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blue striped rich filk coat and breeches, THE 4th, being the king's birth. and white filk ivaistcoat, the whole very fifty-third year of his age, it was ob- gles and stones. The coat on all the ferved as a high festival. The court at

seams was very beautifully embroidered

with filk work, the waistcoat covered all St. James's Palace was very numerous.

over with a fimilar embroidery. ' It The queen was dressed in all the splendour of majesty, as is usual on

being Collar-day, his royal highnefs did the birth-day of the king. There was

not appear with his new epaulette till fomething finely picturesque in her the evening in the ball-room. This dress, her petticoat being very beauti- piece of jewellery is the most superb

ever seen at court, and estimated in fully embroidered in imitation of clouds with shades of green foil; the drapery the form of it is a long thaped oval; the

value at twenty-two thousand pounds : drew up with green bands covered with outer row, a circle of very large costly chains of diamonds and pearls. The bands were trimmed at the ends with

brilliants; the inner part filled with bunches of oak, and large diamond each part of the mosaic filled with a

a mosaic of diamonds; the center of stars in the middle. The drapery of

fine brilliant. A brilliant of extraor: the corners was tied up with large dia. mond and pearl bows and bunches of dinary fineness, and the value exceeding oak. The trimming of the bottom was

four thousand guineas, formed a button a deep blond lace. Her majesty wore a

at the top, and from the bottom of the profusion of diamonds, bosh about her epaulette hung a fringe of two rows of dress and in her hair, with a diamond inches down the arm. In the evening

large brilliants, extending three or four necklace, ear-rings, and stomacher. The princess roya!. A white crape diamond George, which, as Collar-day,

also his royal highness wore a superb pereicoat with silver spangles. The dra

he did not wear in the morning. TO pery was most superbly embroidered, the upper part being richly spangled, complete this very magnificent dress, the under part sprigged with white and his royal highness wore a most fuperb filver. The two draperies were divided and valuable pair of brilliant buckles, with a rich fringe of oak leaves, ele consisting of stones of great lize and gantly embroidered with bows. The value, cemented to each other by a

beautiful knot of diamonds; the-knee bottom was fringed with tallels.

buckles to correspond. Princess Augusta and Elizabeth were both dreiled exactly the same. Their DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT. diefs were a rich white and Glver em Thursday the roth, his majesty went hroidered crape, with green and filver in the usual state to the House of Peers, spangles. Across the bottom were fef- and, being feated on the throne, fir toons of green leaves, drawn up at the Francis Molyneux went to the Comcorners with rich embroidered bows. mons, and commanded their iminediate The bottom was fringed with green, attendance. purple, and white tassels.

As soon as the speaker of the House The head dresses of the princesses of Commons came to the bar, he adwere ornamented with oltrich feathers, dielled his majesty in a neat, manly, and a profufion of diamonds.

and well-constructed speech, delivered His majesty' was dressed in a plain with fingular and most impressive diffuit, as usual on his own birth-day; inctness. He looked remarkably well and cheer After giving the royal assent to feful.

veral bills; his majesty was pleased The dress of his royal highness the to deliver the following most gracious prince of Wales, conflted of a garter fpeech :

My Lords, and Gentlemen,

of the public revenue, and the estab, « The neceffary public business being lishment of a permanent system for the now concluded; I think it right to put gradual reduction of the national debt, an end to this fellion of parliament, have furnished the best proofs of your

I have put hitherto received the resolution in encountering the diffi: answer of the court of Spain to the re- culties with which you had to contend, presentation which have directed to and of your steadiness and perseverance be made' at that court, in support of the in thole" measures whịch were beit dignity of my crown, and of the in- adapted to promote the essential and terests of my people. I continue to lasting interests of my dominions. entertain the frongest desire for the " The loyalty and public fpirit, the maintenance of peace on juft and ho induftry and enterprize of my lubjects, nourable grounds; but, under the pre- have seconded your exertions. On their Tent circumstances; I feel it indispen- sense of the advantages which they at fably necessary to proceed with expe- present experience, as well as on their dition and vigour in those preparations, uniform and affectionate attachment to the obječts of which have already re, my person and government, I rely for a ceived your unanimous concurrence,

continuance of that harmony and con" The assurances and conduct of my fidence, the happy effects of which have allies, on this interesting occasion, have so manifestly appeared during the premanifested in the most fatisfactory'man- fent parliament, and which inutt at all her their determination to fulfil the en- times afford the surest means of nieetgagements of the existing treaties : anding the exigencies of war, or of cultiI trust that our 'mutual good under- vating with increasing benefit the blessStanding and concert will be productive ings of peace, of the happiest effects in the present The next day a proclamation appearconjuncture of affairs in Europe.

ed, ftating that it was his majesty's “Gentlemen of the House of Commons, pleasure to diffolve the present parlia

“I return you my, particular thanks ment; the writs to be returnable the for the readiness with which you granted 10th of August. the supplies for the current service, and for your unaniinity and dispatch in en

ELECTION. abling me to take those measures which Thursday, June 24, the poll for the present crisis has rendered necessary. members to represent the city of Lon

" My Lords, and Gentlemen, don in parliament, ended at Guildhall, “As 'I think it may be of material when the following gentlemen were deconvenience that the election of a new clared duly elected: William Curtis, parliament Mhould take place without efq. Brook Watson, esq. fir Watkin delay, it is my intention forthwith to 'Lewes, kot, and John Sawbridge, esq. give directions for dissolving the present Alderman Newnham declined the poll and for calling a new parliament. But, the preceding evening. în signifying to you this intention, 'I cannot omit to assure you of the deep and grateful sense which I must ever Monday the 14th, Renwick Wilentertain of that affectionate and un liams was brought before the magifshaken loyalty, that uniform and zea trates in Bow-fieet, on the charge of Jous regard for the true principles of being the person who has been repeatour invaluable constitutions, and that edly advertised in the public papers, for unremitting attention to the happiness having wantonly assaulted and wounded and prosperity of my people, which several ladies at clifferent times. He is have invariably directed all your pro- a young man, apparently under thirty ceedings.

years of age, of the middle size, with a The rapid increase of our manu face rather long and thin, features sharp, factures, commeice, and navigation, grey eyes, complexion sallow, He was the additional protection and fecurity well dresled, had a genteel appearance, afforded to the distant possessions of the and is of the musical profession. He empire, the provisions for the good was apprenticed to Mi. Gallini; but governinent of India, the improvement some time since has, by his own account,




abandoned that pursuit, and has em her and ran off. Mrs. Franklin faid, ployed himself principally in the manu- that she had repeatedly been insulted by factory of artificial powers ; and in fol- the prisoner, who had made use of lowing this business, he has been at infamous language, but had pever Weymouth, Brighton, and other places wounded her. on the coaft. Miss Porter, of St. James's The prisoner heard all these charges ftreet, was, on Sunday afternoon, walk- with great composure, and answered ing in St. James's Park, with Mr. thein with that readiness and collection Coleman, when the faw the prisoner, of ideas, which we would be willing and exclaimed, “ That is the man who only to attribute to conscious innowounded me!” Mr. Coleman followed cence. Some circumstances, however, him ; he knocked at a number of doors, came out, independent of the evidence, and particularly at one where the house and partly on the declaration of the priwas empty, as if to get rid of Mr C.; foner himself, that were not of the most at length he went into the house of Mr. 'prepoffesfing nature. Smith, in Southampton-ftreet. Mr. C. On the prisoner's being asked by fie followed, and took him to Miss Porter, Sampson Wright, where he lodged ? who, as well as her fifters, recognized what was his occupation ? and other him, and he was fent to St. James's questions relative to himself, he faid, watchhoufe. Miss Ann Porter said, That he now pursued the business of that, on the queen's birth-day, coming artificial Mower and fancy trimming out of the Court yard at St. James's, making; that he worked at a house in with her fifter, the observed the pri- Dover-street for some time palt at a foner, and was much alarmed, as he guinea a week, and that he lodged in a had repeatedly met and insulted them, room in Bury-treet; that the person by making use of the mot obscene lan-' wko employed him could give him a guage ; he followed them and struck good character, and that he could prove her over the head at their own door; he was with his master on the nights her filter he cut. Miss Sarah Porter when these transactions were said to corroborated this account, and both have happened. However, on the strength fwore positively to the prisoner's perfon. of the evidence against him, the parties Their histers, Misses Martha and Re- were bound over to prosecute, and he becca Porter, were both in Kensington was committed to the New Prison, ClerkGardens at the time their sisters were enwell, for trial. insulted with the infamous language The duke of Cumberland, and a they had spoken of, and both swore great number of gentlemen were pre, positively that the prisoner was the per- fent; the street was very much crowded; fon who made use of it. Mr. Tomp- and it was five o'clock before the prikins, furgeon, said, he was sent for, soner could be got from the office, as and found that Miss Porter had been the mob were so exasperated, that they wounded by an instrument of uncom- would have destroyed him, if not precom Sharpness ; the length of the cut vented.

eight and nine inches. On the 16th, he was again brought Miles Elizabeth and Frances Baughan up to the Public Office, Bow-street, gave an account of their having been for re-examination. In addition to the infulted by a person on the 7th of last charges already made against him, feDecember, in Bridge-freet, Westmin- veral other persons appeared to give fter, who followed them into Parlia. their teftinonies. A servant maid to ment-ftreet, and there cut them both. - Jady Gordon (wore, that she had been Mifs Elizabeth Baughan thought the wounded at her mistress's door, by a prisoner was the man; her 'sitter was person who seized her by the arms, and, more pofitive as to his person. Miss as if foniething had been fastened to his Ann Frost, of Jermyn-ftreet, said, on knee, gave her several wounds in the lord-mayor's-day, the prisoner, of whose thigh. The wounds which this woman person she was positive, accosted her 'received, were fo violent, as to render fiear her home, and made use of very he recovery doubtful." She did not bad language, and followed her till Me fivear positively to the prisoner, but to was at her own door, where he wounded the best of her knowledge. Williams


did not deny being in the place menti- that none might be used, or fent upon oned, and said the accident might have service, whole quality and goodness had happened from something in his pocket. not previously been ascertained. Among A walherwoman swore positively, that the number collected on this occafion, The had been cut, some time since, in were some old foreign guns, so exceedHolborn, by the prisoner; she had re. ingly rough and uneven in the bore, ceived two wounds, one in the thigh, from the great length of time they had and the other across the breast. She remained out of use, as to render it inne was positive in identifying him, as he practicable to introduce the powder knocked a basket off her head, and stood without a ladle ; and the same obstacle with the utmost composure to look at occurred with respect to several of the her, which gave her an opportunity of fhot, which could only be driven close examining his person. Mrs. Folter to the powder with considerable exertion gave a very strong and circumstantial and difficulty. The gun (a French testimony again the prisoner ; flae twore twenty pounder) from which the accis positively to his person, and that he had dent took place was of this description. Itabbed her in the thigh. Miss Wheeler Themen stationed at it had made every faid, she had often feen the pritoner, effort in vain to get the shot down, when and had been grossly insulted by him captain Willifon, who was confpicu at Ranelagh lalt summer, whilft waiting oudy exact in seeing that every gun to be for a carriage. A servant girl deposed, proved was properly loaded, urged them that, some time since, a man presented io a second attempt, himself aslifting in to her an artificial nosegay, and desired guiding the rammer, while the men her to smell to it; which having re were employed in forcing down the fused, he presented it to her again, thot. Unluckily, this last effort in part and, with a Tharp instrument which succeeded, and the shot in its progress was confined in it, gave her a violent struck against some inflammable lubcut under one of her eyes. This woman ftance, which produced fire by the col. was shockingly disfigured. She thought lifion, that communicated to the charge, he was the perfon, but would not swear though apparently secured against sucha positively to him, as three other fellows

an accident, from having over it a were in the company of the villain who thick clofe wad. The explosion whicha

, had wounded her.

immediately followed, threw captain The prisoner was, after another ex Willison to the distance of about twelve amination, finally committed to New- yards, dreadfully burnt and mangled, gate.

and also wounded the four men at the NATURAL HISTORY.

rammer, who were all so scorched, as to At Amesbury, lately, á game hen, add greatly to the horror of the scene, having thirteen chickens, about six The captain bore his fate with astonishdays old, by striking at a dog, killed ing composure, and, to the moment of herself. The chickens were immedi- his dissolution, thewed a magnanimity ately put to another hen, who had seven and firmness of mind that did honour of her own about the same age, and the to his character. He died about two consequence was, that she beat them all o'clock the same day, greatly regretted off; upon which a game cock gene- by his corps. rously took the whole twenty under his care, and calls, feeds, and hives them

Monday the 7th, the parishioners of with che utmost attention.

Epworth, near Thorne, were muci ACCIDENT.

alarmed by the death of a boy about fix A most melancholy accident hapo years of age, happening in the poorpened at Madras, on the 13th of Janu- house; seven of a family in the house ary last, at the proof of cannon on the being all affected in the fame manner, ¿fland, by which captain Willison, á with a violent vomitting, attended with very respectable officer of the first bat. a heat in the ftomach. A surgeon betalion of artillery, lost his life, and four ing fent for, suspected that some poison Europeans of the same corps were le had been mixed with their food, as they verely wounded. It had been recom were taken ill after eating fome cake the. mended to government to have all the preceding Saturday: and the circumguns in the garrison of every kind proved, ftance of a cock which run in the poor



house yard that "morning being found her body. The remainder of the people poisoned, increased the fulpicion. Mon- ivho had partaken of the poison, are day night another of the family (Jane likely to recover, Storr) died; and on Tuesday morning

DEATHS OF EMINENT MEN. the coroner held an inquisition over the two bodies, which were opened by two The 28th of May, at his house in turgeons: in the stomach of the boy Privy-gardens, George Montagu, duke nothing was found fufficient to lub- of Montagu; marquis Monthermer, ftantiate the suspicion of his being earl of Cardigan, baron Brudenell of poisoned; but in that of Jane Stori Stanton Wivil, and baron Montagu of were observed fmall bits of white Boughton, master of the horse to the arsenic, and the stomach was corroded king, governor and captain of Windsor and much inflamed. The jury brought Castle, lord- lieutenant of the county of in a verdict of natural death of the boy ; Huntingdon, president of St. Luke's and the woman dying by means of poi- Hospital, vice-president of St. George's fon administered by a person or persons Hospital, and president of the society unknown. In the course of the ex. for the encouragement of arts, F.R.S. amination of witnesses, a woman de baronet, and knight of the most noble posed that one Mary Pilsworth, one of orders of the Garter and Bath. the family in the poor-house, had de On the 17th of April the great Dr. fired her about a fortnight before to Franklin closed his earthly career, at procure her some white arsenic, but eighty-four and three months, at Phithat the refused. On examining Mary ladelphia. Every possible mark of rePillworth, she declared, she had been so spect has been paid to his memory by frequently ill-treated by the mistress of his grateful and affectionate fellow cia the poor- house, that if the could have got tizens. poison, she would have poisoned herself; His will has been opened. He has for that he was tired of living, Thurs- left two handsome legacies to the cities day morning Robert Storr died; and on of Boston and Philadelphia, and the rest Friday an inquisition was taken on his of his estate to his daughter and grand. body, which being opened, his stomach daughter. was found nearly in the same state as Three days before he died, he begged that of his wife, containing also a finall that his bed might be made, that he quantity of white arsenic. On further might die in a decent manner. His examination, a young woman deposed daughter told him, she hoped he would that, a few days before, Mary Pillivorth recover, and live many years longer. persuaded her to get a pennyworth of He replied, “ he hoped not.” white arsenic; who now confessed the The stone, with which he had been receiving of it, that she had taken about afflicted for several years, had for the a thinibleful the night before, and the last twelve months confined him chiefly reinainder she had thrown into the to his bed : and during the extreme yard: during her examination, the ap- painful paroxysms, he was obliged to peared very ill, and was sent back to the take large doses of laudanum to mitipoor-houfe; where she confessed she did gate his tortures-fill, in the intervals not take the poison the night before, of pain, he not only amused himself but on that morning;

and thinking the with reading and conversing cheerfully had not suvallowed fufficient, took tome with his family and a few friends, who more about noon: she continued in the vilited him, but was often employed in greatelt agonies, and died early the next doing business of a public as well as morning. Thus ended the life of this privale nature, with various persons, wretched woman, greatly fufpected of who waited on him for that purpose having poisoned to many innocent per- and in every instance displayed the sons, and at last herself, to prevent the fullest and clearest possession of his execution of the law. An inquisition mental abilities; and not unfrequently being taken on 'her body, the jury indulged in the jeux d'esprit and enterbrought in a verdi&t felo de se. She taining anecdote. was drawn on a Nedge, buried in the The Congress have ordered a general highway, and a stake drove through mourning for one month.

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