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COURT MARTIAL EXTRAORDINARY.

(From the Dublin Evening Mail).

In our last, we gave an account, from the John   Bull of the mutiny on board the wreck of His   Majesty's ship Cabinet, Captain Frederick Robin-               son. We have been fortunate enough to obtain a     copy of the sentence of the Court Martial held     upon Captain Robinson and his officers for their     conduction this occasion, and we subjoin it for the          

information of our Readers.    

"At a Court Martial held on board H. M. ship         Windsor Castle, to inquire into the causes and cir-   cumstances attending the loss of H. M. ship Cabinet, and to try Captain Frederick Robinson, the other       officers, and crew, for their conduct on this occa-

sion:—  

PRESENT—      

Admiral Sir George King, K. B. K. T. K. S. P.

G. C. B. &c. &c. Commander in Chief of H. M.       ships and vessels.

Vice Admiral Sir William Henry, K. G. and G. C. B.

second Officer in Command of H. M. ships.   Capt. John Peers of the .....Constitution.           Capt. Sir John Burgess, Knt, Bulwark.        

Capt. Church .............Slavador del Mundo.         Capt. Wellesley ............Waterloo.             Capt. Money .................London.  

Capt. Farmer.................Cornwallis.               Capt. Finder.................Ocean.        

Capt. Merchant............Commerce.               Capt. John Bull ..............Brunswick.              

The Court having heard the evidence for the   prosecution, and what the prisoners had to offer in       their defence, and having maturely weighed and considered the same, are of opinion—        

1st. That Captain Frederick Robinson has shown           himself destitute of all ability and firmness, and     utterly incapable of commanding so disorderly a       crew as his Majesty's late ship unfortunately was         manned with. That during the fine weather cruize    

he had taken for the last five months, he had not     made any preparation for the storms which he had   every reason to expect he would have to encounter   at this season of the year; and that his firs proposal     to quit his ship, and his subsequent abandonment of     her (after he had been sent back the Commander-       in-Chief) during a stiff breeze, and when the crew   were mutinously inclined, exhibits a want of energy     and zeal for the service, unworthy of the character               of a British officer, and deserving of the highest  

censure.  

2d. That the conduct of the Ward-room is also      

deserving of censure, for the want of harmony     which prevailed amongst them, and the inefficient           support which they gave to their captain. Comman-             der Marquess, the second captain, had employed           his time in preparing a hue and cry to be raised in     the ship when anything was lost overboard; and       Lieutenant Earl had improperly quarrelled with           his brother officers about some grease which had dropped from a turkey on Christmas day. The         master had interferred with the pilot's duty; whilst               the surgeon had altered the established practice of     the profession for some new theories which had     proved fatal to the crew. The purser, from having             overdrawn his necessary money, could get no more       bills cashed; and the person who acted as chaplain       (but who had been granted a warrant), distributed   tracts, which tended to increase the difference on      

board.  

3d. That the conduct of the Pilot, the Gunner,       and other warrant Officers is highly commendable,       for the firmness and resolution which they evinced         in the hour of danger, for their coolness and judg-     ment after H. M. ship had grounded, and for the faithful report they had made to the Commander-in-        

Chief of her state and condition.  

The Court are further of opinion that the previous       conduct of Captain Robinson and some of this Offi-

cers during the whole of the cruize, preceding this   unfortunate event, had shewn want of judgment   and skill, derogatory to the character of Great Bri-       tain, and injurious to her interests. The Court   particularly allude to their conduct in permitting foreign vessels of all descriptions to proceed on their voyages, and even to enter the Thames, while they   detained British vessels under their convoy by a number of unnecessary regulations; and to a squad-       ron having been detached to destroy a fleet of small       vessels belonging to a neutral power, which, being       contrary to the law of nations, may yet involve the   country in war. The Captain's conduct with respect to vessels laden with corn, appears to have been indecisive and prejudicial to the interests of the

country.

The Court, therefore, taking all the circumstances of the unit into consideration, do hereby adjudge   the said Captain Frederick Robinson to be dismissed his Majesty's service, and declared incapable of ever         serving his Majesty, his heirs, and successors, in     any naval or civil situation whatever. The Court   further adjudge the whole of the ward-room officers   to be cashiered, and the Master to be confined in the Marshalsea for six calendar months; and the     Court fully and honourably acquit the Pilot, Gun-

ner, and other Officers and ship's company of all   blame for their conduct on this occasion.

JUDGES OF MUSIC.---A Scotch bagpiper travelling               into Ireland opened his wallet by a wood side, and       sat down to dinner; he had no sooner said grace than               three wolves came about him. To one he threw bread,                 to another meat, till his provision was all gone; at           length he took up his bagpipes, and began to play;       at which the wolves ran away. "The Deel saw me,     said Sawney, "An I had kenn'd ye loved so music       so weel, ye should have hed it before dinner."    

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