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miral sir Thomas Louis, (who com- by his majesty's ship Thunderer, mands the squadron here since the which will leave Alexandria very departure of sir John Duckworth,) soon; and as I have uot time to detached another corps, under the acquaint his majesty's ministers of commaod of the hon, brigadier-ge. this event by this opportunity, I neral Stewart and colonel Oswald, must request you to have the gooda (as per margin*.) to effect this pure ness to do it as soon as possible. pose ; without which it appears im. possible that the measure proposed Return of Killed and Wounded of by his majesty's ministers, of keep the Arm', in the Action of the ing possession of Alexandria, can 31st of liirch, 1807, at los tta. be accomplished.
Killed.-- Staff, i major-general:
Royal artillery, 2 rank and file. Extract of a Dispatch from Major. 31st regiment, 1 captain, 3 ser. general Fraser to General the jeants, 3 drummers, 69 rank and Right Hon. H. E. For, dated on. file. Chasseurs Britanniques, i board his Majesty's Ship Canopus, captain, 1 lieutenant, 3 serj.ants, 2 Aboukir Bay, April 24, 1807. drummers, 99 rank and fie.--To
I have the mortification to ac. tal, 1 major-grneral, • captains, 1 quaint you, that the second attempt lieutenant, 6 serjeants, 5 drummers, that I thought necessary to make 170 rank and file. against Rosetta has failed, owing Wounded.-Staff, 1 brigadier-ge. to a great reinforcement of the neral, i brigade-major. Royal enemy being sent down the Nile artillery, 10 rank and file. 31st from Cairo, which overpowered our regiment, 1 captain, 6 subalterns, 7 troops, and obliged them to fall scrjeants, 1 drummer, 1 29 rank and back with the loss (I am grieved to file. Chasseurs Britanniques, 4 cap. say) of nearly 1000 men, in killed, tains, 5 subalterns, 1 adjutant, 4 wounded, and missing. Among serjeants, 111 rank and file. Staff the latter are, lieutenant-colonel corps, 1 rank and file.- Total, I M'Leod, major Vogelsang, and brigadier general, i brigade.ma. major Mohr. Brigadier-general jor, 5 captains, 10 lieutenants, 2 Stewart, who commanded the troops ensigns, 11 serjeants, 1 drummer, on this service, is only now upon 251 rank and file. his march towards Alexandra with Names of othcers killed.-Major. the remainder of bis force, and has general Wanchope. 31st regiment, not yet sent me the details ; but, as captain John Robertson, Chasseurs the admiral thinks it necessary to Britanniques, captain B de Sero. dispatch the Wizard brig immedie court, and lieutenant d'Amiel. ately from this bay to viessina, I Names of officers wounded.-Bria think it necessary to give you all gadier-general the hon. Robert the information I am at present in Meade. 3!st regiment, captains possession of, and shall send you the Horsburgh, br'gade-major, and particulars of this unfortunate aflair Dowdall; lieutenants E. Knox,
* Detachment of royal artillery, detachment of 20th light dragoons, detachment of seamen, light infantry baitalion, 1st battalion of 35th regiment, 2d battalion of 78th regiment, regiment de Roll; amounting, in the whole, to about
Fcaron, Thornton, Sleddon, and Ryan; ensign Kirby. Chasseurs Britanniqucs, captains Di'hautoy, de Combrcniont, de Calonne, and deLaGtte; lieutenants lc Maitrc, J. Spitz, de Sault, and Klinger; ensign Bousingault, adjutant.
(signed) Geo. Aiiiev,'
Acting-dep. Adj. Gen. N. B. Most of the wounded officers and mea are recovering.
Dey/ructton of the Enemy's Snips at Butuvia. Letter from Rear Ad. miral Sir E. Pellexc, Bart. Commander-in-Chief of hit Majesty's Ship* and Vessels in the East In. dies, to IV. Marsdcn, Esq. dated ov.board his Majesty's'^ Ship Cul. loden, Batavia Roads, November 28, lSOb'.
- Their lordships have been already apprised of my intention of proceeding to this quarter in search of the French squadron, which I had been led lo believe would haTc ere this appeared in the Asiatic seas— I was joined off the island of Eugcino, on the 23d instant, by his majesty's ship Sir Francis Drake', and proceeding flirough the straits of Suuda with the ships named in the margin,* on the 20th, captured off Bantam, the Dutch company's armed brig Maria Wilhclmina. On the following morning we arrived off Batavia, the Terpsichore leading the fleet through the very intricate navigation i:i a most judicious man. ner, preceded by the Sea Flower. I directed the frigates and brig to outer the roads between the island
of On rust and Java, the line of battle ships taking a more circuitous passage. On discovering us as we approached, the Dutch national frigate Phoenix, Aventnrier, and Zee Plocg brigs, two of th;ir company's armed ships, and two armed brig?, immediately run on shore, followed by the merchantmen; the William corvette having previously struck to the Terpsichore on passing Onrust. The shoal water prevented our anchoring sufficiently near to fire with effect on the batteries or the ships on shore. The boats of the squa. (Iron accordingly assembled alongside the Terpsichore, which, with the Sir Francis Drake, had been placed as near as possible to cover them, and were led in to destroy the enemy's ships by captain Fleet, wood Pellew, under a heavy firt from the ships and the batteries. On approaching the Phoenix, the crew abandoned her, and on board. ing she was found scuttled. The guns were immediately turned on the other ships, while the boats weredestro) ing the remainder, when she was also set on fire and burnt, with the whole of the enemy's armed force, and nearly 20 merchantoien. The gallant conduct of captain Fleetwood Pellew, lieutenant Wil. liam Fitzwilliam Owen, commander of the Sea Flower, and lieutenant Thomas Groule, first of the Culloden, the officers, seamen, and ma. rincs, employed under their command in this important duty, is deserving of every praise. The service was directed with great coolness and judgment, and executed in the most steady, zealous, and active maimer. Though exposed to the
Culloden, Powerful, Uussel, Belliqueux, Sir Fraaeis Drake, Terpsichore,
continued fire of the enemy, hap: and 98 men ;-national brig Maria pily with little effect, the only loss Wilhelmina, of 14 guns and 50 men sustained being one marine killed, --About 20 merchant-ships de. one marine and three seamen wound. stroyed, and two taken. ed. The enemy's two remaining N. B. The. William corvette was line of battle ships had unfortu. afterwards destroyed, as uofit for nately quitted this anchorage, or his majesty's service. must inevitably have shared a similar A Return of Killed and IVounded in fate. The Dutch admiral was left
the Boats of his Majesty's Ship at Batavia. I have landed the pri.
Culloden, in destroying the Enemy's soners upon parole, under an assu. Torce ut Bataria, on Nov. 27, 1806. rance from the governor that they William Richards, marine, killed ; shall not serve again until regularly John Field, seaman, wounded ; exchanged. The necessary destruce Christopher Moss, seaman, ditto ; tion of the William corvette has Thomas Brian, scaman, ditto ; Ro. deprired me of an opportunity of bert Miles, marine, ditto. rewarding the services of lieutenant Owen on this occasion; I therefore beg leave to recommend him and
Turther Particulars from Egypt. lieutenant Thomas Groule, first of
(see page *670.] his majesty's ship Colloden (who Dispatches from inajor-general were appointed to Icad divisions on A. M'Kenzie Fraser, commanding this service), to their lordships' his majesty's troops in Egypt; and protection. I inclose herewith a from Brigadier sir S. Auchmuty, list of the enemy's ships destroyed - commanding in South America. . and taken : and a return of killed
Extract of a Letter from Major-Geand wounded : and have the honour
neral A. M-Kenzie Frazer to Mr. to be, &c.
Secretary Windham ; dated Alex(Signed) E. PELLEW.
andria, May 1, 1807. Ships destroyed and taken in Batavia Rouds.
I have now the honour to inclose Burnt.- National frigate Phænix, you herewith, tuo dispatches from captain Vander Sande, of 36 guns brigadier - general Stewart, com. and 260 men, laden with naval manding the troops before Rosetta ; stores for the ships at Crissy ;-Na- and as he has been so very circumtional brig Avanturier, captain E. stantial, I scarcely need say any Coudere, of 18 guns, and 90 men: - thing further, than that I feol as. National brig Zee Ploeg, captain L. sured, however unsuccessful we Febre, of 14 guns and 50 men ; have been, no blame can possibly company's armed ship Patriot, of attach to the brave officers a d mcn 18 guns, and 90 men ;-company's employed on this scrvice. Brigadierarmed ship Arnistein, of 10 guns, general Stewart, though wounded and 50 men ;---company's armed the very day of his arrival before brig Johanna Suzanna, of 8 guns, the place, never quitted his post, and 24 men ;-company's armed but continued in the command till brig Snelheid, of 6 guns, and 24 men. the last moment, with his usual
Taken.-National corvette Wilc activity and perseverance. I feel ham, captain Feteris, of 14 guns, it but justice also to add my fullest
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testimony to the active zeal and co. operation of rear-admiral sir T. Louis, and the officers, seamen, and ntaiiu-s of the squadron under his Co: .iiul, without whose indcfa. titrable exertions the most arduous pa t of the service could not have been carried on. To captain Hal. lo-< ell, who accompanied this expedi'ton, as he did the former one, I cannot sufficii ntly express my obli.j:it ons. Whatever success we ,ha»e had since our operations com. meiuvd in this country, has been materially ortind to his local information and active zeal; and I am ■well convinced, lhat, in our late Teverses. our losses and misfortunes were materially lessened by his gallant and zealou cooperation.
Sir, Rasetta Lines, April 18: 1807. l'have the honour of stating, that on the :>d inst. 1 marched, with the division of infantry under my command, I rum the eastern h ights of Alexandria to the wells of Aboukir ^ the cavalry, artillery, and engineers'stores, had been pieviousiy forwarded to the caravans-era. 'J his post had been retained with much spirit by a detachment of the marines after the rctre.it of the army under lieutenant-colonel Bruce, and was of essential value to our present operations. The greatest part of the 4th inst. was employed in pas.sing the infantry and camels to the caravan^era, in landing guns and ammunition, and in substituting the latter and intrenching tools for camp equipage. A body of 200 seamen, undfr lieutenant Robinson, were addeil to the army. Captain Hallowell kindly offered to accompany mc; he has since continued with the army, and 1 cannot sufficiently express how intinitcly obliged every
department has been by his active co-operation, 'i he village of Kdko was understood to be favourable to us. A more certain supply of water, and a less precarious communication with our fleet, offered themselves by the lake than by the northern shore. To advance upon Rosetta by the route, oj Edko was preferred to that of Marabant. Lieutenantcolonel M'Leod, to whom I entrusted the advance of the army, consisting of the light infantry battalion, three companies of the 78th regiment, two 6' pounders, and a detachment of dragoons, moved forwards towards Edko on the evening of the 4th; he took a strong position behind that Tillage early next morning. On the 5th the army advanced to the same position; captain Nicholls, of the marines, was left in command at the caravan, sera with a detachment of -40 rank and file. In consequence of information of the enemy being established in force at the village of Ilamct, it was a-.ivi-able to occupy that post on our advance to Ahoumandour; our rear would by this measure be secured during operations against Hosetta. and an uninterrupted com. munication be established with the clepo- on the lake Edko. Lieutenant-colonel M'Leod accordingly advanced upon Unmet on the 6th instant; he met with some of the enein y'scavalry about a league from that village, whom he caused to retire after a slight skirmish; being rein, forced by the grenadiers of the 35th regiment and de Roll's, he pushed forwaid, and occupied the post without opposition. The enemy retired across the hill, with the loss of one or two horsemen; the main army followed, and halted for the night in the plain, the 78th regiment,
forming the advanced linr. Early on the ~th, lieu tenant-colonel M'LeodV division was relieved in (he post of El llamet by a detachment of -276 r.:nk and file «f de Roll's regiment, under the command of major Vogelsang; it then marched across the plain to the height of Abouraamlour; possession was la. ken of this important post without opposition. The main army arrived at the sand-hills which encircle Rosetta, about mid-day, and lost no time in investing the place. The corps advanced in succession from Aboumandonr, and drove the enemy every where into the town in an animated manner. Our line lodged itself behind the sand-hills, within half-musket shot of the walls. From the great extent of the town, it was found impossible that our small army could invest more than one•half; an attack which the enemy made on us in the afternoon shewed the inadequacy of our means to at. tack a large proportion. A line was accordingly taken up from the Nile to the front of the Alexandrian gate, thence retiring towards the plain where our dragoons were posted. A mortar and some guns were brought into play early in the afternoon ; these were answered by the shouts of the Albanians from their walls, and by incessant discharges of musquctry through the loop-holes and crevices, w hich were innumerable.
In conformity with your instructions, captain Hallowed and I sent, on the Sili inst. a summons, and favourable terms, to the civil and to the military governor, accompanied by an address to the inhabitants. We were requested by the former, in their answer, to await their receiving instructions from Cairo, for
which purpo-e a tcm| o ary suspension of hostilities nas ,iropo-ed. It not being expedient to accede to this, we continued to batter the town; and, by the 10th, had two mortars, two 12-pouuders, a howitzer, and 6-pounder in play; on the l:}th a work for Gve 6-pounders and 32-pound carronades was completed, imiueuiately opposite the Alexandrian tate. Skirmishes on our left were in the mean lime frequent, the cavalry having room there to act. On tiie 10!h a more general demonstration was made, with the object of drawing us within the fire from the walls; on this occasion the dragoons and the 78th regiment repulsed them with much spirit on the left, while a rapid advance of the light infantry on the right again compelled them to retire within the town. The summons was repeated to the Albanian chiefs 011 the 12th; with the nature of their summons you are acquainted. Our fia^ of truce was thrice fired at; and it was only by means of a great reward that a common Arab could be induced to be the bearer of any com, munication with such enemies. Ha. ving been informed by you of the co- operation which was likely to exist between us and the Mameluke beys, I availed myself of this in our message to the enemy; he seemed, however, to be indifferent to it. Of either message or letter I have heard no more, and have reason to ap. prehend that the unfortunate Arab has been beheaded.
Symptoms of attack appearing against El llamet, I detached ano. ther gun to that part, and rein, forced the detachment there to 300 men. From the 12th to the 18th, nothing extraordinary occurred. Relying on the approach of th* * U u 4 Mameluke,