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For the Year 1817.

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FIRES.

Windsor Castle, Jan. 4. though suspicions are entertained IS majesty continues to enjoy respecting the offender.

a good state of bodily health, À fire broke out at Woodley and has been generally tranquil Farm, near Barnet, on Sunday during the last month. His majes. night, the 5th instant, which did ty's disorder remains unaltered.” much damage. It was discovered

The prince regent has been please in the kitchen, when the inmates ed to grant out of the funds at the were asleep, by a shepherd, who disposal of his majesty, 10001. in gave the alarm in time for the faaid of the subscription for the relief mily to save themselves. The of the labouring classes within the house, which was an old timber city and suburbs of Edinburgh. building, was destroyed, with many

valuable improvements in machi. On the 3d day of January a fire nery: but the southerly wind saved broke out in the house of Mr. the farm-yard. Martin, grocer and tea-dealer in Bi- At the late sessions at Guildford shopsgate-street: it was got under an order was made for rating the after destroying the whole of the Rev. Rowland Hill's chapel, topremises, which are insured ; hap- wards the support and maintenance pily no lives were lost.

of the poor of the parish of ChristA fire broke out on the 6th at church; and, on an inspection of Mrs. Fryars', Dyers-buildings, Gow- the receipts and profits derived from er-street, which destroyed the first the chapel, the magistrates fixed and second floors: it was occasioned 6761. as a fair sum upon which the by a horse of clothes taking fire in building ought to be rated. Mr. the back room; and although Mrs. Webber's name, as treasurer of the Fryars was in the front room, and chapel, was accordingly inserted in gave immediate alarm, the flames the next assessment, and a sum of had caught the cieling before assist. 161. 185. was charged.' When the ance was afforded.

overseer applied to Mr. Webber, The earl of Bridgewater's magni- that gentleman refused to pay any ficent castle, Ashridge, has several thing: upon which refusal Mr. Meytimes lately escaped conflagration. mott, solicitor, who is vestry clerk Several of the apartments have ai of Christchurch parish, applied to different periods been discovered on the magistrates at Union-hall for a fire, but fortunately in time to pre- summons, to be directed to Mr. vent the diabolical intentions of the Webber, calling on him to appear incendiary, who is yet unknown, and show cause why he refused pay

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ment. Mr. Webber not having at- saved; the remainder on board, tended, Mr. Meymott proved that amounting to about 90 persons, the rate had been duly demanded, amongst which were several woand payment refused; and applied men, were all drowned. The only for a warrant of distress, which the officers on board (of rank) were the magistrates granted. The defen- master and purser. The Telegraph dants have declared their determic schooner, lieutenant Little, drifted nation not to pay till they have the from her anchor between the island opinion of the court of King's Bench. and main, and went on the rocks

Ely, Jan. 13. under the Hooe, and dashed to It is with extreme regret we state, atoms. One seaman was killed by that a tremendous breach or gull the wreck, and the purser and sevehas taken place in the Burnt Fen ral of the crew were severely hurt. bank, near Mr. Speaker's on the ri- The Princess Mary packet, lately ver Lark, by which nearly 15,000 arrived from Jamaica, was lying at acres of land are inundated. anchor in Catwater, from whence

Extract of a letter from Ply- she drifted on the rocks in Dead. mouth, dated Jan. 21.-“We ex- man's Bay, and she soon went to perienced yesterday morning one of pieces. Mr. Gidley, the master, his the most dreadful storms that has wife and son, a brother of Mrs. Gidbeen remembered by the oldest in- ley, and two seamen, were drowned. habitant. On Sunday evening, the The sloop Albion, of this port, capwind at S. E. increased to a violent tain Coose, was totally lost at the storm, and about twelve o'clock back of the breakwater, during the flew round to south, where it con- gale, and all the crew perished. tinued to blow with increasing vio- The Lapwing revenue cutter, dulence until nearly eight o'clock in ring the gale, went on the rocks in the morning, with a most terrible Mill Bay; the crew fortunately got sea pouring into the Sound. This on shore in the boat: it is hoped caused the water to flow many feet that she may be got off. A fine beyond the usual height, and all the new trawl-boat went on shore in lower parts of the town were inun. Mill Bay, and is lost. Several ships dated, and the damage done there. have been stranded in different parts by is very considerable. The ap. of the harbour, and great damage pearance of the sea over the break- done to the small craft and small water was awfully grand, and the boats. At Cawsand the damage damage done to that work is sup- has been very great, estimated at posed to amount to upwards of upwards of 10,0001. where eight or 100,0001. The effect of this storm ten houses have been washed away, on the vessels in this port has been and nearly 50 small boats destroyed, truly distressing; and had not the besides other damages. One perforce of the sea in some measure son was washed away, and several been broken by the breakwater, it others severely hurt by falling off must have been worse. The Jasper houses-At Polpero 10 boats out brig of war parted from her anchors of 45 were lost, and very considerin the Sound, during the gale, and able other damages. Indeed, we went on shore near the Batten Point, may expect to hear of nothing but where she shortly after went to calamity from all along the coast. pieces; and, melancholy to relate, Considerable injury has also been only one seaman and a marine were sustained on various parts of the

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coast by this calamitous and awful has been, from the great mortality visitation.At Exmouth the tide of the officers and men, owing to rose higher than was ever remem- excessive fatigue, rather than to the bered; the Passage-House was to- effects of climate, the journals of tally destroyed by the fury of the captain Tuckey and the gentlemen waves ; as was also that strong in the scientific departments are, it stone-built custom-office, commonly is said, highly interesting and satiscalled the Watch-House.-At Daw. factory, as far as they go; and we lish the storm

believe they extend considerably bedous, and has left strong marks of yond the first rapid or cataract. It its ravages; a garden, in front of would seem, indeed, that the morMr. Cox's house, with all its con- tality was entirely owing to the tents, was completely swept off by land-journey beyond these rapids; the tide, and the large stones which and that captain Tuckey died of formed the embankment wall were complete exhaustion, after leaving carried as far as the Warren, a di- the river, and not from fever. The stance of a mile and a half. The climate, we understand, was remark, banks of the Exe were overflowed, ably fine; scarcely a shower of rain, and many thousand seams of hay or any humidity in the atmosphere, borne off by the waters.

and the sun seldom shining out but 31. The master and wardens of for a few hours in the middle of the the ironmongers' company present- day; Fahrenheit's thermometer seled lord Exmouth and sir David dom exceeding 76 degrees by day, Milne to the chamberlain in his outer and never descending below 60 deoffice at Guildhall, as freemen of grees at night-such a climate, in that company, in the presence of fact, as one would wish to live in; the lord mayor, several naval and but an anxious zeal and over-eagermilitary officers who served under ness to accomplish the objects of his lordship at Algiers, and a nu- the expedition, and to acquire all merous assemblage ; when the the information that could possibly chamberlain, having perused the be obtained, seem to have actuated certificates from the company, ad. every one, from the lamented comministered the usual oaths of a free. mander to the common seaman and man, and agreeably to the resolu. private marine, and led them to attions of the court of common coun. tempt more than the human concil admitted them into the freedom stitution was able to bear. The toof the city of London, in the accus- tal number of deaths amount to i8; tomed manner, with the sign of of which 14 were on the land exfraternity and giving joy. He then pedition. They consist of captain delivered to them the resolutions of Tuckey, commander of the expedithe court written on vellum, and tion; lieutenant Hawkey, lieutenant emblazoned with their respective of the Congo; Mr. professor Smith, arms and other appropriate deco. botanist; Mr. Tudor, comparative rations. After which he presented anatomist; Mr. Cranch, collector of to each a superb sword.

objects of natural history; Mr. THE CONGO EXPEDITION. Galwey,a friend of captain Tuckey, The detailed accounts of the ex. who volunteered from pure love of pedition to explore the river Congo, science; Mr. Eyre, the purser. The or Zaire, have reached the admi. names of the remainder have not ralty. Melancholy as the result been returned. The Dorothy trans.

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fort, that accompanied the Congo lent fever, and on the third day into the river, lost but one man, and breathed his last;—before death, a he fell overboard and was drowned. yellow suffusion had taken place, -The following extract of a letter with vomiting of matter resem. from Mr. Mackerrow, the surgeon bling.coffee-grounds." of the Congo, details some of the It is pleasing to observe the facimelancholy particulars of the sym-lity with which useful institutions ptoms which the sufferers exhibited are adopted, under the harmony at previous to their death:"Of the present subsisting among mankind. eighteen who died in the river, four. We have intelligence, that the proteen had been on shore, marching vident or saving banks, which have for some time, and were far advan- been established so beneficially here, ced before reaching the ship. Pro- are about to be resorted to in the fessor Smith, who saw many of United States. At Boston the plan them when taken ill, ave to some is in progress, and is not left to ina dose of calomel, but to others no- dividual benevolence, but is counthing had been administered. The tenanced by a large body of the fever appeared in some degree con- members of the state legislature; tagious, as all the attendants upon and the measure is very soon to rethe sick were attacked; and before ceive its high sanction. we left the river, it pervaded nearly Extract of a letter from the Rev. the whole crew; also some of the Mr. Marsden to the secretary of the transports; but as for myself, al- Missionary society, dated June 7, though constantly among them, I 1816:4" A vessel has just arrived did not feel the slightest indisposic from the Society Islands, but has tion until we left the coast, when I brought no letters for me, or for was attacked: however, I consider. your society: they are on board aned mental anxiety, and disturbed other vessel which is not yet arrived rest, as the sole causes. Captain here. I have seen a letter from Mr. Tuckey had been afflicted many Davies to my colleague, the rev. W. years with a chronic bepatitis; and Cowper, which contains the most on returning from travelling five flattering accounts. I have conversed weeks on shore, he was so exces- with the master of the vessel, and sively reduced, that all attempts to passengers, on the subject of the restore the energy of his system mission; and all accounts agree, proved ineffectual. Mr. Tudor was that a most wonderful change has in the last stage of fever before I been produced in all the Society Is. saw him; as were Messrs. Cranch lands; and the spread of the Gospel and Galwey. Professor Smith died seems to be almost universal. Poin two days after he came under mare is become a great man, and a my care; during which time he re- pious Christian, as appears from the fused every thing, whether as nutri. whole of his conduct. I understand ment or medicine. Lieutenant he is now a sovereign once more. Hawkey was taken ill after leaving His enemies made an attack upon the river, and died on the fourth day: him and his people on the sabbath his case was rather singular—the day, when they imagined they would symptoms were, irritability of 0- not defend themselves; but Pomare mach, with extreme languor and felt it his duty to fight on the sabdebility; but he had neither pain bath, in defence of himself and subnor fever. Mr. Eyre had a vio- jects. In this battle he obtained a

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complete victory, and took many lege, which is exclusively a college
prisoners, whose lives he spared, of Jesuits is amply supplied with
contrary to their custom; which all the materiel and morale of Jesui.
has had the most happy effect upon tism, and is carrying on the work
the minds of his enemies, as it has of catholic instruction and protestant
convinced them that the new reli- conversion upon the most large and
gion is a merciful religion. Many extensive scale. The studies at this
have joined him from the accounts place are conducted upon
of his clemency."

system, and to the same extent as

at the catholic universities abroad; FEBRUARY.

and there are regular professors in Windsor, Feb. 1. divinity, mathematics, philosophy, His majesty has been uniformly astronomy, &c. The college, which quiet, yet cheerful, during the last is a very large building, is capable month. His majesty's disorder is of containing at least 400 or 500 undiminished, but his bodily health pupils, independent of professors, continues very good.

managers, and domestics. 13. The very novel occurrence of At a meeting of the commisthe issue of the new silver coinage sioners appointed to manage the took place this day in the metron yearly grant of 10,0001, voted by polis, as well as in all parts of the parliament for finishing the college kingdom; and every thing was con- of Edinburgh, the plan of Mr. Wm. ducted with great order, and to the Playfair being adopted, the prize of satisfaction of the public.

100 guineas was adjudged to that 14. This day Watson, Preston, gentleman.' The second prize, of Hooper, and Keen, alias Kearns, 80 guineas, was awarded to Mr. were after separate examinations Burn. According to Mr.Playfair's before the privy council committed plan, the exterior of the building, as to close custody in the Tower for originally planned by Adams, is to high treason.

be retained with very little altera.. The Waterloo subscription fund tion; but there will be a total denow approaches very near to parture from the internal arrange500,0001. an evidence of national ments. The southern side of the spirit and gratitude worthy of the quadrangle is to be occupied almost occasion. Out of this sum, annuities entirely by the library, which will be to the amount of more than 18,0001. 190 feet long, and one of the most have been voted to widows, children, elegant rooms in the kingdom. The and to privates who have suffered western side is to be appropriated the loss of limbs; and upwards of to the museum; and the other two 140,0001: given in donations, in- sides are to be occupied chiefly as cluding sums voted to our allies. class-rooms. The original proposal

J. C. Curwen, esq. M.P. has ap- of accommodating the professors propriated forty-two acres of pota- with houses in the college is entirely toes to the poor of Workington: the abandoned. The whole of this produce is nearly 18,000 bushels, magnificent structure, which will which, at the present price, are worth be a lasting monument of the naupwards of 20001.

tional taste, will be completed in six At Stonyhurst, near Preston, the or seven years. order of the Jesuits has for thirty 26. A most destructive fire oc. years past possessed a spacious col. curred at Darlington, Yorkshire, by

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