the enemy continued to retreat, he returned to the town of Bilboa in the course of the night. I directed captain Malcolm to take a proportion of powder, with a party of men, to blow up the Moro, as we had completely destroyed every work at Portugalette and its neighbourhood; but as Gen. Renovales preferred doing it himself, I supplied him with powder for that purpose.
War-office, Sept. 5, 1812.-Brevet, Major-generals George Earl of Dalhousie, and the hon. William Stewari, 10 be lieut.generals in the army serving in Spain and Portugal.
Horse-guards, Sept. 3, 1819.—Royal Military COLLEGB.—THE assembling of the junior department is, hy his Royal Highness the Commander-in-chief's command, deferred till Monday the 19th October 1812, when the junior department will assemble at the New College at Sandhurst, near Black-water, in Hampshire. The next examination of candidates for admission will be at Sandhurst, on Monday the 26th October 1812.-By command of his Royal Highness the Commander-in-chief. HARRY Calvert,Adj-gen.
Commission signed by his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, in the name and on the behalf of bis Majesty: George Parkins, gent. to be adjutant to the 20 East Glou.
London Gazette.- Dispatches from Marquis IVellington. cester regiment of local militia, vice Edwards, deceased, dated September 4, 1812. Commission in the Tower Hamlets inilitia, signed by the lord lieutenant: 1st royal regio ment, William Fortune, esq. to be captain, vice Cruden, resigned, dated July 11, 1812. Commission in the Whitchurch volunteer infuntry, signed by the lord-lieut. of the county of Hants: H. Hunter, gent, to be lieutenant, vice Edney, resigned, dated Aug. 19, 1812.
LONDON GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY, September 4, 1812. Downing-street, September 4, 1812.—Major Burgh, aid-de-camp to the Marquiss of Wellington, has this day arrived at Lord Bathurst's office with dispatches, addressed to his lordship by Lord Wellington, dated Madrid the 13th and 15th ultimo, of which the following are extracts.-HAVING found that the army under Marshal Marmont continued their retreat upon Burgos, in a state not likely to take the field again for some time, I determined to bring Joseph Buonaparte to a general action, or force bim to quit Madrid. Accordingly I moved from Cuellar ou the 6th instant. We arrived at Segovia on the 9th, and at St. Ildefonso on the 8th, where I halted one day, to allow the right of tho army more time to come up. No opposition was made to the passage of the troops through the mountains; and brigadier-general D'Urban, with the Portuguese cavalry, and 1st light battalion of the King's German legion, and captain M‘Donald's troop of horse artillery had been through the Guadarama pass since the 9th. He moved forward on the morning of the 11th from the neighbourhood of Galapagas, and supported by the heavy cavalry of the King's German legion from Torrelodones, he drove in the French cavalry, about two thousand in number, and placed himself at Majalahonda, with the Portuguese cavalry, and captain M‘Donald's troop, and the cavalry and light infantry of the King's German legion at Las Royas, about three quarters of a mile distant. The enemy's cavalry which had been driven off in the morning, and had moved towards Naval Carnero, returned about five in the afternoon, and brigadier general D'Urban having formed the Portuguese cavalry in front of Majalahonda, supported by the horse artillery, ordered the cavalry to charge the enemy's leading squadrons, which appeared too far advanced to be supported by their main body. The Portnguese cavalry advanced to the attack, but unfortunately turned about before they reached the enemy; and they Aed through the village of Majalahonda, and back opon the German dragoons; leaving behind them, unprotected and ensupported, those guns of captain M‘Donald's troop, which had been moved forward to co-operate with the cavalry. By the activity of the officers and soldiers of captain M‘Donald's troop, the guns were however moved off; but owing to the unfavourable nature of the ground over which they were moved, the carriage of one was broken, and two others were overturned; and these three guns fell into the enemy's hands. The Portuguese dragoons having fled through Majalahonda, were rallied and re-formed upon the heavy dragoons of the King's German legion, which were formed between that village and Las Royas. The German cavalry charged the enemy, although ander many disadvantages, and stopped their further progress; but I am sorry to say, that they suffered considerable loss, and that colonel Jonqueires, who commanded the brigade, was taken prisoner. The left of the army was about two miles and a half distant, at the Puente de Ratamar, on the Guadarama river, and colonel Ponsonby's brigade of cavalry and a brigade of infantry of the 7th division liaving moved forward to the support of the troops in advance, the enemy retired upon Majalahonda as soon as they observed these troops; and night having come on they retired upon Alcorcon, leaving our guns at Majalahonda. I am happy to report that the officers of the Portuguese cavalry behaved remarkably well, and shewed a good example to their men, particularly the Visconde de Barbacena, who was taken prisoner. The conduct of the brave Gernan London Gazette.- Dispatches from Marquis Wellington. cavalry, was, I understand, excellent, as was that of captain M.Donald's troop of borse artillery. The light infantry battalion was not engaged. The army moved forward yesterday morning, and its left took possession of the city of Madrid, Joseph Buonaparte baving retired with the army of the centre by the roads of Toledo and Aranjuez, leaving a garrison in the Retiro. It is impossible to describe the joy manifested by the inbabitants of Madrid upon our arrival; and I hope that the prevalence of the same sentiments of detestation of the French yoke, and of a strong desire to secure the independence of their country, which first induced them to set the example of resistance to the usurper, will induce them to make exertions in the cause of their country, which will be more efficacious than those formerly made. I have not yet heard that Astorga has fallen; but the garrison which the enemy left in Tordesillas, about two hundred and sixty in number, surrendered to General Santocildes on the 5th instant. I bave received no further reports of the situation of General Ballasteros since the 21st of July. I have letters from General Joseph O'Donnell and General Roche of the 261b Joly; and the army of Murcia, under the command of the former, was defeated by General D'Harispe on the 21st of July. It appears that the Spanish troops moved forward to attack General D'Harispe's posts at Castalla and at Ybi; those which attacked the former were repulsed with the loss of two thousand men and two pieces of cannou; those which attacked the latter, under the command of General Roche, conducted themselves remarkably well, and co. vered the retreat of the troops under General O'Donnell, and afterwards effected their own retreat, in good order, to Alicant.
Madrid, August 15, 1812.--I HAVE the pleasure to inform your lordship, that the garrison of the Retiro surrendered by capitulation yesterday; and I bave now the honour to enclose a translation of the capitulation. We invested the place completely on the evening of the 13th; and in the night, detachments of the 7th division of infantry, under the command of major-general Hope, and of the 3d division of infantry, under the command of major-general the honourable E. Pakenham, drove in the enemy's posts from the Prado and the Botanical Garden, and from the works which they had constructed outside . of the park wall; and having broken through the wall in different places, they were es tablished in the palace of the Retiro, and close to the exterior of the enemy's wdrks, enclosing the building called La China. The troops were preparing in the morning to attack those works, preparatory to the arrangements to be adopted for the attack of the interior line and building, when the governor sent out an officer to desire to capitulate; and I granted him the honours of war, the baggage of the officers and soldiers of the garrison, &c. as specified in the enclosed agreement. I enclose a return of the strength of the garrison, which marched out yesterday at four o'clock, on their road to Ciudad Rodrigo. We have found in the place one hundred and eighty-nine pieces of brass ordnance, in excellent condition; nine hundred barrels of powder; twenty thousand stand of arms; and considerable magazines of clothing, provisions, and amınanition.We have likewise found the eagles of the 13th and 31 st regiments, which I forward to England, to be presented to bis Royal Highness the Prince Regent, by my aid-de-camp, major Burgh. I see by a letter from General Ballasteros to lieutenant-general Sir Rowland Hill of the 29th July, that he had been in Malaga on the 14th of that month, after an engagement with General Laval, near Coin. General Ballasteros was at Graselena on the 29th. I have a letter from lieutenant-general Sir Rowland Hill, of the 8th instant; and althouglı general Drouet had been in movement for three days, it does aut appear that his movements are of any importance. I enclose returns of the killed, wounded, and missing, in the affair at Magalabonds on the 11ib instant, and of the los