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strange brig was discovered on our weather-beam, bearing E. steering to the southward; on discovering us she tacked, we did the same, and made all sail in chace; at sunset we had gained on her so as to distinguish ber courses from the deck; but during the night it was nearly calm, and at day light on the 14th, she had sweeped and towed considerably from us.
At eight a. m. it was quite calm, and our boats were sent to tow. Great praise is due to the exertions of the boats' crews, as in spite of his sweeps we evidently gained on the chace.--About noon a light breeze sprung up, and soon after the chace was observed to enter a small cove on the north-west side of Monto Christo; as he practised this manoeuvre when (with the breeze we then had) he was nearly four hours' sail from us, I thought we liad been led so far out of our way by an English privateer, but about four p. m. being close up to the island, she was set on fire by the crew, and at five she blew up, and was entirely destroyed. The vessel thus consumed was a very fine French man of war brig, of eighteen guns, sixteen carronades, and two long guns forward. She was called l’Etourdie, commanded by Monsieur de Champagne. L'Etourdie was launched at La Ciotat about three years since. I did not learn her destination; but, from the course she was steering when first discovered, I suppose she was bound to Tunis or Corfu, and I imagine she sailed from Toulon, as I know she was lately in that port.—1 have the honour to be, &c. (Signed)
ROBERT BARRIE, To Rear-Admiral Charles Boyles,
&c. &c. &c. Palermo.
Admiralty Office, July 13, 1811. Vice-Admiral Sir James Saumarez has transmitted to John Wilson Croker, Esq. a letter from Lieutenant Richard Templar, commanding his Majesty's gun-brig Earnest, stating the capture, on the 15th ult. of a French privateer schuyt, of 6 guns and 24 men (who left the vessel and escaped on shore), by the yawl of the said gun-brig: and the Vice-Admiral at the same time reports the capture of a Danish rowboat privateer, carrying ten men, by the boats of the Victory.
Vice Admiral Murray, Commander in Chief at Yarmouth, has transmitted to John Wilson Croker, Esq. a letter from Captain Willes, of his Majesty's sloop Leveret, giving an account of the boats of that vessel having, on the 28th ult. captured, and afterwards destroyed, a Danish cutter privateer, of 6 guns and 20 men.
Rear-Admiral Otway has transmitted to John Wilson Croker, Esq. a letter which he had received from Captain Campbell, of his Majesty's sloop the Plover, giving an account of his having, on the 6th inst. captured, off the Naze of Norway, the Fegero French privateer, of 10 guns, and 50 men,
Downing Doroning Street, July 16, 1811.' A despatch, of which the following is an extract, was on Sunday received at Lord Liverpool's office, addressed to his Lordship by Lieutenant-General Lord Viscount Wellington, dated Quinta de St. Joao, 20th June, 1811:
The enemy moved forward his advanced guard, consisting of about ten thousand men, to Los Santos, on the morning of the 13th.
Upon this occasion Lieutenant Streenuwitz, of the 21st light dran goons, was sent out by Major-General Sir William Erskine to reconnoitre the enemy, with a small detachment of the 2d hussars and 3d dragoon guards, which distinguished themselves in an attack upon a superior number of the enemy, and took some prisoners.
I had arranged that the cavalry and 2d and 4th divisions of the allied British and Portuguese army, and the corps of Spanish troops under General Blake, should collect if the enemy should advance to interrupt the siege or blockade of Badajoz; and I went to Albuera on that night to superintend the movements of the troops.
I also moved, on the night of the 13th, General Hamilton's divi sion from the blockade of Badajoz, with an intention to stop the enemy in case the army of the south alone should have moved for: ward.
On the 14th, in the night, Lieutenant Ayling, of the 40th regi ment, who had been employed to observe the movements of the ene my, arrived at Albuera with the account, that the advanced guard of the enemy's army of Portugal, from Castile had entered Truxillo at noon on the 13th, which confirmed the other accounts which I had received of their progress up to the 12th; and as from Truxillo they might have been at Merida on the 15th, and in communication with the army of the south, I determined to raise the blockade of Badajoz, and that all the allied troops should cross the Guadiana on the 17th. This was accordingly effected without difficulty or loss of any description; and General Blake likewise crossed with his corps at Juramenha on the 17th.
Since that period, the allied British and Portuguese army have been encamped in the woods upon the Caya about Torre de Mouro, having their right upon the Ponte de Cava, the 3d and 7th divisions and Brigadier General Madden's cavalry being in Campo Mayor. • And the troops, which had been under the command of LieutenantGeneral Sir Brent Spencer on the frontiers of Castile, have crossed the Tagus at Villa Velha, in proportion as the enemy have crossed that river at Almaraz. The whole are now upon the Caya, between this place and Arronches.
The enemy's advance have appeared in the neighbourhood of Ba
* A copy of a letter from Rear-Admiral Sawyer, enclosing a letter from Captain Arthur Bait Bingham, commander of his Majesty's sloop Little Belt, containing an account of his gallant resistance of the United States frigate, President, pube lished in this day's Gazette, is inserted in the Gen. Chron. vol. ü, 446. ED.
dajoz this day, and I conceive that their whole army will be collected to-morrow.
The enemy have collected upon this occasion all their force from Castile, their whole force from Madrid, and what is called the centre army, and all their forces from Andalusia, excepting what is absolutely necessary to maintain their position before Cadiz, and tbat held by Sebastiani in the eastern kingdoms of Andalusia.
The enemy have abandoned Old and New Castile, with the exception of a small garrison in Madrid, and have risked every thing in all parts of Spain, in order to collect this large army in Estremadura.
Admiralty Office, July 30, 1811. Vice-Admiral Sir James Saumarez has transmitted to John Wilson Croker, Esq. a letter from Captain Serrell, of his Majesty's ship Helder, stating his having, on the 10th instaut, captured the Flinke Danish privateer boat, having on board one swivel and fifteen men with small arms.
And also a letter from Lieut. Templar, commanding the Earnest gun-brig, giving an account of his having, on the 7th instant, captured a French privateer lugger, Le Sacripan, of five guns and twentyeight men.
Rear-Admiral Foley has transmitted to John Wilson Croker, Esq. a letter from Lieutenant Moore, commanding his Majesty's cutter Pigmy, giving an account of his having, in company with the Decoy cutter, run on shore, and destroyed a French lugger privateer, between Gravelines and Dunkirk, on the 26th inst.
Downing Street, August 6, 1811. A despatch, of which the following is an extract, has been this day received at the office of the Earl of Liverpool, addressed to his Lordship by Lieutenant-General Lord Viscount Wellington, dated Quinta de St. Joao, 18th July, 1811:
The army of Portugal broke up from their position on the Guadiana on the 14th instant, and have moved towards Truxillo. I have not yet heard that any troops had passed that town towards Almaraz: or that the cavalry, which had been about Talavera and Lobon, had retired further than Merida.
They are fortifying the Old Castle of Medellin, as well as that at Truxillo,
General Blake embarked his corps in the mouth of the Guadiana on the 6th. As soon as General Blake's corps embarked, the body of the enemy's troops, which had marched towards the Guadiana, and had turned towards Cartaja, retired from the frontier towards St. Lucar.
I understand that the troops belonging to the fourth corps, which Marshal Soult had brought into Estremadura, have marched towards Granada. There is nothing new on the side of Valladolid, excepting,
that Joseph Bounaparte had returned to Spain, and, it is said, arrived at Burgos, with an escort of about three thousand men on the 5th inst.
Admiralty Office, August 10, 1811. Extract of a letter from Captain Brisbane, of bis Majesty's ship the
Belle Poule, addressed to Captain Rowley, of the Eagle, the senior officer in the Adriatic, and transmitted by Sir Charles Cotton, to John Wilson Croker, Esq.
His Majesty's ship Belle Poule, at Sea, Adriatic, May 6, 1811. I have the honour to inform you, that on the 4th instant, being off the coast of Istria with his Majesty's ship Alceste, in company, at ten a. in. we discovered and chased a large French brig of war of 18 guns, which shortly afterwards hauled into the small harbour of Parenza.
Having received intelligence that such a vessel might be expected, conveying supplies of all descriptions for the French frigates at Ragusa, which had escaped from the recent gallant action off Lissa, I felt that no means should be left untried to capture or destroy her. After re connoitring her position, and consulting the pilots, and a most intelligent officer I had on board, Mr. Thomas Boardman, Acting Lieutenant of the Acorn, who, from his general local knowledge of the Adriatic, had handsomely volunteered his services for the cruize, I found it was impracticable for the frigates to enter the harbour, there being only 15 feet water in it, but that the brig might nevertheless be cannonaded with effect where she was then lying; accordingly at three p. m. both ships stood in, within a cable's length of the rocks at the entrance of the harbour, and opened an animated fire on her, and a battery under which she lay, and in an hour obliged her to haul ashore under the town out of reach of our shot. The ships were frequently hulled by the battery, but sustained no other damage but what could be immediately repaired. All further efforts from the frigates being perfectly useless, I determined on taking possession of an island in the mouth of the harbour, and within musquet shot of the town. The ships were anchored, after the close of day, about four miles from the shore, and about eleven o'clock the same night, 200 seamen, and all the marines, went under the orders of Lieut. John M'Curdy, senior Lieutenant of the Belle Poule, accompanied by the Othcers and petty Officers named in the margin,' and took possession of the island without oppo sition. With incessant labour, and the most extraordinary exertions, a defence was thrown up, and a battery of four guns (two howitzers and two nine-pounders) mounted on a commanding position by five o'clock. A field-piece was also placed at some distance to the left, to divide the attention of the enemy, who, aware of our operations, had been busily employed during the night in planting guns in various parts of the har
i Belle Poule-Lieutenants R. Boardman, E. A. Chartres, and A. Morrison; Messrs. Blair, Chapman, Finlay, Maxwell, Hall, and Grose, Midshipmen.
Alceste-Lieutenant Hickman, Mr. Moore, Master; Lieutenant Lloyd; Messrs. Adair, Croker, and Reding, Midshipmen.
bour. Soon after fivé, a.m. the French opened a cross fire from four different positions, which was immediately returned, and kept up on both sides with great vigour for five hours, wben the brig being cut to pieces and sunk, and of course the object of our landing accomplished, the guns, ammunition, &c. were all re-embarked, with the most perfect order and regularity.
I have only to lament that this service has not been performed without some loss, but considering the determined resistance that was made, and the peculiar situation of the place, it is less than might have been expected. We had four killed, and as many wounded, belonging to the two ships, a particular list of whom is herewith transmitted. List of killed and wounded belonging to his Majesty's ships Belle Poule and Alceste, when destroying a French brig of war in the hurbour of Parenza, the 4th and 5th of May, 1811.
Belle Poule-Mr. Richard Kelly, gunner, killed on shore ; William Johnson, able seaman, ditto, on shore; Thomas Griffiths, able seaman, slightly wounded on board; John Wilkinson, private marine, ditto on shore.
Alceste-John Short, private marine, killed on shore; Henry Collier, private marine, ditto on shore; John Betts, yeoman of the sheets, wounded on board ; John Jones, able seaman, slightly wounded on board. (Signed)
JAMES BRISBANE. Admiral Lord Gambier has transmitted to John Wilson Croker, Esq. a letter from Captain Parker, of his Majesty's ship the Amazon, giving an account of a gallant and successful attack made, on the 30th ultimo, by the boats of that ship, under the directions of Lieutenant Westphall, on an enemy's convoy near the Penmarks. One of the enemy's vessels. having been cut off by the Amazon, the remainder, eight in number, ran on shore under the protection of a battery, and of a considerable number of troops, notwithstanding the fire from which Lieutenant Westphall succeeded in bringing out three, and destroying the other five, without any loss on our part.
Vice-Admiral D'Auvergne has transmitted to Jolin Wilson Croker, Esq. a letter from Captain Sutton, of his Majesty's sloop Derwent, giving an account of his having, on the 30th ult. captured Le Rafleur, French privateer, of Granville, manned with twenty men, with small arms.
The Vice-Admiral also reports that the Violet lugger has sent into Guernsey two small enemy's privateers.
Captain Byng, of his Majesty's ship the Belliqueux, has transmitted to John Wilson Croker, Esq. three letters from Captain Harris, of the Sir Francis Drake, containing the following reports of the capture or destruction of enemy's vessels in the Indian Seas, viz.
One of the 1st August, 1810, giving an account of the capture, off Java, of a Batavian ship of eight guns and 33 men, a schooner of six guns and 13 men, and a coasting vessel, by the Sir Francis Drake.
One of the 5th August, 1810, stating the destruction, in Bantam Bay, of a French privateer, (the number of men and guns unknown), and two gup-boats, carrying four guns each, by the boats of the Belliqueux and