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A. C. treat without any great loss, except that of their
them, because of the narrowness of the Ways.
Advantage, by laying Siege to Palamos, a Town
the Place was invested ; on the 2d of Fune the
plunder'd it, and put all they mettothe Sword. Of And taken those that were fav’d, all were made Prisoners of
War; only fome of the Officers, that were most
they pretended to make a stout Relistance at Giron-
minious Terms. From Gironne the French advanc'd Oftalrick to Ostalrick, a little Town upon the Road to Barcefakon.
lona, which they quickly carried, without any great
Spaniards, as if they h:d been in the middle of
After they had sufficiently refresh'd themFolec ia- fcives, they form a Delign upon Castle Folet, a kon.
Town a little to the West of Gironne, which they
that came to relieve it, and made the Garrison Pri. A. C. foners of War.
1694. Whilst the French were busie on this side, the Spaniards thought to improve this opportunity by retaking Oftalrick, which they actually belieg'd; and had carried their point fo far, that the Governor was upon Articles of Surrender, and Hostages were already exchang’d; but the Spaniard's intisting that the Miquelets should be made Prisoners of War, the Governor in the mean time, had notice that Monsieur de Noailles was marching to his Relief; whereupon he redemanded his Hostages, and refus'd to stand to the Articles, so that the Siege was immediately rais'd.
Flesh'd with these prosperous Successes the French The Eng. threaten'd no less than the besieging of Barcelona, lish Fleet the Capital City of Catalonia, and the only forti iu the fied Town of that Province in the Hands of the MediterSpaniards : But King William interpos d with his ranean. Fleet, which by this time was arriv'd in the Streights under the Command of Admiral Russel. This great Man, justly proud of the Victory he obtaind two Years before, in his Master and the Englis Nation's Name, challengd now the Dominion of the Mediterranean, as he had lately afferred that of the Narrow Seas; and as he reviv'd the drooping Spirits of the Spaniards, so he damp'd the towring Projects of the French. The latter were now sensible of their Error in sending their Grand Fleet into those Seas, where they must be cooped up in the Harbour of Tloulon, and be forc’d to The French leave all their Coasts, both on the Ocean and the Fleet com Mediterranean; expos’d to the Insults of the Confe-fin's so derates. And tho Mareschal de Tourville once ad. Thaulon, ventur'd out to Sea, with a Design to flip by the English Admiral, yet he quickly found the other had to watchful an Eye upon him, that he was forc'd to return to his Port again. Nothing is more remarkable in the whole Course of King William's Reign, than his Fleet riding triumphantly and un. controull'd in the Mediterranean; for thereby not only a stop was put to the conquering Arms of France in Catalonia; but all the Italian Princes were
A. C. kept in aw; and the Venetians began now to think 1694
of sending a folemn Embasly into England, to court
his Majelties Friendship. Campaign Little was done in Piedmont this Summer: For in Pied. tho’the Duke of Savoy did openly reject the Pro
posals made to him from France after his Defeat at Marsaglia, yet a secret Negotiation was carried on, which rendered him supinely unactive, and the French careless on that lide ; and when it was expected on all Hands, that the Confederate Army would form the Siege of Casal; (the Success of which Enterprize was as little doubted of) they contented themselves with the taking the Fort of St. George, whereby that Place was more closely block’d up. Neither is it worth the while to mention either the small Successes of the Vaudois in the Valley of Piagelas, their routing of some Iris Detachments sent against them in the Valley of St. Martin ; or their faint Irrupcion into Dauphiné, as far as Briancon.
The Imperialists, headed by Prince Lewis of B4Campaign den, laying encamp'd near Hailbron, Mareschal de
Lorge, with the French Army under his Command, ny.
adventur'd to pass the Rhine, and to march towards them in order of Battle. The Prince believing the Enemy had a mind to fight, went on to meet them : But the French finding him to resolute, retreated towards Wifelock, palled the Neckar, burnt the Town of Lawdenburg, and ruin'd the flat Country. This lo incensed the Prince of Baden, that tho' he were not yet reinforc'd by the Saxons, yet he advanc'd to Wifelock, an advantagious Post, of which he possessed himself after a sharp Rencounter with the Enemy, wherein the latter loft Three Hundred Men, and the Germans about half that Number. Thereupon Monsieur de Lorge repassed the Rhine, and for some time the two Armies did only observe one another. At length the Prince of Baden, impatient of Action, crost the Rhine in his turn; of which the French General was no sooner informed, but he marched towards Landau. On the other hand, the Prince advanc'd and made himself Ma. iter of several small Places, and of all the Paffes as
far as Croon Weissemburg; and ’ewas confidently ex- A. C. pected, that now the Germans would either force 1694. the French to a Battle, or lecure Winter Quarters on thar side the Rhine : But neither of these happen'd. For in few Days the Imperialists repassed the Rhine, bringing away with them 14000 Head of Caitle, and having destroy'd a vast quantity of Forrage in the Country, and some Magazines of the French. Which put an end to the Campaign in Germany.
Let us now attend King William. His Majesty Tie King having spent some Months on his usual Diver- lands in fions at Loo, and then settled the publick foreign Af- England, fairs at the Hague, embırked the 8th of November, The Par. landed in England the gth, and on the 12th the Par-liament liament being met, according to their last Proro-meets, gation, his Majesty told them, “That he was glad Nov. 12. to meet them, when he could say their Affairs The King's were in a better Posture, both by Sea and Land,
Speech 'than when they parted last. That the Enemy
Houfes. 'had not been in a Condition to oppose the Confe. • derate Fleet in these Seas, chat the lending so great a Force into the Mediteranean, had disappointed
their Designs, and left the Nation a Prospect of 'further Success. And that with respect to the
War by Land, he thought he might fày, that this 'Year a stop had been put to the Progress of the • French Arms.
Then Addresling himself to the House of Com. mons, of whose good Affection to him, and of
whose Zeal for the Publick, he said, he had so ' much Experience, that he could not doubt of
their Arlistance at this time; he earnestly recom• mended to them, first to provide such Supplies as "might enable him to prosecute the War with • Vigour ; which was the only means to procure
Peace to Christendom with the Safety and Honour of England; Secondly, To continue the Act of Tunnage and Poundage, which expir'd ar Christmas and which was the more necessary at this time, in regard the several Branches of the Re. venue were under great Anticipations; And lastly, the Debt for the Transport Ships, imploy'd in the
* Nov. 12.
A. C. reducing of Ireland, which was a Case of Cont.
paffion and deferv'd Relief. 1624
He clos'd his Speech by telling both Houses, 'That he should be glad they would take into their • Consideration the preparing fome good Bill for the * Encouragement of English Seamen ; which Law,
they were fensible, would tend to the Advance 'ment of Trade, and of the Naval strength of the
Kingdom, which was their common great Interest,
' and ought to be their Principal Care. Bill for the The usual Preliminaries being lettled, the Com. frequent
mons adjourn'd to the 19th of that Month ; when meeting of the first thing they did, was to order the able and Parlime judicious Mr. Harley to prepare and bring in a Bill wents. for the frequent Meeting and Calling of Parliaments,
which they had been so earnest upon in the former Seilions, and which they were resolv'd to stickle
for in this. The Bill was * presented accor1 Dec. 13. dingly, and in few Days † read the third time, * Dec. 18. past, and sent up to the Lords; who gave * it
their Concurrence without any Amendments. Supply.
The Commons having unanimously f voted a + Nov. 21. Supply to their Majesties, and examin d'the Efti. mate for the next Years Service for the War;
the Account of the Moneys paid to the Fleet, to the Army, to the Allies, and for Forage ; and the luota's that the Confederates were fevetally to furnilh,
* Resolv'd, That the Sum of Two Millions three Nov.zo. Hundred eighty two Thousand seven Hundred and Pounds twelve Pounds be granted for the Maintenance of granted for the Navy; and that of Two Millions five hun. The Fleet. dred Thousand Pounds, for the Support of the And Land Forces, for the Service of the Year 1695. 2500000 To raise those vaft Sums it was refolv'd, * First, Pounds for That an Aid of Four Shillings in the Pound be the Land
granted to their Majesties, to be laid and levied in Fore's. + Dec. 4.
the same manner as formerly; and Secondly, That Ways and the Subsidies of Tunnage and Poundage be contiMeans, nued for the Term of Five Years longer, begin
ning on the 26th of that Month of December. Four
Days before the King went to the House of Lords, * Dec. 13; and gave his Royal Affent to the Bill that had + Dec. 14. been brought in and past, according to this Second