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Pencantl, Aug. 28:b, 1799.
A rclation of Dr. W. Borlase, author of the Natural History of Cornwall, but a moch
nearer one of Captain W. Tremenhecre, of the Marines, is desirous of re&ifying an
error (perhaps of the press in your valuable publication, The Naval Chronicle, (vol. i.

page 474,) giving an account of Penzance. " Mr. Pennant informs us that the numbers (of pilchards) taken at one shooting of the nets is amazingly great. Dr. Borlase assured bim, that on the 5th O&ober, 1767, there were, at one time, enclosed in St. Ive's Bay, 7000 hogsheads, cacb bagsbead containint 35,000 fsóin all 245,000,000.”

The fact is, that a hogshead never contains more than 3,500 fish, seldom, indeed, so many ; the difference is therefore immense.

Yours, J.T. Page 263, line 21. Lieutenant Parkinson was promoted at the immediate request of the King of Naples. This spirited officer was Lieutenant of the Vanguard, in the adion off the Nile. Captain Parkinson was brought up in the school of Lord Hood; he was Licutenant cf the Dido in hcr action with the Minerva, in 1793.

A friend to the Naval Chronicle begs leave to correct an error in the account of the oficers employed in the destruction of the arsenal at Toulont; which is, that Captain Richard Gambier Middleton, who now commands in the Mediterranean, was not the officer who was on board the Britannia at that time. The gentleman there mentioned was Lieutenant Thomas Middleton, which said Thomas died about two years ago in Yarmouth Roads, nominal Commander of his Majesty's Ship Comet ; yet to the great loss of his widow and family, she is informed he was not confirined.

We are informed from respectable authority, that Mr. Coleridge is the author of the Rime of the Antyent Marinere (pages 328. 418.) and of many of the poems in the LTRICAL BALLADS.

Page 341. Dimensions of his Majesty's Ship Canopus, add, Names of officers on board, when she arrived at Plymouth.

Captain-Bartholomew James, at present on half pay.
Lieutenants-James Molineux, advanced to the rank of Commander.
Joseph White, wounded in the Artion of the Nile, ty a splinter, wbicb woord

still continues painfully unbealed.
Joseph Marett.
Thomas Consitt.
John Hall.
John Campbell, Purser, Admiral Nelson's Secretary.

Marine Officer, Lieutenant T. Weaver. MR. EDITOR, In your Biographical Memoir of Lord Hugh Seymour, the following is omitted : “ When the pursuit and action with Admiral Langara's Squadron began, Lord Hugh was left with The Convoy. Two Spanish Ships of the line hove in sight, which had been separated, some days previous to the action, from the Spanish Squadron. Lord Hugh immediately hailed two large Indiamen (store-ships', and ordered them to draw into a line; to sail towards the enemy, and make false signals. His Lordship continued his course with the convos-the two Spanish nien of war taking the Indiamen for Ships of The Line, tacked, and made wil from them to the westward : by this manæuvre Lord Hugh saved the convoy; the garrisoa of Gibraltar was at this time in the utmost distress for the provisions that were on board."

In answer to an old Lieutenant, we add, that a new edition of Mickle's Lusiad, the Epic Poem of Camocns, has been published during the present year, in two volumes, 8vo.

To Sir Sydney Smith's letter, giving an account of the SIEGE OF ACRE, add the following return of the principal officers serving in and attached to his Majesty's Ship Tigre, June 30,1999

Captain - Sir Sydney Smith, K. S.
Lieutenants- Canes, promoted to bis Majesty's Slip Theseus.

France, ditto, ditto Alliance.
Mounir, exchanged into the Alliance.
Rushby, prisoner, taken in the Foudre.

Wright, crounded in storming ibe mines of Buonaparte, sent into sick quarters at Berezi. Chaplain, Lloyd. Master, Iver. - Purser, Penny: --Surgeon, Collins. - Gurnet Stuard. Bortsavain, Erand- Carpenter, Bray, absent in Jerome feating battery. Secretary, Keith- Clerk, Jones, convalescent.

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