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“Mly Lords and Gentlemen, “ I HAVE the satisfaction to acquaint you, that the important negotiations in which I was engaged at the close of the last session of parliament are brought to a favourable conclusion. The differences with the Northern powers have been adjusted by convention with the Emperor of Russia, to which the kings of Denmark and Sweden have expressed their readiness to accede. The essential rights for which we contended are thereby secured, and provision is made that the exercise of them shall be attended with as little molestation as possible to the subjects of the contracting parties.
“ Preliminaries of peace have also been ratified between me and the French Republic; and I trust that this important arrangeinent, whilst it manifests the justice and moderation of my
views, will also be fount conducive to the substantial interest of this country, and honourable to the British character. “ Copies of these papers will be forth with laid before
and I earnestly hope that the transactions to which they refer will meet with the approbation of my parliament.
Gentlemen of the House of Commons, I have directed such estimates to be prepared for the various demands of the public service as appear to me to be best adapted to the situation in which we are now placed. It is painful to me to reflect, that provision cannot be made for defraying the expences which must unavoidably be continued for a time in different parts of the world, and for maintaining an adequate peace establishment, without large additional supplies. You may, however, be assured, that all possible attention shall be paid to such economical arrangements as may not be inconsistent with the great object of effectually providing for the security of all my dominions.
My Lords and Gentlement, I cannot sufficiently describe the gratification and comfort I derive from the relief which the bounty of Divine Providence has afforded to my people by the abundant produce of the late harvest. In contemplating the situation of the country at this important conjuncture, it is impossible for me to refrain from expressing the deep sense I entertain of the temper and fortitude which have been manifested by all descriptions of my faithful subjects under the various and complicated difficulties with which they have had to contend. The distinguished valour and eminent services of my forces by sea and land, which at no period have been surpassed--the unprecedented exertion of the militia and fencibles and the zeal and perseverance of the volunteer corps of cavalry and infantryare entitled to my warnest acknowledgements :--and I am persuaded that
you will join with me in reflecting with peculiar satisfaction on the naval and military operations of the last campaign, and on the successful and glorious issue of the expedition to Egypt,
which has been marked throughout by achievements tending, in their consequence and by their example, to produce lasting advantage and honour to this country. It is my first wish and most fervent prayer, that my people may experience the reward they have so well merited, in a full enjoyment of the blessings of peace, in a progressive increase of the national commerce, credit, and resources, and above all, in the undisturbed possession of their religion, laws, and liberties, under the safeguard and protection of that constitution which it has been the great object of all out efforts to preserve, and which it is our inost sacred duty to transmit unimpaired to our descendants.
DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES, &c.
Third instant, a coroner's jury was held on the body of the officer who had been shot on the day before, by his brother ved teran, at Chelsea College. Their verdict was wilful murder; and the offender, now seventy years of age, was of course committed for trial. The dispute had existed between thein ever since last winter, about their consumption of their common stock of coals allowed by the hospital, out of which the prisoner wished to retrench a quantity sufficient for the summer use, at which season the foundation allows none. The deceased objected to this plan of frugality. Through the intervention of General Bucknell, the dispute was settled; but on the approach of winter it was resumed with its cause, On the day when the melancholy catastrophe took place, about seven o'clock the prisoner entered the room of the deceased: he said, “ you must get up aud fight me,” offering a pistol. The deceased made no reply, but knocks the pistol out of his hand. The prisoner then fired; the ball entered the heart of the deceased, who died immediately. On examination of the pistol offered by the prisoner to the deceased, it appeared to be loaded with a ball only, no powder being in the barrel or prime.-The prisoner and the deceased were reckoned the two ablese swordsmen in the college. The latter was seventy-three years of age.
At Canterbury, Oct. 15th, the day fixed by the corporation for the celebration of the return of peace, a large assembly of children, dressed in an emblematical manner, with wreaths of laurel round their heads, and festoons of flowers entwined in their dresses, paraded the streets in the evening. Men held arches or bower of oak over them, and they were lighted by candles fixed in garlands of palm.
Some days ago the south-west angle of the tower of Burton Pedwardine church, near Sleaford, gave way, and fell upon the leads of that ancient edifice, which was rebuilt in 1340. Most of the pëws of the south aisle, together with the roof and one window, are Jemolished, and the remaining part of the tower, containing three bells, is hourly expected to fall, being in too dangerous a state for workmen to render it secure, or to take it down.--St. Nicholas's chapel, formerly adjoining the south side of the tower, has been long in ruins, and was taken down about two months ago to erect a large pier with the materials, to support the south-east angle of the tower. This pier, with an additional hoop of iron, was thought sufficient to hold the lower together for another century. Some workmen were employed, when the tower fell, in erecting a scaffold to put on the iron hoops, when one of them perceiving his danger, leaped from the chancel roof, and escaped uninjured
Orders having been given to lieutenant general Lord Mulgrave, who commands the Northern district, for the construction of a bridge of boats, to cross the river Tyne, from Clifford's Fort, North Shields, to the sands on the opposite side below South Shields, it was completed on the 2d instant. It was formed of twenty-nine large keels or barges, carrying twenty-one tons each, moored close to each other with large chains and cables, with platforms laid across, and rails on both sides, so as to prevent ac. cidents. Its appearance was novel, and its utility manifest; as on occasions of emergency, when it might be necessary for troops, cannon, or carriages, to pass from one side of the river to the other, it would save a circuitous and fatiguing march of at least eighteen miles.
18.-On the last mail, via Ipswich, coming into the town of Norwich, persons with flags, &c. insisted on mounting the coach, which the coachmen remonstrated against. On the firing of pistols, and the shouting of the people, the horses became maddened, and the coachman losing his command of them, they went full speed down the market place. The only chance he now had of preserving the lives of his passengers, &c. was to keep the horses from going into the in-yard, which they attempted, and which he with great difficulty prevented. In this struggle between them, the horses got upon the pavement, and fell; the carriage suddenly was throtin of its cenire, and fell upon its flat side, throwing the persons upon it to some distance with considerable force: the coachman, the guard, and every one was more or less hruised, but no bones were broken, and is it hoped, no one materially hurt.
Two persons set out riding on the same horse from Norwich to Postwick last weck, when one of them fell, and received a kick from the horse, of which he died. It appears scarcely credible, but it is said his companiou rode on without missing him; and the unfortunate man was not found until early on the following niorning
During the illuminations at Shaftsbury, (which, from the situation of that town, could be seen 20 miles) a young man, who had his pocket full of crackers and serpents, was so severely burned by a spark of fire getting amongst them, that his life is despaired of. A few years ago a similar accident happened at the place, when a boy was burned to death.
The following are the dimensions of a fir-tree, called The Duke, lately cut down in his Grace the Duke of Gordon's wood of Glenmore, by the Kingston Port Company: Length of bole 52 feet; measuring 360 cubic feet, or 9 tons, which at 5l. per ton, is worth 451. The tree was 270 years old, was perfectly sound, except a little at the top-end, and at the small end of the branches.
Ai the Michaelmas Head Court of Jedburgh, lately, a Memorial was laid before the Meeting by Sir William Elliott, of Stobbs, Bart, representing the disadvantages under which that part of the country laboured from the circuitous and indirect communication by post between Edinburgh and the several post-towns connected with the county of Roxburgh. It was contended in the Memorial that it could never be the intention of the Legislature that the distance should be estimated according to the route, however circuitous, which the post was actually made to take, but that the rate of postage should be calculated according to the distance by the direct post road leading from the Post-Ofice at which the letters were first dispatched to the Post-Office to which they were ultimately addressed: and to shew the inequality of the present mode of calculation it was stated, that the town of Melrose, which is only 341 miles distant from Edinburgh, by the nearest post road, is charged as at the distance of 117 miles from Edinburgh. The Meeting unanimously approved of the sepse of the Memorial, and appointed Sir John Buchanan Riddell, William Riddel, of Camision, and Sir William Elliot, a Committee to make out a representation on the subject, to be signed in their name, and transmitted by Sir George Douglas, the Preses, to the Postmaster-General, and a duplicate to the Postmaster-General of Scotland.
At the last Quarter Sessions for the county of Buckingham, a question of considerable importance relating to the poors rate, came before the Court. The overseers of the poor of Great Marlow had rated the stock of every tradesman in the town, not excepting the surgeon. The number of appellants corresponded to
the number of persons on whom this new charge was made. The : overseers produced witnesses to endeavour to substantiate the
rate, all of whom were heard, when the Marquis of Buckingham, chairmran of the Sessions, declared it to be the opinion of the Court, that the rate had not been substantiated in any one inséance as to the sums charged on stock in trade; for though it may be legal to tax stock, yel the difficulty of ascertaining the sum on which the tax is to be laid is so great as to render it impracticable in almost every instance, as the overseers must be able to prove that the sum so rated is the clear property of the person charged, exclusive of all his debts, The rate was therefore quashed as far as related to the tax on stock.
BIRTIS. Of sons: Lady Louisa Ilartley; the Ladies of Davies, Esq. of Paddington; of J. E. Campbell, Esq. of Bath. Of daughters; at Constantinople, the Countess of Elgin; the Ladies of the Hon. S. Dundas, M. P. ; of Col. Glyn, of Great Cumberland-street; of -- Loveday, Esq. jun. of Hammersmith; of H. R. Reynolds, Esq. of Great James street, Bedford Row; and Mrs. Juce, of Holles-street.
MARRIED. Sir John Murray, Bart. to Miss Callender, of New Cavendish-street, Portland Place. J. Restall, of Stratford Green, Esq. to Mrs. Roche, of Shooter's Hill. Dr. Neville, of Somerset-street, Portman Square, to Mrs. Moody, of Coopersale, Essex. At Walton upon Thames, H. Goldney, Esq. to Mrs. Hitches, of the same place. At Strebane, IreJand, Capt. Patterson, of the East India ship Royal Charlotte, to Miss R. Denny, of Strebane. Mr. Le Prince, of Ringwood, Hants, to Miss Francillon, of Pentonville. At Harrowgate, Capt. C. Q. Berry, of Bradshaw's Recruiting Corps, to Miss Freeman, of Chute Lodge, Wiltshire. Mr. W. Maude, of Otley, to Miss Robinson, of Lombardstreet, London. Mr. S. Gee, jun. Esq. to Miss Moore, daughter of the late J. Moore, Esq. Merchant, all of Hull. R. Bloxam, Esq. of the Isle of Wight, to Miss Charlton, of Park street. At Kingston upon Thames, the Rev. H. Okes, of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, to Miss P. Busby, of Kingston. At Totteridge, Herts, J. L. Panter, Esq. of Muswell Hill, Middlesex, to Miss S. Downs, youngest daughter of the late P. Downs, Esq. of Shrigley, Cheshire. At Claphain, Mr. Brown, Surgeon, of Lewishain, to Miss Peaks, of the former place. Mr. W. Garner, aged 66, to Miss Phillipson, aged 22, both of Crosthwaite, Westinoreland. What is more remarkable, he weighs Ewenty-one stone, and his bride only about seven. At Lewisham Church, John Conway, Esq. to Miss Christie, eldest daughter of James Christie, of Pall Mall. George Potter, Esq. of the India House, to Miss Gunning. At Wellington, H. Byne, Esq. of Carshalton, to Miss Thomas, of Drake's Place. T. Wilson, Esq. of the Pay Office, to Miss Mein, of Gloucester Place. At Colchester, Dr. Mackintosh, to Miss Hills, daughter of the late C. Hills, Esq. of that place. The Rev. Sir J. Head, Bart, to Miss Walker, of Russell Place. Mr. Clarke, jun.of Upp:r Belgrave Place, to Miss Nalder, of Cheapside. Captain Byron, to Miss Sykes, of Arundel-street. Captain Schonswary of the Easi York Militia, to Miss Lydia Smith of Willerby.
OBITUARY. At Oxon, Wm. Spearman, Esq aged 84. Suddenly, at Settle, while be was sitting at tea, at the house of a friend, the Rev. R. Willians, M.A. incumbent of two benefices in Kent. At his lodgings, at St. Mary Hall, Oxford, aged 73, the Rev. T. Newell, D. D. 37 years principal of that Society, and Professor of Modern History in that University. At Edinburgh, the Right Hon. Lady E, Kemp, wife of the Rev. Dr. Kemp, one of the Ministers of that city, and sister to the Earl of Hopetoun.
Corn Exchange, Oct. 26.-We had a pretty good supply of English Corn this day, which has caused our Wheat Market to be very dull, and somewhat cheaper since this day se'nnight.-Rye is about us. per quarter tower. --The supply of Bariey being sall, and the Distillers expecting to begin working again shortly, caused an advance in that article of tull 35. per quarter since last Monday.--Oats are about 24. per quarter cheaper.-White and Grey Pease are very plentiful; the forinet about gs. and the latter 2s. per quarter cheaper.-Tick and Small Beana arc zs, per quatter lower.--Flour is gs. per sack cheapes.