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the Monck, a North country collier, the Milton, a heavy lugger, the* Curwen tender, the Broom fireship, the Gordon bum-boat, accompanied by some other Callcraft.t
On Monday the 18th, they had gained a considerable advantage over a squadron of revenue cutters, led by the Vansittart, which they defeated in Property Roads, by the assistance of a fleet of country ships, whom they decoyed to their aid by hoisting false colours. The Vansittart, however, we are happy to say, was not much damaged by the action, and though driven to the Straights for the moment, will soon be refitted in the London Docks. This partial success seems to have emboldened the Buccaneers, and in some degree to have hastened their defeat, by relaxing the discipline of the squadron. They began to disregard the signals of
• Another allusion to Mr.Curwen's importunate gallantry.-E.
+ This is a mistake of our correspondent; it should obviously be small-craft. Mr. Callcraft had now rejoined the Opposition.
the Ponsonby, and many quarrels arose about the future distribution of their captured booty. On the evening of the 20th, as they were standing on under easy sail, the Methuen, an empty vessel, leading the way, the Broom fire-ship insisted upon running in to blow up Fort Regent: the Ponsonby flag-ship remonstrated against the attempt, alleging that they should only lose time by it; that the defences of Fort Regent were strong, and they were sure of being repulsed ; that it would create an alarm, and raise the country people against them; and that it would be better to wait till they had got possession of Treasury Harbour, and then they might demolish Fort Regent at their leisure. The Broom, however, relying upon her store of combustibles, and particularly the quantity of brimstone she had taken on board, disobeyed orders, and setting all sail, stood right in upon Fort Regent, blazing away on all sides. It was soon observed, however, that her fire was ill directed, and that more of her shot hit her friends than the Fort, and the rest of the fleet therefore hauled off, and stood aloof from her, contenting themselves with cheering her as she bore down in her attack.
The mistake made by the Broom now became manifest: a tremendous cannonade was opened upon
her; she tried to manuvre to get out again, but failed; she missed stays, and mismanaged her royals, and she was soon so dreadfully cut up that she lay like a log upon the water. At this time a fresh fire was opened upon her flank by the Mar. tello tower on the Banks, supported by a detachment from the Saintes, and this completely silenced her.
The night was now so far advanced as to put an end to the engagement. The Broom was now seen lying in a pitiable condition. Her friends, however, determined to make an attempt to get her off, and about five in the afternoon, the Ponsonby sheerhulk, and the Tierney hired trader, accompanied
by the Bennet convict-ship, and the Gordon bumboat, came down into St. Stephen's Bay, in order to try to tow her out. The Broom, however, would not answer the helm, was found quite unmanageable, and although she seemed to float for a moment, yet a well-directed fire, which was instantly poured into her from Castle-Ray, laid her upon her beam ends again.
What is now to become of her we have no means of guessing ; whether they will attempt to get her under way with a jury rigging, or appropriate her to the press, we know not. It seems certain that all the captains of the other ships would object to her ever being again brought forward in the line of battle.
THE TRIAL OF HENRY BROUGHAM
SITTINGS BEFORE LORD GRENVILLE AND A.
SPECIAL JURY OF THE WHIG CLUB.
HENRY BROUGHAM was indicted, in the usual form, on the three following counts:
Ist. That the said Henry Brougham hath, on sundry occasions, treated with disrespect the rightful and legitimate Leader of the Party, viz. the Right Honourable George Ponsonby, contrary to good manners, and the said George, his place and dignity.
2dly, That he, the said Henry Brougham, hath, at sundry times, made divers propositions or motions, without having communicated the same to the