TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
I received a few days ago a letter from an old schoolfellow and friend.
Lieutenant Colonel Galindo, in the service of the republic of Guatemala,
South America, containing a satisfactory account of the termination of hostilities there,
and on the other side I send you an extract, which you are at perfect liberty to make use
of if you think it likely to be interesting to any of your readers.
I am, Sir, your very obedient servant,
JOHN E COOPER.
Grote, Kentish-town, March 8.
" My dear Schoolfellow, I replied to your esteemed favour of the 29th of February on September 1,
since when peace and prosperity have finally returned to this beautiful country."
" In November, 1831, the Royalists rose in Omoa and seized the commandant of that fort,
who died in prison. Domingues, their chief, subsequently captured Truxillo, and they occupied
the whole of the northern coasts and frontiers of Central America, excepting the province of Peten,
in which I had command.
They advanced into the interior, but being defeated, Truxillo was recaptured,
and the retreat of Domingues being cut off he became a fugitive. I left Peten, and embarking at
Belize on the 6th of July, on board of the Hibernia, a Central American man-of-war schooner, had,
on the following day, an action with the Phoenix, an enemy's vessel of the same description, but
of much heavier metal and more men, bound to the Havannah, in search of further supplies for the
fort of Omoa.
I took command of the Hibernia, and obliged the Phoenix to return and take refuge
under the guns of the fort; she being a faster sailer than my vessel, escaped, I had, however,
the satisfaction of preventing her voyage, which would have been of the greatest injury to us;
she now lies a wreck in the port of Omoa.
Colonel Terrelonge having occupied that town,
established his head-quarters there, and we blockaded the fort by sea and land. On the
1st of September, Colonel Terrelonge having resigned the command from ill-health, and
retired from the army to a neighbouring island, I formed an inner line of trenches,
completely preventing any egress from the fort, and reduced the enemy to feed on hides:
and when that and every other resource had been exhausted by them the capitulated to me
on the 12th September, and I had the honour of replacing the Spanish flag by that of the
republic, Colonel Terrlonge has since died.
Domingues has been apprehended and shot,
and Government has intrusted me with the command of this port and frontier &c."
I am &c,
Government-house Truxillo Dec 24 1832