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Vincent is entitled to the gratitude of the thought of to make such an inquiry. -country for the establishing of this commis. It is remarkable enough, that Lord Sidmouth sion; for dragging forth, and for endeavour- said not a word upon the subject, though ing to crush, the swoln upstarts, who were, certainly the occasion might, considering his and who yet are, daily insulting, domineer. late connexion with Lord St. Vincent, have ing over, and trampling upon, the people been expected to call him forth. Nor, in whose blood they have already, sucked. the other house, when Mr. Pitt declared These are the things that are hard to bear, that he still retained all his former opinions A man must be little better than a brute, relative to the late Board of Admiralty, who can, with indifference, nay, with any did any of the Addington's say a word. degree of patience, see a fellow, who was They ought not, one would think, so soon but a few years, perhaps only a few months, to forget the shelter which they enjoyed ago, worth not a shillingi a clerk, may behind the name of Lord St. Vincent ! be, in some counting house, or a sort of The forbearance, and, in some instanupper servant to some man in power ; per- ces, the powerful support they received, haps, too, amongst the most profligate of merely because they had Lord St. Vincent wretches;
I say, that he who cau, with amongst them! Bai, bis lordship is not any degree of patience, see such a fellow one of The FAMILY. Wher with them, purchasing estates and purchasing boroughs, he was quite out of his place. The conscious that the means have been stolen printing of the tenth report of the Board of from him and his fellow-subjecls ; he who Naval Inquiry has been moved, and ordercan see this with patience is not a little ed, in boih Houses of Parliament; so that beller, for' he is even worse than a brute. there is every reason to suppose, that the Whether the commission, recently given most material parts of it can be laid before to Sir Charles Middleton, Mr. Fordyce, Sir the public in the pext number of this worke Roger Cartis, Mr. Domett, and Mr. Serle, His Royal Highness, the Duke of Clarence, and dated on the 8th ultimo, be intended who, of course, takes a p rticular interesa to supersede that of the Board of Naval in matters relating to the navy, moved the Inquiry, I know not. The reasons for this printing of the report in the Housi- of Lords, new commission will, perhaps, by-and-by, and signifie:! lis intention of bestowing parappear. In the mean-time, every one, ticular atieprion on its contents. who has an opportunity of so doing, should New Ministky. -. Matters of more im• read with attention, the reports of the portance than any thing that relates personBoard of Naval Inquiry which has been ally to the members of the present cabinet prepublished: -As somewhat connected with vented me, last week, froin tak ng any nothis sobject, it is proper here to take some tice of the progress of those contentions, by notice of what passed in the House of Lords, which to all appearance, they are agitated on Monday last, the inth instant. During and shaken.-lo page 105, a report was a recent debate in the House of Com given, as I received it, that, at ibe earnest mons, Mr. Fox observed, that seeing that and repeated soliciration of Mr. Piti and the subject of an inquiry into the measures some of their common friends, Lo Sidof the late Admiralty Board had not been mouth (or “ Mr. Addington, as the Pitrevived,' he supposed the Chancellor of the tiles continue to call him) had fiosily con. Exchequer, by coming into oslice, had sented to the appcintment of Dr.' rettyman changed his opinion, with regard to the to the Archipiscopal see of Canterbury. Te conduct of 'that board. To which Mi. was observed, besides that, seeing how lon; Pitt answered, that he still retained all the Mr. Pitt was well known to have desti:sed opinions be had formerly expressed, rela- Dr. Prettyman to that exalted station. Lordi tive to the conduct of the late Admirally: Sidmouili's insisting upon refusing the proHence, on the day before-mentioned, Lord motion to that right reverend person could St. Vincent was induced to ask the minis- not, were it to take place, be possibly views ters in the House of Lords, whether it was ed in any other light than that of a barbaroits true, that it was intended to institute an and wanton outrage upon the feelings of Mr. inquiry into his conduct; for, that it was Pitt. To my uiter astonishment, however, what he most earnestly wished for. Lord I heard, before the number 1 am referring to Hawkesbury said he had never before was closed, that had Lord Sidmouth persevered heard of such an intention. Lord St. Vin- in his refusal, that Dr. Prettyman was 10 leĆent said, that he would sit down with main where he was, and ibat Dr. Suloir, the bothing short of an unequivocal answer. Bishop of Norwich, was actually promoted Lord Hawkesbury then said, that, as a to the arclibishoprick! This event appears at member of His Majesty's council, he had once to have convinced eve:y one, noi only po declare, that he never beard that it w that Lord Sidmouth liad obtained a complete
ascendancy in His Majesty's confidence and roand disbeartened at the accession of councils, but, which was a fact not less ma-- strength which Mr. Pitt had acquired by terial, that he had resolved to avail hiniself “bis union with Mr. Addington and his of the power, which that ascendancy gave “ friends, the opposition wiiier has never him.--Of the bickerings which have since
« relaxed in his endeavours to destroy it. taken place, the public have heard much " The slightest allusion, therrfore, in a print All agree, that Mr. Pitt bas been compelled ". which uniforinly supported Mi. Pitt, to to drink the cup of humiliation to its very "" former differences with his vew colleague, dregs; and, his friends, out of office, ohiok was inmediately magnified into a systehe intends to resign, of which intention “matic attack by Mr. Pitt himself, and an his early and unexpected development of the “ instance of ihe jealousy and dissatisfaction budget is, by some, regarded as an infalli- supposed to exist bei wren him and Lord ble sign. Of this opinion, however, I am “ Sidinouihi. The speculation was a bold not, for the reasons stated in page 32 of the one, but did not succeed; and the best present volume. I thought that Lord. Sid. 6 answer to it, as it affects the two persons mouth would have shown more mercy to
" themselves, is to be found in the present wards his vanquished rival; but, treat him s state of hormony and good understanding in as harshly as he would, I never thought that
56 which Mr. Pitt and Lord Sidmouth have he would induce him to resign, and this “ continued, in spite of all the efforts of party opinion I have constantly expressed. It was " to produce a separation !
-The aitempt supposed, that Lord Sidnouth would not " to involve Mr. Pitt's name in the dispute push his triumph so far as finally to refuse " was contined to the champion of opposiMr. Pitt's solicitations in favour of Dr.
Those who pretended to be the Prettyman; but, if he did, it was predicted
" exclusive friends of Lord Sidiouth, that Mr. Pitt would not stir, unless his were eager to manifest their disapprobaLordship absolutely turned bim out, an event ~ tion of our conduct; no language was 100 that may not be at so great a distance as the strong to express their indiguation ; and remaining adherents of the minister en second “ all for what? Because, in recording a seem to imagine.The breach has been “ transaction which passed a year ago, and made too wide ever to be perfectly closed. "s of which, as far as we knew the facts, Attempts are making to close it, and the "! we had always expressed an unfavourable side which is to yield may easily be discover- opinion, we did not retract or stifle ibat ed from the language of the public jour- 6 opinion, when confirmed by the additional nals respectively attached to the Minister " and complete, evidence which it was our and Mr. Pitt. It will be recollected, that "s duty to lay before the public. We neither the Sun, which is the print exclusively in sought the occasion to find fault, nor took the interest of the Pitt's, began, under the “ pains to make the most of it. We are guise of a free discussion of the Spanish “ perfectly ready to allow, that some of our question, a furious attack upon Lord Sid- “ expressions might be barsher than, uponi mouth on the 25th of January, that is to say, " sober reflixion, we should wish 10 repeal, just at the time when Dr. Sutton's promo. « in relation to any member of Cabinet of tion had been finally resolved on by Lord " which Mr. Pitt is at the head, and to Sidinouth. In the arricle bere alluded to, " wbich, as a whole, we are cordially atwhich will be found in p. 116 of the pre- “ tached : nor have we the slightest hesita. sent volume, the charge of " indecision" « tion in apologizing for sucb expressions." and “ imbecillity" was revived; and, in Poor souls ! There; in that very apology of the same journal of the 28th of January, the writers in the Sun, the Pill party knuckLords Şidmouth and Hawkesbury were re- led down to that of the Addingtons! There, présented as persons " not of sufficient impor- the “ young friends" came down to the
tance in the eyes of the country to pro- earth, at the feet of Brother Hiley and Bro
cure readers for observations upon their ther Bragge! « conduct." Since that, however, the Military Force. All the returns, haughty and insolent writers in the SUN relative to the army, moved for in the House have, gradually, fallen into a softer and more of Commons, having been laid before that humble tone ; till
, at last, in that print of House, we are now enabled to take a tolethe 7 th instant, they have made a direct and rably complete view of the state of our reunequivocal apology for their behaviour. gular military force; noticing the army of Alluding to the observations that were made reserve and militia apart, and always leaving on, and the inferences that were drawn out the volunteers, because, as far as applies from, the articles wherein they assaulted 10 real military duty, whether abroad or at Me. Addington and Lord Hawkesbury, they | home, they cannot fairly be considered as say : “ The opposition prints, mortified any force at all. First, les lo see what is the total of our force, as it stood on the first subjects. But, no such thing: First of all, day of the present year : Second; how it is we must reckon as part of the increase, distributed as to locality : Tbird; in what 7,143 men transferred from the Army of degree it has increased during the last year : Reserve. This is, in fact, no addition to Fourth ; wbit are the numbers required an. the number of men. Then come about nually to make up for the casualties of the 3,000 Germans. Next about 1,000 Malregular army : this will lead us, Fiftbly, to lese. Next about 1,000 North American view the effects of Mr. Pitt's Parish-Army fencibles. Next about 5,000 Dutch troops bill, and to enquire, whether, according to in Demerara. Negroes in the West Indies, our present system, there is a probability of and Malays, or sooty slaves of some other an addition being made to the strength of the name, in Ceylon. Next about 8,000 men regular army - The Guards we will consi- raised in Great Britain and Ireland for rank. de r as making part of our disposable force, And last of all, comes the ordinary recruiting and, therefore, include them with the service for the regular army, which yielded, troops of the line.
during the whole year, 901 ! aye, and of 1. Totals of the regular Army on the 1st of bounty as boys! —Here, then, are, in all,
These 901, there were 396 who received January, 1805.
Cavalry. Artillery, Infantry. about 25,000 added, from which if you de21,223 8,359 104,131 duct a-year's casualties of the regular army
at home (and nothing was knowo about those 2. Distribution of ibis Force at the same Period. of the army abroad) you will find the re
Cavalry. Artillery, Infantry. maiuder to be about 17,000, which is the Great-Britain.. ...14,837 4,708 29,113 total amount of the year's increase, and of Ireland 4,070 908 20,049
which increase, notwithstanding all the ex18.997 5,076 49,162
traordinary and pernicious efforts made in Jersey and Guernsey
raising men for rank, not above 4,000, perColonies . 2,290 2,771 50,420 haps, consists of white men, being British
subjects. Total as above 21,223 8,559 104,191
4. The Waste of the regular Årmy in the last Thus, then, it appears, that there was a
Year at Home, trifling errir in my statemeot of last week,
Deaths. Discharges. Descrtions. and that instead of forty-six thousand,
2,116 3,201 4,086
3,201 have torty-nine thousand regular Infantry, in
2,116 the whole kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In the army, as above stated,
Total .. 10,003 there are 21,205 foreigners, nearly half of which are negroes, and East Indians.
Abroad it cannot be much less; for there Besides the above, we have, however, in the
the deaths surpass even the desertions at whole United Kingdom, and in Jersey and
home. The regular army, then, upon its Guernsey, 20,747 Army of Reserve and
present strength and its present system, reParish Army men ; and, in addition thereto,
quires, to make up for mere waste, about we have 89,809 men of the militia in the 20,000 men a year. And, where are they United Kingdomn.
to come from From the Africans or lhe
Malays? From the recruiting for rank, a 3. Increase of the regular Army during the system which Mr. Pitt has so strongly reprolas: Year.
bated, and which every man ought to reStrength. Cavalry. Artillery. Infantry. At ist, Jan. 1805 ....21,223
probate ? No: they are to come from the
8,559 104,131 At ist. Jan. 1304 .... 17,799 - 7,661 90,523
5. Effects of the Parisb-Army Bill. Increase 3,4 24
Men raised by parish-officers 797 3,424
Total increase, , .. 17,930
Ireland. ... By parish-officers .
Where has this increase of the regular army arisen? One would have hoped, at first sight, that there had been 17,930 men, besides a number sufficient to make up for the casualties during the year, raised in the United Kingdom, by the ordinary mcde of recruiting, and oi the King's natural born
up tu lat. February...
267 1:35 1,141
of which number 62 have died, 2 have been roes, as well as he could, in the poetical discharged, and 361 have deserted, that is to language of Ovid's heroines. We bave been say, one man out of every eight men ! The so fortunate as to obtain a correct copy of bill began to be carried into execution in the The First Epistle, which we here inseri. Our beginning of September; so that this far readers will perceive one little deviation in famed project has produced 2,318 effective it from the plan of the original. Several almen in the space of five months. And, ob- lusions are made to letters supposed to have serve, that there men are raised for limited been formerly received from ihe first bal. service, in which servirce, notwithstanding talion. This was essentially necessary; as the tender of an additional bounty, they it is precisely in the effect of such an interappear to be very much disposed to conti- course, that our great master of buman na. nue. There have been, during the same ture, Mr. Pitt, places his chief hope of suc. space of time, only 376 of them who have
- There is another sort of family. enlisted into the regular army! Is it not to feelings which we beg leave to recommend, insult the understandings of men to perse- as affording excellent matter for a different vere in calling this “An act for establishing set of more tender Epistles : we mean the “ and maintaining a permanent additional feelings which of late have been so intereste “ force for the defence of the realm, and to ingly displayed by the two branches of the “provide for the augmenting of his Majesty's present Cabinet. The sudden change of “ regular forces? Without another word passions, which would be to be delinealed in said upon the subject, I think it must ap- the Rupture, the Reconciliation, the Quarrel, pear evident to every one, who pays the and the Compromise, would very much enslightest attention to the facts above stated, liven this species of half-dramatic poetry. that, if the present system be pursued, it is At present we only throw out this hint io impossible that an addition should be made our readers. Should any thing result from to ihe regular army, but that, on the con- | it, we shall be bappy in communicating it trary, weak as that army already is, it must to the Public. daily become weaker.
to BATTALION THE FIRST in the WestFAMILY EPISTLES.
Indics. It is well known, that in the great mca
To you, long lost heyond th’Atlantic main, sure for recruiting the regular army, by
We write, dcar BATT; --O! come, nor write
again. which the present vigorous and efficient"
Now Surinam is ours, though Pits lament, ministry triumphed over the “ incapacity With WILBERFORCE, the slaves that must be seni; “ and imbecility”. of their predecessors, And sure 'tis hardly worth our while to keep, much reliance was had on the operation of a
Where soldiers die by scores, like rotten sheep. sort of family feeling, which it was to create
Ob! when the transports came for you to sail,
Would, they had founder'd in some forious gale! and cherish between the old battalions on Then should not we, in ale-liovies forlorn, actual service, and the new parish battalions O'er beer and bitters for our comrades mourn ; at home. Half a dozen scraps of dirty paper
Then should not we, divided from your side, with military cyphers, wafted across the At.
Our drys mispent in ill-taught drills deride; lantic or the Pacific, two or three times in a
Nor to beguile the night, while farmers snore,
Alone their henroosts and their coops exploie. year, were supposed capable of kindling the Ah! with what fond anxiety we view sacred flames of heroism and patriotism in In fancy, every chance that threatens you ! the bosoms of idle boys, vagabonds, and reputed thieves. Unfortunately, however,
IMITATIONS. ihere has hitherto been no opportunity of making the experiment. The second bat
PENELOPE ULIXI. talions as yet have no existence, except in
Hanc tua Penelope lento tibi mittit, Ulise; the appointment of a handsome proportion
Nil mihi rescribas ut tamen : ipse veui.
Troja jacet certè, Danaïs in visa pucllis : of their officers. One of these gentlemen, Vix Priamus tanti, totaque Troja, fuit. having nothing else to do, has amused him. O utinam tunc, cum Lacedæmona classe petebel, self with collecting the family-feelings, of
Obrutus insanis eseet adulter aquis ! the two or three stragglers, whom he bas
Non ego desertu jacuissem frigida lecto, had to pass into the bands of the drill-ser
Noc qucierer taidos ire relicta dies : jeants; and as he has a knack of versifica- Nec mihi, quærenti spatiosam fallere noctem, tion, a little relish of classical literature, and
Lassaret viduas penjula iela maous. a great deal of leisure, he has endeavoured
Quando ego non timui graviora pericu'a veris ?
Res esi solliciti plena umoris amor to express the sentiments of Mr. Pitt's be
In te îngebam violentos Troas icuros, &c. &c.
What! though #Brown-Ladies fondly meet your While parents who yet hope their sons to view, loves
And giris, who still believe their sweethearts true, In jasmine-how'rs and orange-scenied groves; Pour their glad raptares, and to sighe present Or to the fresh Savannah's grassy bed
The last kind token from the regiment, Your jetty favourites, “ nothing louh," are led ; Hot pickles, rich preserves, a keg of Yum What! ihough of teeth, that shine like ivory Or bag of dollars, yet an honest sum ; white,
Soon, by the Bank re-coin'd, to steal the place And pouting lips, that tempt the kiss, you wiite, Of English crowns, before our Sovereigm's face. Till for one mement kiodling from your fire, With bits of broken pipes, and slops of beer, For equal joys we burn with new desire :
While his old dame aroind him hangs to hear, Yet, when you bring before our startled cyes Poor Serjeant Toms describes his last campaigns, Black scurvies here, there boary leprosics,
And points the single hand, which now remains. And hideous yaws with all their train impure; Suppose," he cries, “chis drop of beer the sea ;" We find what you may vainly seek-a cure. And spills some beer: “ These bits of pipe are we. What! though your stills with rum delicious Now, " St. Lucia here with little loss we goi; And limes, if punch you chuse, in hedges grow; " Tobago there we took without a shot: What! though to us but by your praises known, " Here Curassoa beat our troops away; The lux'ıy of mandram is all your own ;
" There Demerara fell an easy proy. While we in thought partake your noble thirst, " * But now for Surinam: my finger shoirs And BAST THE SECOND soaks like BATT THE os Where full of sauds and shoals ihe river flows; FIRST,
“ This battery at Bram’s-point the mouth comToo soon we read, what evils take their turn;
(6 mands, Dry culicks rack, and yellow fevers burn ;
« But soon it struck to our victorious bands.
“ Biew up their powder, and blew off' ny arm. Yourselves perhaps the living food of fis!),
“ Mynheer grew sick, when MAITLAND here was Snapt by some hungry shark, and sent to beg, Inglorious, with BROOKE WAT On's wooden seg. “ Descending by the Commerzyne to GREEN, Then, what dire tales oll invalids repeat!
“ So begg'd for terms, which had be lik'd before Of soakes tliat measure three and thirty feet, “ We should have sav'd some knocks, he many Monsters, that suck down oxen with their bones, more.” As boy: gulp cherries nor regard the stones; The drummer-hoy, your son of doubtful name Of alligators with tremendous jaws
Learn'd all at Chelsea; so to us it came. Thai open to their cars, and iccth like saws ; He told us too, how all one dismal night, Eels, which the hand that touches them, benumb; Thirough woods at noon impervious to the light, Huge bats, whose wings would cover our great O'er swamps from recent rains yet more unsound, drum ;
Now stuck, now sliding on the slipp’ry ground, The fatal fruit, whose poison none can heal, Led by black guides, and led perhaps astray, Decking with treacherous charms the manchineel; With weary feet you beld your coilsome way: Earthquakes, that swallow; hurricanes, that tear, And still our bosoms hear, will you were clear, And whirl men, trees, and houses through the Form'd is good order on the Durchmeo's rear.
But, ah! though won almost tvithout a strike In short, whatever terrible is told
All that was there Baiavian, wears our yoke, Or shose hot climes, for you our blood runs cold. But Heav'n be prais'd! Though we but little heed Our chapiain's mumbled pray’ss, for you chey
Mirantur justique senes, tiepidæque puellæ : Nor have you perislid whole: some part alive, Narrantis conjux pendet.alı ore viri. To tell your fortunes and your toil survive. Arque aliquis posita monstrat fera prælia mea â; The ship-news mention captains, where and when, Pingit et exigno Pergama tota mero. Arrived in safety--though without their men ; “ Hac ibat Sipois, hic est Sigeia tellus;
“ Hic steierat Priami regia
“ Ilic Æacides, illic tendebat Ulixes: IMITATIONS.
Hîc lacer admissos terruit Hector equos. Denique, quisquis erat castris jugulatus Achivis,
Omnia namque tuo senior, te quærere misso, Frigidius glacie pectus amantis erat.
Rettulerat nalo Nestor ; at ille mibi.
Rettullit et ferro Rhesumque Dolonaque cæsos,
*Usque metu micuere sinus, dum victor amicum Graia ferunt nymphæ pro salvis dona maritis : Diccus es Ismariis isse par agmen equis. Illi vicca suis Troia tata canunt.
Sed mihi quid prodest vestris disjecta lacertis NOTBS.
Ilios, et, murus quod fuit ante, solum ; * In Jamaica the female sex is divided into Si mapeo, qualis Trojâ durante, panebam, White Women, Browo Ladies, and Black Women Virque mihi, dempto finc carendus, abost? and Ladies. For what follows see the different
NOTE. accounts of the clienate, diseases, and natural history of the West Indies.
# The Gazette account will show the old ser. † See Sir Hans Sloane's account of the Man. jeant's aciuracy.
See l'olit. Reg. Vol. V. 1.299, grove-tree.