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London Gazette.- Dispatches from Marquis Wellington. goon guards stationed at Fuente del Maestre, and to wait for the report of what might be passing on the side of Usagre, before I commenced any offensive, movement. Finde ing, upon the arrival of the patrol from Usagre, that nu enemy was in that neigtibourhood, I directed the troops under my command (without waiting longer for the 3d dragoou guards) to proceed against the enemy. They retired across the river, which enabled me to bring up the artillery upon the heights they had relinquished, and to employ it with evident and very great effect; and I continued my advance upon and pursuit of the enemy, as rapidly as I thought consistent with the preservation of order and regulàrity, beyond the defile of Hinojosa; where, from the lateness of the bour, the fatigue sustained by the Portuguese troups, the artillery, and one squadron of hussars, I judged it proper to halt. Nothing could exceed the steadiness of the 9th and 13th drugoons, the activity of the artillery, and the precision of their fire, or the good countenance and gallantry displayed by those portions of the Portuguese troops, and of my own brigade, that had the opportunity of closing with and engaging the enemy. And I consider mga self justified ia estimating the loss of the latter, at the very lowest, at forty-five men killed and prisoners. With respect to the horses, so many were left mutilated and killed on the field, and others caught and carried away by the peasants, that I have no criterion by which to judge of the enemy's Toss in this respect, but we have only brought away twenty. I feel myself particularly indebted to Colonel Campbell for bis assistance and co-operation; and I should be wanting in justice, if I omitted to express my admiration of the conduct of the artillery under the imniediate orders of Captains Lefebure and Whingates, and my approbation of the spirit displayed by a squadron of the 2d hussars, under Major Wissel, supported by two divisions of the 9th and 13th dragoons, cader Lieutenant Handley of the former, and Lieutenant Edwards of the latter regiment. It is equally my duty to acknowledge the services I received from Captain Wemyss and Lieutenant Strenowitz, two of your personal staff, whose zeal, spirit, and exer. tions were, as usual, conspicuous; nor are the officers of my own staff (Brigade-major Dunbar and Captain Dean) less deserving ny notice. Enclosed is a return of casualties sustained upon this occasion. I have the lionour, &c. Robert Long, Maj. Gen.

Return of killed, wounded, and missing, of Major-general Long's brigade, ir, an affair with the enemy near Ribera, on the 24th July 1812.-9th light dragoons, 2 rank and kle wounded; 13th ditto, 1 rank and file, two borses, wounded, 1 troop horse missing; 2d hussars, 3 rank and file, 5 troop horses, wounded, Portuguese cavalry, 1 rank and kile killed; 1 serjeant, 3 troop horses, wounded; 3 rank and file, 3 troop horses, missing. Total British and Portuguese loss, 1 rank and file, killed; 1 serjeant, 6 rank and file, 10 horses, wounded; 3 rank and file, 4 horses, missing.

Whitehall, August 25, 1812.-HIS Royal Highness the Prince Regent, in the name and on the bebalf of bis Majesty, hath been graciously pleased, by an especial warrant, to grant unto Arthur Marquess of Weilington, Knight Companion of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, and Commander-in-chief of his Majesty's forces in Spain and Portugal, his Majesty's royal licence and perinission, that he and his descendants may bear, as a royal augmentation, in the dexter quarter of the arms of Wellesley, m'escutcheon charged with the crosses of St. George, St. Andrew, and St. Patrick, being the Union Badge of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, as a lasting memorial of the glorious and transcendant achievements of the said Arthur Marquess of Wellington on various important occasions, but more particularly in the recent brilliant and dio cisive victory obtained over the French army, by the troops under his command, near Salamanca, on the 22d day of July last; such royal augmentation being first duly exenie plified according to the laws of arms, and recorded in the Herald's office: And also te London Gazette.- Dispatches from Sir J. Saumarez.

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command, that this especial mark of his Majesty's royal favour be registered in his College of Arms.

WAR OFFICE, August 25, 1812. Brevet-Major Robert Cutton St. John Lord Clinton, of the 41st foot, to be lieatenant-colonel in the army.

Commissions signed by the lord-lieutenant of the county of Essex-5th regiment of Essex local militia, William Mariin Houghton, gent, to be ensign, vice Wright, resigned, dated May 18, 1812. Major Tufnell's dismounted volunteer legion, Joliu Mansfield, Esq. to be captain, vice Tusnell, resigned, dated May 22, 1812. Barking volunteer jufantry, captain John Pittman to be captain-commandant, vice Glenny, resigned, dated June 18, 1812. Eastern regiment of Essex militia, lieutenant Jeremiah Sach to be cap tain, vice Russell, deceased, dated June 30, 1812; ensign John Bell to be lieutenant, vice Sach, promoted, dated as above; ensign James Crossgrove to be ditto, vice Hurring, volunteered to the 16ib foot, dated as above; John Lawrence Kirby, gent. to be ditto, vice Harrison, promoted to the 7th fusileers, dated as above; ensign Samuel Hall to be ditto, vice M'Question, appointed to the 103d foot, dated July 23, ļ812. Western regiment of Essex militia, ensign Samuel Trigge to be lieutenant, vice Russell, promoted, dated July 8, 1812; George Stebbing Sadler, gent, to be ensign, vice Robert Kingsbury, promoted in the line, dated as above; Charles Dennis, gent to be ensign, vice John Kingsbury, promoted in the line, dated as above; Thomas Trigge, gent, to be ensign, vice Fux, appointed to the line, dated August 2, 1812. Ist Essex squadron of yeomanry cavalry, William Lockwood, Esq. to be captain, dated July 12, 1812.

Admiraly-office, August 22, 1812.--Copy of a letter from Vice-admiral Sir James Saus marez, Bart, and K., B. to John Wilson Croker, Esq. dated on board the Victory, in Hawke Road, 12th August, 1812.-SIR-YOU will please to lay before my lords commissioners of the Admirally, the enclosed letters, which I have received from Rear-admiral Martin, dated the 4th and 5th instant, slating the arrival of the Russian flotilla os gun-boats at Riga, also detailing his proceedings, and stating intelligence of the operations of the armies, and an account of a severe action between Count Wittgenstein's corps and Marshal Oudinot, in which ihe latter was defeated, with the loss of three thousand prisoners and some cannon. I have the honour to be, &c.


Riga, 4th August, 1812.—THE Russian gun boats, so long expected, and at one time so anxiously desired, arrived here on the 31st ultimo, and now form a most important acquisition to the defence of the place. The way Captain Stewart has conducted him. self in the command of the Russian and English gon-boats, is highly praise worthy, and bis unremitting activity, so creditable to the country, has been willingly imitated by the officers and men of the Aboukir and Ranger, who are placed under his orders; they have unquestionably kept the enemy from crossing the river, at the falls above the town, where a body of infantry and horse still remain intrenched; the only time they ever ad. vanced towards the boats they were dispersed in a very few minutes, after losing five men and two horses killed. General Cravart, who commands the troops of the enemy in this neighbourhood, during the absence of marshal Macdonald, sent, on the 27th ultimo, to sammons general Essen to surrender, assigning as a reason for doing so, that his battering train would arrive in the course of a fortnight. There has been a sharp affair in the neighbourhood of Witepsk, where it seems a strong divison of the enemy crossed the Duna, and attacked part of the corps of Prince Bagration; but they were repulsed, and pursued across the river to the distance of several miles. The enemy sustained a considerable loss in killed and prisoners, most of them Wirtemberg troops; the Russian loss is not mentioned, except that a General Okuloft was killed. T. B. MARTIN.

Military Promotions. Riga, August 5, 1812.-SIR-I HAVE infinite satisfaction in acquainting you, that a messenger is arrived from General Count Wittgenstein, stating that a severe action was, fought between his corps and that onder Marshal Oudinot, on the 30th and 31st ult. in the neighbourhood of Polosgh, or Poloch. It appears that Oudinot had crossed the Dana, and was marching with a view, it is supposed, of coming round opon Riga, and cutting off the communication with St. Petersburg, when Count Wittgenstein commenced a most spirited attack, and obliged him to re-cross the river, with the loss of three thou- , sand prisoners and some cannon. The fighting had been very sharp, and the Coont was pursuing the enemy when the courier came away. The loss of the killed and wounded is not mentioned on either side, except that General Kulnieu of the Russian hossars is killed, and Count Wittgenstein slightly wounded. An official report of this action will probably be published in the course of this evening, and I shall forward it. to you to-morrow by a vessel going to Hano. We bave no accounts from the main army since that of the 29th oltimo, which mentioned Prince Bagration having driven the ene. my across the river. I have the honour to be, &c. T. B. MARIIN, Rear-admiral.

P.S. I have this iastant received the enclosed from General Essen, confirming what I have stated respecting this affair.

T. B. M.

Translation.— Riga, July 24, ( Aug. 5,) 1812.-SIR-I HASTEN to communicate to your Excellency the intelligence I have just received from General Count Wittgenstein., He informs me, that on the 18th and 19th instant, (30th and 31st July), he gained 'a complete victory over Marshal Oudinot. The battle took place between Schebesch and Polotzk. Three thousand prisoners, two cannons, and a quantity of baggage and am. munition, ate unequivocal proofs of his victory. The Count writes, that he is in pursuit of the enemy, and that his advanced-posts are hourly sending in fresh prisoņers. Being desirous of transmitting as soon as possible thus agreeable intelligence to General Suchtelen, I venture to request your excellency will forward the enclosed to him by the earliest conveyance. In case you should not at tlus moment have any vessel disposable, Colonel Ballabin will move Admiral Schesihenkaff to supply one. I have the honour to be, with high consideration, your Excellency's &c. &c. Essex, Gov. of Riga.

Whitehall, August 21, 1812.-HIS Royal Highness the Prince Regent has been please ed, in the name and on the behalt' of his Majesty, to nominate and appowit Lieutenantgeneral Sir Stapleton Cotton, Burt, to be an Extra Knight of the Most Honourable Mili. tary Order of the Bath.

OFFICE OF ORDNANCE, August 17, 1812. Corps of royal engineers—to be second lieutenants, gentleman cadet Charles Wright, vice Kitson, promoted, dated July 1, 1812; gentleman cadet Charles Rivers, vice H. N. Smith, promoted, dated as above; gentleman cadet Robert Hunt, vice Elliot, promoted, dated as above; gentleman cadet Francis R. Thomson, vice Matson, promoted, dated as above; gentleman cadet Hale Young Wortham, vice Victor, promoted, dated as above; gentleman cadet James P. Catty, vice Grierson, promoted, dated as above; gentleman cadet James W. Worsley, vice Baron, promoted, dated as above; gentleman cadet George V. Tinling, vice De Salaberry, promoted, dated as above; gentleman ca. det Andrew D. White, vice Machell, promoted, dated as above; gentleman cadet James W. Eyre, vice Fenwick, promoted, dated as above; gentleman cadet Joshua Jebb, vicę Hall, promoted, dated as above; gentleman cadet John Smyth, sice Scot, promoted, dated as above. VOL, IV. No. 23.

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London Gazette. - Various Dispatches.

Commissions in the Spilsby and Burgh volunteer infantry, signed by the lord-lieute. nant of the county of Lincoln, William Barker, Esq. to be captain, dated July 25, 1812; William Simpson, gent, to be lieutenant, dated August 14, 1812; John Wilson, gent. to be ditto, dated as above; John Gildon, gent. to be ensign, dated July 25, 1812. Com. missions in the Derbyshire militia, signed by the lord-lieutenant of the county of Derby -1812– Robert Prior, gent. to be lieutenant, dated July 20; Job Clarke, gent. to be ditto, dated August 13. Commission in the Kircudbright and Wigton regiment of militia, signed by the lord-lieutenant, lieutenant-colonel Stuart Murray Fullarton to be colonel, vice Sir John Dalrymple Hay, deceased, dated June 17, 1812.

WAR DEPARTMENT. Admiralty office, August 18, 1812.-Copy of a letter from the Right Hôn. Lord Keith, K. B Admiral of the Red, &c. to John Wilson Croker, Esq. dated on board his Majesty's ship San Josef, off Ushant, the 15th instant -SIR-THE Goldfinch has this moment joined me from Basque Roads with a dispatch which Sir Home Popham delivered to Captain Waller at St. Andero, on the 9th instant. I lose' no time in transmitting a copy thereof; and congratulate their lordships upon the highly satisfactory intelligence that it contains. It is gratifying to observe that the operations of the squadron upon the north coast of Spain have been serviceable to the army; and that the arrangements made by Sir H. for seconding his lordship’s further intentions appear to be judicious. KEITH.

Venerable, Harbour of St. Andero, August 2, 1812.-I HAVE the honour to enclose, for your lordship’s information, a copy of a letter which I have just received from Sir Howard Douglas. ' I feel a great degree of satisfaction that the Earl of Wellington should have so handsomely inarked his approbation of the services of the squadron which your lordship has placed under my orders, and I am not a little happy at having antici, pated the wisbes of his lordship.

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Medina del Campo, Sunday, August 2d, 1812.-THE army is advancing; head-quarters at Cuellar. The enemy still retiring, having abandoned Valladolid with 4000 sick and wounded, and stores, ammunition, &c. We are now a part of the allied army, I had qu opportunity, in a long conference with Lord Wellington, of giving a detailed account of your operations; and am bappy to inform you, that his lordship is fully satise fied of the use they have been of to his moveinents. An intercepted letter from Caffa. relli proves this, by stating, in answer to an order he had received to join Marmont, that a British arınament being on the coast, he could not detach a single man; indeed some troops which he had already sent, were recalled on gur appearance. H. DOUGLAS,

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Whitehall, Augast 18, 1812.-HIS Royal Highness the Prince Regent has been pleased, in the name and on the behalf of his Majesty, to grant the diguity of a Mar quess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland unto the Right Honourable Arthur Earl of Wellington, Knight of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten, by the name, stile, and title of Mar. quess Wellington, of Wellington, in the county of Somerset,

WAR OFFICE, August 18, 1812. 41st regiment of foot, major William Evans to be lieutenant-colonel without purchase; "captain Robert Cotton St. John Lord Clinton, from the 60th foot, to be major, vide Evans. Brevetto be lieutenant-colonels in the army, major Julius Hartman of Ger. man artillery; major Richard Archdale, of 40th foot; major Frederick Newman, of 11th Military Promotrons.

foot; major David Williamson, of 4th foot; major Thomas Dalmer, of 280 foot; major William Leigh Clowes, of 3d dragoons; major John Piper, of 4th foot; major Colin Campbell, of 1st foot; major Thomas Lloyd, of 94th foot; major Leonard Greenwell, of 45th foot; major George Scovell, of 57th foot; major William Gomm, of 9th foot. To he majors in the army, captain Thomas Evans, of Sath foot; captain Robert Lawson, of royal artillery; captain Frederick Sympher, of German artillery; captain Charles Tryon, of 88th foot; captain William Beresford, of 31st foot; captain Alexander Rouverea, of Sicilian regiments captain Joseph Hawtyne, of 23d foot; captain Jahn Crowder, of Tth foots captain Richard Bishop, of 5th foot; captain Lawrence Arnott, of 56th foot.

Commission in the Dorsetshire regiment of militia, signed by the lord-lieutenant, John Leir Wall, gent. to be ensiga, vice Clapcott, resigned, dated August 3, 1812. Commissions signed by the lord-lieutenant of the county of Lincoln, royal north Lincoln militia, Thomas Leech Lenon Galloway, gent. to be lieutenant, dated July 29, 1812; Thomas Shepherd, gent. to be ditto, dated as above; William Henry Green, gent. to be ensign, dated as above. Royal south Lincoln militia, John Thomas Davies, gent, to be lieutenant, dated August 10, 1812. Commissions signed by the lord-lieutenant of the county of Norfolk, 1st, or Western regiment, ensign Cook Flower to be lieutenant, více Leeder, resigned, dated July 23, 1812; ensign Thomas Cooper Colls to be lieutenant, dated July 24, 1812; ensign Joseph Deighton to be lieutenant, vice Langford, promoted, dated July 25, 1812; William Henry Harper, gent. to be ensign, vice Fayer. man, displaced, dated July 23, 1812. 2d, or Eastern regiment, Jolina Armet, gent. to be ensign, vice Guest, resigned, dated August 1, 1812.

Memorandum.- IN consideration of the king's German legion having so frequently distinguished themselves against the enemy, and particularly upon the occasion of the recent victory obtained near Salamanca, bis Royal Highness the Prince Regent is please ed, in the name and on the behalf of his Majesty, to command, that the officers who are now serving with temporary rank in the several regiments of that corps, shall have permanent rank in the British army from the date of their respective commissions.

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WAR DEPARTMENT. Downing-street, August 16, 1812.–Lord Clinton, aid-de-camp to the Earl of Wellington, arrived this morning at the war department, with dispatches addressed by bis lord. ship to Earl Bathurst, dated the 21st, 24th, and 28th ultimo, of which the following are extracts:-Cabrerizos, near Salamanca, July 21, 1812.-IN the course of the 15th and 16th the enemy moved all their troops to the right of their position on the Douro, and their army was concentrated between Toro and San Roman. A considerable body passed the Douro at Toro, on the evening of the 16th, and I moved the allied army to their left on that night, with an intention to concentrate on the Guarena. It was totally out of my power to prevent the enemy from passing the Douro at any point at which he might think it expedient, as he had in his possession all the bridges over that river, and many of the fords; but he re-crossed that river at Toro, in the night of the 16th, moved his whole army to Tordesillas, where he again crossed the Douro on the morning of the 17th; and assembled bis army on that day at La Nava del Rey, having marched nos less than ten leagues in the course of the 17th. The 4th and light divisiods of infantry, and major-general Auson's brigades of cavalry, had marched to Castrejon on ilc nightof the 16th, with a view to the assembly of the army on the Guarena, and were at Cage trejon under the orders of lieutenant-general Sir Stapleton Cotton, on the 17th, not hae ving been ordered to proceed farther, in consequence of my knowledge that the enemy

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