Edward Vernon.

Authentic papers relating to the expedition against Carthagena: being the resolutions of the councilis of war; both of sea and land-officers respectively, at sea and on shore: also the resolutions of the general council of war, composed of both sea and land-officers, held on board the Princess Carol online

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CARTHAGENA.



COPY of a LETTER from Vice
Admiral V e R K o N to tbe Duke c/New-

C AST L E.

Carthagena-Harbour, April i, 1741,

My Lord Duke,

MY laR Letter to your Grace, was of
the 24th of Februcir\\ from / ij^
Bay ; a Duplicate of which, for your
Grace, ac ompan es this.

And on the Zfch of February, I weigh'd
with the Fleet from Iri/h Bay, bemg in all One
Hundred and Twenty-tour Sail ^ the fame

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Day I vvasjoinM by Cuptiiin Bofcawen in ihtShore-
ham, who had been atLeogane, and had din*d with
M. Larnage^ and been on board the French Rear
Admiral M. de Rochefeuil tli Petit Guard. They
faid, the Marquifs d'Antin was faii*d, but did
not pretend to know which Way he was gone.

After getting my Fleet together, I made fail
with them under an eaiy Sail, for keeping fo
large a Fleet together, who were none of the
mod orderly ; and on fp^ednc/day, March the 4th
in the Evening, 1 anchor'd with them in Playa
Grande, to windward of the Town o^ Cart ha-
gena, lying between that and Point Canoa ; and
to harrafs them, I order'd my fmall Frigates and
-Firelhips to get in Shore, and lye in a Line, as
if 1 intended a Defcent to windward of theTown,
which had its Effed: in drawing Forces thatWay,
and fetting them at work to intrench themfelves.

The fame Day I had a Report from my En-
gineer Captain Knowks, of what Obfervations
he had made of the new Works the Enemy had
been eredling near the Entrance of their Harbour,
for my forming my Difpofition of Attack, hav-
ing dilpatch'd him and Capt. Laws over before
me for that Purpofe. And I immediately dif-
patch'd him away again to Leeward, with Capt.
Liiws, Capr. Cooper, and Capt. Rentone, to found
all without Terra Bomba, and the Entrance into
the Harbour, to know certainly how near our
Ships could be brought to the Shore, and if we
could find Anchorage for our large Fleet.

On the 5th we held a genera! Council of War
for fettling the Diftribution of Booty, purfuant
to his Majefty's Inftruilibns ; and I fend your
Grace inclofed, a Copy of the faid Refolution.

On the 6th I form'd my Plan of Attack on the
FoiisofSc. Jdr^o and St. PM//>, a Fafcine Bat-
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tcry lying to the Northward of that ; and ano-
ther little Battery called C/?i2w/'^, to the North-
ward of that, all on Terra Bombay without Bocha
Chica Cajlle, and necclTary for us to be M.irters
of, tor anchoring our Fleet under them without
Terra Bomba. And I fend you likewifc inclofcd,
a Copy of my Inftruc^tions and Orders to Sir
Chaloner Ogle, to conv-iand the Attack of tlic
faid Forts and Battericj -. and Capt. KkovjIcs^
and my other three Cijitains, having made me
their joint Report on the Sth of March, which I
fend you a Copy of, 1 immediately fummoncd
a general Council of War, to communicate that,
and my Plan of Attack to them -, and fend your
Grace inclofcd a Copy of the Rcfolution of that
Council ot War of the Sth.

On Monday the f th. Sir Chaloner Ogle fliifted
his Flag on Board the Jcrfey, and moved for-
ward with his Divifion, for cxircuting my Or-
ders in the laid Attack, and I wcigh'd and movM
after him, with my Divifion, and all the Tranf-
ports, leaving Mr, Lejlock with his Divifion at
Anchor behind us •, and I had that MoiniBg
cmbark'd all the Grenadiers in the Fircfliip in
Shore, as if I was purpofing a L-aiuling rhcr^jthat
Morning, but ordcrM them to to! low me in time,
to be ready for a Landing to Leeward that Eve-
ning. The fmall Fort of Cbamha fired a few
Guns, but was foon defcrted, as foon as the Ship
poflcd there could take her Station, and begin to
fire at the Fafcine Battery erected between that
and the Forts of St. Jago and St. Pbilipy they
had not yet had Time for getting any Guns
mounted there, fo there was no Fire from thrnce ;
and our three Eighty Gun Ships, the Ncrjoik^
Rujfel, and Shrcujsbury, being judicioufly an-
chor'd very clofe under thofe two Caft.es, made
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fo warm a Fire,, that in lefs than an Hour they
fhatter'd them fufficiently, and djove every Soul
out of them, fo as to enable us that fame Eve-
ning to make good a Defceac with the Grenadiers
under the Walls of thofe Caftles, and to take
Pofleffion of both of them, without having fo
much as a fingle Musket-Shot fir'd at them ;
and the fame Evening got our Bomb ketches
placed, and begun to Jpiay on Boci^a Chica Caille ;
but our Southermoft ship, the Shrewsbury, hav-
ing had her Cable cut by the Enemy's Shot, be-
fore Ihe C0ijld Jet go.^ another Anchor, fell to
Leewar(^open. wah..St/C/64 Chica Caftle, and the.
Fire frog) lome of their Ships, and a Fafcine
Battefy to Leeward vbilt however, Capt. lownf-
efid, who conamanded, her, chofe to maintain his
Polt till Night, like a brave gallant Officer, ra-
ther than retire in View of the Enemy, by which
his MaliS, Hull, and Rigging, have been greatly
fhatter'd and render'd unferviceable, and his Lofs
about fixty Men killed and wounded, about a
Third of the former ; but he maintain'd a very
good Fire from his Ship till Night, when he
had Orders to retire : The other two Ships
had three killed and nine wounded each, and all
our Ships made a very good regular Fire, and
Oiiicers and Men difcharged their Duty with
great Chearfulnefs.

By Noon the next Day, the loth, we got all
the reft of the Troops landed, without the lead
MolcHation from the Enemy i and then all our
Boats, and great Numbers of our Seamen, were
kept conllantly employ'd in landing the Artillery
vvirh all polTible Diligence, and great Fatigue to
our Officers and Men, who by reafon of the
great J well, were forced to work like Water-
Rats on the Rafts made for floating them afliore,

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and went through all the Fatigue, both of getting
thdm.ilhon, -iml l.uvling ;hem and geiting t/icni
mountcil a And < ur Train came out

fo ili turn.lhcd, ti. . •- IfeniivGrlh was obliged
to have Rccourlc U ,^u;- Seamen to ply their
Guns on their Bavc^ too, when they were
mounted.

Tne Engineers 1' ,and Sol liers Lazinefs,

giving us Uncafiiu irot Utal Coniequen-

ces from Delays, : S.r Cbakner and me

to join in a Letter u. "^v ■ '•• h I jikewifc

lend your Grace incloi -nd on the

I2ih got the Lu on the

Calllc, from a Moku, jr.d on

the i^th they began to , ,,• hom

our Bon.b Hattcry on > .rndby Sunday the

15th at Noon, we mau. an i nd of landing all
their Artillery and Oidnance Stores they brought
out, and of twelve Twenty-four Pounders lent out
of our Ships ar the General's Rtqueft.

And Complaint being made b\ Mr, IVcnt-
wr-rlb, of their being much galled by the Fire
from a Fafcine Battery on the oppoPite Side of
the Harbour, which we call the Burradera Side,
and which 1 had oblcrved, and employed Officers
to view it, and was forming a Scheme to attack
it, as foon as they had done employ ing our Buais
in landing Things for them : 1 held a Council
of War on it on the 17th, which I lend your
Grace inclos'd a Copy of, but wa^ put ofi the
Execution of it by its blowing too hard the fuc-
ceeding Day ; but on the 19th at Ni-;hc, it was
executed with wonderful Succef. and Relolution j
the Command of the Boats of each Divifion be-
ing put under the Command of Capt. IVatfou^
Capt. Norris^ and Capt. Colby, as Captains to
the Commanding Officers of each Divifion,

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cibmmanded in chief by Capr. IVal/on, my Cap-
tain, and the Men to be landed out of the Boats,
were under the Command jJ^Capt. Bofcawen,
C.ipr. Laws, and Cipt. Cofes, commanded in
chief by Capt. Bofcawen : J^hey landed about a
Mile to thf* Leeward of this Fafcine Battery,
which was of fifteen Twenw-four Pounders, and
I had divided them to be^rc landed, and Part
kept in the Boats, as I thouglK, either being put
into any Diforder, could Jfore eafily have been
recover*d by the others banking the Enemy's
Fire. At their landing, t^jey fortunately pitched
afhore under the Muzzl^ of a five- gun Battery,
they knew nothing of, and recolleding their Se-
curity was in their Refolution, jumped boldly
into the Battery, and furprized them (o as to re-
ceive but little Damage, and fecured thofe Can-
non ; but this gave the Alarm to the other, who
had Time to point two of their Cannon on them,
which went over their Heads, and did them lit-
tle Damage, and our Men foon rufhing in upon
them, thus boldly and re!olutely, made themfelves
Mafters of the two Batteries of twenty-four and
twenty Pounders, and kept Poficffion of them
*till they had fpiked up all their Guns, tore up
their Platforms, and made two glorious Bonefires
oF the Platforms and Carriages, and brought off
fix wounded Prifoners, with an inconfiderable
Lofs of our Side ; which Succefs was a great
Relief t© our Troops afhore, that were galled
by the Shot of that Battery.

Bviing grown very uneafy, both from the Ap-
prehcnfions of theOpennefs of the Road the Fleet
iay expofed to, and the toul Ground that was
daily cutting our Cables, and the flow Proceed-
ings of their Engineers, I held another Council

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of War on the 21ft, which I fend your Grace
incloied a Copy of.

It was 5;/ ^-ti.;;;^^ 2 2d at Seven in the Morn-
ing, betore our lS«ry on Shore began to pl.iy
on Bccha Chica Calft, and as the Fafcine Battery
was judicioufly platc'^, the Enemy had been di-
ligently at work, .UKlj|iad got two Guns niLunt-
ed to play from th^r^w again, and were at work
to increafc them, upon which I ordci'd a Sliip
clofe under the Shorejlo take that Battery, which
filenced them a little.

And on Momiay t^t^2i^d^ Corc\n\0(\oTt Lejlock
in the BoyuCj with the ^Unce Frederick^ Hamp-
ton-Court^ ajid Suffolky weni in to batter Bccha
Cbica Caftleand the Ships, and the Tilbury was
added, but the Boyne falling far to Leeward, o-
pen to much of their Fire, was obliged to call "
her off that Evening, but the reft continued there,
and the Princefs Amelia, that was fallen farther to
Leeward than I intended, but lay fair to filence
the new mounted Guns on the Fafcine Battery,
which he did accordingly, which was a great
Prefervative to the Men playing our Battery a-
fhore, and the Camp, as their Shot went over the
Hill into the Camp.

On the 24th, our Ships renew'd their Fire, but
the Frince Frederick and Hami ton-Court being
much galled by the Shot from their Ships they
had warp'd further out for that Purpofe, was
obliged to call them off^ and on this Occafion
his Majcfty loft a brave gallant Officer in Lord
Aubrey BeaucUrk^ who would have been an Ho-
nour to his noble Family, and his Country, be-
ing a calm, fedate Officer, as well as a refolute
one. And about Noon this Day, I fent all our
Boats again to the Attack of the Fafcine Bat-
tery, the Men to be Ignded under the Command

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of Capt. Watfon^ Capt. Cotes^ and Capt. "Denms^
and thofe remaining in the Boats, under the Com-
mand of Capt. C [eland and Capt. Broderick :
They appearing to have mounted fix Guns, which
the General complain'd galled them much, and
having Day-light for it now, their Men did not
. dare Hand the Affault ; and having Time and
Day -light for it, our Men deftroy'd the Guns
they had brought thither, broke up all their Plat-
forms entirely, and fet every thing on fire, and
drew feme of our Boats over a Neck of Land,
and boarded and burnt a Sloop that lay there to
fupply that battery with i^mmunition and what
they wanted ; and at Night we drtw off tht Suffolk
and Tilhury^ every tbjing appearing to us fit for
an AlTault -, and your Grace has likewife inclofed
Copies of our joint Letters to the General of the
23d, 24ch, and 25th.

And the General coming off to give me an
Account of his Intentions to alTault the Breach
the faid 25th an Hour before Night, I immediate-
ly made the Signal for my Boats again, and fent
them in for making a favourable^ Diverfion for
them, under the Chief Command of my En-
gineer, Capt. Knowies^ as we fent fome Cohorn
Mortars, and Paterar oes, that we had a Profpedt
of ufing againft St. Jofeph^s Fort, that we thought
to throw fome Shells into; and if we found it
fordable, to florm in the Night -, and he had
m^y Captain, Capt. Cotes^ and the others v/ith
him. They got to the Fafcine Battery, and
landed, and drew up their Men before the Time
of our Forces marching to the Attack of Bocha
Chica Caftle, which mull have contributed to
throw the Enemy into fome Confufion : And our
Grenadiers, at the Time the General had ap-
pointed, moved in very good Order to the Af-
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ault, and mounted the Breach, and had gor over,
a Brcilt-work they had made wirhin the Brc :cu
without their fccming to be pc^rcesved by the E-
ncmy, and were Mailers of Bocba Ci.ica Ciltic
without having a Musket- Shot firc(i at tlioir,
though it was an Hour Ijcforc Nigl.t, arc] h.id
only one Min woundcct by a Shot from Si. Jc-
fepb\ Caftic in their way. Our Men, fo(?n after
its being dirk, attc: - rdinjj loSt. Jfje, /.Vs,

bering got through .i iWv,,..l* jul\ upon the B.ck
of It, but found that irr.pr,.d: c,;ble, foire flip-
ping into Holes up to th r Necks, To tlxy r^-
furn'd to their Boats, aria tiie Er.en'«y for fonic
Time kept firing P.Ttndge on them throui^h the
Bufhes, but only wounded on^' Man ; and fii. cl-
ing the Conlternation the Enemy were ii , tiom
having beijun to fct lire to one of thor Sinp^, le-
foivcd to row in their Boats dole under the Lte-
Shore, and ftorm St.Jojypi*s]:nrt foni their
Boats, which they did acco-^dingly, ;.i.d lour.d
only three drunken SparAardi tiitrc: F'ufhed with
thib Succcis, and finding they were upon fii king
the other Ship>., they rowed up to the Ship-, us
they were now got wifh:n the Boom, and board-
ed Doi: B!ajVs own Ship, where th.ey rook Prr-
foners theCapra n ot the Ship, the Captain ci riic
Marines, an hnfign, ard 6oMcU,who rot having
had Boats to make thur Elcape in, i.ad not lui.k
the Snip, rill thev could liavc made rheii oun
Efcape ; and then our People wint ard cut tie
Boom to niake all c'ear fir us ihe next D.y,
Jeuviig Offi ers ard Men on board me Cui'
^licia^ (D n b afi\ own Sh p, where th^ v lound
'both Flag and Colours fi>in^ and a Gaii fon in
St. Jofqb's Fort. Til'.' wonderful Siccefs of
this Evening and Nigh' a'-e fo aflonifliing, ihac
one can't but cry ouc wiih the Pfalmill, li is thg
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Lord'^s doings and feems marvellous in our Eyes.
And Go:\ make us truly thankful for it.

And now we are in full Poflefllon, I think, I
may fay, it was as narrow a Channel, as difficult
of Acc;;fs, and as good a Difpofition made to
defend it, as I caii apprehend to be any where
in the World ; for they had above two hunr
dred Pieces oi Cannon from Furts, Batteries and
Ships, that lay all vj play upon any thing com-
ing in. Within the Compafs of a Mile round.
Bat though the Bully Don muft be faid very well
to know how to make a Difpofition, he is very
far from convincing me, he knows how to make
the beft Defence with it afterwards.

0;i Thurfday the 26th, I haften*d into the Har-
bour, to mai^e proper Difpofitions, and give all
nccefTary Orders •, but tho' I had nothing to do
but to get in, I found it Matter of great Diffi-
culty, efpecially as they had funk the San Carlos
and Africa in the belt of the Channel -, and the
St. Philipe^ that they had burnt and blown up,
was yet-burning on the Lee-Shore, fo that I was
above three Hours warping through, after I an-
chored in the Narrows, before I could get to fail
up the Harbour, which I did about two Leagues
the fame Evening -, for feeing about me, and
making my Difpofitions to poll my Ships as
they fliould get through. And our getting Pof-
fcffion now, was the more providential, as we
have had very blowing Weather ever fincc :
The fame Evening there got only in with me the
Burford and Orford, of my DivifTon.

And the next D.iy, the 27ih, I gave Orders to
Capt. Griffin, with Lord Augujlus in the Orford
under his Orders, to advance as fafl as the Wind
would let them, for polling themfelves acrofs the
Harbour, as near as they could, juft without Gun-

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(hot of Cajlillo Grande^ for cutting them o{T of
all Communication by Water, as loon as wc
could, which they could move but flowly in, as
the Wind has blown very frelh cvtr fince our be-
ing here, and right down the Hirbour. On
Friday the ^l^orcejter got up to me, and I lent
her to anchor clofeto a Wharf, where there was
a good Crane, and a Spring of Water I thought
neccflary to lecure for the Service of the Fkcc.
And the Weymouth^ with my Engineer, Capt.
Knoziles^ getting in the fame Afternoon, I lent
him with the Cruizer Sloop under his Command,
to deftroy their Batteries at Pn£o CavaUos, a|id to
feize what Sinu-Hulks were there, wlm ii he exe-
cuted the cSth, having dcllroy'd there two Bat-
teries of eight Guns on each ^cie the iintrancc
into P^Jp> CavalloSy and render'd thefc Guns un-
fervice.i^le, by fpiking th?m up and knocking
off their Trunnions, and has brought out four
large Sinu-Hulks, that may be very ulc-fi-il to us
for our lecond Defcent, and the W.ucring our
Ships.

Sir Cbnloner Ogle got in with liis Sh'p the
27th at Night, and worked up above mc the
28th, between me and my two advanc'd Guards,
but there is only got up to him yer, of his Di-
vifion, the Ri/'poUt Jerfey^ and the Experiment,
Capt. Rentone : And I lend your Grace inclofed.
Copies of the prefcnt Orders Sir Chaloner and
Mr. Lejlock have to adl under.

The Torbayy and two Firefhips of my Di-
vifion, have got through, and got up to nie the
30th in the Morning •, as did the Evening of the
fame Day, the Chichefter, of my Di vifion ; and
the two Bomb -ketches, for the blowing Weather
thefe laft two Days having forced all the fmall
Ships to take Shelter in the Mouth of the Har-
bour, they lay there as thick as the Ships be^ow

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Bndge in the River Thames, and have fo choaked
up ihe Mouth of the Harbour, as to have pre-
vented us from making more Difpatch, trom
having anchored foul of one another ; but the
Boats from my Ships within have been picking
up their Bo.its, which will be of Service to us,
who have loit and dcftroy'd feveral in the great
Seas we liave had to deal widi, and will help to
llraighten our Enemies.

We held a General Council of War the 30th,
nnd I fend your Grace inclos*d a Copv of our
Refolutions taken in it-, and no Time fhall be
loft on my Part, to pufli every thing with Dili-
gence and Refolution, for our Royal Mjfter's
Honour and Service, and have many employ'd
in reconnoitring how to do it moft efiedtually,
and hope to get our Bomb-ketches placed to play
on Cajtillo Grande, by the 31ft at Night, or the
I ft of April.

The Enemy are a6ling in a fort of Defpon-
dency, having funk all their Galleons and other
Ships a-crofs the Mouth of the upper Part of
their Harbour, above Cafiillo Grande, except the
Ccnquifiador and Dragon, the two remaining Men
of War of the King of Spain's, and a Ship
wearing French Colours, in order entirely to
choak up the Channel into that Harbour, which
looks as if they did not expeft to maintain it,
fince they are taking fuch Meafures entirely to
deftroy their Harbour.

As I thought the Knowledge of our Proceed-
ings fo far, might be of great Importance to
our Royal Maftei's Service, I order'd the Spence,
Cape. Laivs, to get himfelf ready for his home-
ward-boundVoyuge with all pcfTiole Expedition,
which, i^e having fent me Word, he fhould be
ready fur by to morrow Night, I am hurry ng
to h^ve my Diipatches ready againit that Tare,

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which the many Affairs I have hourly to give
Orders v.\ harJIy allow me Lcilurc for •, and
your Grace mull be lo good as to cxculc all In-
corrcdncfs in my manner or iloing it, having, I
alVure you, no lime uncmploy'd tor Iccuring
the Succefs oi this Expedition.

Capcain IVdkeman^ in the Cruizer Sloop, has
brought me hither your Grace's Letter of the
4th ot Dec ember y which could not but give me
a great Plealure in your acquamtii^g me with
h.s Majcfty*s gracious Favour, in a conllant Ap-
probation ol my Condud ; an Honour I ihall
be ever rtudious t) prefcrve, by the Oridell Re-
gard tor hisMajelty's Honour and Service, in
tlie great Trull he has repoled in me, havmg no
greater Ambition than to approve mylclt his
faithful Subject and Servant.

I was fori y to find Capt. IVakeman had met
fuch bad Weather on the Northern Continent,
as to difappoint him ot delivering your G' ace's
Letters there •, and mo/e fo, that he Ihould have
brought them here •, but I will fend them for Ja-
maica in a Day or two, to be forwarded from
thence, concluding Duplicates muli: have been
sot there Ion"; betorenow.

I hope it will not be long before we Pnall hear
of the lafe Arrival of the Convoy from Eng-
land with the Prcvifions, as we may othcrwife
be greatly diltrcfs'd, as we are in Want of
them.

As General l^^enticcrtb has had early Advice of
this Sloop's Sailing, your Grace will learn from
him all Particuiars of their Proceedings, to
which I mufl beg Lc^ve tu refer yuu.

Since my laft, C.ipt. Douglas has taken two
Spani/h Prizes coming fiom St. Jdgo tor this
Port. Capt. John Irevor, whom I had cruiz-
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ing o^^Sania Martha, has taken a RegifterShIp
and an Jvifi, both from Cadiz^ bound to this
Port, wit'i Letters as late as the 2d of February ^
their Scile. And Capt. Mofiyn in the Deptford^
cruiziitg to Leeward of this Port, has taken a
fmall Sjjani/h Ship from Ferrol, and a Snow
from Forio Bello, who had been to curry a Bat-
talion from hence thither ; fo that we have watch'd
theni pretty cloicly every way.

I will fend one of my Tender Sloops in a
Day or two for Jamaicay and if fhe does not
get there Time enough to put your Grace's Pac-
kets for the Governors of the Northern Colonies
on board the Ajlrea, fhe fhall have Orders to
proceed with them to New Tork.

On the 30th in the Evening, I order*d my Engi-
neer Capt. Knowles, up in his Ship. to reconnoitre
for me, he getting up that Night a little above
my advanc'd Guards, obferved they were very
bufy in moving about with thirteen Launches,
which made them keep a good Guard with their
Bouts that Night, but the next Morning he dif-
cover'd that they had funk their two remaining
Men of vVar, the Conquiflador and Dragon, both
of fixty Guns, and wcil cmoving Things out of
Caftillo Grande. On which V.'-i immediately ac-
quainted Sir Cbaloner Ogle of it, who lay be-
tween me and my advanc'd Guards, the Burford
and Orford, Capt. Knoiv/es to advance with his
Ship and fire on the Cadie, to fee if they wou*d
return it, which lie obfervin:?^ they did not, im-
mediately m ide fhe Signal for the Boats mann'd
and arm'd, who row'd up diredly to theCaftle,
and took PoflcfTion of it without Oppofition ;
and I have /.ppointed Capt. Knozvles Governor,
as I know no one is better qualified for making
his Remarks from it, how we may take our Ad-
vantages,



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vantages, to pufh on fucccfsfully the Progrefs of
his M.ijdfty's Arms •, and I hope loon to get in
my Bomb- ketches to play upon the Town j and
wc fhall now be able to liind the Forces within a
League of the Town, when they get up to u?,
which could not have been done in Ids than three
Leagues, without being Mailers of CaJUllo
Grande ; fo that it is a moil advantageous Ac-
quifuion to (horten the Proceedings of our Ar-
my, who will, I hope, be encouraged to advance
the fafter lor it. I am under Sail to anchor clofe
to the Callle myfelf, and give proper Directions
for pufliing Thiiigs on as fad as pofliblc, as 1
dread the approaching Rains.

This tirit Day of Jpril in the Morning, I
am got to an Anchor in my own Ship, clofe
by Cajlillo Grandet and am getting fome of my
Ships at work, to try to get the Marts out of the
funken Ships, to make a Channel over thofe


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