off Jérémie. The troops, on their landing, were received by the inhabitants with every demonstration of joy and fidelity, and the British colours were hoisted under a royal salute, accompanied by the other ceremonies usual on such occasions.
Commodore Ford, in order, by a diversion, to add to Colonel Whitelock's security, despatched Captain Rowley, of the 32-gun frigate Penelope, with the Iphigenia and Hermoine, of the same force, to the Bay des Flamands, near St.-Louis, on the south side of the island, with orders to capture or destroy some French merchant-vessels that were stated to be lying there. Captain Rowley succeeded in bringing away ten, the chief of them laden with colonial produce. With respect to Major Carles, it had been resolved that he should proceed in a flag of truce to the Mole, to sound the inhabitants, and then return to Jamaica, in order to digest the plan of the enterprise. But Commodore Ford, learning at Jérémie that a speedy attack on the Mole was meditated by the republican party, determined to proceed there himself, to frustrate, if possible, the attempt.
On arriving, on the 21st, near the harbour of Cape-Nicolas-Mole, the commodore landed Major Carles, who, on the next day, made the signal agreed upon between himself and the commodore ; and the latter, with the Europa and small vessels, approached, under proper caution, the formidable battery at the entrance. It was now ascertained that the blacks and mulattoes at Jean-Rabel, to the amount of 800 or 1000, were hourly expected to attack the town, and that the inhabitants were in the utmost despondency. No time was therefore to be lost, and Commodore Ford sent on shore a copy of the same capitulation that had been acceded to at Jérémie.
Soon after daylight the next morning this was returned duly executed, * and the Europa proceeded to the anchorage, where, after the proper forms had been gone through, the town of Cape-Nicolas-Mole, and its extensive dependencies, were surrendered to the arms of his Britannic Majesty.
Thus was seen the extraordinary spectacle of a French port, confessedly one of the finest harbours in the West Indies, guarded by batteries mounted with upwards of 100 pieces of heavy cannon, in the quiet possession of a 50-gun ship.
The marines of the Europa, about 58 in number, with Brevetmajor Robinson at their head, were all the British force that was on shore; but Commodore Ford, very judiciously, held 200 seamen ready to land at a moment's warning. This precautionary measure continued, without relaxation, until the arrival from Jérémie, on the 28th, of the grenadier company of the 13th ; and was not wholly laid aside till the arrival, on the 12th of the succeeding month, of the Penelope and Iphigenia, from Jamaica,
* With an additional article, agreeing to take into British pay the officers and men in garrison, and to allow the former the same rank which they had before held.
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