An historical sketch of Gibraltar, with an account of the siege which that fortress stood against the combined forces of France and Spain: including a minute and circumtantial detail of the sortie made by the garrison on the morning of Nov. 27, 1781 ...

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Printed by B. Millan for J. Edward, 1792 - Gibraltar - 144 pages
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Page 104 - I return a thousand Thanks to your Excellency for ' your handsome Present of Fruits, Vegetables, and Game. " You will excuse me, however, I trust, when I assure ?' you, " that in accepting your Present, t have broken through a " resolution to which I had faithfully adhered since the be...
Page 127 - ... encouragement shall be wanting to the brave officers and soldiers under your command. His royal approbation of the past will no doubt be a powerful incentive to future exertions ; and I have the King's authority to assure you, that every distinguished act of emulation and gallantry which shall be performed in course of the siege by any, even of the lowest rank, will meet with ample reward from his gracious protection and favour.
Page 105 - This furnishes me with an excuse for the liberty I now take, of entreating your Excellency not to heap any more favours on me of this kind, as in future I cannot convert your presents to my own private use. Indeed, to be plain with your Excellency, though vegetables at this season are scarce with us, every man has got a quantity proportioned to the labour which he has bestowed in raising them. The English are naturally fond of gardening and cultivation ; and here we find our amusement in it, during...
Page 104 - ... SIR, — I find myself highly honoured by your obliging letter of yesterday, in which your Excellency was so kind as to inform me of the arrival in your camp of His Royal Highness the Count d'Artois, and the Duke de Bourbon, to serve as volunteers at the siege.
Page 83 - Gibraltar, having been severely wounded by a musket-shot in one of his knees, was found lying upon the platform of the St. Carlos battery, by two British artillery soldiers, who, moved with generous compassion at his situation, resolved to rescue him from his impending fate. They took him up in their arms, and carried him out of the battery, where he must soon have perished in the flames. Unwilling to leave him upon the sands in his helpless state, they determined upon carrying him into the garrison....
Page 105 - Excellency, though vegetables at this season are scarce with us, every man has got a quantity proportioned to the labour which he has bestowed in raising them. The English are naturally fond of gardening and cultivation ; and here we find our amusement in it, during the intervals of rest from public duty. The promise which the Duke de Crillon makes, of honouring me in proper time and place with his friendship, lays me under infinite obligations. The interest of our Sovereigns being once solidly settled,...
Page 103 - Count d'Artois, who has received permission from the King, his brother, to assist at the siege as a volunteer in the combined army, of which their most Christian and Catholic Majesties have honoured me with the command, arrived in this camp the 15th inst.
Page 103 - I feel of deserving yours, and of the pleasure to which I look forward of becoming your friend, after I shall have learned to render myself worthy of the honour, by facing you as an enemy.
Page 104 - I shall add a few game for the gentlemen of your household, and some ice, which I presume will not be disagreeable in the excessive heat of this climate at this season of the year. I hope you will be obliging enough to accept the small portion which I send with this letter. " I have the honour to be, &c.
Page 84 - ... and carried him out of the battery, where he must soon have perished in the flames. Unwilling to leave him upon the sands in his helpless state, they determined upon carrying him into the garrison. They were executing their noble purpose, when they met with Lieutenant Cuppage, of their own corps, who, while he bestowed the warmest encomiums upon his men for their humanity, himself assisted in the generous office which it suggested. With every possible tenderness they conveyed the wounded prisoner...

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