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Captain Downman's troop of Royal Horse Artillery, which has occupied our permanent barracks for several years past, have received their route to move from hence to Woolwich, for which place they expect to march in three divisions, in the course of next week. The behaviour of the officers and men belonging to the above excellent corps has been such, during the whole of their stay here, as will render their departure a matter of regret to the inhabitants.
A French cutter privateer appeared off this place on Friday afternoon, dogging two large merchant vessels; but as she soon after altered her course and stood from them, it is supposed she thought them too formidable for her successful attack. The privateer was soon after seen in chase of a small English brig going up channel; but as they both got out of sight about sun-set, we know not how the French succeeded.
Same day, as between 40 and 50 sail of fishing boats, belonging to different sea-port towns in this county, were fishing on what is called the Diamond Ground, they were alarmed by the appearance of two large French lugger privateers, on which they instantly quitted their useful occupation and sailed off in different directions, and we are glad to hear they all effected their escape. Had the Frenchmen concealed themselves till night, they would probably have caught a fine shoal of fishers!
The London coaches have for the last week been greatly loaded on their journey down; and all about us has a lively appearance.
Bbighton, August 5, 1809.
This morning the weather being uncommonly fine, and great expectation being entertained of this day's sport, everything was in motion at an early hour. Donaldson's Library was crowded with sporting gentle-
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