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   London Gazette (Newspaper) - April 2, 1762, London, Middlesex                                EXT R A ORDINARY. FRIDAY, April 2, 1762. Whithall) April2, 1762. 'Efterday Morning Capt. Ricaut, Aide de Camp to Major General Monckton, arrived here with the following Letter to the Earl of Egremont, one of His Majefty's Principal Secretaries of State, dated St. Peter's, Ifland of Martinico, February 27, 1762. My Lord, IHad the Honour of writing to your Loklfhip the gth Inftant-from Fort Royal; which went by my Aid de Camp Major Gates, .who failed from thence in His Majefty's Ship Nightingale, on the 10th In-ftant ; a Duplicate of that Letter I now inclofe. Juft ivhen I was about to embark for the Reduction of St. Peter's, two Deputies arrived at Fort Royal on the izth Inftant, offering Terms of Capitulation for the whole Ifland, on the Part of M. Le Vailbr Deiatouche, the Governor General, on the 13th. They received the Admiral's, and my An-fwers, to their Propofals, which they carried to St. Peter's; and on the 14th. returned with the Capitulation figned. In Confequence of which, I left Fort Royal the iqth^with the Grenadiers of the Army, and the 2d Brigade; and on the following Day took Poffeffion of this large and opulent Town, with all the Pods in the Neighbourhood. The Enemy marched.out about 320 Grenadiers, who are embarked, and will fail immediately for France. M. Le VafTor Deiatouche, the Governor General, M. Rouille, Lieutenant Governor, and the Staff Will fhortly follow. Inclofed I fend your Lordfhip a Copy of the Capitulation for the Ifland, which we humbly hope will meet with His Majefty's gracious Approbation Commodore Swanton is now off the Granades with a Squadron of Men of War ; and I purpofe fending immediately Brigadier General Walfh with the 5th Brigade, and the Corps of Light Infantry under Lieutenant Colonel Scott, in order to reduce that and the other Iflands. I have undoubted Intelligence, that the Number of Whrte Men in the Grenades do not exceed 500; and in the other Iflands not quite fo many. I fhould have proceeded upon this Service myfelf, had I not thought it of more Confequence for His Majefty's Service my remaining here at this critical Time, when, by what we can learn, a Rapture with Spain may be daily expected : And here I am alfo [ Price Six Pen�e. } at Hand to fettle many material Affairs relative to the Security of this Conqueft. Indeed, I have good Reafon to believe, that Brigadier Walfh will meet with very little Obftru&ioa in his Operations. However, fhould he not imme. diately fucceed, I fhall move that Way with a larger Force, and make no Doubt to compel them to a fpeedy Surrender. It was not my Intention to have fent Home an Exprefs until.I could have informed your Lordfhip of the Reduction of the other Iflands mentioned in His Majefty's Inftroctions.--But as. this Ifland is now compleatly reduced to His Majefty's Obedience, I was apprehenfive that a Delay, in fignifying' this in* terefting Event, might be attended with fome bad Confequence at this critical Juncture. I therefore fend this by my Aid de Camp Gapt. Ricaut, who can inform your Lordfhip of any Particulars you may defire to know ; and I beg Leave to recommend him to your Lordfhip's Countenance, as a very deferring and good Officer. As it was necefTary for His Majefty'3 Service, immediately to fill fome Civil Employments here, I have accordingly appointed proper Perfons to aft until His M jefty's Pleafure be known. Your Lordfhip has herewith a Return of the Artillery, and Warlike Stores, found in the Town, the Reduit, and the other different Polls. I have the Honour to be, &c. Rob. Msncktan. Articles of Capitulation. Tranjlation. Preliminary Article, A Sufpenfion of Arms fhall be agreed: upon for fifteen Days; at the Expiration of which the following Capitulation fhall take Place, if no Succour arrives. A^fwers. Preliminary Arlic/e. Twenty-fonr Hours will be allowed the General to accede to the Terms of&red, from the Time MeSrs de Bournan and Deiatouche fhall be fet cm. Shore at St. Peter's; and, if accepted of, the Troops of His Britannick Majefty fhall be immediately put in PofTeffion of fuch Forts and Pofts as His Britannick Majefty's General fhall think fit to cake. AftiJP   

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