§ The Speaker
acquainted the House, that he had received from lieut. general sir Samuel Auchmuty the following Letter, in return to the Thanks of the House, on the 10th of January 1812.Madras, August 10, 1812.Sir; I have had the honour to receive your Letter, conveying the unanimous Thanks of the hon. the House of Commons to me and the gallant army under my command during the late service in Java.To deserve the approbation of his sovereign and his country is the highest ambition of a British soldier; to receive it his greatest boast: be assured, Sir, we feel with pride and with gratitude the distinguished honour conferred on us by the Commons of the United Kingdom, and the recollection of so valuable a reward will animate us to increased exertions when again contending for the honour of 419 his Majesty's arms and the interests of our country.With sincere pleasure I have obeyed the commands of the hon. House, by communicating to major general Wetheral, and the several officers and corps, the gratifying information that their zeal, their gallantry, and discipline, have been pointedly noticed and acknowledged.The satisfaction I have derived from "his communication has been greatly in creased by the manner in which you have been leased to convey it, and which demands from me, personally, the most grateful acknowledgments. I have "the honour to be, &c. S. AUCHMUTY,Lieutenant General.Right hon C. Abbot,Speaker, &c. &c.