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Lordship the powers under which I act, | aware that the power of the Government of that you might perceive their validity and the United States to prohibit the employextent. I have, however, sought to statement of British seamen must be exercised them substantially in the official letter which I have herewith the honour to transmit to your Lordship, but should you find any thing that stands in need of explanation, previous to being submitted to His Royal Highness, I shall remain at 18, Bentinck-street, to receive the commands of your Lordship. If your Lordship could, in courtesy, find any motive in my personal convenience to hasten to a decision upon the propositions which I have submitted; the season of the year, my anxiety to depart (all my arrangements being made and all my baggage having left town), and the detention of the Lark at much expense, will plead powerfully in my favour.I have the honour to be, with great consideration, your Lordship's very obedient and very humble servant, (Signed) JONA. RUSSELL. Lord Viscount Castlereagh, &c. &c. &c.

Mr. Russell to Lord Castlereagh.

in the sense and spirit of the constitution;
but there is no reason to doubt that it will
be so exercised effectually and with good
faith. Such a measure, as it might by
suitable regulations and penalties be made
completely effectual and satisfactory, would
operate almost exclusively in favour of
Great Britain, for as few American seamen
ever enter voluntarily into the British ser-
vice, the reciprocity would be nominal,
and it is sincerely believed that it would be
more than an equivalent for any advantage
she may derive from impressment.-By
the proposition which I have now the ho-
nour to make in behalf of my Government,
your Lordship will perceive the earnest
desire of the President to remove every ob-
stacle to an accommodation, which consists
merely of form; and to secure the rights
and interests of the United States in a man-
ner the most satisfactory and honourable to
Great Britain as well as to America.-
The importance of the overture now made,
will, I trust, obtain for it the early consi-
deration of His Royal Highness the Prince
Regent; and I shall detain the vessel in
which I have taken my passage to the
United States, until I have the honour to
learn his decision.

-I have the honour

to be, my Lord, with high consideration, your Lordship's most obedient servant,

(Signed) JONA. RUSSELL. Lord Viscount Castlereagh, &c.

Lord Gastlereagh to Mr. Russell.

Lord Castlereagh presents his compliments to Mr. Russell, and requests to have the honour of seeing him at his house in St. James's-square, at 9 o'clock this evening. Foreign Office, Sept. 16, 1812. N. B. Received a little before 5 o'clock.

18, Bentinck-street, Sept. 12, 1812. My Lord, I hasten, authorized by instructions recently received from the Government of the United States, and urged by an unfeigned anxiety to arrest the calamities of war, to propose to your Lordship a convention for the suspension of hostilities, to take effect at such time as may be mutually agreed upon, and stipulating that each party shall forthwith appoint Commissioners, with full powers to form a treaty, which shall provide, by reciprocal arrangements for the security of their seamen, from being taken or employed in the service of the other power; for the regulation of their commerce; and all other interesting questions now depending between them; and that the armistice shall not cease without such previous notice by one to the other Mr. Hamilton to Mr. Russell. party, as may be agreed upon, and shall Dear Sir, I have not seen Lord Castlenot be understood as having any other effect reagh since his receipt of your two letters than merely to suspend military operations of the but have received his direcby land and sea. -In proposing to your tions to say to you, that he is concerned Lordship these terms for a suspension of that he cannot have it in his power to reply hostilities, I am instructed to come to a to them for a few days, or would have had clear and distinct understanding with His much pleasure in attending immediately to Britannic Majesty's Government, without your request in that respect. You may be requiring it to be formal concerning im-assured that no delay will take place which pressment, comprising in it the discharge can be avoided.I am, dear Sir, faithof the citizens of the United States afready fully your's, impressed; and concerning future blockades, the revocation of the Orders in Council being confirmed.Your Lordship is

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W. HAMILTON. Foreign Office, Sept. 16, 1812. Jonathan Russell, Esq. &c.

• Mr. Russell to Mr. Hamilton. Dear Sir, I have learnt with much regret and disappointment, that Lord Castlereagh has directed you to inform me, that it is not in his power to give an immediate answer to the last letters which I have had the honour to address to him. The object of those letters was of a nature to require an early decision. Reluctant, however, by any precipitancy on my part, to protract the present unhappy relations between the two countries, I beg you to acquaint his Lordship, that I shall remain in town until Sunday (the 20th instant), when, unless some special and satisfactory reason be assigned for a longer delay, I shall consider it to be my duty to proceed to Plymouth to embark for the United States.I am, dear Sir, with great truth and respect, your obedient


(Signed) JONATHAN RUSSELL. JONATHAN RUSSELL. 18, Bentinck-street, 16th Sept. 1812.

N. B. Sent at 3 o'clock.

Lord Castlereagh to Mr. Russell.

Foreign Office, Sept. 18, 1812. Sir,-Under the explanations you have afforded me of the nature of the instructions which you have received from your Government, I have, as on the preceding occasion, been induced to lay your letter of the 12th inst. before His Royal Highness the Prince Regent.His Royal Highness commands me to express to you his regret that he cannot perceive any substantial dif'ference between the proposition for a suspension of hostilities which you are now directed to make, and that which was contained in your letter of the 24th of August last. The form of the proposed arrangement, it is true, is different; but it only appears to aim at executing the same purpose in a more covert, and, therefore, in a more objectionable manner. You are now directed to require, as preliminary to a suspension of hostilities, a clear and distinct understanding, without, however, requiring it to be formal on all the points referred to in your former proposition. It is obvious that, were this propasal acceded to, the discussion on the several points must substantially precede the understanding required.This course of proceeding, as bearing on the face of it a character of disguise, is not only felt to be in principle inadmissible, but as unlikely to lead in practice to any advantageous result; as it does not appear on the important subject of impressment that you are either authorized to

propose any specific plan, with reference to which the suspension of that practice could be made a subject of deliberation, or that you have received any instructions for the guidance of your conduct on some of the leading principles, which such a discussion must in the first instance involve.-Under these circumstances the Prince Regent sincerely laments, that he does not feel himself enabled to depart from the decision which I was directed to convey to you in my letter of the 2d inst.I have the honour to be, Sir, your most obedient servant, CASTLEREAGH.

Jonathan Russell, Esq. &c.

Mr. Russell lo Mr. Monroe.

London, 19th Sept. 1812. Sir,-Since writing to you this morning, fearing that this Government should infer from my silence an acquiescence in the strange and unwarrantable view which Lord Castlereagh has in his last note thought fit to take of the overtures which I have submitted, and of the powers under which I acted, I have considered it my duty to return an answer, of which the enclosed is a copy. -With great consideration and respect, I am, Sir, your assured and obedient servant,

(Signed) JONA. RUSSELL. To the Hon. James Monroe, &c.

Mr. Russell to Lord Castlereagh.

London, 19th Sept. 1812. My Lord, I had the honour to receive, last evening, your Lordship's note of yesterday, and have learnt, with great regret and disappointment, that His Royal Highness the Prince Regent has again rejected the just and moderate propositions for a suspension of hostilities, which I have been instructed to present on the part of my Government.- -After the verbal explanations which I had the honour to afford your Lordship on the 16th instant, both as to the object and sufficiency of my instruetions, I did not expect to hear repeated any objections on these points. For itself, the American Government has nothing to disguise; and by varying the proposition as to the manner of coming to a preliminary understanding, it merely intended to leave to the British Government that which might be most congenial to its feelings. The propositions presented by me, however, on the 24th of August and 12th inst, are distinguishable by a diversity in the substance as

well as in the mode of the object which that His Majesty's late ship Macedonian they embraced; as by the former, the dis- was captured on the 25th inst. by the Unicontinuance of the practice of impressment ted States' ship United States, Commodore was to be immediate, and to precede the Decatur, Commander; the detail is as prohibitory law of the United States rela- follows:-A short time after daylight, tive to the employment of British seamen; steering N. W. by W. with the wind from when, by the latter, both these measures the southward, in latitude 29 deg. N. and are deferred, to take effect simultaneously longitude 29 deg. 30 min. W. in the exehereafter.Having made a precise ten- cution of their Lordships' orders, a sail der of such law, and exhibited the instruc- was seen on the lee beam, which I immetions which warranted it to your Lordship, diately stood for, and made her out to be I have learnt with surprise that it does not a large frigate under American colours: at appear to your Lordship that I am autho- nine o'clock I closed with her, and she rized to propose any specific plan on the commenced the action, which we returned; subject of impressment. I still hope that but from the enemy keeping two points off the overtures made by me may again be the wind, I was not enabled to get as close taken into consideration by His Majesty's to her as I could have wished. After an Government; and as I leave town this af- hour's action the enemy backed and came ternoon for the United States, that it will to the wind, and I was then enabled to authorize some Agent to proceed thither, bring her to close battle in this situation and adopt them as a basis for reconciliation I soon found the enemy's force too supebetween the two countries, an event so de-rior to expéct success, unless some very voutly to be wished.- -I have the honour to be, my Lord, your most obedient humble servant,

(Signed) JONA. RUSSELL. The Right Hon. Lord Castlereagh, &c.

Mr. Russell to Mr. Monroe. (Private).

fortunate chance occurred in our favour; and with this hope I continued the battle to two hours and ten minutes, when, having the mizen-mast shot away by the board, top-masts shot away by the caps, mainyard shot in pieces, lower-masts badly wounded, lower rigging all cut to pieces, a small proportion only of the fore-sail left to the fore-yard, all the guns on the On board the Lark, 7th Nov. 1812. quarter-deck and forecastle disabled but Sir, I have the honour to inform you, two, and filled with wreck, two also on the that I am now passing the Narrows, and main deck disabled, and several shot beexpect to land in New York this day. Itween wind and water, a very great proconceive it to be my duty to repair to the portion of the crew killed and wounded, seat of government, and shall set off as soon and the enemy comparatively in good as I can obtain my baggage. In the mean order, who had now shot a-head, and was time, I am sorry to inform you, that the about to place himself in a raking position, second proposition for an armistice was re- without our being enabled to return the jected like the first, and a vigorous prose-fire, being a perfect wreck, and unmacution of the war appears to be the only honourable alternative left to us. -I have the honour to be, with great consideration | and respect, Sir, your very obedient serJONA. RUSSELL.


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nageable log; I deemed it prudent, though a painful extremity, to surrender His Majesty's ship; nor was this dreadful alternative resorted to till every hope of success was removed even beyond the reach of chance, nor till, I trust, their Lordships will be aware, every effort had been made against the enemy by myself, my brave officers, and men; nor should she have been surrendered whilst a man lived on

board, had she been manageable. I am sorry to say, our loss is very severe: I find by this day's muster, thirty-six killed, three of whom lingered a short time after the battle; thirty-six severely wounded, many of whom cannot recover; and thirtytwo slightly wounded, who may all do well-total, one hundred and four.-

The truly noble and animating conduct

William Miller, ditto; Hugh Hughes, ditto;
William Pillipan, ditto.

WOUNDED.-Lieutenant David Hope, severely; Lieutenant John Bulford, slightly; Mr. Henry Roebuck, master's mate, slightly; Mr. George Greenway, midshipman, severely; Mr. Francis Baker, volunteer, 1st class, slightly; Samuel Latchford, sail-maker, ditto; James Bulgin, armourer, ditto; James Nichols, quar ter-master, dangerous; John Lane, captain foretop, severely; Thomas Homes, captain mast, ditto; Peter Johnson (1), captain after-guard, slightly; Thomas Richards, sail-maker's mate, severely; Elias Anderson, seaman, severely, Richard Stone, ditto, ditto; Thomas Dowler, ditto, ditto; Jacob Logholm, ditto, amputated leg; George Griffin, ditto, severely; Andrew Thorn, ditto, slightly; James Fenwick, ditto, ditto;' Thomas Ryan, ditto, severely; John Bates, ditto, slightly; Philip Reed, ditto, amputated leg; William Biggs, ditto, severely; John Gordon, ditto, slightly: Charles Hand, ditto, severely; Giles Edmonds, ditto, slightly; Richard Hiffern, ditto, ditto; Thomas Whitaker, ditto, dangerously; James Duffy, ditto, slightly; James Smith, ditto, dangerously; George Glass, ditto, slightly; Thomas Storkhill, ditto, dangerously, since dead; Emanuel Isaacs, ditto, severely; William Burnett, ditto, dan

of my officers, and the steady bravery of my crew, to the last moment of the battle, must ever render them dear to their country.My first Lieutenant, David Hope, was severely wounded in the head towards the close of the battle, and taken below; but was soon again on deck, displaying that greatness of mind and exertion, which, though it may be equalled, can never be excelled; the third Lieutenant, John Bulford, was also wounded, but not obliged to quit his quarters: second Lieutenant, Samuel Mottley, and he, deserves my highest acknowledgments. The cool and steady conduct of Mr. Walker, the master, was very great during the battle, as also that of Lieutenants Wilson and Magill, of the Marines.—On being taken on board the enemy's ship, I ceased to wonder at the result of the battle. The United States is built with the scantling of a seventy-four gun ship, mounting thirty Jong 24-pounders (English ship guns) on her main deck, and twenty-two forty-gerously; Daniel Eagle, ditto, severely; James two pounder carronades, with two long twenty-four pounders on her quarter deck and forecastle, howitzer guns in her tops, and a travelling carronade on her upper deck, with a complement of four hundred and seventy-eight picked men. The enemy has suffered much in masts, rigging and hull above and below water; her loss in killed and wounded, I am not aware of, but I know a Lieutenant and six men have been thrown overboard.--Enclosed you will be pleased to receive the names of the killed and wounded on board the Macedonian; and have the honour to be, &c.


To J. W. Groker, Esq. Admirally.

List of Officers and Men Killed and Wounded on board His Majesty's Ship Macedonian, in Action with the United States.

KILLED. Mr. James Holmes, boatswain; Mr. Thomas James Nankivell, master's mate; Mr. Dennis Colwell, schoolmaster; William Brown, boatswain's mate; John Storvey, captain forecastle; Johm Wells, captain foretop; Joseph Newell, captain mast; Alexander Johnson, seaman; John Pierson, ditto; John Smith (1), ditto; William Hodge, ditto; William Aldridge, ditto; John M Wiggan, ditto; John King, ditto; Thomas Curtis, ditto; George Watson, ditto; Thomas Hutchinson, ditto; John Card, ditto; Thomas Kayton, ditto; George Insliff, ditto; William Shingles, ditto; James Beat, ditte; John Hill, ditto; John Wallis, ditto, James Kelly, ditto; James Warren, ditto; Joaquin Joze, Joze de Compass,

boys; John Johrison, sergeant of marines; Philip Molloy, private; Edward Skinner, ditto; Matthew Jackson, ditto; William Firth, ditto;

M'Carthy, ditto, slightly; John Wilson (1), ditto, severely; John Active, ditto, slightly; Thomas Steward, ditto, ditto; Michael Beeby, ditto, ditto; Robert Nichols, ditto, dangerously, since dead; Andrew Smith, ditto, slightly; T. Turner, ditto, ditto;. Mathew Davison, ditto, severely; David Conner, ditto, danger Jenkins, ditto, slightly; Richard Sundenwood, ously; John Lala, ditto, severely; Thomas ditto, severely; David Nolton, ditto, slightly; Lawrence Mulligan, ditto, ditto; Thomas Gray, ditto, severely; Daniel Nailand, ditto, slightly bons, ditto, ditto; Thomas Budd, ditto, seThomas Willicott, ditto, ditto; Charles M'Gibverely; James Scratchley, boy, ditto; Robert Hatherly, ditto, ditto; John Jordan, ditto, amputated leg; Robert Sneddon, ditto, ditto; John Duckworth, private marine, severely; John Rutland, ditto, slightly; William Reynolds, ditto, ditto; Beujamin Harrison, ditto, ditto; Lancelot Mills, ditto, severely; Thomas Cox, ditto, ditto; Igdaliah Holding, ditto, slightly; Samuel Browning, ditto, severely; Johan Kells, ditto, ditto.

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Killed, 36; severely wounded, 36; slightly wounded, all likely to recover, 32-Total 104. (Signed) JOHN S. CARDEN, Captain.


The General of Cavalry Count Willgenstein makes the following Report to His Imperial Majesty, dated Starroy Berisow, 17/29) Nov.

Yesterday I reported to your Imperial Majesty, that I should proceed to the river Berisena, near Studentzy, which I the same day accomplished.On coming up with the enemy at the above-mentioned passage they halted, and with a very strong force

defended the passage in order to save their near the town of Batura, and within two baggage and heavy waggons.Notwith-days, one Lieutenant-Colonel, 36 officers, standing this I drove them from their first and 2,000 men were made prisoners. As. position, and pursued them three wersts; I then perceived that the enemy was quietly the action continued the whole day. To-day retreating, I undertook making a flank I forced them to cross the river at Student- movement from Koloperitche, and marched zy, having done which they burned the towards the town of Barau, in order from bridge. Admiral Tschitchagow having sent this point to cut him off from the Lepelska me pontoons I am now re-establishing the road, and be enabled to act on Wesselowo bridge. I shall act in concert with him and and Studentzy, where he was forming Count Platow, on the opposite side.- bridges. When I arrived at the town of Yesterday we took from the enemy one gun Kostrezy, I received information that Naand 1,500 prisoners; and this day at poleon would cross the Berisena river, and the passage we took 12 guns, many more that Victor's corps formed his rear-guard; having been thrown into the river.Se- I therefore put myself in march to attack veral Staff and General Officers were taken him whilst crossing, and desired General prisoners, besides others of inferior rank, Platow to hasten to Berisow, which he acand more continue to be brought in, which cordingly did. He proceeded on the ToI have not yet been able to take an account letschin road, and after my arrival with the of.The number of waggons belonging whole corps at Old Berisow, I cut off the to Government and private persons is so enemy's rear-guard, consisting of half of great, that a space of half a werst square is Victor's corps, and attacked it on yesterday so covered with them, that it is impossible afternoon. After a heavy fire of musketry, either to ride or walk through them; and which continued for four hours, and by the 3 companies of the new-raised militia have effect of our artillery, the enemy were been employed merely to clear a passage for thrown into disorder and put to flight; we the army.In these vehicles, which took one piece of artillery, and 30 officers, chiefly consisted of carriages of different de- with 1000 men, were made prisoners. He scriptions, sent from Moscow, we found, suffered a great loss besides in killed and besides a very great booty for the army, sil- wounded. Meanwhile I sent a flag of ver and other articles belonging to the truce to inform the enemy of our superiority churches, which were plundered by the of force, and tell him that he was surenemy at Moscow. We are now collecting rounded and must surrender. The courage them, and I shall dispatch them to the Go- and valour of the troops under my comvernor of Moscow. Congratulating your mand, together with General Platow's arMajesty on the above, I lay at the feet of rival at Berisow, forced the enemy to send your Imperial Majesty a stand of colours. me two flags of truce, with information The loss in killed and wounded in the course that they surrendered. At midnight, the of these two days exceeds 3,000 men. General of Division Partinoux, the Brigade General Lettre, two Colonels, 40 officers, and 800 men who had already submitted, were brought to me.--At seven o'clock this morning the remainder laid down their arms, viz. Generals Camusi and Blaimont, 3 Colonels, 15 Lieutenant-Colonels, 184 Officers, and 7000 men, and delivered up three pieces of artillery, three standards, and a number of baggage-waggons. Among these troops are two regiments of cavalry, one of Saxony and one of Berg, with very good horses.On such a victory, a similar to which has scarcely hitherto been gained over the French, I take the liberty of congratulating your Majesty, and of laying all these trophies at your Majesty's (To be continued.)

Report from General Count Wittgenstein to
His Imperial Majesty, dated Berisow,
Nov. 28,

I had the honour, on the 24th November, most submissively to report that Marshals Victor and Oudinot were retreating before me towards Berisow. I marched after them from the town of Tschetuga. General Platow followed the enemy's grand army. Admiral Tschitchagow was to receive the enemy at Berisow, and by this means it was intended to enclose him on three sides. In consequence of this arrangement, I caused my vanguard, under Major General Weastow, to pursue the enemy. This General defeated General Dentiln's division,

Published by R. BAGSHAW, Brydges-Street, Covent-Garden.
LONDON; Printed by J. M'Creery, Black Horse-Court, Fleet-street.

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