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Vol- 5.] lilCHMOJYD, TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 1809 [No. IQS
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IN RICHMOND fUSTlMGS LOURT,
April 11, 1809.
UPON consideration of several late and con
tinued instances of the appearance of the
SMALL.-POX in this City, nntwiiiistuuling
the most vigilant care to have the patients remo
ved as soon as known to be injected, and of
the importance ofavoiding a general inoculation,
while effectual means should be used tor
ensuring the extinguishment of the disease in
the Cityi It is ordered by the Conrt, that the
work-house be continued, as lately authorised by
certain magistrates ,a place of reception for per
sons who shall casually break out with the small
pox, and have not some other lice nsed place to
ret ire to. It is further ordered, that it be recom
mended to the inhabitants of the City, to have
their families and dependants forth with vaccina
ted at their respective homes, as it will be atten
ded with no danger by contagion, nor with in
convenience or unusual restraint. And upon con
sideration, that some poor persons may not be a
ble to encounter the expence of employing phy
I sicians for adopting the course recommended ;
It is ordered that any magistrate of the City
may in his ward, and not elsewhere, upon appli
cation, if in his opinion the .applicant be an object
of the publie assistance, grant an order addressed
to such physician as may be chosen by the appli
cant to attend him or her, or his or lier family
through the course recommended ; and for this
service, when performed to the satisfaction ol
the magistrate, there shall be paid from the funds
of the eity-. to the physician, one dollar for every
person vaccinated. It is further ordered, that
the work-house as far as it will afford room, ami
the seat of the Revd. John Buchanan, be licensed
for inoculation for the small-pox : provided that
no person shall be admitted thereat after the lOUl
of next month.
A Copy. TH : C. HOWARD, Clk.
We the subscribers, practitioners of physic in
the City *f Richmond, inform, the inhabitants,
that they are now vaccinating with a matter which
t hey recommend as genuine.
JAMES LYON,
J. R. FOUSJIEE,
JAMES DREW McCAW,
JAMES GREEN HOW,
J. TRENT,
JOHN ADAMS.
< April I t. _St
\ U l ICE—AM persons indented to the estati
1/N of the late JOHN STROBIA, are desir
ed to make immediate payment, and those win
have claims against the estate are requested to
make them known to the Subscriber, properly
authenticated, that they may be instantly dischar
ged.
JOHN II STROBIA, Adm’r.
April 14. 2w
REMOVAL.—The Subscribers (in conse
quence of the late Fire) have removed to :
brick tenement belonging to Messrs. J. & R
0 Gamble, on the street leading to Mayo’s Bridge
opposite Messrs Brown and Rives’s Accompt
ing-House, where they have for sale, a geneia
assortment of GERMAN GOODS,
.CONSISTING «F._...
Oznaburgs 8c Ticklen- Fine Shirting Linen,
burgs, Bed Tick,
Dantzic Rolls, Damask Table Cloths
Brown Rolls, Looking Glasses,
Sheeting, Liquor Cases,
Dowlas, Quart, Pink and f, Pin!
Platillas, Decanters.
Also, Fresh RED CLOVER SEED
BONN 8c IINBNER.
April 4. (*w
New cheap dry good store,
Just opened at Mr. Thomas’s Yellow House
on the Capitol Hill, nearly opposite the Swai
; Tavern, consisting of a variety of handsome am
fashionable printed Cambricks, Chintz, am
Callicoes, rich Laces, printed Shawls fc Handker
chiefs, Pocket Handkerchiefs, Mersailles, white
A colored Vesting, Leno Shawls assorted, Indii
Cottons &Coiton Linens—together with, general
\jt every article in the Dry Good line ; all whirl
are reUiling St at wholesale at nearly prime cost
on account of the owner returning in a fev
weeks to the Northward.
Apil 14. 4tfl
EUROPE.
Continuation of Ecreisv News from
Great- Britain.
London, Jan. 23.
A fire broke out on Saturday in St. James's Pal
Mc.e, adiicli did considerable injury to that part o
the building where it originated. Nearly all the
furniture w as consumed, and one female domes
tic perished in the flames.
Jan. 29.
An account has been received of the loss o
part of the baggage under the command o
Sir John Moore. We understand that the mule
’ teers, who bad been hired to carry the luggage
took fright on the appearance of the French ca
valry, cur the hands which kept the packages oi
the backs of their mules, dropped ami left then
to be picked up by friend or foe, while tliej
scampered off and took shelter m their nativi
mountains. It was not owing to treachery oi
theft, but personal fear, that the British owe tlieii
• loss; for those muleteers are proverbial for tlieii
honesty.
Government has given orders for the building
of sixty small ships of war, for a spocific object
thirty of which are to be built at the out ports
; md the rest at the dock yard at Deptford, and ii
the vicinity of London.
General Blake’s family are among the re
■ cent arrivals from Corunna; but the Gene
ral is not with them.
The total loss sustained by the Biitish ar
my in ?pain, from the moment they enter
ed that country, till they finally evacuated it
»' is reported, amounts to little more that
4,oo0mrn. The whole of the veturns han
not vet been accurately made out; but as fat
as they have been receded,it is proved thai
instead of 19.000, upwanlsot .. j.0<>0 embark
t r«l at Corunna, and 3,100 at Vigo. Tin
following is an abstract ot the returns alreadj
received?
EMBARKED AT C9RMRNA.
Cavalry 2,872
Engineers, Artillery Dri
vers, See. 2,636
Infantry 19,539
Total, sick, included ■ ■ ■ ■ -25,097
EMBARKED AT VIGO.
General Craufoi-d’s Brigade 3,100
Grand Total 28,197
Which, added to Gen. M’Kensie's bri
gade in Portugal, consisting of between 6
and 7.000 men, makes the grand total about
35,000 men.
February 1.
It is 9aid that government has received intelli
gence of the real stale of things at Constantino
ple. It is stated, that although Mustapha Bai
e racter was wounded in the assault made up
on the seraglio by the Janissaries,he succeed
ed in effecting his retreat with 500 chosen men.
With that force, which was shorty after augmen
ted to 20,000 men, he had occupied tlve impor
tant position of Trophiina, where he remained,
accordingto the l*«t accounts, with a strong
park of artillery. He held Constantinople in
awe ; and it was supposed, would ultimately
prevail. He had been joined Wy the Aga of the
Janissaries who, in their turn, had found a
powerful supporter in the Pacha of the Mo
res The accounts from Constantinople we
are tOid reach to the 25lh of Nov.
February 2.
Some of yesterday’s evening papets stated,
that a cartel had arrived at Dover from Cher
bourg, with messengers from Bonaparte ; and
the inference was, that they had brought fresh
proposals for peace. At the same time, it is rot
improbable that as the refusal to ncgociate by
our^ ministers was justified on the plea that they
could not abandon tbe Spanish people, Bona
parte may aftect to consider the forced homage
rendered him by the people of Madrid, and the
retreat of our army from the North of Spain, as
a completion of his conquest of that country, and
consequently as a removal of the impedi
ments in the way of a renewal of the negociati
on.
February 6.
Bonaparte goes on without intermission in or
ganizing the territory he has conquered. He
proposes, it is said, to adopt the line ofdemarca
tionof Charlemagne. Biscay, Navarre, Aria
gon and Catalonia, will be added to France. The
Ebro will be the new boundary ; and extending
from Tortosa, its source, to St. Andero. As a
recompense to Spain, he will unite it with Por
tugal.
The; appointment of Mr. Mellish to be consul
general in Louisiana serves to convince us, that
Mi. Canning expects an amicable termination of
the difference with the United States. His
friendship for Mr. Mellish is sincere, and
he would not have placed him in this situati
on it it were not likely to be permanent and pro
fitable.
In Europe there are yet open a few ports in
the South of Spain to which the ships of Great
Britain can obtain access ; but that tiny will re
main so, we doubt. From Portugal, not with*
standing a recent appointment of a member of
the British Parliament to the important and lu
| crative office of Consul General for that king
dom, our exclusion must be considered ine
vitable. The late events in Sweden leave us
without hope that our reception ill her ports
will much longer be tolerated—so that Europe
may now be said without exaggeration to be clo
sed against us.
We are sorry to be obliged to state, that the
utmost confusion and misintelligence reign in the
i Brazils, at Rio Janeiro, in the court of the Prince i
Regent- 1 he Prince Regent, and the Princess
his wife, are not on those terms of conjugal af
fection, or even of external amity and decorum,
I winch, it were to be wished, should subsist be
tween persons in their eminent and conspicuous
situation. To increase the misfortune, we learn
that Lord Strangford, our minister to the Bra
zils, and Sir Sidney Smith, have taken opposite
, parts in this court difference ; the former siding
with the Prince, and the latter embracing the
cause of her royal highness the Princess of Bra
zil. She is the Infanta of Spain ; eldest daugh
ter of thv late abdicated king Charles the 1 Vth, 8t
was married in 179U to the Price Regent. Of
course, she stands in the nearest position to the
Spanish crown and succession of anv prince or
Princess who is not a prisoner in Bonaparte’s
hands. Such is the unfortunate situation of
« things, at present, in the Portuguese dominions
1 of South America.
Bonaparte has communicated to the. Senate,
1 1,19 resolution respecting Spain and Portugal ;
the latter is to be united to Spain, and to form a
new kingdom for his brother Joseph ; in com
1 pensation whereof, Biscay, the rest of Navarre,
partot Arragon, and Catalonia, are to be annex
1 ed to France ; and the river Ebro, from San
i derc to 1 ortosa, is said to be the future limit of
r France.
February 13
D _ W*_t - . ■ • . „ r..
; iiiuiuiihiu HiTivcuimm nio j;4
1 neiro, and we understand that abundance of or
ders, principally for our coarse woollen manufac
tures, have been received by this vessel. The
communication between that port and the shores
of the Rio de la Plata, is now open, and a large
portion of the merchandize preparing is for that
market.
Dutch and German papers have reached town
f to the 29th ult. brought by a vessel wiiicii esca
ped from Varel on the 2d inst. This port is said
. to have been given by Bonaparte to tbe Duke of
Oldenburg.
It appears by these papers, that Austria was
p still occupied in the augmentation of her arm/,
p and in perfecting her military system. The
French force in Germany hud already received
, considerable (reinforcements ; 20,000 conscripts
. have passed the Rhine during the last month,
i The King and Queen of Prussia, and the Prin
i ces William ami Augustus, arrived at Peters
r burg on the 6th ult. A’liey were expected to re
main there for several weeke. The King was
expected to return to his capital about the ltuii
. inst.
The distress of the inhabitants of Copenhagen
was so great, that many of them had been oblig
ed to substitute horse-flesh for Butcher's meat,
; an<l its price for Jan. and Feb. was fixed at 4s 4d
and »?■* per IS.
i Leghorn has been declared by B**naparte a
free port.
February 14
Yesterday arrived from Cadiz, tbe Fortune,
Crawly ; the Sophia, Anderson ; and the Nor
ton Packet. i be last nieiv ioiu d vessel was on
lire voyage from Cr.diz only nine days. The fol
lowing is an exit act from a letter by this convey
' ance :
Cadiz, Jin. 26.
“ We have bad news from tbe army on the
southern fontiers of N«w Castile. We have lost
many men and much artillery, but you will pro
bably have known the particulars tnrough ano
i thei channel. All the French and Gen<»ese pro
’) perty in this port has been seized. At the Land
i Gate preparation! are making very actively, ua
the French are soon expected. The merchants
begin to be much alarmed and talk of taking their
departure tor the Spauiah settlements. Do not
transact any business for us at present as matters
are in such a state of uncertainty. It is not im
probable that we ourselves shall remove our es
tablishment to Buenos Ayres, where we hope to
resume ovsr intercourse with you.”
In one letter it is stated that all the fortresses
in the extensive range of coast from the mouth of
the Ebro to Gibraltar, are dismantled
Ftymouth, Jan. 30.
Now indeed, we have the miseries of war
brought home to our own doors ; for the scenes
here are beyond any pen to describe, occasioned
bv the arrival of so many transports with troops
just taken from the field of battle, the wounds of
some of whom have never been dressed, while
others are dying for want. No less than 900
women have been landed, all ignorant whether
their husbands were dead or living. In this
town and the neighborhood upwards of £500
have been subscribed l'*r the relief of the suffer
ers ; and a Committee of Gentlemen have been
sitting, by rotation, rdyfct and day, since Thurs
day last, in ordfSf ^o afford- supplies of food,
cluathing, and assistance to those who required
immediate aid ; and every woman, of every de
scription, who had a second garment, has given
it to the sefferera. Every house has become a
hospital; for every family receives a sick or a
wounded person, giving food, and necessaries of
all kinds. Notwithstanding those exertions,
great numbers are dying every day ; all business
gives way to the calls of suffering humanity. La
dies in person attend the sick and wounded,
dressing the wounds of the soldiers them
selves ; thus supplying the want of sufficient
number ot medical men, at the same time that
many of the wounds, from not having born
examined, were in a putrid and most offensive
state.
These are not exaggerations ; they are certain
farts, witnessed by many thousands.* Every fe
male in Plymouth is employed in making shirts,
petticoats, caps, gowns, and necessary clonthing
for the women. The Patriotic Fund, I nm
fraid, will have more claims than it will be able
to answer.
London, Feb. 15.
We are glad to announce the Hist symptoms
in the Supreme Junta, of a disposition to dimi
nish the burthens of the people. They have abo
lished a contribution of three and a half percent
imposed by a royal Edict of the 26tli June, 1805,
on those articles which were not subject to tithe
in Spain.
The lines at St. Roque are dismantled, k the
cannon removed to Gibraltar—that is a fact of no
small importance, as being a more decisive in
stance of confidence than has yet been displayed
by the Spaniards towards this country. How
greatly is it to be deplored, that confidence should
have so long been withheld ! '.
Proclamation issued at Cadiz on the 30th
ultimo.
“The Junta of the Province of Catalonia
officially made known, that the army under
the marquis of Lazo, w ith the troops of Ar
ragon and Somatenes, under the command
of Gen. Claro, have, by their united efforts,
dishidged the French from their position,
and campelicd them to retreat to Figueras
nnd Rosas, after taking a large quantity ot
provisions, ammunition and many prison
ers. They afterwards posted themselves so
as to deprive the enemy of holding any com
munication, either with themselves as dis
persed, or with France.
“ l'he army of Gen. Reding was assem
bled at Tarragona after its last retreat. It
is now composed of 24,000 men, in which are
comprized a regiment of Swiss, lately arii
ved from Majorca, and 3,000 men from Va
lencia.
“This intelligence is given to the public
by order of the Supreme Government, dated
Cadiz, Jan. 30th, 1809.”
We rejoice to learn, that the select com
mittee for inquiring into the -distribution of
East-India patronage is goingon—and are
port is expected in a few days. In the year
1800, we remember an inquiry was institu
ted by the directors themselves :—at which
time Mr. Charles Grant very conscientious
ly stated in his place, that it was put an
end toby aspecial order from the higher pow
ers ; it would be fair to demand of Mr.
Charles Grant, whom he meant by the high
er powers.
We understand that a committee is to be
moved for to inquire into the distribution and
abuse of patronage generally. ’Facts have
come out in the course of the present inqui
ry, and arc daily coming out, of a character
so gross and licentious, that it is totally im
possible for the legislature to shut their ears
to the scandal.
February 16.
The San Justo Ins arrived at Cadi/, from Vera
Cm/,, with nine million of dollars. This is the
richest cargo that has been sent by the Spanish
settlements to the parent state, and is one fifth of
the total annual supply from those countries in
times of peace and prosperity ; about seven mil
lions belong to the government, the rest is pri
vate property ; but we imagine the whole will,
fvi the present, be applied by the Junta to the
public use
General Beresford is destined to Lisbon, to or
ganizetho Portuguese levy. Major General Mil!
is also going out with five regiments, destination
unknown.
February 17.
M Cevallos has arrived in London, and the ac
counts he has communicated tend to confirm the
opinion entertained by some people in this conn
1rJ * °f the popular enthusiasm in the smith of
Spain in favor of the Bourbon Dynasty. To pro
vide against disaster, we are happy to learn that
measures are taken to secure the Meet in the port
of Cadiz, from the calamity that lias unhappily
befallen that in the harbor of Ferrol, where ten
line of battle ships and five frigates are said to be
in the hands of the enemy. Many persons have
been arrested in Cadiz, and great exertions are
making to improve the fortification of that place.
February 18.
By the terms of the capitulation of the town of
Corunna, a general amnesty is granted to the pro
vice of Gali cia, in the (tame ot the Emperor and
King, and his majesty King Joseph Napoleon.
FROM BELL*! WZRKI.V MESSKMORK OF FK
1RUAKY 15.
AMERICAN CONNECTIONS.
The investigation which is at present carried
on in the lu>tr>c ot commons has so unaccountably
Fixed the public attention, a'' to leave little curi
osity For any other subject—In out* pi'esent article
therefore, it is necessary to be short in order to
be read
If we except the late intelligence From Ameri
ca, little of importance has occurred since our
last—But America must now be considered as
the only power of any great importance to us in
political consideration, as the only power whom
we caw really and substantially make a friend, &.
the only power, with the exception «»»' France,
whom we have reason to fear as an enemy.
It ap|>eurs by the late intelligence, that the ein
bargo and non-intercourse acts have passed ; and
the new election having seated Mr. Madison in
the President’s chair, America will continue to
be administered on the same principles of gov
ernment as during the power of Mr. Jefferson —
America however docs not hesi.ate to hold out
her hand to conciliate. Repeal your orders of
council, she says, and trade with me, as you will
As this subject is to undergo a solemn debate in
parliament during the present week, we shall of
fer a few remarks upon it.
What is the policy of these orders of coun
cil ? Are they useful to us or mischievous ? Do
they promote or counteract our proposed ends ?
Do they produce greater mischief to the enemy
or to ourselves ?
But the worst effect of these orders of council
is, that in shutting you from the ports of Ameri
ca, it has made yoUr decrees of prohibition and
search a mere mockery Your marine tyranny
can have now no object ef gratification ; your ar
bitrary statutes are self-repealed. The exclusi
on from America co-operating with the exclusi
on from tho continent, you are left to enjoy all the
command of the sea, but not ofits trade.
1/9 USE OF CO A/MO.VS, Jan. 25.
OVERTURE TO RUSSIA.
Mr. Whitbread wished to learn from the
Right Hon.Secretarv opposite (Mr.Canning,)
what was the nature of the overture lately
made to the Emperor of Russia by the com
mander of our naval force in the Baltic, Sir
James Saumarez, and what answer was re
turned to that communication.
Mr. Sec. Canning replied, chat Sir J.Sau
marez had from his own consideration of the
benefits likely to result from the renewal of
an amicable understanding between Russia
and (i. Britain, and without anv authority
from his government at home, written a let
ter, generally stating that he was convinced
a disposition of that kind in th(* Kn^crcr
Alexander, would find a reciprocal fee ling
in the breast of his Sovereign, who was ever
anxious to return to pacific measures with
his ancient allies.
Mr. Ponsonby postponed his motion relative
to the conduct of the war in Spain from
Thursday to Monday fortnight.
MONUMENT TO SIR J. MOORE,
ANh» THANKS TO THE CONQUERORS OF
CORUNNA.
Lord Castlereagh on entering upoa a sub
ject which so sensibly affected the feelings,
not only of the house, but of the country, j
could not help congratulating them, and !
those more immediately connected with the '
illustrious Hero who bad lately fallen in the
cause of his country, on the glorious circum
stances attending their heavy loss—circum
stances which in some measure were calcu
lated to console them for that melancholy
event. It seldom happened that any great or
important advantage, or any splendid victo
ry was obtained, without its being their lot
to mix feelings of the most poignant regret
for some individual loss, with those of grati
tude for services, and exultations for tri
umphs.
Such was the case in the present instance,
where we had to lament the fall of an indi
vidual, whose death, from his distinguished
character, his military exploits, his nme of
life, and his promise of future excellence,
was to be lamented as one of the greatest
natiotml calamities—(Hear ! Hear !)_In
expressing the deepest sentiments of regret |
on this loss, it was pleasing to him and to 1
Britain, to do justice to the merits of *he in
dividual they deplored. It was in some de
gree satisfactory to know, that though woun
ded, and sensible of his approaching disso
lution, the late gallant commander of the
British army in Spain retained his mental
possession and strength to the last; that he
was able to follow up the transaction he had
so nobly planned to its close, and to learn
that it had been attended with complete suc
cess. In this awful and interesting state he
had but one wish remaining, a wish which
pvery individual in the British empire would
be most eager and anxious to fulfil; it was,
that the service he had performed might he
acknowledged, and marked with the appro
bation of his country. That such a signal
mark of approbation would be given by the
vote of this night, he could entertain no doubt.
If Sir John Moore had not been able to ac
complish all that was expected ; if he was
not able to achieve the arduous task of res
cuing Spain from the Tyrant’s grasp, the
blame was not his, (hud and incessant cry
of hear, hear, from the o/ifiosition.J It
pained him (continued the noble lord) to see
party feelings manifested so loudly on this
occasion. It those ge itlcmcn who gave wav
to so ill-timed a display of their political o
pinions. did think thfit the blame lay with
his majesty’s ministers, they might find a
more proper opportunity of urging their sen
timents. than on this solemn occasion, (hear,
hear, from the ministerial side.) Tore
turn, however, to the subject on which he
had met with this interruption, he wished to
call to the remembrance of the house the
number and glory of the many military ac
tions which had distinguished the life and
crowned with immortal fame the death of
Sir John Moore. Yet a detail of these me
morable achievements would only lessen the
effect of their united and continued splendor.
He would therefore confine himself to the
last of the gallant (ieneral’s heroic course,
which,lie could not, in justice to his memory,
refrain from giving with the warmest eulogy
his powers of language were equal to. A
bare recapitulation would be a splendid mo
nument to his memory, for whom it was
the ultimate design of his present address
to procure a monument of another kind as a
proof of national gratitude and esteem
Y\ nether the extent, the difficulties to be
surmounted, or the manner in which it was
executed, were considered, his march into
Spain would ever rank as one of the first dis
plays of military skill and excellent dispo
sit ion. On the arrival of the army at Sala
manca. they were in the most perfect and
complete state that ever men were in to
take the field against an enemy. In order,
in discipline, and in every military requisite!
they were competent to carry into execution
any plans their commander might.* u >.a c
As for number, it did not depend upon him,
[hear, hecr, from the o/i/iosi:ion,) but in
every other respect, no army ever existed
better calculated to execute the purposes
tor which it was destined. It was not tor
want of transports that he determined to
march into Spain by lard, but he considered
this mode as best calculated for military
effect. No doubt could possibly be enter
tained of the propriety of this step, for if
the army had been ussemhled (by sea) in
(wallicia, it must h;.ve been destroyed to nTl
intents and purposes, and rendered unfit for
service, from the barrenness of the country,
and ths want ot every necessary resource.
When the junction had been formed with the
other division of the British force. Sir John
Moore learned the fate of the allied armie s
with which it was intended he should have
co-operated. He was now convinced that it
was impossible for him to stand singly against
the immense power of France, and relin
quishing every idea of so fruitless and dan
gerous a resolution, he determined to run the
risk of making a powerful diversion in favor
ot the Spanish force in the south, hv d rau>jn»»
tlie attention of the concentrated French
armies to the north. He felt, that in exe
cuting this plan, some danger must be incur
red ; but as it would insure great national
and general advantages, to draw the en.-mv
twm the back of those armies they had just
defeated, he resolved to carry it into effect
at the same time taking the chance of beine
enabled to attack Sorlt. ami the. thy add tt
the glory and fame of 3ritish arms, and a
mmate our allies to redoubled exertions. As
tar as the first part of this plan was concern
ed, he was eminently successful, as a mor«
decisive and efficacious diversion was never
made.—With regard to the latter part -
although disappointed in his design of attack
ing the enemy under Soult, yet Providence
gave him an opportunity before he was
snatched from the service of his country of
leaving to the army an example of the most
eminent military talents, and of coverine
Ins country with that glory which on sound
i-.„.v,.pll;5i,c uu,-si not venture to contend
tor at Sahagun and Saldana.
At Corunna, notwithstanding the seven
ty „f the weather, the fatigue. ,,f a most
duous march and the destitute state of the
country, he had, at length, the satisfaction
ol being able to meet and to defeat an enemy
Ins sup; nor m every respect but in bravery
discipline and determined resolution. When
the movements of an army are so rapid a*
those of ours necessarily were, the retreat
ing armv are compelled to leave behind them
all those who are too weak to maintain the
exertions required for the celerity of the
march, while the enemy on the other hand
fol.ows, with the most strong athletic of his
force.. Ii was thus, not a triai of courage
but of physical strength. If, after all tins'
an army could CQnipletelv defeat ami embark
ill the presence of a superior force, which
they had beat the day before; if their em
barkation was so complete, that not a sin
gle wounded man, not a single piece of artil
lery, or an article of the capture of which
the enemy could boast, were left; it was
impossible to deny, that such an ’achieve
ment ranked with the most glorious that evei
adorned the British name. A more splen
did movement of combined naval and milita
ry means, never was witnessed. It justified
government of making use of these two
strong arms for the salvation of the oppres
sed world. As all the actions of the gallant
Ceneral, whose loss they so deeply lament
ed, were fresh in memory; he would add no
more to what he had said, in which languagr
was too weak to (Injustice to hisftelii.es
“?,c ^anscendant merit of the departed Ilero.
1 he Noble Lord concluded with moving
that an humble address be presented to his
Majesty, that lus Majesty would be graci
ously pleased to order a monument to be e
rccted in gratitude to the memory of Lieut
Gen St John Moore, K. B. in the Cathe
dral Church at St Paul’s, who, after having
spent an honorable and meritorious life in
the service of his country, fell, deeply la
mented, on the 16th of January, 18C9 at Co
runna where he defeated a very superior
1 lench army, and established the glory of *
the British military character.
mpI^ri?,j Was 8ure that nof mo
ment should be lost in an opposition to this
vote, which was a tribute of national justice
as well as national gratitude, to the immortal
commander, whose loss they now so feeling
ly deplored. He wished to express in the
warmest m inner, his satisfaction at the
speech of tne Noble Lord, wh.ch was no
less just in sentiment, than emphatic in Ian
guage. He hoped it would go forth to the
public, as the opinion and words of govern
ment. \V bile he thus expressed the plea
sure he had received from thr- N„i,u i_«
he could not help stating the deep indignae
Hon he had felt, at seeing on the very day on
wh.ch they were assembled to erect that
piou« monument to the memory of departed
greatness, a part of the Press of this coun
try levelling its envenomed shafts and en
deavoring to ioh him of the laurels which so
gloriously decked his brow. If these were
persons who thought to please the Noble
Lord by the course they had taken, he trust
ad they would he convinced of their mistake
®y wl,at they had heard this night He
wished to turn the attention of the country
to the emphatic language of the Noble Lord
It was their duty, both in and out of that
House, to take care, that while they erected
a monument to a most distinguished indivi
dual, they did not neglect the preservation of
ns fame, which was more durable than mar
ine and more permanent than brass. He
did not mean to say, that dcathoughttiucaii
nonize errors, or the grave shelter miscon
duct ; but alter his splendid course, and
perishing in the last glorious attempt to add
to the fame of his country, it not too
much to expect, that the voir* of censure
should be suspended till hia fellow-solditrs
had an opportunity of doing justice to'hc
detail, as justice had been ln"c toth# -ere
rnl principle which actuated his conduct.
Th« question was uowi-ut by the Speaker
and can led unanimously*
L >rd Castlereaglt then the thanks
of the House to Lieot-,,;,,,t General^ Sir
L>. Baird, Hope, M’Kci* e. Frazer, L »rd
W. Bentinck, E. Paget, an'1 Major Gene
rals Beresford, Coote, NJ,1»i»gham, Hiij
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