PAPERS RELATING TO THE AFFAIRS OF SICILY
Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.
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LIST OF PAPERS.
|1. The Secretary to the Admiralty to Mr. Hammond||June 12,||1860||1|
|2. The Secretary to the Admiralty to Mr. Hammond||June 12,||1860||1|
Sir, Admiralty ,June 12, 1860.
I AM commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith, for the information of Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, a copy of a letter, dated the 3rd instant, from Rear-Admiral Mundy, reporting the state of affairs at Palermo, and the movements of the British and foreign vessels of war on the coast of Sicily.
I am, &c.
(Signed) W. G. ROMAINE.
(Extract.) “Hannibal,” Palermo, June 3, 1860.
FROM various sources I derive the following account of the destruction of life and property by the bombardment of the city.
The scene is reported as most horrible. A whole district, 1,000 yards (English) in length, by 100 wide, is in ashes; families have been burnt alive with the buildings : whilst the atrocities of the Royal troops have been frightful. In other parte convents, churches, and isolated edifices have been crushed by the shells, 1,100 of which were thrown into the city from the citadel, and about 200 from the ships-of-war, besides grape, canister, and round shot.
The armistice has been prolonged indefinitely, and it is now hoped European Powers will interpose to prevent further bloodshed.
The conduct of General Garibaldi, both during the hostilities and since their suspension, has been noble and generous.
The Royal troops have been ordered to evacuate Trapani and Termini, and it is reported they are to reinforce the garrison of Messina.
Sir, Admiralty, June 12, 1860.
I AM commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith, for the information of Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, a copy of a letter, dated the 7th instant, from Vice-Admiral Martin, reporting the progress of the revolution in Sicily.
I am, &c.
(Signed) W. G. ROMAINE.
My Lord, “Marlborough,” at Malta, June 7, 1860.
I REQUEST you will be pleased to inform the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty that the “ Assurance ” arrived here this momìng, having visited since the lst instant, Girgenti, Marsala, Palermo, Naples, Messina, and Catania.
From all sources I learn that the revolution progresses rapidly, and that as much order reigns as is possible under the circumstances. The livcs and property of British subjects appear to -he adequately protected, and to be respected by the belligerents on both sides.
The Royal troops have evacuated Catania, and order has been established under a Provisional Government, the principal member of which was nominated by General Garibaldi.
At Syracuse the Royal troops are confined to the citadel.
At Palermo they are still in possession of the forts and palace, and the armistice is indefinitely prolonged.
I have, &c.
(Signed) F. W. MARTIN.
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