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event of falling in which those ships to chase, and put on the best appearance, but, besides this, there was very little wind, and no apparent possibility of escaping from the ships if they should prove to be an enemy;-under these circumstance we bo; e up, having light, variable winds. A few minutes before ten, one of the frigates being much nearer to our squadron than the other, and the corvette, engaged the Windham, the headmost ship. We continued under all sail until close to her, when we wore round under her stern, and being able to bring all our guns to bear, commenced as heavy a firing as possible. The Charlton commenced firing a few minutes before us, but most of her
shot must have fallen short from the
distance that she was from the enemy, and the light, variable winds, which did not admit of her getting nearer. At 11, A. M. the French frigate bore up to join her consort to leeward, bearing a commodore's pendant. In this action the Windham was the ship mostly engaged :-signal from the senior to come within hail, and shortly after to haul the wind on the starboard tack. Windham set sky sails, and every sail that a ship could possibly set. At a little after one, we went to quarters again, the same frigate nearing us very fast under our lee, the Charlton ahead a very short distance, the commodore a considerable distance ahead and evidently making off. At a quarter before 2 P.M. the signal was made to the commodore for him to shorten sail and join the ship in the rear—the signal was answered, but no attention paid to it. At half past three, the signal was repeated, but to no purpose; the figate was now abreast of the United Kingdom, the Charlton still continuing the same distance ahead; we did not fire at the frigate till the last moment, although within gun shot,
under the idea that the Windham would
beat up to our assistance; the frigate, and her consort, being about a mile and half astern, and the corvette at least five miles. At a quarter before four, P. M. the Charlton made the signal to the commodore to bear up,
and engage the enemy's van; the signal was answered, but unattended to ; the Windham continuing under all sail.—At four P. M. we commenced firing again, the Charlton being ahead, immediately bore up, to bring her whole broadside to bear, and commenced action also ; we continued as heavy a fire as possible, until thirty five minutes past four; the frigate then bore up, giving us the whole of her broadside. The Charlton in passing, now cheered us, which we returned. At ten minutes betore five the enemy's frigates were within hail of each other; shortly after boats were seen passing and repassing; the Charlton made the signal to the comnodore to shorten sail; the signal was answered, but without complying with it. We were now employed filling cartridges, and used every exertion to prepare for the third action. At 11 P.M. the Windham N. W. by N. distance five or six miles, set all sail upon the starboard tack. Both of the frigates nearing the United Kingdom very fast, captain Mortlock sent an officer on board to consult as to the best means for further proceedings; the Charlton keeping astern a shot distance, that we might make the best defence possible, both on a wind, on the starboard tack. At a quarter past midnight, the La Manche and La Venus, being within about half gunshot, commenced a heavy fire on the Charlton, who was astern about two-thirds of a cable's length ; but we, being on a wind, were unable to bring guns to bear. The Charlton nobly returned the enemy's fire, which she maintained, with the greatest spirit, until about twenty minutes before one, A. M. Sunday, the 19th November, when she was under the painful necessity of striking. The frigates then passed the Charlton, and engaged the United Kingdom, both at once, in the same manner as they had engaged the Charlton. We continued the action, with the greatest spirit, until ten minutes past one, when, not being able to disable the enemy, and the masts, sails, and the rigging, being very much injured, with several shots in the hull, and two of the guns rendered useless, and there being no chance of escaping, or opposing, with success, a force so very superior, we were under the necessity of striking. The La Venus then went in chase of the Windham ; lieutenant Tucker, with captain D'Esterre, and officers, being sent on board the La Manche. When every thing is taken into consideration, the vast superiority of the enemy's force, and the noble exertions made, the defence is highly credible to the captains, officers, and ships' companies, as well as to the passengers, cadets, and soldiers, on board of both ships, all of whom evinced the utmost gallantry. Had the enemy attempted to board either of the Indiamen, I am convinced the event would have been glorious to us. Wizgapatam, Dec. 7, 1800.
ENGLISH FORCE. Charlton–26 eighteens, ship's company 109,-lascars 27, soldiers 75. Killed, James M'Gahy, private, 69th regiment. Wounded, Robert Sunman, ordinary seaman, severely. One gun rendered unserviceable. United Kingdom—Ship's company 108,-Lascars 18, soldiers 50, carrying 32 guns, 12-pounders. Killed, W. Holmes, seaman, and one lascar. Wounded, four seamen, (one since dead) one lascar. FRENCH FORCE, La Venus—28 long eighteen pounders, to ditto nines, eight thirty-six pound carronades, 46 guns, and 25 swivels, 380 men; commanded by Mons. Hamelin, capitaine de vaisseau et officier de la legion d'honeur. La Manche—The same number of guns and men, commanded by Mons. Donaldeguy, capitaine de vaisseau et membre de la legion d'honeur.
A list of officers and passengers, arrived on board the Creole, French corvette, who were taken prisoners in the honourable company's ships, Charlton and United Kingdom, on Sunday, November 19, 1809. Captain Mortlock, commander of the Charlton; mates, Mr. Sennet, Mr. Martyr, Mr. Furlong, Mr. Hyter; midshipmen, Mr. Webb, Mr. Swinton, Mr. Forrester, Mr. Broker; purser, Mr. Fecon ; captain's clerk, Mr. Knox; surgeon, Mr. Salkeld; assistant ditto, Mr. Stokes. Mr. Benford, chief mate, and Mr. Brocker, midshipman, were detained on board. Captain D'Esterre, late commanding the United Kingdom ; mates, Mr. Burne, Mr. Aikman, Mr. Ward, Mr. Randall, Mr. M'Lardie; midshipmen, Mr. Howell, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Dowton. Mr. Redout, Mr. Mallet, purser, Mr. Russell, assistant ditto. Mr. Blanche, chief mate, and Mr. Ward,
midshipman, were detained.
Passengers per Charlton — Mrs. Green, Mrs. Caldwell, Mrs. Muston, Miss Muston, Miss S. Muston, Miss Carter, Miss Denton, Miss Brietzcke, and an attendant on Mrs. Green. Major Caldwell, of the company's artillery; ditto Kinlock, of H. M. 67th regiment; lieutenant Tucker, of H. M. 24th dragoons; ensign Baxter, H. M. 12th regiment; ditto Stack, H. M. 14th ditto; ditto Gillman, H. M. ditto; Mr. Muston; Mr. Smart, assistant surgeon, H. C. service; Mr. Kage, Mr. Marriott, Mr. Newcomen, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Swinton, Mr. Hall, Mr. Gordon, and Mr. Crawford, cadets.
Passengers per United Kingdom— Miss Long, and Mr. Doveton, cadet; 12th regiment, 3 privates, 2 women, and two children ; 60th regiment, 3 serjeants, 3 corporals, 9 privates, 4 women, and 2 children.
BoM.BAY Occurrences for JAN UARY, 1809. w
JANU ARY 6. — Government has learned, with concern, the death, on the 29th of November, at Bussora, of Mr. Charles Coore, a civil servant on the establishment, and Persian and Latin translator to his Majesty's legation to the court of Persia. - The talents and character of Mr. Coore, gave the promise of future ex
cellence, and by his untinely death the
public is deprived of the labours of a meritorious servant ; and the service has lost a member, who promised to become one of its brightest ornaments. G. C. Os Boit NE, Sec. to govt. JANUA R Y 10—1st. The honourable the governor in council is pleased to permit lieutenant-colonel Alexander Walker, of the 1st regiment of Nativeinfantry, to proceed to England, according to the existing regulations; with the option of returning to or retiring from the service, at the expiration of his furlough. 2d. In thus announcing the departure of lieutenant-colonel Walker, the governor in council discharges one of the most gratifying obligations of his public duty, in recording, in concurrence with the sentinents of the com-, manding-officer of the foices, his unreserved testimony to the distinguished merits of an officer, whose progress throughout the service has uniformly reflected the highest credit on the profession of which he has proved himself so respectable a member. 3d. The character of lieutenantcolonel Walker first attracted the notice of this government in the confidential situation which he held of secretary to lieutenant general Stuart, as commander-in-chief of the forces under this presidency; who having moreover appointed him to the office of deputy-quarter-master general in January, 1799, the lieutenant-colonel subsequently accompanied that experi
enced officer in charge of the arduous duties of quarter-master-general to the Bombay army, that co-operated in the reduction of the fortress of Seringapatam in the memorable campaign of that year. 4th. The selection of the lieutenantcolonel to fill eventually the appointment of the assistant to the auditorgeneral having been communicated to the honourable the court of directors, they were pleased to diret, in the year 1801, that he should succeed to the responsible situation of auditor-general at this presidency, on the occurrence of any vacancy in the department. The several occasions, however, which the administration of this presidency has had to avail itself of the experienced talents and acquirements of that officer,
having intercepted his succession to
the principal charge of either of the two above-mentioned offices in the immediate line of his profession, in view to which he had thus successively been selected, and in both of which he was eminently qualified to promote the public service. 5th. Having accompanied the committee of government that proceeded to Malabar, in the year 1797, the knowledge which colonel Walker thence acquired of the state of the affairs in that province, joined to his conciliatory character, led to his being nominated a member of the commission, that was formed for regulating the affairs of Malabar; at a crisis which demanded the selection of servants of approved judgment and talents. 6th. On the abolition of the commission, lieutenant-colonel Walker returned to this presidency, and would have succeeded to the office of auditorgeneral, pursuantly to his nomination to the situation by the honourable court, had not the course of events called for the exercise of his tried abilities in promoting the national interests in a more active and delicate scene of operation.
7th. The Baroda statehaving solicited
the interposition of the honourable company's power and authority in extricating the government from the various difficulties and distresses under which it then laboured, this officer proceeded to the northward in the year 1802, and in the short warfare which ensued, lieutenant-colonel Walker's services attracted the thanks of his excellency the most noble the governor-general in council, “ for the judgment and address which he manifested in the conduct of the negotiation with the minister Rowba, and for major Walker's distinguished exertion of military talents, in the contest in which he was unavoidably engaged, with the superior force of Mulhar Row Guicowar.”
8th. Having successfully engaged in the production of the active, and dangerous opposition that immediately distracted the Guico war state, the attention of lieutenant-colonel Walker has for these last seven years been sedulously devoted, in his capacity of resident at Baroda, in co-operating with the administration of the Guicowar government towards the restoration of its affairs, after the attainment of which important object he is now retiring to his native country with the regret of his own government at the loss of his able assistance, with the distinguished approbation of the governor general of India for the emiment services he has rendered, and the general good wishes of the sovereign and subjects in the country of the honourable company's ally at the court of which he has thus long and usefully resided.
Bo M BAY Occurrences for February.
BoMBAY, February 3–Yesterday morning the governor inspected the brigade under the command of brigadier general Malcolm, consisting of his majesty's G5th regiment of foot, commanded by lieut. colonel Lionel Smith,
detachments, from Madras, of horse artillery under the command of captain Poignard, of artillery under captain Shower, of cavalry under major Russel, the Bengal marine, com
manded by lieut. colonel Shuldham,
and a detachment of pioneers under the command of captain Fitzpatrick. On this occasion brigadier-general Malcolm presented the colours to the Madras cavalry, and addressed them as follows: “ Major Russel,—It is with a pride, which nothing but my knowledge of the officers and men under your command could inspire, that I present them with their standards. The greater part of them are volunteers from regiments of high and established reputation, and as such, it is impossible they should ever forget, that when they obeyed that noblest of all impulses, which leads a soldier to step forward at even the prospect of fatigue and danger, they imposed upon themselves a sacred obligation, not only to fulfil the promise they made by that act to the state they serve, but to the respective corps to which they belong, whose honour and character they became, from that moment, pledged to maintain, in all scenes, and under all circumstances, in which they might be placed. “To men whose breasts are animated with a sense of such duties, it would be a waste of time to say more than that I commit these standards to their charge, in the assurance that they will always be regarded with those proud feelings they are meant to excite, and with the fullest conviction that, when an opportunity is afforded to the officers and men of this corps, they will more than fulfil these solemu obligations they have thus voluntarily incurred, and by doing so not only entitle themselves to the gratitude of the state they serve, but be, at their return, cheered with the welcome applause of those corps, whose glory and fame they have promoted and extended by their spirit of enterprize, discipline, and valour." After the inspection a numerous assemblage of ladies and gentlemen
adjourned to brigadier-general Malcolm's tents, were they partook of an elega it breakfast.
Orders by the honourable the governor. Feb. 3–The honourable the governor had the greatest satisfaction in inspecting brigadier-general Malcolm's brigade under arms this morning. The steady and orderly movement of the column, as it marched round in review, was truly gratifying. The uniform and animated appearance of the detachments of horse artillery, and cavalry on foot, attracted particular attention, and the honourable the governor had only to regret, that he had not the pleasure of seeing them mounted. The coast artillery have long deservedly enjoyed a high character for skill and discipline, such as there is no doubt they will continue to merit. The soldier-like appearance, and steadiness, of H. M.'s 65th regiment was conspicuous; and the honourable the governor has the fullest confidence, that the well-established discipline of this corps will continue to reflect hohour and credit on themselves and their country, whenever they are called into active service. The Bengal battalion is a fine body of men, who will, doubtless, continue to support their distinguished reputation. The honourable the governor was, also, much pleased with the appear. ance of the corps of pioneers, who have already obtained a badge of merit for foreign service. This settlement is moreover indebted to their voluntary and very useful labour, in occupying their late leisure time in the repairs of the roads in Bombay and Salsette, for which their commandant captain FitzPatrick has already the acknowledgements of government. Of general Malcolm his merits are so well known, that the governor has only to express his belief, that, this officer's well-earned reputation, however high, will receive new lustre by his so, essful exercise of the very
honourable and important command
with which he is now entrusted by the supreme government.
February 4.—The latest accounts from the north-western frontier of Persia state, that a battle had been fought between the Russians and Persians, under the command of the heir apparent, Abbas Murza. The slaughter on both sides appears to have been considerable; but the Russians, as usual, claim the victory; and a royal firmaun has directed illuminations throughout the Persian empire, in honour of the success of his majesty's arms.
Although the rumours, respecting the present state of the French embassy, at Tehraun, differ in some slight points, yet no doubt can be entertained, that the influence of our enemies in the Persian cabinet has considerably diminished, in consequence of the recommencement of hostilities with the Russians. Some private letters assert, that the French embassy has been actually dismissed; others, that a period for its departure has been fixed; but all accounts agree in stating, that his Persian majesty attributes the late irruption of the Russians to the intrigues of the French, who hoped to intimidate him into a compliance with their demands, by the pressure of great and immediate danger. The consequence of this impression has been the complete alienation of the king of Persia from the French nation. It is but reasonable to suppose, that a continuance of hostility, on the part of Russia, combined with a distrust of the French, would lead the court of Persia to solicit the assistance of the English government. Whatever may be the degree of credit to which this intelligence is entitled, or the extent to which the late news from Europe may be expected to influence the politics of the court of Tehraun, it would not be desirable, immediately, to suspend those measures of defensive policy; which it is the character of a wise nation to continue,