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and, on this he immediately went to the town and acquainted Lieu. tenant Colonel Jennings, where he met him with the troops on the parade, who immediately ordered detachments to be made to de fend the gates of the town, and all the avenues leading thereto ; soon after which the reconnoitring party retired, after having spent all their ammunition : during which time the lieutenant colonel and chief magistrate of the town, sent off the sheriff and Mr. Macklewain (who is captain of the militia of the corporation) with orders to take off the French prisoners of war, and convey them with all speed to Belfast, where they were to receive further orders from me. By this time the enemy were in full march for the town; which he computed to be near 1000 men ; and two or three straggling hussars, on horses they had picked up after landing, attempted to enter the gates, but on the first fire, retired, but were soon supported by parties of foot, who attacked both the north and Scotch gates; as also the garden walls of Lord Donegal ; but were repulsed also, and kept back as long as the men had ammunition. On which Colonel Jennings ordered the whole to retire to the castle ; which he had sufficient time to do, as now the enemy was a little checked from our fire ; and would have been more so, if the men had ammunition. Before the gates of the castle were shut, they made their appearance in the market place ; and then it was, in his opinion, the destruction of the enemy would have commenced, had it not been for the still dreadful want of ammunition, not. withstanding the supply of powder they had received a few days before by my order, from Belfast, but were in want of ball, and even time, if they had that, to make them up: from which the enemy, finding our Gre so cool, attacked the gates sword in hand, which from the battering of the shot from both sides, the bolts were knocked back and the gates opened, and the enemy marched in : but Lieutenant Colonel Jennings, Lord Wallingford, Capt. Bland, Lieutenant Ellis, with some gentlemen, and about fifty men, repulsed the enemy and beat them back.

Here it was he saw a great resolution in a few Irish boys, who defended the gate after it was opened, with their bayonets; and those from the Half-moon, after their ammunition was gone, threw stones and sticks.

Had this attack of the enemy been supported with any degree of courage, they must certainly have succeeded in it, but they retired back under cover, leaving the gates open, with our men in the front of it ; which gave

them a short time to consider what was the best to be done: first, to see the men's ammunition, who if they had any, would have certainly sallied, and even without it, had not Colonel Jennings and all the officers thought the enterprise too hazardous. Then they considered if the gate could be defended : the breach in the castle wall, could not ; it being near fifty feet long; and hav. ing but a short time to deliberate, all agreed a parley should be beat, and Lieutenant Hall sent to know on what terms they might



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surrender; which was done accordingly, and on his going out, found the greatest part of the enemy under shelter of the old walls and houses before the castle gate ; and after the usual ceremony, demanded of the commandant (the general being wounded) what terms would be given to the troops on their surrender ; and at the same time sent the drum to call Colonel Jennings out of the castle, in order to treat with the French commandant on the articles of capitulation, which he says, as well as he can remember, were as follows, viz.

“ Colonel Jennings demanded that the troops should march out " with all the honours of war, and the officers to be on their parole “ in Ireland, and that an equal number of prisoners should be sent France within one month, or as soon after as ships could be

got ready for that purpose....... Granted. « That the castle of Carrickfergus should not be demolished,

of the stores destroyed or taken out of it....... Granted. “ That the town and county of Carrickfergus should not be “ plundered or burnt, on condition the mayor and corporation fur“ nished the French troops with necessary provisions..... " Granted."

That, as well as he can remember, was the verbal articles agreed on; though on writing them the French commandant, after consulting his principal officers, declared he could not by any means answer to his master, the French king, for granting to his Britannic majesty the stores in the castle, which he insisted upon : and Colonel Jennings, to his great grief had it not in his power to refuse, declaring solemnly, at the same time with a grave countenance, that he would rather have been buried in the ruins. To which the French commandant replied, that he could not insert it in the articles of capitulation, yet he would give his word of honour, and did so, that if there was nothing of great value in the castle, belonging to the king, besides powder, he would not touch it (which there really was not) : but how far he will keep his promise, is not yet known. Likewise the magistrates of Carrickfergus, not furnishing the French with necessary provisions, they plundered the town, declaring it was their own fault, as they were convinced they had it in their power to supply them, as they had found enough in the town afterwards.

Mr. Hall further informs me, that he has discovered by some of the French, that there was a disagreement betwixt their General and Captain Thurot, the General being for the attack of Carrick, and Thurot for landing at the White-house and attacking Belfast. He likewise judges the frigates to be one of 40 guns, the other two about 20 each.

Lieutenant Hall begs leave to present his duty to your grace, and hopes your grace will excuse any inaccuracy, that may be in his description, as he was no way provided with any papers, and states but from his meinory, having been often interrupted by numbers of gentleinen of the militia, who were crowding perpetually into the room to receive orders.

I beg leave to subscribe myself,
My Lord, &c.

Belfast, 23d Feb. 1760.



To GEORGE the Third, King of Great Britain and the Domini.

ons thereunto belonging.

The humble Address of the People called Quakers, of the King.

dom of Ireland.


We, thy dutiful and faithful subjects, being deeply impressed with a sense of the loss these nations have sustained by the sudden and unexpected removal of thy royal grandfather, our late gracious king, beg leave to condole with thee on this affecting event.

His mild and just government rendered him dear to all his faithful subjects; and the particular indulgence and protection we have enjoyed in the free exercise of our religious duties, have left on our minds lasting impressions of gratitude and respect for his me, mory.

At the same time permit us to congratulate thee on thy accession to the throne of these realms, in which exalted station, we trust in that God by whom kings reign, that those many virtues which we hear adorn thy breast (and for which we are humbly thankful to the divine giver) will ever continue to animate thy conduct; and thy gracious declaration for the encouragement of piety, and suppression of vice and immorality, gives us just grounds to hope, that thy reign will be happy to thy people, and honourable to thy. self.

Persuaded of the clemency and benevolence of thy disposition, and conscious of our own fidelity and affection to thy person and government, we are emboldened to ask, and assured of thy favour. able protection; a protection we stand the more in need of, as some of our religious tenets (of the truth of which we are firmly persuaded) expose us to sufferings from unreasonable men. Such protection, we thankfully acknowledge, the kind acceptance of our peaceable and dutiful demeanour hath procured to us, during the late reigns of thy royal ancestors ; and it is our firm resolution (through divine assistance) to merit the continuance thereof, by behaving agreeable to our christian principles, as becomes faithful subjects.

We offer up our fervent prayers to Almighty God, that he may endue thee with wisdom, to rule in his fear; that in thy days righteousness may exalt the nation ; and that thou may be the happy instrument of restoring a permanent peace ; that his protecting providence may shield thee from every danger, preserve thee long the beloved sovereign of a happy and grateful people; and perpe. tuate their happiness by continuing the crown in thy family to latest posterity.

Dublin, the 13th of the 11th month (called November) 1760,

To the King's most excellent Majesty. The humble Address of the Roman Catholics of the Kingdom of



WE, your Majesty's most dutiful and faithful subjects, the Roman Catholics of the kingdom of Ireland, beg leave to approach your majesty with this humble tender of our unseigned loyalty, on your Majesty's happy accession to the throne of your ancestors.

While your Majesty's subjects of all denominations are now endeavouring to be foremost in the exertion of every duty towards your Majesty's person and government; and while all circumstances of affairs at home, and abroad, unite for the present happiness and future glory of your reign ; permit us to condole with your majesty', and pour out our sincere sorrow for the loss we have sustained, by the death of a monarch, who had always approved himself the common father of all his people ; a loss the more sensible on our part, as the repose we have so long enjoyed proceeded from his royal clemency, and the mild administration of his government in this kingdom.

Ever since the accession of your Majesty's royal house to the throne of these realms, we have in a particular manner experience ed the paternal interposition of your illustrious predecessors. We, most gracious sovereign, who are so unfortunately distinguished from the rest of our fellow subjects, cannot subsist without a conti, puance of the royal favour and protection,

Sensible of the same hereditary compassion in your Majesty's breast, we most humbly hope for that share in the happiness of your reign, which our peculiar circumstances can admit. And we beg leave to assure your Majesty of our grateful and constant return of affection and loyalty; a loyalty which our conduct has proved, and our religion enforces; happy! might it entitie us to express a wish, that of all your majesty's dutiful subjects of this kingdom, we alone may not be left incapable of promoting the general welfare and prosperity of it.

May the Almighty so influence and direct your Majesty's coun. cils, through the whole course of your reign, that they may be ever productive of real happiness to all your people ! and may that reign be as memorable for its duration and felicity, as for the greatness and variety of those blessings, which we have already so much reason to expect from it.





WE think it our duty to remind you of the gratitude and thanks you owe to the Almighty God, who in these calamitous times, so fatal to other parts of Europe, leaves you in the happy enjoyment of peace and all the blessings that attend it ; blessings that ought to fill your hearts with the deepest sense of God's mercy towards you, and thankfulness to our chief governor here, whose paternal care and pity, equally generous and extensive, knows no distinction of persons or people ; these blessings we attribute in a great measure to your peaceable and discreet behaviour hitherto: wherefore we exhort you in the bowels of Jesus Christ, to continue to demean yourselves in the same peaceable manner, and to avoid every thing in public or private, that might give the least shadow of offence; that our ministry (as St. Paul says) may not be blamed. Nor does this caution proceed from any diffidence we have of

future conduct : it is rather intended to raise in your minds a lively sense of the lenity and mildness of our present most gracious government. Length of time, your constant, ready, and cheerful submission to the ruling powers, and, above all, the merciful and humane disposition of the present royal family, have great!y worn off the rigour of prejudice against you: these happy


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