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1748, Jan. 7. An express arrived from "Falmouth with advice, that M. de la Bourdonaye, late commander in chief of the French king's ships in India, was seized the 4th instant, on board a Dutch ship, called the Statianse Friendship, captain Decker, bound from St. Eustatia to Holland, which put into Falmouth the 22d past, by contrary winds. Jan. 11. Above 900 sailors, belonging to the Bedford, Sterling-Castle, and Chatham men of war, went to St. James's, and delivered several petitions to his Majesty, in behalf of themselves and their brother seamen, on account of prize money; which were graciously received by his Majesty; on which the sailors gave three cheers, and were ordered to come again the next Monday. The guards were ordered out of the Palace-yard to make room for the seamen, at which his Majesty expressed great satisfaction. Jan. 26. His Majesty's pardon passed the great seal unto John Mackenzie, com
monly called lord Mac Leod, eldest son of .
the late earl of Cromartie, of all trasons, misprison of treason by him committed and on or before December 24, 1747. Feb. G. The right honourable the earl of Chesterfield resigned into the King's hands the seals of office of one of his Majesty's principal secretaries of state. Feb. 18. His Majesty went to the House of Peers, and gave the royal assent to an act for granting to his Majesty a subsidy of poundage (of 5l. per cent.) on all dry WOL. ii.
goods and merchandizes, to be imported into this kingdom, and for raising a certain sum of money by annuities and a lottery, to be charged on the said subsidy; and an act to revive and make perpetual two acts of parliament, to prevent frivolous and vexatious arrests. The duke of Bedford, was appointed one of his Majesty’s principal secretaries of state. Feb.24. This morning the Duke of Cumberland accompanied by several officers of distinction, set out from his apartments at St. James's for Harwich, to embark for Flanders, and take the command of the army. The Magnanimous, a Frenchman of war, was taken by the Nottingham and Portland, two of admiral Hawke's squadron. The duke of Cumberland arrived at the Hague on Saturday, Feb. 27. Accounts were received from captain Pocock, the commanding officer of his Majesty's ships at Barbadoes and the Leeward Islands, dated Jan, 12, that his Majesty's shifts, in jhose parts had taken about thirty sail us the convoy that sailed from, France with the French men of war which Sir Edward Hawke fell in with ; and;tha;, about ten more of that convoy had Îlso been taken by the privateers of the said islands:... that a French privateer had been taken by his Majesty's ship the Ludlow castle, and that five French privateers had also been taken by his Majesty's ship the Centaur. b