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woody ground, and their eagle-bearer tirely from Estremadura, leaving small having been killed, we have not found garrisons in Badajoz and Olivenza.-Martheir eagle again. While the enemy shal Sir Wm. Beresford has taken a posiwere marching upou Chiclana, the insur- tion to invest both Badajoz and Olivenza. gents from the mountains threw themselves —A detacbment of the 5th army, which upon our rear by Arcos and Medina ; all is now commanded by General Castanos, the points of our line were attacked; but is, I understand, at Merida.-Since I last the valour of the 1st corps prevailed over addressed your Lordship, Gen. Zayas had the numbers of our enemies. The inha- again landed the troops under his combitants of Andalusia can hardly conceive mand, and had again embarked them, and how such small numbers were able to re- returned to Cadiz. General Ballasteros's sist so many combined efforts. General division alone, therefore, continues in the Cassagne, with the garrison of Medina, Condado de Niebla; but, from a letter did not arrive till two hours after the ac- from Mr. Wellesley of the Ilth, I learn tion. I am with respect, &c. The Mar- that General Blake was himself about to shal Duke of BELLUNO,

come into the Condado di Niebla to take

the command of General Ballasieros's PORTUGAL THE WAR.--Dispatches division, and the troops which had been published in London, 30th April, 1811. under the command of General Zayas,

and which were to return to that quarter. A Dispatch, of which the following is an Er&act, was this morning. received at Lord General Blake had expressed an anxious Liverpool's Office, addressed to his Lordskip liam Beresford.-General Castanos has

desire to co-operate with Marshal Sir Wilby Lieutenant-General Viscount Wellington, been appointed to command the army in dated Nissa, 18th April, 1811.

Gallicia, as well as the 5th army, lately HAVING made arrangements for the the army of the left, commanded by the blockade of Almeida, and having reason to late Marquis of Romana. believe that the enemy's army will not be FOREIGN-OFFICE, DOWNING-STREET, in a situation for some time to attempt to

April 30. relieve that place, even if they should be so inclined, I have taken advantage of the by the Marquis Wellesley from Charles

Dispatches were this morning received momentary discontinuance of active opera siuart, Esq. his Majesty's Minister at Listions in that quarter to go into Estrama- bon, under date the 20th inst. stating that dura to the corps under Marshal Sir Wm. the garrison of Olivenza, consisting of Beresford, and I have got thus far on my 310 men, surrendered at discretion to the way.--Lieut.-General Sir B. Spencer remains in command of the corps on the Allied Army on the 14th inst. and was

marched to Elvas. frontiers of Castile. Nothing of importance has occurred in that quarter since in the neighbourhood of Llerena, having

Marshal Mortier, with 4,000 men, was addressed your Lordship on the 9th in- detached å moveable column, under Geo stant. The enemy retired entirely from neral Mortiniere, by the way of Almarez, the Agueda ; and, it is reported, that some

towards Toledo. General Beresford, with of their troops had gone back as far as Za; that part of the Allied Armj' which does mora and Toro, upon the Douro.-Marshal Sir Wm. Beresford was not able to effect not form the siege of Badajoz, was in the

neighbourhood of Santa Martha. his passage across the Guadiana as soon as

The Corps of Gen. Ballasteros had its duced some provisions into Badajoz and head-quarters in Segura de Leone on the duced some provisions into Badajoz and 12th. His cavalry was at Zafra on the Olivenza. Sir William Beresford's advanced guard crossed the Guadiana on the Villa Formosa on the Coa, to join the army

13th, on which day Lord Wellington left 4th instant; and I am concerned to report, in Estremadura." that a squadron of the 13th Light Dragoons, which

on picket under FOREIGN OFFICE, APRIL 30. Major Morres, were surprised, on the

A Dispuch of which the following is an might of the 6th, by a detachment of the Extract, was this morning received by the enemy's cavalry from Olivenza. I have Marquis Wellesley, from Charles Stuart, Esq. not received the return of the loss upon his Majesty's. Envoy Extraordinary and this occasion, but I am informed that the Minister Plenipotentiary at Lisbon, under whole squadron, with the exception of 20 date the 20th instant. men, were taken prisoners. The enemy The brilliant successes of the Allied have since retired, as I am informed, en 1 Army have been celebrated by every de

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monstration of joy which can mark the Most IUustrious and Most Excellent Sir Wil* gratitude of the Portuguese for the exer

liam Cart Beresford, K. B. Dlarshal, Comtions of the British in their behalf, and

mander in Chief of the Portuguese Army. for the satisfaction inspired by the salvation of their country.

The Combined Armies having driven 3. To Deum has been sung in the churches; the enemy beyond the northern and

the City has been illuminated; and shortly southern frontier with as much glory to

after the publication of the Proclamation the forces allied, as advantage to the just na enclosed in a former dispatch, the letters, cause they defend, the Governors of the

of which I have the honour to enclose Kingdom have authorised me to acknow.

copies, were addressed to Lord Wellington ledge, in their name, the high and distin1 and Marshal Beresford, by the Govern- guished sevices for which the Portuguese ment and the Minister.

Nation is indebted to your Excellency in Most Illustrious and Most Excellent Lord quality of Marshal, Commander in Chief

of her Armies.-If the success of our Viscount Wellington, K. B. Marshal, General Commander in Chief.

arms be the result of valor and discipline,

to your Excellency it is attributable that Your Excellency's Dispatch, dated the troops, only the other day mostly recruits, 9th inst. having been laid before us, and have been enabled to conduct themselves your Excellency's glorious and transcend like experienced veterans, and to deserve ant services in the course of the present so eminently of their Sovereign and their campaign having been duly considered, country.--The Government will lay bewe have high satisfaction in testifying our fore his Royal Highness, with an especial just administration of the exalted achieve recom mmendation, the merits and glorious ments which have immortalized your Ex- achievements of his army, and desire that cellency's name, sustained the honour of your Excellency do make known to the the combined armies, and delivered this whole of that army, in the most imkingdom the third time from the oppres. pressive manner, the high estimation in sion of our enemies. The conduct of the which their services are held. The army army having justified the confidence of have amply fulfilled the expectations of their chief, and fulfilled the expectations their country ; and so long as she shall of the allied nations, we are desirous preserve the recollection of events so that your Excellency do make known to glorious, the distinguished Chief who disthe whole armıy that the Government and ciplined and commanded that army will the country are amply repaid for their ever be present to her grateful memory, exertions and sacrifices, by the wisdom, -I have particular satisfaction in com. valor, and discipline displayed by the municating the sentiments of the Go. Generals, Officers, and privates of which vernors of the kingdom towards your Exthat army is composed.We will lay be cellency being precisely those I have ever fore his Royal Highness, in the distinctest invariably entertained.--May God premamer, the events which have taken serve your Excellency, place; recommending to his Royal notice

D. MIGUEL PEREIRA FORJAZ. the services of an army which has covered Palace of Government, April 17, 1811. itself with glory under your Excellency's command. - Your Excellency cannot fail to derive high gratification from the France.-Decree for the raising of Scamen. result of your plans and labours, which

---March 2, 1811.---Signed by the Emcrowned with the most eminent success and publie opinion, leave nothing wanting

peror Napoleon. to satisfy the heart of the illustrious war Art. 1. There shall be made a levy of rior by whom they were conceived and 3,000 seamen, from the age of 20 to 50 accomplished.-May God preserve your years, in the three departments of the Excellency.

mouths of the Elbe, the Weser, and the PATRIACH ELECT. Upper Ems.--2. The Governor-General Count REDONDO. shall apportion these 3,000 seamen among R. NOGUER.

the different cities and ports of these three Principes Sousa. departments.--3. These seamen shall be

CHARLES STUART. marched, in parties of 100 each, to Ant. Palace of Government, April, 19 1811. werp.-4. This call of seamen shall be in

D. Miguel Pereira FORJAZ. discharge of the maritime conscription,

5. Our Minister of Marine shall take the not have pretended to enter into his view, necessary measures for securing to the but in order to draw from him the sums wives and children of such seamen, while which he had promised ; that be never at sea, a suitable subsistence, and for pro- intended to assist his projects ; that he had viding for the necessary expences of con- not even the means of doing so, for he had veyance and the details of the service.- resided only thirteen days in Belleisle. 6. Our Minister of Marine is charged with On his arrival at Rennes, Laupper was ar. the execution of the present decree. rested for debts contracted to his regi

ment. It was not long, he added, before

I received a letter from Sieur Owen, in France.—Report of a Plot respecting Belle- which he reminded him of their reciprocal isle.-April 14, 1811.

promises, and announced the approaching Report to his Majesty the Emperor and arrival of the money; in fact, he transKing.--Sire; I had the honour to submit mitted to him, at two periods, two drafts, to your Majesty on the 22nd of March one for 1,000 francs, and the other for last, the disclosures of the Sieur Cunlisse 400, but they were not paid. In the Owen, an Officer of the British Navy, pri. mean time, the Sieur Owen, insisting and soner of war at Besancon. The result advising him to bring into their interests thereof was, that this prisoner had con. some of his comrades, he then described certed with a Sieur Laupper, an Officer in to him, as an officer of his regiment, the the 4th Swiss Regiment, the means of sur- Sieur Laudis, an old grenadier, wbo was prising Belleisle-en-Mer. Owen, accord- in prison with bim, and be protests that ing to the promise he had received, as he this soldier was totally ignorant of the said, from M. Mackenzie, to whom the part which he was made to perform in his plan had been communicated, was to have correspondence with the English prisoner. been exchanged, and to command the Laudis is in fact an old grenadier of the Expedition; and Laupper, whose batta- 4th Swiss regiment, who, having been relion was in garrison in Belleisle, charged duced in 1809, remained in the departhimself with the recruiting of partizans ment D' Illet Orlaine, in quality of Garde among the officers and soldiers, to favour Forrestier; he had been imprisoned for the communications between the cruizers firing a musket at some person.

It was and the coast, &c. It was at Besancon in this prison that he found Laupper. He where Laupper had staid some time, while declared that he never received from him conducting the recruits to his corps, that any overtures respecting bis intercourse this plot was formed. Among the papers with the Sieur Owen, and, with the excepwhich the Sieur Owen produced in sup; tion of the letters of Laupper, the investiport of his statements, there appeared gation has not hitherto produced any proof many letters which Laupper had ad. against him. Whatever may be the dedressed to him from Rennes, and in which nials of Laupper, and the grounds on he stated that several officers had joined which he supports them, it does not apthemselves to the conspiracy, and espe- pear to me that they can be capable of cially a Sieur Laudis, who, he asserted, justifying him in opposition to the suspiwas to give in his resignation, for the pur-cions which his correspondence with Sieur pose of following Owen to England." In Owen establishes against him. I have pursuance of the orders which I had given, the honour to propose to your Majesty, to Laupper and Laudis were arrested at Ren order the transmission of the Papers to

The first declared, that having had the Minister of War. I am, with the occasion to know the Sieur Owen, on his most profound respect, &c. way to Besancon, and finding himself

The Duke ROVIGO. pressed by the want of money, he had Referred to the Grand Judge, to cause appeared to receive the propositions which the Laws of the Empire to be carried inte the Englishman had made to him, of pro- | Execution.

NAPOLEON. caring particular information respecting Palace of the Thuilleries, April 14, 1811. Belleisle, or the plans and maps of that By the Emperor's Order. place; but he maintains that he would

H. B. Duke De BASSANO.

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Published by R. BAGSHAW, Brydges-Street, Covent - Garden : -Sold also by J. BUDD, Pall-Mall,

LONDON :- Printed by T: C. Bastard, Peterborough-Court, Fleet-street.

COBBETT'S WEEKLY POLITICAL REGISTER.

VOL. XIX. No. 37.)

LONDON, WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 1811.

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have here, the words of men of independ

ent minds, addressed to a Privee, whom IN the present Number of the Register, we have every reason to believe worthy of I have to put upon record what gives me reigning over such men.-But, excelgrealer pleasure than I have ever derived lent as the language and the sentiments from any thing that I have inserted in it, of this Audress are; wholesome as are the from its first establishment to the present truths that it promulgates to the world; hour. The WestMINSTER ADDRESS, hard as are the blows which it deals on which was passed at the last meeting of that.which is our country's bane; still, the people of that city; at that meeting the circumstance that gives it most value which Mr. Wilberforce's brother-in-law in my eyes, and will, I trust, in the eyes (lately made a Master in Chancery); at of the nation; is, that this Address has been that meeting which this gentleman, M. published by the order of his Royal Highnese STEPHÉN, spoke so contemptuously of; the Prince Regent. This is what I most that Address, which was presented io the bighly esteem; for it is to me, and so it Prince Regent by the High Bailiff is, I believe, to the people of Westminster, and Sir FranCIS BURDETT ; that Address a proof that his Royal Highness is, as we has been published in the LONDON have always believed hiin to be, on the GAZETTE, by AUTHORITY.--I in- side of Parliamentary Reform.---That this sert it below just as it stands in the Lon- publication took place in consequence of don Gazette; and I thus do all that lies in his special order, there can be no doubt af my power to cause it to be read, or heard, all; for until now, not a single address, by every person, not only in this country in favour of reform, bas ever been pubbut in every other country, as far as the lished in the London Gazette, under any English language has reached; and, if I ministry. Nay, as I am informed by had time, I would put it into the French those who have searched the File of the language also; for, every man upon earth, London Gazettes for the

purpose of

ascerwho is worthy of being free, is interested taining the fact, there bas not been any in it.This Address is fall to all points. address or petition published through that I blinks nothing, Bribery, Corruption, vehicle, which called for a redress of griesScat-trafficing, Foreign Troops, Star-Cham unces of any sort.--To the Prince, there. ber work; and all the rest of it are here. fore, we must direct our thanks for what has This is the truth, told in plain language. now been done; and certainly not to the We have here the sentiments of honest ministers, uider whom, or whose predecesminds, and expressed without the smallest sors for the last thirty years, nothing that disguise. Here are no circumlocutions; was not complimentary io men in power has no going about the bush; no binting and found its way to the world through this rubbing, no double meanings; none of authentic channel, the London Gazette. • those devices to which men who have not -With what feelings the persons named power to resist oppression are compelled in the Address have seen it published thus to resort (under governments really des- to the world, under the authority of governa potic). in order to save themselves from ment, I know not, neither do I care. Their the fanys of what is, in such governments, time for real feeling is yet to come. But, it called law, but which is, in fact, nothing must be confessed, that the Prince has here more than the most convenient instru- had an opportunity of repaying them a little ment of the basest tyranny,--in short, we of that which he has so- largely received at

their hands. It is not he who speaks of them

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[ 751] here; it is not he who characterizes their actions; it is not he who draws the picture of them; it is the people of Westminster, who speak the sentiment, of all the virtuous and public-spirited part of the people of England; it is that part of the people who set the noble example of returning their member free of expence; it is the people, the real people of England, who draw the picture, and the picture being by them The London Gazette. presented to the Prince, he holds it out to the world; he says to the parties described, a look! this is the picture the people gire

Publithed by Authority. “ me of you! Here are the words of the “ people of England ! Such is their opi From Tuesday April 23, to Saturday “ nion of you! Such are their accusations

April 27, 1811. “ against you!" —And, surely, nothing could be more manly or more wise. He

Carlton-Ilouse, April 23, 1811. knew, that, in this Address of the people of THE following

Address has been voice the

presented to His Royal Highness people of England; the real people of England ; those upon whose hearts and the Prince Regent; which Address arms the safety of his throne must finally His Royal Highness was pleased to depend; those, without whose attachment receive very graciously : and zeal fifty armies would not save the country froin subjugation in case of an in To the PRINCE REGENT. vasion by a powerful enemy.--I look The dutiful Address of the House. upon this step, on the part of his Royal Highness, as having decided the question holders of the City and Liberties of respecting his being in favour of a Reform Westminster. of Parliament. In this step he seems to me to have declared for the people, and

May it Please Your Royal Highness, against the system of corruption : against all Sincerely attached to your Person, those who are guilty of the crimes of as on the present Occasion will be bribery, corruption, subornation: against the whole of those infamous miscreants, of evinced, it is with a lively Sensibility whatever grade tbey are, or by whatever we participate in the Sorrow Your name they may be known. ------His Royal Royal Highness must feel for the Highness is, I sincerely believe, in favour Cause of your having been called to of a Parliamentary Reform from principle; but, if this were not the case, policy points your present Situation. out this path to him; for, is it possible, But we trust, that, by taking on that any man can be so blind as not to see, that, in these and the nearly approaching you a Nation's Care, demanding, as times the good will, the cordial attach they now do, an undivided Mind, the ment, of the people will be of infinitely private Griefs of Your Royal Highmore consequence than it ever was at any former period ? In short, there appears to

ness must be less painfully felt. be, and, indeed, there evidently is, no

• It has been, Sir

, with extreme Dis. other choice than that between the People satisfaction we have contemplated and the Borough Faction ; and the Prince those habitual Suspensions of the has very wisely declared for the former.

-With this Preface, I insert the Ad- Regal Authority, some of which have dress, and I do it, too, in a larger charac- been but recently brought to light, ter than usual, as well for the purpose of that have been so derogatory to Your distinguishing it above other articles, as for that of rendering it more easy to be Royal Highness, and are in their road by persons of all ages.

Nature so portentous; but we trust

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