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fefere the last election, it had been said in the papers thit Mr. Wilkes being, by a resolution of the house, "rendered incapable of sitting there daring the present parliament," could not be returned by the sheriffs " but in contempt of the jurisdiction and privileges of the house;" and that, as the freeholders who lhould presume to sue the sheriffs "for refusing their votes" for Mr. Wilkes, would be liable to be sent to Newgate by the house of commons, so the sheriffs would be liable »the fame punishment *' if they presumed td poll them;" but this doctrine* though forcibly urged, was not thought sufficient to supersede the express words of an act of parliament, 2 Geo. IL c. 24.
The Swallow sloop of war* who accompanied the Dolphin man of war to the Straits of Magellan, and was there thought to be lost, arrived at Spithead. In her voyage, (he las lost the master and 24 of her hands.
About five o'clock in the morn* jug a fire broke out at a distiller's in Great Russel-street, Covent-gardra, which entirely consumed all the houses up to the piazzas, and burnt all down to the BedfordArms, where it happily ceased, owing to their being a strong partywall behind that house.
The following is an exact list. w the houses consumed at the above fire, viz. Mr. Bradley's large (hop and distill-house, where it began; the apartments of Mr. Vincent, musician, over it; Mr. Bradley's dwelling-house, in Ruffelfceet; Mr. Hall's, cheesemonger, to the same street; Mr. Lovejoy's bagnio; Mr. Rigg's hummum; Mr.Can-pi's, peruke-maker; another of the fame business; and great
part of the Bedford-arms tavern; all under the piazzas. The who'e front of the seid piazzas fell down, about eight o'clock, with the most torrible concussion
This day the following »
bills received the royal assent, by virtue of a commission from his majesty, viz.
The bill for raising i8o,dool. by loans or exchequer-bills, for the service of the year 1769.
The bill for appointing commissioners for putting into execution an act of this sessions of parliament, for granting an aid to his majesty by a land-tax to be raised in Great Britain, for the service of the year 1769.
The bill for repealing an act of the 7th and 8th of king William III. to encourage the bringing the plate to the mint to be coined; and for remedying the ill state of the eoin of this kingdom, as far as ret strains any person keeping an inn or tavern, ale-house or victuallinghouse, or selling wine, ale, beer, of any other liquors, by retail, froni publicly using wrought or manufactured plate, or any utensil or vessel, except spoons; and for putting an end to prosecutions' commenced for such offences.
The bill to indemnify per-sons who have omitted to take the oath* to qualify themselves fof offices and employments within the time limjted by law; and for allowing farther time for that purpose, &c.
To the bill for the general quiet of the subject against all pretences of concealment whatsoever.
To the bill for paving, t'eansing, lighting, and watching the streets in the parish and borough of NewWindsor, in the county of Berks. [G a] To
To the bill for paving, cleansing, &c. the streets in the liberty of St. Martin's-le-Grand, in the county ofMiddlesex.
To the bills for naturalizing Lewjs-Dierick Hafhuyfed and Peter Rauert.
And to such other bills as were ready.
, The right hon. Sir Fletcher Norton was, by his majesty's command, sworn of his majesty's privy-council.
His serene highness prince George Augustus of Mecklenburgh, was, on his Danisti majesty's request, signified by his ambassador, invested with the Danish order of the elephant. The ceremony was performed in the king's closet.
A cavalcade of merchants and tradesmen of the city of London, in coaches, in their way to St. James's, with a loyal address, were interrupted by a desperate mob, on pasting'through the city, who insulted, pelted, and mal-treated the principal conductors; so that several coaches were obliged to withdraw, some to return back, others to proceed by bye-ways, and those who arrived at St. James's were so bedaubed with dirt, and mattered, that both masters and drivers were in the utmost peril of their lives.
The rioters carried their outrages within the palace-gates. Lord Talbot, on this occasion, behaved with unparalleled intrepidity; and, tho' he had his staff of office broken in his hand, he secured two of the most active among the rioters, when deserted by his own servants. His example animated thejmilitary, who, without employing either guns or bayonets to destroy the deluded populace, secured fifteen of them, to
be dealt with according to law. Mr. Boehm, to whom the address was entrusted, ■ was so severely handled, that he was obliged to quit his coach, and take Ihelter in Nando's coffee-house. His coach was rifled, but, the address escaped; it was, however, with some difficulty, recovered by the addressers; which occasioned a disagreeable delay ac St. James's, where those who had arrived in safety remained in the greatest anxiety.
In this interval several resolutions were taken i a fair copy was made, and some who were present, had begun to sign it. At length the original arrived; the fury of the populace abated; and the affair went on without farther interruption.
In the Strand, a hearse, with two white and two black horses, took the lead of the cavalcade. On one side of the hearse were, strikingly represented, the soldiers firing at young Allen, and on the other, the murder at Brentford. An attempt was made to drive it into the courtyard at St. James's; but, the riotact being read, it drew off to Carleton-house, afterwards to Cumberland-house, and last of all to lord Weymouth's; at aU which places, the driver made a particular kind of compliment, and then retired.
The fame evening an Extraordinary Gazette was published, with a proclamation for suppressing riots, tumults, and unlawful assemblies; peace wes restored, and only five of the rioters detained, the rest being set at liberty.
A letter from the dean and chapter of St. Paul's to the royal society, requesting the direction of that learned body for securing the cathedral from the sudden effects of lightning. lightning, was referred to a committee, consisting of Dr. Franklin, Dr. Watson, Mr. Canton, Mr. Edward Delaval, »ndMr. Wilson, who after having examined the building, are to report their opinion.
Parties run so high in Sweden, that they are fending expresses to the different courts of Europe to recal all the members of their different assemblies, against the approaching dyet: last week one of their members was sent for from Bath on that occasion, and was allowed but a very few hours before Ire set out for Stockholm. •
They write from Constantinople, that their preparations for the ensuing war are carrying on with the greatest vigour. The 23d of. last month the mufti performed the ceremony of dipping the border of our prophet's garment in water. This is a kind of holy-water, which' is preserved in bottles, which the grand fignior presents to the principal people of the empire, who look upon it as very valuable, and mix a drop of it -every day with a large glass of common water, which they drink with,great devotion. , ,.j This day his majesty went to the house of peers, attended by the, master of the horse, and one of the lords in waiting, and gave the royal assent to the following b^s:'
The bill to render more effectual anacYpf this session of parliament, for preventing mutiny and defer-, uon iti, hi* majesty's dominions iff America. ,/ ,
. The bill for dissolving the marriage of his Grace the Duk« of Grafton, with Anne Liduel, his now *ife, aud tct enable Kim to marry
agai«- . ., .
The bill for dissolving the mar
riage of John Worgan, with Sarah Macfcelcan, his now wife. . -r' ■
And to several private bills. ,
After whiclu both houses adjourned for the holidays.
Thecity of London have expended already in-the new pavement upwards of 8o,oool. in repairing the old, lighting and cleansing, since the act for new paving, &c. took place, 40,oool. in the whole upwards of 120,' ool. besides large sums that have been, paid for purchasing houses to pull down to widen streets. Near 2bo,oool. has been paid for the new bridge, and a large sum more is still to pay for new roads, embanking, and finishing the said bridge. .The Royal Exchange is now repairing, which will cost io.oool. The gaol of Newgate is going to be rebuilt, which will cost: 5o,oool. many entire new streets are now building. All which shew the vail opulence of the city of London.
Between eleven and twelve o'clock at night, the princess of Orange was delivered of a dead prince, to the great affliction of the prince stadtholder, and of the public,
Lisbon, Feb. -28. The sliip of war, named the Mother of God, arrived here the 22d instant from Rio de Janeiro, but last from the Bay of all Saints, where she had put in for want of water. She made the voyage in 120 days. She has on board nine millions of crufadoes in go}d, of which two millions and a half are on account of the king, the rest on account of the merchants; two millions and a half of crusades in diamonds, and about an hundred thousand crowns tournois in piastres; which makes in the whole twenty-nine millions and fifty thousand livres tournois.
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Addresses from Liverpool and Leicester, were presented to his majesty.
Col. H. Luttrel, son of Lord Irnham, declared himself a candidate for Middlesex.
Thf imprcvementofbarren lands, bv planting Scots firs, is strongly reccntnendcd in the repository ossele-st papers. Mr. Fenwick, of Lenvngton, in Northumberland, has planted some hundred thousands, at tfc'* expence of 7s. a thousand. But surely labour iaust be very cheap in that country.
Among t he f rants from the crown, that of Hay-nill, near Berkeleysquare, by qurtu Anne, to the then speaker of the house of commons, is remarkable. Much clamour was made about it, as a bribe of great consequence, and the speaker sold it for 200I. and gave the money to thepcor. ThePomfretfamilyafterwards purchased it, and it has lately been sold for 20,oool.
A letter from Norwich takes notice, that 170 persons in the neighbourhood of that city, had been inoculated by Mr. Cha; man, a farrier and blacksmith, not one of whom had b'-en in she lcxst danger.
A sumptuous >et of horse furniture., designed as a present from his majesty to an East-India nabob, was placed on one of the king's horses for his majeiiy's approbation. It made u very Iplrr.did appeatance, it he'ng ornamented with diamonds, and valued at \q,< ool.
H?r gr.;ce the duchess of Kingston vicars p' ndent on her 1°ft shoulder, the picture of tne electress of ^ Sfyonv; ■ and, from her example, ot^er !adii s h»gan to wear miniature portraits in the fame manner.
An Italian musician, being de
tested in an intrigue with a great personage, at the court of Berlin, had his head severed from his body
by order of the . This affair
has been the subject of much conversation.
By letters from the gentlemen appointed to go to Orenbourg by his Danifh-majeily, to observe the transit of Venus, it appears that they have been retarded in their journey by the severe frost which set in at Surbirk, about the beginning of August last, which confirms the observation of Mr. Crantz, in his history or Greenland, that the mildest winters in the southern climates, are generally the severest in the northern, from the 15th to the 18th of September, the liquor in De Lisle'a thermometer fell from 160 to 165, and in Reaumur's to 5s belaw the point o.
It has been remarked by an humorous foreigner, that in England the people are taxed in the morning for the soap that washes their hands; at nine for the coffee, the tea and the sugar they use for their breakNil; at noon, for the starch that powders their hair; at dinner for the salt that savours their meat: in the evening for the porter that cheers their spirits ;,all day long for the light that enters their windows; and at night for the candles that light them to bed.
Constantinople, March 5. Letters from Alexandria advise, that in a storm on the «6th of December last, eight French (hips, two Venetian, two Ragusan, one Neapolitan, and sour Turkiih (hips, all laden and ready for sailing, perished.
St. Malo's, March 21. The king's frigate, the Boudeule, commanded by the siear de Bougainville, which entered this port the 14th instant, was about two years and a half on her vovage round the world. That officer reports, that during his voyage, notwithstanding his ere* were exposed to the mortality ordinarily occasioned by excessive fatigues and the corruption of almost all the orovisions, h<" had the good fortune to lose but seven men. This surprising preservation of hia crew the sieur de Bougainville attributes to the great quantity of sea water distilled, which he was constantly in a state of procuring, by means of th* sieur Poissonier's machine. He adds, that the administering to every person whom he suspected to have the scurvy, the powder of lemonade of the sieur Faciot.feems to him to have contributed at the fame time to stop the progress of that malady. And he further observed, that by means of ventilators, the air in the ship ha4 been continually freshened. Extract of a letter from Madrid, March 1.
"Our king here has set an exam-; pleworthyofa sovereign and father of his people, but which, perhaps, few modem crowned heads will even endeavour to imitate. About two years since he commanded lists of all his father's debts to be delivered in; and as many of them lay in the West-Indies, he gave a fuller space, that 'all might be liquidated at the same time 5 accordingly the most distant are now paid, as well as those of this city; and lean speak from proof, that not a fartiling is undischarged, and all with interest."
Naples, Feb. 14. To-morrow, will be the first day of the conclave at Rome, for the election of a Pope.
Stockholm, March 14. The 9th of this month the royal family were inoculated for the small pox, upon the Knglisti plan.
This day the1 highwayman, who robbed lately near Bo- *' roughbridge the north mail, wts apprehended at Greenwich. Several bankers notes, a bond, and a law cafe, with some other papers taken out of the mail, were found in his possession. He was to have sailed for Holland in half an hour, had he not been apprehended. What is re-r markable, though he was well known at Greenwich, having been letter-carrier there, yet he danced all night at a ball, after his person was described in the London Gazette.
Five indictments were this day preferred at the new Guildhall, Westminster, against five rioters, who were lately taken into custody at St. James's; but they were all thrown out by the grand jury.
At a village near Ledbury in Herefordthire, are at this time living one Price and his wife, whose ages added together makes zzo- years the man being 112, and the woman
108. They have been married
above 8q years.
Died, on the 18th, Mr. David Barclay, in the 8 8th year of his age. He was the only surviving son of Mr. Robert Barclay, authorof the famous Apology for the Quakers, and had the singular honour of receiving, at his house in Cheapside, three successive kings, when at their accession they favoured the city with their royal presence.
At Hampton, aged 102, Joshua Velinont, esq.