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Fisgard, None killed, none woun
Total, 3 seamen killed, 11 seamen wounded.
(Signed) CHARLES BRISBANE.
Curaçoa, Jan. 3, 1807. List of killed and wounded on-board the Hatslar Frigate, Surinam Sloop, and Flying Fish schooner. Hatslar, C. J. Evertz, commandant, killed; G. B. Z. Gerond, second purser, ditto A. Graaf, chief mate, badly wounded; J. J, N. Giblesperd, steward, killed; William Maubers, seaman, ditto; Henry Driel, seaman, ditto.
Surinam, Jan Van Nes, captain, dangerously wounded; Jean Baptiste, lieutenant, ditto; G. B. Balmer,midshipman, dangerously wounded; Alend Arers, seaman, ditto; Ferdinand Ballatin, seaman, ditto, (since dead).
Flying Fish, G. H. V. A. Hinget, gunner, dead; M. S. Gible
spred, seaman, wounded.
By Charles Brisbane, esq. captain of his majesty's ship Arethusa, and senior officer of a squadron of his majesty's ships employed at Curaçoa. His excellency lieutenant-general Changouin, governor and commander-in-chief of the Island of Curaçoa and its dependencies, having refused to take the oath of alle giance to his Britannic majesty, and surrendered himself prisoner of war, I have thought proper to appoint myself governor of the said Island and its dependencies, until the pleasure of the commander-in-chief is made known; and do hereby appoint myself accordingly.
Given under my hand at Cura-
Whereas this island and its de pendencies have surrendered to the arms of his Britannic majesty, as appears by the capitulation which has been signed by his excellency Pierre Jean Changuion and me on the 1st instant, I therefore hereby require, that all burghers and inhabitants of this island shall meet on Wednesday next, the 7th instant, at ten o'clock in the morning, at the government-house, in order to take the oath of allegiance to his Britannic majesty aforesaid. Those who belong to the militia compa nies, will receive further orders from their major, and are to conduct themselves accordingly. All those who fill public offices, of whatsoever nature they may be, and all such as do not belong to the militia companies, are also required to meet at the government-house, at the hour and for the purpose afore said. I expect that the burghers and inhabitants of this island will conduct themselves in such a man. ner as to deserve my protection and favour; and, on my part, shall not fail, as far as in my power lies, to promote the happiness and welfare of this island and its inhabitants; and I flatter myself that my endea. vours in this case will be crowned with the gracious approbation of my sovereign, and, I hope, to the satisfaction of the inhabitants of this island and its dependencies.
Given under my hand, on-board his majesty's ship Arethusa, in the harbour of Curaçoa, this 5th day of January, 1807.
(Signed) C. BRISBANE
In the gazette of Feb. 24, his majesty has been pleased to grant his most gracious permission to the following regiments of infantry; viz. the 20th, the 27th (or Inniskilling), the 58th, the 78th, and the 81st; and to the regiment of Watteville, to assume, in addition to any other devices or badges to which they may be severally entitled, and to bear in their colours, and on their appointments, the word "Maida," as an honourable and lasting testimony of the distinguished gallantry displayed by those corps in the action fought on the 4th of July, 1806, on the plains of Maida, in Calabria. -By order of his royal highness the commander-in-chief.
HARRY CALVERT, adj. gen.
Account of a signal Victory gained by the Russians over the French.
Translation of a Letter from General de Budberg, his Imperial Majesty's Minister for foreign affairs, to the Marquis of Douglas, 3d (15th) February, 1807.
"General Budberg, minister for foreign affairs, hastens to commu. nicate to his excellency the ambas sador of his Britannic majesty the following intelligence, which arrived last night from the army, General Bennigsen, after having fallen back for the purpose of choosing a position which he judged better adapted for manoeuvring the troops under his command, took up a position at Prussian Eylau. During four days successively, his rear. guard, commanded by major-gene. ral Barklay de Tolly, had to with. stand several vigorous attacks; and on the 26th January (February 7,) at three o'clock in the afternoon,
the battle became general throughout the whole line of the main army. The contest was destructive, and the night came on without the enemy having been able to gain ground. On the 27th of January (Feb. 8,), early in the morning, the French renewed the attack, and the action was contested with great obstinacy on both sides; but, towards the evening, the enemy was repulsed on all sides, and general Bennigsen remained in possession of the field of battle. Buonaparte commanded in person, and under him marshals Augereau, d'Avoust, Soult, Ney, and Bessieres, at the head of the guards, who suffered the most. Our loss is from six to eight thousand men, whilst that of the enemy is estimated at from twelve to fiftecu thousand.
We have also taken
twelve stand of colours, and about fifteen hundred prisoners, among whom there are thirty officers. The courier who brought the dispatches having been sent off immediately after the battle, the ministers of his imperial majesty do not yet know all the details of the above-mentioned day. General Budberg has the honour to be, &c.
Translation of a Letter from General the Baron de Bennigsen to the Em. peror of Russia.
"On the Field of Battle, Prussian Eylau, Jan. 27, (Feb. 8.) 6 SIRE ;
"I am truly happy to have it in my power to inform your imperial majesty, that the army, the command of which your majesty has deigned to confide to me, has been again victorious. The battle which has just taken place, has been bloody and destructive. It began on the 26th of January (7th Feb.) at three
o'clock in the afternoon, and lasted until six o'clock in the evening of the 27th of January (8th Feb.) The enemy was completely defeat ed; one thousand prisoners, and twelve stand of colours, which I have the honour herewith to transmit to your majesty, fell into the hands of the conquerors. This day, Buonaparte attacked me with his best troops, on my centre, and on both wings, but he was repulsed and beaten on all sides. His guards repeatedly attacked my centre, without the smallest success. After a very brisk fire, they were repulsed at a 1 points, by the bayonet, and by charges of the cavalry. Several columns of infantry, and picked regiments of cuirassiers, were destroy. ed. I shall not fail to transmit to your majesty, as soon as possible, a detailed account of the memorable battle of Prussian Eylau. I think our loss may, perhaps, exceed 6000 men; and I certainly do not exagge. rate, when I state the loss of the enemy at considerably more than twelve thousand men.
Capture of a Dutch Squadron.Copy of a Letter transmitted by Sir T. Troubridge.
H. M. S. Greyhound, Java, SIR, Sea, 27th July, 1806. I have the honour to inform you, that his majesty's ships Greyhound and Harrier, after destroying, on the 4th of July, under the fort of Monado, the Dutch company's brig Christian Elizabeth, armed with eight guns, and having a comple. ment of 80 men, stood across the Molucca sea to the island of Tidon; when they captured, on the 6th, another of the enemy's cruisers called
the Belgica, armed with 12 guns, and manned with 32 men: from thence proceeding to the westward, on the evening of the 25th of July, four sail of ships were descried passing through the Straits of Salayer; immediate chace was given to them: and, by nine, I had the satisfaction of seeing them lying-to between the small Dutch posts of Bonthean Bala. comba, at about seven miles distance from the shore. I easily made out one of them to be a frigate, and an. other a corvette; but a third had so much the appearance of a line of battle ship, that both capt. Trou bridge and myself deemed it pru dent to wait till daylight before we examined them. We accordingly lay.to during the night, at two miles distance to windward. As the day broke, I had the pleasure of finding the ship which had forced us on cautionary measures, was a large two-decked ship, resembling an English Indiaman.
The enemy (for they proved to be a Dutch squadron) immediately drew out in order of battle on the larboard tack under their top-sails; the frigate taking her station in the van, an armed ship astern of her, the large ship in the centre, and the corvette in the rear. Fortunately for us, the frigate, by forereaching upon her second astern, caused a small opening in their line. It was suggested to me by Mr. Martin, master of his majesty's ship Greyhound, that if we could close with the enemy whilst in that posi tion, our attack might be made to advantage; accordingly, under French colours, we bore up, as if with an intention to speak the fri gate; and when within hail, all fur. ther disguise being unnecessary, we shifted our colours, and commenced
firing, which was instantly returned with a smartness and spirit that evinced they were fully prepared for the contest. The Harrier, who had kept close astern of the Greyhound, on seeing her engaged, bore round up, and passing between the frigate and her second astern, raked them both; the latter with such effect, that they bore up in succession to return her fire, thus leaving the frigate separated from them. Being resolved to avail myself of this advantage, and being anxious to be in a position for supporting the Har. rier, now engaged in the centre of the enemy's line, I wore close round the frigate's bows, raking her severely while passing; and when on the starboard bow, by throwing our sails aback, we fell into the desired position. The cannonade from the Greyhound was now admirable, while that of the frigate visibly slackened; and at last, after an action of forty minutes, wholly ceased. On hailing to know if they had struck, they answered they had, and lieutenant Home took immediate possession of her. On directing her fire on the ships astern, they all followed her example, except the corvette, who, from being in the rear, had suffered little from the action, and now made off towards the Capt. Troubridge immedi. diately wore in pursuit of her, send. ing, at the same time, a boat to take possession of the large ship, whose fire he had nearly silenced early in the action. Perceiving the corvette sailed remarkably well, and that she could spread more canvass than the Harrier, her masts and rigging being entire, I recalled the latter from a chace which was likely to be fruitless.
The prizes proved to be the Dutch
frigate Pallas, of 36 guns, commanded by N. S. Aalbers, a captain in the Dutch navy; the Victoria, a two-decked ship, of about 800 tons, commanded by Klaas Kenkin, senior captain in the Dutch compa. ny's service; and the Batavia, a ship of about 500 tons, commanded by William de Val, a captain in the same service: both the company's ships are armed for the purpose of war, and richly laden with the produce of the Moluccas.
The ship which escaped, I learn from our prisoners, was the republi can corvette William, mounting 20 twenty-four pounders, and manned with 110 men.
[The letter concludes with passing the highest encomiums on the officers and ships' companies of the Greyhound and Harrier. ]
(Signed) E. ELPHINSTONE. Sir Thomas Troubridge, Bart. RearAdmiral of the White, &c. &c. &c.
List of Killed and Wounded on-board his Majesty's Ships, in Action with a Dutch Squadron on the 26th of July, 1806, off Macassar.
Greyhound, 1 killed and $ wounded.-Harrier, 3 wounded.-Total, 1 killed and 11 wounded.
Officers slightly wounded.--Greyhound, James Wood, boatswain; George Majoribanks, master's mate, and John Bradford, clerk. List of Killed and Wounded on.
board the Enemy's Ships, in Action on the 26th of July, 1806, off Ma
Pallas, 8 killed and 32 wounded (the captain, pilot, and four seamen, since dead.)-Victoria, 2 killed.Batavia, 2 killed and 7 wounded, (the lieutenant and one seaman since dead.)-Total, 12 killed, 39 woun ded.
A gazette extraordinary of April 13, contains an ample account of the gallant capture of Monte Video, of which the fol. lowing is the substance. The dispatch from sir S. Achmuty is dated, Monte Video, Feb. 6; and after announcing the landing of the forces on the 18th of January, about nine miles from the town, and the occupying of the suburbs by our advan. ced posts, the general gives the following interesting account of the subsequent operations.
"The next morning the enemy came out of the town, and attacked us with their whole force, about 6000 men, and a number of guns. They advanced in two columns; the right consisting of cavalry, to turn our left flank, while the other, of infantry, attacked the left of our line; this column pushed in our ad. vanced posts, and pressed so hard on our out-picquet, of 400 men, that col. Browne, who commanded on the left, ordered three companies of the 40th, under major Campbell, to their support these companies fell in with the head of the column, and very bravely charged it; the charge was as gallantly received, and great numbers fell on both sides at length the column began to give way, when it was suddenly and impetuously attacked in flank by the rifle corps, and light batta. lion, which I had ordered up, and directed to the particular point. The column now gave way on all sides, and was pursued with great slaughter, and the loss of a gun, to the town. The right column, ob. serving the fate of their companions, rapidly retired, without coming into action. The loss of the enemy was considerable, and has been estimated at 1500 men their killed might
amount to between 2 and 300; we have taken the same number of prisoners, but the principal part of the wounded got back into the town: I am happy to add, that ours was comparatively trifling.The consequences of this affair were greater than the action itself. Instead of finding ourselves surrounded with horse, and a petty warfare at our posts, many of the inhabitants of the country separa ted, and retired to their several vil lages, and we were allowed quietly to sit down before the town.From the best information I could obtain, I was led to believe that the defences of Monte Video were weak, and the garrison by no means disposed to make an obsti nate resistance; but I found the works truly respectable, with 160 pieces of cannon; and they were ably defended.-The enemy, being in possession of the island of Ra tones, commanded the harbour; and I was aware that their gunboats would annoy us, as we apprehended. A two-gun battery was constructed on the 23d to keep them in check, and our posts were extended to the harbour, and com pletely shut in the garrison on the land-side.
Their communication was still, however, open by water, and their boats conveyed to them troops and provisions. Even water for the garrison was obtained by these means; for the wells that supply the town were in our possession.
"On the 25th we opened batteries of four 24-pounders and two mortars, and all the frigates and smaller vessels came in, as close as they could with safety, and cannonaded the town. But finding that the garrison was not intimidated into a surrender,