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THE BATTLE.

abolition of which his instructions

OFFICIAL ACCOUNT OF directed him to insist upon. He therefore acquainted the

The Hague, Sept. 16. Dey, that his Highness having rejected all the fair and equitable Lieutenant Arriens, of the naval

Staats-Courant Extraordinary.-conditions proposed to him on this point, his Lordship had de service, this morning arrived from termined to insist on the uncon

the Bay of Algiers, which lie left ditional release of the two Spa- office of the marine department,

on the 1st of September, at the niards. He therefore desired an

with dispatches from Vice-Adanswer, yes or no; and, in the event of the latter, stated that he miral Capellen, of the following

contents :would immediately recommence hostilities : and his Lordship made

Ilon. Sir ;-Lord Exmouth, preparations for that purpose.

during his short stay at Gibraltar, These measures had the de- having increased his force with sired effect; and the two persons

some gun-boats, and made all his were released from a long and arrangements, on the 14th of Ausevere captivity, so that no Chris- gust the united squadrons put 10 tian prisoner remained at fl

sea, consisting of the vessels as giers at his Lordship's departure,

per nargin (1). which took place on the evening the Prometheus corvette joined

On the oth, off Cape de Gate. of the 3d instant, with all the ships the feet. Captain Dashwood reunder his orders.

His Lordship states, that Rear- ported, that he had succeeded in Admiral Sir Charles Penrose had getting the family of the British

Consnl at Algiers on boaril by joined in the Ister on the 28th, and that he had employed the stratagem; but thet their tight Rear- Admiral in his discussions

being 100 soon discovered, with the Dey relative to the Spa

Consul, together with two boats' niards, and his Lordship gives been arrested by the Dey, who,

crews of the Prometheus, had the highest praise to the prudence; having already received a report firmness, and ability with which

of this second expedition, had Sir Charles Peurose conducted

made all preparations for an obhimself on this occasion, His Lordship's last letters are

stinate opposition; and summondated from Gibraltar the 12th ing the inhabitants of the interior,

the

had already assembled more than instant, and announce his intention very shortly to sail on his re

50,000 men, both Moors and turn to England. The refunded ransoms have

(1) Queen Charlotte, 110 guns; Impregna. been sent to the Neapolitan and

ble, 98; Superb, 74; Minden, 74; Jlbion, 24; Sardinian Governments, and the Leander, 50; Severn, 40; Glasgow, 40); Gta. slaves released have been for- nicus, 36; Hebrus, 36; Heron, 18; Mutine, 18;

Prometheus, 18; Cordelia, 10; Britomart, 10; warded in British transports to Express h; Falmouth, 8; Belzebub, their respective countries.

Fury, idem; Hecla, idem ; Infernal, iden. (Dutch) Melampus, 445 Frederica, 44; Dageraad, 30; Diana, 41; Amste!, 14; and Een. dragdt, 18.

bomb;

Arabs, under the walls of Al. took their station before the giers.

town, and every thing was preIn consequence of a calm, and pared for the attack. Shortly afterwards by strong easterly afterwards, his Lordship commu. winds, we were not before the nicated to me, by private signal, Bay of Algiers until the 37th of “ I shall attack immediately, if August in the morning. Lord the wind does not fail." Upon Exmouth immediately sent by a this I immediately made signal flag of truce, a written proposal to form line of battle in the order to the Dey, containing in sub- agreed upon, in the supposition stance, that the late atrocities at that all the officers must have Bona having broken all former been well acquainted with the connexions, he demanded in the position of the forts and batteries name of the Prince Regent- that fell to our share, before the

I. The immediate delivering up attack was to begin; but as it apof all Christian slaves without pears that the signal was not well ransom.

understood, I resolved to change II. The restitution of all the the line, and to lead it myself in money which had already been the Melampus. received for the Sardinian and At half past one o'clock the Neapolitan captives.

whole fleet bore up in succession, II. A solemn declaration from the Melampus closing in with the Dey, that he bound himself, the rearmost ship of the English like those of Tripoli and Tunis, line; and at 15 minutes past two to respect the rights of humanity, o'clock, we saw Lord Exmouth and in future wars to treat all with the Queen Charlotte before prisoners according to the usages the wind, with sails standing, of European nations.

come to an anchor with three IV. Peace with his Majesty the anchors from the stern, with her King of the Netherlands on the broadside in the wished-for posilike terms as with the Prince Re- tion, within pistol-shot of the gent.

batteries, just before the opening On all these articles his Lord of the mole. ship expected an answer yea or The daring and unexpected no, or hostilities must imme- manoeuvre of this vessel (a threediately commence.

decker) appears to have so conHis Lordship, on whom I wait- founded the enemy, that a second ed in the morning, was afraid that ship of the line had already well he should that day be obliged to nigh taken her position before the rest satisfied with coming to an- batteries opened their fire, which, chor, and confine himself for how violent soever, was fully rethe night to an attack by bomb- plied to. vessels, gun and rocket-boats. Having told Captain de Man Scarcely had I returned on board that I wished, as speedily as posmy vessel when the sea-breeze sible, with the Melampus, and the sprung up, and the fleet bore into

other frigates in succession, to the bay with press of sail; the take our position on the larboard four bomb-vessels immediately side of Lord Exmouth, and to Vol. LVIII.

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draw draw upon our squadron all the of our magnanimous chief to the fire of the southern batteries, the cause of all mankind; and the Captain brought his frigate in a coolness and order with which the masterly manner under the cross terrible fire of the batteries was fire of more than 100 guns, the replied to close under the massy bowsprit quite free of the Glas- walls of Algiers, will as little adgow, with an anchor from the mit of description, as the heroism head and stern, in the required and self-devotion of each indiviposition, so as to open our lar- dual generally, and the greatness board guns at the same minute. of Lord Exmouth in particular, Captain Ziervogel, who was fully in the attack of this memorable acquainted with the above plan, day. and with the batteries, brought The destruction of nearly half his frigate, the Diana, nearly at Algiers, and, at eight o'clock in the same moment, within a fa- the evening, the burning of the thom's length of the place where whole Algerine navy, have been I had wished it, for our directed the result of it. Till nine o'clock, position. The Dageraad, Captain Lord Exmouth remained with the Polders, also immediately opened Queen Charlotte in the same poher batteries in the best direction. sition, in the hottest of the fire, The Captains Van der Straten and thereby encouraging every one Van der Hart, by the thick smoke, not to give up the begun work and not being so fully acquainted until the whole was completed, with the localities, were not so and thus displayed such persefortunate in the first moments; verance that all were animated but worked with the greatest with the same spirit, and the fire coolness, and under the heaviest of the ships against that of a brave fire, so as to give their batteries a and desperate enemy appeared to good direction. The Eendragt, redouble. Captain-lieutenant Wardenberg, Shortly afterwards, the Queen which I had placed in reserve, in Charlotte, by the loosening of the order to be able to bring assist- burning wreck, being in the greatance, remained under the fire of est danger, we were, under the the batteries close by.

heaviest fire, only anxious for the Our ships had not fired for safety of our noble leader ; but, more than half an hour, when upon offering him the assistance Lord Exmouth acquainted me of all the boats of the squadron, that he was very much satisfied his reply was—" that having calwith the direction of the fire of culated every thing, it behoved us our squadron on the southern by no means to be alarmed for his batteries, because these giving safety, but only to continue our now as little hinderance as possi- fire with redoubled zeal, for the ble, he commanded the whole of execution of his orders, and acthe mole, and all the enemy's cording to his example." ships.

His Lordship at last, about half His Majesty's squadron, as well an hour to ten o'clock, having as the British force, appeared to completed the destruction in the be inspired with the devotednessmole, gave orders to retire with

out

out the reach of the enemy's fire; and of his whole navy, the Dey which I, as well as all the others, was now chastised for his faithscrupled to obey, before the Queen less conduct at Bona, &c. and Charlotte was in safety from the that he could only prevent the burning ships.

total destruction of the town by In this retreat, which, from the the acceptance of the conditions want of wind, and the damage of the preceding day. The signal suffered in the rigging, was very of the acceptance of the condislow, the ships had still to suffer tions was the firing of three shots, much from a new-opened and re-' which, three hours afterwards, we doubled fire of the enemy's bat- had the satisfaction of hearing. teries ; at last, the land-breeze In a conference with two persons springing up, which Lord Ex- empowered by the Dey, on board mouth had reckoned upon, the Lord Exmouth's ship, at which feet, at 12 o'clock, came to an- myself, together with Admiral chor in the middle of the bay. Milne and Captain Brisbane, were

The Queen Charlotte, under present, all the points were reguthe fire of the batteries, passing lated. The conclusion of the the Melampus under sail, his peace was for England and the Lordship wished to be able to see Netherlands celebrated by the me, in order to completely re- firing a salute of twice 21 cannon; ward me by shaking my hand in and I have now the satisfaction of the heartiest manner, and saying, wishing you joy on the successful -“ I have not lost sight of my termination of the efforts of his Dutch friends ; they have, as well Majesty in the cause of humanity. as mine, done their best for the [Here follow praises bestowed by glory of the day."

the Admiral on the different offiThis circumstance, and the ge- cers of his squadron.] neral order of Lord Exmouth to In proof of his adherence to the the fleet, of which I have the ho- treaty, the Dey must this day, at nour to enclose a copy, must make 12 o'clock, deliver up 300,000 the squadron hope for his Ma- dollars; and all the slaves must jesty's satisfaction.

be ready for embarkation at the For our loss in killed and wharf. Those of our country are wounded, I have to refer you to in number 26 or 27, all well, bethe subjoined list : it is remark- sides many others driven into the ably small for ships exposed to a interior of the country, and who fire of eight hours' duration, in cannot be here before two or three comparison with that of the Eng- days. lish ships. In the damage done I shall have the honour, on a to our rigging, &c. your Excel- future opportunity, to report farlency will observe that we have ther to your Excellency; and am, been less fortunate.

with the highest respect, &c. &c. The day after the action, Lord

T. VAN DE CAPELLEN. Exmouth sent a second summons His Majesty's Frigate Meto the Dey, of which his lordship lampus, Bay of Algiers, sent me a copy: it stated, that by August 30, 1916. the destruction of half Algiers,

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TESTAMENTARY CAUSES. all the rest of his property for her

life, and at her death to his chilPrerogative Court, Doctors' ren, in such proportions as she Commons.-Slack and Others, by should appoint; but in default of their Guardian, v. Slack.

This was such appointment, then amongst a proceeding relative to the will them equally; and he appointed of Thomas Cartwright Slack, Esq. his wife, his brother, and his brolate of Gravel-lane, Aldgate, Lon- ther-in-law, the Rev. Thomas don, and of Kentish-town, Mid- White, executors of his will, and dlesex, deceased.

trustees and guardians for his The deceased was burnt in his children, with power to apply a house at Kentish-town on the 23d portion of their shares of his proof November last, and died, leave perty towards their advancement ing a widow and six children, in the world. minors. He was possessed of It appeared from the evidence personal property to the amount in support of the will, that the of about 16,0001. and a small free- deceased had ever expressed his hold estate valued at about 1,5001.; intention to die testate, and had and being a freeman of London, arranged with his brother-in-law, his widow would be entitled to the Rev. Thomas White, that they four-ninths of the personal pro- should be eacb other's executors. perty in case of intestacy. His He had great confidence in his will, made in August 1814, was brother, Joseph Albin Slack, Esq. burnt with him; but the con- who deposed, that upon one of tents of it, as stated in an affida- their meetings to arrange the afrit of one of the guardians of the fairs of their deceased father, in children, were propounded by him the latter part of July, or beginand the other guardians on their ning of August 1814, the deceasbehalf, as the residuary legateesed requested him to make an named in it, and opposed, merely appointment for their next meetfor the purpose of obtaining the ing at his the doceased's house, as decision of the Court, by Mrs. he wanted, he said, to speak to Janė Hester Slack, the widow. him about making his will. Mr. The contents of the will, as stated J. Slack left town for Scotland on in the affidavit, were to this ef. the 8th of August, but a day or fect :- The deceased gave to his two previously he went to the debrother, Joseph Albin Slack, Esq. ceased's house, and at night, the carriages and horses he might when the family had retired to possess at his death : to his wife bed, and they were left alone, the

deceased

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