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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 batter, 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 raius. We are happy to add no lives were lost, or any material accident occurred. The loss of property is estimated at 200,000/.
An official account of the total weekly amount of Bauk-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 6,621,9901. are under 57.; 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.
PROMOTIONS AND PREFERMENTS.
GAZETTE PROMOTIONS, &c.
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 Ionian Islands.
BREVET.-Capt. Henry Marquis of 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.
Rev. J. Bull, to be Head Master of the Free Grammar School, Clipston, Notts.
Rev. 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 Trinity Coll. Oxford, V. Woburn Bucks, and Tadlow, Cambridgeshire,) Hotton R. Oxfordshire.
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 J. 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,
Robert Espinasse, esq. of the Inner
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, eldest 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 Fadley 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 Loudon 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, 10 Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. J. H. Brown, of Hingham, Norfolk.
Capt. J. Jackson, 3d regiment Bengal Native Infantry, to Miss M. A. Gossett, pf 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 Laura Place.
7. Capt. R. Muten, of the 7th Fugleers, 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 Jonn 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, War
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,
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE EDWARD, DUKE OF KENT AND STRATHERN.
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 inflam mation 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 vehemence, 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 commonly 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 most indefatigable in her attentions upon her departed consort, and performed all the offices of his sick bed, with the most tender and affectionate anxiety. She did not even take off her clothes for five successive nights, and all the medicines were administered by ber own bands. 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, bis 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,
bourg, widow of his late Serene Highness the Prince of Leiningen, and sister of his Royal Highnes the Prince of SaxeCobourg, the chosen husband of our much-lamented Princess Charlotte. The Royal Pair, shortly after the solemnity, arrived in England, and were re-married, according to the rites of the English Church, at Kew Palace, on the 11th of July 1818. Persevering in the economical plan which he had laid down before his marriage, the Duke, a few weeks after this second ceremony, returned with his royal bride to Amorbach, the residence of the Duke of Leiningen, which the Duchess, who was left by the will of her late husband guardian of her son (a minor) and Regent of the Principality during his minority, had occupied as her residence during her minority. It was during their Royal Highnesses' retirement at this spot, that the Duchess proved to be pregnant; and as her Royal Highness fully concurred in the senti ments entertained by her illustrious con'sort, as an Englishman, that her child ought to draw its first breath on English ground, they both revisited this country, where the Duchess gave birth to a daughter named Alexandrina Victoria, who was born at Kensington Palace on the 24th of May 1819. His Royal Highness, a very weeks ago, took his Duchess and their lovely offspring into Devonshire, to give them the benefit of its purer air and milder climate; but unhappily fell himself a victim to a sudden attack of pulmonary inflammation, produced by accidental cold. At the time of his death, besides the offices and dignities we have already enumerated, his Royal Highness was invested with those of a Knight of the Garter, Thistle, and St. Patrick, a Knight Grand Cross of the Bath, Keeper and Paler of Hampton Court Park, Co lonel of the Royal Scots Regiment of Foot, and since the year 1805, a Field Marshal in the Army.
The public are too well acquainted with the zealous benevolence of the Duke of Kent to render it necessary that we should call to their remembrance the many noble instances of that virtue which he displayed. Scarcely a public charity in the Metropolis was known to him to exist, which did not, in one way or other, derive benefit from his ready patronage. To most he contributed, and over many he presided, delivering his sentiments on all public occasions with a dignity and propriety rarely to be met with. His Royal Highness was eminently distinguished as a man of business, carrying on an extensive correspondence, both on charitable and other concerns, with his own hand, and writing
with an ease and elegance seldom equalled. Nor did his Royal Highness's private virtues less endear him to his family, and his numerous friends. His loss to society in general may truly be said to be great indeed.
FRANCES THOMASINE COUNTESS
Dec. 30. At the Phoenix Park, Dublin, Frances-Thomasine Countess Talbot, in her 38th year. Her Ladyship's disorder was an inflammation of the bowels. The rapidity of the progress of this dreadful visitation left scarcely a pause between alarm and despair. On Tuesday her complaint assumed a character of danger, and on Wednesday her Excellency's state was such as to preclude all hope of recovery.
Her Excellency was the daughter of Charles Lambert, esq. and sister of Gustavus Lambert, esq. of Beaupark, in the county of Meath. She was nearly connected with the Earl of Cavan, and her mother was the Hon. Miss Dutton, of Sherborne in Gloucestershire, sister to James Lord Sherborne. She was married on the 20th of August, 1800, to the Right hon. Earl Talbot, Viscount Ingestrie, the heir apparent to the Noble House, was born the 11th of July, 1802.
This illustrious Lady, the consort of the Nobleman who acts as the Representative of Royalty in that part of the United Kingdom, was regarded with the most affectionate veneration by the whole Irish People. She was their country-woman, their benefactress, the patroness of every useful undertaking, the courteous and hospitable exemplar of female dignity and worth. To these public claims on respect, she added domestic virtues, which to the circle of her private friends endeared her still more while living, and rendered the stroke of her death tenfold more painful. It would be vain to attempt describing the grief, in which this sudden calamity has involved a tender husband, or a fond and numerous offspring. The best consolation of their sorrows will be, the remembrance of her virtues; and these are unaffectedly but powerfully sketched in the following extract from a Dublin paper: "Her's was no common excellence. It was not in the pomp of grandeur and the parade of Courts that the Countess Talbot sought the felicities of our being. It was not to the gay scenes of the world, or to the splendour of her station that she looked for happiness. No. Though brightly and conspicuously she adorned the circle of the great; though affably and cheerfully she communicated delight to all