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brigade of guards under Major-General H. and I am much obliged to them, and to the Campbell, was particularly distinguished people of Castile in general, for the assistance in this respect.
I received from them. The latter have inI likewise request your Lordship's at. variably shewn their detestation of the tention to the conduct of Lieutenant-Colo- French tyranny, and their desire to contri, nel Fletcher, the chief engineer, and of bute, by every means in their power, to reBrigade-Major Jones, and the officers and move it. men of the royal engineers. The ability I will hereafter transmit to your Lordwith which these operations were cavried ship a detailed account of what we hare on exceeds all praise; and I beg leave to found in the place ; but I believe there are recommend those officers to your Lord. 153 pieces of ordnance, including the heavy ship most particularly.
train belonging to the French army, and Major Dickson, of the royal artillery aț. great quantities of ammunition and stores, tached to the Portuguese artillery, has for We have the Governor, General 'Banier, some time had the direction of the heavy about 78 officers, and 1700 men, pritrain attached to this army, and has con- soners. ducted the intricate details of the late ope. I transmit this dispatch by my Aid-deration, as he did those of the late sieges of Camp, the Honourable Major Gordon, Badajoz, much to my satisfaction. The who will give your Lordship any further rapid execution produced by the well die details you may require ; and I beg 'leave rected fire kept up from our batteries, af; to recommend him to your protection. fords the best proof of the merits of the I have the honour to be, &c. officers and men of the royal artillery, and
WELLINGTON. of the Portuguese artillery employed on tle occasion. "But I must particularly men.
RETURN OF KHLED AND WOUNDED. tion Brigade Major May, and Captains Holcombe, Power, Dyneley, and Dundas, of the royal artillery, and Captains Da Cunha Major-General M•Kinnon. and Da Corta, and Lieutenant Silva, of the
20 Batt. 5th Foot-Captain M.Dougall. 1st regiment of Portuguese artillery.
Ist Batt. 45th Foot-Capt. Hardyman ; I have' likewise particularly to report to Lieuts. Perse and Bell. your Lordship, she conduct of Major Stur, 1st Batt. 52d Foot-Capt. J. Dobbs. geon, of the royal staff corps. He con. 94th Foot-Captains Williamson and structed and placed for us the bridge over Anderson, the Agueda, without which the enterprise could not have been attempted, and he af. terwards materially assisted Lieut.-General Major-General Craufurd, severely, since Graham and myself, in our reconnaissance dead. of the place, on which the plan of the at- Major-General Vandeleur, slightly. tack was founded ; and he finally conduct- Brigade-Major Potter, 28th foot, ditto. ed the 2d battalion 5th regiment, as well Royal Engineers-Licuts. Thomson and as the 2d cacadores, to their points of at* Reid, severely, taek.
43d Foot--Capt. Fergusson, slightly. The Adjutant-General, and the Deputy 52d Foot-Lieut.-Col.Colborne, severely; Quarter-Master-Gencral, and the oficers Major George Napier, lost an arm; Lieut. of their several departments, gave me every Gurwood, slightly. assistance throughout this service, as well 77th Foot-Captain M.Lean, severely, as those of my personal 'staff; and I have (lost a leg). great pleasure in adding, that, 'notwith- 88th Foot-Lieut. Beresford, slightly. standing the season of the year, and the 95th Foot-Capt, Uniacke, severely. increased difficulties of procuring sup- Ist Portuguese Artillery-Capt. Queerle. plies for the troops, the whole army have been well supplied, and every branch of the service provided for during the late operations, by the indefatigable exertions The fortress of Valencia, in which Gen. of Mr Commissary-General · Bisset, and Blake had shut himself up, after sustaining the officers belonging to his department. à defeat on the 26th December, surrender
The Marshal del Campo, Don Carlos ed to the French under Marshal Suchet. d'Espana, and Don Julian Sanchez, ob- by capitulation, on the 9th January, by served the enemy's movements beyond the which Blake, together with the garrison Tormes, during the operations of the siege ; and other troops under luis command, to the
PALL OF VALENCIA.
number of 20,000 men, became prisoners of and being harrassed for want of supplies, war. The following is an extract from the they soon after raised the siege, abandonreport of the Marshal Suchet, announcing ing all their intrenchments and cannon. that important eventi" On the 5th, I commenced the bom
Information has been received from bardment, and on the 6th, offered a capi- Cadiz, that the Cortes have appointed a tulation, which being refused, I redoubled
new Regency which is to consist of the fol. our fire, and in three days and three nights lowing members :2700 bombs were thrown into the city, For Spain.–The Duc del Infantydo, causing explosions and several vast fires. General H. O'Donnel, Admiral Villavi, The artillery, by a praiseworthy emulation, cenzio. succeeded in erecting two batteries, mount For the Colonies -Rivas, ed with ten 24-pounders each, ready to Monsquera. make a breach in the interior defences. Don Vicente de Durango, Secretary The engineers, with their usual activity, of the Embassy, will perform the duties had effected a lodgement in the last houses of Ambassador to the British Court till the of the suburbs, and placed mines under appointment of a successor to the Duc two of the principal gates of the town, del Infantado.--The new arrangement when General Blake, fearing the terrible having been made under the recommendaand near approaches of an assault, capita- tion of Mr Wellesley, there is reason to ied; which places in the power of the Em- conclude that it will remove all grounds perar, the city of Valencia, 374 pieces of of difference between the allied govern. artillery, 180,000 lbs. of powder 3,000,000 ments. o cartridges, 16,131 prisoners of the line, according to the accompanying statement
UNITED STATES. delivered by the General in Chief of the Spanish Staff, and 190 sick in the hospitals of From the proceedings of Congress, re. Valencia and Valdegoras, 1800 cavalry and ported in the American papers, it appears artillery horses, 21 stands of colours, 893 that a bill for allowing the arming of me. Officers, 22 Generals or Brigadiers, among chant“ vessels has been rejected ; and which are Zayas and Lardizabel, com another for raising an additional force of manding the expeditionary division; Mi. 25,000 men, which had passed the House randa, Marco del Ponte, Commander of of Representatives, with several amendthe Valencia army ; Sea Commander of ments, had been receded from in the other the cavalry; the Marquis of Rocca, &e. House ; and it is intimated in some of the ke; four Lieutenant-Generals, six Field American papers, that the bill would proMarshals, and a great number of Colonels; bably be thrown out by a disagreement beihe General in Chief O'Donnel, and Cap- tween the two Houses. In the mean time, a tain General Blake.
bill has been brought in for permitting the " On this occasion the insurgents have importation of all British goods, purchased experienced an irreparable loss; they lost or contracted for in Great Britain or her 50 good artillery officers, formeal in the colonies, previous to the 20 February school of Segovia ; 383 mindrs and sap 1811. The effect of this bill, if passed pers; and 1400 old artillerymen, among into a law, must be felt as a great relief which are four fine companies of borse ar to the oppressed trade of the two countillery."
tries; as there is no doubt that great In consideration of the above, and other quantities of British goods would be poured important services, the French Einperor has
into the American market under colour of
this law. created Count Suchet Duke of Albufera.
SOUTH AMERICA. The French force which had been for aine months before Tariffa, baving made By accounts from the river Plate, dated what they deemed a practicable breach in the 5th November, we learn that a treaty the walls, advanced to the assault on the has been concluded between the govern31st January ; but met with such a warm ments of Buenos Ayres and Monte Video, and gallant reception from the garrison which acknowledges the authority of Ferunder Colonel Skerrit, that they retired, dinand VII., and the mother country, and after being exposed, for half an hour, to a which places the commercial intercourse most destructive fire, leaving behind them between the two territories on the same about 300 men killed and wounded. Hav- footing as before the disturbances took og faced in this attempt to take the place, place,
severe contest, took possession of 40 sait
of vessels, valuably laden, which they The losses by shipwreck, in men and brought away in triumph. vessels, within the last three months, it is
Nov. 5.-L'Invincible French privateer, calculated, exceed the aggregate loss sus- of two guns and 33 men, off Malaga, by tained by our navy, in all the battles
the Sparrowhawk sloop of war. fought, and victories won, during the last
Nov. 15.-The Edward French privatwenty years. To the melancholy cata
teer of 14 guns and 123 men, off Cape logue already on record, we have to add
Mola, by the Apollo frigate. his Majesty's frigates Laurel and Manilla. The Laurel was lost, on the 31st Janua
Jan. 17.- The Confiance French privary, through the ignorance of the pilots, on teer, of 14 guns and 68 men, by the a sunken rock, in Quiberon Bay. The Dasher sloop of war. crew were saved; but 70 seamen, besides two Lieutenants and the Surgeon, purchased
DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE. their lives at the expence of their liberty,
PopulaTION.-The following is a sum, having been made prisoners by the enemy; mary of the comparative statement of the who, to their everlasting reproach, conti population of Great Britain in the years nued, for some time, regardless of her
1801 and 1811, ordered by the House of defenceless state, to fire upon the Laurel;
Commons to be printed, Jan. 17. 1812 :and, when the boats with the 70 men
POPULATION OF 1801. made the shore, the coinmander of a fort In England, Wales, and Scotland, incluon the coast would not permit them to re
ding the Army, Navy, &c. Males, 5,450,292; turn to the rescue of their companions. Females, 5,492,351.' 'Total, 10,942,646. But, to them, fortunately, was reserved a
POPULATION OF 1811.
Males. Females. Total. better fate ; for, the Rota frigate being in
England, 4,555,257 4,944,145 9,499,400 company, her commander, gallantly risk.
Wales, 289,414 317,066 607,480 ing his own safety and that of his sailors, Scotland, 825,377 979,487 1,804,864 anchored his vessel among the rocks, and, Army, Navy, after great exertion, succeeded in bringing
640,500 oit the remaining part of the Laurel's
Total, 6,310,548 6,241,596 12,552,144 The Manilla was driven on the Haack sands, during a violent storm, on the 28th England,
1,167,066 January; and it appears that the Dutch
65,834 sailors and pilots displayed the greatest hu.
208,180 manity and courage in behalf of the crew,
Army, Navy, &c.
169,902 and, after two days indefatigable exertion,
Total, 1,611,882 succeeded in bringing them safe on shore, with the exception of six men, who were
IRE LA N D. unfortunately drowned, and another who, after he had been got from the wreck, died
On the 27th January, the trial of Tho. through excessive cold and fatigue.
mas Kirwan, one of the Catholic DeleLIST OF ENEMY'S VESSELS CAPTURED OR
gates, came on in the Court of King's
Bench, Dublin. The trial lasted four Nov. 1.-His Majesty's ships Thames days, at the end of wbich, the Jury reand Imperieuse, having on board a detach- turned a verdict of “Guilty ;" and, on a ment of 250 soldiers, made an attack on subsequent day, Mr Kirwan was sentenced an enemy's convoy, in a port near Naples; to pay a fine of one merk, and then be disand, though protected by a battery of 10 charged. The Attorney General gave noguns and 800 men, a detachment of 450 tice, that, as the question of law had thus inen, including marines and seamen, storm- been settled, it was his intention to forego ed the battery, drove out the enemy with all further proceedings 'in regard to the great loss, spiked the guns, and, after a other Delegates under prosecution.
HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY. in the chimney of the room where he was.
Sir Thomas, and William Rae, Esq. sheN the 13th of January, came on the riff-depute of the shire of Edinburgh, i.
trial of Alexander Cain, alias O'Kane, dentified the declarations emitted by the accused of having, on the evening of the prisoner, some of which he refused to sign Ilth of October, (the day on which An- unless they were written over again and derson and Menzies, two thieves, were altered. executed at Stirling, by sentence of the Archibald Stewart, cattle-dealer, swore, Circuit-court of Justiciary,) with one or that being upon the streets of Stirling, upmore persons, attacked in the town of on the evening of the 11th of October, le Stirling, Archibald Stewart, cattle-dealer saw three or four mon coming up, one of in Dalspidie, who had just arrived from whom was a big man; that he was imPalkirk Tryst, where he had received a mediately knocked down, and robbed of the sum of money, and of having struck and money libelled upon, and that he was Younded him severely on the head, and much cut and bruised by a blow on the other parts of the body, to the effusion of head, which bled very much, and rendered. his blood, and loss of his senses for the him senseless ; when the money was taken time, and of robbing him of one thousand from him, he heard them say, “ lay to and ten pounds sterling, chiefly in notes Irim.” He acknowledged that he was of the Falkirk banking company.
drinking drams on his way to Stirling, and After the jury were sworn in, the coun after he arrived there, but was not intoxica. sel for the prisoner stated an objection, ted, and knew very well what he was about. that the notes of the Falkirk banking This witness, not understanding the Engcompany, charged in the indictment, as lish language well, was examined in Gae. taken from the prisoner, were not lodged tic by a gentleman, who was sworn to inin due time in the hands of the clerk of terpret faithfully the answers he made. justiciary, to be shewn to the prisoner's Some witnesses proved Stewart's getting wunsel. The court repelled the objection. the Falkirk notes libelled, at Falkirk The witnesses were then examined for the market, on the 11th. crown.
Other witnesses swore, that the prisoner Sir Thomas Kirkpatrick, Bart. sheriff was at Falkirk Tryst, on the 9th and 10ti cepate of the shire of Dumfries, swore, of October, when he was considered as a that the notes of the Falkirk banking very suspicious character, and that he was company, exhibited, were taken from the at Stirling on the 11th, when the robbery 220n of the prisoner, in a small public. was committed, and was seen passing the house, in the town of Dumfries ; some of house, near to which Stewart was knocked then were concealed near the waistband down and robbed, about the time of the of bis breeches ; and also, two twenty robbery. He was traced to Edinburgh, pound notes which he endeavoured to con. and from thence to Dumfries, and he had ceal in his hand, while they were search- changed twenty pound notes of the Falkirk taz hia, and several others were concealed bank at several public-houses on the road.
He was apprehended at Dumfries, and the and expediency of the appointment ; they Falkirk notes found in his possession, as investigated the powers of the Magistrates above mentioned by Sir T. Kirkpatrick. of burghs, as trustees or curators for the
The several declarations of the prisoner community, appealed to the usage in the were then read, which were very con- former appointments since the institution tradictory.
of the office, and the analogous usage The Lord Advocate addressed the jury, which prevails respecting other burgh offor the Crown, at considerable length, in a ficers ; and, as specially applicable to the very able specch, as did J. I!. Mackenzie, case, the pursuers referred to the universal Esq. for the prisoner.
practice in the appointment of factors for The Lord Justice Clerk summert op the pulvlic bodies and private individuals, and evidence with his usual candour and abili. to the annual election of Chamberlains of ty, and the jury were ordered to return the cities of London and Glasgow. their verdict next day at one o'clock. Upon advising these papers, the Court, The court accordingly met next day, when on the 24th January, by a majority of the jury returned their verdict, all in one three to two, altered the interlocutor of voice, finding the pannel guilty ; and, af- the Lord Ordinary, and reduced and set ter a suitable address from the Lerd Jus. asi te 'the election of Mr Henderson, ad 14tice-Clerk, he was sentenced to be exe- tam aut culpam, but found the pursuers not cuted at Stirling, on Friday, the 21st entitled to their expences. February.
The inatter we understand, is now The sentence was put in execution on finally set at rest ; for, at a subsequent that day, and the unhappy sufferer's beha meeting of the Town Council, a letviour was penitent, and resigned to his fate. ter from My Henderson being produced,
Cotinsel for the crown, the Lord Ad acquiescing in the decision, the appointvocate, and H. H. Druminond, Esq. ; ment ad vitam aut culpam was declared agent, Hugh Wardener, Esq. W. S.- void, and the office vacant ; after which, For the prisoner J. H. Mökenzie, and
on a motion made by Mr Turnbull, and James Walker, Esqs. ; agent, Mr Andrew seconded by Mr Tenant (both pursuers of Clason, W. S.
the reduction), Mr Henderson was unani[The trial of John Lindsay Crawford mously elected Chamberlain of the city of and James Bradley for forging deeds, will Edinburgh, during the pleasure of the be found in a prececding part of this Council. Number.)
Court of TEINDS. Count or Session-First Division.
The following case lately occurred in the
Court of Session, relative to the powers City Chamberlain.
of Presbyteries in regard to Ministers The important question relative to the manscs. appointment of the Chamberlain of the city In 1909, the Minister of Garvock appliof Edinburgh, ol vitám aut culpam, has ed to the Presbytery of Fordoun to visit his been ultimately decided in favour of the manse for the purpose of inspecting the pursuers, composing the minority of the same, as he couceived it to be in a state of Town Council at the time the election took considerable disrepair. The Presbytery place.
having appointed a day for the visitation, After full pleadings before Lord Wood. and also required the Ministor to summon houselec, memorials were ordered upon tradesmen for the purpose of inspecting the the merits of the case ; upon considering manse, and reporting on oath what was newhich, his Lordship decided against the cessary to be done, the Minister gave the pursuers, by finding that the election had usual notice of the mecting of Presbytery not been impeached by them upon any froin the pulpit, and by communicating sufficient grounds, and therefore sustained the same to the heritors by letter. The the defences, and dismissed the process, Presbytery accordingly met at Garvock on with expences.
the day appointed, when they were attendAgainst this interlocutor the pursuers ed by tradesmen summoned by the Minisreclaimed to the Imer House, and the Thc principal heritors also attended s, use came to be advised upon by a pe- the meeting of Presbytery, and brought tition for the pursuers, and answers for with them two trade-men. An inspection the Town Council, and Mr Henderson, was made by the whole of the tradesmen the Charaberlain. In these pleadings, the present, and a joint report was given in by parties insisted for and against the legality them, concurring in opinion that the manse