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Honneur! and to shed in your service Some time ago, the large bell of the the latt drop of our blood, which uncathedral of Glasgow was broke, and grateful France has already been flow afterwards sent to London to be re

for the maintenance of its glory, and founded; within these few days it has that of your illustrious ancestors. been returned, bearing the following

“The dispersion of that family renders inscription

ir impofsible for me to have my letter IN THE YEAR OF GRACE

signed by all the noble and loyal gen

tlemen which compose it; but, Sire, I M.CCCCC.LXXXXIIII Marcus Knox, a merchant, zealou's have the unspeakable happiness of befor the intereits of the reformed reli- ing able to answer for them, as I do for gion, cauted me to be fabricated in myself, that the same blood flows in our Holland, for the use of his fellow. veins, and the same inclination to thed citizens of Glasgow, and placed with it in your majesty's fervice, and that our solemnity in the tower of their cathe hearts are the same as they ever were. dral. My function was announced by ter in a place where, froin age to age, our

“Condescend, Sire, to depotic this let. the impress on my bosomME AUDITO VENIAS DOCTRINAM posterity may sign it ; and that it may SANCTAM UT DISCAS,

be an evidence to much the more glo. and I was taught to proclaim the hours rious that no human force can destroy, of unhecded time. CXCV years had

-It is not in the power of misfortune I founded these awful warnings, when

to deltroy great fouls. The honour I I was broken by the hands of incon. feel of having some drops of the noble fiderate and unkilful men.

blood of Henry the Great flowing in my In the year M.DCC.XC. I was cast veins, should be a pledge to your mainto the furnace, refounded at London, jesty, that mine preserves its full energy;

and I am able to exclaim with a hero of and returned to my sacred vocation.

your noble race, All is loft but our -Reader! THOU, ALSO, SHALT KNOW A RE- those who will not join their voice to

honour. The truly unfortunate are SURRECTION,

mine ; and who have not the noble -May it be unto eternal life!

mind to make the same Qath as I have UNTITLED NOBILITY.

made. I am, &c.

(Signed) The following letter was lately

« FITZ JAMES." written by the duc de Fitz James, the SKETCH OF BURNS, THE SCOTTISH. lineal descendant of marshal Berwick, natural son of king James II. to the Burns, the poet, is now a farmer in king of France :

Dumfries-shire. A small place, which SIRE, Geneva, Aug. 10, 1790,

he has in the Excise, makes an addition " At a time when the nations of to his income. He has a wife and two Europe view with astonishment an'af- children. The cares which these several sembly of your fubjects (whom your relations demand, would, one might majesty has been pleased to acknowledge suppose, leave him but little leisure for as the National Assembly) destroy a the pursuits of poetry; yet we are told body, of nobility, the most illuftrious that he occasionally facrifices to the that ever existed in any monarchy, Muse; and, what is more, that he has and whose most glorious title was that been endeavouring, by study, to make of the supporters of the thronę; per- up the defects of his original education, mit me, Sire, the head of a family What is remarkable, we are informed who have the honour of reckoning that he writes English prose not only kings among their ancestors, to re- with purity, but elegance, and has quest of your majesty to be pleased to been to compose a farce, receive, in the name of myself and fa- Whether study inay have the effect of mily, the oath which we have made to destroying the originality of his genius, live and die faithful to your interests, or only of lopping off its redundancies, and to rally at the cry, ever dear to we Mall not pretend to say. He fome Frenchmen, of Vive le Roi! Vive 1 time since erected a Atone to the memory


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of the unfortunate Ferguson, his pre. all travellers, and alike disguised in deceffor in Scotch poetry; a tribute liquor, they began to quarrel about which was highly worthy of one poet some meat boiling for supper. Mary to another, and which reflects not less Whitehead, it seems, began the quar. honour on his heart, than his writings rel, and her husband going out of the on his genius,

house, Margaret Riley stabbed her un.

der the ribs on tlie right fide, with a hawk. PEDESTRIAN.

ed bill or gardener's knife, so that part On Saturday the 28th ult. at ten of her bowels came out. The neigh. minutes past four o'clock, the cele- bours being alarmed by her cries, Mar. brated walking Powelt arrived at St. garet Riley, to excuse herself, faid it Paul's Cathedral, and after touching was no more than a tham labour, that a part of it, three huzzas were given me pretended to, though the wanted by the populace, when he was con• feven weeks of her time. In conse. veyed away by a hackney coach.

quence, however, of her dreadful litu. He set off from the Monument on ation de lingered in extreme torment Sunday the 22d at twelve o'clock at till the Sunday afternoon, when she was night for York, and reached that city delivered of a child, which died in a at half past one on Wednesday. His quarter of an hour, and the expired uyager was thirteep guine?s to twenty herself on Monday morning in great thit he would walk to York, and re- agonits. The Caroner's Jury having turn, 12 five days and eighteen bouis, biought in their verdićt wilful murder which he performed in five days, iixteen againit Margaret Riley, the was comhours, and ten minutes.

mitted to Lancaster Castle. He reached Stamford in Lincoln Anie, Early this month, a daring robbery on Monday night, which is about ninety and inhuman murder was comınitted miles, and arrived at Doncaller on

on the body of Susannah Waits, a girl Tuciday night very late. He returned about seventeen years of age, seryant to from York as far as Ferrybridge on Mr. W. Browlter, of Swinelhead near Wedneiday ; on Thursday he fept at Boston, who had been to visit her pa. Granthani, and on Friday on this fide rents, and was found by some horsemen of Bigg!etwade. The whole time be aboue three hundred yards from Swinetock, was one hundred and thirty-fix thead, weltering in her blood, her head hours and ten minutes,

ncarly fevered from her body, supposed He appeared to be very much far to have been done by a reaper's hook. rigued when he returned, yet he could

One of her pockets was turned inside have been in town more early had it out, the other cut off. The girl had been necesary.--Some persons met him no more than eight pence in money, at se. Alban's; a considerable number which the villain took, together with a at Bainet; and when he reachce

pair of sinall ova! plated buckles, and Sinithfield, there was

a. very great a pair of white cotton "Rockings. The crowd, not only of pedestrians, but of

perpetrator is not yet discovered. carriages and horfemen. Mr. Powell is clerk to an attorney,

SUICIDE. in New Inn, and is now fifty-seven On Friday morning, the 27th ult. beyears old. He performed the saine tween leven and eight o'clock, a woman journey feventeen years ago, and was of the name of Davis was found dead allowed six days to do it in, but ac- in her bed in Clement's-lane, Clareconplished it in about fix hours and a market, with a knife fticking in her half within the limited time.

throal; she was discovered in this fitu:

ațion by a woman who lodged in the MURDER.

fame house. Her goods, it seems, were The beginning of thiş month the seized for the rent, and a man put in following tragical affair happened at a possession, which, her naps, had some lodging-house ai Garsang, in Lan effect on her mind. She was thirty-fix çaihiie: One Thomas Whitehead and years of age, remarkably industrious, his wife, Mary, being in company with well behaved, and handsome. From Margaret Riley and another woman, marks on her neck it appeared as if

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She had attempted to hang herself. She returned it, but without effect; when 'was remarkably cheerful the preceding Mr. Stephens discharged his pistol

night. The same day the jury sat on again with the same success. The leher body, and brought in their verdiet cond ball of Mr. Anderson, however, Lunacy.

took place just below the under lip of Mr.M.Kenzie put an end to his exift- Mr. Stephens, passed through his head, ence on Tuesday the 7th inst. in Ben- and killed him instantly. He was a tick-ftreet. On the previous Sunday worthy young gentleman, and his loss he dined at Mr. Corton's on Claphain is much regretted. Common; Mr. Cotton observed, he was unusually depressed in his fpirits,

DISTRESS, and alked if he was unwell, at the same

The 12th, as four or five gentlemen -time advising him to leave the horse, were returning from Sadler's Wells, and return to town in a carriage. This they found, under some wood-work in unfortunate young man was on the esta. a passage close to the Blue Lion ale. blishment as a clerk in the Treasury, houte, an infant about three or four from whence he went home to dinner months old, wrapped in a blanket, and on the day when he committed the fatal almoft starved to death. The gentledeed; when arrived at his lodgings, he men carried it to an adjoining house, fent his servant to order some porter ; where they discovered that it was very on her return he was not in the dining- thin, and that its bones were scarcely room, and, after waiting fome time, covered ; they gave it fome bread and the went to his bed-room door to calí milk, when recovering itself, it smiled him; but not antivering, and on look- upon them in a most affecting manner. ing through the key-hole, observing The gentleinen obtained admission for - fome blood, the burst the door open, the unfortunate orphan into a workand found her master dead on the floor, houle. with his throat cur in a most fhocking

JUSTICE. manner. No reason can be atligned At the Old Bailey, on Friday the for this rash act.

17th inst. was tried the famous George JEWISH NEW YEAR.

Barrington, for robbing Henry Townt. On the 8th, the new year waş ulhered end, efq. of a watch, at Enfield Races.

He was not detected in the facl; but įn by the Jews, with that solennity which di,miguishes that holiday from

a young woman having seen him drop all others. The men appeared in their other circumstances concurring, he was

the waich, after being

in cuftody, and different fynagogues, cloathed in the Throwds, the women all in white, whichi The proftitution of talents in this fel.

convicted on the cleareft evidence. calt a very awful reflection on the ungodly among them; for it is presumed, livered a speech, as his defence, of

low is highly to be lamented; he de. that on that feltival, the Almighty fits in judgment for poor finners ; and on

twenty-five minutes length, in which that account, the Jews invoke angels, plexion of what had been alledged

he ingeniously observed on the compatriarchs, and deceased friends, to intercede for their iniquities. From he artfully appeals to the passions, is

against him. That part of it where the ift till the 1 oth of the same month, a melancholy is discernible on the brow been the hard lot of some unhappy per

as follows. Gentlemen, that it has of every Jew, as on that day final judge fons, to have been convicted of crimes ment is passcd on linners,


did really not commit, less througla DUEL.

evidence than ill-natured report, is About the roth a duel was fought doubtless certain ; and doubtless there at Margate, between Mr. Stephens, are many selpectable persons now in fon to the secretary of the Admiralty, Couri, fully convinced of the truth of and Mr. Anderson, an attorney at law, that observation. Such times, it is to The quarrel began at the Affembly- be hoped, are past; I dread not such a Room in that town on a very trilling conviction in my own person; I am occafion. Mr. Stephens fired first, and well convinced of the noble nature of a missed his adversary, Mr. Anderfon British Court of Justice; the dignified


and benign principles of its Judges; indigent. It will be my ftudy, genund, the liberal and candid spirit of its tlemen, to possess them; nor will the Jurors.

heaviel amiction of poverty, pain, or “Gentlemen, life is the gift of God, dilgrace, caufe me to part with reso. and liberty its greatest blessing; the lutions founded on the deepest reflecpower of disposing of both, or either, tion, and which will end but with life: is the greatelt man can enjoy. It is I will perish on the pavement before I also adventitious that, great as that will deviate from them. For my own power is, it cannot be better placed, part, whatever your verdict may be, I chan in the hands of an English Jury; truit I shall be enabled to meet it with for they will not exercise it like tya firmnefs of mind; he, indeed, has sants, who delight in blood, but like little to fear from death, whose fame generous and brave men, who delight is tarnished, and who has endured the io fpare rather than to destroy ; and ceaseless abuse of unfeeling minds; who, not forgetting they are inen them. when Heaven accepts contrition, it refelves, lean, when they can, to the fide ceives into favour when it pardons; of compassion. It may be thought, but man, more cruel than his Maker, gentlemen of the Jury, that I am ap- pursues his offending brother with unplying to your passions, and if I had relenting feverity, and marks a dethe power to do it, I would not fail to viation from rectitude with a never employ it; the patsions animate the dying, infamy, and with unceasing heart, and to the passions we are in- suspicion and reproach, which seem to debted for the nobleft a&tions; and to exclude him from the pale of virtue. the patsions we owe our deareft and Gentlemen of the Jury, the thought, finest feelings; and when it is con- though death may appal the rich and fidered, the mighty power you now prosperous, but on the other hand the poffefs, whatever leads to a cautious unfortunate cannot have much to fear and tender discharge of it, must be from it ; yet the tenderness of nature thought of great consequence; as long cannot be quite subdued by the utmost as the passions conduct us on the fide degree of human resolution, and I canof benevolence, they are our best, our not be insensible to the woes which safest, and our most friendly guides, must be felt by an affectionate com

" i humbly hope that the circum- panion, and an infant offspring; and Kances of the cale, are such as may there is, besides, a principle in human induce a scrupulous Jury to make a nature, stronger even than the fear of favourable decision; and I am very death, and which can hardly fail to well.convinced that you will not be operate fome time or other in life; I led by any other circumstances than mean the desire of good fame, under those of the present case; either from that laudable influence. Gentlemen, reports of former misfortunes, or by if I am acquitted, I will quickly retire the fear of my falling into similar ones. to some distant land, where my name I am now just thirty-two years of age, and misfortunes will be alike un. (thall be lo next month); it is nearly known; where harmless manners shall half the life of man, it is not worth fhicld me from the imputation of guilt; wliile being impatient to provide for and where prejudice will not be liable the other half, so far as to do any thing to misrepresentation; and I do now unworthy. Gentlemen, in the courie affure you, Gentlemen of the Jury, of my life I have suffered much dif- that I feel a cheering hope, even at this tress, I have felt something of the atvful moment, that the rest of my life vicissitudes of fortune, and now from will be so conducted, as to make me as observation I am convinced, upon the much an object of esteem and applause, whole, there is no joy but what arises as I am now the unhappy object of from the practice of virtue, and con- çensure and suspicion.” fifts in the felicity of a tranquil mind When the Lord Chief Baron Eyre and a benevolent heart; fources of had delivered his charge to the Jury, consolation which the molt profperous and they had pronounced Barrington circumstances do not always furnish, guilty, the Judge addressed him as and which may be felt under tļę must follows:"Mr. Barrington, Hitherto

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I have conducted myself towards you hit a receipt for that fum, lighed John on this trial, as if I had never seen you Pierce. He then tendered a book, before ; but now, when nothing which which Mr. Papps understood to be the I can say, can prejudice the jury, be acceptance book, which, as a matter, must say that you have been created of course, he signed; wł.ereas, in fact, with much more favour than you this was the transfer book, and by this deserve. This ought to have been a fignature the prisoner ebtained a transcapital indictment, and it ought to fer of four hundred and fifty pounds to have reached your life; and public John Pierce, which sum the prisoner justice very much calls for fuch a fa. actually fold and transferred to the crifice : for if ever there was a man in fais John Pierce, for which he received the world that abused and proitituted the fum of four hundred and twentygreat talents to the most unworthy and eight pounds one filling and three

shameful purposes, you are that man; pence, which was never paid into the !

and you have done it against all warn- hands, or applied to the use of Williams ing, against the example of your own Papps. cafe, and of a thoutand other cases that The Chief Baron lamented the fallen have occurred; and I am afraid, thac ftate of the prisoner ; but the laws mult now, as the punishment does not reach carefully protect the important conyour life, I cannot entertain the least cerns of the national bank. He re. hope that you will in any manner re- probated the conduct of the persons form; but that the end of it will be, who tampered with the evidence. that you must be a Mameful spectacle The Jury consulted, and brought in at your latter end.”

their verdi&t upon the first and third francis Fonton, a clerk in the Three counts, guilty of uttering and receive per Cent. ofice at the Bank, was in- ing. - Death. dicted at the Old Bailey for a forgery Robert Nabcutt was tried for the and felony, with intent to defraud Wil. wilful murder of Moses Davis, by liam Papps and John Pierce. The giving him a wound upon the head indictmeut contained a fecond count with an iron key, of which wound he for utrering a forged receipt, purport- languished for a short time, and then ing to be the receipt of John Pierce for died *. It was proved that the priforty-seven pounds eleven Thillings and loner, without any just provocation, fix pence, being the value of fifty pounds ftruck the deceased with a key upon ftock Four per Cents. pretended to be the head in a most violent manner, at a transfer of that sum to William Walton Bridge, and that his death was Papps, which stock never was pur- occafioned by that blow. On the part chaled or transferred from Mr. Pierce, of the prisoner it was sworn, that at and The third and fourth counts charged before ihe time he ftruck the deceased the prisoner with a fraud and forgery, he was in a state of insanity. The in transferring the sum of four hundred prisoner was acquitted. and fifty pounds Four per Cents. the

ACCIDENT. property of William Papps, to John Pierce, which sum Mr. Papps never On Thursday the gth, the following did actually transfer, or give authority melancholy accident happened to Wild to the prisoner fo to do; and the in- liam Higgs, servant of Mr. Hall, of di&tment charged it to be done with East Hanney mill, near Reading : As

intent to defraud the Bank and the said he was crolling the bridge at the milla & William Papps and John Pierce, head, he fell over the luice into the

Mr. Garrow opened the pleadings, water-wheel, as it was going round; 9 and Mr. Fielding'entered into the case, by which means he was drawn under of which is simply as follows:-On the the wheel, and crushed in so violent a

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8th of May 1789, Mr. Papps applied manner as to throw the wheel out of to the prisoner to purchase for himn fifty the gudgeon and stop it. In this situ. pounds in the Four per Cents, and de- ation he continued near an hour before pofited in his hands forty-seven pounds he was discovered, and part of the ewelve shillings and fix pence for the wheel was obliged to be cut away be. purchase, and the same prisoner gave

* See page 310.



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