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CHRONOLOGICAL SKETCH

OF THE

MOST REMARKABLE EVENTS OF THE YEAR 1809.

THE year 1809 has been a year of mighty 11. Four French ships of the line destroyed in import; war has desolated every quarter of En Basqne Roads by the boats of the British tlect, rope, from the frozen ocein to the furthest sonth. under the command of Lord Cochrane.

The glorious struggles of Spain have marked 14. The Hautpoult French ship of war captured many a day with bloody records for remoter times. in attempting to escape from the Saints, where it British valour has been pre-eminently conspicu- 1 and several more French ships had been blockaded ous; British exertions pre-eminently great, and by Sir Alexander Cochrane. British blood and treasure pre-eminently lavished 17. The Island of Saints, in the West Indies, in arduous conflicts, of which few have satisfied captured by the forces under General Maitland. the hopes and expectations of the country. The 20. Battle of Abensberg between the French following summary shews the varied scene, and and Austrians, discloses the progress of events during the year:

23. After the French and Austrian armies bad

bad several skirmishes, the latter retreated upon JANUARY.

Buhemia, and the former took Ratisbon. 1. Bonaparte reaches Astorga, with the army

MAY. from Madrid, in order to cut off the retreat of Sir John Moore

1. The Duke of Sudermania created King of 3. Accounts received of a dreadful revolution in Sweden. Turkey, in which Mustapha, the Grand Seignor,

11. Mr. Maddox brings forward a charge of is slain; together with the whole of the troops corruption against Lord Castlereagh and Mr. Per. disciplined in the European manner.

ceval in the House of Coinnions. 5. Peace between England and the Sublime 12. Sir Arthur Wellesley, after beating the forces Porte concluded.

under Marshal Soult, delivers ()porto, where he 14. The Island of Cayenne surrenders to the

found a large quantity of French ordnance. British.

12. The French tuke possession of Vienna. 16. Glorious but fatal battle of Corunna, which, 17. Bonaparte, by a decree, united the Papal after an unexampled retreat, and beating the

States to the French empire; and puts an end to enemy on several occasions, terminates the cam the temporal jurisdiction of the Sovereign Pontif. paign in Spain under the gallant Sir John Moore, 18. lle out of Trieste taken by the French who was killed soon after the battle began. uer Macdonald,

21. Part of St. James's Palace destroyed by fire. 21. & 22. l'attle of Aspern, in which the French

27. The House of Commons resolve to investi- army, under Bonaparte, is defeated by the Austrigate the conduct of his R. H. the Duke of York, ans under Prince Charles; the loss on both sides *s Commander in Chiet.

was immense.

31. Straisund assaulted and taken by the Dutch FEBRUARY.

troops, and Colonel Schill and one-ihird of bis 8. The Spanish Junta publish a decree, direct

brare followers killed, after he had raised contriing the Spanish troops to give no quarter to such

butions upon the territories of Jerome Bonaparte. of the French troops as had committed certain excesses in that country.

JUNE. 13. Cerallos, the Spanish Ambassador, arrives 1. Captain Barclay, the celebrated pedestrian, in London.

commences the undertaking to walk juco miles in 21. Saragossa taken by the French, after one 1000 successive hours, at the rate of a mile in eo of the most glorious detences recorded in the an and every hour. This he performed at Newmarnals of history.

ket, and won immense bets ou the performance. 24. Drury-Lane Theatre burnt down.

-7. Expedition aguinst St. Domingo sails from 24. The Island of Martinique captured by his Kingston, and soon after takes the city of St. Majesty's sea and land forces.

Domingo. oz. Lord Falkland killed in a duel by Mr.

10. The Pope issues a protest against the usurPowell.

pation of his dominions by Bonaparte, and apusMARCH.

tolically excommunicates him.

14. The Austrian army under the Archduke 1. Anstria puts her troops on the War Esta John defeated at kaab by a division of the french blishment.

army, under the Viceroy of lialy. 15. Gestavais IV. King of Sweden, arrested and 25. Capture of the Island of Ithaca, by Sir Juan de prired oi the innctions of government.

Stuart. is. The Duke of York resigns his situation of 27. Riots at Liverpool, occasioned by a party of Commander in Chier.

dragoons having quarelled with a press-gung 25. The Portuguese take Chaves from the French, with », prisoners.

JULY. 2. Vigo retaken by the Spaniards, aided by

1. Trial of Miss Mary Yorke, who was capitally two British frogates, and 1300 French prisoners, 1 indicted for maliciously firing a gun at R. Cool who were in the town, sent to England.

3. Wright, ie upholsterer, `recovers

a bill 27. A violent eruption of Mount Etna.

against Colonel Hardle for upwards of £1200',

for furniture to Mrs. Clarke, APRIL,

8. Dekat of the Austrian army at Wagram, 6. The Archduke Charles, at Vienna, published after the severest couflict during that and the tw a declaration of war against France.

preceding dars.

8. Reduction of the French settlement of Sene- rl epoch sinilar to iliis has only occurred in our lisgal and Gorre.

torv twice iu turliecoturies, viz. in the reigns 12. Aripistice concluded between the French ot' llenrs III, and Ellward VI. and Austrian armies.

25. Glorious achievement in the Bay of Rosas. 20. Cobbet, the reformer and stickler for free The Toulon squadron is destroyed, three sail of doin and the rights of man, convicted of cruelty the line and a frigide by Admiral Martin, and and oppression to a poor boy in his service. afterwards the armet slips and transports des

92. Sailed from the Downs the Grand Expedi- tined for the relief of Purcelana by the boats froin tion to Holland, under Lord Chatham.

our ships der Captain Llallowell. 26. Lord Gambier's tria on charges brought 39. Duhoot Portland died at Burlington-house, against him by Lord Cochrane, connecied with in the 720 year of his age. the attack in Basque Roads; he is acquitted. 28. Defeat of the French at Talavera by the

NOVEMBER. combined British and Spanish armies uuder Sir A. Wellesley and General Cuesta.

1. Battle of St. Colama; Elake's position forced

by Castiglione, in Catalonia. AUGUST.

3. Mr Kemble made his inotion in the Common

Council for rescinding the resolutions of the Court 1. Meeting of the Court of Common Council, respecting the vote of Thanks to Col. Wardle, for the purpose of coining to a division on a mo which was negatived. tion for rescinding the Vote of Thanks to Col. Wardle, in which resolutions were adopted con

13. Rupture of the Negociation in America, in

consequence of an altercation between Mr. Smith, firming the former vote.

Secreary of State to the United States, and Mr. 3. Siege of Flushing commenced hy the Britishı. Jackson, who had succeeded Mr. Erskine as Bri

9. A meeting of the Freeholders of the county tish Minister. of Mi:!dlesex at Ilackney, to consider of the pro 14. Bonaparte arrives in Paris with the Kings priety of petitioning for a Reform in Parliament. 16. Surrender of Flushing to the British arms.

of Westphalia, Saxony, and other vassals in his

train. 15. Joseph Bon: parte by decree suppresses religious orders in Spain, abolislies the class of

19. Victory of the l'rench over the Spaniards

at (cana. grandees, and all old titles.

30. St. Andrew's day. The Duke of York, for 27. Gollant attark on the fort and shipping of the first time since the investigation, takes the Cortolezza, between Venice and Trieste, by the crew of the Amp? on, in which the fort is blown Scots Charity, New London Tuvern.

chair of a public ineeting at the dinner of the up and all the vessels destroyed or iaken.

DECEMBER SEPTEMBER. 4. Ernption of Mount Vesuvius.

3. Bonaparte, in an address to the Legislative 16. Arrived in London the Earl of Chatham, Brly, ocupapes his future prospects. from the island of Walcheren.

5. The Common Council of London agrees to 17. Treaty of Peace between Sweden and Rus

an Andriss to the King, which is afterwards resia concluded.

jecare!, as containing language personally dis17. Eleven of Sehill's Officers tried by a mili- represtul to his Majesty. tary tribunal at Wessel, and executed as robbers

... Trul relative to Covent Garden Theatre, is. The dew Theatre of Covent-Garden opened i Verdiet in favour of Mr. Clifford, which renews

between Henry Clifford, Esq. and Mr. Brandon. for the reception of the public. 91. Duel fought between Lord Castlereagh and

the most subsided tumults at the Theatre. Mr. Canning, in which our Minister for foreigu lisamis of Zante, Cephalonia, Ithaca, and Ceriyo

3. lccounts received of the surrender of the Atiairs is wounded by our Minister of War. 23. Inereasing riot at Covent Garden Theaire;

to his Jajesty's arms. it closes for the purpose of referring the points

7. Alreadful Wreck of ships in the Seaford in dispute (raising ihe price of admission) iu a

harter, 32 seanealest. Select Committee.

11. The arsenal and works about the bason of 24. Receivedl inteligence of the conclusion of Flushing destrovol. the war in Travancore.

11. Court of King's Bench. The indictment 95. The celebrated fortress of Ismail surren

of Mary Anne Clarke and Daniel and Francis ders to the Russians without resistance.

Wight, for a conspiracy against Col. Wardie, 25. Lord Grenville and Lord Grey invited to

Verdict Not Guilty. co-operate in the formation of a new Admini.

14. Termination of the disturbances at Covent

Garden Theatre. stration OCTOBER.

14. Lord Grenville elected Chancellor of the

University of Oxford. 4. Mr. Perceval kissed hands on being appoint 15. The Empress Josephine and the Emperor ed ris Lord ufilie Treasury.

Napoleon dissolve iheir inurriage. 4. Covent Garden Theatre re-opened; serious 18. Subscription in behalf oi Colonel Wardle and a tarming trays in the lit.

opened at the Crown and Anchor Tavern. II. Lord Bathurst kisseu hands as Secretary of 20. The Persian Ambassador, bis Excellency State for Forrigu tairs.

Mirza Abdul Hassali, presented his credentials to 14. Prace sigued between France and Austria. his Majesty.

19. The deicat of the Freuch in Spain by the 23. Evacuation of Walcheren by the British Duke del Parque:

forces. 95. The day of Jubilee, on which leis Majesty 03. The navigation of the Canal from the river entered upon the tiftieth year or his reigu. am Thames to the town of Croydou was opened.

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