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Bassvshaw, Vintry, Cpinhill,. Far-, tempted to exhibitrtheir improve

rington without, and Wallbrook . m.entsintha: detestable science, even

Wards, &c.,have, met in their re- bt-.fore th< gates of yOU!*palace, hot^

spective wards, and drawn up in withstanding they may assume to

structions to their common council, 1 themselves the. respectable character

directing them to opp^e au.y a6- of ' supporters of-the bill of rights,',

tempt that may be matie. at Guild-) they .will for ever be regarded, by

hail for an adeiress, drcla.rit\g their■ th§ more sober part of yodr Ma

opinions, that an address .at this> j?sty'? ^subjects, as enemies to mo-,

time is totally unnecessary, aft v cal— na,i;ch$f, -and; subverters of all legal

culated to countenance the uncon-; gOVerMnent."

stitutional .measures of the present, This morning, about a quarter

administration, ratiie* than to ex- before four o'clock, a fire broke out

press duty and affection to the-best/ at Mr.. Smith's, master «f the three

of kings."^ng..-hOuso, opposite-Eanea

, At a previous meeting at stei-court in the Strand, which en

3 the Half-moon tavern in tirely consumed the said house,

:; like

likewise the house of Mr. Johnson, music-seller, and greatly damaged the house of Mr. Mansfield, mallero of the cordial warehouse, both adjoining.

The following persons unhappily perished upon this melancholy occasion, viz. —— Brudenell, esq. an elderly gentleman, nearly related to col. Brudenel of the guards, arid likewise to his grace the duke of Montagu; Mrs. Douglas and heri son, a youth of eleven years of age; all lodgers.• The waiter, said, to' have been burnt, happily escaped, o-.j. The sessions of the >Oid 'Bailey,' which began on Wednesday, ended, when .five'convicts received sentence of death. At this' seEon&Thomas Braine was indicted for printing and publishing a seditious libel against lord Mansfield, and acquitted. ...

The servant of farmer Peters of Wifhingford, in Cornwall, having beaten a horse with great cruelty;' the beast seized him with his teeth, and (hook him in the air in such a11 manner, that he died two nouns' after he was released*

A young lady of 18, near Dartford in Kent, posseffedof a fortune,. of2ocol. a year, took poison," and? expired before the cause of her.illness was known to the family.

■ Great confusion having arisen at i Bath, about the choice of a master of the ceremonies, in the room of Mr. Derrick, lately deceased, the friends of the principal candidates (Major Brereton and Mr. 'Plainer; having one of the public rooms, began to be very abusive, and from words they soon came to blows; a>general confusion ensued, the riot act was read, and the ma* giftrates of the eity were called upon to put an end to the disorder; upon

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which occasion both public and private, balls were suppressed foe sobne time. .. ■ r. .■ <■ •> The .sessions ended, at. Hicks's* hall, when seven, persons were sentenced to be transported, ..among" whom was Samuel Fisher, a noted cheat and gambler, who has, within* -these four years, been nine times tried at the Old- Bailey and the country assizes, but, had the good fortune to be acquitted: it is said he is worth several thousand pounds:'

i 'i his day was held at the London:tavern, the anniver-r fary, feaste of the lyingrin charity/ for del.-, ering poor married/women; at their own ha'rtiratierisiw.heh a donation of 500k frbrrv his royal highness the prince-of Wtale«, .was paid to the treasurer by lord Dartmouth; which, added ro the money-collected at church andiatldinner, made the' whole collection>81 y*!. 18s. -'c

At the prefeiiriucvan address from,"the county of Sunry< the king: knighted JlichardHiitharn, of Mertoeyamd"Timothy Waldo,' of Clapharo,' esqrs. • !..-..• >

■ About half past nine the • , election for Middlesex came * '< an. at Brentford. The candidates we're Mr. Wiikcs, Mr. Luttrell,' Mr. Roache, and Mr. Serjeant Whitaker.

After the ' writ and the act of parliament against bribery and corruption were read,, and the sheriffs sworn, Mr. Sawbridge spoke in substance:'

"That the affair, in point was

now a dispute between a n and

the freeholders of Middlesex; that since the former election there had been a meeting of the supporters of the bill of rights, wherein he had the honour to take the chair, and that it was resolved to support Mr. Wilkes's. Wilkes's cause as the cause of liberty; he hoped that jhey would now stand forth, as they had already done, in such a cause, and mew the ■whole world that nothing is capable of taking away their freedom, that glorious birthright of every Englishman: he therefore pressed this very seriously, as an object of their consideration; and concluded by hoping that the friends of Mr. Wilkes would equally shew themselves friends to peace and good order."

At four in the afternoon the poll was closed, when the numbers stood as follow; '^

for Mr, Wilkes - - 1143 Mr. Luttrell - - 296 Mr. Whitaker - 5 Mr. Roache • - o The last gentleman was nominated by Mr. Martin and Mr. Jones; but at twelve o'clock the sheriffs received a letter from Mr. Roache, declining being a candidate, not chusing to take the oaths necessary on the occasion: soon after which he came on the hustings. There was not one person polled for either of the candidates after three o'clock.

The procession of the different bodies of freeholders on horseback, through CharingHEross, Pall-mall, Piccadilly, &c. lasted two hours; 'some bodies consisted of seyeral hundreds each, all with music playing, colours flying, and their hats decorated with blue ribands, inscribed with the words ' Magna Charta and Bill of Rights,' &c. One party consisted of near 600 persons, rer markably well mounted.

After the poll was over, a number of horsemen, with colours flying, and music playing, attended by several thousand people, went thro' St. James's- street, the Strand, and

over London-bridge, to the King'sbench, to congratulate Mr. Wilkes on his success.

The election of John '' , Wilkes, csq. was again de- *" clared null and void!

A letter addressed to Mr. David Barclay appeared in the papers, in which the writer is desirousof being informed by that gentleman, how "his name came to be inserted as a subscriber to the Essex address. .

To which Mr. Barclay returned, through the fame channel, an answer to this effect: that he had never seen the Essex address till it appeared in the public papers with the name of Da. Barclay, in the list of subscribers: that the form of the address being incompatible with his religious principles as a Quaker, it had given him pain that any of his friends should suppose he had signed it; and that therefore, imagining no other freeholder of his name to reside in the county of Essex, he had made enquiry how it came there, and was told, "That it was Mr. David Barclay in the army, residing at Wickham, that had signed it;" upon which information he gave himself no farther trouble about it.

After long debates, which ,, lasted till three o'clock this * ?"> morning, Henry Lawes Luttrell, esq. was declared duly elected for Middlesex, and has since taken his feat in parliament accordingly.

A numerous body of free- , holders for the county of ' * Middlesex met at the assemblyroom at Mile-end, to consider of proper measures to be pursued for maintaining the freedom of election', and for supporting their rights and privileges. On which occasion one hundred gentlemen were nominated Mted as a committee, to settle the preliminaries; 6f whom eleven were to constitute a select committee, to report the proceedings of the grand committee to a future general meeting to be called of the whole county.

The thanks of the county were then unanimously ordered to be returned to tiie sheriffs of this county, for having acted according to law, and discharged their duty with honour and firmness.

Thanks were likewise returned separately to Mr. Sawbridge, Mr. Townsend, and Mr. Home, for their able, active, and spirited conduct.

Report of the state of the city hospitals, for 1768. St. Bartholomew's. Cured and discharged from

this hospital ... 3736 Out-patients relieved with

advice and medicines Buried this ye"ar Remaining under cure Out patients

In all, including out-patients 7914

St. Thomas's hospital. Cured and discharged from

this hospital - - 7072 Buried last year - - 220 Remaining under cure - 486 Out-patients - - - - - 232

In all, including out-patients 8010

Christ's hospital. Children put forth apprentices, and discharged out of this hospital last year, nine whereof were instructed in the mathematics - - '- - in Buried last year 20

Remaining in this hospital 943

Bridewell hospital, ▼agrants, &c. relieved and

discharged - % - 564

Maintained in divers trades,

Sec. 70

Bethlehem Hospital. Admitted into this hospital 207 Cured - - - - 157 Buried - - 59

Remaining under cure - 229

At the feast of the small-pox hospitals, 880I. 8s. 9d. was collected for the charity. At that of the charity for delivering poor married women at their own habitations, 817I. 18s. At that of the Magdalen charity, about 1700I. At that of the London hospital, 1723I. 17s. 7d.

The first fine of 500I. was paid by Mr. Wilkes's attorney into the hands of James Burrow, esq. master of the crown office, as appears by that gentleman's receipt published in the papers.

This day his Majesty went , to the house of peeis, and '" gave the royal assent to the following bills, viz.

The bill for carrying into execution proposals made by the India company for the payment of four hundred thousand pounds annually to the public for a limited time.'

The bill for making perperua! an act of the first of his present majesty, to continue the duties for encouragement of the coinage of money.

The bill for the relief of insolvent debtors.

The bill for allowing liberty to carry rice from South Carolina and Georgia to America.

The bill to reduce into one act the laws relating to the raising and training the militia.

The bill to empower the high court of chancery to lay out, upon


government of securities, a further sum ofmpney, not exceeding asum Of be limited, out of the general cash in the bank of England belonging to the suitors of the said court, and to . apply the interest towards answering the charges of the office of accomptant general of the said court.; . , >

The bill to enable the justices of the-peace in the.general quarter sessions of their respective counties and divisions to repair the fhlre halljs, or. other, buildings, whbrein! the assizes -.; ©r 'grand sessions areusually lifiUL j-; ..• 1,3:1

The biU for more effectually pav'*, *ng, cleansing, lighting,and watcriirig the,street j, &c. in the town of. Gainsbborough, in the .county ovf X.ineojn, aftdcfo'r.Jaying' a"!d»ty:6n g4i coals- j brought to tHe said. towns to be suldi , .->•:■■...'„ ••.-,. tc !..•.'.it z ■ The BjH for Shaking a navigable; cut or caJialfrofn.Oxford toCoven-r try. 1 ' !■: fill

The hMl.for paving!, cleanfing, lightings, i&c. ike streets in.the 'pa-, rishefc of S£..Botolph* Aldga-te?EaÆ»Smiths eld, vSt. Catherine, &c. . ■;

The bill for paving, cleaning, and lighting the,streets, and regu-< lating the watch and beadles, in the parish of St. Bartholomew- the great, in the city of London.. .J. , • And to such. road, and common bills as are ready. .: , .

His majesty honoured farmer. Kennet, of Petersham in Surry, with' a. visit, in order to seehis new invented ploughs, and other improve*/ ments in husbandry, with which his majesty was pleased to express his entire satisfaction. :,\ >

~t\V ■ This day the long-expected 5 • meeting of the supporteis of the bill of rights was held, when, the report on the Coventry address was to be received; on which oc

casion sir Francis Blake Delaval took the chair, and resolved, " That the advisers, authors, and publishers* 6f the Coventry address are too contemptible to merit the farther notice of this society." .: ',-. ;•.,:. ■ A court of aldermen was held at Guildhall, to receive the opinion! of council relative to the eligibility of Iylr. Wilkes to an aldermanmip of London, when'it appeared, that the attorney-generalj. the folicitor-ge^ neral, and the Hon. Mr. Yorke.ivlr. serjeant GIynn,'and Mr. serjeant Leigh* were of:opinion, that he was eligible; bdt the opinion of fir Fletcher Norton* the city recorder,, and the common serjeant was, that he was not eligible.' Where then is the certainty of the lawl No opinion was gives concerning the negative voice cif the court of alderr' men. Upon- which the question was puU whether notice should be sent to Mr. Wilkes of his.being de-. clar.ed duly elected, which passed in the negative. .

v The cause which came: on before the eourt of king's bench in Westminster halUortThorsday kit, was! relalive,toan action broughtby the late Mr. Millar, bookseller, in, the Str&fsrf, against Mr. Taylor, booksellers at Berwick, for printing , Thomson's Seasons, to which book Mr. Millar claimed the perpetual and exclusive right. "Ms. Tayloratledged, that after twenty-eight years, allowed by the statute of the 8th of Queers Anne, the copy then became-common property. Three of the judges gave their opinion for the plaintiff, and one for the defendant'; and it is said, the matter will be carried to the house of lprds, in order to obtain a final de



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