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a fourth estate, could not surely fup- the country! “ Bur” faid Mr. Wil port this strange and unconstitutional berforce we shall take care that measure!

he shall not-as yet-wear upon his In answer to Mr. Fox, it was con- head the crown.” tended by Mr. Wilberforce, that the In answer to the hints from Mr. onduct of miniftry wanted no defence. Fox, of the Prince of Wales's inade. The prosperous situation of our finances quate income, the minister said it was the Acurithing state of commerce, the his intention to move for an eltablish great influx of wealth from all quarters, ment to support the dignity of the were evident proo's of their honourable Prince as regent, and he doubted not services. Mr. Fox had pictured the of the public's cheerful acquiescence. imbecillity of the French nation ; but Mr. Sheridan declared himlelf glad to whatever might be the situation of that hear this declaration, and said that at people, it was not the intention of Mr. the proper time he should call on the Pite or his colleagues, to weaken the honourable gentleman to perform his government of this country, in order promise. to level it to any weakness that might After much argument on each side be presumed to exist in France. On the of the question, the committee divided contrary, every exertion had been made, on Mr. Bouverie's amendment; against to raise and strengthen the power of this which there appeared a majority of country, so as to be superior, and not fixty-four : when the original question on the level, with any rival. The allu was put and carried. The gentlemen in fion was therefore improper, and even opposition had warmly contended, that ungenerous.' What did these restric- the duration of the restrictions should tions contain, that seemed to threaten be specified; and Lord North now made a diminution of executive power, to a motion to that effect, but without that degree as to enfeeble the govern- success, it being rejected by a majority ment to a Itate of debility! If Mr. of fifty-six.-The same evening, after Wilberforce conceived their principle this business had been gone through, right, they all-tended to strengthen and Mr. Rolle asked, if the Prince of Wales protect the crown from any attempt to was actually married to Mrs. Fitz-, diminish its regal authority. The prince herbert; but the question being reproor regent should have every power ne- bated, the enquiry rested where it cellary for the executive government of began.

REMARKABLE DOMESTIC EVENTS.

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JANUARY 1789.

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press was set up Xbout two days before HE hard frost, which commenced the thaw took place, to gratify the cu

about the middle of December, rious by stamping their names, and the continued uncommonly severe till near date of the year, on the surface of the the latter end of this month. In 1739, Thames. It would be difficult to enua the thermometer never fell below ? Si merate the many accidents, deaths, and degrees under the freezing point, and piercing distresses which occurred during the greater part of the time the wind this period, in spite of that universal was W. and w. by S. but seldom in benevolence, that extended charity, the E. or N. In the present reason the which prevailed in this country: many quicksilver has been concentrated en certainly peri ihed, yet thousands were Pirely, and the wind generally at E. N. cherished and relieved. Amidit several N. and but seldom from the S. The munificent donations, the particular one river Thames was completely frozen made by the Prince of Wales to the over in several parts, particularly at poor of London, merits record. The Putney', Iron Gate, Shadwell, &c in- King's annual gift of 1000l, to this fomuch thai booths for recreation were city being withheld because the figaerected, and a variety of sports and manual could not be obtained, on ac

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sount of his Majesty's indisposition, father went in search of the young. the Prince, with a liberality which does man, whom he found suspended in his him honour, ordered a sum of that garter, on the bough of a tree, and amount to be paid by the treasurer to quite dead. No reason whatsoever bis Royal Highnets. The Common could be assigned why the deceased Council of the city, in return, presented Dould be guilty of this rafh action, and an address to the Prioce, with their not the least degree of infanity being unanimous yote of thanks; to which proved, the jury returned their vera his Highneis replied, That he should di&t Self-murder; whereupon the body be always ftudious to cultivate their was ordered to be buried in the public affection and esteem.

bighway, The river Shannon in Ireland was 2. A poor woman with her throat frozen up beyond what has ever been cut, was found by the Weitminster reinembered. *The thermometer was at watchmen at the gate of General Conand degrees below the freezing point, way. Though her windpipe was nearwhich is the very exuemest cold in ly divided, and she had lost much blood, Europe.

yet the appeared deprived of life more The accounts from feveral parts a. from the bitter sharpness of the night broad, respecting the severity of the han from the effects of her wound: seafon, are curious. In Rullia the front for after he had been ten minutes in a was fo intense, that the earth has been houle, her languid pulse and breathing literally cleft by it, near Moscow: in returned. She afterwards declared that Denmark, as well as Sweden, there from poverty the herself did the deed were cracks in the ice three or four feet with a razor, which was found near the deep. In some parts of the province place, but that she was sorry for what of Halifax in Nova Scoria, rifts, of ice he had done. The wound was sewed. have fuddenly appeared, with a rums up by a furgeon, in Pall-Mall: fe bling noise. Ai Provence, in France, then took some warm wine, and was though a warm climate, the weather by the confiable of the night taken to. was to intense, that vegetation has the work house of St. James's pari0. greatly suffered : hollies, bays, cypress, Her name is Elizabeth Bolton, of Chefrosemary, &c.' have been wholly de. terfield-street, Marybone, and the is Aroyed. It is not unworthy of remark, between go and 60 years of age. that vegetables fuffer more from the Died, at Nottingham, Mr. Heath, fun, if snow has fallen, than from the formerly a respectable bookseller of

for the fun melding the snow, that place. He had been at a dissenting and opening the ground, the rigour of place of worship, the last night of the the ensuing night generally proves fatal. past year, and did not return home till

Such an immense quantity of snow late ; when he found Mrs. Heath had fell in the city of Vienna; in one night retired to rest; and, after informing during this frost, that the greateft part her that the clock had struck twelve, he of the Tops were hidden under it-four wished her many happy years, fell back hundred and twenty-four waggons, and upon the floor, and died almost without eight hundred and forty men, were a groan. employed immediately to clear the way, Not long since a gentleman at Somthat the windows and doors might be ma in Italy, being in his cabinet dur. opened; but they were obliged to cn. ing a storm, was slightly fruck by the ploy four thousand of each co clear the thunder. The electrical matter paffed Itreets.

in a direct line from his head to his feet, The beginning of this month an without immediately killing him, but inquistion was taken at Asendon- it opened a pallage in the skin similar cross, near Henley-upon-Thames, on to a small capal, which emitted a the body of a person about twenty- quantity of aqueous liquid for fome two years of age, who had gone out days, and which only ceased on his as usual to his work in the woods on dcath. Every art that could be tried the Friday preceding, without return- by the faculty proved in vain, and ing at night; which so much alarned they declared the case was entirely new, the family, that next morning his to them at leait.

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Lately was held at the London Cof- fiderable sum of money to be divided fee-house, Ludgate-street, the anniver- among his children, with the provision, sary of the lodge of antiquity of free that if any of them renounced the and accepted masons, acting by imme. Jewish religion they should be excluded. morial conftitution. A very select and Two of his daughters, becoming progenteel company attended to Mew their selytes to Christianity, brought an action attachment to the oldest private lodge before one of the courts at Berlin, and in England; which has met regularly recovered their respective dividends, in London above a huudred years, un it was argued, that Chriltianity, being der the patronage of the first characters only an improvement of Judaism, to in the kingdom, particularly Sir Chris- embrace the former was not to renounce topher Wien, who presided over it the latter. However, the cause being eighteen years; and has ever ftrenuously carried before a fuperior court, the supported the rights and privileges of decree was reversed, and the sentence the original masons of England, agree-confirmed by the king, who is there the bly to the ancient constitutions. This last resort in all cases of importance. lodge is in a very Aourish ig Itare, and In the county of Thibet, in the East now acts in alliance with the grand Indies, polygamy of husbands are allodge of all England at York, and all lowed to the women; and in Mr. the lodges in France, Scotland, Ireland, Stuart's account of that part of the &c, which are governed by the original world, a woman is mentioned as having conftitutions.

at one time seven husbands. Those 3. Died at his house in Privy Gar. husbands were all brothers, and after den, the Rt. Hon. Charles Wolfrane fome time the wife laid a complaint Cornewall, many years Speaker of the before the father and mother, that the House of Commons, and Member in two youngest fons did not contribute Parliament for Rye in Sussex. Mr. their portion of duty and affe&tion as Cornewall uniformly conducted himself they ought to do. The complaint with that affability, dignity, and recti. was held not to be unreasonable. tude of conduct, becoming his elevated 6. A remarkable instance of the powhtuation.

er of conscience has occurred within At Paisley in Scotland, a taylor, these few days. The Secretary of the died some time since, who, during his Sun Fire-office received a letter, written life, never earned more than fourpence in a foreign hand, inclosing a bank per day and his meat. However. by note of 100l, which the writer of the rigid economny, he has left 2501. at letter desired Mould be carried to the intereft, and 201. in his house, with a account of the office, and acknowledged great number of crown and half-crown in the Public Advertiser, some day the pieces, whose sable countenances be- first week in January, which was acspeak the length of their folitary fitu- cordingly done. There is no other ation. The pally had disabled this man way of accounting for this, but from from working several years : but in his the remorse of fome person who had frequent preregrinations about the town, defrauded that inftitution, if any piece of old rag or paper came in A most extraordinary and almost inhis way, he was sure to mark its value. credible undertaking has not long lince His deportment and mean appearance excited great curiosity in the learned drew forth the compassion of the stran- world; and that is, the scheme of a na. ger, as they denoted a man beset with tive of America to travel thence to the all that mifery to which the human lot eastward principally by land. This is subject.

gentleman was encouraged by liberal A case not less important than cu. Tubscriptions, and particularly by one rious, has been agitated by the lawyers from the worthy president of the Royal at Berlin, on the question-Whether a Society, Sir J. Banks. His intention Jew who embraces the Christian re was to go through Siberia, and to cross ligion has thereby renounced the Jewish. over from Kamskatcha to Nontka It seems that one Moses Ifaac, a rich Sound, and to penetrate from thence to Jew, of Berlin, left at his death a con- Philadelphia. A letter was received

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from him laft spring from Tobolski, in brother to the present Duke of Argyle Siberia; to which place he had proceed -a young lady of great musical abilled so far in this surprising and roman ties, and who excelled in an eminent tic undertaking.

degree on the pedal harp. 7. Yesterday the funeral offices of 13. The following tragical picture the late king of Spain were performed presented itself to the view of two huin York-ftreet Chapel, Westminster, mane gentlemen of Stockwell Place, with very great solemnity. The whole who had made a collection for the poor chapel was hung with black, the of that neighbourhood. On entering sconces and armorial bearings of the the wretched habitation of a poor lacrown of Spain placed round the chapel bourer, they found his wife just delivin the center, a magnificent canopy of ered of a son, after having been eigirt State, with the royal crown and sceptre; days in' labour, fix of which the was the whole in a state of solemnity and without any proper affittance: besides. elegance which did the undertaker, the new-born babe, they found in the Mr. Eyre, of Oxford-Atreet, much "room four others, two of whom were honour. The concourse of the nobility foliciting their wretched parent for food, and gentry was prodigious. A part of and the other two lying dead, evidently the chapel was relerved for the Spanish starved. ambassador and other foreign ministers. At the sessions lately held at ClerkThe music was the compolition of Mr. enwell Green, for the county of Mid. Webbe.

dlesex, an indi&tment against a young The late king of Spain, Charles III. woman, for assaulting her husband, a was the second ton of Philip V.grand. man about fixty years of age, attracted Son of Louis XIV. of France, whole the attention of the Court. It appeared

progress to the throne of Spain was, by the evidence for the prosecution, that interrupted in the beginning of this the parties by mutual confent had for century, and was the cause of a long some time past lived separate and apart and bloody struggle, which was not from each other, notwithstanding which finally terminated till the peace of the defendant had frequently molefted Utrecht 1713.-Philip died in 1746, her husband, to whom she was very and was succeeded by his fon Ferdinand troublesome. That about a month VI. who dying without issue in 1753, since, the paid him an unwelcome visit: was fucceeded by his brother, the late and after

bestowing upon him a confia Charles III.-What was remarkable derable share of fcurrilous invective, of Philip, he pined so much on account offered to box with him for a crown. of the death of his wife,' that he sure The old man expressing no inclination vived her but a few months.

to accept of this challenge, the knocked The Grand Signior's favourite Sul. him down, ftruck him feveral times tana died last November, at Constantie with her fills on the head and face, nople. This woman was a christian, and left him in poffellion of two black and possessed the affection of the Sul- eyes, in consequence of which, he was tan to so great a degree, that he prevented from attending his business never refused her any thing that he for two or three days. The defendant could reasonably grant. Having, in her called no witnesses, but said that the illness, appeared desirous of fulfilling profecutor had treated her with cruelty, the duties of her religion, his highness by representing her as a woman der procured an eunuch, a renegade prielt, titute of virtue, a charge of which the who administered to her, and said mass declared herself perfectly innocent. daily in her apartinent; the Grand The jury pronounced their verdict, Signior chusing rather to use deceit, Guilty; after which the defendant was than give her the lealt uneafiness. This ordered to give ample tecurity to keep Sultana was a French woman, and born in a little town in the north of At the sessions at Chelmsford, Eliex, Provence.

came on a very curious cause for trial: 12. At the house of General Con- A carrier on the road took up a woman way-died, Miss Campbell, daughter into his cart, who was seemingly in of the late Lord William Campbell, great agony; the reward for his kind.

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ness was, het producing, in a few mi, court of justice. The learr.ed judge nutes, a very fine child. It remained lŷmpathized very pathetically with the therefore to be settled by two contend. jury, but was bound, he said, io ining parisies, in whose boundaries the form them, that no distress whatever cart was at the time : the woman, who could, in the eye of the law, excuse died, had deposed one thing, the carrier the prisoner's offence. The jury then another, as to the critical position of found him-Guilty. The judge then the cart. The woman's evidence pre- ordered, that when the boy thould be vailed.

able to find any person who wooid take A Mr. Pain, at Letton in Hereford- càre of him, he should be delivered up fire, has lately found, where fume without punishment. While this child perfons had been digging for potatoes, of poverty and wretchedness was with a gold coin, weighing five pernyweights, drawing, shillings from all parts of the with a Cæsar's head, “ T. I. Cæfar. court and gallery were thrown to him, Aug. F. Aug. Diri."-On the reverse which made the amount confiderable. fide, a figure sealed with a lance in his 14. Mr. Cleland died; the reputed, right hand, and a branch of laurel in and it is said the acknowledged, author his left, “ Pontif Maxim." The spot of Memoirs of a Womar of Pleasurewhere the coin was found, is where a work that has, perhaps, done more to Cætar conquered Caraćiacus, and car- corrupt the morals of the rising genera. ried him prisoner to Rome.

tion, than the whole train of profligate About the middle of this month 13 publications fince the appearance of that men brought a waggon with a ton of offenlive production. The author was coals from Loughborough, in Leices- formerly consul at Smyrna, where it is tershire, to Carlton-house, as a present supposed he imbibed the licentious prín. to his Royal Highness the Prince of ciples which his immoral work so earWales. As soon as they were emplied nefly inculcates. He was near ninet; into the cellar, Mr. Weltjie, clerk of years of age at the time of his death. the cellars, gave them four guineas, 15. The following extraordinary cirand as soon as the Prince was informed cumstance lately happened to one of the of it, his Highness fent them 20 guineas, Norwich coaches.--About two o'clock and ordered them a pot of beer each in the afternoon it came into Norwich man. They performed their journey, with fix horses and a poftilion, and which is one hundred and eleven miles, had got some way into the town, before in cleven days, and drew it all the way it was observed that there was no coachwithout any relief.

man on the box. The boy was accord. A very 'affecting case occurred this ingly called to, to know where the month at the Old Bailey: Patrick coachman was, he immediately stopM'Donald, a miserable poor lad, was ped, and replied, that he bad seen him indicted for stealing a cloth jacket, va. about two miles from Norwich, and lue fourteen shillings. The evidence took it for granted that he was on the was quite clear; but the poor fellow box. Proper perfons were immediatriy urged in his defence that he came over lent to look after hin, and he was fourt from America, and arriving in Lon. about a mile from the city with a wound don, the hip returned without hiin, and in his head, and frozen quite ftiff. H: he was left entirely deftituit, and that was taken to the hospital, but it was a hunger compelled him to commit the .confiderable time before he came ! theft. One of the jury asked him if he himself. His legs and thighs were ! had eat any thing that day, to which much frost-bitten, that his recovery is he anfwered, “ No, Sir, nor a bit the exceedingly doubiful. He has a wife day before either!" he then burit into and seven children; and what makes the tears, which had such an effect, that incident the more remarkable is, tha: the sheriff brought hiin some tilver, and though there were passengers in the the jury, before they gave in their ver- coach, neither they nor the postics ciel, handed him a milling each: they should miss him, and that the horise then asked the bench whether such hun- fhould turn at the corners, which as ger could pofiibly plead his cxcufc in a rather intricate, safe without him.

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