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survived, to be communicated to Captain Lloyd, who has already the commandant of the squadron: on several occasions been mentioned until his answer should be received as a deserving officer, 'both here firing ceased, and we continued to and at Sierra Leone, continues to occupy the battery. The terms of merit very great praise. Dr. Hed. capitulation being confirmed by the dle having proposed some time commandant, Mahe, the soldiers back to do military cluty, I gladly grounded their arms, and the place accepted his offer, and he has given was surrendered. We were in me great assistance: his wound, formed, that the enemy's force con- which was at first thouht to be sisted of four schooners, which had mortal, having taken a favourable been fitted out at Cayenne, and sup- turn, -I am now happy to think he plied with soldiers for the purpose will recover; and I earnestly wish of attacking Goree; that they had to recommend him to your lordtouched at Senegal, where they had ship's notice, as distinguished by becn furnished with additional boats, his conduct on this occasion; and pilots, a reinforcement of soldiers, also by his attention to his medical and another schooner, and where duiies since we came to Africa. they had been joined by the ship, I have the honour to be, &c. which happening to call at Senegal, (Signed) JOHN FRASER. was put in requisition for this expedition; the squadron altogether Right hon. lord Hobart, &c. carried upwards of 60 guns, and Our loss consists of 1 drummer, 8 600 men, about 240 of whom had rank and file, killed; 2 officers, 8 been landed ; the whole under the rank and file, wounded.-Tocommand of monsieur Mahe, lieu

tal 19. tenant de vaisseau, the commo. Of the enemy, according to the dore's pendant having been hoisted most correct accounts I can proonly while coming in, by the cap cure, 3 officers and 40 men killed, tain of the ship, who had held that or since dead; 2 officers and uprank in the navy during the late Wirds of 30 men wounded war. On the evening of the action Total 75. we had 54 white men, including officers; and although the serjearit

TRANSLATION major was the only one who was not able to come upon the batteries,

Goree, Africa, Jan. 18, 1804. when it is considered that several The French being in possession of the men, wom out by disease, of the hill, the squadron being ready and disabled by accidents, were in- to land more troops, a considerable capable of making any great exer. number of menn being killed and ticns; thai, uncertain where an at- wounded on both sides, and further tack migiit be made in the night, resistance offering only the proit was necessary to divide our force spect of occasioning an unnecessary very much to occupy the different tifusion of blood, the following posis--I hope and trust it will ap- terms of capi:ulation were agreed pear to our king and to our country, that the garrison I had the ho. Art. I. The island of Goree, with nour to command did not submit its dependencies, shall be delivered without discharging its duty like up to the French government as it British soldiers,

now stands.

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IL The British garrison having tants, officers, and even soldiers, laid down their arms in the north have been shamefully pillaged. battery, which they continue to oc I have the honour to be, &c. cupy, shall be furnished, without

JOHN FRASER. delay, with a sufficient vessel as a

List of the French squadron.-Dicartel, to carry them to Great Bri.

vision from Cayenne, having on tain ; colonel Fraser giving his parole of honour for himself, his of

board troops from the 8th demi

brigade, and from the Cayenne ficers, and soldiers, not to serve

volunteers.--Schooner La Vigie, during the present war against the

M. Mahe, lieutenant de vaisseau, French republic or its allies, until

commandant, 2 guns, 14 swivels, regularly exchanged. JII. The officers and soldiers

and 90 men; schooner La Re

nommée, citizen Renaud, 14 guns shall preserve their baggage and

and 87 men; schooner Les Amis, eifects, which shall be embarked

citizen Baudrier, 14 guns and with them.

85 men; schooner L'Oiseau, IV. The inhabitants shall retain possession of their properties; with

10 guns and 80 men.-From

Senegal, with a detachment of out prejudice, however, to any orders to the contrary which may

the 46th brigade, La Rosalie,

Ducraneau, ensign de vaisseau, hereafter be given by general Blan. chot, commandant and admini..

2 guns and 30 men.-From Ro

chelle, the ship L'Oncle Thomas, strator general of Senegal and its dependencies.

Papin, cidevant capitaine de

vaisseau, 20 guns and 230 men. Agreed upon and executed in two copics, to be exchanged be

Downing-street, April 27. tween us, the day and ycar already A dispatch, of which the following mentioned.

is a copy, was this day received (Signed)

by the right hon. lord Hobart, John Fraser, col. African corps.

one of his majesty's principal seMare, lieutenant de vaisseau, and

cretaries of state, from captain commanding the division. Dickson, commanding his ma

jesty's ship Inconstant : My lord,

His majesty's ship Inconstant, Goree, On the 18th of January, in the Africa, 15th March, 1804. evening, the British soldiers were My lord, embarked on board the French I beg leave to acquaint your squadron, until a cartel should be lordship with the recapture of the made ready for them. On the island of Goree ; and I have the 23d, the officers and soldiers went honour to inclose you the articles on board a sloop, which was sent of capitulation* as a cartel to Senegal, where a I have appointed captain Wil. larger vessel was preparing to carry linm Murray, the senior officer of them to England. I am sorry to the African corps, commandant of add, that notwithstanding the ar. Goree, until his majesty's pleasure ticles of capitulation, the inhabi. is known; and, as I had not any

* The substance of the articles of capitulation, agreed on between lieutenant Pick ford and citizen Montmayeur, l'rench resident commandant of the island, was, that the French should march out with the honours of war; that the French troops should have their baggage, arms, &c. and private property; and the whole to be sent to Senegal.

directions

directions relative to the cargo of brought-to with the convoy, and the Eagle storeship, I took the li- directed Mr. Charles Pickford, my berty to open the letter addressed first lieutenant, to proceed on shore to captain Fraser, from your lord- in the cutter, and, it he found it in ship, and have given it to captain the hands of the English, to make Murray, and ordered him to follow, the signal I established for that as close as possible, the directions purpose. At sun-set, not any sigcontained therein.

nal having been made, nor the apThe very ample supply of stores pearance

of the boat, I came to anand provisions this vessel appears chor with the convoy a little out of to have brought out, and the great gun-shot; and deerning it highly strength of the garrison at present, necessary to gain some information enable me to assure your lordship with respect to the situation of the of its perfect security.

garrison, I ordered, at ten o'clock Mr. Charles Pickford, my first p. m. three boats, manned and lieutenant, an intelligent and de-armed, under the direction of Mr. serving officer, and whom I beg Runciman, midshipman, to proceed leave to recommend to your lord into the harbour, and cut out any ship, will have the honour of pre- of the vessels he could find; which senting this letter. He will be able he did in a gallant manner, by to inform you very fully of every bringing out a ship under a heavy particular relative to Goree, and fire from the bacteries, which sunk its dependencies.

our cutter and wounded one man. I hope the arrangement I have From her I learned, that the French made will meet your lordship's ap- had been in possession of Goree probation. I have the honour to since the 18th of January, and that be, &c.

they had three hundred white and E. S. Dickson. black troops in the garrison.

On the 8th instant, at day-light, Admirally-office, April 24, 1801.

I weighed and stood to the westCopy of a letter from captain Ed. ward of the island, to prevent any

ward Sterling Dickson, com- succours being thrown in by sea mander of his majesty's ship the from Senegal; and on the evening Inconstant, to William Marsden, of the same day, being determined esq. dated at Goree, March 15. to attack it, having ordered scalingSir,

ladders to be made for that pur. I have the honour to acquaint pose, at nine p. m. anchored, and you, for the information of my ordered all the boats of the convoy lords commissioners of the admin to be sent on board the Inconralty, of the arrival of his majesty's stant; and after embarking as ship under my command, and the many troops as they could posvessels named in the margin*, off sibly stow, I found they would not Goree, on the morning of the 7th carry a sufficient number to proof March; but conceiving it possi- mise success : I therefore postponed ble that it might be in the posses, the attack until the arrival of one sion of the enemy, although Eng- of our convoy, which was in siglit, lish colours were hoisted on the ci- standing into the bay, as her three tadel, and sentinels clothed in red boats could carry from thirty to placed on the different batteries, I forty more men. At day-ligat in • Eagle storeship, Hamilton, Venus, Jenny.

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WEST-INDIA CONVOY.

the morning of the 9th instant, we

MAY. were agreeably surprised by seeing the English colours hoisted over the French; and shortly after I received information from lieutenant Pick- Extract of a letter from an officer ford, that the garrison had ca

of his majesty's ship Carysfort, pitulated with him. I instantly

dated off Oporto, April 2, 1804. stood into the harbour with the “ His majesty's ships Apollo convoy, anchored, and disem- and Carysfort sailed from Cork barked the troops. Conceiving it the 26th ult. with a convoy of 67 of importance that his majesty's sail for the West Indies ; to which ministers should be made acquaint- destination the former ship was die ed as soon as possible with the re rected to escort them, and he lat capture of this island, I have pur- ter to a certain latitude. chased a small brig, and sent my “ A gale of wind took place on first lieutenant, Mr. Charles Pick- the night we left Cork, and conti, ford, an intelligent and deserving nued during the ensuing day; the officer, to England, who will have convoy was, however, kept snug the honour to present my di- and collected, and proceeded with spatches; and'I beg leave to recom a most promising appearance of a mend him in the strongest manner pleasant passage, until the very to their lordships' favour.

night of the unforeseen and utterI have appointed captain Wil. ly unexpected disaster; a disaster, liam Murray, serior oicer of the whose occurrences can only be asa troops, to be commandant of Goree, cribed to the setting of a current to till his majesty's pleasure is known, the eastward, which carried the and Mr. William Arnold, master's convoy into the longitude of Opormate, to be lieutenant of the Incon- to, wlien, by their reckoning (takstant, vice Pickford; and I hope it ing that of nine in ten ships comwill meet their lord ships'approba- posing it), they were more than tion. The moment I can get a

one hundred miles to the westward sufficient supply of water and pro- thereof; trusting to which reckonvisions landed, and put the island ing, a course was steered by the into a proper state of defence, I Apollo (the commodore), and the shall proceed and put their lord. majority of the convoy, calculated ships' orders into execution. I can. to clear Cape St. Vincent; but benot conclude, my letter without as. tween one and three this morning, suring their lordships, that the melancholy to relate the Apollo, greatest cordiality existed between and five-or-six-and-twenty of the the officers, seamen, and soldiers; convoy went on shore on and near and had an attack been found ne- Cape Mondego. Whether all the cessary, from the handsome man- ships are lost, and their crews have ner they volunteered their services, perished, I cannot inform you ; I am persuaded they would have but I trust the Almighty will have done honour to their country. In. rescued from the waves, and reciosed are the articles of capitula- stored to their families and friends, tion, and the account of the ord. the greater part, if not the whole, nance and military stores found in of the valuable lives, so unexpect, the garrison. I have the honourto be, edly, I believe I may say unprece, E. S. Dickson. dentedly, shipwrecked.

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« The Carysfort having split her of captains Dixon and Fanshaw, in main and fore top-sails about mid- keeping their convoy together : and night, in a most violent squall, and the promptitude and celerity wherethe wind soon after heading her with captain Fanshaw collected the three or four points, wore, in order scattered ships which were saved,

her head off shore, about two and proceeded with them towards o'clock in the morning; but, ob- the places of their destination, merits serving that the commodore and unqualified approbation; and will, body of the convoy were out of I am persuaded, receive from the sight, she again stood towards the owners and underwriters their most shore till about six o'clock; when, cordial and justly-due thanks.” perceiving several scattered ships under a press of sail, with their

10. Monday a court martial was heads to the northward, she again held on board the Iilustrious, in wore off shore, and about nine the Downs, on the Armourer beo'clock hailed one of the convoy, longing to the Leda frigate, for which with difficulty had cleared having thrust a red hot iron into the land, and reported seeing one the left side of a seaman belonging or two sail on shore. At eleven to the same ship, which pierced his o'clock, the Clarendon, of Bris. heart, and occasioned his death in tol, reported her having seen 26 about five minutes after he had resail on shore (mostly dismasted),

ceived his wound. The armourer is among which she feared was the condemned to be hanged at such commodore, the last certain sight time, and on board such ship, as of whom she had was about three the lords of the admiralty may in the morning, then burning false

think

proper.
fires, blue lights, and firing guns in
the direction the ships (at day.

Admiralty-office, May 22.
light) were seen on 'shore. She Copy of a letter from the right ho.
herself very nearly escaped ship- nourable lord Keith, K. B. ad.
wreck, having been actually among miral of the blue, &c. to Wil,
the breakers, when she most provi.

'liam Marsden, esq.

dated at dentially wore. The wind still Ramsgate, the 20th instant. continuing dead on shore, strong Sir, apprehensions were entertained, I herewith transmit, for the inthat, as it blew very hard, several formation of their lordships, a let. ships which escaped in the night ter which I have this day received must have been driven on shore in from commodore sir Sidney Smith, the course of the day: by carrying acquainting me that the enemy's all possible sail they however held Aotilla at Flushing had been pushtheir course, and, towards evening, ing out from that port on the 16th the wind most providentially shifted instant to form a junction with that to the northward; which enabled at Ostend ; and that the greatest the Carysfort to collect 38 sail, part of them had succeeded in wherewith she is now proceeding reaching the latter place, notwithto their place of destination. standing the vigorous measures that

“ I shall forbear making any were used by the commodore and comments on this most lamentable his squadron to resist their proevent, further than that nothing gress; a circumstance which is to çould exceed the zeal and attention be imputed only to the numerous 8

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