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dnef of Ltetit'*. Robertaon, Cresw'ck and Horn*
by, and Mr- Rryden, matter for their particu
lar exertion in endeavoring to bring the Confi
mice’* starboard side to bear on the enemy,
after most o* their guns were dismounted 01
the other.
It is impossible to express to yon mv ad
miration of the officers and crew serving under
my personal orders ; their coolness and steadi
ness, the effect of which was proved by their
irresistible fire directed towards the brig op
posed to us, claims mv warmest acknowledge..
rren,s,bui more particularly for preserving
the same so long alter the whole strength of
the enemy had been directed against the Lin
net a’one. My First Lieutenant, Mr. \Villi*rr
Drew wrl ose merits I have before had the ho
nor to report to you, behaved on this occasion
in the most exemplary manner
Ry the death «l M. Paul acting second Rent
the Service has In en deprived of a most valu
able ami brave officer he fell enrly in the ac
tion. Great credit is due to Mr. Giles, purser,
for volunteering Ida services on deck ; to Mr
Mitchel, surgeon for the skill he evinced in
prr’orminp sons- amputations required at the
mnme"», as welt as his great attention totlie
wound'd during the action, at the close of
which the water was nearly afoot above the
lower deck fom 'he number of shot which
smirk her between wind and water. 1 have to
regret the loss pfthe boatswain, Mr. Jackson,
who was killed a few miixu'es before the action
terminated. The assistance I received from
Mr. Mtickle, the gunner, and also from Mr.
Clark, master’s mate, Messrs. Towne and Sin.
clair, midshipmen, the latter of whom w.‘s
wounded in the head, and Mr Guy my clerk,
will, I hope, recommend them, as well as the
whole of my gallant little crew to vour notice.
1 have mnch satisfaction iu making you uc
qua:n'.c(] with Hie humane treatment the woun
ch d have received from Commodore MM)o
rr-ugh ; they we.e immediately removed to hi*
own hospi'al on Crab-Island, and were furnish
ed with every requisite. Pis generous and
polite nt'ent-onVao. to myself, officers and men,
will ever hereafter he gratefully remembered
1 have, fcic.
Frontier* of Austria, Oct 28 — I'lie Plenipo
fentiams ol the Allied Powers have daily con
ferences. We all know that the most impor
tant subjects are discussed, hut nothingtran
spires. The business is expected to be so far
advanced, that the Congress will be able to
hold its fir«t solemn meeting on the 4th No
vember. \W shall probably then know what
has hern previously arranged. The return of
the Sovereigns l-nm Hilda will take place the
duv after to morrow : it is now certain that they
will remain at Vienna until the 15'h of Novem
ber, and that previous to |hst day the chier
arrangi-nr cuts w ill he nudr sn far as principles
■ re conrern-il. The Plenipotentiaries will
afterwards apply these principles in their con
ferc» ce«, anil vvl! t“k*» tile ilii isi-ms thereupon
Vtr n ma, Nov. 12 —The note delivered by
Prince I'allevrand, after tlie errival of Count
A!ex;s He Noaill -s, has made a strong impres
■inn on the i\1ember3 of the Congress. It '.s
sa;d to relate to Saxony, ar.d toltavc already
produced several changes in the determinati
ons that h ' been adopted.
l.osnoN, Nov. 26. Government yesterday
received despatches from I.nrd Castlereagii
dated the 1 Ith Inst. The only account which
transpired respect ,r>g their rrnier.ts was “ that
matters were going on well.**
The following is ttic principal part of the
Prince Uegem’s Speech at the opening of
Pnrlianejit :
Tuesday i Nov. 11 —This dnv the Print*
Pegent went to the Hem* of Peers, and the
Commons having bec-n summoned to the
bar, made the following
Mxj J.ordn an! Gentlemen,
It is with deep regret that T am again
obliged to rnnounce the continuance of His
Majesty’s lamented indisposition.
It would have given me great satisfacti
on to communicate to you the termination
of the war between this country and the U
States of A merica.
Although this war originated In the most;
unprovoked aggres«ion on the part of the,
Government of the Un;,ed States, and ups
cale.dated to promote the designs of the
common enemy of F.un pe, $gain*t the
rights and independence of ali o'h.er nati
ons, 1 never have ceased to entertain a sin
cere desire to bring it to a conclua on on
just and honorable terms,
I am still engaged in negotiations for this
purpose i the success of them must, hnwe
ver, depend on my disposition bei-g met
with corresponding sentiments on the part
of the enemv.
The operations of His Majesty’s forces
by sea and Innd in the Chesapeake in the
course of the present year have been atten
ded with the most brilliant and successful
Tht flotilla of the enemy in the Patuxent
has been destroyed. The signal defeat of
their land forces enabled a detachment of
his majesty’s a-my to take possession of
the city of Washington / and the spirit of
enterprise wimh has characterised all the
movements in that quarter has produced on
the inhabitants a deep and sensible imnres*
sion of the calamities of a war in which
they have been so wantonly involved.
The expedition directed from Halifax to
the Northern coast of the U. Sta’es has
terminated in a manner not less satisfacto
ry, The successful course of this operation
has been followed by the immediate sub
mission of the extensive and important dis
trict east of the Penobscot River to His Ma
jesty’s arms.
In adverting to these events, I nm confis
dent yon will he disposed to render ful' jus
tice to the valour and discipline which have
distinguished His Majesty’s land and sea
forces, and you will regret with me the
severe loss the country has sustained by the
fall of the gallant Commander of Hi* Ma
jesty’s troops in the advance upon Haiti
I availed myself of the earliest opportu.
nity afforded by the state of affairs in Bu
rope, to detach a considerable military force
to the river St. Lawrence ; but its arrival
could not possibly take place till an advau
ced period of the campaign.
Notwithstanding the reverse which ap«
pt ars »o have taken piace on Lake Cham •
plain, I entertain the most confident ex
pectaiinn as well from the amount as from
the description of the British force now
serving in Canada, that the ascendancy of
ljl< iVLjesty’s arms throughout that part of
North America will be effectually estab
lished. '
The opening of the Congress st Vienna
na« been retarded from unavoidable rall
ies, to a laur period than had been ext cc
tea. *
T* v ill J'c Mv earnest ende-*vor in the
negotiations which are new in progress, t'
promote snr.h arrangements 2s may tentW'
consolidate that peace which, in conjunction
V| h His Mnif««'vN Allies, I have had the
•appiness of o including, and to re-entablis!.
>hat just equilibrium amongst the different
powers whrc.h will afford the best prospect
of permanent tranquility to Europe.
[The concluding part we had not time to
Home of Lords. JVbv. 19 —T'm VTarq d*
of T.ansdown called the nt»enMon o* th<^
TTn»jcf» to an oH’C'*' p!in"r said ‘o ’'svf boon
so dished bv the AmeiMcao government **e
ativ*» to the pretensions ”<** on bv !h<> Rrit
i«b pnvr'in.pnt the negodations Ghent,
which, if antentic called ’nqdtv for.the in*
tp'-ference of '1>irlia,nrn' ; s«'1 v?rj,i'n*,l on
part of Ministers a Justification ofm*a.
‘ores bo new and extraordinary as were
those si r >r| »he Xmerican statement.
The Fnd of r.ivcrnool had seen with much
surprise the nance alluded to. With re
spect tr» the authority bv which such a state
ment had appeared, he was ignorant. He
he’!e-*.-d it quite unprecedented in the Vs.
tory of negotiations *o Publish anv separate
artie'es of them until the ,f’t'ole were e-iher
aereed to o** neiec-erl. The negotiations
were, stdl pending, and bp was sure the
ho”s«* would pTori ve fhe iuiproprietv of en.«
’nine into any discussion of the subject un .
der such circumstances.
The Ma»-q«Us of T,nnsd«v”n ohser"ed. tha'
o rot only charged *he government of Miis
country with sotting up new and unho.sr 1 of
claims, hut spr.h as put nn entirely differ
rot rninnVxion on the quarrel, from that ,
with which it commenced, and exposed r.-e^
ry thing to doubt, uncertain tv, and political 1
distrac'inn. The Treaty with the Indians
was a violation of all former- treaties by
wh-ch *his country had been connec'ed with
I h«> Fat-! r>f T.ivernool '•ou'd assure the
nnble Marquis and t*'e Finns®, thn^ at the
time at which the n*ppr alluded to vm* dnt
fd, thp negotiatings b*t»”pon th® e^vern
rr.en‘s were ft‘ forward ; thrtt they wera
atill going forward, and at no intermediate
time had ceased.
1 he F.arl of D n^ti^hmorg was bv no
means satisfied with the nn>-w“r There*
rent events on «h*» other sid® of th* AMau
t;c weresnc.it as called loudly for exnlana
tion. and th® T^»*i*i'-h people never baJ so
much reason to demand i:. T!iev had b»en
taught to think thev were contending for a
vital nrincinlp their ooarln® independence ;
and it turned nut at length that it was for
extended territory.
Tfouso of Commons, Vow 19.
, The following remarks respecting Ue.
ric- were made in debate on the Army F.s.
vrr Whitbread remarked, that the n°ws
^••nm Amerir.i must naturally incline the
house to ask, were he negn'iatinns at Ghent
still proceeding ? ("hear hrar J Melan
choly it was to reflect. th*U it now appeared
.on the authority nf ministers themselves
that at li'e commencement «.f the contest, a
large proportion or the American popu'ation
were decidedly with us ; but that we had so
fought and so npg< ?ia*®d, that party h <d be
come extinct in the United States,' and tha*
b'it one common mind existed for directing
the whoh fnr-e nf the Republic against this
country. (hear, hear,) Upon these points,
he desjred to be better informed before he
gave his veto for going into »he couimit'ee.
Mr \ ansittart said, it gave him great
satisracti«>n to say, that the conferences at
Ohent were not broken off; but he did not
think it necessary to say any thing more at
Mr Horner said, as to the subject of Ame
rica, if the principle of the war was entirely
changed, and it was now wished to make
conquests from America, he believed that
the war would not meet wi‘h the same sup
port from the feelings of the house or the
Mr Porsonhy wished to ask 'he right hon
gentlemen whether the papers purported to
have been laid before the Congress of A me
fca by Mr M idison, were correct state.*
ments ef what had passed at the negotia.
tion at Ghent?
No reply was made from the Treasury
Mr. Birir.g conceiv'd that the extraordi
nary measures they had pursued, and the
extraordinary pretensions they had set tir> ns
to America, were subjects which made it
necessary that the house should have more
information than they were now in posses.,
sion of He thought that no man in the
country could have expected that America
would have ever yielded to such preten
•dons, at a tima that we had gained no ad
vantages over her in the war.
Mr.Stephen insisted that America had
departed from che uni il conduct of civilized
governments, in publishing papers before
the negotiation was terminated.
I.onrlon. A'bv. US.——The Fingal cutter nr«
rived on Thursday off Torbay from New
York, with a messenger and dispatches
for the A meriran commissioners at Gnen*.
November 25 —Sir George Prevost, it is
said, is to he tried by a Court Martial, on
charges preferred bv the subordinate Gen*
erals and Sir J inoes L. Yeo.
In the Parliament on the 21st Nov. some
interesting Con versa1 ion took place on the
subject .rtf the American negotia'ion at
Ghent, in the course of which the Ministers
stated that the negotiations still continued,
and they censure the American government
for making public a part of the documents
bef ;re the negotiations were concluded.
Thr Fin gal arrived,-The American
merchants in London have a strong pre-<
sentiment in favor of peace from the arrival
of the Fingal, and hence the Knglish funds
have experienced a considerable advance.
It is agreed toby the Legislature of Mas
sachusetts to suspend, for the present, their
unexecuted law for raising stale troops, cx< I
ceptas to one thousand men,
I he Senate of that state has determined
that a member of that body in not Unquali
fied by having taken an oath not to bear
arms against the enemy ; and the lower
house has decided that a Re vets* ltd member
of their body in dinqualficd because he is
appointed a Chaplain in the army of the
United States.
On the 21st of January, a commute** was
appointed • to report what-aJtffrtami/ rauiu*
nerstion ouejht to be allowed tothoMassa.
huse’ts members of the late Hartford Con
vention.' JVational Intelligencer
• VfRnTVT V \WMTS. ^
nfCTIMOND, PRJ1RIJ VTtY 1 .o. \ S 1 5
Jackson's triumph complete !
f.a‘e no SaMtr^av evening, we issued a
■'as‘v ">r this fnv?ni event. W» now
bv*e th<» n'<*ssiv~ nf nnr Brad
«ri a rn'T* an-'l mnic'i'ar irfonn*
np tt'« "''••it of the enemy, and tb~ fina1
abandon men* of the ohferts of their F.'-ter
oris". No»'va(f wp have ever met with in
Ancient n»*rond1*rn hi«to»-v, nYnrds ft onrailpt
to this edorisuis dlsplav of native, unM^ored
American firmness and heroism. N»v*r
have the British arms sustained so direful a
•'averse, nor ever did undisciplined trooos
show mnr» r.ool and determined valor, than
our Southern and Western Milit’a nave
evinced, »n the arduous strurpde which they
harphad t*> encounter. We look with as
tonishanent at the defence made bv General
Tackson, wi*b troops so hastily drawn to
ee’her, a»ain«t an army so lor.% inured to
servire. so well dlscin'ined, and led on bv
odirers who were the favorites of Wel'ine^
►•m ft thp beast of the H’dtish army. Tt>e
who’e continent of Europe will resound with
admiration and aontansa of the heroic
bravery displayed hv the American Militia
in defence of their soil.
Had the army of Gen. .faekson consi-ted
of re^ti''nr troops, the enemy wouM have
been as much nnnnved in their ret-ett, a«
they were mowed down in their f»*f»eir._
But as the ^reat object of saving New •
OrVans had been accomplished, and enoug v
had been done to cover the American arms
with imperishable renown. General Ja-.kAon
was too wl<5«» to expose his raw troons in
the open field with an enernv who had jus*
"Iven the most s:t;nal nroof of undaunted
bravery, and who w^nM have rejoiced in
an opportunity to di-n'ay his superiority in
tactics, over the untutored ysomanry of
the rountrv.
it miv he said, that the army of Gene
ral Jackson, re nWed as it hail been bv
M*.“ Kentucky Militia, was sufficiently nu
merous to have detached a large body of
''gV troops :o harrass the retiring fi>e.
without impairing the strength necessary
for the protection of *he city Rut, perhaps,
the judicious conduct of such a detachment
wis not to he rplied upon, 8r whatever their
success might have h^en, it would not have
horn cffitc*ed without th- |nss of some val
U »b'e lives ; whereas the true glory of the
proceeding victory, consist.-d in its being
achieved without losing one in a thousand
of nor men
What the British muon will think of the
war. "hen this news reaches them, it may
He difficult to determine Tt i« the opinion of
many, however, that it will incline 'hem
stror-'y towards peace Indeed, we fi l l
hy the ia*eresticg news received from Eng*
land, hy the arrival of the Privateer H*r
pv at Salem, that th“re were trong svmp
toms of dissatisfaction, both with the firln.
cifiles on which iMinistcrs were prolonging
the contest, and tv'Uh the little success that
attended their arms. It is hy no means im
probable t then, that when the discomfiture
and immense loss of their best *roops at
New Orleans, shall he known in England
the clamor of the ’ifanu/acturrrs for peace
with America, will be considerably increas
ed, and the British Ministers may avail
themselves of it, as a pretext for putting an
end t» a contest, which proves so much
more sanguinary than they cxoectc l Still
we think 'his result very uncertain, for if
we reflect how proud and haughty a people
they are. end whnt immense resources they
possess for carrying on the war, we ljave
reason to believe that the desire of revenge,
and th» consciousness of their power, will
prompt them to return, with added fury,
and redoubled vigor, to the attack.
But if we be true to ourse'ves. wo have
no caiiHe to dread al! the power with which
Oreat Britain can arm herself for our de
struct’on Kxcent in that disgraced section
of the Union, o»pf which the ambition and
cunning of the Massachusetts f iction pre.»
■He*. * martial and heroic spirit is rapidly
rising, and has already diffused itself thro*
our Country. Our militia, behind their en
trenchments defv hosts of the enemy to dis
lodge them ; our regular troops, after being
trained by such officers as fiens. Scott and
Brown, become eager to encounter the best
Bri’ish veterans in the field; and our sea
men on the Lakes and the Ocean, the boast
ed element of British prowess, meet the enc*•
my and make than our'e.
Extract of a letter from a Member of
Congress to the keeper oj the Coffee
House, dated
“Washington, Feb. 11.
" Tlie New Orleans Express Mail by
*his noment arrived I have seen a letteY
from an intelligent officer there. On the
night rf the 20th Jan. the British, with great
secrecy and precipitation, abandoned their
I Camp below New Orleans. They left 16
[ pieces of cannon, and 70 of their worst
wounded cases, with two surgeons ; recom
mending the wounded to Jackson’s humani
ty as prisoners. Gen GIBBS was dead of
his wounds. They left Fort St. Philips on
the 17th, after bombarding the place nine
days, throwing upwards of 1000 shells into
and near the F rt, with no great effect._
I hey lay four Wicks5 miles below New*
Orleans—during that time they admit a
loss of 3,600 men—The American loss du*
I ring the time did not exceed very little, if
I any, 10C- in killed and wotin led. An ex*
! change of prisoners, as far as their's would
go, took place two days before their depar -
From the Enquirer Extra of Saturday.
1 he Lynchburg mail has arrived, nnd
brings the following letter from a Gentle*
man, (we well kno v) addressed t» his cor
respondent in this City.
“ Nkw-Orlkans, Jan. 20.
' It is with the greatest pleasure I now
Infarm you of the enemy's retreat to their
shipping, which they finally accomplished
in the night of the 18;h, leaving in their
camp 65 wounded, who could not be car~
iedon board for the want of arms, legs
I &C. I hoy were three days engaged in re*
moving their Wounded to the shipping, and
'h.'r« remain* in our possession, wi»h th->*e
•ft bv them upw rds of 350—An exchange
.f prisoner* has tak* n p ace, and s ue of
irs have arrived, hv were in the lir^'is!
• imp: those in the fleet will be un in a
w days, when ‘heirs will he sent off. un
less oar General retain* them for die ne
'roes taken oflTby the enemy, 'O 'he animi t
f three to four hundred. (There is not in
be world such another set of Negro stc
iers dealers in human flash 1—f Editor )
“ Two days after the battle of the 8 h.
ieveral transports arrived fro n Cork wi h
roops, say two thousand—(This is no doubt
t: a secret expedition fitted nyt in ()c oher,
with 2000 troop*. Editor}—and were not
The bomh vessels have also abandoned
our river ; finding the fort too strong fur
them ; ard I do not fear for the security of
tliis quarter ; evun if they should attempt a
landing at any other point, they will find us
readv to meet them. We have at thi3 time
upward* of 16,000 men, in and near this
place ; and, although they are Militia* 'hey .
have proved themselve. brave, and have
always faced danger without a fear ol' its
con>rquences. Our town troops will be
discharged to.morrnw, with orders to ho!d
themselves in readiness.
“ From information received from one of
our prisoners, a respectable Merchant of
this place, who has been in the English
Camp from the first attack (say 23d De
cember,) their torce landed, exclusive of
Marines and Sailors, was 9400, including
1400 B'acks (who ran atter the firs: fire ol
our Artillery) ami that their oss in killed
w ourded and missing was be wetn 3 and 4
tl-.nuss.ml; of which we had u w ads of
600 pri* trs. They were the fin roops
•n the Britth service. The 93d U-g>.
from the Cape of G< od Hope, ol 970, only
a i . r l 7-1 • te th • net on of h 8t
“ fi neral Pakcnhapi't body vas sent oil in h
D'spa'ch V'e set—(and a g or'mus tale it wili
bear td» (!»•: Rnj'lish Ministers anti thei*- delud. d
Pon’e. Edit J tiib’is was burieti on the field—
and Keane, from the last accounts which e
rect iveJ from the Surgeons left with thei
wounded, it is said ’will not survive-Many
Voting ,\'oblrir.tn accompanied this hap -i'ion,
and one was ki ltd on ihe 28th 1)»ceirher. \l.
accounts ctuifirm that they never sufh .ctl s
great n loss in Officers in any one engugeu en’
h/rctofore ; even wntn their nuin r» in action
were trth'e
“ Under a'l these circumstances, I earnin' be
lieve they will make any further attempts, tho*
they may annoy us by their armed vessels.
“ There is som- probability ol a demand for
Hemp ; aa some Spies are in custody.
“ 1 informed you ofLnfute, the famous Smug
pier and Pirate, having joined our farces. They
have been of great value, and distinguished
themselves ; as did the Free People of colour
Indeed, it has proven a fortupate circumstance
that they v'ere enrolled in our army
“ The Official account of this Expedition will
open the eyes of all Kurope at our growing
strength—and the English government will at
length see that they have cliastis d us, until we
are capable of defending the toil, and our rights
on the Ocean. It will, no doubt tie the means
of accelerating a speedy Peace, unless they
meet with success in the North—but such an
example from a quarter, whence the least was
expected, should at length rouse them trum
their slumbers.
“ From the alarm which mnst have existed
abroad tor the *ecurityof this place, I have no
doubt many have sacrificed their qiropiriy in
this quarter Durinr t' e bustle, there was
much co lon used for the fortifications
“ There remains no doubt of the en n" ’s m
tentioT. of holding the place hid they succeeded.
Many of the officers taken have their ft mi i/e*
on hoard, and letters have be n foun \ m t . ni
from their wives wishing t m to pro-ure hou
ses for tiieir residence I’ll y hail also Officers
for a Government, £tc. (".Minister!, it ,r. ms,
must look out for places for their Minions cite
•where ! Rdit.J
“ Although our officers were apprised of the
retreat of the English, they did not att -mpt to
harrass them, as tli-y lud their rear well sup
ported by cannon i and we should have lost m
ny valuable lives, and probably gained only .
few prisoners of no consequence-as the Field
Officers had left their camp jome days pr-vi
out.—The famous Gordon of Alexandria was on
shore during the whole affair, and comman led
one of their batteries- (He must have wiin •«
ed, melhinks, a small contrast betwe n New
Orleans &nt\ Alexandria / This Gentlt man, it
seems, was not quite to fortunate in pillaging
during his late Expedition*— Rdit.J
“ They left from 15 to 20 cannon—several 18
" New Orleans, Jan. 21.
“ The enemy have retreated to tli ir
shipping, which they finally accomplished on
the night of the 18
" In the battle of the 8th the enemy ac
knowledge the loss of 1973—Among them,
3 Generals and many other oilicers of dis
tinction—While our loss did not exceed in
killed and wounded 25 to 30
I ney state their loss in killed and
wounded, since their landing, upwards of
3000 ; and have abandoned many of their
wounded to our inerey.— Their land force,
including 1400 negroes, was 9000- In all
the contests, our loss does not exceed in
killed 50 men. Previous to the attack of
the 8th, the enemy never approached with
in musket shot.
" Finding their men backward, the offi
cers, to encourage them, came in front and
in two instances succeeded In gaining two
batteries for a few munutes, but they found
their graves.
"Our line of entrenchments extended
from the river to au impenetrab'e swamp
about one mile—ihev were 8 to 10 feet wide,
and 4 to 9 deep—Those in the rear loaded'
for the front line ; so that no time was lost.’»
Frkoeaickssurg, February 11,
Extract ©/ a letter from a gentleman in
New Orleans, to his brother in this filacc
New Orleans, Jin. 20, 1815.
On th* night of the 18th, the enemy de
camped an l made a precipitate retreat m
board their ships. General Lambert, oi
whom the command devolved, left behjnr
him a letter for General Jackson, saying hi
had left behind him 70 wounded men whirl
he would consider prisoners of war an
that all hostilities against L >uisi<ma would
cease for the present.
Charleston, February 8.
The flritwh Launch, with a twelve pound
carronade and five handsome brass swive's,
a number of wafer casks on board, which
was left on shore at Clark’s Kay, in the late
attack by our ft itiila from this city, arrivrd
at the Cusiom-Hnuse wharf this morning,
under the chatgeof a detachment of mill*
The U S. sloop of w'** Wasp, passed
r.lov hi with T»bee Light on Saturday
:TV>r' ing last, and then stoo I to the North
waid end Eastward.—Sun. Muteum.
Washiwoton, Peb 9.
'Ixtrac' r.r n irt, fr<jm Ccm ff
Cam fib- ll Commanding Naval Officer at
Savannah, to the Secretary of the Na
vy daicd
Sava mxah, Jun 29, 191$.
1 he enemy have evacuated St Mh'v'i
^ind withdrawn to Cumberland Inland, titer
destroying the fort at Point Petre and blow,
mg up the magazine.
Prev ious to their leaving St. Mary’s tb^y
pruned th* houses with tir, ready to lira
tiiern, if molested in their retreat.
I regret to iuform you, that the new barge *
Scorpion has lallen into their hands with
her equipments, a correct return of which
shall be lorwarded for your information.
Cofiy of a letter from Com Dent to the
Secretary of the j\avy, dated
Cha> lesToh, S- C. Jan. 3Is/. 1815
I had the honor in my letter of the 28th
»o inform you. that from the information
received by the commanding general or the
situm on rf the enemy near North Edisto.
and the great alarm of the inhabitants I
had decided to visit that p are. ()r, my’ar>4
rival at the camp on John’s Is’ar.U. 1 sent
an exnress to Lieutenant K"trneyf' c >«n
m«nd ng the flotilla (then on his w iy
with the army ran port to Savannah) to
o eet me with the fl uiHa in Nor Ji Edisto
r: ver.
rr«im light winds and contrary tides*
Lnentenant Kearney did not ar ive -h re
’1 Half pas' 2.P M or. Sui j 'y. 2fc2
I wao informed 'he tnemy were wa~
ei i v with the y barges and aboni 8j ~ea
»i the opposite Inland. I imwedi i*e!y di*
■c ed -he thre»* haroevto :>- , n{.tI wit;i
v mu'e^K and or’er d Lit ut K a n y to
roctrd outside and t., e-tv«r to cu the n
°ff* wJ,Mf a !* ,!y ,f ™ * id mi! f.a,
by order o. the gen teal. w ianritrtl on
l af'ei 3 trie oarges
t rnin tne r><. n , wei©
trig'te, (luyii to an an**
miles nm the !*„d) when
?u > ind made the signal
the Island
move ’ d r.
diaCnvei 0. t:
ch r about f nr
she tired >e\<.ral
• *f recal to her boats, and immediatelv got
under wav and ope .ed a heavy fire on our
,RrS* \he Wl !d ab ut **•!■ *«me chan
ged from the westward to the east, and ve
ry enabled our barges to cut off the
tender, which was discovered working out
of * small bay with two barge-. Tlieene*
my s ba-ges, af:e" pufing rmn on board the
lendermoved directly to windward an(U,
bead of cur bar* s. to the frigate A/u r a
close running fight of one hour ai. I a h If
!“d.in act oi boarding, I had the sat s'
taction to see the tender sur e der. Tue
exertions of the frigate to save the tender
weie great; and when she saw he mo
'• ats leave her, she opened a heavy fire on
them, and obliged them ro pu sue or bar*
ges, with a thi.d .hat leu the sl.io ’bout
tne same time. After the irrend-r 0f me
tender the frigate recalled her bo.-t n l
s on after ceased firing Lieur. Kearn y lie
..fiicers and men engaged in ;h s. tr 7 /
behaved themselves in a manner that does
honor to their country ano themselves ' l
rhou h th-v had to continue So iorg r
lie fire ot die frigate, no h . gc md a.vert
lum from their objocr. As ihe frigate
hud cu‘ off their r- treat in Noi in ;• st0
it. K arney was obliged to^peoceed t S c h
Edisto with his prize, since which i hue
not heard any thing from nim. The de
tachment of niilitia proceeded to tlie p'ace
where the enemy were watering, and i und
their launch aground in d abandoned the
crew having gone tn b ard the tender*_
She was fi led with water casks, and had
nour.ted a carronade, ,!X brass swivels
w h muskets, pistols See 1 «jhe was got vtf
at high water, and i expect her round with
the prize. “
I have the honor to be, 9ir, very respect
rully, your obedient servant. ^
l lie Hon Be'j imin W Crowninshield,
Secretary of the Navy.
The N -tinnal Ba .k bill, after an arduous
and warm’v contested struggle in the Se.
nate, during three whole days, was late last
evening, ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading in that body on this dav.
Nat. Intelligencer, February
Major General Hrown has received
those attentions, since his arrival in the ci
ty, justly Hue to the eminent services he has
rendered his country, as well as to his per!
sonal character. In consequence of a vote
of fever day, He and his suite, Major,
J.ines, Austin and Brown, were conducted
to a seat within the Hall of the House of
He has besides ordinary visitations, rev
ceived the offer of the honor of a public Din
!1".‘f0,n th® Members of Congress, and of a
Ball from the cmzens. We have not yet
heard whether it will be in his power to *c
cept o. either, as his stay here is necessarily
very limited. f
The following circumstance has been this
day communicated to me.acc wpanied with
•MCh evidence as commands my implicit be .
lief i and the Government of the U. St itc*
may be furnished with a statement of the
act, on such testimony as shall c< mm ,ud
the-r credence. Democrat Pro,
rhe day after the news of the burning of
VVashington City reached Paris, a member
of the french Government expressed to
U-rd Caaricreagh his doubts-as to the fact
to which his lordship (who to the American
minister talked of his •• Friends in Con
jres* ) replied—’'Sir, it is true beyond all
loubt, and I expect that at this time most
»f the large sea-port towns in America are
md in ashes—that we are in posses-ion <4
New Orleans, and have Command of the
lie wi en of the Misu^sippi and the Lakes
-o that the Americans are n >w little better
biaa prisoners at large, in their oya court.
— y—■ j ■ ■■-,
Died, in Ks„ a Countv on the 13th ultimo.
I« TJTul, Vi-SiftS* af,'r »»nc.s of
18 urs, Mrs &li*4Ktll Uouannan, in tt»e 6j h
: l«t a-y th« prc.
sent month, t. ic *imi dur»Wf *ncr .»l0ft
°* 6 ;*"• >»usp»ir!, Col. Joseph
"*"• * *oU‘«r nf Kvvn.uiion, a^ed
03 yesiis < • j

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