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Part no hopes of storming it without. Indeed the

I. British admiral sent in the Galicia, purposely to w try what effect her guns would have upon the 1741. walls, but found it too inconsiderable to do the

Spaniards any other prejudice than destroying their houses : and as an uncontroverted evidence of the impracticability of ships of war approaching near enough to batter the walls, De Pointi was convinced they could perform no effectual service ; for having ordered the Sceptre of 84 guns, St Lewis of 64 guns, and Vermandois of 60 guns, to advance and batter the city with their artillery, he found it ineffectual, their shot only reaching the tops of the houses: he therefore ordered them to retire, and afterwards confined his endeavours solely to the land, where the city of Carthagena is only liable to be taken.

But the principal and most unhappy accident that contributed to promote the ill success of the fiege of Carthagena, was occasioned by the arrival of the land forces in America in the most unhealthy part of the year. Every year is attended with one intemperate season that never misses this part of the Indian coast; when the great rains, and violent thunder, spread an infection through the air, which scatters a contagious distemper, not only among such as are strangers to the climate, but even among those that have been long inured to it, the very natives frequently finding it fatal to themselves. The viaJence of this inclement season was too heavily felt by the British troops, which swept thein off the more fatally as the greatest part of the army were raw and un seasoned men, inexpert in the use of arms, and incapable of enduring the fatigues of military discipline in a climate of such

. intempeintemperature: it was this diminished the army CHAP. infinitely more than the Spaniards; it was this VI. occasioned them to abandon the expedition; and m it was this so greatly enfeebled the survivors, 1741. that on their arrival at Jamaica, inany of the principal officers, and great numbers of the men were daily perishing, through the infirmities they had contracted on their unprosperous enterprize.

THE

SECOND PART,

IN TWO DIVISIONS. ****************************** ** FIRST DIVISION.

FROM THE Death of the Emperor Charles VI, On the oth of October, MDCC XL,

TO THE End of the CAMPAIGN in MDCCXLI.

* * * * o ************************************* of one of of oft of

SECOND DIVISION, Naval War in AMERICA and EUROPE,

In MDCCXLI.

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