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that they would not suffer those who had fought the battles of their country to lie about the streets in a state of wretchedness and starvation. The Magistrates found much difficulty, he was sorry to say, in getting parishes to provide for their poor; but there were, besides those entitled to parochial relief, great numbers who bad no claim on the poor laws of this country. It was, therefore, proposed to raise a subscription in order to afford them temporary shelter from the inclemency of the weather, until they could be otherwise provided for; and in furtherance of this great object, Mr. Hick, of Cheapside, had generously given the use of his extensive warehouses in order to form that asylum.

The Bishop of Chester presented himself to the meeting, amid loud plaudits. His Lordship said, he had to apologize for trespassing on their time and attention, while he offered a few short observations. He did not know that such a meeting was about to take place till a few minutes be fore; when, taking up one of the newspa pers, he saw it announced; and, as he highly approved of the plan, he immediately ordered his carriage. (Applause.) There were, he believed, some objections against this mode of charity: but, indeed, there was no species of charity against which objections could not be urged. He was, however, sure that the advantages of this plan far outweighed and counterbalanced its disadvantages; and, therefore, he was ready to bestow his mite on it. Indeed, he knew not how any man could sit down quietly in the enjoyment of wealth-could lay his head on his pillow with a clear and approving conscience, when thousands, many of them wretched. females, were wandering through the streets, without a home to shelter, or a hand to succour them. He conceived his bounty was well bestowed on such a benevolent plan; and it had his best wishes for its perfect success. (Applause.)

Mr. Bodkin said, that the premises which were to be devoted to this charitable object were in every respect fit for the purpose. There were four spacious floors, where the men and women could be separated, and the lower part of the building, would answer for the preparation of food. Mr. Badkin proposed a series of resolu tions, relative to the intended objects of the meeting which were carried unanimously. A Committee was then appoint ed to manage the subscription, &c.; and the Mendicity and other charitable societies were requested to co-operate with them. Thanks were voted to the Lord Mayor, the Bishop of Chester, and Mr. Sheriff Rothwell; and to Mr. Hick, for his generous grant of the use of his premises. The subscription then commenced, and GENT. MAC. January, 1820.

upwards of 700% were immediately raised ; and so active were the exertions in preparing the receptacle for immediate use, that many wretched wanderers the same night、 enjoyed comparative comfort within its walls, who, but for this arrangement, would have continued houseless, and suffering from the inclemency of the weather. Saturday, Jan. 15.

Abraham Van Brienan who had swindled Messrs. Rivington's, and numerous individuals, of property to a considerable amount, on the faith of his credit at bankers, where he had ingenuity enough to persuade them he kept cash, was tried and convicted at the Middlesex Sessions on three indictments. The Court apprised Mr. Van Brienan that he was too clever a man for a permanent residence in this country. He was, therefore, ordered to take up his residence for the next seven years of his life in Botany Bay. The prisoner, who is a dashing looking fellow, received his sentence with perfect composure.

Prince Leopold has presented the family of the late Mr. Bird, R. A. with a purse of one hundred guineas, and also given the artist's picture of the Surrender of Calais, in his Royal Highness's possession, to be disposed of for the benefit of the family. This picture was presented to the lamented Princess Charlotte of Wales, when Mr. Bird had the honour of being appointed Historical Painter to Her Royal Highness.

'Lately. At Ashford, a boy experienced so violent a fall whilst amusing himself at sliding, that he expired almost immediately.

Monday, Jan. 17.

A dreadful fire broke out this morning, at five o'clock, in the house of Mr. Kerr, a boot and shoemaker, at the corner of Norfolk-street, in the Strand. The flames were first discovered in the lower part of the house by the watchman and some passengers, aud an alarm was given. By this means the family were saved from untimely death. Mr. K. escaped with scarce an article of dress on him. Of all the property on the premises, a few of Mr. K.'s account books only were saved. The flames advanced with an overwhelming rapidity, and in a few minutes the house was enveloped in one aweful blaze. The firemen were successful in Norfolk-street in checking the progress of the flames; but in the Strand they were not equally fortunate. The flames soon caught the dwelling of Mr. Cary, the chart-seller, and in a short time that building added to the melancholy grandeur of the spectacle. Soon afterwards the roof and front of Mr. Kerr's house fell with a tremendous crash. The flames in Mr. J. Cary's premises suon advanced to the adjoining house of his


brother, Mr. Cary, the optician, which was also destroyed. At half-past ten the fronts of these houses were precipitated into the Strand, but happily no injury was sustained by the crowd which was collected. In the back of these buildings still greater mischief is sustained. The amount of property destroyed has been immense. Mr. Kerr, whose house has twice before been on fire within the last four years, we understand, is not insured. A rumour prevails that the accident is attributable to the gas.

Thursday, Jan. 20.

Between six and seven o'clock, a fire broke out at the sugar houses of Messrs. Martin and Co. in Bell-laue, Spitalfields. About half past eight o'clock it was subdued, but not till the interior of the building and a considerable quantity of sugar were consumed.

Friday, Jan. 21.

Between 10 and 11 o'clock, a fire broke out in the house of Mr. Taylor, a hatter, in Garden-row, London-road. The wind was high, and blew the flames into a court at the back, inhabited by poor people. Great confusion ensued in bringing out the furniture of the inmates; many were seriously hurt, and a great part of the furniture was destroyed; and by two o'clock the fire was subdued, as was supposed, finally, leaving four or five houses gutted completely; but about four o'clock in the afternoon the flames again burst forth with great fury; however, the firemen were on the spot, and succeeded in extinguishing it totally. The loss was considerable. Sunday, Jan. 23.

About half-past two o'clock the utmost confusion prevailed in the neighbourhood of Thames-street, in consequence of a most alarming fire which broke out in the premises of Messrs. Childe, porter and cyder warehouse, in Swan-lane, leading to the Thames, adjacent to London-bridge. The fire was discovered by the family residing in the opposite premises, who were alarmed by the flames issuing from the windows of the lower part of the house; the family at Mr. Childe's made their escape with great difficulty. The fire spread with such rapidity that in a short time the flames communicated to the warehouse of Mr. Matthews (at the back part), and a stock of wood and other materials used in Mr. Matthew's trade (brushmaking), having caught fire, the whole of the front premises were in less than an hour completely burnt through into Thamesstreet. The engines by this time were on the spot, but owing to a great scarcity of water, in consequence of the frost and the water being turned off, the flames extended to several other houses at the back of Swan-yard, leading into Thames-street. After some time had elapsed, the supply

of water became plentiful, and the firemen played with great activity. The houses of Mr. Ronolds, cheesemonger, Mr. Cudber and Mr. Simpson, of Thamesstreet, shortly afterwards caught fire, and were much injured; and the Bridgewater School, with four or five other houses in Swan-alley and Black Raven-yard, were completely burned to the ground. It was anticipated several times that Fishmongers'-hall would be destroyed; but the attention of the firemen apparently was fixed upon it; they played on the adjoining houses, and it escaped with less injury than was expected. At about half-past four the roofs of Mr. Childe's and Mr.. Matthews's houses fell in with a tremendous crash, and greatly spread the flames. The iron manufactory office, on the bank of the Thames, was surrounded by flames, but escaped without injury. The fire continued burning at an alarming rate, until half-past ten o'clock in the morning, when an explosion, supposed from saltpetre, took place, which tore off the roofs of several of the houses, and caused great apprehension; tiles, bricks, and wood, were scattered about in every direction. Some persons standing near the spot were much hurt, in consequence of their falling on them; a boy had his arm lacerated very much, and some of his fingers torn off. Shortly afterwards the whole of the houses in Swan-lane fell down, and completely blocked up the roadway; and the whole of the other houses mentioned were, with the furniture and property, a mass of rains. We are happy to add no lives were lost, or any material accident occurred. The loss of property is estimated at 200,0001.

An official account of the total weekly amount of Bank-notes and Bank post-bills in circulation, from the 23d Nov. 1819, to the latest period to which the same can be nfade up, states the total for the week ending the 30th November, at 25,248,340. of which 6,745,8501. are under 57.; for the week ending the 7th Dec. 22,556,690. of which 6,694,0401. are under 51.; for the week ending 14th Dec. 22,418,220. of which 6,621,990l. are under 5.; and for the week ending the 21st Dec. 22,194,650 of which 6,569,560l. are under 57. It appears from this account, that the Bank has reduced its issue of Bank-notes within the last month, to the amount of upwards of one million.

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Jan. 1. Major-general L. Grant, to be
Governor of the Bahama Islands.

D. R. Graham, Regius Professor of Botany in the University of Edinburgh.

9th dragoons-Major Wildman to be Lieut..col. and Capt. Hart, to be major. Ride Brigade-Brevet Lieut.-col. Miller to be Major.

Hospital Staff Physician Short, from half pay, to be Physician to the Forces. 1st Foot-Brevet Major Wetherall, to be Major.


11th-Brevet Major Cooper, to be Ma

3d Veteran Eatt.-Lieut.-col. Belford, to be Lieut.-col.

STAFF.-Brevet Major Prager, from the 19th Foot, to be Inspector of Militia in the lonian Islands.


Rev. J. Bull, to be Head Master of the Free Grammar School, Clipston, Notts.

Rer. T. B. Cole, rector of Warburton, Sussex, to be Master of the Grammar School, Maidstone.

Rev. R. Wood, D.D. to be Head Master of the Grammar School at Nottingham.


Rev. James Campbell, Church and Parish of Farquair, county of Peebles.

Rev. Henry Morgan, of Miskin, Glamorganshire, Brinsop Wear V. Hereford.

Rev. George Moore, late of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, to the Perpetual Curacies of St. Peter and St. Margaret, Lincoln. Rev. C. Alfree, a Minor Canon of Rochester Cathedral.

Rev. T. G. Tyndale, M. A. (formerly of BREVET.-Capt. Henry Marquis of Trinity Coll. Oxford, V. Woburn Bucks, Worcester, to be Major in the Army.

Jan. 11. A. Barclay, esq. to be his Majesty's Commissioner for carrying into effect the 6th and 7th Articles of the Treaty of Ghent, in the room of John Ogilvy, esq. deceased.

Jan. 18. Right Hon. George Earl of Glasgow, to be Lieutenant and Sheriff Principal of the Shire of Ayr.

MEMBER RETURNED TO PARLIAMENT. Jan. 15. Clifton Darton HardnessC. M. Ricketts, esq. v. A. H. Holdsworth, esq. who has accepted the Chiltern Hundreds.

and Tadlow, Cambridgeshire,) Hotton R. Oxfordshire.

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Rev. J. Thompson, M. A. (Vicar of Meopham) Lullingston R. Kent.

Rev. W. F. Mansell, B. A. (of Trinity College, Cambridge, Vicar of Sandhurst, Glocestershire,) Ashelworth V. adjoining.

Rev. J. Harris, Llanthette R. Brecon. Rev. H. Craven Ord, Stratfield Mortimer V. Berks.


Rev. W. C. Cumming, to hold the Rectory of St. Mary's, Bedford, with the Vicarage of Eaton Bray, in the same county.


Hannah Davison, a labourer's wife of Winningham, near Malton, Yorkshire, was confined on the 10th of March 1819, of two children, a boy and a girl, who both died; and on Dec. 28, was confined of three more, two boys and a girl, who, with the mother, are all likely to do well.

Jan. 1. At Paris, the Duchess of Orleans, of a Prince, who will bear the name of Penthievre.-2. At the Castle, Newcastle, the wife of Serjeant Snelling, of the

40th regt. a daughter. This is probably the first child born within the old walls for several centuries.-4. At Bill Hill, the wife of Philip Francis, esq. of a daughter.

5. At Eton Lodge, near Liverpool, the wife of Joseph Walker, esq. of a daughter. -6. In Upper Wimpole-street, Lady Amelia Sophia Boyce, of a son.-7. At Farley Hill, Lady Lucy Stephenson, of a son.-8. In Portland-place, the wife of T. A. Curtis, esq. of a son.


1819: Oct. 16. At Rio Janeiro, John Fielding, esq. to Rita Loiza, daughter of The late T. Parq, Post Captain in the Portuguese Royal Navy.

Nov. 19, Rev. S. W. Pearse, M. A. only son of Samuel Pearse, esq. of Broomhill House, Ivy Bridge, to Elizabeth Hele Ford, daughter of the late John Pearse, esq. of Easton, both in Devonshire.

Dec. 12. At the Hague, Lieut.-col. Sir 3. R. Colleton, bart. to Septima Sexta Colleton, daughter of Rear-Admiral Richard Graves, of Hembury Fort, Devon.

20. Mr. John Lord, of Bentinck-street, to Emma, daughter of the late John Glover, esq. of Montague-square.

21. At Dunster, Mr. Silk, Master of the Academy of that place, to Anne, da. of the Rev. Thomas Jenkins, of Minehead, and niece of General Sir T. Picton.

23. Andrew Forbes Ramsay, esq. Surgeon in the Hon. East India Company's Service, Beugal Establishment, to Isabella, dau, of the late J. Young, esq. of Bell Wood.

27. Henry, second son of Wm. Hayward, esq. of Watlington, Oxfordshire, to


Anne, daughter of Mr. Dodd, of Chenies, Buckinghamshire.

Robert Espinasse, esq. of the Inner Temple, to Emily, daughter of the Hon. Mrs. Espinasse, and the late Hon. G. Petre, of Bell House, Ongar, Essex.

Rev. Charles Arthur Sage, to Caroline, daughter of the late James Quilter, esq. of Hadley.

28. George Taylor, esq. Surgeon to Duke of Clarence, to Sarah, daughter of James Philcox, esq. of Burwash.

At Glanmire, Ireland, F.S. Hodder, esq. of Kingsabella House, to Alicia, youngest daughter of Wm. Martin, esq. of Johnstown.

30. Rev. David Williams, of Avebury, - Wiits. to Marianne, dau. of Rev. Wm. Bartlett, Vicar of Newark, and East Stoke, Notts.


Lately. Lord Viscount Kingsland, to Julia, daughter of John Willis, esq. of Walcot Terrace, Lambeth.

Jan. 1. James L. Cotter, esq. eldest son of Sir J. L. Cotter, bart. of Rockforest (Cork), to Helena, daughter of the late James Lombard, esq. of Lombard's Town.

3. Henry James Oakes, esq. eldest son of Orbell Kay Oakes, esq. of Newton Cottage, Suffolk, to Mary-Anne Porteus, el..dest daughter of the late Rev. Mr. Porteus, grand-nephew of Dr. Beilby Porteus, late Bishop of London.

Rev. J. Hallward, Rector of Shotley, Parsonage, Suffolk, and Rector of Stanton on the Wolds, Notts, to Emily Jaue, daughter of the late C. P. Leslie, esq. of Glasslough, Monaghan, Ireland, many years M. P. for that County.

Sir John Litchford, bart. of Boothby Pagnal, to Louisa Elizabeth, sister of Sir C. Egleton Kent, bart. of Little Penton House, both in Lincolnshire.

4. C. R. Morgan, esq, of Charlottestreet, to Anne-Jane, daughter of the late J. Ogle, esq. of Southampton-street, Bloomsbury-square.

Rob. Wm. M'Itree, esq. to Prudence, daughter of Rob. Levingstone, esq. of Wesport (Mayo), Ireland.

At Stonehaven, Scotland, W. Nichol, esq. surgeon, to Margaret, daughter of Dr. W. Nichol, of Fiudon.

Rev. William Thompson, of Queen's College, Oxford, to Emily, daughter of C. Pentland, esq. (Cork), Ireland.

At Norwich, Mr. Edward Gridley, to Emily, daughter of John Gillet, esq. of Harrowgate.

Thomas D'Oyly, esq. Serjeant-at-Law, to Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. Nicholas Simons.

Robert Bill, esq. Barrister-at-Law, son of John Bill, esq. of Farley Hall, Staffordshire, to Louisa, daughter of the late Philip Dauncey, esq.

5. Colonel Marsack, of the Grenadier Guards, to Jane, widow of R. L. Late ward, esq. of Ealing Grove, Middlesex.

Mr. Noble, to Miss Luppino, late principal dancers at Covent Garden Theatre. They left London directly for Paris, in their way to Bordeaux, where they have a handsome engagement.

6. Rev. H. Fardell, Prebendary of Ely, to Miss Eliza Sparke, daughter of the Lord Bishop of Ely.

Mr. Samuel Shepherd, of Chelsea College, to Mary, daughter of J. E, Halliday, esq. of Sloane square,

Mr. T. Moxon, jun. of Mincing-lane, to Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. J. H. Brown, of Hingham, Norfolk.

Capt. J. Jackson, 3d regiment Bengal Native Infantry, to Miss M. A. Gossett, of Great George-street.

Geo, Houlton, esq. of Grittleton House, Wiltshire, Captain in the 43d regiment, to Anna Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr. Cruickshank, solicitor, of Lanţa Place.

7. Capt. R. Muten, of the 7th Fusileers, to Fanny, eldest daughter of John O'Neil, esq. of Larch Hill, county of Dublin.

8. Mr. J. W. Adlard, printer, of Dukestreet, Smithfield, to Elizabeth, daughter of E. Roberts, esq. of Grove House, Brix. ton, Surrey.

10. J. E. Pearson, esq. of Sheffield, to Theresa, daughter of John Froggatt, esq. of Worksop, Notts..

C. T. Holcombe, esq. of Hatcham Manor House, to Margaret, daughter of T. P. Cuminins, esq. of Milton, Kent.

11. D. Roxburgh, esq. to Miss Helen Henderson, of Edgware-road.

15. James Anderson, esq. of Montreal, to Mrs. Hewson, of Havering Bower, Essex, Rev. W. C. Smithers, of Greenwich, to Amelia, daughter of Mr. Robert Oldershaw, of Islington.

James Chapman, esq. of Rodney Buildings, to Mrs. Elizabeth Frith, widow.

19. Henry, second son of Thomas Penfold, esq. solicitor, of Croydon, to Miss Mary Wilson, of Great George-street.

The Hon. and Rev. Wm. Eden, to Anna Maria, widow of the late Lord Grey de Ruthyn.

At Leamington, Lieutenant James Manrice Shipton, R. N. son of the Rev. Dr. Shipton, Rector of Porkshead, Vicar of Stanton Bury, and one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Somerset, to Eliza, daughter of Robert Atkins, esq. of Leamington Priors, Warwickshire.

Henry Bankes, esq. to Miss Amelia Fitches.

W. Marshall, esq. of Ardwick, to Ann, daughter of Thomas Miller, esq. of Pres


T. Norris, of Liverpool, M. D. to Eliza, third daughter of Johu Pilkington, esq. OBITUARY,



Jan. 23. At Sidmouth, his Royal Highness the Duke of Kent. The com plaint which so suddenly terminated the life of his Royal Highness was an inflammation of the lungs, with cough, attributed to a neglected cold which he caught from sitting in wet boots after a walk in the environs of Sidmouth with Captain Conroy. In the morning of Thursday the 20th, his Royal Highness was reported to be in imminent danger; but towards the middle of the day be partly recovered, in consequence of a little refreshing sleep which he had been enabled to obtain. Towards evening, however, all the alarming symptoms returned again with increased vebemence, and continued so till towards Saturday morn ing, when a kindly remission of them took place. This, bowever, proved to be only that fatal relief which so com monly occurs before death ensues. Prince Leopold, Captain Conroy, and Generals Weatherall and Moore, were present to afford consolation and support to the Duchess, at the awful and trying event. The Royal Duke bore his afflictions and illness with the greatest composure and resignation. His amiable and afflicted Duchess was mest indefatigable in her attentions upon her departed consort, and performed all the offices of his sick bed, with the most tender and affectionate auxiety. She did not even take off her clothes for five successive nights, and all the medicines were administered by ber own hands. The melancholy event was brought to town on the morning of the 24th by General Moore, who arrived in London at half-past eight o'clock, and drove to Carlton House in a chaise and four. Carlton House was soon after closed, as a token of respect to the demise of the Regent's brother.-- General Moore then proceeded to York House and Clarence House, to communicate the death of their beloved brother to the Dukes of York and Clarence, and the Duchess of Clarence. The General soon after proceeded to Windsor, to communicate the dismal tidings to the Prin


His Royal Highness was the fourth son and fifth child of his Majesty he was born on the 2d of November, 1767, and was consequently in the 53d year of his age. He was educated, in part, under the present Bishop of Salisbury; but in the 18th year of his age went to Germany for the completion of his studies,

and resided successively at Luneburg and Hanover, until October 1787, when he removed, by his Majesty's command, to Geneva, and there remained until he had completed his twenty second year. In January, 1790, his Royal Highness re-visited England, but for a few days only, proceeding immediately, in a mi, litary character, to Gibraltar, whence, in May 1791, he went to Canada. From that station he proceeded, in December 1793, through the United States, to the West Indies, to join the army under the late Lord Grey, and was present at the reduction of St. Lucie on the 4th of April following. At the close of the campaign of 1794, the Duke of Kent, pursuant to his Majesty's commands, returned to British North America, and served at Halifax as Major General till 1796, and as Lieutenant-General till October 1798, when, in consequence of a severe fall from his horse, he was obliged to return to England.

In April 1799, his Royal Highness was created a Peer by the titles of Duke of Kent and Strathern and Earl of Dublin, and obtained a parliamentary establishment adequate to the support of his new dignities. The following month he was promoted to the rank of General in the army, and appointed Commander-inChief in North America, to which destination he proceeded in July; but ill health again obliged him to return, and he arrived in England in the autumn of 1800. In March 1802, his Royal Highness was appointed Governor in Chief of the important fortress of Gibraltar, which office he held till the time of his decease. In May 1802, he went to preside there in person, and exerted himself very laudably to suppress the licentiousness and dissipation of the wine houses, which had been found highly prejudicial to military discipline. These regulations, however, occasioning great dissatisfaction among the soldiery, who proceeded to some acts of violence on the occasion, his Royal Highness was recalled to England in May 1803, where he continued to reside till August 1816, when economical views led him to the Continent. Here he continued, residing principally at Brussels, until May 1818, on the 29th of which month he was married at Cobourg, according to the Lu theran rites, to her Serene Highness Victoria Maria Louisa, youngest daughter of the late reigning Duke of Saxe-Cobourg,

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