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tody to answer interrogatories, the court was of opinion they were not authorized to change the place of his confinement, and he was thereupon remanded back.
Yesterday the report was made to his majesty of the convicts under sentence of death in Newgate, when William Sykes and James Best, for house-breaking; Judith Baldwin, for stealing money out of the house of John March; Mary Harris and Louisa Smith, for robbing Benjamin Stobben in Blackboy-alley; J ohn Abraham, for a highway robbery; and John Creamer, for stealing nine guineas, the property of John Lothian (being the whole number condemned last Sessions at the Old Bailey) were all respited.
Jonathan Hall, condemned in Japuary sessions, was also respited.
On Saturday morning a methodist preacher, who had disturbed the
Eeace of the city of Gloucester with is enthusiastic rant, was flogged through the streets by order of the mayor.
, . The honourable Mr. How* 'ard, the honourable Mr. King, sir George Colebroke, sir Joseph Mawbey, and many'other gentlemen of the county of Surry, dined at the St. Alban's tavern, where a general meeting was agreed to be held at Epsom on the 26th inst, to which all the freeholders of the county have been invited. This meeting has since been disclaimed by the high sheriff, and every art made use of to discountenance it.
A cause was tried in the common pleas, in which Mrs. Todd a milkwoman was plaintiff, and a cowkeeper in Chelsea defendant; the action was for mixing water with his nii}k, which she was by contrail
engaged to take for a certain ti/he; the jury, without going out of court, gave a verdict for the plaintiff with 15I. damages.
An English gentleman was taken into custody at Brest, for taking' plans of the fortifications of thatand other sea-port towns in France.
Several large stills, containing 2500 gallons each, are making to be sent to Madrass in the East-Indies, in order to render the water of that place, which is brackish, sweet and fresli.
The celebrated Miss Elliot, who died the other day, was possessed at that time of about eight thousand pounds, fix thousand of which were in the funds, and said to have been made her a present of by a certain great personage, just before the dissolution of their connexion. The remainder consisted of furniture, plate, and jewels, of which, it is said, see had a very elegant collection. - |
The above lady has left all that see was possessed of among her poor relations; except an hundred pounds to each of her executors; and a few trifling legacies, in rings, &c. to some of her select friends, which in the whole did not amount to an hundred pounds.
Hague, June 11. The duke of Gloucester arrived the 9th instant ia the afternoon at Helvept, where he was received by sir Joseph Yorke, and Baron Zoele, gentleman to the prince stadthplder; his royal highness went with him in the yacht to Williamstadt, from whence he departed yesterday morning to Moerdyck, and from thence to continue his rout for Breda.
His majesty's particular. * thanks were given, as well to t!ie several officers of the different
degrees of rank in every company of the first regiment of guards, as also the private men of the regiment, for their masterly performances on the day of their review, of which his majesty was pleased to signify his entire approbation. The reason for this distinguished mark of royal favour is said to have been, to remove the effects of a rumour that had prevailed among the regiment, of an undue preference, because the third regiment had been reviewed before the first.
The last packet from North America brought a letter of thanks from the town of Boston to colonel Barre, for his conduct in parliament, and also inclosed him a remonstrance to his majesty, setting forth the grievances they labour under, and particularly mentioning the conduct of
governor ;also the contents
of six intercepted letters, which discovered a project of the most dangerous nature. The above remoifstrance, we hear, was presented on Friday.
i Came on the election of
* ' sheriffs for jthe city of London and county of Middlesex at Guildhall, when James Townsend snd John Sawbridge, esqrs. were
i unanimously chosen.
The number of livery-men that attended on this occasion was greater than has been known for many Years past, and it was proposed to petition his majesty on the present state of national grievances. This proposal was unanimouflyapproved; a petition was read, and one alteration only, at the request of the lord mayor, made, viz. that instead of
* the humble petition of the lord mayor, the aldermen, and livery of the city of London," it should run thus,'«the humble petition of the
livery of the city of London." A motion was then made,that the lord mayor, sheriffs, and city members, be requested to wait on his majesty with the petition; this motion wast seconded, and all,exceptMr.Harley, who was not present, expressed their readiness tocomply with the request. The whole business was transacted with the greatest decorum; only one unlucky affair intervened, bytheindiscretion of a young' man, who was detected in taking minutes of thespeakers, which was resented by the populace, and the poor fellow was. very roughly used. \
The gentlemen, clergy, At and freeholders of the county of Surry met at Epsom, to consider the best constitutional measures to be taken in support of the right of elections, when two expedients were proposed, either instructing their members, or petitioning the king? to the first it was objected, as nugatory, one of their members having already done all in his power to support their rights, the other all in his power to resign them j to petition, was therefore the only eligible measure left, and was, after some debate about the form, unanimously adopted, and the following resolution agreed to as the basis: That it is the opinion of this meeting, that, by the laws of the land, the freeholders and electors of Great Britain have, an undoubted right to be represented in parliament by any person qualified according to law, who has a majority of legal votes; and that they have reason to apprehend these rights have been abridged in the cafe of the Middlesex election. •
A letter from Dolgelly, in North Wales, gives an account of an earthquake at thatplaeeon the ic,thinst. which threatened to bury the inhabitants bitants under'the projecting cliffs which hang over it. Torrents of water burst forth from the convulsed sides of Kader Idris, which deluged the little val? beneath. The Marian, where the militia are exercised, was covered with a kind of lava near three feetdeeo; but what is chiefly regretted, is the loss of the admired bridge, called Bonty Bondigion, which, upon examination, had no foundation, the lowest stone being above the surface of the earth.
The lord mayor of London sent to lord Rochfort, to know when it would be proper to wait upon his. majesty with the petition of the livery of London; and ■ received for answer, that it was a matter not in his department.
, His lordship waited upon '"lord Weymouth; but was told his lordship was not at home. He therefore left his business, and in return received the card prefixed to the petition. (See the Appendix.)
, The sheriffs went to court,
* 'and requested an audience; which being granted, his majesty was pleased to appoint Wednesday the 5th of July to receive the petition.
This day the first stone of a new bridge to be built over the Severn at Shrewsbury, was laid by sir John ^Astley, bart.
In the Rev. Mr. Whiteneld's taIbernacle in Tottenham-court-road, is the following epitaph:
"To the memory of Mrs. Whitefield, who, after thirty years strong arid frequent manifestations of her Redeemer's love, mixed with strong and frequent strugglings against the bufferings of Satan, many sicknesses and indwellings of sin, was joyfully released Aug. the-*-J768'
Letters from Jamaica bring ad-* vice of the fortunate discovery of a conspiracy among the negroes of Kingston, the capital of that island. Their plan was to set the town on fire in different places; and when the inhabitants were busy in extra-1 guiihing the flames the conspirators were to fall upon them, and to pot them to death without mercy. The discovery was made by a black girl* who told the story to a Jew that kept her; he immediately informed the colonel of the militia, who mustered his men privately, and went to the place of rendezvous, where he found about 300 armed negroes, whom he surprized, and took several of them prisoners, many of whom have since been executed. It is added, that the insurrection was to4 have been general throughout theisland.
After many flying reports about the success oftheCorsican army, and of the defeat of the French in that island, which were universally be« lieved at the beginning of the pre-* sent month, the contrary is now found to be the truth ; and that the Corsicans, either intimidated by the superiornumberoftheFrenchforces, or corrupted by the allurement of French gold, desertediheir leader in the day of battle, laid down their arms, and submitted to the yoke of France. Corte, the capital of the island, surrendered without beinginvested ; and the brave Paoli, finding himself deserted, betrayed, deluded, and even reproached, by his worthless countrymen, is retired with & few chosen followers to the mountains, there to meditate an escape. The French have offered 2000 louisd'ors for apprehending him.
They write from Paris, that 0*. the festival of Corpus Christi the
Seur Torre opened his new Vauxkall, near St. Martin's gate, under the denomination of the Feasts of Tempe. He has laid out upwards cf 50,000 crowns to establish this
[lace of entertainment, which is to eopen Sundays and Thursdays. It was calculated that there were betw#en ten and twelve thousand persons present the first evening : they payhalfacrownadmittance; andall the opulent families, both of court tnd city, seem eager to shut up and Me themselves there, instead of going to breathe the pure air in the public walks.
The dreadfiri' fire that happened »t Koninglberg broke out ar>a baker's (hop about three o'clock in fte morning, and destroyed a great number of magazines filled with corn, wine, and rich merchandize; ■pwards of two hundred edifices were laid in ashes, and the loss iscomputed at several millions' of rix-dollars.
The emperor of Germany paid » visit to the Sardinian court in his way to Vienna from Rome. He dined with his Sardinian majesty, and in the afternoon accompanied Ms majesty to the Coyso.
Mrs. Stuart, of Mary-le-bone, near the Grotto, was delivered of three children, a boy and two girls, who were baptized the next day hy the names of John, Harriet,- and Anne.
A woman in Marybone workhouses of .twins, one white, the
. A poor woman at the Middlesex hospital, of three girls, all likely lo live.
Died lately, Miss Elliot, a favourite dramatic performer. (See page 108.)
Samuel Raddeck, at Annapolis
Royal, the apothecary who gave evidence against the Manchester rebels in 1746.
Mr. William Welk of Rochester, aged 104.
Mr. Homer, of Gravesend, aged 106.
Mr. Day of the Borough, aged 106.
Old Peter Edwards the Welchman, aged 118
Henpy James Oswald at Saint Omer's, a celebrated mathematician, aged 105.
John Martin Gardy, at Brussels,. aged 112.
■ His grace the duke ofGraf- „ ton was installed chancellor of the university of Cambridge, and afterwards dined in a very splendid* manner in Trinity-college-hall, attended by the archbishop of Caaterbury, the duke of Bedford, marquis. of Grandby, lord Sandwich, lord North* lord Weymouth, a great number of the principal nobility, foreign ministers, and gentlemen of the first distinction. A grand anthem was performed on this occasion; and an ode, composed by Mr. Gray, the: author of the celebrated'Elegy in a country church-yard.
Mr. Derman's sugar-house, ir* Black-friars, .was burnt to the ground.
A large body of joumeymei* weavers assembled in Spifcd-fields,and cut the work to pieces in several looms, but dispersed without doing any other miichief.
Came on before the lord chief justice Wilmot, at Guildhall, a mostremarkable cause, between the representatives of Mr. Frederick, formerly a capital merejunt gf this city
ty,and the representatives of sir Stephen Evance, bart. then a very great banker. The original transactions •which gave birth to the cause passed upwards of fourscore years ago, since which æra, with but few intervals, a suit and suits have been depending. This, was the issue directed by the house of lords, upon an appeal from a decree of the court of chancery, to enquire into the facts of a spoliationcomplained of by sir Stephen's having fraudulently destroyed a voucher of such contents of Mr. Frederick's, whereby he was damnified in the mutual accounts ; and consequently liis estate lessened, to the amount of 4000I. The proof of the fact rested almost entirely on the examination of Paul Jodderel, efq. the only surviving witness in the year 1726, many years after the^piputed spoliation. The jury, irfter a hearing of five hours, found a veidict for the defendant, without going out pf court, and perfectly agreeable to his lordship's opinion.
, This day the sessions ended '' at the Old Bailey; seventynine prisoners were tried this sessions; ten received sentence of death; two were cast for transportation for fourteen years, and thirty-two for seven years; one to be imprisoned six months, and pay a fine of ten pounds, two whipped, and two branded.
Twenty-one respited convicts in former sessions received his majesty's pardon on the following conditions: two to be transported for life, eleven for fourteen years, and eight for seven years.
At this sessions Thomas Mellor, otherwise Brookes, and John Litchfield, were capitally convicted, for aslaulting and ravishing Mary War
net and Mary Curtain, in the field* near Hackney. Litchfield. was recommended as an object of mercy.
By a letter from Africa, there is' a most moving aceount of the mor-1 tality among our people in that country. The writer fays-j that neither officer nor soldier in James Fort, on the river Gambia, have survived the black war with Barah, or the sickness which had raged like 2 plague in that fortification, owing to the ruinous state of the barracks, in which the soldiers, during the rainy season, were never dry Extract of a letter from Grenada/ March 25.
"On the 17th ult. aFrenohsmug' gling schooner from Martinico, commanded by capt. Leblanc, and mounting ten swivel guns, with 18 men, was taken and brought into this port, by captain Campbelhin the custom-house schooner the Burke, of eight swivels and twelve men, five of whom were negroes, after a desperate engagement, in which the French lost their captain,gunner, and one man, and hadseveral wounded, one whereof is since dead. Captain Campbell's mate and twoofhis men were wounded; the formerdied the Sunday following, but the other two it is expected will recover. The bravery and good conduct of captain Campbell, in this little though well-fought combat, as well as his great humanity to the vanquished, deserve the highest applause: and in justice to Mr. Macdonald, who happened to be on board, we cannot omit mentioning, that hegallantly seconded the effort* of the captain and crew, and contributed in no small measure to the success of the day."
The right honourable the ^ lord mayor, sir Robert Lad-'