There have been no military operations in the insurgent Spanish
provinces, which require to be noticed this week ; but a good deal of attention has been drawn to the following proclama- tion which General EVANS is accused of having issued.
St. Sebastian, June 18. " Having learnt that at the outposts conversations, rather frequent, were kept up with deserters from the British auxiliary force, and the Portuguese auxiliary army, or with individuals expelled horn the service for dishonourable acts, the Commander-in-Chief deems it proper to remind the troops, that, acting in complete union with the British Royal Navy, all BIWA subjects who shall be found fighting in the ranks of the enemy shall be considered as real rebels against his Majesty the King of England, and subjected to the penalty of death ; which will probably be inflicted upon them, in the event of their being captured, according to the English law. " In consequence, it is ordered, that if any individual speaking English, and suspected of belonging to the degraded class of persons above-mentioned, pre- sent himself at our outposts, he shall be immediately fired at : all cotnmunica- tions with the enemy's outposts shall cease, and hostilities shall commence again with them until this habit be put an end to. "The Lieutenant. General Commanding in Chief the Corps d'Arme'e of the
Cantabrian coast. De Lace EVANS."
This document first appeared in the Weekly Post of Sunday last; and it has been commented upon as genuine in the Tory papers. But there is good reason to believe that it is a forgery. Accounts received from the army since the date of the proclama- tion make no mention of it ; it is said to be a translation from a Spanish original,—which is rather singular, as it was intended for Englishmen; and it is not countersigned, like the other pro- clamations issued by General EVANS, by his Adjutant-General, LE MARCHANT. These are sufficient grounds for suspending belief in the genuineness of the document ; though Lord PAL- MERSTON, with indolent nonchalance, was ready to concede the point in the House of Commons, provided it inferred no respon- sibility on his part.