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Lucifer's new Row-Barge for First-Rate Passengers (Page 1)
Date of Article: 13/05/1721
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OR, British Gazetteer. satuRdAy MAY 13 1721 Lucifer's new Row- Barge for First- Rate Passengers. Become a proud Director, and at last, Be bound to render what you got so fast. Perhaps be punish'd, when your All is lost, With Gallows, Pillory, or Whipping Post : Or if you save your Gold, be doom'd to float, To H— ll, in this infernal Ferry Boat; Built at the Devil's Cost, now Stock is low, To waft Directors downwards, downwards, ho. i) Q Sift, Go on, Vile Traytors ! glory in your Sins, And grow profusely Rich, by wicked Means Ruin your Country for your own By- Ends. Cozen your Neighbours, and delude your Friends; Despise Religion redicule her Rules, And laugh at Conscience, as the Guide of Fools : Impov'rish, Thousands by some Publick Fraud, And worship Int'rest as your only God : Thus may you gain, in time, a South Sea Coach, And ride thro' London, loaded with Reproach :' Except none. Cheat all. shew no Remorse of Conscience. I am thy faithfull Cashier MY HORSE EATS GOLD 26 thou hast taken usury, thou hast gained of thy Neighbours by extortion, Behold therefore I haVe smitten my Hand at thy dishonest Gain, & c. my heart is Zealous for my countrys Ruin To the Publisher of the British- Gazetteer. SIR IN this ripen'd Age Modesty appears to be one of those useless Properties which People are asham'd to keep in Countenance, whilst its Opposite, [ whose proper Name shou'd be call'd Influence, but genteely christen'd a handsome Assurance) is look'd upon and practic'd, as a very thriving Quality. Among the rest of Mankind, in whom this happy Talent is most Conspicious, the Writers that now flourish, seem to assume to themselves the largest Share, who are so impatient of Commenda- tion, that rather than wait the common Methods of having it duly confer'd by the Publick, will make use of their own ; so very unnecessary is Modesty, in the way of Aggrandizing a Man's Character. We meet with frequent Instances of this kind ; and there is scarce an Author so wretched who has not something to alledge in behalf of his own dear Person and Writings We allow Cato to be a very great Writer, and the Prince of News Writers, but Cato, might have forebore seating himself on the Throne, and as Wit is an Elective Monarchy, have waited the Decision of a fair Choice : But to shew himself a true Monarch of his own making, he claps his Foot upon the Neck of his Contemporaries, and very tyrannically reats'em with the becoming Name of four Vermin: This in a less dignify'd Person than the great Cato, wou'd have been call'd Arrogance, but in him, it is a noble heat of Temper, impatient of the least Re- proof. Since then Cato has declar'd himself the Monarch of Scriblers, the Sun, upon whom others are not sit to gaze, That we may treat this Prince with due Respect, we humbly desire, you will be the happy means of pro- curing our Addresses to reach his Royal Hands. Let Prince Cato know, That there never was yet so mean a Scribler, but if he bent his Genius to Censure and Reproach his Prince, and make free with his Court and Ministry, & c. his Handyworks always met with Esteem and Success; and that he will always find his Profit and Reputation proportionable to his Scandal. Let him know, with humble Submission, that till the late ferment of the People afforded him the happy op- portunity of shewing his wond'rous Talents, his Works, ( tho' publish'd for near a Year before) were scarce ever so much as heard of, farther than his signifying it to the Publick by the common Method of Advertiseing ; and, that as soon as this opportunity is lost, he will probably return to his old Standard, and grovel with the rest of the Vermin that crawl Weekly, or Daily from the Press. I do not speak this of Prince Cato, or his Court, but of the Swarm of Vermin and Hirelings, that subsist upon the Excrements of his Lucubrations. Let him know, that since the World has found him out to be writing Seditiously, Atheistically, & c. his Re- putation begins to dwindle, and that he wou'd do well, to call his Subject Publishers and Hawkers together, and Enquire into the decay of his Revenue. Let him know, that whilst he is railing at Peoples being Skreen'd, & c. He durst not proceed as he do's without writing under the Umbrage of four or five Great Skreens. Cato, like a true Prince, believes himself unaccounta ble for any thing he says -- and happy is it for that Prince, or Person, who can interpret for himself. Cato, having Ironically traduc'd the King in several Places, calls it, a real and unfeignd Encomium upon His Majesty. Cato having, either directly, or indirectly, in almost every Paper, slander'd His Majesty's Ministers, calls it, doing Justice to their Abilitys and Honesty Cato, in a most manifest Blunder, having arraign'd His Majesty's Conduct, in not bringing over the Heir Apparent to the Crown to have him bred amongst us, & c. that at his Accession to the Throne, he may not be engross'd, and be set by Foreigners, who will always be in the Interest of another Country, and consequently will be attempting to mislead him into Measures mischievious, to his Kingdom, and advan- tageous to themselves, or their own Nation : Means no more ' by this manifest Reflection, than to pay a Civility to the ' Foreigners at St. James's, and to compliment His Ma- ' jesty by insinuating a Parallel. ' Cato having shewn the dreadfulness of popular Insur- ' rections and Fury, on purpose to terrify the Government ' by way of Example, and to let the People see their own ' strength, as well as know the present opportunity, is very unwilling to let this pass under its true Name, stirring up the Populace to Sedition and Rebellion, Cato in one Paper having us'd the Words Tyranny and Tyrant, little less than a hundred times, with some in- vidious Applications, is very angry that it shou'd be taken, for intending to favour the Notions of a Common- wealth. Cato representing that the Part we took in the late War between the Emperor and Spain as detrimental to England, by his Princely Authority, commands us to in- terpret it as a civil Compliment to the King and His Ministers Cato being tax'd in one Place, to be a bigotted Presbite- rian, and in another for a flaming Jacobite, may be consist- ent, from the great latitude he takes, in writing some- times like a Republican, and sometimes like a Jacobite, whose Praises he has shar'd alternately. In fine, Cato having almost writ himself out of Breath, is now like an old peevish Pthysicky Fellow, that does not care to be told of his Distemper. I am, & c. Mr READ, IDesire you will give me leave to recommend to you, at this time, the following Passage out of Mr. Pope's Homer in the 2d Book of the Iliads The Story is this There was at this time a great Ferment and Disorder in the Grecian Camp, much discourag'd by the Absence of Achilles the late Plague, as well as by the length of the Siege, insomuch that the Grecians were running to their Ships in Confusion. This gave oppor- tunity to Thersites an insolent clamourous Fellow to shew his Talent of Wit and Railery; one who held his Supe- riours in Contempt, and had a particular hatred to Achilles and Ulysses The Passage is as follows, in which the Reader may observe, that all the fine Strokes he makes use of in that part of his Speech, address'd to the King, are only manifest Irony, which as you ob- serv'd in one of yours, is cutting a Mans Throat with a feather. C , THersites only clamour'd in the Throng, Loquacious, loud, and turbulent of Tongue. Aw'd by no Shame, by no Respect controul'd, In Scandal busy, in Reproaches bold: With Witty Malice studious to defame, Scorn all his Joy, and Laughter all his Aim. But chief he gloried with Licentious style, To lash the Great, and Monarchs to revile. Spleen to Mankind, his envious Heart possest, And much he hated all, but most the best. t Ulysses and Achilles, still his Theme, But rival Scandal his Delight Supreme ; Long had he liv'd the Scorn of every Greek,' Vex'd when he Spoke, yet still they heard him Speak, Sharp was his Voice ; which in the Shrillest Tone, Thus with injurious Taunts attack'd the Throne. ' Amidst the Glories of so bright a Reign ? ' What moves the great Atrides to complain ; ' ' Tis thine whate'er the Warriors Breast inflames, ' The golden Spoil, and thine the lovely Dames. ' With all the Wealth our Wars and Blood bestow, ' Thy Tents are crowded, and thy Chests or'e flow, ' That at full Ease, in heaps of Riches roll'd, What grieves the Monarch ? Is it thirst of Gold ? Say, shall we march with our unconquer'd Pow'rs, ' ( The Greeks and I) to Ilions hostile Tow'rs. ' And bring the Race of Royal Bastards here, ' For Troy to ransome at a Price too dear ? ' But safer Plunder thy own Host Supplies, ' Say, wou'd ' st thoH Sieze some valiant Leaders Prize? ( Or if thy Heart to gen'rous Love be led, , Some Captive fair to bless thy Kingly Bed ! ( Whate'er our Master Craves, submit we must, ( Plagu'd with his Pride, or punish'd for his Lust, Oh Women of Achaia , Men no more ! ' Hence let us fly, and let him waft his store; < In Loves and Pleasures on the Phrygian shore: ( We may be wanted on some busie Day, , When Hector comes — so great Achilles may : , from him he forc'd the Prize we jointly gave, < from him the fierce the fearless, and the Brave and durst he as he ought, resent that wrong, This mighty Tyrant were no Tyrant long. Fierce from his Seat, at this Ulisses Springs, In gen'rous Vengeance of the King of Kings; With With Indignation Sparkling in his Eyes, He views the Wretch, and sternly thus replies; ' Peace factious monster, born to vex the State, ' With wrangling Talents, form'd for foul Debate : • Curb that impetuous Tongue, nor rashly vain, ' And singly mad, asperse the Sov'raign Reign : ' HaVe we not known thee, Slave of all our Host, • The Man who Acts the least, upbraids the most ? ' Think not the Greeks so shameful flight to bring, Nor let those Lips profane the Name of King : ' For our return we trust to heav'nly Pow'rs, ' Be that their Care, to fight like Men be ours. ' But grant the Hoft with Wealth the gen'ral Load, ' Except Detraction what hast thou bestow'd ? ' Gods let me perish on this hateful Shore, ' And let these Eves behold my Son no more ; ' If on thy next Offence this Hand forbear, • To strip those Arms thou ill deserv'st to wear, ' Expel the Council where our Princes meet, ' And send thee scourg'd and howling thro' the Fleet. He said, & c. While to his Neighbour each express'd his Thought, Ye Gods what wonder has Ulysses wrought: What fruit is his Conduct and his Courage yield, Great in the Council, glorious in the Field, Gen'rous he rises in the Crown's defence, To curb the factious Tongue of Insolence ; Such just Examples, on Offenders shewn, Sedition, silence, and assert the Throne. The Continuation of the Trial of Archbishop Laud. Saturday, March 16, 1643- His Grace appear'd at the Lord's Bar again ; but there having been some strict Charge given to look to the Tower since his Grace appear'd last, his Solicitor had not been permitted to come to him ; whereupon he mov'd that his Hearing might be put off, and his Sollicitor permit- ted to come to him, to enable him to proceed in his Defence, which was granted, and the Hearing was put off till the Monday following. Monday, March 18, 1643. The first thing the Bishop was charg'd with, was the caus- ing certain Houses about St. Paul's to be demolish'd ; and his Diary was produc'd as Evidence against him, wherein he had express'd some Design of getting that antient Fabrick repair'd : And three Orders of Council were produc'd for compounding with the Tenants, and pulling down their Houses if they refus'd to com- pound. His Grace answer'd, That when he came to the Bishoprick of London, he thought himself oblig'd to endeavour the Repair of that Church, which was then ready to sink into its Ruins; and especially the Body of it, which, by the local Statutes, the Bishop waS to re- pair, while he enjoy'd the Lands which belong'd to that Church, and which very well enabled him so to do, till some sacrilegious Hands despoil'd that Bishoprick of them. As to the demolishing the Houses, they were built upon the Church yard, which was consecrated Ground, and so near the Church, that it was impractica- ble to repair it till they were pull'd down; and that it cost eight or 9000 1. to compound with the Inhabitants for taking down these Houses, tho' they had no Right to stand there : The next Thing his Grace was charg'd with Was, That_ his Hand was to an Order of Council; That within six Months all the Goldsmiths should provide them Shops in Cheapfide and Lombard street, and no where else, till those Shops were fill'd ; and one Mr. Bartley was produc'd as a Witness against his Grace, whose House was taken from him by the Lord Mayor, by vertue of an Order of Council directed to him ; who attested also that he was imprison'd six Months, and had recover'd six Hundred Pounds Damage of the said Lord Mayor. His Grace answer'd, That if any were put out of their Houses who dwelt among the Goldsmiths ( as this Stationer did) by Order of Council, it was not to be imputed to him, and was very far from High Treason: And whereas he was charg'd with saying, in this Case, That the Council- Board was not so weak but it might Command such Things; he does not know whether he said so then ; but he thought the Council Table must be C - 1917 ) Very weak indeed, if it could not command in Things of Decency, and which concern'd the Safety of the Sub- ject, where there was no Law to the contrary. That those Streets were antiently appropriated to the Goldsmiths ; and it did not only add to the Beauty of the City to have them plac'd together in those Streets, but when Plate was lost, it would be more easily found, than if they were suffer'd to keep their Shops in every By place about the City. , The next thing insisted on, was his Grace's having forc'd some People to lend Money to the Church of St. Paul's; but this Article was drop'd. Then he was charg'd, That in a tedious Suit between Rich and Poole, about the Parsonage of North Cerng in Gloucestershire ; the Matter being refer'd to his Grace and the Lord- Keeper Coventry, his Grace trans- acted the whole Business. His Grace said, he had done nothing in this but as the Lord Coventry directed ; and that upon the Hearing, their Judgments being for Poole they certified according- ly, and if the thirteen Lords were not of their Opinion they could not help it, but that they gave it as their Consciences directed, and no Corruption was prov'd against them ; and that afterwards this Cause came into Parliament, and Rich was glad to compound the Mat- ter : However, he did not see any thing in this Matter that look'd like Treason. The next thing was the imprisoning one Foxlie about Popish Books, and tendring him the Oath ex Officio: And Foxlie aver'd the principal Cause of imprisoning him, was because he insisted on naming Feoffees for certain Impropriations, and the Business of Popish Books was but a Pretence ; and that his Grace's Hand was first to the Order of Council. To this his Grace answer'd, He was sure the Business of the Feoffment was never mention'd to him; and as for tendring the Oath ex Officio, it was the usual Pro- ceeding of that Court ; and that as to his Grace's Hand being first to the Order for his Commitment, it was al- ways first to an Order of Council where it was set at all ; and that this being an Order of the Council ought not to be attributed to him ; however, there was no Treason in it. Then Mr. Vassal's Imprisonment by the Council- Board was laid to his Charge ; for that Mr. Vassal at- tested that he conceiv'd he was the Author of it ; and that his Grace xaid on that Occasion, Why do we sit here if we be not able to judge ? and that he did eat the Bread out of the King's Childrens Mouths ; and that if he were in another Country be would he hang'd for it. That he was forc'd to make a Deposit of 300 I. and that his Grace call'd him Sirrah. His Grace answer'd, That Mr. Vassal's conceiving him the Occasion of his Imprisonment, was no Proof of it; that it was no Crime to say they might judge of Things proper for them to judge of, tho' he did not remember the Expression, no more than the other, that he did eat the Bread, & c. and if he did say so,, it was not Treason, and for the rest he hop'd he should not be held to be the Author of all that pass'd at the Council Board. That his projecting to give the Ministers of London some Assistance, as to the Tithes, was charg'd upon him j and for this his Diary was produc'd as Evidence against him. To this his Grace answer'd, That being their Bishop, he should have been to blame if he had not thought cf ir, for that their Case was very hard, all their Offerings being shrunk into a poor Easter Book ; and all that he had done in this Business, was to sollicit the Citizens vo- luntarily to yield some reasonable Addition, where Right and Need appear'd ; and that Mr. Moss, who was the Witnefs against him, only said, that he press'd the bUsiness much and often. Nex he was charg'd with being the Occasion of the Censor of Burton, Prynn, and Bastwick, in the Star Chamber : And to prove this, one Cockshot, Servant to Mr. Attorney Banks, depos'd, his Master sent him to his Grace to give him an Account of the Business. His Grace said, this might have had an appearance of Proof, if he had sent to Mr. Attorney about it ; and yet considering what Relation their Cause had to the Church, even that had been no great Crime. To be continued. —— ' Last Last Week they were drawing out at the S. Sea House the Names of several Borrowers on Stock, and of the Persons that Transferr'd the Stock, specifying the Sums borrow'd, and the Time when lent, and what Stock pledg'd for Security. And the Court of Directors have order'd, that at the transferring Stock for the future, no mentioning of any Trust, shall be allow'd, and that no Person acting as a Broker, shall continue in their Ser- vice. . By a Letter from Boston. near Feversham in Kent, we hear that on Friday, the 38th of April, between One and Two in the Morning, an Earthquake was very sensi- bly perceived in those Part, especially at St. Martin's. Hill in Canterbury. An English Gentleman, now a Student at Leyden, writes, that M. Loane, the Burgo- Master's Son, as he was lately returning to his Father's House in the Night. Time, was set upon by Four Robbers, who after having taken his Gold Watch, and what Money he had about him, flung him into a Canal, and kept his Body down with Poles, till he was drowned. On Wednesday 7- Night the Prince of Baden Dou- rach, arriv'd here from Holland on board the Mary Yacht, and was the next Day at St. James's to wait on His Majesty ; and likewise to visit the Prince at Lei- cester- House. Some Days since died Capr. Campbel, formerly Com- mander of his Majesty's Ship the Dunbarton- Castle ; as did likewise Mr. Cholmley, an eminent Merchant of 1518 ) Liberty of Westminster, are to execute their Bonds of Security to the Government ; upon which Notice was given to the several Collectors of the Publick Money in the said Places, to pay the same into their Hands. We hear, Major Mackintosh, who has been some time a Prisoner in Newgate, will be brought up to the King's- Bench Bar this Term, in order to his being Bail'd. We hear, the following Gentlemen are named for Commissioners for selling the confiscated Estates of the late South Sea Director, viz. Sir John Eyles, Mr. Rudge, Sir Thomas Cross, Mr. Lade, Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Halsey, Mr. Hudson, Mr. Lant. Robert Dale, Esq; is created Richmond Herald, in the room of Mr. Hare, deceased They write from Newport Pagnal, that Captain Whitwrong, a Half- Pay Officer, kill'd a Player there, and is fled. The Lord Lesly is set out to his Post in Scotland, be. ing Lieutenant Colonel to General Maccartney's Regti- ment of Foot. Dr. Altham, Archdeacon of Middlesex, Dr. King, of Chelsea, and Mr. Blome, Rector of St. Clement Danes, waited, on Monday, on the Earl of Nottingham, to re- turn him Thanks of the Clergy of Middlesex for his Defence of the Eternity of the Son of God, in his late Answer to Mr. Whiston. We hear His Royal Highness will go, next Monday Night, to the Theatre- Royal, where will be acted a Play called, the Humorous Lieutenant, for the Benefit of Mr. this City ; and Mrs. leigh, Wife of Mr. Leigh late a Commissioner of the Victualling Office. Thomas Lechmere, Esq; Brother of Nicholas Lech- mere, Esq; is appointed Surveyor- General of the Customs, for the North Continent of America, in the room of Caleb Heathcote, Esq; Brother of Sir Gilbert Heathcote, who lately died at New- York Letters from Majorca of April 20. say, the that Rains fallen in that island for many Days together have caus'd so great an Innundation, that the oldest Inhabitant ne- never saw any thing like it; particularly towards the Mountains on the Side of the town of silva, where a vast Quantity of Water, that was got together in a Valley, and found no Passage out, caus'd on the 24th of March several Earthquakes ; insomuch that some Hills in the Neighbourhood of that Place were seen to rise and sink again three several Times; the Trees were thrown up by the Roots, and the Rocks and some Build- ings overturn'd At the Time when these Motions were observ'd, a rumbling Noise was heard as of a Hur- ricane, which made them fear that the whole Island was about to be swallow'd up, till they saw the Waters rushing out, which removed their Fears, and brought them to themselves again When the Lord High- Chancellor, in Pursuance of His Majesty's Command for that Purpose, called together His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Middlesex, and City and Liberty of Westminster ; who attended his Lordship to the Number of one Hundred and upwards, he was pleas'd, in His Majesty's Name, and in the most earnest and effectual Manner, strictly to enjoin them, and every of them, to make the most diligent and careful Enquiry and Search for the Disco- very of the scandalous Clubs or Societies mentioned in His Majesty's Order already published ; and also duly to execute their Office in detecting and prosecuting with Vigour, all Profaneness, Immorality, and Debauchery : And the Justices for the said City and Liberty being throughly sensible of the high Obligations they lie un- der, and being accordingly firmly resolved to act in the Discovery and Punishment of the Premisses with a Vi- gour and Resolution becoming so important an Occasion, and where the Honour of Almighty God is so imme- diately concerned, appointed a General Meeting Yester- day the 12th Instant, to act in Pursuance of the said Order. The Justices of the Peace for the County of Middle- sex met on Thursday the i ith of this Instant, at Hick's Hall, in order to consider of some proper Me- thod to suppress the said wicked Clubs or Societies, and to put a Stop to all manner of Vice and Immorality, and Profaneness. Tuesday last Sir George Ludlam, Knt. Receiver- General for the City of London, and Josiah Diston, Esq; Rccei- ver General for the County of Middlesex and City and Boman. Last Saturday, a Regimental- Court- Martial was held at the Tilt Yard, Whitehall, several Soldiers of the Foot- Guards were sentenc'd to be whipt for divers Mis- demeanors. The young Princess Carolina continues indispos'd of a Fever, but is look'd on to be quite out of Danger - However, the Guards mount at St. James's without Beat of Drum. & c. We hear, the Commission granted Robert Gordon of Haugh, Esq; for keeping the Highlanders In Subjection, with a certain Sum per Annum, for the Service, is re- Vok'd. Mr Phillips is appointed to succeed Mr Godfrey as eldest Gentleman Usher, Quarter Waiter to his Ma- jesty , in which Station the latter had continued all the three last Reigns We hear that the Right Honourable Robert Walpole, Esq; is to be created Viscounr Walsingham. This Day the Dukes of Wharton and Argyle, the Earls of Litchfield and Cowper, the Lords Gower, and Fermannagh, Sir William Wyndham, Mountague- Ger- rard Drake, Esq; & c. go to the Duke of Wharton's Seat at Winchendon, in Bucks, where after some Coun- try Diversions, as Cocking, See. they set out with the said Duke to his Seat at Richmond in Yorkshire. The running Footman of the Earl of Inchiqueen ; s match'd to run against the running Footman of the Right Honurable Conyers D'Arcie, Esq; from Hide Park Corner to Chesden House, the Earl of Orkney's Seat, in Buckinghamshire, for a considerable Wager. Some Days ago, a Silk Dyer's Apprentice in New Street, near Covent Garden, broke into a Distiller's at the Top of the House, got down into the Shop, and took all the Money out of the Drawers, and carried it into the Vault; and going back again into a Room, a Gentleman happen'd to hear him, ask'd who was there; the young Man not answering, the Gentleman leaped out of the Bed, and swore that he would Stab him ; with that he desir'd him not, and told him who he was, so the Gentleman lock'd the Door, call'd the Watch man, and took him to the Round House. The Coroners Inquest having sat on the Body of James Herbert, Esq; late Member of Parliament for the County of Oxford, brought in their Verdict, Non Compos Mentis Great Preparations are making against the King's Birth Day, which we hear will be kept this Year at Kensington. Upon a Representation from the Commissioners of the Customs His Majesty has been pleas'd in Council to issue his Order for apprehending Jacob Walter, a noto- rious Owler, and sometime ago Prisoner in the Fleet, as also Thomas Bigg a noted Smuglar, who were risqu'd from the Officers of the Customs at Lydd in Kent in March March last ; with the Reward if 40l. for each of them, at also the same Reward for any others who assisted in making their Escapes upon their being Convicted. The same Day the Rt. Hon the House of Lords heard Council on a Cause between the Duke of Marlborough, Appellant, and Mr. Strong, senior and junior, Respon- dent', and order'd a further Hearing another Time. On Sunday Night there was a General Council at St. James's, wherein his Grace John Duke of Rutland, was sworn in Lord Lieutenant of the County of Leicester in the room of his Father, We hear Mr. Huggins, Warden of the Fleet, is ex- treamly busy in managing the Affairs of the Heirs and Executors of the late Post Master General Craggs, in relation to those Parts as concern the refunding the old Gentleman's Estate. Thomas Vernon, Esq; was last Monday expell'd the Honourable House of Commons,, for attempting to corrupt General Ross, one of the Committee of Secrecy, on Mr. Aislabie's Account; and the House voted Thanks to General Ross for his Information. Last Monday the Lady Lansdowne landed at Dover, from Calais, and arriv'd the next Day in Town. A Ship belonging to the South- Sea Company is arri- ved at Cadiz, from Buenos Ayres, laden with Hides. The Hon. Mr Coke, His Majesty's Vice- Chamberlain, who has been ill at Cranford, is much better. Letters from Paris say, that on the 1 yth, an extraordinary- Courier arrived from Rome, with Letters to the Arch- bishop of Cambray, who immediately went to acquaint the King, that on the 8th Instant Cardinal Conti was elected - Pope by the general Consent and Approbation of the Sacred College, and with the Ceremonies usual on such Occasions ; and that he has taken upon himself the Name of Innocent XIII , and is 66 Years of Age. . The Archbishop went likewise to inform the Nuncio of this News, but he being out of Town, at a Place six Leagues from this City, a Courier was instantly dispatched with the Account of it : And on the 16th Instant, he acquainted all the Cardinals who are here, as also some Archbishops and Bishops, and the chief of the Nobility. Mr. William Law was brought from the Bastile on the 14th instant, and conveyed to Versailles, to be present at the taking off the Seals that had been fixt upon private Drawers and Escrutores in his House. HiS Majesty hath been pleased to order the Sum of IOOOI. for advancing the Salaries of the several Officers belonging to the Robes Anthony Duncomb, Esq; is elected Member of Par- liament for the City of Salisbury, in the room of Francis Swanton, Esq; deceas'd. The 2d, 3d, and 4th Money- Subscriptions are tO be reduc'd to 300. Thursday 7 Night a Suit of Law, which has been long depending between Dr. Bennet, Vicar of Giles's Cripple- gate, and his Parishioners, was dctermin'd in Favour of the latter. The Spanish Ambassador has hired a House here, which is that the French Ambassadour formerly resided at, so that ' tis taken for granted he designs to continue here. On Saturday last the Right Honourable the Lord Chancellor made considerable Alterations in the Com- mission of the Peace for Middlesex and Westminster, leaving out several that were before in Commission, chiefly for not acting, and nominating others in their Room. Thursday last Thomas Vincent, junior, was committed to Newgate for the Murder of Mr. Holden, for which Thomas Vincent. senior, the Gardiner at Hammersmith, was try'd last Sessions, and found guilty of Manslaugh- ter. The same Day John Grigsby, Gent, in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending the Honourable House of Commons, having given Security pursuant to the late Act of Parliament, was order'd to be discharg'd paying his Fees. We hear Frances Tilney, Esq; stands Candidate for the Borough of Whitchurch in rhe room of Thomas Vernon. Esq; Expell'd the House, who ' tis said, will oppose him On Tuesday last, the Dukes of Marlborough, Rich- mond, Montross and Roxburgh, the Earls of Hadding- town and Dunbarton, and the Lord Forrester, went to the Court of Chancery, and took the Oaths to qualify them to vote by their Proxies at the ensuing Election, at Holyrood House in Edinburgh, of a Peer to sit in this present Parliament; in the Room of the late Marquis of Anandale: The two former having a Vote, by Virtue Of their Scotch Titles, viz the Duke of Marlborough, as Baron of Aymouth, and the Duke of Richmond, as Duke of Lenox. And we hear, that most of the other Scotch Peers that are in this City had qualified them- selves before. Last Thursday about Two in the Afternoon a fire broke out at a Turpentine House in Wood's close the upper End of St. John's street, Clerkenwell, which soon consum'd the said House and some Warehouses or Out- houses adjoining. Some time ago one Mr. Lester, Victualler, at the PeW- ter pot in Spittle Fields, was carry'd before Justice Til- lyard in Spittle yard and by him bound over to the next Sessions at Guildhall, for openly cursing his Majesty King GEORGE, at a publick House in Fenchurch- Street, on the 13d of April last being the Day of Queen Anne's Coronation. This Person seems the more inex- cusable, as being a Marshal of the Red Regiment of the City Trained Bands, and one of the Stewards of the Charity Children of Spittle Fields Hamlets. Letters from Brussels say Mr Leathes, the British Resident, in the Memorial he presented to the Marquis de Prie, demanding the Surrender of Mr Knight, set forth, That Knight, instead of meriting an Asylum and Protection, had by the most scandalous Practices, and the most flagrant Crimes that ever were heard of, ren- der'd himself a Publick Offender, and an Enemy to Man- kind ; so that he can claim no common Right to the Privileges of any Nation in the World be they never so tender; which could never be granted with a Design to Protect Miscreants, but to maintain the Subjects in the Enjoyment of their Liberties : That it can not be doubted but the Privileges confirm'd in Article XVII of the Joyful Entry of Brabant, were granted with the latter View ; and that if they were to be expended far- ther, infinite Absurdities would derive from them, to the irrecoverable Prejudice of the neighbouring Nations; in regard Brabant by the Latitude of its Privileges, would in that case become a Refuge for Criminals of all degrees; which would be inconsistent with the Friendship and good Understanding between Great. Britain and Austrian Netherlands: That the late Di- rectors of the South Sea Company to acquit themselves of the great Calamities they have brOught upon the Na- tion, pretend their Treasurer Knight is the sole Author of them, as having alone had the Execution of a Scheme of so great Importance without the Restriction, in so far that none but himself can extricate the Parliament out of a Labyrinth of the most abominable Villanies that ever were acted upon the Stage of the world Ne- vertheless, by what we can learn, the States of Brabant persist in their Resolution, not to consent to the Surren- der of Mr. Knight. We have Accounts from Petersburg, that Part of the Russian Fleet is to make a Descent in Swe- den, and that the rest of it will be employ'd to support the Troops that are to march into the Swedish Pome- rania, by the Way of Poland and Prussia ' Tis even apprehended, that those Troops will make an Invasion into the Electorate of Hanover, to endeavour to possess themselves of Bremen and Verden for the Duke of Hol- stein, as an Equivalent for the Dutchy of Sleswick Our Letters from Riga of the 24th past confirm, that the Czar has given that Duke a Guard of 40 Grenadiers ; and that M Westphalen, Minister of Denmark, arriv'd there on the 23d. We hear that last Saturday Morning the Prince and Princess receiv'd a Pacquet from Hanover, wherein was contained a Congratulatory Letter from Prince Frederic, upon the Birth of the young Prince his Brother, and another to the K: ng on the same Account; which his Majesty and their Royal Highnesses were pleased to ac- cept as an extraordinary Mark of their Sons Duty and Affection Letters from Hanover say, that, on the 6th inst Prince Frederick gave a noble Entertainment, which was follow'd by a Ball, on account of the Birth of the Prince his Brother. The two Jews, the Bankers, who have hi- therto been confin'd in their Houses, were the same Evening Evening carry'd to Prison : ' Tis said they will be put to the Torture, because they will confess nothing, tho' they have been discover'd to be guilty of several Misde- meanors ; and to have form'd a Design of going off with 100,000 Crowns. On Advice that the Czar de- signs to attack the Swedish Pomerania, both by sea and Land, our Regency have order'd some troops to march that Way the 22d of this Month. The Landgrave of Hesse- Cassel has given the like orders to some of his Troops and some of those of Wolfenbuttle are t0 march into Mecklembourg. Letters from Copenhagen say, that about Seven o' Clock the Evening before last, the English Fleet under Sir John Norris came to an Anchor in our Road, and was yesterday reinforced by four Men of War from Nor- way, so that it now consists of twenty nine Ships. The Admiral designs to sail for the Dahlers with the first fair Wind. We hear that Information having been given of seve- ral Persons in and about this City, who make it their Business to remit to the Dutch Gazetteers several false Translations of both Houses of Parliament, and very bold Reflections on several of the Nobility, which are Daily published in the Holland News- Papers an Or- der is given to make strict search after the Authors of the said Intelligence, for punishing them according to Law. On Tuesday there was a Review in Hyde Park of the second Regiment of Foot- Guards, and a Soldier whipt for deserting his Post without leave, and insult- ing the Serjeant belonging to his Company. We hear the Case between the Duke of Marlborough, and Mr. Strong the Builder, is like to be compos'd by a Reference Next Thursday comes on the Election of a Knight for Oxfordshire, in the room of James Herbert, Esq; deceased. We hear from Beconsfield in the County of Bucks, that the Clergy at their Visitation there holden on Tues- day last, did unanimously resolve to return their Thanks to rhe Right Hon. the Earl of Nottingham, for his excellent Defence of the Christian Religion in his late Answer to Mr Whiston's Letter ; and at the same time deputed two of their Body, to wait upon his Lord- ship for that Purpose. Yesterday was executed at Tyburn the two following Persons; viz John Thompson alias Williams, for re- ceiving stolen Goods, and William Barton for robbing the Lord Viscount Lilburn on the Highway. William Smithurst condemned for robbing a Warehouse, Eliza- beth Harrison for robbing her Mistress, and Martha Smith for picking a Pocket, are reprieved. Christned Males 169. Females 165. In all 3 34. Buried Males 2CS Females 2J3. In all 521. Increased in the Burials this Week 18. CASUALTIES. Drowned 4, One accidentally in the River Medway ( buried at St . 0lave in Southwark) One at St. Dunstan at Stepney, One in the New River ( buried at St. May at Lambeth. Found dead in the River of Thames at St. Olave in Southwark 1. Kill'd 4. One by a Cart at St. Dunstan at Stepney, One accidentally by a Fall down Stairs at St. Mary at Lambeth, and two at St. Martins in the Fields by a Lunatick cutting her Child's Throat, and afterwards her own. Murder'd ( a Male Infant laid in a Bandbox) at St. Michael Basishaw 1. Overlaid 1. Yesterday Bank Stock was 132. India 136. S. Sea 135. London Assurance 7. Royal Exchange 7. Old African 40. New African 30. POSTSCRIPT. Yesterday arriv'd a Mail from Holland. Petersburgh, April 25. WE hear from Riga, that M. Westphalen, Minister of the Court of Denmark, is arrived there to ob- serve the Conduct of the Duke of Holstein. That Prince Alexander of Wirtembergh, and Duke Ferdinand of Courland, are also arriv'd there with the View to obtain the Dutchess of Courland in Marriage. The former is most likely to succeed, in regard the latter is 60 Years of Age. Hanover, May 16 They have mark'd out a Camp for 24,000 Prussians betwixt Coningsberg and Memel. Mean time they talk still that the King of Prussia will go to Mittau to have an Interview with the Czar ; and the Peace between that Prince and Sweden being more re- mote than ever. ' Tis confirm'd that the Army of the Turks augments considerably about Choczim, and that Prince Ragotzi is very active with several other Chiefs of his Party. They add, that the Tartars have made an Irruption into Poland Vienna, May 3. The Aga of the Turks who is com- ing hither from Turky is detain'd at Belgrade till he has Liberty to pursue his Journey: And ' tis believ'd the Court will expect the Answer of the Porte to the Propo- sitions of Poland at Constantinople, before they permit that Aga to come hither. Dusseldorp, May 16. The Estates of this Country are resolv'd to lend a Deputation to Manheim, to make di- vers Representations to the Palatine Court. Letters from Vienna say, thar 50, coo Turks and Tartars are march'd to the Frontiers of Poland. Copenhagen, May 13. The British Squadron under Sir John Norris having a favourable Wind sailed on Sun- day last for Bornholm, where the Swedish Squadron are to joyn him BRUSSELS, May 1 j Two Davs ago arriv'd there an Express from Vienna on the Affair of Mr Knight, since which Mr Leathes has had several Conferences with the Marq. de Prie. On Monday an English Officer pass'd thro' here in his way to Cambray, to prepare a House for the Lord Polwarth; from whence it is not doubted but the Congress there will soon be open'd. ; Hague, May 20. Lerters from Marseilles of the 29th say, that the Plague seems again to be entirely ceased in that City, but that at Thoulon it is much encreas'd, by reason several Surgeons are lately dead, and that at Aix 30 Persons a Dav are cariied off, and abundance of Sol- diers are likewise dead, who were Employ'd to Guard the Passes, to preventing the spreading of the Distemper. ADVERTISEMENTS. 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