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LONDON, AUGUST 26

Twelve thousand men, it is said, is the force to be sent to the West Indies.

LORD AMHERST has issued an order for all the officers absent from the
regiments in the West Indies to join immediately.  No cause of the
non-compliance with this order, which is peremptory, will be received but
real sickness.

A detachment of the royal artillery, commanded by MAJOR HUDDLESTON,
consisting of two captain, eight subalterns, and two hundred and ***** men,
embarked this day at Woolwich for **** siege of Dunkirk.  They carry with
them a great train of battering artillery, consisting of 24 pounders, and
large iron mortars, on iron carriages.

The Pigou, CAPT. LOXLEY, for Philadelphia, sailed from Gravesend on Saturday
last, with one hundred and sixty passengers on board, five-sixths of whom
are artificers.

The latest accounts from Paris, of the 15th instant, contain nothing further
respecting the QUEEN, who still remained in the Conciergerie.  GENERAL
CUSTINE was condemned to death by the Revolutionary Tribunal on the 15th,
and it was supposed would suffer on the 16th.

COLONEL BOSVILLE, just before he went abroad, used to say, laughingly, to
his friends, that he was such a height the enemy could not miss him.  He was
shot through the mouth; the bullet passed over the head of the HON. CAPT.
FITZROY, who was standing within a foot of him.

An English gentleman, who a few days since arrived in town from Berlin, was
induced by curiosity to make an execution from Dusseldorf to Havs, to see
DUMOURIER;  he found that ' ci devant ' Patriot in great retirement, writing
a history of his life and of the recent occurrences in France.  The
traveller being an Englishman, met a most flattering and hospitable
reception.

Friday se'nnight a tiler and plaisterer, at Uphill, Somerset, sold his wife
to a labouring man there for five shillings;  after which he went to a
Mountebank's stage in the parish of Worle, and ventured three of the
shillings, by which he was so fortunate as to gain a cow and a calf, valued
at six guineas.

There are no less than ten French Generals in prison at Paris, amongst whom
are CUSTINE,  BIRON,  WESTERMAN,  and  MIRANDA;  a convincing ********* of
the ' blessings of French Liberty ' !

The rumour respecting a war with America has somewhat subsided - Settling
day at the Stock Exchange having past over ! - Of such a war we can only
say, England would lose much, and American every thing. - American has
trading ships, but no navy - neither is France able to furnish one. - An
army she has, but alas ! such is it, that the Indians of the back nations
are more than a match for it.

The private letters from the DUKE OF YORK's army, state the Dutch troops to
be extremely unfit for service.  They have neither discipline, nor are they
well provided.  They are most of them raw recruits, and cannot be depended
on.

It is a circumstance not generally known, but  which is related to us upon
the surest authority, that when the French, in compliance with the treaty of
1763, took down part of the fortifications of Dunkirk, all the outer stones,
and the most valuable parts of the masonry, were marked and preserved, so
that in a few weeks the original works could be restored.  We have not heard
whether they have lately availed themselves of these stones, which were in
perfect order in 1791.

Some of the finest monuments of royalty, which the happiest efforts of
genius had multiplied in the capital of the French empire, during the long
space of fourteen centuries, and had hitherto escaped the devasting furor of
the Revolutionists, have at length fallen under the rage of those monsters.
The most ferocious fanticism of the heathens and the children of Mahomet,
never pursued the object or the christian worship with such fury as the
Jacobins endeavoured to blot out every trace of the ancient attachment of
the French to their Kings.

FROM THE HEAD QUARTERS OF THE PRINCE DE COUBOURG, AT HERIN, AUG. 16.

His Royal Highness has marched in person with the English and Hanoverians
towards Dunkirk, to attack that place, in conjunction with a part of the
allied troops, stationed at Ostend, and in West Flanders.  The grand army
has invested Maubeuge, LeQuesnoy,  and  Landrecis;  the two latter are now
blockaded.  The moment that Landrecis ** taken, the siege of Maubeuge, will
commence;  but the allies begin with the former, although that fortress is
more advanced, because it cannot hold out long, and when taken, will
completely cover the siege of Maubeuge.  The allies will then likewise be
able to attack it behind the woods of Marmal, where the French are still
posted, and from which they might incommode the army that will besiege
Maubeuge.
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