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When the loud trumpet was swelling high And loud on the shore was heard to break, In answer to my minstrelsy ;

The dash of Dunara's sullen lake. The dark banners glanc'd, the war - horse Th' affrighted abbot stood aghast pranc'd,

At the screams that burst upon the blast; And red shone the warrior's spear,

For the soul of Dunara he durst not pray, The Ararder's notes rung, the gates were open For he had dash'd the cross away, ftung,

And he said that his soul was bound to hell And the maids bade them welcome with By the force of the devil's mightiest spell; a tear.

That the fiends and spirits were waiting

there, The fair lady press'd to her throbbing breast To bear him away on the midnight air.

The brave Earl Walter, her lord, His mail she embrac'd with trembling haste, A shriek was heard might hare rous'd the And unbuckled his good broad sword,

dead, At the banquet they tell of their comrades When the soul of the guilty Dunara fleda who fell,

Scorch'd by the red-wing'd fiery levin,
And the blood that was spilt on that day, Down to its base the tower was riven;
What mountains of slain were heaped on And where so late a palace smild,
the plain,

Frowns now a ruin hoar and wild.

W. And the wild voice of joy dies away.

Like ripple on the silver stream,

Like frostwork ’neath the morning beam,
The warrior's day of life is fled,
His sword hangs rustling on the wall,
His broken armour strews the hall ;
Muffi'd and slow is the warder's tread,
And masses are said for the soul of the dçad.
Slow heavily peal'a the convent bell,
As it rung to Dunara a last farewell.

EPIGRAM,
ON THE LATE HUGO ARXOT, ESQ.
THE Scriptures assure us, much may be

forgiven,
To flesh and to blood by the mercy of

Heaven : “ But I've search'd all those books, and texts

I find none, “ That extend such forgiveness To skin and

to bone"

Another lord to Dunara came,
With eye of fire and heart of flame,
Methinks I shudder yet to view
His pallid wild unearthly hue ;
As stern his look, as keen his eye,
As he would pierce futurity.
That eye, that like the lightning shone,
No living man durst look upon.
Stern was his soul, yet I have seen,

When listening to some ancient lay,
The horrid stillness of his mien,

All life, all motion, seem'd away:
As if that tale, of wond'rous mood,
Could freeze the current of his blood.
How the truth may be, I cannot tell,
But 'twas said he was leagued with the fiends

of hell.
The awful deeds that he had done
Were all unmeet for mortal ear.

Nobles! 'twould dim yon glorious sun, Were I to tell, were you to hear.

ON THE DEATH OF MISS --G--T ST-À-T.
AND art thou likewise gone away,

Companion of my early day?
To the first friend my bosom knew
Already must I bid adieu ?
A vicious world's polluted air,
Heay'n saw thee much too good to bear,
And took thee to a purer sky,
To flourish in thy Maker's eye.
The worth in thee so early found,
With merited reward it crown'd;
So soon of goodness thou possest,
It but remain'd to make thee blest,
But why for thee should I complain,
Tho' mine the loss, yet thine's the gain ;
Too good for earth, heav'n bade thee die,
And took thee to her native sky.

J.R

Ye start! Let us pass to his dying bed,

Where the trembling abbot watch'd alone, When the flickering tapers round themspread,

The dullest light that ever shone: O dismal was the raven's cry,

As he flapp'd the midnight air, And ever anon he fitted by,

Dim seen by the lightning's glare. The moon, 'mid louring clouds half hid, Was dyed with streaks of darkest red,

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historical Affairs.

SOUTH AMERICA.

the patriots considered as a judgment from MEXICO.

Heaven for their rebellion against their Extract of a letter from Natchitoches, dated lawful sovereign. A general pardon has May 10, 1812.

been proclaimed by General Monteverde tą I am not able to detail to you any parti- all persons implicated in the rebellion.

culars relative to the Revolution in The following extract from the New Mexico; but, generally, that the Revolu- York Gazette of the 25th August, contains tionalists are in great force, and advancing some particulars of this sudden revolution : this way ; and, it is expected, will cut their “Shortly after the earthquake, the Eccleway through all opposition, so as to open a siastical Body cried out, it was a visitation free communication to this place, where from Heaven in consequence of disavowing they will be supplied with arms (if not men,) allegiance to Ferdinand VII. and separating &c. to enable them to complete the Revolu- themselves from the old Spanish Governtion. Colonel Bernard, who left this place ment. The influence this body holds over last fall, for the seat of our Government, the minds of the people is well known. has returned here again, and some persons This infatuation induced many to believe with him ; and are communicating with the that it was actually as they represented ; and Generals of the revolutionary armies of they, with many persons of note, held corresMexico, relative to future operations. The pondence, not only with the government of present moment is pregnant with important Porto Rico, but also with the royal troops events; a few weeks will unfold them. I of Coro, commanded by General Montehope, within six months, to see the citizens verde. The consequence was, that he took of the United States pass and repass as free advantage of the distresses and fears of the ly throughout the present Spanish provin- Patriots, at a time when they were absorbed ces, to the South Seas, as they now do in grief for the loss of their friends and prothrough their own country.

perty. The invaders were joined by many “ The pass between Mexico and La-Vera characters of influence inimical to liberty. Cruz, I believe, continues shut; and the At this crisis the wreck of the Patriot army Revolutionists have intercepted all commu- assembled, and the command was given to nication between Chilbuagna, the residence the Marquis del Toro, who resigned his of the Governor-General, and Mexico. The commission. The command was then given troops of the royal party, are deserting, and

to General Miranda, and the army reinfor. coming in here frequently, and say, that the

ced with men and arms. About this time Perdinand VII. party appear to be losing Congress evacuated, and the royal army took · ground fast. They have been trying toengage possession of Valentia, after which the army some of the Indians in their favour, but have

retreated to Mearcai, the capture of which entirely failed. The Indians are inclined to soon took place, owing, as is supposed, to · favour the Revolutionists.”

the treachery or inattention of Miranda,

who retreated to Vittoria, though his army CARACCAS.

amounted to double that of the enemy. Intelligence has been received by the “ On the 6th of July, Porto Carello was British government of a counter revo- taken by surprise. The loss of this importa lution in the Spanish provinces of the

ant sea-port afforded a pretext to Miranda Caraccas, &c. which has terminated favour• for surrendering, who entered into a secret ably for the mother country. General Miran- armistice, which led to a private capitulada endeavoured to make his escape from

tion. The terms of Miranda's surrender Laguira in an English schooner to Curagoa, were only known to one or two of his par. but the Commandant preventing his depar- ticular friends. The patriots of Caraccas ture ; he was delivered up to the royal

were dissatisfied with his conduct. Every party, by whom he was put in close confine- patriot, to the last moment, remained perment. The revolution is said to have been

suaded that Miranda had taken care of their produced by the recent earthquakes ", which safety ; but on learning the reverse, they

fled to Laguira, to embark on board the See Scots Mag. for August Last, page vessels detained by Miranda's embargo, 592.

which was expected to be repealed; but on October. 181 2.

“ SIR,

the capitulation being concluded, it was the amount of seven millions of dollars, had continued in the name of General Monte fallen into his hands. Petion, it is said, verde.

had issued a proclamation, declaring that “Gen. Miranda arrived at Laguira on the this money should be applied in establishing 30th July, and ordered the embargo to be the affairs of the island. He was extremeraised, intending immediately to embark on ly popular. It was expected he would isus board an English schooner for Curaçoa; but a proclamation, recalling all the former the Commandant refused to do so, made white inhabitants. Several vessels filed him a prisoner, confined him in a dungeon, with passengers had gone from Jamaica and upbraiding him as a traitor ; and in this St Thomas's, under the persuasion that they exigence he declared himself for Monte should be protected by the new government. verde."

Morn Nor, it is said, was the principal for

tress which held out against him. Buenos AYRES.

SPAIN. Letters and papers from the river Plate, of the 7th June 1812, bring the intelligence

EXPLOITS ON THE COASTS OF SPAIX. that tranquillity was restored between the In our Number for July, we alluded to Portuguese and Spanish colonies.

some dashing naval exploits of Sir H. Pop It appears that dissentions had arisen, of ham and others on several ports of the coast a very serious nature, at Buenos Ayres, and of Spain in the possession of the French. The that the indignation both of the Govern- following details of these achievements have ment and the people was strongly excited appeared in the London Gazette. against the English. The consequence had been, that our countrymen had taken the Copy of a Letter from Captain Usher, of his

Majesty's ship Hyacinth, addressed ta precaution of shipping off their goods, and

Commodore Penrose, at Gibrallar, and expected an order from the Provisional

transmitted by the latter to Jolin File Government for their departure.

Croker, Esq. While things were in this alarming situation, a Portuguese Colonel arrived from Rio

“ His Majesty's ship Hyacinth, Janeiro with proposals of accommodation, on

off Almunecar, May 27, 1812 the urgent remonstrance, as it is supposed, “ I had the honour to inform you, in my of Lord Strangford, our Resident at the letter of the 20th instant, that the TermsCourt of the Prince Regent. This officer gant had destroyed the castle of Nerea, and was received with great distinction, and the that the guerillas came down from the moun. whole was in a few days arranged, the tains and entered the town; I have now to peace was signed, and the British visitors acquaint you, that I went on shore with admitted to favour.

Captain Hamilton, and waited on the guer. illa leader, who informed me that the

French had retreated to Almunecar, seren ST DOMINGO.

miles to the eastward, and that they had 300 Another revolution has taken place in the men there; and considering himself strong affairs of St Domingo. Letters from thence enough to attack them, he proposed marche state, that Petion had obtained possession of ing upon it without loss of time. As I s St Mark's, Cape Nicholas Mole, and Gon. desirous to render the guerillas every assisnaives, and was advancing to take possession tancè in my power, I promised him to 28of Cape Francois, Fort Dauphin, and all chor the ships in a position to place the enethe North. All Christophe's soldiers had my between our fire, which gave him great deserted him, in favour of his rival. Chrissatisfaction, and his men great confidence. tophe had himself fled into the mountains I accordingly bore up at four o'clock the with only a handful of men his staff offi- following evening (20th instant,) with blås cers had abandoned him to join Petion. He · Majesty's ships Termagant and Basilisk, and narrowly escaped the party which was sent anchored at point-blank range before the in pursuit of him, and which he eluded by castle, which we silenced in less than an taking refuge in the mountains, with a few hour. As the guerillas were to have arrived followers.

at seven o'clock, and there was no appear Letters from Jamaica mention that Petion ance of them at eight, Captain Hamilton had advanced to Cape Francois with 12,000 volunteered to return to Nersa in his gig, to men, and that that seat of his late rivals learn if any thing had occurred to prevent power had quietly submitted to his authori- their moving forward; and at four in the ty. The garrison consisted only of 300 morning he returned, and informed se

The treasure which Christophe had that a reinforcement which they expected amassed by the most unjust exactions, to had not arrived, and that they waited for

them

men.

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them before they could advance.

At seven

• I feel greatly indebted to Captain Hao'clock the enemy again opened his fire, milton for the able assistance he rendered having, during the night, mounted a howit- me, and the judicious position he anchored zer in a breach made in the covered way to his ships in ; likewise to Lieutenant French, the castle ; but by ten o'clock he was again of the Basilisk, who opened and supported a silenced, and driven with great loss into the warm and well-directed fire upon the town, where they fortified themselves in the enemy, while the ships were heaving in church and houses. Desirous of sparing the their springs to bring their broadsides to unfortunate inhabitants, whom the French bear. had thus cruelly exposed, I ceased firing ; “ I am happy to inform you that we have and having destroyed a privateer which lay had no loss, except the Termagant one at anchor under the castle, I, at two o'clock, man wounded, and the Basilisk one slightly. weighed and ran down to Nersa, for the The privateer was one of Barbastro's small purpose of concerting plans with the guer- vessels, armed with two guns, and 30 or ilas. On my arrival, I had the satisfaction 40 men. I cannot conclude without inform. to meet a division of Ballasteros's guerillas, ing you, that the officers and men, wounded commanded by Colonel Febrien, an officer so recently at Malaga, came to their quarters, of the truest patriotism, who, partaking of Lieutenant Spilsbury, whose wound is still all the zeal of his General, immediately put open, and Mr Bell the boatswain, who lost himself and troops at my disposal. The his arm, did not spare themselves. roads through the mountains being very “ I have the honour to be, &c. tedious, and as no time was to be lost, I

Tuos. USHER." resolved to take the infantry, consisting of about 200, on board ; and I ordered the

To Commodore Penrose, Gibraltar. scavalry to move forward through the moun

tains immediately, and take a position in the rear of the enemy, whilst the infantry, Extract of a Letter from Major-General Ross with all the small-arm men and marines, to Major General Cooke, dated Carthagewere to land on his fanks. I am sorry na, May 22. 1812. the delay of a calm gave the enemy time to learn our combined movement, as he in- My letter, No. 17, of the 16th instant, stantly fled with great precipitation, and would advise you of the progress of a comjoining a corps of 200 at Motril, within bined expedition to the northward of this, Colonel Alveor, and took possession of the by the ships'; but as the town would have place. The consequence of this has been, that materially suffered, and as the guns of the Captain Adam has been enabled to take or Venerable made no visible impression on destroy a privateer and her two prizes; to the fort, it was determined to erect a bat. blow up the castle of San Elmo, which is tery on a hill opposite to the latter, which situated upon an almost inaccessible rock, the enemy considered as quite inaccessible and all the sea defences and batteries which to cannon, and in that confidence rested his protected the anchorage of this place, and security. formed a secure resort for the numerous A gun was accordingly landed in the privateers which had been long an annoy- forenoon of the 20th (chiefly by the exerance to the British and Spanish trade on tions of Lieutenant Groves, of the Venera. this coast.

four miles of Almunecar, he retreated upon according to the information which I had a Grenada.

received up to that date. The result has “As soon as I arrived at my anchorage, i now justified the sanguine hopes that every sent Lieutenant Spilsbury and a guerilla one entertained of the success of operations officer to hoist the respective flags on the carried on under the direction of an officer castle ; and immediately began to demolish of the zeal and ability possessed by Captain the works, which are exceedingly strong, as Adam, of his Majesty's ship Invincible... it is built on a peninsula of high rock, scarp. Nothing could be better timed than the ed all round the sea face, and a wall 30 movements of General Freire, who, in confeet high. At the land side the rock is ex. sequence of the information I sent to Gen. cavated nearly 30 feet deep and 60 wide, O'Donnell, made an attack upon the enemy, with a narrow drawbridge, which is the and drove him from Baza on the 13th, the only entrance into the castle. I intend to same day on which the force under the comfill up as much of the ditch as possible by mand of Captain Adam appeared off Almespringing mines under each bastion. í ria; that officer baving judiciously taken found in the castle two brass 24-pounders, time to send on shore, at some distance from six iron 18-pounders, a six-pounder, and the place, to ascertain the strength, position, howitzer, which were spiked by the eneiny. and movements of the enemy, learned that He has left a number of deserters, princi. they were in the place to the number of pally Germans and Flemings, who inform four or five hundred, including cavalry, and me that they were the whole of the foreign- had not as yet made any detachments to ers in this battalion of the 32d regiment ; assist in opposing General Friere, but early they likewise inform me that they have long on the 14th instant it appears that the looked for an opportunity to desert, as they French General had sent three couriers to were dragged from their families, and Almeria (no doubt ignorant of this expediforced into the French service; one of them tion) to order the garrison to join him imhas been eight years from his country. mediately, which it proceeded to do accordl'he enemy's loss was very severe, but can- ingly, and as it marched out, Captain Adam not be ascertained, as the wounded were car- landed the three hundred Spanish troops he pied off in waggons.

had with him, under the command of

Colonel

1

ble,) notwithstanding the sea was breaking Captain Adam has also embarked all the with such violence against the rocks at the serviceable guns, carriages and ordnance foot of the hill, that it was doubtful whether stores he found in the place, totally destroy. a boat could get near enough for that pur. ing the remainder, and was busily employed pose. It was then hove up a short distance on these services, and in forwarding the by a moveable capstan ; but this was found embarkation of a quantity of sulphur and so tedious, that men and bullocks were sent lead from the King's mines, at six leagues for to draw it; and it was at length dragged from that place, under the direction of a to the 'summit of the hill by thirty-six pair Spanish Intendente, who had joined him of bullocks, four hundred guerillas, and with one hundred cavalry from Nijar, when one hundred seamen, headed by the Hohe wrote to me on the 18th instant, in an- nourable Captain Bouverie. It was immeswer to the express I sent to him by a gun- diately mounted, and fired its first shot at boat, to acquaint him of General Frier's re- four in the afternoon. treat before a superior force of the enemy at The gun was so admirably served, that Eliza. General O'Donnell was with me at sunset, a practicable breach was made in here two days, when he received dispatches the wall of the fort, and the guerillas rofrom General Friere and Colonel Alveor, lunteered to storm it. The first party was informing him, that the inhabitants of Al. repulsed, but the second gained possession meria had received the Spanish troops with without any considerable loss : several of the the most enthusiastic demonstrations of enemy escaped on the opposite side, and got patriotism on their entering that place on into the convent. the 14th instant; and as by the destruction In the course of the evening the sea abated of the fortifications, that port can no longer a little, and a landing upon the island of St be useful to the enemy, either as a safe ren- Nicholas was effected, though with some dezvous for privateers, and their prizes, or difficulty, by Lieutenant O'Reilly, of the as a point d'appui to the right Aank of their Surveillante; marines were also landed from advanced position, from whence they have that ship, the Medusa, and Rhin, with a hitherto annoyed General O'Donnell's army, carronade from each ship; and Captain it is to be hoped that these loyal inhabitants Malcolm took the command of the island will be relieved from any future visits of during the night, whilst Captain Sir George their tyrannical oppressors, when the Spa- Collier was in the Venerable's battery on nish troops are withdrawn.

the hill.

At dawn of the 21st, a twenty-four pour Admiralty-Office, July 4. 1812. der was brought to the east side of the Admiral Lord Keith has transmitted to town, within two hundred yards of the 2017John Wilson Croker, Esq. a letter from vent, and another was in the act of being Captain Sir Home Popham, dated on board landed upon St Nicholas to bombard it, his Majesty's ship Venerable, off Lequitio, when the French Commandant Gillort, Chef the 21st of last month, giving an account of de Battalion, beat a parley, and surrendered an attack made upon the French troops in with the remainder of his party, consisting possession of that place by the Spanish of two hundred and ninety men of the 119 guerillas, aided by Sir Home, and the offi. regiment. cers and men of his Majesty's ships under The enemy's loss had not been ascertainhis orders.

ed, but it was supposed to be considerable

, The enemy had possession of a hill fort as the guerillas, who were better posted

, commanding the town, calculated to resist and fired with more celerity, had fifty-sis any body of infantry; and also two hundred men killed or wounded. Not a man was men posted in a fortified convent within the hurt in his Majesty's squadron, either by town, the walls of which were impervious the surf or the enemy. to any thing less than an eighteen-pounder. There are two eighteen-pounders

The convent might have been destroyed ted on the fort, and three small guns i

on the

barre

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