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sail from him. And in a subsequentletter, dated the 15th, he informed me that he discovered the ship again to the leeward of him, when he captured her, af. ter an action of half an hour, with the lossofone man killed, and several wounded in the Mermaid, and twenty killed, and several wounded, of the enemy: That both these vessels were Conventional corvettes. The ship, named the Republican, mounting 18 guns, had on board 25o or 26o men at the commencement of the A&tion, with a French General and his staff, destined to command at Grenada. In a letter wrote the fol}owing day, he acquainted me, that, upon his return to Grenada, with his prize, he had the mortification to find that the important post of Gouyave, or Charlotte, had been taken by the enemy the night before.

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Camp before Trincomale, in the Island of SIR, Ceylon, August 17, 1795. In obedience to the orders and inistrućtions I received from the government of Fort St George, and Colonel Braithwaite, commanding the King's and Company’s forces on the coast of Coromandel, I have the honour to acquaint, you, for his Majesty’s information; by the Royal Admiral under dispatch for Europe, that the armament with the command of which I am entrusted, embarked the 3oth ult. at Fort George, on board his Majesty’s ships of war upon that station, and the transports taken up for the purpose of conveying it to this place. o The fleet arrived in Back Bay, to the northward of the forts of Trincomale and Oostenburgh, on the 1st instant; and as Commodore Rainier and I was particularly anxious that the commandant of those forts should not misapprehend the object of the armament under my command, every precaution was tak- en to prevent any misapprehension upon

that head, by explaining to him the nature of it; and two days were spent in communications between the fort and fleet for that purpose. ... - As the commandant, however, did not think properto accede to the requifitions made, in the name of the King, by the Commodore and me, and refus. ed obeying the commands of his supeFior, Mr Van Angelbeck, the governor of Columbo, to deliver up the port of Oostenburgh to a detachment of his Majesty's troops, on account of an informality in the order, the Commodore a

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A dispatch, of which the following is an extract, has been received from Lieutenant Colonel Craufurd by the Right Hon. Lord Grenville, dated headquarters of Marshal Clairfayt’s army, Creutzenach, the 21st of December 1795.

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