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was in a Inftant covered with Turbans, while the Air was filled with piteous Moans, calling to us for Affiftance; it was (as at Aboukir) a Duty of fome Difficulty to afford it them, without being Victims to their Impatience, or overwhelmed with Numbers; we, however, perfevered and faved all, except those which the Frence took Prisoners by wading into the Water after them; neither did the Enemy interrupt us much in fo doing. Major Douglas and Lieutenant Stokes, who were with me on this Service, gave additional Proofs of their Zeal, Ability, and Bravery, and the Boats' Crews, as ufual, behaved admirably..

The Lofs in Killed on our Side cannot be afcertained. The French General in his Offer to exchange Prisoners on the general Account, affures me he has Eleven Hundred. As to the Enemy's Lofs, we have no Means of estimating it, but it must have been fufficient to convince them that fuch Victories as these against Troops, which, though irregular, will fight Hand to Hand with them, muft coft them dear in the End.

I have the Honor to be, My Lord, &c. &c. &c.
Admiralty-Office, March 29, 1800.

Copy of a Letter from the Right Honourable Lord Keith, K. B. Vice Admiral of the Red, and Commander in Chief of his Majefty's Ships and Veffels in the Me diterranean, to Evan Nepean, Efq; dated on board the Queen Charlotte, off Valette, 20th Feb. 1800. SIR,


Y Letter of the 15th acquainted you, for the Information of their Lordships, that I had received Intelligence of the reported Approach of an Enemy's Squadron towards this Ifland; and although I had confiderable Difficulty in perfuading myfelf that they would hazard the Attempt in the Face of fo fuperior a Force, I nevertheless confidered it incumbent upon me to take the neceffary Precautions of reconnoitring the Quarter in


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which they were to be expected, and at the fame Time guarding moft particularly the Entrance of the Harbour of Valette, as the only Point in which they could fecure themfelves, and debark their Troops and Stores. The Wind being ftrong from the SE. and accompanied with Rain, I could only communicate by Signal; I accordingly denoted the Bearing and the reputed Force of the Enemy, and directed the Foudroyant, Audacious, and Northumberland to chace to Windward, and the Lion to look out off the Paffage between Goza and Malta, while the Queen Charlotte was kept as clofe in with the Mouth of the Harbour as the Batteries would admit of; the Alexander at the fame Time was under Weigh on the South-East Side of the Island: On the 16th I was joined by the Phaeton, from Palermo; and the Wind having fhifted to the N.W. which afforded a favorable Opportunity for landing the Neapolitan Troops at Marfa Sirocco, I ac cordingly embraced it, and in the Afternoon returned off the Harbour of Valette: Signals were made from various Parts of the Ifland of an Enemy's being in Sight, and with the Queen Charlotte, Phaeton, Serena Neapolitan Frigate, and Minorca Sloop, I anxioufly continued to maintain a Pofition near the Shore, to prevent the Enemy from paffing within us, and to expofe them to the Attack of His Majefty's Ships that were in Purfuit of them. On the Morning of the 19th, El Corfo joined with a large French Armed Store Ship which he took Poffeffion of at Four o'Clock in the Afternoon of the 18th, by Signal from Lord Nelson, whofe Squadron was then engaged with the French: Captain Ricketts reported this Ship to be the Ville de Marfeilles, loaded with Salt Meat, Brandy, Wine, Cloathing, Stores, &c. &c.; fhe failed from Toulon on the 7th Inftant, in Company with the Genereux Seventy-four, Admiral Perrée, Badine Twenty-four, and Two Corvettes, having near Four Thoufand


Troops on board for the Relief of Malta. At Four P. M. the Foudroyant and Audacious joined me, and I was acquainted by Rear-Admiral Lord Nelfon that the Genereux had furrendered without any Action, and that the Three Corvettes had efcaped, from all the Line of Battle Ships having anxioufly preffed after the French Admiral. I have the Honor to enclofe a Copy of Lord Nelfon's Letter. His Lordship has on this Occafion, as on all others, conducted himself with Skill and great Ad. drefs in comprehending my Signals, which the State of the Weather led me greatly to fufpect. Captain Peard has evinced excellent Management from the Moment he firft difcovered the Enemy off the SouthWeft End of Sicily until the Period of the Capture; and Lieutenant William Harrington, commanding the Alexander in the Absence of Captain Ball, has fhewn great Merit in fo ably conducting that Ship in Prefence of fo fuperior a Force previously to the Appearance of Lord Nelfon; I beg Leave to recommend him to their Lordships' Confideration.

I have detached Ships in all Directions to endea vour to pick up the Stragglers.

I have the Honor to be, &c. &c. &c.

KEITH Foudrayant, at Sea, off Cape di Corvo, Eight Leagues Well of Cape Paffaro, off Shore about Four Miles, 18th MY LORD, February 1800.


HIS Morning at Daylight, being in Company with the Ships named in the Margin *, I faw the Alexander in Chace of a Line of Battle Ship, Three Frigates, and a Corvette. At about Eight o'Clock the fired feveral Shot at One of the Enemy's Frigates, which ftruck her Colours, and leaving her to be fecured by the Ships aftern, continued the Chace. I directed Captain Gould, of

*Northumberland, Audacious, and El Corfo Brig.


the Audacious, and the El Corfo Brig to take Charge of this Prize.

At Half paft One P M. the Frigates and Corvette tacked to the Weftward, but the Line of Battle Ship not being able to tack without coming to Action with the Alexander, bore up. The Succefs being to Leeward, Captain Peard, with great Judgment and Gallantry, lay across his Hawfe, and raked him with feveral Broadfides: in paffing the French Ship's Broadfide, feveral Shot ftruck the Succefs, by which One Man was killed, and the Matter and Eight Men wounded.

At Half paft Four, the Foudroyant and Northumberland coming up, the former fired Two Shot, when the French Ship fired her Broadfide and struck her Colours. She proved to be the Genereux, of Seventy-four Guns, bearing the Flag of RearAdmiral Perrée, Commander in Chief of the French Naval Force in the Mediterranean, having a Number of Troops on board from Toulon, bound for the Relief of Malta. I attribute our Succefs this Day to be principally owing to the extreme good Management of Lieutenant William Harrington, who commands the Alexander in the Abfence of Captain Ball; and I am much pleafed with the gallant Behaviour of Captain Peard, of the Succefs, as alfo with the Alacrity and good Conduct of Captain Martin and Sir Edward Berry.

I have fent Lieutenant Andrew Thompfon, Firk Lieutenant of the Foudroyant, to take Charge of the Genereux, whom I beg Leave to recommend to your Lordship for Promotion; aad have fent her under Care of the Northumberland and Alexander to Syracufe, to wait your Lordship's Orders.

I have the Honor to be, My Lord, &c. &c. &c.




No. II

Downing-Street, April 28, 1800.

DISPATCH, of which the following is an

A Extract, has been received from the Right

Honorable Lord Minto, His Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Minifter Plenipotentiary at Vienna, by the Right Honorable Lord Grenville, His Majefty's Secretary of State for the Foreign Depart




Vienna, April 17, 1800. HAVE the Satisfaction to acquaint your Lordship that the Campaign has opened in Italy by an important Succefs on the Side of the Auftrians. On the 6th Inftant General Melas attacked the feveral Posts occupied by the French to the Northward and Weftward of Savona and Vado, and drove them from the Pofitions of Torre la de Buona, Monte Notte, and feveral others: Some of these Pofts were strongly entrenched, and one of them defended by Three Thoufand Men; but they were carried by the Courage and Conduct of the Auftrain Troops, who appear to have acquired much Honor on this Day.


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