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kirmishing, made them drop the ladders, in, the heavier thips co-operating. The and halten to get up to the head of the attack being determined on, the Euro. column; which prevented the land for peans were formed into four columns in ces from co-operating with the fquadron line ; four men advanced with guides at (by forming) so heartily that day as the head of each column ; in each cocould have been wilhed.

lumn followed eight men, carrying the The Lowestoffe having got aground, ladders; who were fillowed by a few and the other thips, as I imagined, ob- hand-grenade men. Two columns corserving the signal was displayed that the Gated of seamen and two of marines, with land-forces could no: co-operate, defift. a few Loyal Irish. At three in the more. ed firing. The Lowestoffe was much ing, this disposition being made, and our damaged, but got off.

force consisting of 150, we moved down The day following we passed in skir- the hill, and there lay waiting for the miling, in securing the roads round the signal of the Charon, which was to de fort, and driving in cattle for the land- note she had got under way, and would forces. On the 18th, the squadron land- attack in twenty minutes. The figral ed fome guns to the westward; two four- being made a little after four o'clock ct pounders were got up that night, and the morning of the 20th, we advanced una battery was immediately opened on der the fire of our own batteries, and were them..

encouraged, by observing that the Spa This battery incommoded them much, niards did not perceire our march, by but never cculd have made any impres. the direction of their shot over us, pointGon on the walls of the parapet, as they ed at our batteries on the hills. were eighteen feet thick.

The Pomona and fleet alfo attraded The Spaniards pointed that evening their notice by the fire from the fea-bide. three more guns towards the land-lide, By this fortunate co-operation, in pro. and in the morning dismounted one of found filence, arms trailed, and in order ours. Observing there were some hou. to animate the troops, the parole wai ses near the fort which the Spaniards changed to Bayonette, and the counterhad neglected to burn, parties of ma. fign Britons strike home, we advanced rines, Bay-men, and Indians, occupied undiscovered under the Spanish fer.tries, them, and kept up so incefiant a fire on who were every two or three minutes the embrazures of the fort, that the Spa. palling the word Alerto. At the entrare niards fire from the guns were often fi. into the ditch were two guns pointed lenced for hours, and we observed them from the flank of the bastion to fcout it. throwing over the dead. This day fix We were perceived by their fantries, an) more guns were got up by the reamen their drum beat to the alarm-pofts. Os and Bay-men, one of which Gen. Dal. columns were staggered, and stept bact: ling had sent for the Bay men, three o. but instantly recovering themfelves, they thers being unfortunately swamped co- advanced to the wall, in height tuent ining on Thore: Capt. Carden opened a eight feet, on which was a batiergui battery of four lix pounders from the five guns. They reared one Lader, hill which the Pomona's men had gained fecond, and a third : the first ladder va! in the first fkirmish at the defile, which broke by the Aank.guns of another ba also commanded the fort.

ftion,' killing a midshipman, and had Forcseeing that by a fiege of this na. wounling five men; the other lade: ture, before approaches could be made were also wounded, but not broke, ku in a regular way, and a breach ciecied, feamen got up fint by one ladder, F. a vast train of artillery would be requis obeyed their orders in not fir nx; thes red, and a length of time, after which presented at 60 Spaniards drawn up, ti we would he obliged to storm, having retained their fire', until others afcerd also the ent my in our rrar all round; ed ; and so great was the confonata! and havice maturely weighed all these of the enemy, that it leemed as it is circnmliances, and the disadvantage ine. had lof the power of their arm, s vitably attending a siegt, it was there their officers were at their bead coC{ GIZA fore determined to escalade the fort, as ging them. the ditch was found to be dry. And, The feamco scrambling up the keder. having consulted with the Commodore down off the parapets they wer*, 11 on the mode of attack, it was resolved, being reinforced by marines ard faz.. that the Pomona should be towed close the Spaniards fed iu the casemets; by

y could not recover their panic, not years. It is the key to the bay of Honthstanding every exertion of their offi- duras, and where the register-fhips and S. About 100 Spaniards escaped over treasures are sent to from Guatimala in · walls on the opposite fide, and out time of war. The morning of our arria fally-port. The Governor and prin- val the treasure was conveyed into the al officers then came, and delivered up country, fo what we have found in the me their swords, the garrison and re- military chest, and what belonged to the er-ships, with the keys of the fort ; public, does not exceed 8000 piastres, i asked their lives. Inclosed is a list but the register-thips muit be very valuathe Spanish officers, with the troops ble, if they arrive in safety in England. the garrison ; also a list of our killed I send these dispatches, with the coI wounded, which is very inconfider. lours of Omoa, and also plans of the fore. We found in Spaniards wounded, tification, by Lieut. Carden of the both le of whoin are fince dead. They will regiment, whom I appointed to act as cap

acknowledge the number they have tain of artillery and engineer to this ex, but it is thought it exceeds thirty. pedition, and humbly beg he may be is to the behaviour of the officers and permitted to lay then at his Majesty's liers under my command, the British feet. His merit and activity in forwardplayed that valour which is their ing the works during the expedition, wn characteristic. The Bay-men and coniributed to the reduction of this im

ans were also of the utmost service in portant fortress ; and I solicit your Lordduties of fatigue, io skirmidhing, and Thip will recommend him to his Majesty's gging up the cannon.

protection. Your Lordship will find Four Lordihip will pardon my men. him intelligent relative to the Mosquito aing an instance of an elevated mind mure, and the state of this country. I a British tar, which amazed the Spa- also take the liberty of mentioning Lieut. rds, and gave them a very high idea of Wightman of the marines, who acted as glish valour: Not contented with one my aid-de-camp, to be recommended to lars, he had scrambled up the walls Lord Sandwich. This gentleman was th two; and meeting a Spanish officer wounded in reconnoitring the ditch the thout arms, who had been rouled out evening before it was stormed. The his fleep, had the generosity not to prisoners taken amount in all to 365 exe any advantage ; but presenting him clusive of officers. e of his cutlases, told him, “ You Your Lordlhip will observe, that an

now on a footing with me.”- The or agreement has been made to exchange rs were, not to fpare while they refiit. then for the Bay-men, who were inbu, but to grant quarter to all who re- manly carried away, with their families, efted it. Only two Spaniards were to Merida ; and we hive brought off two anded by the bayonet in relilting, prieits and the lieutenant-governor as I was any person pillaged or plun. hostages for the performance of this ared.

greement. I have also obliged them to I have the pleasure to inform your exchange two Moquito Indians, one of ordihip, that the greziest harmony has whom has been forced to dive at Carthablisted between the tea and land forces gena for many years, with irons on his uring the whole of this expedition; linbs, and is confined in a dungeon eved that Commodore Luttrell and the ry evening; and we have also released plains of the navy have, on every oc- fome unfortunate Englishmen, who were fion, made the greatest exertions to contined here, and made to work as rward the service on shore; and all un- faves, twent the most severe fatigue, in this I have to mention to your Lordship, t climate, with uncommon alacrity. that Mr Concannen, a young gentleman, of this forrification your Lordihip will a unidihipman, was the third that mount. dge of the importance, from the in- ed the ladder, and Lient. Dundas, who edible expence the crown of Spain has was the fourth, agreeable to my orders, Sonat in erecting it; as the itone of formed fome men before he advanced on hich it is built is railed out of the sea, the Spaniards. I have also to take noid brought twnty leagues.

. tice, that Lieuts Walker and Dundas, The outworks are not finished, not- who commanded the seamen, preserved it'tanding they have conftantly em that discipline and promptitude in obey. layed 1000 men at work for i wenty ing orders, wbich would do honour to


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s nearly finking, having received three but found them totally abandoned and ot through her, luckily without hurt. empty, except the remains of a few pro

any body. Capt. Nugent and his vifions, which seemed to indicate, that ople were made prisoners; and, when the people had not been long gone. On

got on fhore, there was a parade for the 23d in the morning I lent a number ecution, such as a scaffold, and a guard of men from the ships to the Racehorse,

foldiers; for it was understood to be and directed Lieut. Trott to make the e orders with which the Spaniards best of his way to Omoa, to reconnoitre ne to attack the settlement, that eve- the strength of the place, and to look

body that was conquered, and bad for the ships which had failed from Dulde reGstance, should be put to death : ce; concluding that they would be found t when they inquired, and found Capt. at that port. The next morning the gent, who had no arms in the boat, Racehorse joined me at sea ; from her I not refift, they contented themselves learned, that the three Mhips were at anh blindfolding, stripping, and hand. chor under the fort; two of them with all fing him : he was confined with his an end, and the third with her yards and it's crew in a close prison. During top-mafts truck; and that the fortificair operations, a great number of bat- tion did not appear to be a very ftrong ux, affitted by an armed schooner, at- one. Elate at the information, I made ked the Racehorse, and attempted to fail for Omoa; and getting close of the ird her ; but she was fo gallantly de- port by twelve o'clock at night, would ded by Lieut. Trott, that the Spa. have perfuaded the pilot to have carried rds were repulsed with great Naugh- us in: which he luckily refused; for the · On board the Racehorse two men next day, wben we came to approach y were killed, and three wounded. the fortification, I found it was of much hen the Racehorse had beaten off the too formidable an aspect to promise fuciniards, she repaired immediately to cels by an attempt to force it. The onog up the Pomona from Key Boquel; ly hope therefore which remained of our 1 as soon as the frigate appeared in being masters of those ships arose from a it, the Spaniards, to the amount of chance that we might catch them off put 500, took to their craft, and quit. Cape Antonio ; and I was making the I the Key with great precipitation, best of my way to that station. ping Capt. Nugent, his people, and As soon as we quitted Omoa, I di: inhabitants, in close confinement: rected Lieut. Trott to go in quest of the im which they released themselves; brig to the river Belez, and afterwards d Capt. Nugent in his boat retook por. to repair to George's Key, and land the lion of a brig, which was aground, people who had served as pilots, and d the Spaniards had captured when were desirous of being put on fore ey came into the harbour. This brig, there ; and after making some other inthe solicitation of the inhabitants, who quiries, to join the squadron in the bay d furnished her with seamen, Capt. of Truxillo. She arrived there on the ugent armed, and sent to the river Be- 4th of October, and informed me, that 1, to cover the imbarkation of the pro- the brig armed by Capt. Nugent had rty there belonging to the English fet. nearly collected the different settlers in TS; with directions that the should, the bay; that 70 of them were on board, ter performing that service, repair in and more than 200 under her escort in Jeft of the ships under my command ; small craft ; and that he had directed d, in case of not meeting with us, them to Truxillo, in their way to Black ake the best of their way to Jamaica. river. They however did not appear I anchored the Charon and Lowestoffe while I was there; and the King's ships Glover's Reef on the 19th; where be being wooded and watered, I put to fea 8 joined by the Pomona and Racehorse, with them, having directed Lieut. Trott bore away for the Gulph of Dulce, and to give every assistance in his power torived there on the 22d. There was no wards forwarding the brig with the Bay. effel to be seen in the Gulph: I there. men to Black river on the Mosquito pre, attended by Capts Parker and Nu- fore, if they arrived at Truxillo while ent, with the marines of the squadron, he was taking in his water. The pilots nd a party of seamen in the boats, push- the Racehorse carried to George's Key, d up the river, and landed at the Spa- finding no King's vellel there, or fecii. ifh warehouses before twelve that night; rity for their perluns, left it; and the


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