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A. C. Field of Battle, and to retire with the loss of the 1693. greatest part of their Cannon, and of seven or

eight Thousand Men. The Duke of Schomberg having fought with unparalielid Valour, receiv'd a Wound in the Thigh, of which he died not many days after. With this Action ended the Campaign in Piedmont,

But while France was thus Triumphing every Great Scar-where over the Allies, she had a more dangerous city in Enemy to encounter within her own Bowels; I France. mean, Famine, which daily swept Multitudes

of her Inhabitants. The famous Dubart did seafonably ferch great Quantities of Corn from Sweden and Denmark which he safely convoy d into the Har. bours of France; but these not being able to supply

the general Scarcity, his most Christian Majesty France was necessitated to make Proposals of Peace to the makes Pro Emperor, which being rejected; a Memorial was posals of

presented to King William, by his Danish) Majesty's

Minister, wherein 'great Offers were made from See the Appendix France, not only to the Empire, Spain and Hoi

land, but to his Britannick Majelty himself. These Proposals were likewise rejected.

Let's now see what pals d in England during the Ireland. King's Absence : The both of July the Lord Capel, The Lord Sir Cyril Wych, and william Duncomb Efq; fer out Sydney

for Ireland, being constituted Lords Justices of that made ma.Kingdom, in the room of the Lord Viscount Sydfter of the ney, who upon his Return was made Master Gene. Ordinance, neral of the Ordinance. July 22. In the fime Month of Fuly, the Earl of BelloThe Lord mone, and James Hamilton Efq; petition'd Her MaConings. jesty, that a stop might be put to the patling of by and Sir Pardons to the Lord Coningsby, and Sir Charles Pore Porter ar- ter, until the Petitioners, and many others of their sus'd before Majesties Subjects of Ireland, might be permitted 3he Council

. to produce their Proofs against them. The Lord Coningsly and Sir Charles Porter, upon hearing of such a Petition, did likewise request Her Majesty to put a flop to the faid Pardons, till their Accusers might be heard, in the most publick manner, before Her Maj fty in Council. Thereupon it was order'd in Council the 27th of July, that the Matters


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of the said Petitions should be heard the next Coun- A. C.
cil-Day; at which time the Eari of Bellomont and Mr. 1693.
Hamilton deliver d a Paper, exculing their giving in
any Charge against the Lord Coningsby and Sir
Charles Porter, which being read, it was orderd,
that the matter should be farther examin’d at the
Board that Day fix l'ecks; and that, in the mean
time,the Accufers should deliver their Charge against
the late Lords Justices in Writing to the Board on
the 17th of Aiigust. The Earl of Bellomont and
Mr. Hamilton exhibited feveral Accusations on the
appointed Day; but still declining to be heard to
mike good the fame, and on the contrary, the Lord
Coningsby and Sir Porter, offering to prove And ac-
their Innocency, the Queen order'd the faid Peti-quited
tions and Charge to be dilmist.

The Queen, taking into consideration that the Proclama. great scarcity and excellive price of Corn in France, rion against invited the Exportation of it from this Kingdom the Exporthither; whereby not only Her Majesty's Enemies

tation of were supplied, but her own Subjects might be expos`d to want, Her Majesty put out a Proclamation for preventing the lid Exportation of Corn to France, and enhauncing the Price of it at home; and because by this farther Command the Poor were like to become sufferers, Her Majesty did at the same time order all the Laws in force for setting them on Work to be effectually put in Execution.

On the roth of October ( N.S.) the King arriv'd at the Hague from Loo; and on the 14th the States of Holland agreed to the railing of 15000 Men for augmenting their Land Forces; and likewise to the addition of a conliderable number of Ships to their Navy, for which His Majesty thank'd them in their Aflembly: His Majelty having waited al. The King most a whole Month for a fair Wind, embark'd at last on the 28th of Oktober (OS) landed at Harwich the 29th, and on the 30th arrivd at Kensing- o&. 30. ton. A Week after, to shew particularly the dislike Edward he had of the Proceedings at Sea the last Summer, Russel dr. His Majesty declar'd in Council, that he had ap- clar'd Ado pointed the Right Honourable Edward Ruffel Esq; miral,

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The Parliament being met on the 17th of Noveis1693. ber, pursuant to their late Prorogation, the King

told them: "He was always glad to meet them The Parli-' there, and He could heartily wish that their conament mon Satisfaction were not lefsen'd at present, by meets, reflecting upon the Disadvantage they had receiv'd Nov. 7; this Year at Land, and the Miscarriages in the The King's. All irs at Sea: That He thought it evident, that Speech to the former was only occasion d by the Superiority bab Housess of the Encmics Numbers in all

Places : That for what related to the latter, which had brought fo great a Disgrace to the Nation, he had resented it extreamly; and as he would take care that those who had not done their Duty should be punishd, lo He was refolv'd to use his Endeavours that the Power at Sea might be rightly manag’d for the * future. And, said He, it well deserves our Confideration, whether we are not defective both in the number of our Shipping, and in proper Ports to the Westward, for the better annoying our Enemies, and Protecting our Trade, which is so efsential to the Welfare of this Nation.

'I am, added Hc, very sensible of the good Af. ' fection wherewith you have always atlisted Me, to support the Charges of this War, which have been very great, and yet I am perswaded, that the Experience of this Summer is sufficient to convince us all, that to arrive to a good end of it, there will be a neceility to encrease our Forces, * both by Sea and Land the next Year. Our Allies have resolved to add to theirs : And I will not doubt, but you will have such regard to the present Exigency,, as that you will give Me a suitable Supply to enable Me to do the like.

*He therefore earnestly recommended to the House of Commons to take such timely Resolutions, as that their Supplies might be effectual, and his Preparations so forward, as would be necessary, both for the Security and Honour of the Națion.

In Answer to this Speech the Commons unani. mously resolv'd, That they would support their M4. jefties and their Government ; but the first thing they

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did was to enquire into the Miscarriages of the Fleet A. Ć. the last Summer, and to take into their Çonsiderati- 1693. on the Preservation of the Trade of the Nation. Some time having been spent in examining the In- Miscarria Itructions and Orders given to the Fleet; the num.ages of bp ber of Ships for the Line of Battle, and of the Fleet'e Convoys and Cruilers; the Admirals that Com-quired manded both, and the Results of the several Coun-10, cils of War held by them, the Commons * resolv'd,.

Nov.17 That it was their opinion, that there had been a notorious and treacherous Mismanagement in the Milcarriage of the Smyrna Flect. Their next Enquiry was, Why the Streights Fleet was stopt till the main Fleet went out? And then, Why the main Fleer did not convoy Sir George Rook's Squadron, and the Merchants Ships out of danger of the French Fleet? And it being alledg’d, that the main Fleer was not sufficiently victualled, the Commons examin'd the state of the Victualling of the Fleet, at its failing from Spithead, and thereupon resolv’d, t+ That there was sufficient Beer on Board the mein Fleet when Sir George Rooke separated, to have convoy'd his Squadron, and the Merchants Ships out of danger of the Brest Fleet. Two Days * after the Question * Nov.29. being put, That it did appear to that House, that the Admirals that Commanded the Fleet the last Summer, had, on the 11th of May last, Information, that part of the Brest Fleet was going out to Sea, it passed in in the Negative: And on the 6th of December another Question being put, That the Admirals, by not sending into Brest for Intelligence before they left the

+ Nov.28. Streights Squadron, were guilty of a high Breach of the Bill for the Trust that was put in them, to the great Lols and more from Dishonour of the Nation, it was likewile carried in quent the Negative.

meeting of A Bill for the more frequent Ele&tions of Parlia. Parlis. ments having, after the third Reading been rejected ments, t by the Commons; another Bill to the same

the same pur. Business of pole was sent down to them by the Lords, which the supply, being read the third time, was likewise rejected. The Commons having unanimously voted a

2 90oooo Supply for the vigorous Prosecution of the War;

granted for resolv'd, That the Sum of sooooo Pounds be rais'dihe Fleei.




A. C. towards the discharging the Wages due to the Seamen; 1693. And that a farther Sum of Two Millions be granted 20

their Majcftics, in tull, for the Maintainance of the Flcet, including the Ordinance, by reason of the Revenue now falling skort. As for the Army, the Commons having examin’d the offenslive Treaties and Alliances, His Majesty was now under with the Con

fèderates, and the Proportions of Forces, that the 7 Dec. 20. Confederates were obligd to make for the carrying

on this present War, unanimously refolv'd t, That the number of the Land Forces in their Majesties pay be encreased, by the railing six new Regiments of English Horfe, four new Regiments of English Dragoons, and hifteen new Regiments of English Foot, to be commanded by Officers that were their Majesties Natural Born Subjects; That 83121 Men, including Commillion and Non-commistion Officers, were necessary for the Service of the Year

1694. to be employd'in England, and beyond the 3530590 Seas; and that the Sum of Two Millions Five Pounds Hundred Thirty Thousand Five Hundred Ninety granted fir Pounds be granted, for the Maintainance of the Land ibe Army. Forces, to wit, 210773 Pounds for the Office of

Ordinance; 31808 Pounds for the pay of the General Officers; ucbo Pounds for Levy-Money ; 40808 Pounds for the Transports; 147000 Pounds for Hospitals and Contingencies and 1990781 Pounds for the Pay of the Horse, Dragoons and Foot.

Besides these large Supplies, it was found, thar Defcien

the Sum of One Hundred Eighteen Thousand cies,

Pounds was wanting to compleat the Sum of One Million granted to their Majesties by an Act made in the lalt Sellion of this prelent Parliament, for securing Recompences to such Persons as faould voluntarily advance the said Million : And likewise that the Sum of Two Hundred Ninety Three Thousand Six Hundred Ninety Two Pounds was wanting to com pleat the Sum of Three Hundred Thouland Pounds, granted by a late Act for the review of the

Quarterly Poll: The first of which defective Funds .Dec. 9. the Commons resolv'd * to make good, by enlarging

the time for Persons to pay in the rest of the Sum of one Million; And that towards the railing of Money for


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