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of musketry, the enemy having cola through, a few in the hull, and the lected their whole force to harass rigging triflingly 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 the handful of men, and reflect on the whole of the war, I feel much in. many difficulties they had to sur. debted for his assistance throughout mount in an attack on a fort strong. this little enterprise. A descrip. ly defended by nature, as well as tion of the captured vessels, and the art, there opposed to more than names of the killed and wounded, I three times their force for two hours, enclose, for your lordship's inforsucceeding in possessiog themselves mation. 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 occopied by the enemy, I have the honour to be, &c. and warping them 'out against a

(Signed) G. MUNDY. fresh breeze, exposed to a galling fire of musketry, I feel perfectly A List of Vessels captured by his incapable of writing a panegyric Majesty's Ship the Hydra, Aug. 7. equal to their merits ; but it has not Poiacca ship Prince Eugene, of required this exploit to stamp these 16 gons (pierced for 20) and 130 officers with the character of cool men-Polacca brig La Belle Carojudgment and determined bra. line, of 10 guns (pierced for 14) very. During the term of four and 40 men.- Polacca brig El Car. years I have witoessed 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 Wounded tepagt 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, seaman, 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. ship's notice and protection, there. fore, I beg most strongly to recom. Extract of a Dispatch received from mend them. The conduct of the Lieutenant-general the Right Hon. rest of the officers and ship's com. Lord Cathcart, K. T. adaressed pany, fully cqualled my utmost to Lord Viscount Castiereagh, wishes; to the tremendous fire they dated on-board the Africaine, kept up, I attribute the smallness Oct. 21. of our loss and damage, namely, As no sort of infraction of the one killed and two wounded on capitulation had been made by the board, and four wounded of the Danes, who, on the contrary, acad detachment: the fore and mizen- most honourably in the ai i topmasts, and foretop-sail-yard shot literal fallimento;

ment; with a view to the fulfilment under major-general Spencer, ir of the articles of the capitulation on the arsenal; and the 4th regiment, our part, it was decided to coin with a detachment of royal artil. mence the embarkation of the army lery in the citadel, under lieutenant. on Tuesday the 13th instant. Ac. colonel Wynch, who acted as lieu. cordingly, on that day, the eight tenant-governor; the 4th, or king's battalions of the line of the king's own regiment, having been in gar. German legion were embarked in rison there the whole time. Lieut.. the arsenal; and, on the 14th, the general sir G. Ludlow was appoint. two light battalions of the king'

sed to command the rear-guard of German legion, together with brig.. the army. In the evening of the general Macfarlane's brigade, viz. 18th inst. a gale of wind came on, the 7th and 8th regiments of British, which lasted twenty-four hours, and which embarked in the same ships rendered further embarkation inwhich brought them from Hull. possible, and any communication These corps, with the depôt and from the shore with the ships very garrison company of the legion, and difficult. As soon as it became the sick and wounded of the army, evident that the evacuation of the completely occupied all the troop. island, on the 19th, was impracti. ships, whether for home or foreign cable, a correspondence took place service, which had not been appro. between the British and Danish priated to the conveyance of naval head-quarters, the result of which stores. These ships having been left no reason to apprehend that removed to the road, were replaced hostilities would re-commence on by the borse ships. On the same either side at the expiration of the day the advanced posts were with term ; although the Danish general drawn from Kolhaven, Werdenberg, protested in strong terms against Corsoer Kallenberg, Fredericks, our retaining the cidadel, which, on berg, Hersholm, and adjacents, and the other hand, it was not judged proceeding through a chain of ca. expedient to evacuate. On the valry posts, reached the environs of 20th, the morning was calm, and Copenhagen in three marches. . as soon as it was light, the drums of

The embarkation of the royal ar. all his majesty's regiments on shore tillery, with the field and battering beat the generale ; and the dock. ordnance, having been gradually yard and harbour being entirely carried on from the Kalk Brau. cleared of transports and British derie, that of the cavalry and fo. vessels, the corps commanded by reign artillery in the dock-yard, major-general Spencer rowed out and that of the British regiments of the arsenal, under the guns of from the citadel to the men-of-war, the citadel, and proceeded along there remained on shore, on Sunday the shore to Hellerup, to be in rea. afternoon, the 18th instant, only diness to reinforce the guards. His the brigade of guards, who moved majesty's sloop Rosamond having on that day from the palace of Fre, been also towed out of the harbour, dericksberg, to the strand near Hel. and the king's ships within reach of lerup, with one brigade of British the Three-crown battery having got light artillery, the flank companies under weigh, the 4th regiment of the 32d and 50th, with the 82d, marched out of the citadel, and pro


eseded to join the guards, covered Sir, by its own flank companies, and by I have the honour to acquaint a piquet of the guards.” — His lord. you, for the information of the lords ship proceeds to state, that no troops commissioners of the Admiralty, of the enemy appeared, and that that the whole of the Danish fleet there was no concourse of inhabi- being equipped (except two unser, tants. People of all ranks in the viceable ships of the line, and two, city, in the villages, and on the pub. frigates, which have been destroy. lic road, were extremely civil. Had ed), and the arsenal cleared of the any disturbance been intended, or stores, the army has been re.em. had any been accidentally excited, barked ; and that I shall proceed the embarkation would have been with the first favourable wind to equally secure from insult, the carry into execution the instruc. place selected being open and level, tions I have received from the lord and out of the range of fire from viscount Castlereagh. Having so the crown battery or citadel, but far accomplished the service on commanded by his majesty's light which I have been employed, I ships of war. The brow, or stage feel-it my duty to state the great itself, from which the troops em- activity, energy, and zeal, which barked, was judiciously and inge. have been shewn by vice-admiral niously contrived by sir Home Pop- Stanhope and rear-admiral sir Sam. ham, to answer equally the pur. Hood, in superintending the equip. poses of embarkation and defence. ment of the Danish ships, and the A small vessel, a praam, and a float. embarkation of the stores from the iog battery, were fastened succes. arsenal; nor has the same spirit sively to each other on the beach ; been les manifest in the captains, the two first being planked over, officers, seamen, and marines, who and the last beyond them having have all executed their respective several guns of large calibre pre- parts in the general exertion with a pared for action in an oblique di. promptitude and alacrity, which rection, and manded by seamen, have not only entitled them to my The flat-boats drew up on the two warmest thanks and praise, but will, sides of the praam, and the gun. I doubt not, when the aggregate re. boats, which also received troops, sult of their labour is considered, were placed behind the floating bato obtain for them the approbation of tery, so that, as soon as the brigade their sovereign, and the applause of of artillery was embarked, the the nation. In the space of six troops marched to their boats, and weeks, sixteen sail of the line, ning the whole put off to their respec. frigates, fourteen sloops of war, and tire ships ; after which the floating' smaller vessels, beside, battery and praam were destroyed. have been fitted for sea, and all the

large ships laden with masts, spars, Copy of a Letter from Admiral Gam. timber, and other stores, from the

bier, to the Hon. W. W. Pole, arsenal, from whence also 92 car. dated on-board his Majesty's Ship goes have been shipped ou-board the Prince of Wales, off Copenha. transports, and other vessels char. ger, the 20th Octaber, 1807. tered for the purpose, the sum of


whose burthen exceeds 20,000 tons. ment of the very able and judicious A considerable number of masts and dispositions which rear - admiral spars bave been put on-board the Keats has made from time to time Leyden and Inflexible, which were of the force under his command, well adapted for this purpose, and for guarding the Belt; and the vi. some valuable stores on-board his gilant attention which his whole majesty's ships; nor can I forbear Squadron have paid to this inipor. to remark, that such was the emu. tant branch of the service. Sir lation among the several ships of the Ilome Popham has not ceased to fleet to which the Danish ships were manifest his usual zeal and ability in respectively attached for equipment, the assistance he has rendered me that within nine days 14 sail of the in the various services of the fleet; line were brought out of the hare and I should not do justice to the bour, although several of them un. diligent attention and arduous en. derwent, in our hands, considerable deavours of captain Mackenzie to repairs. Of the three ships on the fulál the civil duties of the arsenal, stocks, two have been taken to which were committed to his ma. pieces, and the useful part of their nagement and superintendance, if I timber brought away; and the third, do not, on this occasion, express being in a considerable state of for. my warm approbation of his exer. wardness, was sawed in various tions; and I beg leave to recom. parts, and suffered to fall over.- mend him to their lordships' farous. On a review of the whole, I think able notice. I have the honour to it may be asserted, without dero. transmit herewith a list of the gating from the merit of any former Danish ships and vessels which have service, that the characteristic acti. been brought away, and of those vity of British officers, scamen, and destroyed. The account of the marines, was never more zealously stores shipped from the arsenal exerted than on this occasion ; but shall also be sent as soon as the seI must not omit, at the same time, veral returns can be collected and to inform their lordships, that a very arranged. considerable proportion of the la. I have the honour to be, &c. bour of the arsepal has been per

J. GAMBIER. formed with equal zeal and energy N. B. The list of the Danish by large working parties from the ships found at Copenhagen has been army, whose exertions entitle them already published. Two ships of to the same praise.

the line and two frigates have been I beg leave to express the great destroyed. satisfaction i have felt from the zealous and attentive services of rear. Whitehall, Nov. 3.--The king has adıniral Essingtoni, to whom the ge- been pleased to grant the dignities neral superintendance of the nume- of baron and viscount of the united rous transports, and the re-embar- kingdom of Great Britain and Ire. kation of the army, with all its land, unto the right hon. William artillery and stores, had been com- baron Cathcart, knight of the most mitted. I embrace this opportunity ancient order of the thistle, and to make a particular acknowledg- lieutenant-general of his majesty's


forces, and to the heirs made of his at the Court of Lisbon, by the body lawfully begotten, by the name, Right Honourable George Can. styles, and titles of baron Greenock, ning, his Majesty's Principal Se. of Greenock, in the county of Ren. cretary of State for Foreign Affrew, and viscount Cathcart, of fairs. Cathcart, in the said county. . His Majesty's Ship Hibernia,off

The king has also been pleased to the Tagus, November 29, 1807. grant the dignity of a baron of the SIR, united kingdom of Great Britain I have the honour of announcing and Ireland unto James Gambier, to you, that the prince regent of esq. admiral of the blue squadron of Portugal has effected the wise and his majesty's fleet, and to the heirs magnanimous purpose of retiring male of his body lawfully begotten, from a kingdom which he could no by the name, style, and title of baron longer retain, except as the vassal Gambier, of Iver, in the county of of France; and that his royal high. Buckingham.

ness and family, accompanied by The king has also been pleased to most of his ships of war, and by a grant the digoity of a baronet of the multitude of his faithful subjects united kingdom of Great Britain and adherents, have this day depart. and Ireland unto Harry Burrard, ed from Lisbon, and are now on of Lymington, in the county of their way to the Brazils, under the Southampton, esq. lieutenaut-gene. escort of a British fleet. ral of his majesty's forces, and to This grand and memorable event the heirs male of his body lawfully is not to be attributed only to the begotten,

sudden alarm excited by the appear. The king has also been pleased ance of a French army within the to grant the dignity of a baronet of frontiers of Portugal: it has been the united kingdom of Great Bri. the genuine result of the system tain and Ireland unto Heory Ed. of persevering confidence and mo. win Stanhope, of Stanwell, in the deration adopted by his majesty to. county of Middlesex, esq. vice-ad. wards that country; for the ultimate miral of the blue squadron of his suecess of which I had in a manner majesty's fleet, and to the heirs male rendered myself responsible; and of his body lawfully begotten. which, in obedience to your instruc.

The kiog has also been pleased to tions, I had uniformly continued to grant the dignity of a baronet of the support, even under appearances of united kingdom of Great Britain the most discouraging nature, and Ireland unto Thomas Blome. I had frequently and distincily field, of Attleborough, in the coun- stated to the cabinet of Lisbon, that ty of Norfolk, esq. major-general in agreeing not to resent the exclue of his majesty's forces, and to the siou of British commerce from the heirs male of his body lawfully be- ports of Portugal, his majesty had gotten.

exhausted the means of forbearance; that in making that concession to

the peculiar circumstances of the d Dispatch this Day received from prioce regent's situation, his ma

Lord Viscount Strangford, his jesty had done all that friendship Majesty's Minister Plenipotentiary and the remembrance of ancient


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