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from thence to Giersler; in order to pursue the enemy in the right flank, and watch his movements in Ms retreat, protecting at the same time the flanks of my cavalry that •had advanced towards the heights of Soeder, losing sight of the enemy. The cavalry of my division received orders, with the «)5th rifle corps, to fall back to us to take a position, with their advanced posts from Lillonge Gaard, by Ashay, Swansberg, Sillecrass, and Vinkiold, to cover the head-quarters at Kioge.
The 6th battalion, part of, the 43d foot, some horse-artillery, and a few cavalry, followed me to Giersler, and, with some detachments, pursued the retreating enemy to* wards the plains of Itingstcdt.
The conduct of both officers and men on this occasion claims my warmest thanks; and I beg leave to bring to your notice colonel Holmstedt, who commanded the infantry, colonel Alten, who led the cavalry, and lieutenant Wade, at the head of the rifle corps and light infantry, who all three, by their seal and attention, greatly assisted me.
I have the honour to be, &e.
(Signed) Liksinsen, Maj.-gen. Major-general the Right Hon. Sir Arthur Wellesley, K. B.
[Here follows a short note from lord Cathcart, announcing the opening of all the batteries—and a memorandum, containing uninteresting copies of notes which pnissd between lieutenant-general lord Cathcart and general Peyman, alluded to in the dispatches of admiral Gambicr and lord Cathcart, which were published in the fint •xtraordinary Gazette*"]
Copenhagen; Sept. 5, 1807. My Lords, For preventing further effusion of blood, and not exposing the city to the sad consequences of a longer bombardment, 1 propose an armistice of twenty-four hours, in order to come to an agreement that may lead to the settling of the preliminary articles of a capitulation. It is with the highest personal consideration
I have the honour to be, &c.
Head-quarters before Copenhagen,
The same necessity which has obliged us to have recourse to arm! on the present occasion, compels me to decline any overture which might be productive of delay only; but to prove to you my anient desire to put an end to scenes which I behold with the .greatest grief, I send an urticer who is authorised to receive any proposal you ma) bo inclined to make, relative to artu cles of capitulation, and upon which it may be possible for me to agree to any. even the shortest armistice. I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed; Cathcart, LieuU-get. His Excellency, M<ijur-gen. Peyman,
My Lord, Copenhagen, Sept. 5. The proposal has been made w Uncut any the least dilatory intention; but the night being too far advanced for deliberating upon a. matter of such very high importance, with the respective departments, a mea. sure necessary on' account of his majesty's absence, and that of th«
prince; prince; and my state of health not permitting me to proceed as expeditiously as I wish; I engage to send to-morrow, before twelve o'clock, the articles relative to the capitulation, and have, in the mean time, the honour to be, &c.
(Signed) , Peyman. Itord Cathcart, Commander-in-chief of the British Troops.
Head-quarters, before Copen. Sir, hagen, Sept. 6.
Having communicated to admiral Gsmhicr your letter received this morning, together with those of last night, I have to acquaint you, that we will consent to treat with you for the capitulation of Copenhagen, on the basis of your delivering up the Danish fleet.
But, as you have not forwarded articles of capitulation, oflicers of rank, in the s-ea and land service of his IJrimnnic majesty, shall be sent forthwith, to prepare articles with you, or with the officers you may appoint; and which may, if possi. ble, unite the objects you have in view, in regard to the occupation of Copenhagen, with the performance of the service entrusted to us.
I have the honour to be, &"c.
Copenhagen, Sept. 6. Mt Lord, I accept of your proposal with re. spect to the delivering up of his majesty's fleet, as the fundamental ba«is of negotiations ; but with this proviso, that no other English troops enter the city than those commissaries, oflicers, and military men, who shall be stipulated and
agreed on in the course of said negociations.
I have the honour to be, &c.
Lord Cathcart, Commander of
Copenhagen, September 6.
Mylokd, As soon as you shall be pleased to appoint a neutral place out of the town where to meet on both sides for regulating the articles of capitulation, officers, provided with full powers for negOciating, shall ba sent, and in the interim the armistice is considered as. subsisting till contrary orders shall be given.
1 have the honour to be, Sic. (Signed) Peyma*.
Lord Cathcart, Commander of
the British Troops.
Jlead.quarters before CopeiiSia, hagen, Sept. 6".
The officers appointed to treat with you are, major-general the right honourable sir Arthur Wcllesley, K. B. sir Home Popham, captain of the fleet, and lieutenant, colonel Murray, deputy-quartcrmastcr-gencral of the army. These officers are waiting at the barrier, and will meet the officers named by you, at any place you may appoint for immediate discussion, between our advanced posts and your lines.
Orders were given to desist from the bombardment.and to cease tiring, the moment your first letter was re. ceived; but there has been no ar» mistice concluded; a proof of which is, that a house in the suburb* has been seen set on fire, within these few minute?, by your people, close to our centinels.
As we have alreadv stated more
*Yj 4 thaa
than once, we can adınit of no delay the shipping and fort, as well as in this business, and therefore it will musketry from the rocks : unimmediately appear, whether the ar. shaken, however, they advanced ; ticles proposed are of such a nature and having mounted the cliff, which as to warrant an armastice.--I have was most difficult of access, they at. the honourto be, lic.
tacked the fort with such intrepi. (Signed) CATHCART, Lieut.-gen. dity, that the enemy did not think Nazor-general Piyman. !
proper to await their closing, but, spiking their guns, rushed out on
the one side, as our brave fellows Gallant Action.--Letter from Cap. entered at the other. The battery
tuin Níundy, of his Majesty's Ship contained four twenty-six pounders. Hydra, addressed to Vice adiniral This gallant achievement gave me Lord Collingwood. , an opportunity of employing the
His Majesty's Ship Hydra, broadside solely on the vessels, from My Lord, at Sca, Aug. 7. which a constant fire was still kept I have the honour to relate, that on our people on shore. I chased threarmed polaccas into On gaining the guns, Mr. Drury the harbour of Begu, on the coast advanced with the seamen, and a of Catalonia, late last night; and few marines - to the town, leaving having reconnoitred this morning, Mr. Hayes and his party to retain deeined an attempt on them practi. them, and to occupy the heights cable, alt, ough under the close pro. that commanded the decks of the tection of a baitery and tower. At vessels, and from which he could fisty minutes after noon the ship was annoy the enemy, who were in anchored, with springs on the ca. great numbers or he opposite side bles, at the entrauce of the port of the harbour, which is extremely and began the attack ; a smart fire narrow. As soon as the town was was returned by the enemy, which cleared of the enemy, the crews however consulerably abated after abandoned their vessels, but formsomewhat more than an honr's ac. ed in groups of musketry among tion; on perceiving which, I or. the rocks and bushes, firing on the dered a party of seamen and ma. seamen, who had now seized the rines, under the command of the boats on the beach, and were board. second lieutenani (Mr. Drury), ing the polaccas, while another with lieutenants Hayes and Pen. party of the enemy had gained a gelly, of marines, Mr. Finlaison, height above the marines, and kept midshipman, Mr. Goddard, clerk, then continually engaged, notwith. voluptcer, attended by Mr. Bailey, standing some guns were kept playassistant surgeon, to land on the ing on them from the Hydra. flank of the enemy, and drive them A t half past three, observing Mr. from their gurs, keeping up a heavy Drury in full possession of the fre from the Hydra, to cover the vessels, I sent the rest of the boats, boats; yet, notwithstanding our under lieutepant Little, to assist in endeavours to draw the particular towing them out, and at four had attention of the battery, the de. the satisfaction of seeing them roundtachments were soon exposed to a ing the point, when the marines re. cross discharge of landgrage from imbarked under a heavy discharge
•f musketry, the enemy haviag col. through, a few in the hull, and (ha
lectcd their whole force to harass rigging trillingly cut, is all the da.
the retreat. mage.
When I review the circumstances To Mr. M'Kenzie, the first lieu,
attending the debarkation of this tenant, who has served with me tha
handful of men. and reilect on the whole of the war, 1 feci much in.
many difficulties they had to »ur- dented for his assistance throughout
mount in an a I tack" on a fort strong, this little enterprise. A descrip.
ly defended by nature, as well as tion of the captured vessels, and tha
art, there opposed to more than names of the killed and wounded, I
three tim?s their force for two hours, enclose, for your lordship's icfor
sncceeding in possessing themselves nation. The prince Eugene and
of the vessels, and deliberately lay. Caroline were returning to Mar.
ing out hawsers to the very rocks seilles.
that were occupied by the enemy, I have the honour to be, Sec. and warping them 'out against a (Signed) G. Munby.
fresh breeze, exposed to a galling
lire of musketry, 1 feel perfectly A List of Vessels captured by his incapable of writing a panegyric Majesty's Ship the Hydra f Aug. 7. equal to their merits; but it has not Poiacca ship Prince Eugene, of
required this exploit to stamp these 16 gnus (pierced for 20) and, 130
officers with the character of cool men—Poiacca brig La Belle Caro
judgment and determined bra. line, ol 10 guns (pierced for 14)
very. During the term of four and 40 men.—Poiacca brig El Car.
years I have witnessed frequent in. men de Rosaria, of 4 gur'''pierced
stances of the gallantry of lieute- for 10) and 20 men.
nants Drury and Hayes; and 'lien- Names of the Killed and IV-unded tenant Pengelly (though not of so belonging to his Majesty's Ship long a standing in the Hydra) has Hydra.
ever been a volunteer on such ser. H. Brown, teaman, killed. Mr.
vices. Goddard, clerk; Serjeant Bush,
I have also the greatest pleasure and C. Simson, seaman, slightly
in adding, that the' above-mention, wounded. Jer. M'Carthy, J, Sul
ed officers speak in enthusiastic livan, seamen, and G. Salisbury,
terms of the behaviour of all em. marine, severely wounded,
ployed under them : to your lord- ^__
■hip's notice and protection, there.
fore, I beg most strongly to recotn. Extract ■_»/* a Dispatch received from mend them. The conduct of the Lieutenant-general the Right Hon. rest of the officers and ship's com- Lord Cat heart, K. T. aJitiesfed pany, fully equalled - my utmost to Lord Viscount CustMreagh, wishes; to the tremendous fire they dated on-board the Afrieainr, -kept up, I attribute the smallness Oct. 21.
of onr loss and damage, namely, As no sort of infraction of the
one killed and two wounded on capitulation had been n-ade by the
board, and four wounded ol the Danes, who, on the contrary, aci.-d
detachment: the fore and mizen- most honourably in thr v
topmasts, and foretop-sail-yard shot literal fulfilment »: •
ment; with a view to the fulOlracnt of the articles of the capitulation on our part, it was decided to com. mencc the embarkation of the army on Tuesday the 13th instant. Ac. cordingly, on that day, the eight battalions of the line of the king's German legion were embarked in the arsenal; and, on the 14th, the two light battalions of the king's German legion, together with brig— general Maefarlane's brigade, y\t. the 7th and 8th regiments of British, ■which embarked in the same ships •which brought them from Hull. These corps, with the depot and garrison company of the legion, and the sick and wounded of the army, completely occupied all the troop, •hips, whether for home or foreign iervice, which had not been appro, priatcd to the conveyance of naval •tores. These ships having been removed to the road, were replaced by the ijprse-ships. On the same day the advanced posts were withdrawn from Kolliaven, Wcrdenberg, Corsoer Kallenherg, Fredericks, berg, llcrsholm, and adjacents, and proceeding through a chain of caralry posts, reached the environs'of Copenhagen in three marches.
The embarkation of the royal artillery, with the field and battering ordnance, having been gradually carried on from the Kalk Braudcric, that of the cavalry and fo. reign artillery in the dock.yard, and that of the British regiments from the citadel to the men-of-war, there remained on shore, on Sunday afternoon, the lSth instant, only the brigade of guards, who moved on that day from the palace of Fre. dericksberg, to the strand near Hellcrup, with one brigade of British light artillery, the Hank companies • i the 32d and 50th, with the 82d,
under major-general Spencer, it the arsenal; and the 4th regiment, with a detachment of royal artil. lery in the citadel, under lieutenantcolonel Wynch, who acted as lieu, tenant-governor ; the 4th, or king's own regiment, having been in gar. rison there the whole time. Lieut., general sir G. Ludlow was appoint. ed to command the rear-guard of the army. In the evening of the 18th in.st. a gale of wind came on, which lasted twenty-four hours, and rendered further embarkation impossible, and any communication from the shore with the ships very difficult. As soon as it became evident that the evacuation of the island, on the l<}th, was impracti. cable, a correspondence took place between the British and Danish head-quarters, the result of which left no reason to apprehend (hat hostilities would re-commence on cither side at the expiration of th« term; although the Danish general protested in strong terms against our retaining the cidadel, which, on the other hand, it was not judged expedient to evacuate. On the 20th, the morning was calm, and as soon as it was light, the drums of all his majesty's regiments on shore beat the generate; and the dock, yard and harbour being entirely cleared of transports and British vessels, the corps commanded by major-general Spencer rowed out of the ar-cnal, under the guns of the citadel, and proceeded along the shore to Hcllerup, to be in readiness to reinforce the guards. Hif majesty's sloop Rosamond having been also towed out of the harbour, and the king's ships within reach of the Three-crown battery having got under weigh, the 4th regiment marched out of the citadel, and pro.