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ORDERS IN COUNCIL.
NR FOSTER TO MR MONROE.
ration due for such an aggression as that Washington, Nov. 1. 1811. committed on the United States frigate the Sin—In pursuance of the orders which Chesapeake, should have been so long des I have received from his Royal
Highness layed; nor could the translation of the of the Prince Regent, in the name and on the fending officer, from one command to anbuhalf of his Majesty, for the purpose of of a reparation otherwise satisfactory
other, be regarded as constituting, a part proceeding to a final adjustment of the differences which have arisen between Great considering, however, the existing cir.. Britain and the United States, in the affair amicable attention paid to it by his Royal
cumstances of the case, and the early and of the Chesapeake frigate, I have the honour to acquaint you First, that I am
Highness the Prince Regent, the President instructed to repeat to the American Go
accedes to the proposition contained in vernment the prompt disavowal made by your letters, and, in so doing, your Gohis Majesty (and recited in Mr Erskine's
vernment will, I am persuaded, see a Date of April 17,1809,to Mr Smith) on being proof of the conciliatory disposition by apprised of the unauthorised act of the of which the President has been actuated. ficer in command of his naval forces on the
The officer commanding the Chesapeake, toast of America, whose recal from an
now lying in the harbour of Boston, will
be instructed to receive the men who are highly important and honourable coni.
to be restored to that ship. I have the inand immediately ensued as a mark of his Majesty's disapprobation.
James MONROE. Secondly, That I am authorised to offer," Aug. J. Foster, Esq. &c. in addition to that disavowal, on the part
FURTHER DOCUMENTS ACCOMPANYING of his Royal Highness, the immediate re
THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE. storation, as far as circumstances will ad. mit, of the men who, in consequence of Admiral Berkeley's orders, were forcibly taken out of the Chesapeake, to the vessel
Mr Foster, in his letters of the 3d, ilth, from which they were taken ; or, if that
14th, and 16th July 1810, and Mr Mon. ship should be no longer in commission, to
roe, the American Minister, insists, that
the Berlin and Milan decrees had not been soch sea-port of the United States as the effectually repealed, and that the Regent American Government may name for the
could not therefore forego the just measure parpose. Thirdly, That I am also authorised to
of retaliation, which his Majesty, in his ofer to the American Government a suit.
defence, had found it necessary to have reable pecuniary provision for the sufferers, in consequence of the attack on the Chea
Mr Monroe, in reply to Mr Foster, datsapeake, including the families of those
ed 23d July, considers that his Govern-,
ment was bound to respect the solemn de seimen who unfortunately fell in the action, and of the wounded survivors.
claration of the French Government, Aug, These honourable propositions, I can
5, 1810, that the decrees were repealed ; Ensure you, Sir, are made with the sincere
argues that they are repealed from the re
lease of the New Orleans packet, the Grace, desire that they may prove satisfactory to
Anne, and other vessels. the United States, and I trust they will meet with the amicable reception which
Mr Foster, in a letter of the 24th July,
asks, whether it is the determination of the their conciliatory nature entitles them to. l' need scarcely add.how cordially. I join repeal of the Berlin and Milan decrees,
President to rest satisfied with the partial with you in the wish that they might prove which Mr Monroe believes to have taken introductory to a removal of all the differences depending between our two coun
place. To this no reply seems to have been tries.
Aug. J. FOSTER.
given. In a letter from Mr Foster, data To the Hon. Jarnes Monroe, &c.
ed 26th July, he shews that Mr Monroe
had not, in his letter of the 23d of July, XE Moskok To Me FosTER.
adduced any satisfactory proof of the re
peal of the obnoxious decrees of France, and Washington, Nov. 12. 1911. he urges afresh the injustice of the AmeriSia-I have had the honour to receive can Government in persevering in their yoor letter of the 1st November, and to union with the French system to crush the, Las it before the President.
commerce of Great Britain. It is much to be regretted that the repa. la a reply to this letter by Mr Monroe, Vanuary 1812.
OCCUPATION OF FLORIDA.
on the 1st October, he does not bring for- Mr Foster replies, that he shall trans#ard any fresh evidence to shew that the mit it to bis Government without delay. Berlin and Milan decrees are repealed, and he seems to evade the discussion.
In a note, dated 17th October, from Mr Mr Foster, in a letter of the 20 July, Monroe, he incloses two letters from Mr protests against the occupation of West Russell, the American Charge d'Affaires at Florida by the United States. Mr Monroe, Paris, stating that the Berlin and Milan in his reply, dated on the 8th, argues, that decrees had ceased to be executed, and a the province formed part of Louisiana, note from the Marquis Wellesly, dated on which was ceded to France, and bought of the 14th August, to Mr Smith, acknow- France by the United States. Mr Foster, ledging the receipt of a letter from Mr on the 5th September, calls upon the AmeFoster, stating that he had commenced rican Government to explain the conduct his negociations with Mr Monroe, relative of Governor Mathews, in attempting to to the orders in Council.
subvert the Spanish authority in East Mr Foster, in a letter dated the 22d Florida. October, alludes to Mr Russell's letters, Mr Monroe replies, that Spain has com. announcing the liberation of four or five mitted spoliations on American commerce, American vessels, captured and brought in- and that America looks to East Florida to to French ports since the 1st of Novem- indemnify her for them. ber; and he adds to Mr Monroe, “ I hope In an American paper of the 5th Decemyou will not think it extraordinary if I ber, we have the report to the House of should contend that the seizure of Ameri. Representatives of the Committee on Focan ships by France, since Nov. 1, and the reign relations, on the President's message. positive and unqualified declarations of the This document is quite decisive in its tone, French Government, are stronger proofs of more so than any that has hitherto appeare the continued existence of the French de- ed in America, and plainly intimates that crees, and the bad faith of the Ruler of war must be the issue of the present fluc, France, than the restoration of five or six tuating state of relations between the two vessels, too palpably given up for fallacious powers. With this view 'preparations, purposes, or in testimony of his satisfac- both naval and military, are recommended, tion at the attitude taken by America, is a and merchant vessels are to be allowed to proof of their revocation, or of his return arm under certain regulations, that they to the principles of justice.”
may be able to defend themselves against Mr Monroe, in his reply, dated October the British cruizers. If this proposal is 28, to this letter, adverts to Mr Russell's carried into effect, war must very speedily letters, and states, that it might have been be the consequence. fairly presumed, that the new evidence af- The American papers also contain the forded of the complete revocation of the annual financial report of Mr Gallatin, the French decrees, so far as they interfered Secretary to the Treasury; froin which it with the commerce of the United States
appears, that the amount of the permanent with the British dominións, would have revenue for the year 1812, is 6,600,000 been followed by an immediate repeal of dollars, and the annual expenditure the orders in Council.
9,200,000, leaving a deficiency of Mr Foster, in reply, dated Oct. 31, in- 2,600,000. sists again, that “where proof can be ob- It is proposed that this deficiency should tained of the decrees being in existence, we be provided for in the present year by an hare it, namely, in the ports of France, in addition of 50 per cent to the present duwhich vessels have been avowedly seized ties, and a continuance of the temporary under their operation since Nov. 1." duties called “ the Mediterranean Fund,”
these being sufficient for the purpose, and Mr Foster, in his correspondence on this preferable to a new internal tax. As, howsubject, demands the immediate disavowal ever, the revenue for the years after 1812, of the act of aggression committed by the it is estimated, will not exceed that of the President, and requires a just reparation. present year, Mr Gallatin urges upon Con
Mr Monroe states, that no ordery of a gress the importance of providing a perhostile nature had been given to Commo- manent annual revenue of nine millions of dore Rodgers.
dollars in order to meet the current ex. Mr Monroe subsequently transmits the pences of Government, interest on the naresnlt of the Court of Inquiry on Commo- tional debt, &c. dore Rodgers.
THE PRESIDENT AND LITTLE BELT.
SPAIN & PORTUGAL.
farther than has been known since the wars
of succession. (FROM THI LONDON GAZETTE.)
“ His contributions were levied with
that judgınent and exactness that they were EXTRACTS OF OFFICIAL DISPATCHES FROM seldom opposed, the militia in very few LORD WELLINGTON,
instances attempting resistance, and the “ Prenada, Dec. 4, 1811. villages in many confessing the justice of a " Don Carlos D'Espagne has informed retaliation. me, that he attacked the enemy on the
* The division of the Baron then return28th of November, on their retreat from
ed into Spain by the Val de Queroll; and the Sierra de Francia, between Miranda two days ago I accompanied him to the and Endrinal, with a detachment of Don Gariga, with the intention of attacking a Julian Sanchez's infantry, and a detach. convoy from Gerona to Barcelona, but the ment of the regiment de la Princessa. On convoy having returned, I came to this their arrival at Endrinal, they were at
city, which is for the moment head-quar
ters. tacked by Don Julian Sanchez, with his
Indeed, whenever the convoy shall cavalry, and were obliged to form in a attempt a passage, it will inevitably meet square.
with a severe loss, a circumstance in the “ Don Carlos informs me that the ene present state of the French army in this my suffered considerable loss; and that his province, I should conceive to be avoided troops got possession of some of the money, if possible ; but the necessity of Barcelona of which the enemy had plundered the in
now has become so great, that the loss habitants of the Sierra de Francia.” would be nearly counterbalanced by the in
convenience. “ Frenada, Dec. 12. “ The enemy have made no movement
“ At present no day arrives but the of importance in this quarter, since I ad- enemy lose men, and none but the Spanish
arms gain recruits and confidence." dressed you on the 4th inst.
" I have received accounts from Cadiz to the 30th of November; General Ballas
FRANCE. teros had been obliged again to retire. It appears that the enemy have brought some
Paris, Dec. 22 troops from Grenada to act upon General Ballasteros, as well as the division under
NAPOLEON, &c.- The Senate, after hav. General Semele, belonging to the 1st ing heard the Orators of the Council of corps. ** The official accounts from Valencia lows:
State, has decreed, and we ordain as fol. tome down as far as the 20th of Novem.
EXTRACT FROM THE REGISTER OF THE CONber. The enemy had not at that period
SERVATIVE SENATE OF 20TH DEC. 1811. made any progress in their attack upon General Blake's position, in front of the The Conservative Senate, &c. decreestown. The Chiefs of Guerillas Duran, El “ Art.1.-One hundred and twenty thouEmpecinado, and Espoz y Mina, had been sand men of the conscription of 1812, are very active and successful in their opera- placed at the disposal of the Minister, tions against the enemy."
for the purpose of recruiting the army.
“ 2.-They shall be taken from the FROM COLONEL GREEN, IN CATALONIA. Frenchmen who were born between the
“ Vich, Nov. 11. 1st of January 1792, and the 31st of the u I feel very great satisfaction in in same year. forming your Lordship, that success has “ 3.-The appeals and their periods continued to favour all the enterprizes of shall be determined by the regulations of the Baron Eroles. From Cervera hé the public administration. marched by the Seo de Urgel to Puigcerda, “ 4. The present Senatus Consultum dispersed the regular and militia force of shall be transmitted by a message to his the enemy, to the amount of about 1500 Imperial and Royal Majesty. mien, the latter suffering considerable loss, « We direct and ordain that these preThe Baron has succeeded in making con- sents, having the great seal of state aflixtributions of different kinds, corn, specie, ed to them, and being inserted in the bul. &c. to the amount of upwards of 50,000 letin of laws, shall be addressed to all dollars from France ; indeed his small co. Courts, Tribunals, and Administrative lumps have entered Languedoc, much Authorities, in order that they may inrol
them in their registers, attend to them John de Ulica, in Vera Cruz; and, finally.
LOSS OF THE FIERO, ST GEORGE, AND
DEFENCE The French Government, which has been actively occupied in promoting the The following articles from Amsterdam cultivation of heet-root, to prevent the ne- and Copenhagen, contain the melancholy cessity of importing sugar from the West intelligence of the loss of St George, of 98 Indies, has ordered that a very large track
guns, and the Hero and Defence, 74's, of land on the banks of the Elbe should be with a number of emaller vessels, on their planted with this article.
return from the Baltic, last month:
“ Amsterdam, Dec. 26. SOUTH AMERICA.
" We have received from the Texel de
tails which cannot fail of being aflicting to CONSPIRACY IN MEXICO.
humanity, occasioned hy a gale of wind (Translated from the Havannah Gazette.) experienced in the North Sea. The ships
overtaken by this tempest, formed, as it TO THE PUBLIC. “ I was repeatedly informed last night, sail, returning from Sweden to England,
appears, part of a convoy of more than 100 that a conspiracy was to take place this
laden, it is believed, with warlike stores. day, in this capital. I immediately com
At break of day, the 25th December, after municated the intelligence to the Junta of
a most dreadful night, a frigate, two brigs, Public Safety, which, with its accustom
and a ship of the line, were perceived ed zeal and activity, discovered the truth of this iniquitous plan. Their principal of the Texel. The ship of the line was en
at about a league distance from the coast object was, to seize my person, to unjoint the Government, and introduce anarchy driven upon the coast, where they were
tirely dismąsted. Two brigs have been and discord, the greatest of all public evils,
wrecked. with which the wretches intended to satiate their vile passions. My constant attention and the privateer Furet, saved 136 men
igs belonging to his Majesty, for the tranquillity of this capital, the feli. city of which I have so much at heart, brought an English brig into the Helder.
from a ship which was wrecked, and have prompted me to take those measures of
The Captain of the Furet declares, that he precaution which the public have witness
saw a ship of the line, which he believes ed; and I had the satisfaction and joy to
to be the Hero, perish, without its being see that the valiant troops, and the gene possible for him to render them the least rality of the inhabitants of this noble city,
assistance." are as much attached to my person as they are faithful to their King.
Amsterdam, Dec. 30. “ The principal persons concerned in Among the number of English ships lost this iniquitous plot have been discovered or sunk off the Texel, are the followand arrested, and the police is with the ing : greatest activity endeavouring to secure the The Hero of 74 guns-crew lost. rest of the conspirators, who will be im, The Centurion, of eight carronades mediately punished with that rigour the crew lost. law directs.
The Grasshopper, of 18 guns, and a " Francisco VENEGAS, Viceroy. crew of 120 men, and 16 passengers, ran “ Mexico, August 3."
aground, was afterwards got off and cona
ducted into the road—the pilot only perishBy letters that have been received, we ed. learn that the three principal promoters of The Archimede, a transport brig, lost the conspiracy were publicly executed in 20 of her crew saved. Mexico, and that many others would soon The Flora transport, of 359 tons, laden suffer, amongst whom are a number of with 1500 barrels of powder, and 250 ecclesiastics and attornies; that about 300 chests of arms, each containing 20, sunk persons had been sent to the Castle of St -a part of the crew has been saved ; a
great number of the chests and arms are ler ships were directed, as the wind was expected to be recovered,
against them, to return back to Wingoe, The Rosina, of 150 tons, returning in while a part of the merchant vessels which ballast-the Captain and 17 men drown. had left the other ships of the line, shaped ed.
their course for England. The St George and The Buckman, from Baltimore, return. Defence kept the North Seas five days, in ing in ballast, sunk—the Captain and 13 a dreadful gale from W. N. W. W. and men lost.
S. but at length had to combat with a terA brig sunk between Campen and rible tempest from the N. W. until they Bergen.
were lost. In all 147 men have been saved.--(Mo
LIST OF CAPTURES, &C. FROM THE ENEMY. niteur, January 3.) Copenhagen, Dec. 31.
(From :he London Gazette.) Advice has been received here of the May 23.-Sixteen French gun-boats, English Admiral's ship St George, of 98 taken and burnt by the Sir Francis Drake, guns, commanded by Adm. Reynolds, and off Rembang, in the East Indies. the Defence of 74 guns, Captain D. Ait July 31.-Six gun-boats taken by the kins, having, on the morning of the 24th boats of the Procris, off Indramay river, of December, been stranded, on the coast East Indies. of the Barony of Ryssenteen, in the dis August 29.-The King of Rome, French trict of Rinkooping.' The crew of the first privateer, of 10 guns and 46 men, by the mamed ship is said to have consisted of Weazle sloop, off Cyprus. 850 men, and that of the last 530, exclusive October 11...Three gun-boats, in the of Officers. In half an hour after the De. gulph of Salerno, by a party of marines fence struck, she went entirely to pieces, and seamen belonging to the Imperieuse, and the whole of the crew were drowned, who gallantly stormed a fort, by which with the exception of five seamen and one they were protected ; obliging treble their marine, who saved themselves on pieces of numbers to fly in all directions. the wreck. The body of Captain Aitkins -24. The French privateer Syrene, of Fas washed on shore. In the afternoon of six guns and 61 men, off cape Blanco, by the following day a part of the St George's the Guadaloupe sloop of war. cabin and stern frame, on which a number Nov. 30.-French letter of marque Le of people were standing, was perceived Comte Renaud, of 24 guns, laden with from the shore ; and pieces of the mast be- spices, sugar and coffee, by the Rover sloop ing cutaway, a number of people got upon of war. it, of whom, it is supposed, but very few Dec. 1.-A convoy of one chase maree can base escaped, as the waves and cur- and six merchant vessels, burnt and driven rent, which ran strong southerly, with the on shore near the Isle d'Aix, by the Arrow vind at N. N. W. washed the people off' it schooner, and the boats of the Collossus and before they could reach the shore. Some Conquestador. endeavoured to save themselves on a raft, The Danish privateer Skanderbeik, of bat who, according to report, had perish- 10 guns and 36 men, by the Ranger sloop ed Accounts had likewise been received . of war. from Lerwig, stating that the St George The French lugger L'Heureuse Etoile, Fas entirely sunk, and only 12 men of her of four guns and 12 men, by the Censor Crew sared. The ship was above 300 fa- gun-brig. thoms off the shore. The six men saved The Danish cutter, Commodore Sullen, out of the Defence have, on examination, of four guns and 18 men, by the Forward declared, that the first cause of this mis- gun-brig. fortune was the St George having lost -9. French privateer La Courageuse, most of her masts in a gale of wind while of 14 guns and 79 men, off the Eddystone, off Laland, in the Belt, and consequently, by the Rhin frigate. when she came into the North Sea, could -11. French privateer Anacreon, off not easily be brought into stays, or keep up the Dogger Bank, by the Prince of Wales with the fleet which came out from Win- hired cutter. goe, dear to Gottenburgh, on the 16th of -12. French lugger Le Brave, of 16 this month. As it was blowing a heavy guns and 60 men, off Dunkirk, by the gale, Admiral Saumarez gave orders for Desiree frigate. the Defence and Cressy to keep close to -18.'A large French privateer, of 18 the și George. The Hero and some smal guns and full of men, driven on shore and