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Glynn, John Sawbridge, efq. James Townlhend, efq. rev. doctor Wilson, George Bellas, efq. Francis Ascoiigh, efq. and William Ellis, efq. •
The petition is signed by 1565 freeholders, who are supposed to be possessed of above two thirds of the property in the county. The seven gentlemen who went up with it metat the St. James's coffee-house; and proceeded from thence to his majesty's levee; previous to the opening of which, they were waited upon by lord Willoughby de Broke (thelordin waiting), who requested their names and ..business, which were wrote upon a card, and delivered to his lordship. They were conducted to the royal presence by the master of the ceremonies, and Mr. Ascough presented the petition to his majesty, who received it very graciously.
Soon after their departure, a ca-' Wt council was held; at the breaking up of which, his. majesty returned to Richmond.
The time of presenting the petition being known at court, an acting magistrate, together with several petty constables, were in waitmg; bat they were not called for, as every thing was conducted with the utmost secrecy, Recency, and good order. Many people were assembled at St. James's, in expectation of seeing a cavalcade follow 'he gentlemen who were to present the above petition,; but it was carfed up so privately, and with so much decorum, that few knew there wa3 Rny such thing at all done, and twny went away fully satisfied that the report which prevailed respecting it was fallacious.
On Monday Miles B. Allen, efq.
gave bail before lord Mansfield at Guildhall, to answer the complaint of sir William Meredith, bart. who had sworn the peace against him; himself in I octal, and sir Richard Phillips, bart. and John Bartlet Allen, efq. his sureties, in 500I. each.
Leghorn, April 17. On the 15th instant the emperor and his royal highness the great duke arrived here about oneo'clock. Immediately after, the governor of the town sent word to fir John Dick, his Britannic majesty's consul, that his imperial majesty and the great duke intended, as soon as they had dined, to go on board his majesty's frigate the Montreal, capt. Cosby, and theCarysfort, capt. Vandeput, which were .then in the roads; of which, the consul informed the commanders, and soon after went himself on board the Montreal, which capt.' Cosby had got under sail, and was standing close towards the shore." His imperial majesty and the great duke were conducted in barges on board the Montreal. They were fa-; luted by each of the frigates with z I guns, as well cm their going on board, as at their return. They continued on board the Montreal two hours, during which time she kept under sail. On passing the Carysfort, she likewise got under fail,' and accompanied the Montreal.The emperor and great duke both expressed great satisfaction. The great duke did sir John Dkk the honour to present him to the emperor; and the next morning sir John had the honour to present capt. Cosby and capt. Vandeput to his imperial majesty.
Before the great duke left Rome, the cardinals in a body sent him a present, consisting of a piece of the
[H] 4. k " holy holy cross, richly adorned with fi
fures and instruments of the crucixion, in gold, weighing sixteen pounds; four cafes, with the prints of the churches and principal buildings at Rome, and two pictures of Mosaic work, representing St, Peter and St. Paul: on which occasion his royal highness gave to the maitre de hotel who was charged with it, a gold snuff-box, and 200zec;uns to be distributed amongst the servants. The great duke likewise ordered very large sums of money tobe given to the servants of each of the houses where entertainments were made for him; the whole amounting to upwards of 2000 zechins.
They write from Copenhagen, that on the ninth of last monti.a new hospital was opened in that city, for the use of the poor, in the presence of a great number of she nobility, Sec The bishop of Harboe made an excellent discourse on that occasion, which was followed bya grand concert of music. This hospital is a very spacious structure, and will contain 700 persons of both sexes, Such as are most infirm, and past their labour, are to be supplied with all the necessaries of life gran's; but those who are able to work are to pay for their subsistence out of the profits of the^r employments, having their lodging at free cost; besides these 700 persons maintained in the house, alms are distributed weekly to 500 poor people who inhabit the city. After the concert a collection was made for the poor, who dined in the halls of the hospital, and had new clothes distribu ted among them. Since the king of Denmark has returned to his own kingdom, many new regulations have taken place in his dominions, but none that gives such Universal satisfaction as that
lately made, regarding the sharing the estates and effects among the children of the peasants. It is particularly, by the ordinance lately published respecting this affair, commanded that the oldest child, son or daughter, shall, upon the decease of their parents, be entitled to one moiety, or half part, and no more, of their effects and possessions, and the other moiety is to be divided equally among the rest of the chilr dren, whether male or female; and. if there be but two children, then the estate and effects of the deceased to be equally shared.
The news brought from , the East-Indies, by the ships" just arrived, have affected India stock near 20 per cent, that stock being done on Thursday last at 267; whereas this day it has been down as low as 248. and it is feared by many that it may fall 40 or 50 per cent, lower.
There are not wanting some who insinuate that these reports are spread by interested persons, who have great influence in the company, in order to take advantage of the unwary; yet there seems to be no doubt, that the ships left India ata time when the company's affairs h;ore a very unfavourable aspect; for it is asserted, that the Marattas were in arms, had joined several other powers, and were ripe for an engagement. , They are supposed to be spirited up by the French, who, it $s well known, haye been privately sending oyer forces to that part of the globe for some time past.
IF there is no truth in the above reports, or indeed, if they are true, it seems to reflect upon the gentlemen in power, who suffer the public to be cajoled for want of proper
and and speedy information of the state of their affairs.
Saturday a motion was made in the court of common pleas, for a rule, for lord Halifax tostiew cause why Mr. Wilkes's demurrer should not be withdrawn, and the proceedings go on against his lordship, they having been stopped by his plea of Mr. Wilkes's being an outlaw. The rule was granted, upon -Mr. serjeant Glynn's producing a certificate from the court of king's bench, that Mr. Wilkes's outlawry was illegal; and the court has granted ten days to his lordship to shew cause, &c. Long and learned arguments were made use of by the counsel, who were, for Mr. Wilkes, Mr. sergeant Glynn, Mr. serjeant Leigh; for lord Halifax, Mr. serjeant Davy and Mr. serjeant Naires.
The unfortunate city of Koningfberg was almost entirely destroyed by a dreadful fire, which has done more damage than that which ruined a multitude of inhabitants in the year 1764.
A fine monument of white marble has been erected at Berlin, by order of his Prussian majesty, to the memory of the late field maresehal Schwerin, who was slain at the battle of Prague in 1757, when he charged the enemy at the head of his regiment, with the colours in his hand.
From the banks of the Danube,
*' We have received advice from Constantinople, that the Turks, upon the occasion of removing the standard of Mahomet, made a grand procession through the city: all Christians upon this occasion were forbid to appear in the streets, or at their windows; but the wife and
daughter of the imperial minister, being excited by curiositv, placed themselves at a secret window to observe the procession, which was no sooner discovered by the Turks, than they attacked the ambassador's house, and endeavoured to force an entrance; but the servants of the minister opposing them, well armed, a dreadful fray ensued, in which no less than 100 persons lost their lives, and the ambassador's lady was very severely treated. Some of the rioters dragged her down into the court yard, and made preparations to strangle her, when a party of JaniCvsaries, who were dispatched to her assistance by an aga in the neighbourhood, happily came and preserved her. Upon complaint being made of this outrage by her husband to the grand vizir, that minister ex-pressed great sorrow for the insult that had been offered, and assured him he should have all the reparation it was possible to procure. A few hours after, the vizir sent the imperial minister a rich present of jewels for his lady, and a bag, which was found to contain the heads of the three principal rioters.
This morning, about two ,
o'clock, a terrible fire broke' out at a timber merchant's in Peterstreet Saffron-hill, which consumed the same, and twelve more houses. A child is said to have perished in the flames. Some attribute this disaster to fireworks the preceding evening.
A court of aldermen was held at Guildhall, when the nephew of sir Matthew Blackiston^ppeared, with a letter from sir Matthew, desiring leave to resign his gown, on account of his ill state of health j but, after some debates, the affair was postponed till next court of aldermen.
Married at Tunbri dge Wells, Mr. Edmund Wood, aged 77, to Miss ■Goldstone, a fine young lady of 25; they were first lawfully Lifkcd.three different Sundays in the church, and after married with a licence.
Died lately, at Bodmin in Cornwall, Mrs. Trevanion, aged 1,07 years.
Jane Holt, in Shropshire, aged 105.
Anthony Risoliere, esq; aged 98, a well-known interpreter.
Mr. Amcot, schoolmaster, near the Seven Dials. In cutting a pen he dropt his penknife, and catching it between his thighs, it pierced so deep that it killed him.
Belling Taylor, in Southwark, aged 103.
Thomas Harris, esq; of Banning, trorth 150, oool.
His grace the,duke of Bolton gave a grand supper and masquerade ball, at his feat at Hack wood, Hants; at which were present their royal highnesses the dukes of Glouc ster and Cumberland, the fee gn ministers, and more than 300 perions of the first distinction.
At twelve this day, a very numerous body of proprietors of EastIndia stock, met at their house in L?adenhall street when the advices lately received from India were read; and it was th»n unanimously declared „ that from those advices, no seal cause for the alarm that had happened could be inserted; for that upon the whole it appeared t'lat the company's affairs were in ft very flourishing situation.
, A great riot happened at ♦ ' Nottipgham, occasioned by a
serjeant's ill using a private soldier, which the mob resented, and beat the serjeant; whereupon the officers of the military drew their swords on the populace, but were soon overpowered: the rnagistrates then interposed, and with much difficulty rescued the military gentlemen out of their hands, and conducted them to a place of safety till the mob dispersed. . ■„.
This being his majesty's cti birth-day, the Royal Acade- ^ micks gave an entertainment at their house in Pall-Mall, in honouros the day; and in the evening the whole. front of the Royal Academy was illuminated with transparent paintings, and lamps of various colours. In the centre compartment appeared a graceful female figure seated, representing Painting, surrounded with Genii, some of which guided her pencil, whilst others dictated subjects to her; at her feet were various youths employed in the study of the art; and over her head hovered a celestial form,Tepresencing Royal Munificence,.attended by. several other ■figures supporting a cornne pia filled with honours and rewards. The whole piece was executed by Mr. Cipriani, R. A.
On the left side of Painting; in, another compartment, was represented by a female figure Sculpture, standing upon a rock of marble, holding in one hand an antiquated bust, and in the other the chisseland mallet. This compartment was executed by Mr. West, R.' A.
On the right fide of Painting, in a third compartment was represented by another female figure Architecture, in a contemplating attitude, holding in her hand a compass, being surrounded with buildings, and^ having at her feet the,
fafket and acanthus root which gave rise to the Corinthian order. This subject was executed by Mr. Dance, R. A.
Immediately above the centre compartment was a tablet with this inscription, "Royal Academy of Arts,MiftitutedMDOCLXvm." And spon the-tablet was placed a medallion, in which were represented the portraits of their majesties, by Mr. Penny, R. A. The medallion w* Grounded with festoons of laurel, roses, and myrtle intertwined, and •with trophies of arms, and attributes of- Venus and the Graces; painted by Mr. Richards, R. A.
Other parts of the front were adorned with trophies alluding to the different arts of design', painted byMr.Richards and Mr. Wale, R. A. And others were enriched with stars and various figures in lamps of different colours; the top of the building was terminated with a large imperial crown and various pyramids, &c. in lamps of different colours.
g.i At a meeting of the society 'of the Bill of Rights, an ac<cott'stt of Mr. Wilkes's debts was •delivered in', which amounted to I7,oool. seven of which have been already compromised. A circular letter was at the feme time read and approved by the chairman. This letter has since been sent to the gentlemen os the minority, who are to promote it in the different counties they live in, and is also to be sent to all the city and borough towns in England, with Mr. Wilkes's cafe, written by himself.
On breaking open the will of a country gentleman deceased, a legacy of 2000I. was found to be bequeathed by him to John Wilkes, Esq. v