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Date of Article: 03/06/1784
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— The Whitehall PRICE THREE- PENCE.] From TUESDAY, June THURSDAY, June 3, 1784. [ No. 5765. WEDNESDAY, June 2. COUNTRY- NEWS. Newcastle, May 29. O N Tuesday Mr. Robert Shotton. a tide- waiter of the customs at South Shields, watching the smugglers who were running great quanti- ties of contraband goods into the country, was pursued by them with fire- arms, when to save his life he got on a wall, and thence on the top of a house, from which he fell, and died in two hours. Lewes, May 31. Since our last we find that the Hon. Mr. Watson has relinquished his in- tention of standing again for Seaford and that Sir Godfrey Webster, Bart, has, in consequence, offered himself under the same interest, so that the Candidates now are Lord Mountmo res, Sir Godfrey Webster, and Thomas Alves, Esq. Though three are enteied, it is thought that two only will start for the above plate, viz. Mr. P- tt's Prerogative against Mr. P- lh- m's Privilege ; and as they are allowed to have equal merit in the field, it is expected they will run a good heat, and that victory will depend entirely on the skill of their riders. Last Tuesday a party of smugglers forcibly entered a stable belonging to the Bull alehouse at East Grinstead, and retook two horses, which the excise officer of the above place had just before seized laden with tea. The tea the officer saved, having be one lodged it in his own house On Saturday morning, as a large body of smugglers were running a cargo of contraband goods, near Launcing Flats, they were fallen in with by the fupervifor at Horfliani, and a party of Walter's men, who seized eight horses laden with tea, but had not got far with it on their way home, when they were overtaken ( it is sup- posed) by a party of the cutter's men armed with blunderbusses, & c. who fired at the super- visor, but fortunately missed his body, though the contents of the piece went through his coat, and retook six of the horses. The supervisor lost his horse in the skirmish, had his men entire- ly dispersed, and was himself obliged to wade through a piece of water up to his neck, to escape the further fury of his assailants; after which he got home safe, and found that some of his men Had arrived with two horses and fifteen bags of tea. Two of Walter's men were missing, and it was feared, that if the smugglers had not dispatched them, they had forced them on board their vessel, to be dealt with as the com- pany should think proper. On Saturday, Messrs. Lindsay, Cullen, and Williams, revenue officers, seized at Ilford, near this town, 49 casks of foreign spirits. Yesterday, the above officers seized at Rod- mell 35 casks of Geneva. The lightning which happened here on Tues- day last, killed a bull belonging to Mr. Serjeant Kempe, of South Malling, near this town ; and a horsle in the care of Mr. Tooth, farrier, in the Cliffe. merchant; to surrender June 11, at seven, June 12 and 13, at six, at the Black- Horse Inn, in Read- ing. Attornies, Mr. Hodgson, in Reading; or Mr. Hill, Gray's- inn, London. Dividends to be made. . June 19. Abraham Samuel, of Sunderland near the Sea, Durham, jeweller, at twelve, at the George Inn, in Sunderland. July 1. George Iles, late of Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, butcher, at eleven, at the Swan Inn, Chipping Sodbury. Final. June 23. Edward ForbeS, of Liverpool, Lanca- shire, merchant, at twelve, at the Golden- Lion, in Liverpool. June 23. Richard Kitchen, late of Liverpool, Lancashire dyer, at twelve, at the Golden- Lion, in Liverpool. June 22. William Odgers, of Falmouth, Corn- wall, mercer, at ten, at the King's- Arms, in Fal- mouth, Certificate to be granted. June 22. George ILes, of Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire. Dividend adjourned. July 3. John Walker, of Paternoster- row, book- seller, at ten, at Guildhall. Front the LONDON GAZETTE. Carleton- House, June I. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will have a levee on Satur- day next, the 5th inst. at two o'clock. PROMOTIONS. War- Office, June 1, 1784. 1st reg. of dragoon guards, lieutenant- colonel Richard Vyse, of the 4th horse, to be lieutenant- colonel, vice Antony Lovibond Collins. 3d reg. of dragoon guards, Clement Jones Styles, gent, to he cornet, vice Henry Croasdane. 10th reg. of dragoons, honourable John Hope to be cornet, vice John Kaye. 3d reg. of foot, lieutenant George DefFel Bowes, from 63d reg. to be lieutenant, vicc. Samuel Fair- clough. 12th reg. foot, captain- lieutenant John Perryn, to be captain of a company, vice Robert Tipping. 24th reg. of foot, captain the honourable George St. John, on the half- pay of the 21st foot, to be cap- tain of a company, vice John Jones. jzd reg. of foot, Henry Mordaunt Clavering, gent, to be ensign, vice Charles Wilcocks. 33d reg. of foot, Walter Eliott, gent, to be en- sign, vice John Fox. 58th reg. of foot, lieutenant Edward Baker Lit- tlehales, on the half- pay of the 58th regiment, to be lieutenant, vice Percival Meggs. Ditto, adjutant James Harrison, on the half- pay of the 95th regiment, to be quarter- master, vice James Halfpenny. 60th reg. of foot, 1st battalion, Andrew Ross, gent, to be ensign, vice John. Farrell. 63d reg. of foot, lieutenant George Deffel Bowes, from the 99th regiment, to be lieutenant, vice Da- vid Campbell. Ditto, lieutenant Samuel Fairclough, from . the jd foot, to be lieutenant, vice George Deffell Bowes. BANKRUPTS. Henry Mac Donald, now or late of the Strand, hosier; . to Surrender June 12, 15, and July 13, at eleven, at Guildhall. Attorney, Mr. Shawe, New Bridge- street, Chatham- place. William Howatt, now or late of Doncaster, Yorkshire, tallow- chandler ; to surrendcr June 24, 15, at two, and July 13, at ten, at the Red- Lion Inn, in Doncaster. Attornies, Mr. John Benson, in Thorne ; or Mr. Samuel Best, Bread- street, Cheapside, London. Thomas Coxhead, of Reading, Berks, timber- Mr. BosWELL, to whose Communica- tions we have been Often obliged, has sent us the following Account of a POEM just published, which he hopes may calm the Turbulence, and soften the Rage of Politics. LOUISA. A POETICAL NOVEL. In Four Epistles. By Miss SEwARD. LICHFIELD has in our Time been highly distinguished by Genius. Thence came Garrick— thence came Johnson, whose first Approach to London, its two Stafford- shire Swains," is admirablv celebrated by the Author of " The Tears of Old May- Day;" and there resides Miss Seward, by whose Poetry every Reader of Sensibility and Taste is charmed. Writing a Novel in the Form of Epistles, has been done with great Success by Richard- son and Rousseau ; for in that Mode the Story is communicated to the Mind with a more lively EffeCt, from the dramatic Cast. Miss Seward has given us a still more complete Novel, by adding to the epistolary form the Melody of Verse, so that her Louisa has the Advantage that has been wished for t0 Fenelon's Telemachus, which has been well charaCterised as a very fine Poem in Prose. The Story of LOUISA is simple and deeply interesting. It is told in four Epistles. The first from Louisa to Emma relates the Progress of a mutual Passion between Louisa and Eugenio, the Friend of her Brother. Their Hearts are united—: Vows have passed —- and their Marriage is delayed but for a little. While her Soul is all Fervor in gentle Agitation, she is, informed that Eugenio has proved false— has wedded a wealthier Bride. Almost frantic, she thinks of demanding ' Vengeance from her Brother's Sword. She shrinks from the Horror of this ; and to prevent it, nobly resolves that her Brother shall believe that she was to blame, that her Caprice had broke off the Match. Then in Despair she meditates destroying herself by Poison. At last the divine Ray of Religion beams upon her, and she becomes calm in the ProspeCt of setting her Affections on " that gracious Power that ne'er deceives." In the secons Epistle from Eugenia to Emma, a Discovery is made that the supposed Un- worthiness of Louisa's Lover has been in Reality a Sacrifice to filial Piety and fra- ternal AffeCtion ; for, having had it pathe- tically pressed upon him by his Father that the Family was ruined, by a Combination of Misfortune and Fraud, and that the only Way to save them all from Disgrace and Misery was his marrying a Lady of large Fortune, whom he had rescued from Ruf- fians— who was passionately fond of him, and indignant that her Advances were ncgleCted he yields with a torn Heart, and devotes Louisa and himself to inex- pressible Woe. Here we recoiled the affect- ing old Scottish Ballad Robin Gray. In the third Epistle from Louisa to Emma, there is a beautiful AccoUnt of the Tranquil- lity of Louisa's Mind upon being satisfied that her Lover had not been false, but sternly virtuous. She indulges her Fancy in roving o'er the Episode of Clairmont and Clarissa, and in Description of her native Vale. It con- cludes with the sudden Appearance of a Ve- nerable Stranger. In the fourth Epistle from Louisa to Emma we are agreeably surprised to find that the ve- nerable Stranger is the Father of Eugenio, who asks her Forgiveness, and obtains it ; and then acquaints her of the unhappy Life of his Son and the Woman who had not his Heart, and who became an abandoned Li- bertine ; that by spending her Hours in all the Excess of ungoverned Pleasure her Con- stitution was destroyed— she was now danger- ously ill of a Fever, and was very anxious to see Louisa. He persuades Louisa to ac- company him to the tragic Sight of her once triumphant but now dying Rival, who, agi- tated by Remorse, and feeling at last some Of that maternal Affection which had before been stifled by the Rage for Amusement; implores Louisa's Pardon, and her Goodness to a Daughter, the only Child of the fatal Marriage. She expires— and we are then left with the romantic cOnsoling ProspeCt that Eugenio and Louisa, after such severe Trials, are to be for ever united. Every Part of this Story is exquisitely told, with the genuine Sentiments of a ten- der and generous Heart, and the elegant Language of a rich Imagination. It is all so excellent, that one cannot easily make Extracts from it ; for when one has fixed, for a Moment, on a Passage, others seem to upbraid one with injustice for not being equally honoured. I shall however present you with same Passages by a Kind of animated Exertion like that by which we pluck a few Roses from a glowing Profusion. The following Description of Noon is equal to any Thing I have read in any Lan- guage, both in Repose, Selection of Objects, and Warmth of Colouring. Louisa introduces herself reclincd on a shady Bank while Summer's fervid Ray shines in cloudless Ether." " Beneath my trembling Fingers lightly rung ' The Lute's sweet Chords responsive while I sung. " Faint in the yellow Broom the Oxen lay, " And the mute Birds sat languid on the Spray ; " And nought was heard around the Noon- tide Bow'r " Save that the Mountain Bee from Flow'r to Flow'r " Seem'd to prolong with her assiduous Wing " The soft Vibration of the tuneful String ; " While the fierce Skies flam'd on the shrink- ing Rills, • " And sultry Silence brooded o'er the Hills." To those who know what Love is, Louisa's Description of the Delight of Hope, will be enchanting— After bringing together a Va- riety of charming Images, she thus pro- ceeds : " All Nature smiles; nor ev'n the jocund Day " When festal Roses strew the Bridal Way, . That tHrough the Virgin breast such keen Delight " A when soft Fears with gay Belief, unite; " As Hope, sweet warm, seducing Hope inspires, " Which somewhat questions what it most desires; " Reads latent Meaning in a Lover's Eye, " Thrills at his Glance, and trembles at his Sigh, " As oe'r the Frame disorder'd Transport pours " When only less than Certainty is ours." Even Thomson's Winter has not exceeded the Passage of which this is a Part: " Loud and more loud the Blast of Ev'ning raves, " And strips the Oaks of their last ling'ring Leaves, " The eddying Foliage in the Tempest flies, " And fills with duskier Gloom the thick- ' ning Skies." The Portrait of the Lady whom Eugenio happened to rescue from Ruffians, and the whole of that Scene is capital Painting. The Distress of his Father's Family— His Father's Expostulation with him for Relief, and the Struggles of contending Thoughts in his Breast, are all in the highest Stile of Dramatic Composition : So is the last Scene of Death mingled with Despair. It is wonderful to find in the same Poem such pleasing, such delightful Feelings, yet such violent Passions, such Variety of true Description, nay so dreary but so just an Exhibition as this : " While yet these interrupted Accents hung " Faint on the rigid Lip and fault'ring Tongue, " The stifling Spasm, the suffocating Breath, " Gave dread Presage of near approaching Death.— " Now roll the Eyes in fierce and restless Gaze " Now on their Wildness steals the ghastly Glaze " Till o'er her Form the shadowy Horrors spread " The dim Suffusion that involves the DEAD. An excellent moral Lesson may be learnt by the Ladies from the lively yet unexagger- ated View which Miss SEWARD gives of the Feverishness, the Torments, and the despi- cable Meanness of Spirit with which the Life, of a profligate Woman of Fashion is che- quered. She modestly says, " If this little " Work has the Honour to interest and " please the few in whom the kind and sweet " Affections are blended with Poetic Taste, " the End for which it is published will be " obtained." It is to be hoped, for the ' Credit of the Age, that of such Readers there are not a few. The Work has uncom- mon Merit; but I now close my Remarks Upon it, being afraid that I can claim for them but one Half of what LOUISA allows to her Lover, His fervent but dicriminating Praise. HAWKERS and PEDLARS OFFICE, Somerset Place, May 2S, 1784. NOTICE is hereby given, That yearly Licences will begin to be delivered out at this Office on Tuesday the 22d Day of June next, where Atten- dance will be constantly given from Ten in tht Morning till Three ( Holidays excepted). Therefore, all Persons concerned are desired to apply at this Office for licences, and not depend on the uncertain Meeting with the Riding Surveyors in the Country, who have strict Orders given them to apprehend and prosecute with the utmost Severity all such Hawkers, Pedlars, Ifc. as they shall at any Time of the Year find trading without Licences. A CARD. MR. BOWES presents his Compliments to Mr. BRANDLING, and having seen his explana- tory Advertisement in the Papers of Wednesday the 15th Inst. is now perfectly satisfied that the Whole of their Mis- understanding has originated from a Mistake, and there- fore thinks it both polite and proper to say, that nothing could have occurred, neither should any Correspondence have taken place on the Subject, but under the Idea of a Personal Attack. Gibside, May 25, 1784. T FOR OUR COUNTRY, Greenwich Association of ANTIGALLICANS THE Brethren of this Grand and Laudable Association are requested to meet on Friday next, the 4th Inst. at the Chocolate HOuse, on Blackheath, at to o'Clock in the Morning to proceed from thence to the Parish Church of St. Alphage, Greenwich, where a Ser- mon will be preached on the Occasion, by the Rev. Dr. . Milne, Rector of North Chapel in Sussex, and LeCturer of both Churches at Deptford, before Sir JOHN HONEYWOOD, Bart. President. His Grace the Duke of Northumberland, His Grace the Duke of Manchester, The Right Hon. the Earl of Effingham, The Right Hon. tbe Earl of Leicester, The Right Hon. Viscount Mahon, Sir Watkin Lewes, Knt, Philmore Honeywood, Esq, John Wilkes, esq. past Presidents,' The Officers, Stewards, and rest of the Brethren of this Association. Prayers to begin at 12 o'Clock. Dinner 011 Table at Three o'Clock- precisely. It is requested every Brother will give as early an At- tendance as possible. S T E Clement Taylor, Esq. Henry Shove, Esq. John Amhurst, Esq. Mr. Thomas Mason, Mr. Charles Carpenter, Mr. G. Speering, WARD S. Mr. Samuel Thompson, Mr. Samuel Smith, Mr. William Tucker, Mr. Charles Reed, Mr. Samuel Passmore, Mr. William Banks. N. b. The Company of the Grand and London Associ- ations are particu. arly requested. WILLIAM WATSON, Register. To the Worthy L I V E R Y of the CITY of LONDON. GENTLEMEN, THE favour of your vote, interet, and poll ( if needful) is most earnestly requested for JOHN BURBANK, citizen, and near thirty years a Livery- man of the Stationers Company, to succeed your late Bridge- master, Mr. HENRY GRETTON, de- ceased. Your petitioner has been upwards of thirty- five years a housekeeper in Langbourne Ward, where he has served all Ward and Parish Offices, and dur-, ing that time has carried on the business of a haber- dasher, in Cornhill, with unblemished reputation 5 but owing to many losses, and a great decay of trade, is now, at the age of near sixty years, re- duced to the last necessity of thus supplicating his fellow- citizens for the means of future comfort and subsistence. He has had a wife to support through a long and expensive illness ; has had a family of seven children, two of which are still living, and unpro- vided for. These painful considerations, he humbly hopes, will strongly recomrhend him to your generous protection and support on the pre- sent vacancy, Should he be so fortunately happy to become the object of your choice, a grateful remembrance of the high obligation, will be a lasting. security for his executing the duties of the office with care and fidelity. BERKSHIRE. To be SOLD, Either together or in Parcels, THE MANORS and LANDS of WOOL. HAMPTON, MIDGHAM, BRIMPTON, SHAL- FORD, and SHINFIELD; and the LANDS of PAD- WORTH, EARLY SUNNING, NEWLAND, SUT- TON COURTNEY, and CULLUM, the Estate of the Earl and Countess of FINGALL, of the yearly Value of 2500!. and upwards. On Woolhampton is a large capital Mansion House with Offices, Gardens, Pleasure Grounds, Fish Ponds, Farm Yards, & c. and a Demesne of above 340 Acres; highly improved, planted in the Modern taste, and in perfeCt Order for entering upon immediately. On this Estate there is plenty of valuable Timber, and great plenty of Game. A Purchaser may have all the Furniture of the Mansion House, ( which is extremely good) the Implements of Husbandry, and Corn in Ground on the Demesne Lands, on a Valuation. The House is about jo Miles from London, 10 from Reading, one Mile to the North of the Bath Road, and in a most excellent Neighbourhood. for farther Particulars apply to Michael Bray. Esq. of Lincoln's Inn; or to Hugh Wil- son, Esq. at Woolhampton House, Berks. LR - V - i ' / i ft K WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2. LONDON. Parliament, it is now said, will sit no longer than till the latter end of July, when it will certainly be prorogued : the petitions before the House in cases of elections will be carried over the next session. By authentic accounts from Venice, dated April 29, we are assured that the Porte has lost all its influence in the distant Provinces. Egypt and Persia are said to have thrown off all depen- dence 0n the Grand Siguier, and have made themselves masters of several principal fortresses belonging to that Monarch The above accounts say that Bussorah and Bagdad were both in the hands of ths Persians, and that the journey from India to Aleppo, across the Desart, had become exceedingly dan- gerous, several caravans of merchants trading to europe having been lately cut off by the Arabs. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales set off yesterday morning, about eight o'clock, for Guildford races. The Dutch seem in general to take in great dudgeon the interference of tbe King of Prussia in the dispute of the former with their Stadt- holder ; and now, strengthened as they fancy themselves by the alliance of the French King, who has offered his good offices and mediation, if required, with the Emperor, in behalf of the Republic, they do not seem inclined to give any very civil answer to the expostulations of the Prussian Monarch. It is intended, on a proper compensation be- ing made by the Court of France, to lower very much, if not to take off altogether, the duties on French wine. The only objection that could possibly be urged against this measure, is, that it might give offence to Portugal, with which nation we have so long carried on an advanta- geous commerce. But the truth is, that the portuguese have at length adopted the ideas of the Marquis de Pombal, and no longer confine themselves to the hardware and other manufac- tures of England. Of consequence the balance of trade with the Portuguese is now fairly turn- ed against us. By letters from Paris we learn, that the ini- quitous practices of the recruiting parties in se- ducing young and inexperienced people into the French armies, has excited the attention of M. le Marechal de Segur, Minister of the War De- partment, who has proposed the establishment of a Committee of Officers in each of the prin- cipal Provinces, for the purpose of superintend- ing the conduct of the recruiters, and restraining their quantities; by which regulation it is ex- pected that great advantages will accrue to the State, as the armies will be composed only of volunteers. The same letters advise, that the extraordinary Assembly of the Marechals of France, appointed for the 18th instant, is post- poned for some weeks, on account of the indis- position of M. le Due de Richelieu, senior of that order. During the late war, our manufactories for silver work were in such a state of stagnation as had not been known for many years, owing to the high price of that commodity; but this branch of commerce is daily reviving, and in a short time will doubtless reach its former extent, in consequence of the great reduction in the price of silver, occasioned by the quantity of dollars continually arriving immediately from Spain, as well as through the channel of the merchants in America, who, in exchange for the produce of their Country, receive remittances principally in coin. The French Minister Vergennes lately ob- served of Mr. Pitt, that he had the dignity of a prince, the independence of a philosopher, the spirit and the genius of a man. ' Tis now said that Ministry are unanimous in their determination to sheW no ill- judged lenity to the various immense fortunes which have of late been pillaged from the public. . Indignant virtue will soon be appeased by seeing an extent issue from Government; and one of the most gorgeous palaces of corruption will be sold to re- imburse the public coffers of this kingdom ! Mr. Fox has already started a fresh doctrine. The dignity of the House of Commons, the importance of majorities, are no longer the cry ; but the dear, the lovely, the precious, the in- valuable rights of the people; yes, those very rights which Mr. Fox so violently invaded while Mr. Fox was himself in office. To shew the general abhorrence in which the celebrated leader of the Coalition, and his aban- doned crew, are held by the people, nothing can be a stronger proof than those universal hisses with which their patron is received when be goes to any place of public amusement. How mortifying must be the consideration to the Bedford, Dcvonshire, and Portland party, that the late Man of the People must descend from his triumphal car, and submit to the test of a strict Scrutiny ; when, to the everlasting dis- grace of the corrupt Electors of Westminster, he will fall like Lucifer never to rise again The D of B— was a well- wisher to the cause of Carlo Khan, but left the D of D nsh e and P— l— d to support it with their cash; for the covetoursness of a certain fa- milly is proverbial. A bill is to be brought into Parliament, to regulate the day and night according to the Pall Mall Calendar, the Gregorian being found in siany places defective. The morning it to be entirely abolished— four or five o'clock is to be the sun- rising time, and supper is to be on the table at the present breakfasting hour.— Accord- ing te this new regulation, two of the present days will only make one, which accounts for the common report, that our young nobility do not live above half their days. The Captain of a ship arrived from the West Indies gives an account that three large French ships from Bourdeaux for Martinico with va- luable cargoes had foundered in ( violent gale of wind in the Gulph of Florida, and that the major part of the crews perished. Advice is received that the ship Johannes, from Gottenburgh, in Sweden, for Cork, was stranded on the 16th ult. and all the crew, ex- cept three men, perished. The Friend George, , from Lisbon, is arrived at Amsterdam, very much damaged. The Dispatch, Draper, from Jamaica, is arriv- ed at New- York; Hercules, Russel, from Lon- don, at Georgia; Catharine, Henderson, from London, at Savaunah; British Queen, burton, from London, at Jamaica ; Joseph, Ladd, from Galipoli, in the Downs; St. James, Cain, from Lisbon, at Philadelphia; Harbet, Linderad, from Copenhagen, at Alderney; Elizabeth, Burgess, from Bilboa, at Exeter ; Peggy, Jackson, from Rotterdam, in the Creeke. Extract of a letter from Venice, April 30. " We still continue preparing with activity the armaments destined against the Regency of Tunis. However, the report which was spread a few days ago, of the corsairs of that Regency having taken two of our merchant ships, is not yet confirmed." Extract of a Letter from St. Augustine, April 4. " these will advise you of the steps now taking by your Agents on the general evacuation of the Province : Such persons as have been obliged to sell their estates will be considerable losers, as the Spaniards bid very low. Some Americans from Georgia would have purchased, but the King of Spain's Governor has refused making them natural Subjects of the Catholick King." Extract of a Letter from l'Orient, May 14. " The Council of War which has been sit- ting here for near two months on the affairs or the engagement in the West Indies in April, 1782, is just concluded, and we learn that the following are to come under judgment of cen- sure:— Two Captains to be cashiered, and ren- dered for ever incapable of serving, for an inat- tention to the signals of the Commander in Chief of their division ; one second Captain to be cashiered and imprisoned four years; three marine officers the same sentence 27 petty of- ficers to be degraded, and to receive a corporal punishment, among whom is the cadet who struck the flag of Le Glorieux. The Council will now sit to enquire into some matters which concern the ships taken afterwards in the Mona passage, where one of the ships it appears might have been saved, had she made a press of sail to follow the others, who, with their Com- modore in a crippled ship, got away." Extract of a Letter from Exeter, May 28. " The trials are all over; six of the ring- leaders of the felons who rose on the crew of the transport that was going to carry them to Hali- fax, are ordered for execution on Tuesday se'n- night; eleven are ordered to be sent abroad for the term of their lives ; the sentence of five to be augmented to fourteen years 5 and the rest to remain on the former Sentence. A guard is or- dered to conduct them to Plymouth, where the ship which is to convey them to Nova- Scotia has been repaired, and a place particularly made for their confinement, to prevent future accidents: six marines are also to sail in the ship as a further guard over them. It is expected they will set off as soon as the execution is over. Judge Heath set off to return to town yesterday, there being no business till the assizes in August. The wheat in this neighbourhood wears a most promising ap- pearance." Extract of a Letter from Newcastle, May 29. " Saturday was brought up to the key here a Smuggling vessel of a most singular construc- tion, 94 feet in length and 16 in breadth, with 11 ports on each side, taken on the 20th off Ryhope by Capt. Bland, of the Mermaid cut- ter, after a severe engagement of half an hour, when he grappled and boarded her sword in hand ; five of the smugglers were much wound- ed, three of whan are since dead, and the others not likely to recover. Mr. Lee, second mate of the Mermaid, was wounded by a musquet shot, which passed through his cheek, and out under the jaw bone, two of the mariners were wound- ed, but not dangerously, and Mr. Lee is out of danger. Part of the cargo had been run, but there remained on board 400 ankers of brandy and geneva, and a few bags of tea. The cap- ture of this vessel ( the second taken by Captain Bland within this month) is of essential service to the revenue. She is an uncommon swift sai- ler, and would not have been taken but by her mainmast being carried away by the press of sail." As the curiosity of the public has been much excited by the indictment found by the Grand Jury of the county of Somerset against the Right Hon. Charles James Fox for Bribery, a Correspondent is happy to indulge them with the following copies of the letters, upon which that bill was founded : LeTTer the First. ' Sir, • I send you enclosed a draught for 100/. which will be paid as soon as it is presented. I beg you will let me know in what manner and through whom you wish the annuity to be con- tinued. • In respect to Corporation business, I should be much obliged to you if you would give your assistance to the plan proposed by Mr. Tucket. I am, SIR, Your most obedient humble Servant, ' C. J. FOX." St. James's- street, Aug. 20, 1782. Mr. Cox, Bridge- water. LETTer the Second. • Sir, ' I have received your letter, and remember very well the wish you expressed that the money should be paid you by Mr. Belch; and so it should have been, if Mr. Belch had been likely to be at Bridgewater at the time when it was due; but I knew he would not be there, and therefore, in order to be punctual, sent it by Mr. Tucket. As to the 251. 1 did not under- stand it so, when I saw you ; but you shall cer- tainly have it with your next payment, which shall be quarterly or half- yearly, as you choose ; but I must repeat it again, that I do desire and request you, if you wish to serve me, that you will be directed in Corporation matters entirely by Mr. Tucket for the present ; for if our friends do not agree, we can do nothing. I muet beg of you to agree to whatever Mr. Tucket proposes, as well with respect to the choice of Mayor and Aldermen, as to the choice of new Members of the Corporation. ' I am, SIR, Your very humble servant, C. J. FOX.' Euston, Sept. 21, 1782. ' Direct to me in St. James's- street, as usual. ' Mr. Cox, Bridgewater.'' The above copies may be depended upon, and may serve to illustrate the nature of Mr. Fox's interest at Bridgewater, and the cause of the extraordinary honours that have been lately paid him at that Borough by his Election as Recorder. A letter from Dunwich, in Suffolk, has the following article : " Last Wednesday I saw a ship in flames just off here, guns were firing as signals of distress, and it was out of our power to give them any assistance, as the sea ran so high that we could not venture without danger of being drowned, and therefore it is supposcd the crew perished, as we have heard nothing of them : It is imagined the accident was occasion- ed by the lightning." Yesterday nine prisoners were tried at the Old Bailey, three of whom were convicted of felonies, viz. John Kay, for stealing a linen handkerchief, the property of Ralph Price. Alexander Elder, for stealing two linen gowns and'a cloak, the property of Hannah Richards. Charles Gussett, for stealing a marcella waist- coat, the property of John Williams. And six were acquitted, amongst whom were John Ward, Joseph Shaw, and James Murray, who were indicted for the murder of Nicholas Casson, in Covent- gardcn, during the late elec- tion ; but the evidence by no means proving the identity of the person who gave the blow, and some contradictions in the evidence, the Jury, without retiring, found them Not Guilty. The trial lasted seven hours. It is remarkable ( says a correspondent) that the inhabitants of the upper counties of Wales in general attain to a great age; and as an in- stance of this, he assures us, that in the parish of Towyn, in Merionethshire, only ten persons were buried since the first of June, 1783, of the following ages, viz. 2 of 100, 1 of 95, 1 of 93, 1 of 92, 2 of 83, 2 of 81, and one 80 years of age Saturday night just after Manley's Hitchin waggon had paffed Ridge Hil , a fellow got into it with intent to rob, when he was seized by a fierce dog, and would have been torn to pieces, but for the interference of the waggoner, who, however, was obliged to let the villain es- cape, no person being near to assist in securing him. Last Saturday morning, between two and three, no less than twenty- three smugglers, all on horseback, were seen on the Dartford- Road : The two foremost horsemen were armed with large blunderbusses. The rear was brought up by a cart, in which were some women. Monday morning as a fellow was goading and worrying an ox in Smithfield, the creature suddenly turned upon the man, and tossed him twice, by which his arm was broke, and his col- lar- bone dislocated. Monday evening, a little after nine o'clock, as Mr. Breewood, of Parson's Green, was re- turning from London in a single horse chaise, he was attacked a little on the other side Chelsea by two footpads, who robbed him of his watch and money. On Monday last two women and a man were taken before Mr. Alderman Hart, charged with having stolen large quantities of tobacco off the Keys, which were found ou them, and not be- ing able to give any account how they came by it, they were all committed to Bridewell to hard labour. On Monday a man was committed by the Court at the Old Bailey to Newgate for wilful and corrupt perjury, in his evidence on the trial of William Bradley for felony. MASQUERADE. On Monday night, between five and six hun- dred persons assembled at the Pantheon. That being advertised as the last Masquerade for this season, a greater number might have been ex- pected ; but a similar entertainment at the house of Lady Basset, and a ball given by Miss Van- neck, . counteracted its success, and drew off a great number amongst the people of fashion. On this account, we imagine, a very small number of that description were present. The charac- ters were numerous, though not striking ; the only remarkable mask in the room being the noted Merlin, who supported 0n stilts, and habited in a very curious manner, personated a Patago- nian woman. There was, however, some no- velty at least in several of the other characters : A lady who represented Night, had more wit and repartee than the common run of masks. Mr. D— t made a tolerable Sir Jeffery Dunstan. There was a well conceived mask of ACteon ; but the metamorphosis must have happened be- fore he came into the room ; for though there was a great profusion of Venuses, we could not discern a single Diana. A Quack- Doctor found out a curious method of puffing off his new me- thod of administering mercury by absorption but surely he Could not think, in such an assem- bly, to meet with a great number of customers Very few dominos, and Scarcely any masks, assembled before twelve o'clock, and all conti- nued in sombre silence for some time after, till a band of Chimney- sweepers rushed in, who were very active at well as noisy all the morning. A Watchman also, at intervals, threw in his mite ; but his wit consisted entirely in his rattle. Na- ture Was plentifully inverted; masculine dow- dies, and female jessamies, paraded about in great abundance, together with some of a doubt- ful gender, whom we should expect to find ra- ther at an Italian Ridotto than at an English Masquerade. The company were ushered into the supper- rooms about half past one o'clock. The table were copiously spread with much the same kind of fare as that lately served up in the Haymarket, The wines ( Port, Sherry, and Madeira) were in general very good ; wc say, in general, because we observed some variety. The rooms began to clear very early, and were almost empty at five o'clock. We cannot, on this occasion, help re- marking, that if the managers wished to keep their company long together, they should have shut up all the windows, and thrown a carpet over the sky- light;—" ' Tis only day- light that makes sin :" the Bacchanalian merriment of a Masquerade cannot long be enjoyed after the ap- pearance of the morning. COURSE of the EXCHANGE, Stc. London, June I, 1784. HOUSE of COMMONS. Tuesday, June I. AGREED to the report of the resolution of yesterday on the Supply. Read a, second time the Elvington inclosure bill. Agreed to the report of the amendments made to the American trade bill. Ordered to be en- grossed. The Secretary at War presented accounts of extraordinaries of the army, and the expences of new roads in the Highlands. Ordered to lie on the table. Received and read a petition from the debtors in Liverpool gaol. Ordered to lie on the table. Resolved to go into a Committee to- morrow, to consider of the laws to prevent frauds in ths revenue by smuggling. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, after the com- mon business of the day was over, moved, that leave be given to bring in a Bill for the more ef- fectually enforcing the payment of the land tax and another bill for recovering certain debts due to the Crown; which were agreed to, and the bill ordered to be brought in. Mr. Morton, from the East- India Company, presented fseveral accounts. The Chancellor of the Exchequer then moved, that the accounts presented should be referred to a SeleCt Committee, with the same powers given them as the Committee of the 15th of March last. A very short and trifling conversation arose on the subjeCt, when the motion was agreed to. The Chancellor- of the Exchequer afterwards moved, that the same gentlemen who sat as the Committee last year should be appointed ; but as they did not happen to be all returned for this new Parliament, he would, with submission to the House, name four gentlemen to be sub- stituted in place of those who were absent. The gentlemen proposed to fill up the Com- mittee were, Mr. Dundas, Mr. Call, Mr. Brett, Mr. Anstruther. The motion was agreed to, and the House ad- journed. To be Sold by Auction, By Mr. GODFREE, On Tuesday the 8th of June, 1784, and the fol- lowing Days, at 11 o'clock upon the Premises, at that elegant Villa, next adjoining to Glou- cester- Lodge, on St. Leonard's- hill, two Miles from Windsor, in Berks, THE real property of a GENTLEMAN, which consists of his modern, genteel houshold goods, and pictures, many of which are by eminent masters ; fine prints, elegant drawing- room, par- lour, chamber, and dressing- room suits of rich Barre and other silks ; chints, cotton, and other furnitures, comprising cabriole and other maho- gany chairs remarkable good cabinet work in fine mahogany ; handsome four- post beds and com- plete fine bedding ; large Wilton, Turkey, and other carpets ; useful and ornamental china a rich branch for six lights; a billiard- table; two ricks of good hay ; the growing crop of grass on about 30 acres of good land ; horses, one of which is a safe goer, and has carried a Lady two years ; cows sundry articles in husbandry; melon frames, and garden tools ; a mangle, dairy utensils,' and various expensive articles. To he viewed on Saturday and Monday the 5th and 7th of June, when catalogues may be had upon the premises, and of Mr. Godfree, in New Palace- yard, Westminster, price is. each ; which shall be returned to the purchascr of any out lot. Among the pictures are the following Masters Vandyc, Romanelli, Coypel, T. Brill, Bogeneoni, Canaletti, Vangoyen, Detrich, Angelica, Wheat- ley, & c. & c. N. B. The elegant premises, viz. house and land, fit for the immediate reception of a genteel family, to be let or sold by private contract. * fi THURSDAY, June 3. SHIP- NEWS, Deal June I, WIND E. N. E. Came down yesterday, and sailed with the Hope, Richardson. ' for Granada, the Edward, Cooper, for New- York, and Cambria, Lewis, for Milford. Re- main the Scout sloop, and Cockatrice cutter. LONDON. Yesterday morning their Majesties and the young Princes arrived at the Queen's Palace from Windsor: His Majesty soon after went to Sr. James's ; when the Levee was over a Privy- Council was held. The Secretaries of State and others of the Ministry had conferences with his Majesty till near five. Yesterday his Majesty was pleased to confer the honour of Knighthood on Richard Parker, Esq; lately arrived from abroad, now Sir Ri- chard Parker. It was yesterday reported, that Sir James Harris is appointed Ambassador to the Hague. Yesterday immediately on his Majesty's coming to town, the Danish Minister and Mons. St. Sa- phorin had a conference with the King at Buck- ingham- house. Yesterday Thomas Orde, Esq. Secretary to his Grace the Duke of Rutland, who arrived in town from Ireland on Monday evening, wait- ed on his Majesty at St. James's, and held a long conference. The Princess Augusta Sophia, his Majesty's second daughter, between whom and the Prince Royal 0f Denmark a marriage is talked of, will compleat her 16th year in November next; the heir to the Crown of Denmark has just entered his seventeenth year. Whit- Tuesday being Montem at the College at Eton, their Majesties and the Princess Royal went with the procession of the scholars from the College to Salt- hill, and there each of the Royal visitors gave a handsome present for the benefit of the Captain of the Collegians.— It was re- marked, that such a number of carriages were never seen on the occasion. A letter from Stockholm says, that great pre- parations are making in every part of Sweden as if a war was expected, and some points are settling with the King of Prussia in regard to the future operations of the Swedes in case a war should break out. Some Prussian Officers are arrived to teach the military the Prussian exercise. A letter from Copenhagen, dated May 8, says, " Last Wednesday the King, with the ad- vice of the Prince Royal, his son, dismissed the Duke of Bevern from his place of Governor of Copenhagen ; granting him at the same time a pension of six thousand crowns a year, with the title and rank of Field- Marshal. The ships of war actually fitting out with the greatest activity are, the Justitia, of 74 guns, Capt. Tonder; the Sophia Frederica, of 74, Capt. Count de Moltke; the Wagria, of 64, Capt. de Stockfleth; the Old- enbourg, of 64, Capt. Budde ; the Holstein, 6f _ 70, Capt. Thex; the Ditmarschen, of 60, capt. de Reventlau ; the St. Thomas, of 36, Capt. Urfin; the Kiel, of 36, Capt. Kierulf; the Pearl, of 30, Capt. P. C. Bierk; the Store- Belt, of 30, Capt. R. Tonder; the Samsoe, of 20, Capt. C. Lytken; the Lerken, of 20, Capt. Baron Knuth; and the Christiana, of 20, Capt. L. Galtrup. We are moreover arming four guardships, viz. the Zealand, the Iceland, the Stormarn, and the Neptune; with the Speideren cutter, commanded by Lieut. Kofoed. A seventy- four gun ship was this day launched in presence of the King and Royal Family. The battalion of the Danish regiment du corps in garrison here, is to march the 28th for Elsineur." Extract of a Letter from Portsmouth, June I. " Arrived the Dove, White, from London. " Sailed the Good Intent, Smith, for Mal- den ; Hope, Watson, for Guernsey; Patsey Rutledge, Boll, and Sykes, Tibb, for London. " The Orestes, said to be arrived, was a mistake." Yesterday two prisoners were capitally con- victed at the Old- Bailey, viz. Thomas White, for stealing a pair of silver candlesticks, and di- vers other articles of silver plate, the property of Lady Forrester, in her dwelling- house, in Portland- street, where he had been servant about five days. About five in the morning of the day the robbery was committed, the watchman observing the street- door opened about three inches, alarmed the family, and going in found tbe prisoner naked in his bed, with his hands bound very tight behind him, and his legs tied together, and it seemed somewhat extraordina- ry, there did not appear to have been any force, or breaking of any of the doors, windows, See. but all shut and secure as on the preceding night except the street- door. the lock, which had been fastened on the inside by screws, was taken off, and found with three of the screws and a screw- driver in the entry, and the other screw found in the lanthorn, said to belong to the pri- soner. Mary Garret, for stealing 20 guineas and 18 half guineas, and other money, the pro perty of Elizabeth East, privately from her person. Six were conviCted of felonies. Tuesday night Mr. Baron, master of the White lion Inn at Islington, sent a stray cow and calf to the Pound ; and about two o'clock next morning three fellows broke open the Pound, and were driving out, the cow and calf, when being sur- prised by the watch, they ran off. A great number of cattle have within these few weeks been stolen from different Pounds in the neigh- bourhood of the metropolis. Yesterday morning Tho. Pearson was commit- ted to the New Prison, in order for trial, by William Blackborow, Esq. for stealing a quan- tity of lead from a new- built house near Sad- ler ' s Wells, on Saturday night last. Yesterday at St. Margaret's- Hill,- the prices of hops were, pockets from 41, 12s. to 5!. 18s. and b. tgs » U iM,. to 4!. 16s. per hundred wt. Yesterday in Newgate and Leadenhall Mar. kets the average prices were— Beef as. 8d. to 34. 2d. mutton 2s. tod. to 3s. 6d. veal 2s. 4d. to 3s. and pork 2s. 8d. to 3s. 4d, per stone. Eggs sold from 4s. to 45. 8d. per hundred. AS the present question respeCting the West- minder Election is one of the most important that ever was discussed before the Parliament of England, and as it must affect in its decision the very vital principle of our free Constitution, the following Extracts from the Works of the most approved Lawyers, being applicable to the con- duct of the High Bailiff at the close of the late Election, are submitted to the serious conside- ration of Englishmen. Mr. Justice Blackstone, in his admirable chap- ter " of the Parliament," taking a review of all the Statutes upon the subjeCt, says : The Election being closed, the Returning Officer in Boroughs returns his Precept to the Sheriff, with the persons elected by the majority; and the Sheriff returns the whole, together with the Writ for the Comity, and the Knights elect- ed thereupon, to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery— before the day of meeting, if it be a new Parliament, or within 14 days after, if it be an occasional vacancy."— It is not possible for words to convey more distinCtly and forcibly a condemnation of the conduCt of the High Bai- liff of Westminster, than the foregoing ExtraCt. If there was any precedent, if any thing either in the Letter of the Law or the Spirit of the Constitution was to be found to authorise the Returning Officer not to return the Precept, with the persons eleCted by the majority, it would not have escaped the researches of this learned Commentator on our Laws. He asserts, with- out Exemption, or Reserve, that BEFORE THE DAY OF MEETING of the New Parliament, the Whole, that is, the Precepts of all and every Bo- rough in the County, with the names of the persons elected by the majority, should be given in to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, by the Sheriff of the County. All authority in the Returning Officers ends on the day of meeting, and the Merits or Demerits of the Return are cognizable by a higher Tribunal. Dalton, in his book upon the duty of a She- riff— a work composed by a Lawyer, and of un- questionable authority— gives, from Mr. Cromp- ton, a list of all the Cities and Boroughs send- ing Members in every County ; and introduces it by saying, that " Since it is so penal for a Sheriff to leave out of his return any Members chosen by any City or Borough within his County, having a right to send Members to Parliament, he sub- joins that list for his information."— In the present case, the Sheriff has left out of his Re- turn the Members for the City of Westminster, nor have the Names of any Members for that City been called over on the first day of the meeting of the Parliament, as by a subsequent ExtraCt it appears they should The following ExtraCts from the Statutes are equally clear and conclusive. 5 Rich. 2. Chap. 4. An. 1382. And if any Sheriff of the realm be from henceforth negligent in making his returns of writs of the Parliament or, that he leave out of the said returns any cities or boroughs which be bound, and of old times were wont to come to the Parliament, he shall be amerced or otherwise punished, in the manner as was accustomed to be done m the said case in time past." 2 Hen. 6th. Chap. \\ th. An. 1444. And that the same Mayor and Bailiffs shall return lawfully, the precept to the same Sheriffs, by indentures betwixt the same sheriffs and them, to be made of the said elections ; and of the names of the said Citizens and Burgesses by them so chosen, and thereupon every Sheriff shall make a good and rightful return of every such writ, and of every return by the Mayor and Bailiffs to him made." Several penalties enaCted:— amongst others— And moreover shall forfeit and pay to every person hereafter chosen Citizen or Burgess to come to the Parliament, and not by the same Mayor or Bailiff returned/* 40I. " Provided always, that every Knight, Citi- zen, and Burgefs, chosen to come to any Parlia- ment hereafter to be holden, and not returned as aforesaid, shall begin his action of debt within three months after the same Parliament com- menced." ExtraCts from Sir Bulstrode Whitclocke's Com- mentary. Chap. 71.— WRIT. u And cause them to come at the said day and place." COMMENTARY. " Not only the Knights, Citizens, and Bur- gesses, but likewise the King, and all the Lords do come , at the said day and place, making up a full Parliament." Chap. 86.— WRIT. " To do and consent to such matters which then and there." COMMENTARY. " The power of the Members of Parliament is only to be exercised by them, then and there, when they are assembled together as a Parlia- ment, a collective and representative body of the whole kingdom met together." If this Commentary be founded, the present Parliament must be defective, nor can it exercise any legal power whatever ; whereas such power can only be exercised at the place and time ap- pointed by the King's Writ for its assembling together, and composing a collective and repre- sentative body of the whole kingdom met tegether; and the Electors of Westminster owed it to themselves and to their country to enter their Protest, as they have done, against the proceed- ings of a Parliament in which so great a part of the kingdom is not represented. In like sort they are careful for the appear- ance of then Members then and there." The Modus Parliamenti saith, ( Whitelocke, 2 Vol. p. 199.). that the first day of Parliament, the Burgesses and Citizens shall be called of all England, and if they appear not, the Borouhg. shall be amerced 100 marks, and the City 1ool. The second day the Knights shall be called ; and if they come not, the County shall be a- merced 1ool. But every one knowS by experi- ence, that at the then and there,, the time and. place appointed on the first day, all the Members are called, and the defaults recorded ! THEATRICAL INTELLIGENCE; Covent- Garden. AFTER the Play, Mrs Abington came for- ward, and in an elegant poetical address to the audience, expressed her obligations to them for their very distinguished patronage and atten- tion during the course of the season. She then thanked them in the names of the Manager and Performers, assuring them such indulgencies would call forth double exertions next year, when she hoped to meet them " All in the same places, " With the same health, good spirits, and kind faces." The audience returned the compliment with strong marks of applause, and the curtain fell in the midst of this reciprocation of mutual ci- vilities. Hay- Market. THE new prelude of the Election of the Managers was performed for the first time yesterday, calculated to remove all prejudices arising from the critical nature of the subject, which the late electioneering ferment all over the kingdom rendered in some measure nice and dangerous. Mr. Colman however has handled it with so much address, that it is impossible to discover his biass to any party ; though we think there are some few passages in the dialogue which may be adVantageously altered against the next representation. Buckram, Mr. Palmer. Type, - Mr. Parsons. Bayes, - Mr. Aickin. Holly, Mr. Williamson. Ivy, - Mr. Reilly. Quirk, Mr. Bannister. Supple, • Mr. Bannister, jun. Canker, • Mr. Baddeley. Smatter, - Mr. R. Palmer. Irishman, - Mr. Egan. Tom Tipple - Mr. Edwin, Mrs. Simper, - Miss Farren. Mrs. Buckram, Mrs. Webb. The motive of this little piece is evidently to excite a laugh at the parties who have lately contended for the political Election in Westmin- ster. Mr. Colman has seized on tbe ludicrous circumstances in the late contest, and has hu- mouroully brought them forward in an election of two managers for the winter theatres. Holly and Ivy have joined their interest against little Bayes. Buckram, a taylor, is appointed Se- cretary to the Committee of Holly and Ivy ; and Mrs. Buckram distinguishes herself as a female canvasser, glancing at Mrs. Hobart, while Mrs. Simper, in support of Bayes, represents the Duchess Devonshire. Tom Tipple is dis- guised for Sam House ; we know not whether any Other of characters are allusive. The ma- nager has conducted himself with address in not giving way to the personalities which such a sub- ject was likely to engender. Now and then there are expressions strongly tinctured, and which provoked from party spirit rather harsh rebuke. Mrs. Simper and Mrs. Buckram at- tack one another with a coarseness strongly cha- rasteristic of election scurrility ; but the satire is indiscriminate. There are female canvassers on both sides; there is abuse on both sides ; there is bribery on both sides. At the close of the poll Holly and Ivy are returned duly elected, and Bayes's Counsel says, that he will petition ; for the merits of the Election must be ultimately determined by the House. The Performers were in general, as often happens on a first night, extremely imperfect.— Miss Farren, however, is not included in this observation. Two excellent new scenes, painted by Rooker, adorned the last act. The view of Co- vent- Garden, taken from the corner of James- street, is one of the best conceived and best exe- cuted scenes we ever saw upon the Stage. DIED. Lately, at Dublin, Lady Viscountess Dowager Netterville: her Ladyship was sister to the late Benjamin Burton, of Burton- hall, in the county of Carlow, Esq. and mother to the present Lord Viscount Netterville. Tuesday, at his house in Broad- street- buildings, after a lingering ill- ness, Dr. Dickson, one of the Physicians to the London Hospital. HOUSE of COMMONS. WEDNESDAY, June 2. Came to several Resolutions; to be re- ported To- morrow. Read a third Time and passed the Ame- rican Trade Bill. Read a first Time the Bill for repairing the Streets at Sheffield. Several Petitions were received complain- ing of undue Elections. The House in a Committee of Supply— Mr. Gilbert in the Chair. Mr. Rose moved that the Sum ot One Million and a Half should be granted to his Majesty, to be raised by Exchequer Bills ; and also that the Sum of One Million and a Half should be granted to his Majesty to make good the same— both Motions were agreed to Nem. Con. The House resumed— SMUGGLING. The House in 1 Committee— Mr. Gilbert in the Chair. Mr. Pitt informed the Committee that he intended before he sat down to move them for Leave to bring in a Bill for the more ef- fectual Prevention of Smuggling; an Object so much in Contemplation of the House and every Branch of the Legislature for Magni- tude and Importance; that it was necessary for him to state how essential it waS to the very Existence of the Public Revenue that that dangerous and truly alarming Evil should be effectually provided against and restrained. He was very warm in his Commendations of the Exertions, Schemes, and Assiduity of the Committee to whom the Consideration of the State of Smuggling had been referred, and allowed them to deserve the warmest good Opinion of the Public: With regard to the Object he would then call the Atten- tion of the Committee to, it was, that he might be permitted to bring in a Bill to prevent Smuggling generally ; he did not wish to give it any other Title, because he did not merely aim at a Regulation in any- one Department; he wished that in every Branch of the Revenue there shiould be sufficient Powers and Regulations to thwart and destroy the Endeavours of those who would live upon the Ruin of the public Revenue. The great Features of the Bill he would briefly state, and the Subjects it was intended more immediately to attach upon, leaving the Consideration of the minor Objects until the Bill should be in a more mature Stage of its Progress.— The first Object was to extend the Hovering Laws to the four Seas— The second, to prevent Ships from carrying Arms, without the Licence of the Admiralty— The third, that Smuggling Ships, when once captured, as they were' soley adapted for that Purpose should never be returned— The fourth, that Ships of a certain Description, upon the Scale of the Smuggling, should be inter- dicted from being built— The fifth, that certain Goods, such as Tea, & C. in smaller Casks and Packages than were allowed by Law, should be a Forfeiture of the whole Ship and Cargo— The sixth with regard to Clearances, thereby to prevent Ships clear- ing out with Ballast, and afterwards going on the Smuggling Trade. Mr. Pitt subjoined various other Observa- tions, and concluded with moving for Leave to bring in a Bill for the more effectual pre- venting of Smuggling; Leave was given accordingly, and Mr Gilbert reported. WESTMINSTER ELECTION; Mr. Fox brought up a Petition from the Westminster Electors, desiring to be heard by their Counsil in Support of the Allega- tions of their former Petition— which being granted — Lord Mahon presented another from the High Bailiff, praying to be heard in his own Defence, as far as the Allegations of the former Petition were intended to affeCt him— which being also complied with, the same Noble Lord presented a Petition from other Electors of Westminster, praying that the High Bailiff should be permitted to go on with his Scrutiny. The Petition being brought up, the Noble Lord moved that the same should be con- sidered with the former Petitions. Mr. Fox said he did not rise to oppose the Noble Lord's Motion, but merely to ex- press that though there might have been a Case in the early Annals of the House of Commons, when Electors had petitioned not to be represented, yet in more modern Pe- riods, before the present, he challenged an Instance of it. It was the most new and extraordinary Proceeding that could be thought of The Petition was not that Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray should be re- turned ; that himself or one or the other of the former should be returned ; but merely that the City of Westminster should be with- out Representatives in Parliament. Mr. Pitt rose merely to make away any Impression that might be perceived from what had fallen from Mr. Fox, with regard to the Wishes of the Electors, as expressed in the Petition. Their Wish was undoubt- edly that they should be represented by the ObjeCt of their Choice, and that they should not be misrepresented. Mr. Fox said that his Assertion was in Fact the very Nature of the Petition, and a most new and extraordinary Petition it was— He should not be surprised if it was for the Re- turn of Sir Cecil Wray and Lord Hood, but that it was for the Return of no Member at all really astonished him. Sir Lloyd Kenyon said new and extraor- dinary Cases required Remedies of the fame Description; for where no Case had ever existed, there could be no existing Remedy to attach upon it— He contended upon the Principle of his former Arguments that the High Bailiff could not perhaps make a con- scientious Return under his Oath, without a Scrutiny, and that a Scrutiny he was legally authorised to carry on. Mr. Fox desired to know what it was that was new and extraordinary in the Westminster Election ; Was it its Length? No Was it because the Poll closed but the Day before the Return ? No Was it because there was not an intermediate Time between the Close of the Poll and die Return of the Writ suffi- cient to answer the Purposes of a Scrutiny ? No— There were Cases in Abundance fully in Point as well in this Election as in former General ones, and he particularly mentioned the Oxfordshire Election. Mr. Harrison said, the very Prayer of the Petition was an Argument that the ELectors did not demand the Scrutiny as a Right, but merely as a Matter of Favour— they only asked ths House to permit the Scrutiny to go on. Sir Lloyd Kenyon replied. Commons Debates of Yesterday continued. The Motion was agreed to, and the Order of the Day being read, Counsel were called on the Petition presented by Mr. Fox. After Mr. Douglas and Mr. Garrow had been heard on Behalf of the Petition, the latter's Speech having been heard with uni- versal Admiration, and Mr. Mingay having replied. Mr. Watson was proceeding to call Witnesses to support the Measures of the High Bailiff, by proving that 400 bad Votes had been given for Mr. Fox in two Parishes alone ; when Mr. Fox having observed, that the Name of the Secretary of Lord Hood's and Sir Cecil Wray's Committee ( Mr. Atkinson)' had been mentioned, rose to inform the House, that having been the Day before in another Place Witness of a System of Evidence that he suspected in some Degree to have been che- rished in that Quarter where Mr. Atkinson pre- sided, he could not avoid warning the House to be cautious how they should attend to any Thing that could come from a Quarter from which the most infamous Evidence had issued to attach a Crime of the greatest Malignity on an unhappy Person, with a View to sacrifice. his Life to an abandoned Malevolence. The Attorney- General called him to order, and referred it to the decision of the House, whether any thing that appeared on the face of the question, warranted the latitude which the honourable Gentleman had chosen to take. After a few more words, Mr. Fox observed, that he thought himself perfectly in order; for what could be more nearly allied to the business then before the House, than the motives that had led to the infamous prosecution to which be alluded The event of that prosecution. might teach that House how much confidence was to be given to the witnesses that might appear to corroborate the assertion of the learned Counsel that had just sat down. It might then convince them how little respect the violence and injustice of party zeal would show not only to thc characters and - the fortunes, but even to the lives of men. Here The Master of tbe Rolls interrupted Mr. Fox. He reprimanded him for his excessive warmth, and tried to convince him that his arguments were entirely foreign to the main topic then under consideration. But Mr. Fox minded not his reproof. He confessed that he was very warm. If ever there was an occasion on which he had reason to be warm, that was the occasion. There was, however, one thing common to him, and one of the learned Gentlemen who had interrupted him, Mr. Arden, and that was their warmth. He now entered eagerly and largely into the injus- tice of the proposition that had been made, of examining evidence against him, without allow- ing him any opportunity of defending himself in a similar manner. He had not made much progress on this head, when The Hon. Mr. Grenville thought it incum- bent on him to try to restore a little regularity to the debate. He submitted it to the judge- ment of the House, whether a party concerned had a right to endeavour to decry the credit and respect of those who opposed him ; and to stop the proceedings of the house, that he might have an opportunity of gratifying his own private feelings and resentments ? Mr. Fox sat down very calmly, while the Hon. Member was endeavouring to correct his extravagances. The Speaker here interposed his authority, and give his opinion ; which be- ing such as not to prevent the continuation of the Hon. Gentleman's spcech, he proceed- ed to expose the hard and unprecedented treat- ment which he had experienced in the late poll; and the danger us tendency of the unfair pro- ceedings that were then to be commenced against him. He accused several of the Gentlemen who sat over against him, of being uncandid and unreasonable. Lord North and Mr. Grenville getting up to- gether, Mr. Grenville gave way ; and his Lord- ship proceeded to shew, that the examination of evidence on that occasion could not tend, in The most distant respect, to promise the real object which the House ought to have in view, which was, the ascertaining of the guilt or the innocence of the High Bailiff of Westminster, but rather to determine the merits of the West- minster Election ; an object, in his mind, very different from that which ought to govern the minds of Gentlemen. Mr. Grenville now got up to answer some- thing that had fallen from the Hon. Gentleman ( Mr. Fox) over against him. That Gentleman had been pleased to reproach those who opposed him with want of candour. He was willing to rest it entirely with that Honourable House with whom the want of candour lay. The severe and ill- grounded reflections which he had thrown out against those who had opposed him, were matter sufficient for the House to form a very decided opinion. The Master of the Rolls applied his arguments to Mr. Fox's feelings. Alluding to something which that Gentleman had said respecting the witness who had been proposed for examina- tion, he recommended to him to enter a prose- cution for perjury and murder. Mr. Fox took up the argument with uncom- mon heat and animosity : and he and the Mas- ter of the Rolls were getting into a high state of passion, when Lord Maitland rose, to temperate their unruly zeal. That Nobleman, with the greatest cool- ness and steadiness imaginable, dropt a few words, explanatory of the particular point about which the two honourable Members had differ- ed, and their heat was abated. The Chancellor of the Exchequer and Ld. North attempting to speak at the same time, a loud noise prevailed in the House. But the Speaker, who happened to cast his eye on Mr. Pitt, de- sired him to go 0n. Lord North had just time to say, I am to speak to Order, when the Speaker interposed. The Chancellor of the Exchequer then went on. He observed that he also meant to speak in order. He took up the several arguments which had been used by Mr. Fox ; and handled them in a masterly manner. He reproached him severely, though modestly, with the greatest want of that very candour, a deficiency of which he had fancied he saw in others. He charged him at once with inconsistency and unreasonable- ness, he had almost said, injustice, in his ideas re- specting the examination of the evidence that had been called upon. It seemed to be the wish of that Hon. Gentleman to load the High Bailiff of West- minster with every accusation— even criminal accusations'; and to subject him to every disad- vantage which the form of proceeding in that House would admit ; while on the other hand he was labouring to evade those forms with which the most lenient tribunal could not dispense. It could not have escaped the notice of every gen- tleman present, how very absurd and uncommon it was in one so circumstanced as that gentleman then was, to take so active and so distinguished a part in the inquiry then before the House. From his peculiar situation one might have looked for a little reserve. instead of that, he had attacked those whose ideas did not coin- cide with his own, in a manner the most in- decent and disrespectful. He had descended to the most opprobrious language which passion could suggest ; and had lavished his abuse in the most illiberal manner. But his invective could not wound any one deeply. The drift of it was known. ' It was meant, like many other of the specches of that Hon. Gentleman, to excite clamour and confusion in that House ; and, like many, others, he hoped it would attract but very little notice. He concluded with enforcing some of the arguments that had been used by the Master of theRolIs ; and by commenting a lit- tle 0n what had fallen from Lord North. Lord North replied. After making a very short speech, he moved, " That the Counsel then at the bar should not be allowed to examine any evidence that might tend to impeach the le- gality of any votes that had been given in the late Westminster election." Lord Mulgrave reasoned against the motion, by shewing that it was unfair and cruel to deny the High Bailiff of Westminster the only likely means which remained, of exculpating him- self. Mr. Lee now made a long speech ; which, as it abounded chiefly with points of law, could af- ford little entertainment to any one but a law- yer. Mr. Dundas answered Mr. Lee; and in addi- tion, endeavoured to persuade the House of the urgency of hearing every exculpatory evidence for the defendant, as he was threatened not only with a criminal but a civil prosecution Mr. Wilberforce spoke with his usual taste and elegance. He reprobated the very indecent at- tempt of the honourable gentleman opposite to him, to bias men's minds by his artful insinua- tions, or unparalleled abuse. It was the wish of that honourable gentleman to rob the defen- dant of the privileges which the laws of his country afforded. There were there many who were ready to second his intentions; but there were also many to oppose them ; and he was one of these. Never should he submit to see any gen- tleman whatever used with unnecessary severity. Mr. Dundas had taken notice of the extravagant lengths to which Mr. Fox's heat had carried him. Mr. Wilberforce taking the hint, observed, that it was no wonder he felt unusual heat, since he had been entertaining the House with tales of perjury and blood. Mr. Fox was roused by this expression of Mr. Wilberforce. He rose up and demanded an ex- planation, which he obtained. The question was now loudly called for ; but Mr. Eden begged leave to be heard for a few minutes. The object of what he said, was to open the minds of the House to the loss which Parliament was likelp to sustain bv the disuse of Mr. Grenville's Bill. On that Bill he passed several encomiums. The Master of the Rolls, Mr. Welbore Ellis, and Mr. W. Adam spoke each for a short time ; but did not deliver any thing that was either new or interesting. The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved, as an amendment, that the word particular stand be- fore that of votes', which being put, was nega- tived. The original motion being then put, the House divided, when the numbers were. Ayes 77 Noes — 212 Majority 135 Mr. Atkinson was again called in and examined to a variety of questions, all tending to prove that the High Bailiff had granted the scrutiny on the idea that was given him of unfair practices hav- ing been used at the election. Mr. Fox contended, that no evidence which had arisen since the final close of the poll could be admitted as an excuse for his having granted the scrutiny; therefore unless the Bailiff could shew, that at the time of granting the scrutiny he had sufficient reason, certainly all the rest must fall to the ground. The Ministry insisted, that evidence of all kinds should be heard that the Bailiff thought proper for his defence. Mr. Fox replied, that it might be proper if the House was deciding on the merits of the election; bill as the present question was only Whether the Bailiff was justifiable in granting a scrutiny at the time he did ? certainly that kind of evidence was not admissible. The Counsel and the evidence were called in, and ordered to withdraw backwards and for- wards every five minutes, between which period there was an altercation on the part of the Electors of Westminster by Mr. Fox, Mr. She- ridan, Col. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Lee, Lord North, Lord Maitland, Mr. Dempster; and on the part of the High Bailiff, by Mr. Pitt, the Master of the Rolls, the Attorney and Solicitor- General, the Lord Advocate, Treasurer of the Navy, Paymaster of the Forces, and Surveyor- General of the Ordnance. Mr. Pitt gave, notice that the motion which stood for this day respecting a more equal re- presentation, must of course stand adjourned over until next week. At SIX o'clock this morning the House ad- journed the further consideration of the business until TWELVE o'clock this day, having not more than half examined one witness. HOUSE of LORDS. Wednesday, June 2. SIR Tames Lowther took the oaths and his seat as Lord Lonsdale. Ordered that n0 Reports from the Judges on private Petitions be received after . the 16th of June. Adjourned. Postscript, Thursday Afternoon, June 3. LONDON. We hear the following changes are talked of in the Ministry of Ireland : The Right Hon. Luke Gardiner, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Chairman of Supplies, in the room of the Right Hon. John Foster. The Right Hon. William Brownlow, First and Chief Commissioner, in the room of the Right Hon. John Beresford. George Ogle in the room of Lord Clifden. Wm. B. Ponsonby — — J. M. MasOn. Sir Ed. Newenham — — G. P. Bushe. Isaac Corry, Esq. — — Sir H. Langrishe. Sir A. Stewart, Esq.— — Robert Ross. W. T. Jones, Esq. — — Sir John Parnell. Lord Meath, Master of the Ordnance. Lord Charlemont, Colonel of Artillery. H. L. Rowley, Mustermaster- General; with several others not yet ascertained. The following is a list of the Committee ap- pointed on Tuesday, the four last of whom are added in the room of the same number who have declined acting, or are not now in Parlia- ment. Rt. Hon. Wm. Eden, Geo. Dempster, Esq. Hen. Beaufoy, Esq. Hen. Strachey, Esq. Wm. Hussey, Esq. Hen. Banks, Esq. Rt. Hon. Lord Beau- champ, Sir Geo. Shuckburgh, Philip Yorke, Esq. Hen. Thornton, Esq. Brook Watson, Esq. Rt. Hon. H. Dundas, Charles Brett, Esq. John Call, Esq. John Anstruther, Esq. The above Committee met yesterday, and are to have the same powers of sending for persons, books, papers, and records. To sit notwithstanding the adjournment of the House, and to adjourn from place to place as they shall think fit, as the Committee in the last Parliament. Extract of a letter from Deal, June 2. " Wind E. N. E. Came down and sailed the Reward, Reily, for Dublin. Remain the Scout sloop and Cockatrice cutter. On the 23d ult. about half past five in the afternoon, at Spalding, in Lincolnshire, there was the most violent hail- storm ever known in the memory of man, attended with a continual thunder and lightning, which lasted till past six. The hailstones were large solid pieces of ice of an angular form ; great numbers of them were taken up, which weighed half an ounce each, and. measured from two to three inches in circum- ference. Several windows were broke, and the garden glasses were entirely destroyed. Though the day had been excessive hot, the hailstones co- vered the market- place almost an hour after the storm was over. The storm extended to James Deeping and Lutterworth- Drove, where the stones that fell measured six inches in circum- ference. At Hurley, in Berkshire, is the following cu- rious inscription over the door of the parish clerk of that place " John Briggs Clerk, Draws all Sorts of Teeth in Human plays the Violin, Shaves and Cuts Hair, Grinds Razors Scissors Penknives, Takes any thing out of Eyes, Measures Land, and cures the Itch out of hand, And many other Articles to Teadious to mention.—— N. B. Likewise Makes Womans Shoes & Boots & High Shoes & Mens Shoes and Translater 1783." The persons ordered for execution at Exeter, to- morrow se'nnight for escaping from the trans- port vessel are, Thomas Limpus, Charles Keel- ing, Thomas Smith, James Cox, William Blatherton, John Haydon, William Brown, Francis Garland, and Henry Roach. A great number were not tried, not having acted so vio- lently as the rest. Upon the trials it appeared, that it was proposed to cut off the Captain's ears. In this the men ordered for execution consented, and the scissars were put to his head; but one Thomas Barrett interfered, and prevent, ed the barbarous proposal being effected. Bar- rett, although in other respects one of the worst of the concicts, was reprieved for saving the Captain ; and Judge Heath ordered it to be pub- licity mentioned in the gaol, that Barrett was not to be executed) owing to his shewing a hu- mane regard for the Captain. Charles Keel- ing, a genteel young fellow, justified the fact, and said, it was supposed he and the others were going to the Bay of Honduras to be slaves in cutting logwood, which was illegal and contrary to their sentence. But it appeared clear that there was no reason to suppole so, and that the escape was concerted to get on shore and regain their liberty. Monday evening a fellow unperceived got into the house of Mr. Walby, cabinet- maker in Charterhouse- lane, and packed up several arti- cles of plate and other effects, which, as she went along the passage, Mrs. Walby perceived lying in the middle of the parlour floor; and upon her going into the room, the fellow point- ed a cutlass to her breaft, threatening her life If she spoke, and then locking her into thc par- lour escaped. Wednesday se'nnight died, the Lady of the Right Rev. the Bishop of Clogher, at his Lord- ship's house in Henrietta- street, Dublin. On Tuesday last died at Derby, in his seventy- seventh year, Mr. Chase, many years an eminent banker in that town. Leeds, June 1. Last Wednesday was married, George Vincent, Esq. Captain in the 9th regi- ment of foot, to Miss Elizabeth Read, of this town. The Beckford, Calver, from Selby and Yar- mouth, arrived safe at Genoa the 9th of May. A Correspondent has favoured us with the following instance of the strength of vegetation this season :— Some kidney- beans in his garden, which- had not broke ground yesterday se'n- night, were an inch and a half high on Tuesday evening at sun- set. On Tuesday last three men at Litteborough, having drank immoderately of brandy, one of them died, who has left a widow and seven children. Saturday se'nnight Edward Duckett, of Ox- cliff- hill, near Lancaster, had a girl about three years old run over wtth a stone- roller of ten cwt. drawn by two horses, and after bleeding, & c. was perfectly well, and scarcely any mark of harm upon her. Two or three people were drinking one day the last week at the Angel Inn at Sp'alding in Lincolnshire, when one of the company for- a trifling bet offered to carry a red hot poker in his teeth as far as the obelisk in the market- place there and back again, The bet being agreed to, the man took the poker between his teeth and performed it. The consequence was, the poor man was so affected, that his teeth dropt out, his mouth and his throat were so scorched that he languished till the next day, and expired in great agonies.— Stamford Mercury. On Saturday se'nnight died, the Rev. Mr. Foxley, curate of St. John's, in Manchester. The same day died at Wigan, William Oller- ton, Esq. Mayor of that town. We hear from Barnsley, that there have died at that place five old women in this present year, whose ages together amount to 447. T1 OCTAVO EDITION. This day were published, In eight volumes octavo, price 2I. 2s. in boards, Illustrated with an elegant engraving of the author, , and a beautiful vignette, by TrOTTER, THE WORKS of THOMAS WILSON, D. d. fifty- eight years LORD BISHOP of SODOR and MAN. With his Life, compiled from his own MSS. and other authentic papers, By the Rev. C. CRUTTWELL. Vol. t. Contains the Bishop's Life, and History of the Isle of Man. 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