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Post Man (Newspaper) - January 11, 1801, London, Middlesex Numb, 8yj F F F And the Hiftorical Account, , From ^attttDavJanuary u> to XacfdapJanuary 14, 1701. Mr-va, December 9- VI E King o( Sweden is advanced towards rhs Frontier* of this Province, to drive away the fcattered Mufiovites , and our I Men have killed a world or 'cm fmce the .JBs- lare Fight. Our Vi&ory appears every 4ay greater, and our lofs lefs confiderable than it was reported ; for 'disagreed on all hands, that we have not loft 500 men upon rh� fpor, belides 900 wounded. The Sfct^e of chis place, and the Victory obtained by his Majefty, ire liki to appear fabulous in remote Nations, and render credible unto Us events of the like nature, mentioned in Hiftory, which feemed the product of the imaginations ot Hiltoti* ans, partial to their own Interefr and Country ; for, what mote improbable inflancc* can we find in Hiftory, than that a Town lb ill fortify'd and unprovided as this, Ihould hold out a Siege near ten weeks againft an Army of 100000 men, and that 8500 men ihould attack that numerous; Army , and force them in their Intrenchments ? Next to the hand of God, who has vilibly afferted the Juftice of our Caufe, we owe in a great meafure onr preferva-tion to the skill the Czar has in Mathematicks, and hk Travels into the Weftern parts of Europe, for had he attack1 d the plate upon his firft appearing before it, he would have certainty taken it the very firft day; but inftead of that, he amufed himfelf in marking out his Lines of Circumvallation and Contravallation, making Forts and Redoubts, and taking fuch other meafures, as if Nerva had been as ftrong as Namur, and if the King cf Sweden ^had been wirh+a^wo days march to attack his Camp. During that interval, we had time to repair oar Fortifications, make new ones, cleanfe our Ditches, and take o-ther precautions for our Defence; and belides this advantage, we ufed our felves to look with contempt upon that numerous Army, which had at firft ftruck into this place an unfpeakable confternation. We had but 903 Souldiers, but the Burghers fhewed on all occalions as much Courage as the regulated Troops. The Bombs the Enemy threw into this place were very troublefome, for we durft not live in our Houfes, but in Vaults cinder ground, whereby few men have been killed. Having given you in our former an account of the Battel, we think not fit to repeat here, but will add fome circumftances which we did not know before. The Booty found in the Camp is very confiderable, forbefides the Money belonging to the Duke of Croj, the Treafure of the Czar designed to pay his Forces, was taken by our men, and the King has been pleafed to diftribute it to his Army, and this City, infomuch, that every Soldier, has above 30 Crowns for his {hare, and his Majefty has kept but 30000 for himlelf. The number of the Slain is fo very great, that a Ruffian Coat lined with Good Furs, is fold for a bundle of Hay. 'Tis certain that the Czar went away on the a8th paft,the day after the defeat of the great detachment he had fent to defend a pafs, snd thereafon of his retreat is much inquired after, for that Prince has fo much en-pofod his Perfon during the Siege, and in his firft approaches, that there is no likelihood that Cowaf dize was the occasion of it. The Fight begun about two, and laffed rilHIx, when the Body of the MufeovihtyVrho found themfelves between the River and the Swedes, capitulated, for .they bad made a fort of Intrench- ment to themfelves, by means of Carts whkh covered them againft our Horfe. The Swedes had made fo many difcharges , that they had but one more to make. The German Officers are imaged* and have not gained much honour in this affair. They were fo'fer cure in their Camp, that they did not know the Kings march nor the number of his Troops, which they thought at leaft goeoo ftrong, whereas they were not ioooo. We expe& a great reinforcement from Sweden, in order to force the King of Poland and the Czar to Peace; but whether the King will march to* wards Riga before next Spring , 'tis not yet known. Hamburg, January r I. Our Advices from Mittau tell us, that the Nobility of Lithuania having received advice that Prince Lubomiriki, and other Polijh Grandees, were ailembling their Friends and Vaflals to march to the afllftance of Prince Safieha, had refolded to quit the Neighbourhood of K7J�*J*and advanced to the Frontiers of their Country, in order to Fight their Enemies. Thefe commotions make the King of Poland very uneafy, and that Prince is like to have lb much buiinefsas home, as to be very glad to have none abroad. The Army of the Crown has declared, that if they are not paid off their At* rears, they ffaall b� compelled to confederate themfelves, and. if it happens fo, Poland will be in a dreadful confuilon. We hear from Cmningiberg, that the new King of Pruffia is to be proclaimed the ijrh inftanr, and crowned the i8tb, and that his Prujpan Majefty will fet out few days after forB�r-lin, the affairs of the Empire requiring his pretence1 in Germany. Our Letters from Vienna talk of nothing but Wat, but the Church has fo great an influence on the Councils of Popifh Princes* that many are apt to fufpend their Judgment as to a War in Italy. Let-ters from Sweden tell us, that 20830 men, whereof there are ioS8o.Faot,8ioo Horfe,and i75oDragoons, are to be fpeedily Clipped off for Livonia. ' Franckfort, January 11. The price of Provifions is confiderably > railed in thefe parts, Franania and Sua-Ha, becaufe the Factors of the Sieur Oppenheimer, who has contracted for fupp lying the Imperial Troops with Provifions, buy all the Corn and Hay they can find in our Markets. The Governours of Frihtrg, Briffac, and Philiftburg do the like. We hear from Strasbnrg, that the French Troops gtow Very numerous in Alface, and that^ they prepare a great JFram of Artillery, and as their preparations anAtfiofe of the Emperor are afufficient indication of ad approach' ing War, the Circle of Frantonia is tcnold a meeting m few days, to take into their confidefation the prefent pofture of affairs, and take fuitable meafures for their_fecurity. Prince Lewi* of Baden fet out fome days ago from Bohemia for Viennai to affift at a great Council of War to be held before the Emperor. 'Tis certain* that in cafe of War, that Prince is to command the Imperial Army on the Rhine, with the fame power and prerogatives as the late Duke of Lttrain had, without receiving any directions from, the Council of War rellding at Vienna. The Minifters of the Emperor and France are caballing in Switzerland for obliging the Cantons to declare themfelves on the Succeffion of Sp aiif, but they are too v/ife to do it, till they know the fentiments of fome other States. Paris, January 19. The Popes Nuntio had fome days ago audience of the King on the affairs of Spain, and offered the mediation ot the Pope, for accommodating the differences between his Majefty and the ;