ADMIRAL SIR THOMAS FOLEY. ior fifty gun ship that was on its way to join the Rear-Admiral. On the 7th, at noon, the two squadrons gained a masthead sight of each other, and by sunset were united. About three weeks after Nelson had been detached by Earl St. Vincent, a reinforcement from England, consisting of eight sail of the line, under Rear-Admiral Sir Roger Curtis, joined the fleet off Cadiz, and on the same evening, the 24th of May, Captain Trowbridge sailed, in compliance with orders from homey to strengthen the force of Admiral Nelson. After his departure from Earl St. Vincent's fleet, Captain Trowbridge was joined by the Audacious and the Leander, making the force under Nelson to consist of thirteen seventy-four gun ships, and one fifty; and we will here give their names, and those of their captains, for the Heroes of the Nile will bear a fresh introduc¬ tion to a generation which owes them much :—- J Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson. \ Captain Edward Berry. „ Sir James Saumarez. All of 74 guns. 50 16 Vanguard Orion Cidloden Bellerophon Minotaur Defence Alexander Zealous Audacious Goliath Majestic Swiftsure Theseus Leander Mutine, Brig, Sloop Thomas Trowbridge. Henry D'Esterre Darby. Thomas Louis. John Peyton. Alexander John Ball. Samuel Hood. David Grould. Thomas Foley. George Blagden Westcott. Benjamin Hallewell. Ralph Willett Miller. Thomas Boulden Thompson. Thomas Masterman Hardy. Nelson was left entirely to his own discretion as to the course to be steered in pursuit of the fleet, which he had been ordered by his instructions to use his utmost endeavours to " takey sink, burn or destroy." How he carried out his instructions the sequel will show. On the morning of the 17th of June the British fleet stood into the Bay of Naples. The only information which the English Ambassador, Sir W. Hamilton, could give, was that the French had not entered that port, but had coasted the island of Sardinia, and proceeded southwards. It is not necessary here to recapitulate the well-known story how the two fleets failed to come in sight of one another until the eventful 1st of August, 1798. The French fleet had arrived at Alexandria on the lstof July, and (Nelson having left it that morning), landed Buonaparte and his army; the admiral being directed by him to anchor the men-of-war in the Bay of Aboukir, about twenty miles E. N. E. of Alexandria. The Culloden having been despatched from the