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Veere Gat, and the plan of running as pose was happily and early accomplished, once up the West Scheldc by the Weeling though the troops were carried a great way Channel seemed abandoned, the object of in schuyts and boats; and this division was destroying the Cadsand batteries ceased, and landed near Ter Goes, from whence they a landing there would only have been an swept all the batteries in the island that unnecessary risk, and a very inconvenient could impede the progress of our ships up separation of our force, and, of course, ceca- the West Scheldt, and possessed themselves sion great delay in collecting it for ulterior on the 2d of August of the important post operations. It must not, however, be for- of Batz, to which it had been promised gutten, that the difficulties here turned out the army should at once have been brought to be much greater than had been at all up. foreseen before we sailed. In ihe first place, Sir John Hipe remained in possession of the beach was so exposed, that in blowing this post, though not without Leing twice weather it was found impossible to land; and attacked by the enemy's fotilla, for nine from what cause I know not, the marquis of dys before any of the gun-buats under capt.
Jluntly's division could not be taken up, in sir Home Popbam were moved up the the first instance, high enough to attack the Scheldt to his support Breskens battery, the only one, from its But it will be recollected, that both these situation, of much importance. In addition operations tended directly to forward the orito this, the enemy, who had been repre- ginal purpose of a rapid progress up the sented by all the incelligence communicated Scheldt ; the former by opening the Cadsand to me to be very weak, almost actually withe Channel, could the landing of lord Huntout troups in that quarter, appeared to be well ly's division have been effected; the secord, prepared, and in considerable force. Under by covering the progress of our feet along these circumstances, according to lord the coast of South Beveland, while the dis Huntly's report, cominodore Owen appears vision under sir John Hope was at the same to have experienced great disappointment in time so far advanced towards the destination not having the support of lord Gardner's feet at which the rest of the armament was to be and of his boats: but his lordship, as I be- assembled. lieve, could never enter the Weeling Chan. It will now only be necessary for me to nel at all; nor indeed was I ever acquainted bring hefore your majesty the dates at which with what instructions were given to him on the several parts of the armament were enithis head.
bled, according to the arrangement of s'r When it was found that lord Huntly's Richard Strachan, to pursue their progress division could neither land nor proceed by up the Scheldt. In this place, however, it the Weeling Passage up the Scheldt, as I had may be proper that I should previously advert intended they should, it was determined to to the grounds on which the 3d division, withdraw them; but from the boisterous under lieutenant general Grosvenor, as well state of the weather, it was some days before as the two light battalions of the King's this could be effected. As soon as it was German Legion (composing part of the force accomplished, they were passed over to detained in the first instance to proceed South Beveland.
against Antwerp), were landed at Walcheren, With respect to sir John Hope's operation, and employed before Flushing. it was more prosperous. The object of it Your majesty will be pleased to recollect, was this: In the original arrangement for that the troops which sailed from Portsmoutli, carrying the army at once up the West under lieutenant-general sir Eyre Coote, Scheldi, sir John Hope's division was includ- were destined for the service of Walcheren, ed; but just before we sailed, the admiral and had been considered as sufficient for that reccived intelligence that the French fleet object, according to the intelligente received, was come down abreast of Flushing, and and the supposed strength of the enemy ; seemed to threaten to oppose our passage up though, at the same tinie, certainly relying, the Scheldt.
for the first efforts against Flushing, on the I this view, it was conceived that, by promised co-operation of the navy, and on landing on the south side of South Beveland, their establishing, as was held out, in the the island might be possessed, and all the first instance, a naval blockade, except on batteries taken in reverse, and thereby the the side of Veer and Rammekins. L'ntortuposition of the French fleet, if they ventured nately, however, this did not take place, to remain near Flushing, would be, as it and for several nights after the army was were, turned, and their retreat rendered before Flushing, the enemy succeeded in more difficult, while the attack on them by throwing from the opposite coast, probably our ships would have been much facilitated; from the canal of Glient, considerable reinand, for this object, the division of sir Jolin forcements into the place, which enabled Hoge rather foreceded, in sailing from the him constantly to annoy our out posts and Downs, the rest of the fiect.
working parties, and finally to attempt a The navigation of the East Scheldt was sally in force, though, happily, from the found most oifficult; buc by the skill and valour of your majesty's troops, williout sucperseverance o: sis Richard Keats, this pur- cess. This proving very harassing, pasticu.
larly from the great difficulty of communica- gust at furthest, and that the frigares and
I have already stated that Rammekins store ships passed through from the 22d to surrendered on the evening of che 3d of the 23d, and arrived at their destination off August.
Batz on the 24th and 25th; the transports Immediately upon this event, feeling as for lieutenant general Grosvenor's division I did great uneasiness at the delay which only came up to receive them on the 19th, had already taken place, and at the depar. on which day they embarked ; and those for ture from the original plan, I wrote a letter major general Graham's division on the 20th to the admiral, then at Ter Veere, expressing and 21st; and they arrived off' Batz on the my hope that the ships would ow be able 241h. The corps of brigadier general Rottento enter the West Scheidt by the Sloe Pas- hurgh, and the light battalions of the German sage, and that no time should be lost in Legion, preceded to join the earl of Rosslyn's pressing forward as speedily as possible our division in South Beveland. further operations; and I requested, at the From this statement, your majesty will same time, that he would communicate to see that notwithstanding every effort on my me the extent of naval co-operation he could part with the admiral, the armament was not afford, as well for the future blockade of assembled at the point of its destination til! Flushing, as with a view to protecting the the 25th, and of course that the means of coasts of South Beveland, and watching the commencing operations sooner against Anpassa es from the Meuse to the East Scheldt, twerp were never in my power. as this consideration would govern very much It'now became at this advanced period, my the extent of force I must leave in South duty to consider very seriously the expediency Beveland, when the army advanced. To of landing the army on the continent. On this letter be did not reply fully till the 8th comparing all the intelligence obtained as to of August; but I had a note from him on the the strength of the enemy, it appeared to be 5th, assuring me the transports should be such as to leave (as stated in my dispatch of brought forward without delay; and I had the 29th of August) no reasonable prospect also a very long conversation with him on of the force under my command, after accomthe morning of the 6th, on the arrangements plishing the preliminary operations of reducing to be taken for our further operations, when Fort Lilio as well as Liefkensnoeck, on the I urged, in the stongest manner, the neces. opposite side of Autwerp, without the pos. sity of not losing a moment in bringing up session of which the destruction of the ships the cavalry and ordnance ships, transports, and arsenals of the enemy could not be effectstore-ships, victuallers, &c. in order tha: ed; and in addition to this, the sickness the armament might proceed without delay which had begun to attack the army about to its destination; and I added my hopes, the 20th, and which was hourly increasing that they would receive the protection of to an alarming extent, created the most serithe ships of wor, none of which had yet ous apprehensions in the minds of the medical entered the West Scheldt.
men, as to its further progress, at that unTo all this, and to the several arrange healthy season, and which fatal experience ments explained to him in detail, be fully has since shown to have been but to well assented.
founded. In his reply to my letter of the 4th, on Your rrajesty will not be surprised if, the 8th of August, he acquaints me, that under these circumstances, I paused in reseveral of the smaller vessels of different quiring the admirai to put the army, on descriptions bad passed through the intricate sharb. ht - landing might have been passa e us the Sloe, and that he had ordered madşa and that any force that had been opthe frigues to pass up the West Scheldt, tu posed to us in the field would have yielded be followed by the line of battle slips; and to the superior valour oi British troops, I he gave hopes that he should be able to go up' have no doubt; but then, any such success the river with the flotilla on the 10th of Au could have been of no avail towards the at.
tainment of the ultimate object, and there the earl of Chatham to correct the same, his was still less chance that the enemy would majesty returned it to him. The report, as have given us the opportunity. Secure in altereci, was again tendered to his majesty by his fortresses, he had a surer game to play; the earl of Chatham on the 14th of February, for if ever the army, divided as it must ne- when his majesty directed it to be delivered cessarily have been in order to occupy both to the secretary of state. In consequence of banks of the river, exposed to the effects of these circumstances becoming known the inundation on every side, and with all its House of Commons have passed a resolution communications liable to be cut off, while declaring, that they saw with regret that any the force of the enemy was daily and hourly sucn cummunication as the narrative of lord increasing, had once sat down before An Chatham should have been made to his majesty twerp, it is unnecessary for me to point out without any knowledge of the other ministers; to your majesty how critical must in a short that such conduct is highly reprehensible, and time have been their situation. But when, deserves the censure of the House" The auded to this, sickness to an alarming ex efect of this has been, that lord Chatham tent had begun to spread itself among the has resigned all the offices and appointments troops, and the certain and fatal progress of that he held, and is of course no longer a which, at that season, was hut too well as- minister. certained, it appeared to me that all further St Richard Strachan, has, in reply, presented advance could only tend to commit irretrieva- a report to the Admiralty; and in the letter bly the safety of the army which your ma- which served for the transmission of il, he
jesty had confided to me, and which every observes: “ feeling pericctly conscious that principle of military duty as well as the every exertion had been made by me in fordirect tenor of my instructions alike for warding the olijects of the expedition, and that bade.
no blame could be justly imputed to myself In this state of things, I considered that or the navy, I could not possibly suspect that there was left me no alternative, but to pur. lord Chatham, to the irregularity of presentsue the course I have already stated, for your ing immediately to his majesty such a paper majesty's information, in my dispatch of the as that which I have rece ved, had added the 29th of August; and that conduct I now impropriety (to use no stronger term) of enmust humbly, but at the same time with per- deavouring to exculpate himself by private fect confidence, submit to your majesty's insinuations against the conduct of others; judgment.
but to assume the privilege of conveying priI shall here close this report ; which has, vate insinuations to the prejudice of others, I fear, already detained your majesty but too from whose knowledge they are studiously con: Jong; by observing, that wherever it has
cealed, must prove utterly destructive of all been necessary for me to advert to the disap- mutual confidence in joint operations of the pointments experienced, through the arrange. army and navy. Their lordships will now ments of the admiral, in the naval co opera- to be able judge whether there is any foundation i had been taught to expect, I have con- tion for the imputations, that the delays orifined myself to stating the facts; abstaining, ginated with myself, or with any others in the as it became me, irom all comment, and naval service; or whether, during my com. leaving it to the admiral, in such report as mand on the late expedition, any proceeding he may make of his proceedings, to bring on my part has in any respect justified the line under your majesty's view the circumstances of conduct which lord Chatham has thought which may have occasioned them, and, above fit to adopt towards me” all, to account for the difficulties which pre- The narrative itself contains many pointed ven'ed the investment of Flushing (a point observations, general charges of inaccuracy, never even doubted of before) as well as to and a refutation of the insinuations both show the obstacles which presented them against the gallant admiral and the navy, conselves to the early progress of the armament tained in his lordship's statement.
In one up the West Scheldt, which operation I had part sir Richard says: When lord Chatham always looked upon as the primary object of contends in his sta:ementthat the second point, bis instructins, and on the accomplishment namely, 'why the army was not brought up of which our best hopes of success, in any of sooner to the destination from whence all its the ulterior objects of the expedition princi. operations were to commence, is purely a naval pally, if not wholly, depended.
consideration,' his position is certainly true in (Signed) CHATHAM, Lieut. Gen. words, but as certainly incorrect in its implied [Presented to.b: King, Oct. 15, 1809. meaning." The gallant admiral totally de141b Feb. 1810.)
nies the assertion that an agreen ent was enThis narratire, as appears by the king's tered into for a simultaneous attack by sea and answer to an address from the House of Com
land upon Flushing, for the purpose of avoidmons, was originally presented to his majesty ing the delay of a segular sieze: it was imon the 15111 of January, with a request that possible, he says, for such an agreement to his majesty would not communicate it for the have been made; as under the well ascertainpresent. On the 10th of February, in con- ed circumstances of the garrison, it was too sequence of a wish having been expressed by desperate an enterprize to be entertained. Sir
Richard observes: To imputé to me or to the with which you have been pleased to honor navy, under the name of delay, the loss of me upon this occasion.” time which was passed by me in constant so- An account of the total extraordinary ex. licitude, and by the men in unremitting toil, pense, so far as the same can be made up, of is not what I should have expected from lord the lite expedition to the Schelde, distinChatham.” He concludes with saying. "Con guishing the charge incurred by the occupacerning lord Chatham's opinions I have now tion of the island of Walcheren, after the re. ceased to be solicitous, but I am, and eyer shall turn of the troops from South Beveland, and be, sincerely anxious that your lordships the other posicions on the Schelde : should not see cause to regret the confidence
incurred by che occupa
tion of the island
Total extraordina' of Walcheren,
expence of the after the return,
In the army estimates for the year 1810, land for 1808, is 579,7431. which exceed. the amount of the land forces, including that of 1800 by 237,7071. various miscellaneous services, is 207,089. The quantity of foreign corn and Aour im. Regiments in the East Indies, 30,547. Truops ported into Great Britain from the 10th of and companies for recruiting ditto, 509. Em. October 1809, co the 5th of January followbodied militia, 109,371. Foreign corps, ing, is 217,546 quarters of grain, and 72,755 28,953: making a total of 378,381; trom which, cwt. of meal and flour. if there be deducted 30,547, the amount of The aggregate quantity of corn and Alpur the regiments in the East Indies, there will imported into Great Britain in 1809, is remain a force of 340,833 to be provised for. 1,432,758 quarters of the former, and 565,938 Of these the expence of the portion for Eng. cwt. of the latter ; of which were imported
land is 12,223,2161. 1s. Id. ; and for Ire. from Ireland, 853,556 quarters of corn, and Jaud 3,063,8841. 3s. 8d. making a total 74,993 cwt, or flour; and rom all other coun. of 15,287,1001. 55. 4d.
tries 629,292 quarters of the former, and The amount of the assessed taxes in Scot, 490,943 cwt. of the latter.
INCIDENTS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS, IN AND NEAR LONDON:
With Biographical Memoirs of distinguished Characters recently deceased, AT a Court of Common Council held on Wed the house of Mr. Noyes, sadler, in Duke
nesday, March 11th, the committee of city street, Aldgate, which was first discovered by lands presented a report and plans for the the watchman going his rounds, and on his removal of Smithfield market, A long de giving the alarm, Mrs. Noyes, who slepi in bale took place, and on a division there wer The third story, with difficulty escaped to the for the semoval 79, agiinst it 76; so that it top of the house, and from thence into a was carried to remove the market to a field window of the next house ; but a servantbetween Sadler's Welis and Islington; a maid who was following her, and a child, the change on which the inhabitants of the me- grand-daughter of Mr. Noyes, were both entropolis may be congratulated.
gulphed in the fiames, and perished. On Tuesday, March 13th, at half-past one The same morning, at three o'clock, a fire o'clock in thic mcmning, a fire broke out in broke out at a tallow.chandler's shop, in
Holles-street, Clare-market, which raged In Argyle-street, Caleb Whitefiord, esg. with such violence, that in an hour the whole This gentleman, born at Edinburgh in the of the premises, together with an adjoining year 1731, was the only son of colonel Charles house, were destroyed. The inhabitants had Whitefoord, third son of sir Adam Whiteno time to save any of their cítectw, and three foord, barr. in the shire of Ayr in North Bri. persons lost their lives. The bodies of an tain. [turber particulars will be given in our elderly man and his wife have been dug out next.] of the ruins: ano' her person, an inmate in In the Edgeware roal, Mrs. Elmi Kint, the house in whicn the fire broke out, is still wife of captain William K. of the royal missing, supposed to have perished. The navy. second floor of the tallow-chandler's house In Islington-road, Mrs. Sbell, 83. was inhabited by a widow and her daughter, In Hornsey-lane, Highgate, Mrs. Perton, in a sickly s'ate, who was removed with relict of Georg. P. esq 74. great difficully, and died in a few minutes At Biackheath, James Moore, esq. 75. after leaving the house, in her mother's At Camden Town, Mrs. Byam, wite of Ed.
ward B. esq. president of his majesty's counMARRIED.
cil, Antigua. At Putney, John Pooley Kensington, esq. In John-street, Bedford-row, John Roberts, banker, of Lombard street, 1o Anne, eldest esq. many years one of the directors of the daughter of the late Rev. Edmund Rawlins, East India Company, 71. of Porbill's huse, Warwickshire, and rector 19 Cleveland-street, St. James's, the Hon. of Dorsington, Glocestershire.
Mrs. Elost, wife of the Hon, William E. and At St. Martin's, the Rev. Randolph Knipe, eldes: daughter of sir William A'Court, bart. to Harriot, third daughter of the late Thomas She was married about a year ago, and died in Willard, esq. of East Bourne.
child-birth. Mr. Fleming Cooke, youngest son of the Jobu Lynch, esq. barrister of the Middle Jate William C. esq. one of the Directors of Temple, 33. He was author of several useful the Bank of England, to Catharine, second and i genious publications, as well as poetic daughter of Robert Burchall, esq. of Wal- effusions; and though many have been so well thamstow.
received by the public as to call for repeated At St. George's, Hanover-square, E. Ver. editions, he would nevis willingly, even to non, esq. of Dee Bank, Cheshire, to the bis most intimate friends, avow himself to youngest daughter of the Rev. J. Morrice, of be the author of them. Flower, Northamptonshire.
In King-street, Gloucester place, Mis. Slaa At St. James's, Mr. P. F. Dollman, ofter, relict of Gill S. esq. 74. Craven-street, to Jane, eldest daughter of In Charles-street, Si. James's-square, Joha Francis Dollman, esq. of Gower-street Twycross, esq of Bath, son of the late Alder. George Wilson, esq. of Saville-row, to Anna, man T. of Warwick. eldest daughter of the late sir John Taylor, In Blandford-street, Lieutenant-colonel Adam bart.
Howden, of the East India Company's service. At Greenwichs, H. Munn, esq. of the Ma- The Rev. Neville Stow, one of the fellows dras establishment, to Miss Hood, third of Dulwich College, and formerly of Trimty daughter of William H. esq of Blackheath. College, Cambridge, B.A. 1739, M.A. 1760,
At Mary-le-bone, Edward Darell, esq. aged 75. eldest son of Henry D. esq. of Cale Hill, Ezekiel Delight, esq. eldest son of the late Kent, tu Mary Ann, only daughter of the Ezekiel D esq. of Norwich. late Thomas Bullock, esq --Henry Duke In Hatton Garden, James Maze, esq. Loftus, esq. to Miss Loftus, daughter of Lieut. Townley Ward, esq. of Henrietta-street, General L. Thomas Duffield, esq. fellow Covent Garden, and Monkey Island, Berks, of Merton College, Oxford, to Emily Frances, solicitor, and one of the oldest and most enionly child of George Elwes, esg.
nent practitioners in the profession, 67. He DIED
was the son of the Rev. Henry Ward, by jaIn Qucen street, Westininster, Jane, the net, his wife, one of the three daughters and wile of Gilbert Satton, esg. a lady whose co-heiresses of Henry Townley, late of Dutheart was fraught with benevolence, of the on-hall, in the county of Lancaster, esq. strictest integrity, and most honourable prin. Mr. Ward commencei business in Henrietticiples. Her loss is sincerely regretted by all street, in the year 1760, and his eminent who knew her; to her husband and infant abilities, aided by a persevering disposition daughter the blow is severely aficcive. and strong vind, acquired him that aistinction
In Hanover-street, Hanover-square, Loren. in his profession, which he main ained to his *9, youngest son o L. Stabie, esq.
last moments. In politics, he was a staunch in 6.der street North, Mrs. Harkin, wi- whig, and early in lite became a member of du4 0: George H. esq. of Hanstcad. Herts. the whis club, and a zealous supporter of the
in teachurch-street, Ambrose Wesion, esq. Cause; he took a very active part in Mr. 5).
Fox's first election for Westminster, and his At Hackney, David Powell, esq in the real was unabated when in conjunction with >h year or lus age.
Edmund Burke, esq. and other distin