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The next day, vice-admiral Lake, with a Squadron of men of war and tranfports, having on board the remainder of the English and Dutch auxiliaries went up the river of Lisbon; so that all the hips did safely arrive there, not one thip, either of this fquadron or the grand feet having miscarried,

His catholic majefty was so well fatisfied with Sir George's excellent conduct and deportment, that he presented him with a sword, the hilt of which was set with diamonds, a buckle for a hat-band, and a hook to cock

up a hat, set with diamonds.

On the eleventh of May, the admiral failed out of the river of Lisbon with the fleet under his command ; and the prince of Hesse Darm, ttadt, with a body of land-troops, on board. They made the best of their way into the Mediterranean, and, on the eighteenth, appeared before Barcelona.

They had very well concerted their meafures, nothing but the discovery of a design to give up the place to them a few hours before the landing of the troops, could have hindered them from being masters of that important city; so that the forces, to the number of two thousand five hundred men, returned on board again; to favour which, the admiral threw a few bombs into the place, having otherwise no design to injure it.

The admiral, about the beginning of June, put into the bay of Althea; to whom, on the

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feventh of June at night, the country inhabitants, giving an account that there was a report that some horse, and four hundred foot, were ready to fall upon our people and boats at the watering-place, it was immediately ordered to land a compleat number of marine-soldiers to support them.

Accordingły, on the eighth, in the morning, count Nugent, an officer under the prince of Hesse, brought an account to the admiral, having desired leave of him the night before to go on fhore, as a volunteer, with the foresaid marines ; and to whom Sir George had given direction, he knowing the language, to take order, with the advice of the country people, for the covering of our men at the watering-place.

His lordship had the opportunity, with the consent of the captain that commanded, to fend a serjeant with ten men to fright the governor out of a strong tower standing near the sea-side, whereon was mounted one large brass gun, which there was no coming at without a ladder. The governor was the son of him that commanded the castle of the town; and the lord Nugent thinking, by this means, to render himself master of the forelaid castle by this same stratagem, brought his son before the gates, and urging the father with such threatnings, as are usual on such occasions, to surrender, his lord ship's stratagem accordingly fucceeded; or otherwise this caftle, being very

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strong, it would have taken up a great deal more time than the tarrying of one night to take it, and that without guns; so that his gates would not have been fo easily opened : therefore, at last, the governor, hoping to fave his honour, promifed to surrender; but withal desired, that the troops should fire a volley of small hot, and that he would fire his guns, and so march out with his arms. and deliver up the caftle; which was agreed to and performed : whereupon Sir George commanded that the castle should be blown up

On the ninth, the fleet passed Cape Palas, and fo coming through the Streights of Lagos Bay, Sir Cloudesly Shovel joined them on the fixteenth with the re-inforcement from Eng. land, confifting of thirty-three ships of the line of bactle.

On the seventeenth, the admiral called a council of war; and, by what could be urder. food, Sir George's new orders being to act in every undertaking in conformity with the ministry of the kings of Spain and Portugal, it was rosolved to pafs up the Streights again, and there expect what resolutions would be taken by the two kings; and to send away immediately an exprefs by Lagos, to give them an account of the determination of the council of war; and how that, without a competent number of troops, to be put on board the feet, no enterprize could be per

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formed with success on thore, the marines being part of the ship's complement, and could. not be spared in that juncture, when the French fleet were hourly expected on them.. However, their appearing again in the Streights would convince the French, that they were miltaken in their opinion of being maiters of the feas; and would also encourage all those that were well inclined to the common cause.

The same day they continued to stand off and on from fore, betwixt Lagos and Cape St. Mary's ; and, on the eighteenth, two ships were fent to Lagos with that express, with orders to stay there, and bring orders back to Sir George at the appointed rendezvous near Tetuan; and four other thips were ordered to go to the islands of Terceras, to convoy home the Portuguese feet from Brazil. The Grafton and Kingston were also ordered for Tangier and to join the feet as they passed by.

The fleet meeting with contrary winds, and having got, at last, by the seventeenth of July, about seven leagues to the eastward of Tetuan, a council of war was held on board the Royal Catharine, wherein it was resolved to make a fuoden attempt upon Gibraltar. The fleet got into the Bay by the (wenty-first, and the English and Dutch marines, to the number of one thousand eight hundred, were put on Shore, with the prince of Hesse at the head of them, on the neck of land to the northward of the town; and the admiral, the next morn

ing, gave orders, that the ships which he had appointed to canzonade the place, under the command of rear-admiral Byng, and rear-ad. miral Vanderdusen, as also those which were to batter the footh mole-head, commanded by captain Hicks in the Yarmouth, should range themselves accordingly; but the wind blowing contrary, they could not poflibly get to their ftations till the day was spent.

In the mean while, to amuse the enemy, the admiral fent captain Whitaker in with fome boats, who burned a French privateer of twelve guns at the old mole ; but the ships being all placed, on the twenty-third, soon after day-break, the admiral gave the fignal for the beginning of the cannonade; which was performed with great fury, about fifteen thousand shot being made in five or six hours against the town; insomuch that the enemy were foon beat from their guns, especially at the fouth mole head; whereupon the admiral, considering that, by gaining that fortification, they should of consequence reduce the town, he ordered captain Whitaker, with all the boats armed, to endeavour to poffess himself of it; which he performed with great expedition : but captain Hicks and captain Jumper, who lay next the mole, had pushed on thore with their pinnaces and some other boats before the rest could come up. The enemy thereupon sprung a mine that blew up the fortifications on the mole, killed two lieutenants and about

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