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the Britifh force from Jeremie, arrived in Tiburon Bay on the 4th of October.

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B U T , on this occafion, as on almofl every other, the Englifh had a melancholy proof how little dependence can be placed on French declarations and affurances. Duval never made his ap足 pearance, for he was not able to collect fifty men ; the enemy's force was found to be far more formidable than had been reprefented, and the gallantry of our troops proved unavailing againft fuperiority of numbers. They were compelled to retreat, with the lofs of about twenty men killed and wounded. THE defeat and difcouragement fuftained in this attack were the more grievoufly felt, as ficknefs began to prevail to a great extent in the army. T h e feafon of the year was unfavourable in the higheft degree for military ope足 rations in a tropical climate. T h e rains were inceffant ; and the confiant and unufual fatigue, and extraordinary duty to which the foldiers, from the fmallnefs of their number, were neceffarily fubject, co-operating with the ftate of the weather, produced the molt fatal confequences. That never-failing at足 tendant on military expeditions in the Weft Indies, the yellow or peftilential fever, raged with dreadful virulence, and fo many, both of the feamen and foldiers, perifhed daily, that the furvivors were flricken with aftonifhment and horror at beholding the havock made among their comrades ! GENERAL WILLIAMSON, with his ufual humanity, exerted himfelf to give them all the relief in his power. Unhappily he had

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

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