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   Courier (Newspaper) - April 22, 1809, London, Middlesex                                Ffice 6"; lourvbljsinl aiiil faithlitt� rfail), iUfKiitt,A(iril aiv ,        JAMKS DANililX. U.i�f3r� tuiiiiiiitice will ni��et at the Kiu^'s Head , Vimllf)t"" Aliiiidiiy Hext, lU twelve trdurk. ._____iLTOliS OF liAST I.VUlASfoCK. IIJE Vicaiicy ciccasioLcd in yonr Direction, aiiydfwIU-ilii'^ lliiU hr>iiouraI)ie ^iluati ackiiim infunnenti for llic encou- -IkaMrrceiveJ, aiid tOMilicit llic lioii remdved, they were set on fire, as was also rf/.tLiiJ fBriuiintel V wbaiu the ol^ett of my sunbi-   the 'roiinerre, a short time aftir by the e.icmy.        ; T,Mo^. ... ., ,.ave ..i.^lf ,     ^ afterwards tletached Rtar-Admiral .he Jfon. ' lloUiTt Sto|)ford in thcCiesar with the Theseu�,>i tbrct! addi'ional ii/e-ships (which were liastily pre. pared in the course of the dav), and all the boa's of the Uect, with Mr. Congreve's rockets, to con-^uct the further o|i6ration3 of the night against any of tfie ships which lay ex|iosed to an attack. Oil the inorniuA of the I3ili, the Ilear-Adminil repotted tome, that as the C^>ar and otiser line of battle ships had grounded, and were in a dan-jcrotis situation, he thought it adviseahle to order them ali out, particularly as (he retnuining part of the service could be performed by frigates and small vessels only: and 1 was happy to find that they were extricated from their perilous situation. Captain Bligh has since informed ine, that it was found impracticable to destr .ythe three-decked iihip, and the others which were lying near the en> trauce of the Churante, as the former being the outer one, was protected by three lines of boats placed in advance from her. .'Ihis ship, and ali ihe oibers, except four of the line and a frigate, have now moved up the river Charante. If any further attempt to destroy them is practicable, I shall uot fail to use every means in my power t� accomplish it. I have great satisfaction in stating to their Lordships how inucli 1 feel obliged to the Z'-alous co. operation of Rear. Admiral Stopford, under whose arrangement the buats of the fleet were placed; and 1 must also express to their Lordships the" high sense 1 have of the assistance � received from the abilities and uiiremitled attenliim of Sir Harry Neale, Burt, the Captain of the Fleet, as well as of the animated exertion'; of the Captains, Officers, Seamen, and Marines under my command, antJ tlieir forwardness to volunteer upon any service that might be aHotted to thchi; partfcniarty the zeal and activity shewn by the Captains of the line-of'battle ships io preparing the Are-vessels. I cannot speak in sufficient terms of admiration and applause, of the vigorous and gallant attack made by Lord Cochrane upon the French line of battleships which were on shore, as well as of his judicious mannerof approaching them, and placing his sliii� in the position most advantageous to annoy the enemy, antl preserve his own ship, which conld not be exceeded by any feat uf valour hitiierlo achieved by the British navy. It is iVue tti Rear.Adiniral Stopford, and Sir Harry Neale, that I shauld here take the opportunity of acquainting their L Jrdshijis of the handsome and earnest: manner in which both these meritorious oflicers hnd volnnteerid their strvices before the ariival tifLord Cochrane to undertake an attack upon the enemy with fire-ships; and that bad not their Lordships fixed upon him to conduct the enterprize, I have full conlidvnee that the re-suit of their etl'orls would have been highly creditable tu iheni, 1 should feel that I did not do justice to the sor-Tices of Captain frodfrcd of the iE'na, in bombarding the enemy's ships on Ihe I2ih, and nearly all the day of the 13'h, if I did not recommend htm to their Lordsh ps' notice; and I cannot omit omn GjSiL'rrE EXmAORDiNAnr. Sr Hurry Nrale, Bart. First Captain to Admi-Latd.Gaubier, Cuuunander in Chief of- his -jjrsiyii sbipj auU vessels employed in the Chan. LiouDdiogiy'&e. arrived here this morning, with   his Majesty and ioiluu lias becii strongly marked �i the success bbeen pleased to give tu the operations uf Mijetty's fleet under my cutnniaiid ; and I have Itdsfacli^D to acquaint you, fur the iufurma. of Ihe Lords Cuinmissipiiers uf the Admiralty, _ tie four ships of the eaemy imined in the mar-S* hTe been destroyed at their anchorage, and Hnl others, from getijng onshore, if not ren-d altogether unserviceable, are at least disabled UOtt^iderable lime. kjarrangumenls of the fire vessels placed under Jlnclion of Captain the Right Hon. Lord ynsr, nere made as fully as the state -of the w would admrl, according to Iris Lordshlf^^s _ t*" Ihe evening of the Ilth inst. and at eight H^k on the ^ante night they proceeded to the ^--...-�.,, powder and shells, as proposed [ki>Lordship, with a view to explosion), apd 00 ia thh must undanntcd aiKVdetermined man- , W Capt. Wooldridge, in the Mediater fire- I !i lie ittcrs following in, sui;cession ; butoW-(o the darkness of the uigbt, several mistook 'Wursc and failed. . I'Btkeir approach to the eoetny's ships, it was i�ered that a boom was placed iti front of their ["adefence.  This, however, the weight of "Mediator soon broke, and the usual intrepidity bravery of British seamen overcame ajl dilHcnU Adtanring under a heavy fire from the forts slslc of Aii,as well as from the t-nemy's ships, of which cm or alipt iheit cables, and from e6aiinrd--aHchnTage, got on shore, and thus taking fire. �^'tliy.Kghi the following morning, Lnrd Coch--� ecouimunieated to me by telegraph, ihateeven ^enemy'j skips were on shore, and eajght ^troynL   1 hnmediately matle the signil for I his rockets would be useful ; some of them were I placed iu the fircships with eHcet, and I have eve. ' ry reason.to bo satisfied with the artillerymen and other&wbu hail the management uf them, under Mr. Congreve's direction. I senjl herewith a return of killed, wounded, and missing of the fleet, which, I am happy to observe. Is comparatively small. I have uot yet received the returns of (he number of prisoners taken, but 1 conceive they amount to between 4 and 500. I have charged Sir Harry Noalo with this dispatch (by the Imperieuse), and 1 beg leav>- to refer their Lordships to him, as also to l^ord Coehrane, for any further paiiiculars of wliich they may wish to be informed. I have the honour to be, kc. (Signed) GAMDirn. ApttiL 15.-(P. S )-This mornin;? (hrte of ihc L.n rromine ;>or>nwaru, anu      ; Jis^ar.iling her.   As the tides will take rendered .ttoo hazardous o run | j,, ^ j '           there is every probabili.y that �om4.s shallow water)   1/\ere. - J^j^.^^^ n, a the distance of about three ^              for-going I have learnt, that son the i :i^^'''i^^^ ^^^-^^^    ' + ��ili!oi^ aoi Call:c�it, yj sua- lilt .u.-'gi'ing - the  Hon.  j;ieutenant.C..lonel   Coehnme (Lord Ciichrane's liroih.r), nnd Lipnt^-n^int Bissett,  of ^ "T'lmirt^liiahlr. Aiile. J:,.iier.-il.j, t .'Z,, iV-:iple, .+itin'! bomb, tn-olor.i gun-bris, Courtict, Hiucnriur, ttrvent, anj : t!ri>� icr. THE ATTACK UN TBE llTU APlUt 1809. L'Ocean, 120 guns. Vice-Admiral Allenuuide, Capt. Rd. Imid.-ftepaired in 180G ; onshore iinderFouras. Foudniyarit, 80 ^uai, Rear-Adifliral (."oMrdoD, tajit. Henri. I ive j^eais old ; on shore under Kounis. CuUiird, 74 gaiis. Capt. Faure, Cuuiinodore.-Three jeari oil!; oil ahnre Uiijer KoUios Tomvillc, Mguite, Capt. LaCaille.-Old; onshore in the Itiver. Regiilus, 71 Runs, Capt. Lucas.--Five years old; en sbor* uiiikr .Madame:, Pairiolc, 7tguiW, G.Tpl. Mabee-Repaired in 1803. Jeniappe, 74 guns, Capt. Fauv;iu.-On shure intdcr AI.idamp. Toinitrrc, 74 guib, l.;ipt. Cleaietit de la Iloucicr..-.Nine in.iiiths old, never ai sea. Aquiion, ;i gaiiis, Ciipt. .Mainton.-Old. Viile de Varsovie, it) gmii, Capt. CuviUicr-New, never at sea. Calcutta, oopuns, Capt. La Tonic.-^Loatied with flour and miiiiary stores. FKIGATES. Indienne, Capt. Pr�tcau.-^ujihure near Lie d'Ij;ct, on her boam .'ndn. ' ' l-.lbe, Capt. Perennrr. Pallas, Capt. Le Bigot. Jlorleii.k; Joi-n Cooper, marine, contusion of head and arm f Jamns Hughes, corporal of marines, contusion of back ; John Ward, marine, contusion of aim. AIculATOu.-JanjesSr-gjesiSgiinner.killed; Jamci K'ool-jlffduei caplaiiijvervniuch bunu; ZSuholas l.'rcut Clements, lieutenant, sugtuty'burnt; Jaiflvt i'c.-irl, Iteulcuanti tuuu ; A n out of the Mediator after she iinssfl on lije. tJiDRALTAN.-John Conyers, Master's Mate, very badly scorcheil in the fareai]d hands. Total-r-Tno OiBccrs, eight Men. kilied ; nine Officers, 26 Men, wounded ; one Man missing-Total 4u. C.AMBIER. Received since the above was w rilien. Rc ir:i.�.-.lam''8 Sutherland, seaman, wnnmled. /tT.va--Richard W. Char.  the worldj those brave men who have deserved well of their Country, and whose names I will ever carry in tny hedrt. " There remains one consideration, whiih I inust piit you in mind of: the soldier is only formidable to the enemy in arms; ^.ivU virtues must not be strangers to him": otlt of the'ficid battle, towards the Unarmed citizen and peasant, he is moderate, cqqi passion ate, aiid bpmaoe: hi knows the evils of war, and strives to ligbtea them. I will pnnish every wanton excess with so much greater severi/y, as it is *not thb intention of our Monarch to oppress ncigbbeur-ing countries, but to deliver them froin their oppressors, and to form with their Trinces a powerful bond in order to bring about a lasting peace, and to maintain thegcnerai welfare and security. Soon will foreign Iroop*, in strict union with us, attack the common enemy. Then, brava companions in arms I honour and support theraaS your brothers; not by vain-glorious high words but manly deeds do honour to the warrior; by intre* pidity before the enemy yuu must shew yourselves to be the first soldiers. " Thus then shall I one day lead you back to your country, followed by the respect of the enemy, and by the gratitude of Foreign Nation?, after having secured by your arms an honourable Peace, when (be satisfaction of oiir iMona:cli, llio approbation of the World, the rewards of valour, the blessings of your Fellow-Citizens, and i!ic consciousness of deserved repose, await you. Cii.itiLfs, Arehduke, Generalissimo." Vienna, April 6. lvferiTlI^'arlTament. HOUSU OF LOR7)SrFniD*v, ArRiu 2'-COiNOUCT OF Till-: W.\K l.N PORTUGAL AND Sl'Al.N. The Order of the Day being read, Lord GREY rose, pursuant to iiolicc, to bring forward his motion respecting the maniur in which the operations of the British forces in Spain and Portjjgal had been conducted, and respecting the iii.Huciice wiiicii ilif. coixJuot of hie M;ij,-sty'i Ministers had ujon the result of these operations.- His Lordship felt that lie had und rt.ikiri an arduous and painful task ; a task which he much wished had been un>lertaken by some Noble Lord, more atlequatc to ihe perfoimance of it.   lie had to collect his malerials from (he pajiers and documents en the table, which were voluminous and confused ; confusid,   indeed, to  a degree that would warrant a suspicion that they were rather meant to cast obscurity than lij^fit upon the ijb-ject.   They were clear enough, liowever, to un. fold a series of events, and asceiie of disaster and tlisiress, which it was impossible, in some instances, sufficiently to censure, in others, sulUcieiilly to dei)lorc.   Those transactions, and the n.iture that characlerised them, he had taken upon himself to lay before their Lordships, and he had to solicit no usual degree of their indulgence while he endea-vourcd (odiscJiarge ixiluty which h.; was sensible he owed to that House and to his counlry.    Their Lordships would, no doubt, r^collecr ihe irapre?-giow made upon this country by tl.e first intelligence that arrived of tlie resolutions lak i� and acted upon by the Spanish na'ioii. tu resist tne invasion of their country', and the usurpaiinu of the Spaiii-ih throne,   an   invasion   and   ii-iurpation, marked i:i an unexampled degree by fraiul, violence, and injustice.    We hailed as a most auspicious omen, and as a kindred s.niiineiit, the l! imp of patriotism (hat appeared to burst forth ihrongh all rauks of the Spanisli people.   All the generous sympathies of the human luart were awakened at the prospect.    Onr love of liberty,  our hatred of oppn'Ision, our detestation of tyranny, the tbousht that wc were going lo see fought on the plains of Spain the baltks of England ; .tlie fijrecast that the dani�ers anU difficulties with whicli the Patriots of Spain had to stmggie, might be brought home 10 onr own dotiustic iiearilis.   Every tuing combined to excite throughout this country the most lively interest in (his nubleand virtunas cause. Ac-gordingly there w-is nothing whics Spain coud calf lor, and which our resouic. s conldsupply, (hit was not granted with the utmost ai.icrity.   E�e/y t.'iing that conld pnimnte the success of Spain wasjilaceil at the disposal oj Ministers. Tlicir measures v� en- left without controiil; ih. ir means wiiliDUt Luiii. The.'-e tiiey adopted and employed under tie s^nse of ti e severe resjionsibiliiy they niu-st impose.   Bat (i.e dny was now come w|-a:u that Iloose was bout d lo ask whal were ihefitiiis of ull tliese advan a^jej? Their Lortlships   had imw to  iiKiuire,'^ whether what had been so liberally giai.ttJ, had  been a
                            

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