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“ Lift of the Spanish fleet, opposed to the British on the 14th of February, 1797. Guns.
Guns. Santiffia Trinidada 130
74 Principe de Austurias
74 Conde de Regla
San J. Nepomuceno 74 Salvador del Mundo San Fran de Paulo
San Ysidro (taken) 74 San Joseph (taken) II2 San Antonio
74 San Nicholas (taken) 84 San Pablo
74 Glorilo 74 Neptuna
74 Solierano 74 Name unknown
“ J. TERVIS.” It is impossible to read the preceding account, drawn up with that modesty, which is the concomitant of me. rit, without being itruck with the skill of our brave Admiral. The very superior number of the enemy, the celerity with which their line was broken, and the little blood Thed in the attainment of this victory, are circumstances which challenge our admiration. Tomeritorious actions of every description a due degree of praise thould be apportioned. We present our applause with the sincerest pleasure :
See valiant Jarvis by the Iberian coast
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But the merits of this victory over the Spaniards will be best learnt from the encomiums paffed upon it by many of the most competent judges in the kingdom, when the thanks of both Houses of Parliament were voted to this brave officer with the utmost unanimity. The satisfaction with which we perused these encomiunis when they were first uttered, induces us to present them to our readers :--
Earl Spencer.-" His unremitting exertions, his indefatigable activity, and judicious management, were as conspicuous as the glorious events with which they had been crowned was unparalleled. His conduct throughout the whole was fuch as to ftamp him one of the greatest commanders which this country had ever produced; while the superior force with which he had to contend marked the victory as an exploit unparalleled in the history of this country. He believed it was unparalleled, and he was sure it could never be surpassed.”
Duke of Bedford.-" It was impossible to expatiate upon the subject of the glorious victory obtained by Sir John Jervis, in such a manner as to add to the impression which every one felt ; it was indeed an exploit unparalleled in the annals of this country.”
The Duke of Clarence. I have examined into the naval history of this country, and find that at the battle of La Hogue the French fleet was inferior to ours in number. The circumstances of the present action, the difference of force~ 15 fail against 27-speak for themselves. Admiral Boscawen, in 1757, destroyed the French fleet; in 1780, Admiral Rodney, with whom I myself served in a very inferior situation, destroyed the Spanish fieet; but, in this engagement, the superiority of force was so greatly in favour of the enemy, that it is distinguished as the most brilliant victory in the naval hiftory of this country, and the most decided proof of the courage and vigour of our scamen. Upon every occasion previous to this event, the conduct of Sir John Jervis has been conspicuous. In 1790, at the time of the Spaniih Armament, Lord Howe teftified his high sense of the activity and talents of Sir John Jervis, and of the state and discipline of the fleet, when he received it from his hands. I myself was on board the fleet at that time, and the disciplinc kept up was most exemplary, and redounded greatly to the advantage of the service. Indeed, from the whole of his conduct, I do not hesitate to pronounce that Sir John Jervis is the firit officer in his Majesty's navy."
Lord Hood. “ Neither the history of this country nor any other can produce an instance of greater magnanimity, or morc profound judgment and profesional skill than has been exhibited by Sir John Jervis in the late brilliant engagement.”
Mr. Fox, -- By returning our thanks on this occasion, we cannot but feel with peculiar pride and satisfaction, that we express our gratitude and acknowledgments for the most brilliant and illustrious exploit recorded in the annals of this country.”
Mr. Piti.- On the part of his Majesty's minifters. I can safely affirm, that before this last splendid instance of the good conduct and valour of the gallant Admiral, we have not been remiss in watching the uniform tenour of his professional career; we have witnessed, in the whole of his proceedings, such inItances of perseverance, of diligence, and of exertion in the public service, as though less brilliant and dazzling than this lait exploit, are only less meritorious as they are put in competion with the glory of a singie day, which has produced such extensive and incalculable benefits to the British empire."
These testimonies to nautical merit are of such a nature as to bid defiance to the molt stubborn incredulity. It is not the applause of a party. It is not the extravagant panegyric of a faction. It is the solemn, unanimous declaration of persons whose understandings and fituations render them competent judges of the merit which they here so energetically applaud. Let it be also remembered that Lord St. Vincent has uniformly set him. felf in opposition to the principle on which the present war has been conducted. This remark shews, that a disapprobation of the war, and a regard for our country are by no means incompatible with each other. We recommend this pacific confideration to political parties, whose rage too often tempts them to stigmatize each other with a groundless malignity.
Of the generosity of Lord St. Vincent's character many instances might be given. But the following
anecdote ceptance of it.
anecdote is of too curious a nature to be here omitted :He lately captured a vessel from South America which, amongst other articles of great value, contained a statute of the King of Spain in gold, designed as a present to his Majesty. The gallant tar, with a spirit worthy of himself, and honourable to his country, forwarded the statute to Cadiz; and in a manner which may greatly enhance the value of the gift, solicited his Majesty's ac
Thus have we given in the Numbers of our present Volume sketches of four celebrated Naval Characters, to whose unremitting exertions our country is eminently indebted. We are persuaded that the information rel. pecting them and their atchievements has imparted a degree of satisfaction to our Readers. On the sea, that rude and boisterous element, are to be found characters by no means inferior to the tranquil landsman; whose life is generally marked by a more steady uniformity. Merit is confined to no ftation under heaven. In every department of human life is it to be met with, and its more prominent features shall be by us faithfully recorded.
We shall close this account, with a list of the Naval Stations of our Fleets and Commanders on the first of July, 1798. By such an enumeration curiosity will be in a measure gratified :COMMANDERS.
Nelson, Sir H.
W. Indies, Nicholas Mole
This list exhibits at one view the distribution of our naval power. So ftupendous a force must excite our astonishment. From the ability and kill of the several commanders, we have reason to hope that the enemies of Britain will be humbled, and our fears of an invasion put to flight. These fleets are truly the wooden walls of Old England. Whilst we maintain a superiority at sea, it is next to an impossibility that the landing of any considerable number of men on our shores can be effected. May our naval superiority, therefore, continue to the latest posterity! This, our dominion on the ocean, however, should be exercised with mildness and humanity. When victories are obtained, may they be accompanied with little bloodshed, and may they accelerate the arrival of PEACE, that most distinguished blessing, which shall at some future period extend its balmy wing over all the nations of the earth.