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At Maiditone assizes, thirteen were capitally convicted; ten of whom were reprieved,. At these aslues, George Stoney, charged with, abusing a young lady at Sheernds,, after a trial of eight hours was ac-y quitted.

At Kingston affixes, seven were capitally convicted,, onys of whom, Was for murder.

The trial of the farmers lads for; the murder of the {ho.pkee.per at Cobham, came on at Kingston, when one of them was convicted, and the other cleared.

At Reading assizes,, five were capitally convicted; but two of them were reprieved.

At Aylstmry assizes, one was capitally convicted ; but reprieved.

At Oxford assizes, two were capitally convicted} one of whom was reprieved. 1

At Winchester aflizes, two were capitally convicted. . ,. . „,

At Salisbury assizes, four were capitally convicted; thjyee of whom were reprieved. , .,,

At the assizes, at Porchester, Thomas Earl j>rax, Esq,recoveted lobl. damages aganist a, custom-house officer, for breaking into his house, on pretence of searching for uncustomed goods.

At Gloucester affizes, eight were Capitally conyicted...

At Taunton affizes, nine were ca-, jvitally convicted; seven of whom were reprieved.

At Devon assizes, four were capitally convicted.

At the, affixes for the county of Cornwall, ijpne were capitally collected. At the nisi: prius bar was tried an airion brought by-——; Cummins, esq. against a'mayor of a

b^prough in the said county, for. bribing eighteen voters at the last election. JJudge Wiilej, in summing up the.evidence to, the jury, flawed how mucJi be abhorred the crime of. bribery, and said it was got tolupli, a pitch, that it threatened the utter, ruin of the nation. He declared to. the jury, that, was it in his power, he would give the person who brought the actiou the full penalty incurred, being 3000I. But the jury brought in only 1000L damages. The judge has gained much honour and praise in the county, by his behaviour on this occasion:

At Monmouth assizes, one was. capitally convicted. At these affizes, one Abel Profler was convicted for barbarous treatment to a poor Jew, whom he set before a large fire, with his hands tied behind him, to roast, and then stuffed hot bacoa down his throat.

. At Hereford affizes, four were capitally convicted; but were all reprieved; ■

At Worcester assizes, none were. capitally convicted. . At Shrewsbury affizes, four were capitally convicted.

At Warwick assizes, four were capitally convicted; but were all reprieved. .

At Bedford assizes, two were capitally convicted ; but were both reprieved.

At Hertford assizes, came on be-> fore Sir Sydney Stafford Smyth, the trial of W. S. a pretended clergyman, for attempting to commit a rape upon a child under ten years of age. He appeared at the bar with a band on. After he was found guilty, the judge informed the jury and the court, that he had the clears est proof in his hand, that the pri, soner soner was not a clergyman, but an impostor j a circumitmice which he had withheld before the trial, lest it might tend to prejudice them in their verdict; but that now, he thought it an act of justice due to the prisoner, and that profession on which he had attempted to throw an odium, to shew that he was an impostor, and which he did stiew in the elearest manner'. Mr. S. frequently addressedthe judge, the jury, and the court, in very bad Latin, and much worse English, and speaks very broad the Northern dialect. He is to be imprisoned six months, to stand on the pillory twice in this town, and find security for his good behaviour for one year.

AtChelmsfordassizes, eight were capitally convicted. • At Bury assizes, four were capitally convicted, one of whom was reprieved.

At Cambridge assizes, one was capitally convicted.

At Thetford assizes, three were capitally convicted; but wereall reprieved,

Huntingdon was a maiden assize.

At Nottingham assizes, one was capitally convicted for murder.

At Leicester assizes, a remarkable cause was tried by a special jury, touching the right of inheritance to an estate at Botsford, in the vale of Belvoir, which, by the decease of an aunt, was bequeathed by will to one Thomas Sansome, and his heirs; but if the above Thomas Sansome died before the age of twenty-one, and without issue, in that case to a sister i named in the will, and her heirs. About twenty-five years ago, the above Thomas Sansome, on the very day he came of a?e(as appears by the verdict) was killed by a fall from a loaded waggon. The mat

ter in dispute was, whether he was killed on Thursday or Friday ; if on the former day, the children of his sister claimed under the will of the testator(who had held the estate for some time under a decree in Chancery; ( if he died on the Friday, his heir at law claimed. Upwards of twenty creditable witnesses swore positively to his being killed on Thursday, and more than that number swore as positively to his being killed on Friday. The jury, after a fair hearing, gave a verdict in favour of the plaintiff, and heir at law.

At Lincoln assizes, one was capitally convicted for murder.

At York assizes, eight were capitally convicted, seven of whom were reprieved. At these assizes, a cause came on, wherein William Fletcher was plaintiff against an attorney in that county, for drawing improper articles of clerkship, under which the plaintiff could not be admitted to practice ; when aTerdict was giT ven for the plaintiff with 400I. damages. At the fame assizes, Valentine Bailey, a smuggler, was found guilty of the murder of a customhouse officer, and after receiving sentence knocked down the woman who was the principal witness against him.

At Lancaster assizes, three were capitally convicted, one of whonr was reprieved.

At Chester assizes, three of the gangof house-breakers that infejlad that neighboured received sen« tence of death.

Upwards of thirty gentle- . men of the livery of London' waited on the lord mayor, requesting hislordihip to issue out his precept for calling a common hall, iri order to take the fense of the livery

on •nthe measures necessary to be pursued under the present circumstances of public affairs. His lordship received them very politely, and requested a short time to consider of an answer.

The hounds of Samuel Lewin, esq. at thewater-house,nearChelmsford, started a bitch fox at Highwoods, near Writtle; they ran her very hard for upwards of an hour, when, on crossing the yard of a farmer, he perceived something in her mouth, and set a large mastiff at her, which so intimidated her, that she dropt a young cub, which had been carried in that manner during the whole chace. -The fox afterwards evaded her pursuers.

The society of arts voted a gold medal to Richard Lovel Edgeworth, Esq. of Hare-Hatch, for the many ingenious mechanical contrivances which he at different times has communicated to the society.

A portable furnace of a very curious construction, which will enable the operator to perform all the usual experiments in chemistry with great facility, has lately been invented by Dr. Lewis, and presented to the society os arts for public use.

A block of solid silver, (weight 31 lib.) and another of pure gold, (weight 181b.) were shipped at Newcastle about the middle of last month, both of which are said to &e produced from materials found in the county, and manufactured at a refinery, in the neighbourhood of that town.

The religious society, who succeeded the Jesuits in the College of Caen in Normandy, having neglected to have their kitchen utensils tinned, twenty-five of these monks have been poisoned by the verdigrease, and about fifty others are dangerously ill. .;

The gentlemen who waite<^,8th on the lord mayor, to- request a meeting of the livery, received for answer, " That he- did not think himself justified, in calling together so large a body as the livery of London, at the request of a few of them."

A cause was tried at Guildhall,, wherein Mr. Redthaw, linen-draper,, was plaintiff, and some officers be-, longing to the customs defendants. The action was brought for the defendants entering the plaintiffV house, under the pretence of search-ing for contraband good;, w hen averdict was given for the plaintiff, with 200I. damages, and costs of suit.

The Duncannon packet, Capt, Edwards, from the West-Indies and Carolina, is arrived at Falmouth, who, in his passage, took up John Foster-Williams, late master of the John, a brig, who sailed from Boston en the 20th of January last, bound forSurinam. Captain FosterWilliams, in his account, fays, that on the z9th of the fame month at noon, being in lat. 340 40' N. long, 6o° 00" W. from London, a large sea running at twelve at night, the brig sprung a-leak, and the water came in so fast, that they could not keep her before the wind; and after sustaining incredible herdfhips till the 7th of February, they that day saw a sloop, to whom they made signals of distress, and afterwards; bore down upon her: but though the crew looked at them, they sheered off without giving them any as* sistance. The captain concludes his account in the following words: "Seven or eight days after, being moderate weather* and the lumber out from between decks, we got two barrels of train oil, the beef being salt we could not eatany,$e oilwedranlit

Vtffr very hastily off; that night it blowed very hard, and a large sea running, two os my people were washed overboard, and one died with hunger, and cojd,,another out of his fenses, so tha^i we grew so weak and low, that we lost; both $he day of the month and the week;; and we had nothing tplive; en but fait water and oar, weed, roy people, dyjng one after another; the last that died was the-mate, on the last of February; aud on the first of March I was taken out by the above packet, song. 56 00."

The following has been transmitted /: r,p the knights of the stiire for the -.,,county of York, by the high sheriff and grand jury. "To Sir Gtiorge Savile, bart. and Edwin Lateellees, esq. The present prevailing mqde of addressing the throne, and of instructing representatives for their conduct in parliament, points out to us (the sheriff and grand jury at tjie present assizes, for the county of York) a mor/e moderate middle way to inform you, how much we think notonly this country, but the whole kingdom, fortunate in having i-epreientatives of such exemplary integrity, as you have ever proved )«?urselves to be.

.Your great merit, Sir George Sayile, in planning and moving for, and .ypur;steadinesG, Mr. Lascelles, in. supporting the act os parliament lately (passed, -".To amend and render more effectual an act for the general q.ujetof she subjects against ail -pretences pf concealment whatsoxyer," da the greatest honour toouj,choice, and to-your o\ra respective jfoncjuct Qn;£hat«>cca;fic>tt, and' 4eflia«d our fbiajikfcaod applause. , You*; appro Ved. abilities to distin-. , guifli,^nsj yGii^»je^J-k^own attach-: ljUvQt jo .tlle^e .principles., of XHW

constitution of this kingdom, makeit needless for us either to particularize,-the.evils of the times, or toJ point out, remedies against them. In your hands we/think our great concerns in parliament, securely lodged; and doubt not but, as far as you are able, you will be ever attentive, ne quid detriment! res' publica cas tat."

Jitter from Sir George Savile and Mr. Lascelles, to the lheriff and grand jury of Yorkshire, in answer.

"Gentlemen, When we first presumed to make a tender of our services to the county of York, we ventured to assure our constituents of the purity of our intentions, and that, as far as our judgments would keep pace with our good-will, we would hope not to give them cause, in any essential matter, to be dissatisfied with our conduct. The public and repeated, testimonies we have received oftheir approbation, and that now -in a point of the first consequence, at the fame time that they call for our warmest acknowledg ments, and gratify our first arid greatest ambition,.. embolden us likewise to assume more, confidence, even in our opinions; becausewe have found them coincide with the judgment of those whom we have the honour to represent. Those opinions have not, in any es-: seutial or fundamental points, been. either changed or weakened; and assure yourselves, gentlemen, that the confidence ypu place in us will prove the strongest incitement to persevere in the discharge of our duty, with unabating attention; diligently, not officiously.; with zeal,1 hut without faction; and to guard, in the true spirit of the most dutiful, most perfect; and most effectual soy-;, alty, against evil measures andeyit councils

kouncils. As trustees for the people in the house of commons* strenuously asserting and defending every right; and, as members of the legislature, ardently promoting, as far as we are able, every additional security to our constitution, and every measure tending to maintain the good order of government, and to insure and increase the quiet, the happiness, and the freedom of the subject. We are, gentlemen, with the most; perfect sentiments of acknowledgment and respect, your most obliged and most obedient humble servants,

George Savile. Edwin Lascellesv* Translation of a letter from general

Paoli, to B. Trecothick and S.

Vaughan, esqrs. dated at Corsica,

March 20, 1769.
"Most esteemed gentlemen,

The goodness and zeal with which so many generous Englishmen interest themselves in the justice of our cause, and the effectual means that they have furnished for the defence of our liberty and country (at the same time that they most powerfully stimulate us to persevere in our undertaking), awake in us sentiments of the most sincere regard and gratitude, the only manner in which we can now thank our benefactors. I, however, in the name of the whole nation, return them the most unfeigned thanks, for the generous assistance that they have been pleased to procure us, and have remitted by way of Leghorn, agreeable to their letter of the loth of February. I have applied this collection to the support os the families of those patriots, who, abhorring a foreign yoke, have abandoned their houses and estates in that part of the country held by the eneVo*. XII.

my, and have retired to join our army; and of all those other families who may in future find themselves involved in the fame fate. I have thought this use quite conformable to the magnanimity of those who have contributed this supply, and have reason to think they will not disapprove of it; and at the same time that it will be agreeable tc thfem to be assured of the perfect esteem with which I have the honour to be, &c."

A cask, supposed to be the largest in the world, has lately been exhibited in this metropolis. It is said to contain 500 buttsj or 1500 barrels of beer, which is nearly double the sieeof the tribute cask at Heidelberg, so celebrated in all the books of travels through Germany.

The situation of the French EastIndia Company has been this month variously reported: on one side it has been said, that the dissolution of the company is inevitable: on the other, that they have resources sufficient to answer all their pressing demands.

The society for encouragement of arts have adjudged a gold medal, the premium for the best account of rearing and fattening of hogs, to Arthur Young, esq; of Hertfordshire, author of The Farmer's Letters, A Six Weeks Tour, and other ingenious pieces in husbandry, &c. &c.

The largest copper utensil ever seen in this kingdom, or perhaps in Europe, is now fabricating at a coj per-sinith's in Tooley-street. It is fifty-fix feet long, six feet four inches wide, and six feet ten inches deep, and will contain near 400 barrels. It is made in consequence of a new invention of hardening and toughr ening wood in certain cheap and

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