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6. This being the Princess Charlotte's birth-day, when her Royal Highness completed her 21st year, the day was celebrated at Claremont, and in London, by her Royal Highness's tradesmen illuminating their houses, and by other rejoicings.
7. The gazette of last night contains an address from the corporation of Dublin to the Prince Regent, thanking, in the warmest terms, his Royal Highness for his munificent contribution of £2000, in aid of the fund for the relief of the labouring classes of that city.
8. The committee for distributing relief to the labouring classes in the city of Edinburgh have now on their list above 1600 persons. The men are employed in working on Leith Walk, at the head of the Links, on the ground at the east side of the Mound, and on the Calton Hill. The subscription amounts to upwards of £6000.
East India House.-A special meeting of proprietors of East India stock was held in Leadenhall Street, to take into further consideration the question of appointing an additional European professor of the oriental languages in their college at Hertford, at a salary of £400, and a further allowance of £100 per annum; when, after a long and animated discussion respecting the character of this establishment, the resolution was put to the vote, and carried in the affirmative.
8. For several hours this morning, the fog throughout the whole of the metropolis was so intense, that candles were used in every shop and counting-house. About twelve o'clock, however, the sun burst out again in all its glory, and a fine summer-like day succeeded.
8. The body of William Pinkerton, smuggler, was found in the Great Canal, at the Plash, near Rockvilla distillery. This man has been missing since the beginning of last month, and when found had a flask of whisky tied to his back.
Singular Occurrence.-On Thursday the 2d instant, the body of a woman was found tied to a boat, near the landingplace of the Royal Hospital at Greenwich, on which an inquest was held before one of the coroners of Kent, when an old man came forward, and swore that the deceased was his daughter, and that she was the wife of Israel Friday, an outpensioner of Greenwich College. He then went into a long account of a quarrel which took place between Friday and his wife the day before the body was found. Other witnesses also swore to the deceased being the daughter of the old man. The coroner thereupon directed diligent search to be made after Friday, the husband. The jury met again on the 10th instant, when the constables reported that they had not been able to find
Friday, but that they had found his wife alive and hearty. The coroner reprimanded the witnesses severely for want of discrimination; but every one allowed that the great likeness there was between the living woman and the deceased might have deceived better judges, particularly as both the women had similar private marks on their arms.
Hawkers. Yesterday John Barlow was examined under the hawker's act, charged with going from house to house, and of fering for sale Cobbett's Political Register, price twopence, the same being unstamped, and he not having a hawker's license. He was convicted in the penalty of £10, and in default to be committed for three months to the house of correction.
9. Inverness. Died at Ardersier, in this vicinity, a gander, well known to have been full grown when the foundation of Fort George was laid, in the year 1748. His helpmate died only two years
Ireland. The Marquis of Londonderry, in addition to his liberal donation to the poor on his Lordship's Derry estate, has advanced £1000 for the purpose of purchasing fuel and provisions, which are to be delivered out to them at very low prices.
10.-Shocking Story.-A melancholy catastrophe took place at Bolsover, in the county of Derby, a few days ago. It appears that a poor woman of the name of Wylde, took the horrid resolution of destroying herself and her four children by poison. The deadly preparation was procured, and the children called up at an early hour in the morning, under the pretence of giving them a medicine for the worms. She administered it to them, and also a considerable quantity to herself, in the presence of her husband. Its deadly effects were soon visible, and terminated in their death, leaving the agonized husband in a state of mind which it would be vain to attempt to describe.
13. Ely. It is with extreme regret we state that a tremendous breach has taken place in the Burnt Fen Bank, near Mr Seaber's, on the river Lark, by which near 15,000 acres of land are inundated.
Melancholy Accident.-A letter from Lochgoilhead, dated the 3d January 1817, to a gentleman in Glasgow, says" On Monday last a boat left this, in order to go to Greenock; when sailing down Lochgoil, they were hailed by a person that wanted to cross; they condescended, and, being upon the lee shore, gave the boat the two sails, which before had but one. Half way over opposite the Waininan, came on a squall, and run the boat down by not relieving the sheets. Eight persons were on board, of which five were drowned, and a sixth died after being got on shore.
Carr Rock. We are sorry," says an Edinburgh paper, "in the space of a few weeks, to have again to notice the fatal effects of a very dangerous reef of rocks, which extend from the shore at Fifeness, fully a mile and a half to seaward, and terminating in Carr Rock. The sloop Janet of St Andrews, forty tons register, Elder master, bound from Alloa, with coals, sprung a leak off the Carr Rock about six o'clock on the evening of the 6th. The crew, finding that the water gained fast upon them, were making to the shore, to run the vessel upon Balcombie Sands, when she unfortunately struck upon one of the outer rocks of the Brigs, near the Carr. The crew immediately took to the boat, and landed in safety. Robert Watson, Lord Kellie's fisherman, who has been resident at Fifeness about sixty years, is enabled, from what he recollects of the shipwrecks at the Carr Rock, to remark, that there has been, in his time, "at least sixty vessels lost upon the Carr for if she missed her mark one year, she is sure to hit twice the year following."
17. A meeting of the advocates for a reform in Parliament, was held at Freemason's Tavern this day, when several resolutions were adopted, expressing the necessity for a constitutional reform in the representation, the abolition of useless offices and unmerited pensions, and a reduction of the military establishment.
IRELAND.-A meeting convened by requisition, took place on the 13th inst. at the Green of Harold's Cross, Dublin, when a respectful address was voted to his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, humbly praying that he would give his royal countenance and support to the measure of parliamentary reform.-Several resolutions were also carried, stating the public distress, and declaring that the object of the meeting was reform, not revolution. A petition to Parliament, founded on the resolutions, was read and adopted.
20-The trial of the rioters for plundering Mr Beckwith's premises on the 2d of December, the day of the first Spafields meeting, commenced this morning at 10 o'clock, at the old Bailey, when John Cashman was found guilty, John Hooper, Richard Gamble, William Gunnel, and John Carpenter, not guilty. Cashman has since been executed. The trial of the other rioters was resumed on the 21st, but none of them were capitally convicted.
22.-The loss of the Mistletoe schooner, tender to the flag-ship at Portsmouth, with all her crew, upon the coast of Sussex, whilst cruising in search of smugglers, can no longer be doubted; she must have foundered in one of the vio
lent gales. It is ascertained that the vessel sunk off Rottingdean is not the Mistletoe, but some merchantman. The officers who have unfortunately perished in her are, Lieut. Wade Blake (commander); Mr J. Duncan, second master; Mr Tully, master's mate; Mr J. Brenham, midshipman; Mr Thomas Kennel, pilot; and thirty-two able seamen and boys.
James Watson, senior, who has attracted so much of public notice, was indicted for having assaulted Joseph Rhodes with a sharp instrument, with which he struck and stabbed him. The jury returned a verdict of acquittal, when several persons below, and in the galleries, gave very indecorous demonstrations of joy.
23. This day a meeting of delegates, from various petitioning bodies in Great Britain for reform in parliament, was held at the Crown and Anchor-Major Cartwright in the chair; when it was resolved, that representation should be coexistent with taxation, and that property ought to form no part of a member of Parliament's qualification-virtue and talents being sufficient.
Common Council.Mr Waithman moved a number of resolutions on the subject of parliamentary reform. These resolutions do not go so far as those of the delegates just mentioned, having for their object "the shortening of the duration of Parliaments, and a fair and equal distribution of the elective franchise to all freeholders, copyholders, and householders paying taxes, with such regulations as would preserve the purity and integrity of the members, and render the House of Commons an efficient organ of the people." The resolutions were carried with not more than ten dissenting voices.
Hatton Garden.Mr Hunt, Mr Cobbett, and the boy, Thomas Dogood, who tore down a posting-bill, entitled, "Mr Hunt hissed out of the city of Bristol," came to this office, when a good deal of conversation passed between the magistrate and Messrs Hunt and Cobbett, respecting the committal of Dogood, and the conduct of the officer, Limbrick, who apprehended him,-which led to no result.
Dreadful Catastrophe.-On Friday evening, the 3d instant, about eleven o'clock, Mr Cobbett, jun. of Kingston, having just retired to rest with his wife, to whom he had been married but a few weeks, put an end to his existence by blowing his brains out with a pistol (of three barrels) which he had previously concealed under his pillow. The horrid circumstance has occasioned his wife to be insensible ever since, and she is not expected to live. Coroner's verdict, Insanity.
Coroner's Inquest.-An inquisition was
taken before Mr Stirling, coroner for Middlesex, upon the body of Mary Ann Golding, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Golding, of No 30, Molineux Street, Mary-le-bone, whose death was occasion ed by the barbarous treatment of her parents. The deceased was only five years age. The jury viewed the body; its appearance was shocking, being covered with marks of violence from the neck downwards to the thigh. The back had several old wounds upon it; the legs were bruised; and the whole frame was emaciated. The evidence taken before the jury disclosed a repetition of acts of brutality on the part of the child's parents, which left no doubt on the minds of the jury, that they had been the cause of her death. After an hour's consultation, the jury returned the following verdict: "The deceased died in convulsions, caused by the cruel treatment of her unnatural parents.' 25.-Johanna Southcote. The delusion at this time practised upon the believers in the predictions and doctrine of the late prophetess, is matter of great astonishment. An interdict arrived at Newark on Sunday, the 19th instant, from a disciple of the conclave at Leeds, inhibiting those of the faith, amongst other things, from attending to their ordinary business during the ensuing eight or nine days; and a manufacturer's shop in that place is at this time entirely deserted, and the business of many small dealers suspended in consequence.
The following letter has been sent by the Secretary of State for the Home De partment to the Lord Lieutenant of the county of Leicester, and, we believe, to the Lords Lieutenants of several other Whitehall, Jan. 11, 1817. My Lord, It being deemed expedient under present circumstances, that the civil power should he strengthened in the county under your Grace's charge, I have to request that you will recommend to the magistrates in the principal towns within the same (in which the measure is not already adopted), to encourage the enrolment of respectable householders, to act, as occasion may require, as special constables for a fixed period of time, not less than three months; and I have farther to request that your Grace will communicate to the commanding officers of the several yeomanry corps within the coun ty of Leicester, the wish of his Majesty's government, that they will hold themselves, and the corps under their respective commands, in a state of preparation to afford prompt assistance to the civil authorities in case of necessity. I have, SIDMOUTH.
The Lord Lieutenant of the County of Liecester.
One of the Leith smacks arrived from London on the 26th instant, having on board nearly forty tons of the new silver
coinage. This valuable cargo, amounting to £300,000, was insured at Lloyd's at the low rate of 10s. 6d. per £100,-a strong proof of the confidence placed in the superior class of Leith smacks.
On Saturday, the 11th January, the inhabitants of New Lanark met in the New Institution, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of presenting an address to Robert Owen, Esq. expressive of their high satisfaction with his conduct, and that of the other proprietors, in introducing various ameliorations in the condition of their community; and more particularly in reducing the time of working in their mills an hour a-day; which regulation took place the first Jan. 1815, the time of labour being from six to seven previously to that date; since which it has been from six to six only. This proposition being unanimously agreed to, a committee was appointed to prepare and present the same. It was then resolved, that the village should be illuminated on the Tuesday evening following, in testimony of their regard for his disinterested conduct in the management of the establishment, and also in commemoration of the purchase of the mills by the present proprietors.
28. Yesterday a third meeting of the reform delegates was held at the King's Arms Tavern, Palace Yard. There were upwards of thirty delegates present, who affected to represent one hundred and ninety towns throughout the kingdom. After some discussion, which brought out nothing new or interesting, it was agreed that those delegates, having petitions to present to Parliament, should assemble this day at three o'clock, in Palace Yard, to put them into the hands of Sir F. Burdett and Lord Cochrane.-The inceting was then finally dissolved.
This being the day fixed for the meeting of Parliament, the Prince Regent left Carlton House at half-past one, and repaired to St James's palace His Royal Highness took his seat in the state carriage accompanied by the Duke of Montrose, master of the horse, and Lord James Murray, a lord in waiting; the other royal attendants followed in other carriages. The procession to the House was not seriously disturbed; some discontented voices mixed their murmurs with the applause of the more loyal, yet there was no such expression of disapprobation as to excite alarm. On the return of the royal procession, the discontent broke out into the most outrageous abuse, and even into acts of violence. The life guards were insulted, and gravel-stones and other missiles were thrown at the royal carriage: between Carlton-house gardens and the stable-yard, one glass of the state coach was struck three times and broken. It appears from the evidence of Lord James
Murray, that his Lordship was inclined to think one or two bullets had been fired at the coach, but no gun or pistol was seen, no smoke appeared, no report was heard, no bullet has been found. As soon as the Prince Regent alighted from the state coach, he informed Sir N. Conant, the magistrate in waiting, of the outrage that had occurred, and the Duke of Montrose was immediately despatched to the office of the home department in search of Lord Sidmouth. The prince, after wait ing at St James's some time for the noble secretary, went in his private carriage to Carlton House; and whether the mob had relented from their malignant violence, or whether the tumultuous part of them had withdrawn to attend their favourite Hunt, his Royal Highness was saluted with huzzas. About the time of these violent proceedings, that is, about half-past two, nearly twenty of Hunt's delegates made a procession by Charing-cross through Parlia ment street, with about half a dozen petitions on rolls of parchment in favour of reform, carried on their arms like muskets, they marching in a military step.-Hunt, it is said, wished the parchments to be unrolled, that the length of them might astonish the passers-by. His myrmidons, however, did not choose to comply with this request; upon which he observed, that he never had to do with such cowardly persons before.
A proclamation was issued on Wednesday morning, the 29th instant, offering £1000 reward for the apprehension of the person or persons guilty of the late treasonable attempt on the life of the Prince Regent.
On the same day, the joint address of congratulation of both Houses of Parliament to the Prince Regent, on his late happy escape, was presented to His Royal Highness at Carlton House, which he reIceived with all the accustomed state seated upon the throne. The attendance of Lords and Commons on this occasion was very numerous headed by the Lord Chancellor and Speaker of the House of Commons. From ten o'clock in the morn. ing till five in the afternoon, Carlton House was crowded with the nobility and gentry of both sexes making their anxious inquiries, and offering their sentiments of congratulation; and addresses from all parts of the country will doubtless be speedily presented on this most interesting public occasion.
31. The livery of London met in Common Hall, and passed some additional resolutions in favour of parliamentary reform; the most important of which was one for triennial Parliaments, which was carried by a large majority against an amendment, by which it was proposed to declare in favour of annual Parliaments.
LORD EXMOUTH.After the adjourn ment of the Common Hall, the Lord May
or proceeded to the Common Council-
After the ceremony, his lordship and his colleagues, accompanied by the Lord Mayors, Sheriffs, and several other members of the corporation, proceeded to Ironmonger's Hall to partake of a banquet prepared for him by the company, who took a peculiar interest in the results of that victory.
The circumstance which rendered that event so interesting to the Ironmonger's Company was, that they are the trustees of an estate of £2000 a year bequeathed many years ago by one of their members, a Mr Betton, who had the misfortune to be captured by a Barbary Corsair, and was several years in slavery, from which he was ultimately ransomed. In memory of his own suffer. ings, and in gratitude for his liberation, he directed that £1000 of the legacy abovenamed should be annually appropriated for the ransom of British captives, who might chance to be enslaved by any of the Barbary States. The company have religiously obeyed the injunctions of the humane testator, and commissioned a re gular agent at Mogadore for the purpose.
IRELAND. The Committee appointed to appropriate the general fund for the relief of the poor of Dublin have determined to give premiums, at the rate of £5 per acre, for the planting of early po tatoes within two miles of the castle of Dublin. The managers of the Cork institution have voted L.700 for the same purpose; the premiums to be distributed under such regulations as the Committee shall see fit.
Desperate Poachers. We had hoped that the determined resistance to well known laws had been confined on this side of the Tweed to the pursuit of the pure spirit of malt; we regret to hear, however, that a desperate affray lately took place on Lord Blantyre's estate near Haddington, betwixt three poachers and his lordship's game After a most de keeper and two assistants. termined resistance, in which shots were exchanged and severe wounds given, (one of the poachers having his arm broken) two out of the three were taken into custody. This was mainly effected by the timely appearance of a countryman at the moment when the depredators had the best of the fight. (EdinTM burgh Courant.)
The most interesting of the other occurrences of this month, which our limits do not permit us to detail, were the severe gales, which have occasioned much damage on different parts of the coast ;-the distressed condition of the labouring classes, partly owing to the last unfavourable harvest and the high price of provisions ;and the unparalleled exertions made in every part of the united kingdom for their relief. The benevolence of the higher orders, while it was never at any former pe riod so extensively displayed, has not been, on the present occasion, alloyed by that
want of reflection which recognised no other mode of relief than by means of pecuniary donations. The practice has been, almost universally, to employ those who were able to work, and to allow them such wages as would save them from want, though at the same time so moderate as to induce them to return to their former habits of independent industry as soon as the demand for labour should revive. Happily, at the moment we are now writing, several of our manufacturing towns begin to resume their former activity; and our prospects are becoming daily less gloomy and doubtful.
COLONIAL PRODUCE.-Sugars have of late been in considerable demand, without much improvement in prices. Muscavados proper for refining have been purchased freely at a small advance. The stocks of Refined Sugars being very small, and considerable orders having arrived from the Continent, this article has a little improved. The sales of Brazil and East India Sugars, lately brought forward, have gone off briskly, at prices a shade higher. Coffee has been in some demand for exportation, though not such as to diminish greatly the superabundant stock of this article, which has for many years past been produced in too large quantity for the consumption. Cottons continue in steady demand, without much variation in prices. In East India descriptions there has been considerable briskness, at an advance of d. to d. per lb. Tobaccos extremely dull, and prices lower. Rums having fallen considerably in price, the exporters were induced to come into the market, and much business has been done in this article. The last Tea sale at the East India House, which finally closed on the 14th ult. proved that the general freedom of trade with every part of Europe to China, and particularly the exertions of the Americans to supplant the English in the European market, have not had the expected effect: for the average prices shewed an advance of 2d. per lb.
EUROPEAN PRODUCE.-In articles from the Baltic, little business is doing, and prices declining. Hemp from £1 to £2 per ton, and Tallow 1s. to 2s. per cwt. Sowing Linseed in considerable demand, and 110s. has been refused. Clover Seeds are also on the advance, and the stock of American very limited: Red 130s. to 140s. per cwt. There has been much briskness in the Provision trade, and prices have advanced. Brandies and Genevas a shade lower in price. The Wine trade with the Cape of Good Hope is increasing, and how may be called extensive. The remission of the duties has effected this; but, at the same time that it renders essential service to that settlement, it gives occasion to the introduction, by fraud, into the Cape, of large quantities of Foreign Wines, which are from thence exported to this country as the native produce, to the great injury of the revenue: the present prices, £28 to £32 per ton. In the demand for the Manufactures of this country, we are happy to announce some improvement, though not yet such as to be very generally felt; still we think the worst is past, and that the late universal depression will in a short time be considerably removed; not, however, that we hope the sanguine expectations of speculators, at the conclusion of the war, can ever be realized. From the most important Continental markets, France and Austria, our manufactures are completely shut out; and other states into which they are admitted, have been for a long time inundated, what with our excessive exports and the produce of native manufactures. The same applies to the North American market; and the present distracted state of South America has much diminished our trade with that important Continent.