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   London Gazette (Newspaper) - October 9, 1762, London, Middlesex                                pu&l&fcrt bp aui&ojfr?. Frfcm ^atarca? October 9, to CittCOag Odtober 12, 1762. Whitehall, Otiaber 12. THIS Morning arrived Capt. Campbell, of the 2zd Regiment, from St. John's Newfoundland, being difpatched by Lieutenant Colonel Amherft with the following Letter to the J�arJ of Egremonr. St. John's Newfoundland, September ZO> J 762. My Lard, w ACCORDING to the Orders I received from Sir Jeffery .Amherft at IN ew York, of which yuui Lotijlaip will have been informed, I proceeded from Ne*v York to Halifax with the Tranfports, to take up there the Troops deftined for the Expedition. I got into cue Harbour tne 26th of Auguft; and finding Lord Colvill failed, determined to embark the Ti oops there, and at Louisbourg, as expediuoufly as polfii'le, and proceed after his Lordfhip. j The Men 01 vVar being fajjed, who were to have taken Pari of the Troops on. board, I,was. obliged to take up chipping to the Amount of 400 Tons. I hud every Thing embarked, ready to fail the 29th, but contrary Winds kept us in the Harbour till the lit of September, when we got out, and arrived at Louisbourg on the 5 th. The next Day the Troops were embarked, and we failed oat of the Harbour the 7th in the Morning* I had the good Fortune to join Lord GblviU's Fleet on the 11 th, a few Leagues to the Southward of St. John's ; >and by the Intelligence his Lordfhip had received, I was obliged to change my Refolu-tion of Landing the. Troops at Kitty Vitty, a narrow Entrance, cloie to the Harbour of St. John's, the Enemy having entirely Hopped up the Paffage in�' by finking Shallops in the Channel. From the beft Information I could get, it appeared that Torbay, about Three Leagues to the North-" ward of St. John's? was the only Place to laud the Troops at, within that Djftance. Lord Colvill fent the Syren Man of W^r into Torbay with the Tranfports ; and jt was late at 'flight on the 12th, before they all came" to an Anchor. Capt. Douglas, 6f His Majefty'sShip Syren, went with me to view the Bay^ and we found a very good Beach to land on. It blew hard in the Night, end one of the Tranfports, with the Provincial Light Infantry Corps oh board, was driven out to Sea. I landed the Troops early the next Morning, at the Bottom of the Bay, from whence a Path" led to St. John's : A Party of the Enemy fired fome Shots at the Boats as they rowed in. ' The Light Infantry of the Regulars landed firft, gave the Enemy one Fire, and drove them towards St. John's. The Battalions landed,' and we marched on. The Path for Four Miles very narrow, through a thick Wood, and over very bad Ground. Capt. M Donell's Light Infantry Corps in Front came up with fome of the Party we drove.from;-the Landing Place: They had concealed themfelves in the Wood, fired upon us, and wounded Three Men; A Part of Capt. M'Donell's Corps rufhed in npon them, took Three Prifoners* and drove the reft off. The Country opened afterwards, and we march,-ed to the left of Kitty Vitty: It was heceflary to take PofTeffion of this Pafs, to open a Communication for. the Landing of Artillery and Stores,'it be-, ing impracticable to get thehj up the Way we came, k* t ffoe Three *Peace> ] As fo'ori as oof. Right was clofc to Kitty Vitty River, the Enemy fired upon us from a Hill on'^e oppofite Side.   1 -fent a Party up a Rock, which commanded the Paflage over, and under Cover of their Fire, the Light Infantry, Companies of the_ Royal and Montgomery's, fupported by the Grenadiers of' the Royal, paffed, drove the Enemy up the Hill, arid purfued them on that Side towards St. John's; when I perceived a Body of the Enemy coming to-their Support, and immediately ordered over Major: Sutherland, with the Remainder of the firft Battalion, upon which they thoaght proper to; Retreat, and we' had juft Time, before Dark, to take * Port. Captain Mackenzie, who-commanded Montgomery's Light Infantry; was badly wounded.  We" toolc ten PflfonerS.  The Troops lay this Night oh: their Arms". The next Morning, the 14th, we opened the Channel, where the Enemy had funk the Shallops:' They had a Breaft Work which commanded the Entrance, and a Battery not quite finifhed Lieutenant Colonel Tulllkirr, who had met with an Accident by a Fall, and was left on Board, joined me this Day j and Ca'ptain Fergdfon command-. ing the Artillery, brought round fome light A/ftit-lery and stores fromTorbayi in the Shallops.� The Enemy had Pofleffibn of two very high and fteep Hills, one in the Front of our advanced Poft'Sj,' and the othef nearer to St. John's, which two Hills appeared to command the whole Ground from Kitty Vitty to St. John's. It was necefiary that we flipuid .proceed on this Side, to fecure at the fame Time effectually; the Landing at the Kitty Vitty, from the firft,Hill the Erusmy .fired upon our Pofts. On the 1 oh, juft beforeDay-break, I ordered Captain M*I)onell's Corps of Light Infantry, and the Provincial Light Infantry, fupported by oar advanced Pofts, to march to furprife the Enemy on (this Hill. Captain M'Donell paffed their Sentries,-and advanced Guards, and was firft difcovered by their main Body on the Hill, as he came climbing up the Rocks near the Summit, which he gained, receiving the Enemy's Fire. He threw in his Fire, and the Enemy gave Way. Captain M' Donell was wounded j Lieutenant Schuyler* of his Company killed, with 3 or 4 Men;-and 18 wounded. -The Enemy, had three Companies of Grenadiers and two Picquets at this JPblL coinmanded by Lieutenant ebfbriel Belcombe, fec6nd in Command, who was wounded; a Captain of Grenadiers-wounded, and taken Prifoner; his Lieutenant kil-killed, feveral Men killed and wounded, and 13 taken Prifoners. . The Enemy had one Mortar here, with which they threw fome Shells at us in the Night; a Six Pounder not mounted, and two Wall Pieces. This Hill, with one adjoining, commands th6 Harbour. , .The 16th, we. advanced totfie Hill, nearef St. John's which the Enemy had quitted. Twenty nine .Shallops came in To�day with Artillery and Stores*, Proyifion and Camp Equipage, from Torbay, which we unloaded. I moved the Remainder of the Troops forward, leaving a Toft to guard the PafiOfKittJ' Vitty, on the other Side, Laft Night the Enemy's Fleet got out of the Harbour. This Night we lay ea our Aims*    ; ^ Tne   

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