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of the opportunity it presents to evince the friendly General Assembly of Connecticut. disposition of his government towards the United States.
REPORT There is one other remaining circumstance, only,
Of the General Assembly of Connecticut. to which I wish to call your attention, and that relates to general Matthews himself. His gallant and AT THEIR SPECIAL SESSION, Argrst 25, 181%, meritorious services in our revolution, and patriotic On that part of his t.xcellency the gove79:61'8 eftech, conduct since, have always been held in high estima which relates to his corres/:ondence with the secretion by our government. His errors in thuis instance tury of wor, &c. are imputed altogether to his zeal, to promote the The conimittee appointed to take into corsiclera, welfare of his country; but they are of a naiure to tion, that part of his excellency the crercr: 1.CSimpose on the governnient the necessity of the mea- sage which relates to his correspondance with the sures now taken, in giving effect to which, you will secretary of Win and major-general Dearbor, les doubtless feel a disposition to consult, as far as may spectfully report : be, his personal sensibility:
That their attention hos hecn deroted to the im. I have the honor to be, &c.
portant subject connitted to uen, with all that
care and dei leration which its magnitude ecrands, (Signed) JAMES MONROE.
and which his excelleney the goverror sciic:is, to P. S.-Should you find it impracʻicable to execute
the end that “if any crrors have been committed, the duties designated in the above requests, you will
they may at this tine be corrected." be so good as to employ some respectable character
The commitice consider it as of the lighest iirto represent you in it, to whom you are authorised to
portance, that no growd should be takeri, on this allow a similar compensation, it is hoped, however, subject, but that which is strictly constitutional, and that you may be able to attend to it in person, for that, being taken, it should be maintained at every
hazard. reasons which I need not enter into. The expence to which you may be exposed, will be promptly subject of consideration being already in the lands
The documents and correspondence which are the paid to your draft on this department.
of every member of the legislaturc, it becomes unThe Secretary of State to D. B. Mitchell, governor of would refer to those docuncis.-Urder a lw au
necessary to state their contents. The comurittle Georgia.
thorising a detachment of militia to be called into DEPARTMENT OF STATE, May 27, 1812. the service of the United Sities, " in all the erigen. Sin, I have had the honor to receive your letter of cies provided by the constituiiun.” the quot of this the 2nd instant, from St. Mary's, where you had ar- state has been demanded" o repel invasiva.” Inva. rired in diseharge of the trust reposed in you by the sion is the only exigency whicii is clined to have president, in relation to East Florida.
occurred ; and the only evidence of invasion, which My letter by Mr. I ascs, hus, I presume, substan
bus been furnished, or which is preterded to exist, is tially answered the most important of the quer.es his honor lieutenant governor Smith, dated July 14,
to be found in the letter of the secretary of war, submitted in your letter ; but I will give to cach a 1812 ; unless indeed, it is to be found in the evidence more distinct answer.
there referred to, viz. the declaration of war against By the law, of which a copy was forwarded to you, Great Britain, which had prior to that time, been it is made the duty of the president to prevent the officially communicated to his excellency the gover. occupation of East Florida, by any foreign power.- nor. This appears to be the sole evidence relied upIt follows that you are authorised to consider the en- on to justify the demand of the militia ; and the se. trance, or attempt to enter, especially under ex sting cretary of war, "ppears, by his letier above referred circumstances, of British troops of any descriptior, to, to be surprised that any other evidence should as the case contemplated by law, and to use the pro- be required. per means to defeat it,
From this letter, as well as from the whole pro. An instruction will be immediately forwarded to ceedings which have taken place, it is very pparat, the commander of the naval force of the U. States, in that the claim set up by the administration of the the neighborhood of E:st Florida, to give you any government of the United Siates, is, thai wbies a War assistance, in case of emergency,which you may think has been declared to exist, between this and any fonecessary, and require.
reign country, the pilitia of the several states are
liable to be demanded, by the adninistration of the It is not expected, if you find it proper to with:draw the troops, that you should inícriere to compel the service of the United States, to enter their forts,
government of the United States, to be called into the patriots to surrender the country, or any part of and there reman, upon the presumption, that the it, to the Spanish au horities. The United States are enemy may inv: de the place or places, which they are responsible for their own conduct ont , not for that ordered erg rrison and defend. And that for this of the inhabitants of Fast Florida. Iisdeed, in con- purpose, they may be ordered to any part of the Unitsequence of the compromitant, of the United States led States ; for it will be remarked that no pretension to the inhabitants, you have aiready been instructed is set up, it any more, or greater darger of jrvasinot to withdraw the troops, unless you find that it on exists at New-London or New-llaven, than exists may be done consistently with their s fety, and to in any other place on the sea-coast. report to the government the result of your conferen
It is true, that the secietary of war, after express. ces with the Spanis: authorit.es, with your opinion ing his surprise that any other evidence should be reof their views, holding in the mean time the ground quired of imminent danger of invasion, after the deoccupied.
claration of war had been promulgated and officially In the present state of our affairs with Great Bri- communicated, does say, “ that I am instructed by tain, the course above pointed out is the more justifi-" the president to state to you that suci danger able and proper.
actually exists." No place is pointed out, as in I have the honor to be, &c.
more danger of such invasion than any 11 T. It üll
rests upon the danger apprehended, from the state of (Signed)
If this claim is well founded, it will follow that tions and repel invasions," is granted to the general there is no consiitutional objection to the militia re- government. All other power over thein is reserved muining in the service of the United States, during to the states Aid to adi io their security, on the ail the continuance of the war. For, altholigl the any important subject of their nihiti', the power of upof congress under which they are now called to serve, pointing their officers is erfressly, rest?lid. If ideu limits the period of service to six monilis, set by ibeibe auministration of the general government doconstitution, the United States have surely a right to mund the militia, when neither of ite exigencies the services of the militia, during the existence of provided for by the constitution have occurred, or 10 the invasion, until it is effectually repelled. Upon be used fur furposes not conten plated hy that instruthe principle, that a state of war necessarily impies n.ent, it would be not only the heighth of injustice to a state of invasion, or that imminent danger of inva- the militia, to be ordered into the service of the Unitsion which the militia are obliged to meet and repel, ed States, to do such duty, but a violation of the congress may pass a law, by which their services shall constitution and laws of this state, and of the United be required dur.ag the continu: nee of the invasion, Studes. Once en ployed in the service of the Initid or in other words, during the continuance of war. States, the militiæ would become sulject to the artie
The war, in which this country is now unhappily ches of w:r, and exposed to be punished with cicath, engagtd, has been declared by our own governance they should leave a service, which by the consti. Not because the country is invaded, or threateneciurion of their country, they are not bound to perwith invasion, but to seek redress and indemnica- form. tion for injuries and wrul.gs of winch we comple, From an attentive consideration of the constituby intesion and conquest of the territories of the eneation and lours of the United States, it is evident to my. It is not a defensive, but offensive war. the comittee, that the miliíia of the several states
At the time when the demand was made for the are to bemployed by the United States, for the purmilitia, the war had been recently declared; it was po.e only of performing special services, in cases not then even known to the nation against which it were no other military force could be conveniently vas declared. The invasion then existing, cr cruise had or properly exercised ; and when those services of invasion then exported, must be presumed to lasttare performed, they are to return to their several as long as the war shall last. It may be presumed to lomnes. The committee cannot believe, that it was increase. Invasion of the territory of the eneniy mayfever intended that they should be liable, on demand be expected, wien known to produce retaliation. ir of the president upon the governor of the state, to le then the militia can be constitutionally required, to ordered irito the service of the United States, to as. man the garrison of the United States, they may con- sist in carrying on an offensive war. They can only tinue to be so required, as long as the danger conti- be so employed, under an act of the legislature of the nues to exist; and to become, for all the purposes of state, au horising it. On the expediency of passing carrying on the war, within the United States, siando such a law, or adopting any measures which the war ing troops of the United States. And a declaration may render necessary, the committee do not consider of war made by the administration of the government it is as within their commission to decide. of the United States, and announced to the governors If congress, or the president of the United States of the states, will substantially convert the militia of shall apply to this state, to furnish troops to assist in the states into such troops. Before it is agreed that carrying on the war, the request will doubtless meet the states have ceded such a power to the United with the attention which it will merit. States, the question ought to be examined with much The committee will only take the liberty to remark, attention.
that, should the manner in which the war is waged On the fullest deliberation, your committee are or prosecuted, induce the enemy to retaliate, by an not able to discover, that the constitution of the actual invasion of any portion of our territory, or United States justifies this claim.
should we be threatened with invasion, or attack The people of this state were among the first to from any enemies, the militia will always be prompt adopt that constitution—Tiey have been among the and zealous to defend their country. most prompt to satisfy all its lawful demands, and The government of this state, as it ever has been, to give facility to its fuir operations—they have en- so it will continue to be, ready to comply with all conjoved the bencfits resulting from the union of the stitutional requisitions of the general government. states; they have love, and still love, and cherish Faithful to itself and posterity, it will be faithful to thet union, and will deeply regret, if any events shall the United States. occur to alienate their affcction from it. They have The committee, on a full view and deliberate cona deep interest in its preservation, and are still dis- sideration of the subject referred to them, are of posed to yield a willing and prompt obedience to all opinion, that the conduct of his excellency the gothe legitimate requireinents of ihe constitution of vernor, regarding the same, has been regulated by a the United States.
strict regard to the rights and interests of tiis state But it must not be forgotten, that the state of and the militia thereof, as well as to the constitution Connecticut is a FREE, SOVEREIGN and 18DEPENDENT of the United States, and ought to be approved ; for state ; that the United States are a confederacy of which, the committee have prepared a resolve, which states; that we are a confederated and noi i conso- is herewith presented. lidated republic. The governor of this state is un All which is respectfully submitted. der a high and solemn obligation, “ to maintain the General Assembly, special session, lawfud rights and privileges thereof, as a sovereign, August, 1812. free and independent slote," as he is to support the
(Signed per order) CALVIN GODDARD. constitution of the linited States," and the obligation
In the house of representatives, the foregoing reto support the latter, imposes an additional obligation to support the former, The building cannot port is accepted and approved. stand, if the pillars upon which it rests, are impaired
CHARLES DENISON, Clerk. or destroyed. The same constitution, which dele- Concurred in the upper house.
THOMAS DAY, Secretary. gates powers to the general government, inhibits the exercise of powers, not delegated, and reserves those Resolved, That the conduct of his excellency the powers to the states respec iveli. The power to use governor, in refusing to o:der the militia of this state the militia " to execute the laws, suppress insurrec-l into the service of the Urited States, cu the requi
DECLARATION OF TUE GEXERAL ASSEMBLY.
sition of the seeretary of war and major-general, Of the operation of her decrees on the American Dearborn, meets with the entire approbation of this commerce, it is not necess:ry here to remark. The asseinbly.
repeal of them prog'igaied in this country since General 78sembly special session,
the declaration of war, vimu:lly declares that the August, 1812.
American government was not to be ti ustod. Insult Paskuil in the liouse of Representatives,
is thus added to i jury, diel,
CHARLES DENISON, Clerk. Shionld a contiruance of this par exclude our sea. Cortcurred in the Upper House.
faring and merc.ntile citizens from tc use of the Atiesi, THOMAS DAY, Secre:ary. ocean, and our invaluable istitutoons be sicrificed
by an alliance with France, the matie of our de
gradation and wretchenes would be 6.1. At their special session, iug. 25, 1812. The legislatiere of the state of Connecticui, con
War, always calmitous, in this case portentos of feice of the state, at this interesting and eventful viewed by us but with the deepest regreti A nation cu o consult the weitere, and provide for tie de great evils, en..cred against u nacion puurid in her
armies, and without a rival on ie oceai), Cunot be period, tvail themselves of the opporiuniry thus af- willioui il cels, without arnies, with an impoverished forded to declare and resolve, That while soine of their sister states offer assu
treasury, with a frontier by sea and ind extending rances of their unqualified "pprobation of the med- hath not“ first counted the cooo."
many hundred miles, feebly difended, wiging a wür, sures of the general governarent, in respect to our foreign relations, we confidently trust that the mo
By the constitution of the Uniteil States, the pow. tives which influence us to declare what we believe io er of declaring war, is vested in congress. They be the deliberate and soicmn sense of the people of have declared war against Great Britain.--!lowever this state, on the question of the Wer will be jusudy much this measure is to be regretted, the general appreciated,
assembly, ever regudful of their duty to the gencral The people of this state view the war as unneces- s vernment, will perform all their obligations result. Sary.
ing from this act, With this view they have at this Without pretending to an exclusive or superior session, provided for the more effectuai organization lore of country to what is common to their fellow of the military force of the state, and a supply of t! eitizens, or arrogiting a pre-eminence in those vir- munitions of war. These will be emplovesi, should tues thich ador, our listory, they yield to none in the public exigencies require it, in desence o. this attachment to the union or veneration of the consti- state and of our sisier states, in compliance with the tution. The Union, cemented by the blood of the constitution; and it is not to be doubted but that the American peopit, is endeared to our best affections, citizens of this state will be found, at the constituand prized as an invaluable legacy bequeathed to usional call of their country, among the foremost in and our posterity by the founders of our empire.
lits defence, The people of this state were amongst the first to
To the United States is delegated the power to adopt the constituyen. Having shared largcly in its call forth the militia to execute the laws, to suppress blessings, and culentis trusting that under the insurrection, and repel invasion, To the states reguardenship of the people and of the states, it will spectively is reserved the entire control of the milibe round competent to the objects of its institution, tia, except in the cases specified. In this view of in a the various picissitudes of our affairs, they that important provision of the constitution, the will be the last 10 abendon the high hopes it affords legislature fully accord with the decision of lus ex. of the future prosperity and glory of our country.
cellency the governor, in refusing to comply with These sentiments of attachment to the union, and the quisition of the general government for a porto the constitution, are believed to be common to the tion of the militia. While it is to be regretted that American peopic, and those who express and disse- any difference of opinion on that subject should have minate distinyts of their fidelity to both or either, arisen, the conduct of the chief magistrate of this we cannot regard as the most discreet of their friends. state, in maintaining its immunities and privileges,
Unfortunately our country is now involved in that meets our cordialpapprobation. The legislature also awful conflict which has desolated the fairest portion entertain no doubt that the militia of the state will, of Europe. Bet seen the belligerents, Great Britain under the direction of the captain-general, be eres is selecte:l for our eneny. We arc not the apologists ready to perform their duty to the state and nation in of the wrongs of foreign.nations--we enquire not as to peace or war. They are aware that in a protracted the companive demerits of their respective decrees war, the burden upon the militjà may become almost and orciers.We will never deliberate on the choice insupportable, as a spirit of acquisition and extension of a foreign muster, The aggressions of both na of territory appears to influence the councils of the 2016 oct to have been met at the onset by a sys: whyle'regular forces of the United States in foreign
nation, which may require the employment of the ten of deposive protection commensurate to our mae iis, and a lapted to the crisis. Other counseis conquest, an l leave our maritime frontier defenceprevailed, an! that system of commercial restric- less, or to be protected solely by the militia of the tions, wirch before had distressed the people of Eu- states. rope, was extended to our country-We becaune At this period of anxiety among all classes of parties to the continental system of the French em citizens, we learn with pleasure, that a prominent p?Pr. Waztever iis pressure may have been eiser cause of the war is reinoved by a late measure of the
er, on our cit.zens it has operated with intolera- British cabinet. The revocation of the orders in ble severity and handship.
council it is hoped will be met by a sincere spirit of In the midst of these sufferings, war is leclarca, conciliation on the part of our administration, and and th tilltavana the two is selecied as a toe which speedily restore io our nation the blessings of a solid is euble of inition, the greatest jj. In this and honorable peace. selain? tre vin v with the deepesi gata, a ten In the event of the continuance of the war, the sen et al is is an upce with a nation legislature rely on the people of Connecticut, looking which has suberti erery republic in Europe, and to this who holds the destinies of empires in his www.icction, wherever Youn:ed, have been tural banc., for aid, to maintain those institutions which to civil liiverty.
Jiheir venerable ancestors established, and to preserve
inviolate those invaluable privileges which their fa The citizens of Albany, receiving a new impulse theus 22. ured, and which are consecrated by their of patriotism by the surrender of general Hull, have blood.
commenced a subscription for raising a regiment of Possed in the House of Representatives. volunteers--and very liberal subscriptions have been
Attest, CHARLES DEYISON, Clerk. made for the comfort and convenience of the brave Concurred in the Upper llouse.
spirits who may off in their services. ditest, THOMAS DAY, Secretary. Baltimore is about to sent forth a considerable bo. General Assembly, August, 1812.
dy of volunteers to Canadır, and the most amplc funds T The legislature of Connecticut have voted to are provided from the liberal purses of our citiraise for state service, 2 regiments of infantry, 4 com- zens, to supply them with every necessary to their paves of arillery, and 4 cortpanies of cavely
leaving home. About fifteen thousand dollars have i parchase 30'50 srand of arms, and eighi feid been subscribed for this purpose, and any reasonable per sccept of volunteer companies to de- sum may be obtained in addition if the service shall knd the harbois.
require it. Several gentlemen subscribed $500 each.
A part of the 12th reg. U. S. infantry about 308 British Proclamation.
strong, under the command of colonel Parker, pass
ed through Williamsport (Md.) on the Zist ult. on Bolsa Burk, esq. mujr-general commanding his their way to the north, and were handscmely receiv. majesty': roroos in the province of Urper Caras ed and very kindly treated, by the inhabitants of that Proclamation.
village. Wellas the territory of Michigan was this day, The governor of Kentucky learning the critical siby copitolat:on, ceded to the arms of his Britannic tuation of general Hull, determined to send a reinmajesty, witho:ital, other couition than the pro- forcement of volunteers to general Payne, so as to tecrion of private property; and wishing to give an make his whole force 3,400 strong. He also appoiniearly proof of the moderation and justice of the go-ed governor Harrisom a major general, to have the vernment, I do hereby announce to all the inhabi-command of the Kentucky troops, by brevet,* a protants of the said territory that the laws heretofore in cedure extremely well calculated to give confidence existence shall continue in force until bis majesty's to the army of that state in the field. Richard M. pleasure be known, or so long as the peace and safe- Johnson, a member of congress from Kentucky, protop of the said territory will admit thereof. And I posed to raise six companies (500 men) of mounted do hereby also declare and make known to the said infantry, rolunteers, to march immediately for Deinhabitants tiat they shall be protected in the full troit-and to trust to the liberality and justice of eiereise and enjoyment of their religion, of which ali congress for indemnification. A meeting was to be persons, both civil and military, will take notice and held at Georgetown on the 31st ult. and from the govern themselves accordingly.
spirit of Kentucky, though the proposition was made All parsons having in their possession, or having only on the 25th of the same month, we venture to ang kosledge of any public property, shall forth - say that this body of men is in the field—perhaps at with delirer in the same, or give notice thereof to the Urbanna, or beyond it. Major-general Harrison left oficer commanding, or lieutenant colonel Nichol, Lexington on the 29th ult. to join the army in Ohio who are hereby authorised to receive and give pro- -Colonel Poague's regiment of 500 mounted rife. per receipts for the same.
men were prepared to march. The augmentation of Oficers of the militia will be held responsible that the troops and the appointment of Harrison, was the all arms in possession of the militia men be immedi- last act of good old general Scott, as governor of Kene ately delivered up; and all individuals whatever, tucky-his venerable fellow soldier who succeeded who hure in their possession arms of any kind, willihim, colonel Shelby, on coming into oflice, made a deliver them up without «lelay. Given under my further augmentation of the troops ; so that the whole hand, at Detroit, this 16th day of August, 1812, and force from Kentucky, marched to Ohio and the Indiin •hé 52 1 year of his majesty's reign.
ana territor, will amount to 6000 men, in actual ser, (S.gned) ISLAC BROCK, Major-General. vice. These things will never be forgotten. A true copy.
At the requisition of major gen. Pukney, the go. J. MACDOXELÍ, Lt. Col. lilitia & 1. D. C.
vernor of Georgia has ordered 1000 militia into immediate service.
Colonel Coles, with about 300 men from Frede. ricksburg, Virginia, has marched for the northward,
With much satisfaction we leam, although an at
tack upon the Indiana territory is expected by the We are yet without particulars of Hull's surrender. allied army of British and savages, that the state of
Governor Ilarrison and colonel John P. Boyd, hc- the military force is such as to warrant a full belief roes of Tippacanoe, have been appointed brigadier- they will ful. On the 18th ult. nine full companics gencrals in the army of the United States. The were on duty at Vincennes, and 300 volunteers from former, it is stated, will have a command of the troops Kentucky inmediately expected. Tecumseh com. assembling at Urbanna, Ohio. The latter is com- mands under his excellency maj. gen. Brock. mander in chief in the states of New Hampshire, In the late skirmishes many English fought with Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
the Indians, painted and dressed like the savages Inulications of a movement of the army.-Messrs. C. It is stated that forts Wavne and Dearborne have Seldom and Brothers, of Troy, advertise for four been captured by the allied forces. We expect to kundred waggons immediately to take on loading hear a dreadful tale of murder, (baggage &c. of tue army,) from Troy to Whitehall, The town of Alexandria is about sending out a on lake Champlain.
company of volunteers-a sufficient number of young The Jersey regiment, nearly 800 strong, have struck men have already offered, and $2000 have been their tents at Port Richmond or Staten island, and embarke:l for Albany. Their place is supplied by When an officer is appointed, rud interino)" by W mikiia fronu New-York and 500 from New Jer- brevet” he does not receive pay for the ofice so heid. sey. All the works for the defence of New-York This note is added for die instruction of our youth, appear to be fully manncd.
Svents of the Sar.
raised, with the prospect of trebling the sum if re- breast of her. A fire was kept up about two hours: quired. The Herald says “ that the disgraceful gur- The President gave her two or three broadsides, ind render of Hull has done more for the success of the kept up a well direcied fire from the chase guns war than the capture of 10,000 British regulars." which cut her sails and rigging very much, but ad We fully subscribe to the truth of this observation. not succeed in destroying any of her spars althougia The spirit of the people is awaking from the lethargy some of them were much wounded. The President of thirty years perce.
all this time was exposed to a running fire from her *In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
4 stern chasers; and once the British frigate com* As modest stillness and haunility: * Bilt when the blast of war blows in our con,
menced a fire fiom her main deck, with an intention • Then imitate the action of the tyger,
of raking the President with a broadsid, but at that * Stitfen the sinews--summon op the blood; “Disguise fair nature with ill-favor'd rage,
moment receiving one from the Presiduit, continued * And lend the eye a terrible aspece"
her course under a press of sail, and use only her Fifteen hundred men are immediately to march from stern guns. All sail was crowded in pursuit, but in Virginia for the western country, to rendesvous at vain. The chase was vow throwing overboard every Point Pleasant, on the Ohio. At Richmond, ladies thing that could he spired, to increase iver sailing, of the first distinction rolunteered their services to nesc pec by lightness of the wind. Four of her make knapsacks, tents &c. for the soldiers, and in boats were seen tioating by the President, completefour or tive days all things were ready. The governor ly knocked to pieces, together with a great number concludes his general orders by a nervous and very of casks, spars, &c. and it wits supposed most of elegant address, which is laid off' for record. The the guns were also thrown overboard. citizens of R.chniond liberally subscribed a very
The President received a considerable number of handsome sum to provide all conveniences for the shot in her sails and rigging, but was not materially troops.
jured. The chase wus continued till about mid. Four companies of the Republican Greens of the night, when it was relinquished its hopeless, and the city of New-York have voluntered their services to President hove too for the squadron to come up.the governor and will march for the frontiers in a few Farly in the chase, one of the Presideni's chase guns, days. We believe the Greens are all natives of Ire- on the gun deck, burst, and injured the upper deck Lund, or of Irish descent.
so much, as to prevent the tise of the chase guns on NAVAL.
that side for a considerable time. The President. Extract of a letter from commodore (Lt.) Woolsey to
had three killed, and nineteen wounded, most of the his father, generol Won!eerdated,
latter slightly; of the wounded, 16 were by the “ August 2, 1812–The schooner Lord Nelson, Rodgers had his leg fractured, but has recovered.
bursting of a gun. It was by the same gun com. about 60 to:is, was armed with the thirty-two pounder, and two six pounders, sent by captain CHAUN
The squadron afterwards pursued the Jamaica car. She was put under the commend of captain ed them, although at times very ner.'
Aleet, but owing to uncommonly fogsy weather missDixon, and sent down to Ogdensburg, io convoy se ven schooners to Sacket's harbor. As she came to
The squadron has been off the English channel, the narrows, about 11 miles above Ogdensburg, she
then along the coast of Fr.Jice, Spain wnd Portugal, made to, and hailed a smack boat of six men. They willin 30 miles of the rock of Lisbon-then made
Madeira Island-then of: Coro and Floros-then back gave no answer, but pulled oft:—They fired a shoi ahead, but they did not mind it. The Lord Nelson to the Bank and by Nova Scotia to Boston. having forty-two men on board, gave them a dio
Many of the seamen of the squadron are sick of charge and killed four ; the other two leaped over
the scurvy. Several have died. *About 120 English board and swam ashore.—The Earl Moira, 16 thir. prisoners are on bowd.
We uuderstand the seamen stated to have been imty-two pounders, and the Duke of Gloucester, then came out to take them, but shameful to Britain did pressed from a Portuguese brig entered voluntarily. mot succeed. They fired one broad-side, but did no
PRESIDENT AND BELVIDERA. harm--Captain Dixon then played on them with our COPIES OF LETTERS FROM CAPT. HULL TO THE SECRETART 32 and both 6's beat them cft, and even drove them under their fort at Elizabeth-town. Ciptain Dixon United States' frigate Constitution, August 28, 1812. Kred the 32 pounder about 100 times at their ves SIE,—The enclosed account of the affair beiween sels, their battery, and the town. He was positive the President, commodore Rodgers, and the British he did very great damage to the brig and schooner. frigate Belvidera, fell into my hancis by accident! He could distinctly hear them screach and see splin- it clearly proves that she only escaped the commoters fly nearly mast high, almost every shot. My dore by superior sailing, after having lightened her, brother is going to attack the Royal George." and the President being very deep. COMMODORE RODGERS' SQUADRON. As much has been said on this subject; and commo
Boston, September 1. dore Rodgers has not arrived, to give you his statcYesterday arrived in this hai bor, the U. States ment of the affiuir, if it ineet your approbation I should ships President 44, com. Rodgers ; United States 44, be pleased to have this account published to prevent capt. Decatur; Congress 36, capt. Smith ; Hornet people from making up their minds bastily, as I find 16, capt. Lawrence; and brig Argus 16, capt. Sin-them willing to do. clair ; the whole of the squadron which suited from I am confident could the commodore have got New-York on the 21st of June, under com. Rodgers. alongside the Beividera, she would have been his, in
“Sailed from New-York June 21—The 23d, 6, a. less than one hour, M. discovered, and gave chase to an English frigate,
I have the honor to be, with great respect, sir, supposed to be the Belvidere. The superiority of your obedient servant, the President's sailing, while the breeze continued
ISAAC HULL. fresh, enabled her to get within gun shot between
The honorable Paul Hamilton, &c. 4 and 5, P. M. when it had moderated so much as to in account of the proceedings of his majesti's ship give very faint hopes of getting along side. At this Belvidera, Richard Byron, Esq. captuin, 23d day time perceiving slie was training her guns to bear up.
of June, 1812 on the Presideni, the latter commenced a fire at her
A. MI, 4, 40), Vantucket Shoal, bearing S. W. saw spars and rigging, with the view to crippie in get alsuveral sul, made said towards thcm, at 6, 30, they
OF THE NAVY.