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the respect and admiration of all Eu- issue, between a Mr. Harding and a rope.

Mr. Beamish, both students of the MUSICAL PHENOMENON. College of Physicians at Edinburgh, An infant, little more than four Mr. Beamish was unfortunately thot years old, is just brought up from Wars through the body, and died she same wickfire, whose mulical talents exceed morning about ten o'clock. He receivevery thing that has hitherto been ed his mortal wound from the first fire known. Til about nine months ago, of his antagonist, and fell without difthe boy was fo displeased with all notes charging his pistol. Mr. Harding and of melody, that he constantly burft into his second hurried immediately off the tears when either his father or mother ground, and are supposed to have failed played upon any instrument, or fung. for the continent. The coach which Bui, in May lait, all on a sudden, he bore them to the place carried back the became as passionately enamoured of expiring Mr. Beamilla, with his friend. thofe founds to which he had before in.

SUICIDES. variably shewn such figns of aversion. He already plays on the piano forte and

The roth, at half past nine o'clock, organ, in perfect time, and fine talte, a young woman, of the name of Finch, Several of Handel's and Corelli's dif.

niece to Mr. Finch, tobacconist, at No. ficult fugues, and that with a discrimi. 268, Wapping, took the fatal resolution

of native touch, and expression of counte.

putting an end to her life, by swalnance, which strongly mark his fingular procured of a chemist in the neighbour

lowing a quantity of arsenic, which the genius. He is already, grounded by hood. What renders this more rehis father in all the principles of the keys, concords, discords, &c. and is markable, is, her prevailing on the allowed by Clementi

, and

the other servant maid of Mr. Huddy, a pastryprofessors who have heard him, to be in the fatal resolution : they took two

cook close adjoining, to accompany her the most extraordinary musical prodigy ounces between them; in consequence they ever beheld. The father's name is Appleton; he is a maltster, not far of which Miss Grace Finch struggled

in violent convulsions till twelve o'clock dilant from Birmingham, and is come to London for the express purpose of pro- fervant of Mr. Huddy continued in

at night, and then expired. The maid curing the ableft maliers for his little

a moft miferable state till eleven on Warwickshire Apollo. Their majefties have expressed a desire to hear him majd fervant of Mr. Finch finding some

Tuesday, when she also expired. The some evening at Buckingham-house.

of the dregs in the glass, which was

mixt with brandy, unluckily drank it The question, " Whether a payment up; but it is supposed the will recover. made in bank-notes can legally be

A young gentleman of the weft of seemed a payment made in money?" England, who would have inherited, at was, on the 5th, argued and determined his father's death, a very considerable in the court of King's Bench.

family estate, shot himself lately through The court said, that the judges had the head. This rash action was ocnot yet gone to the extent of deciding casioned by the loss of a considerable that the tender of a deht in bank notes fum of money, a few days preceding, at was a good tender, unless the party ac- pass dice, in a certain notorious gamcepted them as cash. A payment, howe bling-house in Piccadilly. ever, made in bank notes might cer- Mr. Blanket, fecond mate of the tainly be deemed a payment made in Swallow packet, in the service of the money, and might be fo ftiled in a deed East India Company, and nephew to capor other instrument by which any

fum tain Blanket, of his majesty's navy, lately is flated to be given or paid. Bank dispatched himself with a pistol. What notes were unquestionably called mo- could have driven him to this dreadful ney, and io considered by the world. act, no one can tell. He had company DUELLING

to dine with him on Monday, and ap. A point of honour was lately termi. peared, as usual, cheerful and easy. nated, near Dublin, by a melancholy But the company had not been long

gone, PUGILISM. felled the fact.


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gone; when taking up a candle, he went twenty-one. He has been groom to a
into his bed-chamber, and iinmediately gentleman fixty years.
after the report of a pistol was heard. At Burton fair, the beginning of
His wife, a moft amiable woman, was this month, a young woman, of the pa-
the first who ran to the room, whence risk of Swadlincote, whose husband
the report had reached her, and there fome time ago abfconded, and who, ou
the beheld her bulband weltering in his that account, has been since chargeable
blood. The right was beyond expres- on the parish, was publicly fold in the
fion shocking, and the lufferings of market-place, by the Swadlincote parish
Mrs. Blanket are indescribable. Mr. officers, to a man of Crealley, for the
Blanket had put the pistol into his sum of two fhillings, deuudling the
mouth, but had not pointed it in such a price of the haltei', in which the woman
manner as to make the shot produce was delivered, in the way which has
instantaneous death. He lived for been lately practised. After entering
about a quarter of an hour in most ex. the transaction in the toll-book, the
cruciating agony, and then died. parties returned home, seemingly well


Wives are now transferable like bank The 7th, at a public house in stock. A purchase of this kind was Thames-street, a porter to a cheese- lately made at Charley-Wood, Herts, monger, rather intoxicated, ftabbed the by the clerk of an eminent brewer. The landlord, dangerously in the belly ; price was a guinea ; and the lady, with then walked out, and wounded two her child into the bargain, was immewatchmen before he could be secured. diately taken possession of, and conveyed The instrument used ivas a finali pen- to the habitation of her new gallant. knife. He was committed to Wood. A young couple, fome thort time treet Coñipter.

lince, went to be married at Ashton.

under-Line: when the cereniony was DEPRAVITY.

about to commence, the lady walked As a degrading improvement upon out of the church; the gentleman, with the sale of wives, à child of four years much apparent eagerness, followed her, of age was this nionth played for at and in the most tender manner intreated cards, at a public house in Bow, five her to return and make him happy, to Thillings against the infant.

It was

which she at length consented. When won by a person who had cohabited with again in the church, and at the altar, the the mother, for some months past, and intended bridegroom, whom nothing whom he had purchased of her husband, but lex talionis would content, made a in the fashionable manner, for half that most obfequious bow, wilhed his fair one füm.

a good day, and marched cavalierly off. JEALOUSY. A man of the name of John Wil. liams, who courted a girl of Dewlith, stone at'his majesty's carriage, as men

Frith, the poor maniac, who threw a in Devon fire, having observed her in tioned in our lait, continues calin and company with another man, was seized with so horrid a fit of jealousy, that he the itrongest marks of insanity, and

ferene in general; but oecasionally thiews allured her into the fields, when he ftrangled the unfortunate girl with his particularly after having been seen by handkerchief. He afterwards conveyed any of the perfons attending the gaol of the body to a cow-house, and concealed Newgate. A phyhcian has been ordered it under fome itraw; but being disco

to attend him daily, and to make his vered the following 'morning, he was

regular report of what he may observe, apprehended; since which, he has con

Asin our laft Number, we reluctant. MATRIMONY!

ly gave the articles of agreement for a Lately was married, at Presbury, new contest between Humphries and Peter Hackerley, aged seventy-three, tó Mendoza, we here with pleasure fay, Elizabeth Kitchen, of Newton, aged that the magistrates have properly in.


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terfered, and caused these pugilists to men were taken to the infirmary, much be apprehended. The beginning of hurt; two, who had been dug from unthis month they waited on fir Sampson der the ruins, lay dead in one of the Wright, by his desire, with their fure- aifles ; another is since dead; and wheties; when they were informed, that if ther the others will recover, is at present they should attempt to challenge each doubtful. Near twenty feet of the other, or appoint any meeting in future, arched work fell at once. they would be subject to severer penalties: they both promised to obey; though Mendoza said, he could have

Lately died, Mr. and on the following wished another trial with Humphries.

day Mrs. Loyther, of Taylor's-build

ings, nearly opposite Sadler's Wells, ACCIDENTS.

Illington. They were buried in one Mr. Fisher, of Baldock, in Hert- grave at lady Huntingdon's chapel, fordshire, returning home lately from Northampton-row, Clerkenwell, being Shooting, laid his gun (still loaded) followed to the place of interment by across the table in the parlour; when their seven children. The eldest son, going out to a neighbour's house, a about ten years of age, walked as chief young girl, of the age of fix years, mourner, and his three brothers each took the piece in her hand, declaring led a sister by the hand. The would Moot the cat; although she The poor old man who quitted his was not strong enough to level it, the native hills, and from the summit of contrived to pull the trigger, and un- Mount Jura, undertook a journey to happily discharged the contents full in Versailles, to behold and return thanks the face of the maid-servant, who in- to the national assembly for the vote ftantly expired on the spot. A similar ac- which had freed him and his poor cident happened at Hertford, in the same countrymen from the feudal yoke, died county, about the middle of January.

at Paris the beginning of this month, at A very dreadful accident happened the prodigious age of an hundred and about the ist of February, in Hereford twenty-one years. In the early part

of cathedral. Agreeably to Mr. Wyatt's his life, he was a servant in the family plan, it was lately determined to take of the prince de Beaufremont. His down the cieling (or groined arch. memory continued good to the last day work) of the nare of the church; and of his life; and the principal inconvefour large heavy scaffolds had in con- niences which he felt from his great age sequence been erected, from the ground were, that his fight was weakened, and to within a few feet of the arches, for the natural heat of his body was so dithe purpose of receiving the stone. In- minished, that he shivered with cold in stead of having a hanging platform, or the middle of the dog-days, if he was stage, suspended from the timbers above not fitting by a good fire*. A collecthe groined-work, for the men to stand tion was made for him by the members, upon, in case of accident-mixteen which exceeded five hundred pounds workmen food on the top, and, upon sterling; but he lived not to return to the moving of a single stone, the whole Mount Jura. He was buried with of that part on which they were placed, great funeral pomp, in the parish church funk, and exhibited a scene shocking of St. Euftace at Paris. beyond description. A few of them Lately at Lean Gadwallader, North were fortunate enough to jump upon a Wales, in the hundred and fifteenth part that continued firm, while some year of his age, the celebrated Hugh clung to the fide walls; one man took Llewellyn, well known in the neighhold of a rope, which he held for near bouring counties for his musical skill, a quarter of an hour, and was faved; particularly on the Welsh harp (few another, after holding by a piece of having excelled him) which he played timber for a few minutes, dropped, and until within a fortnight of his death. was dashed to pieces; and a third was buried under the ruins of the scaffold.

* For a ‘more particular account of this ings, all of which came down. Five man, see page 18, of this volume,

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INTERESTING PARTICULARS, willextinguish them quite, and leave

we are hastening to the period which RELATIVE TO THE EGYPTIAN SLAVE

Egypt naked to any power which

may be preparing to subdue it. [From Papers of the British Consul at Alex. The African slaves, on the con

andria, laid on the Table of the House of trary, are brought to serve. They Commons, the 29th of January 1790.]

retain their characteristic title of HE slaves of Asia are brought Alid, signifying property Nave; and

from Georgia, Mingrelia, Cire their colour, diversified only by a caffia, and the borders of Persia. few shades, is black. Their condi. They are of that race of men from tion, however, in Egypt, is mild ; which the Janissaries, fo victorious for, whether from humanity or inteand invincible in the history of the rest, whether nature or good sense,

Turks, were constantly selected. it is remarkable that their masters They do not lose the name of llave treat them with a parental tenderness, when they are brought into Egypt; adopt them with confidence, entrust for the appellation of Mamaluk, them with the management of their which is given them, signifies it; concerns, marry them, and, in fact, but instead, it confers a title to pursue this plan of benevolence to reign. Their number, in all Egypt, the last. We see, in return, genedoes not now exceed four thousand; rally speaking, a devotion, an atand the annual importation, fince tachment, a fidelity, which nothing Russia has asserted the independency can remove. We fee a gravity in of their native provinces, does not their demeanor, which seems the Turpass one hundred. The Beys, election of the mind. We fee a dirwho originated from the same fount, cernment in their actions, which is are generally their purchasers. They not far from refinement. Yet these become, by this act, of the body of men are slaves, negroes of that same Mamalukes, espouse the Mussulman nursery, from which our plantations. religion, are trained to arms, and are supplied, and confidered as being start in a career which infallibly leads barely possessed of the form only of the valiant and expert to grandeur men.

It is true, that in this country In the time of Ali Bey, their they are not wanted for the labonumbers ascended to ten thousand; rious duties of life: the native peabut his wars, and the spirit of con- fantry does all that; and of course 'tention and rebellion he left behind the numbers annually imported are him, has wasted them to their prea inconsiderable, compared with the sent state. The sources of their re- astonishing drains for the West Inplenishment, too, being obtructed, dies. I am well affured, that they VOL. II,



and power.

do not exceed five thousand, com- pass from perfect freedom to the prising male and female; of which most tyrannic servitude, is not the the latter are the greater part. They easiest iranGtion of life; that these are taken in the kingdoms of Sernar, Naves feel keenly the sentiment of Dartour, Fezanè, and Abyssinia ; their fate, a thousand instances of and the smallest number, though, their preferring death, in its moft deon account of their docility, the fperate forms, fufficiently evinces : most defired, is from Abyffiaia. and shall Englidhmen trample upon

The slave in Egypi is completely this sentiment! streat it as a fpirit of at the mercy of his master; but I revenge ! Englishmen, who glory in cannot learn, from all my informa- this characteristic! whose boatt is tion, a single instance of any rash or death or liberty! I should hope the revengeful exercise of that power. example of the Turks might operate The master says, I can dispose of to foften the condition of the poor him if he displeases me—why should men subjected to our service ; and I destroy my property? And the if there are necessary evils which slave can say, My maiter is cruel; must be complied with, at least that proclaim me in the market; (i. e. , the submission to them should be so Soke il Sultan) and he must be tempered with all possible humanity, fold.

as to make it supportable. This seems a contradiction to the The few flaves that are castrated absolute power of the master ; but for the service of the feraglio, and there is so much odium, in this bare for other people in power, do not barous country, attending the in- undergo that abominable fate until fliction of death upon a flave, that they arrive in Upper Egypt, where a claim to mercy has the voice of I am informed is a Copthi family the law. What harm can result who have exercised that profeffion from this order of things ? --Will from father to son for a long time; the slave capriciously say, Sell me? who continue to live by their dex He does but change one matter for terity in that practice; but the num. another. Or will the master sufferbers do not exceed twenty annually: by parting with a discontented Nave? The caravan, which is the vehicle -I fee no great danger of abuse of this particular commerce, is anfrom this lenity in our government nual, and visits, as I have said be, of Naves; nor does experience con- fore, the kingdoms of Sernar, Dar. tradict me. But how it would be four, Fezanè, and Abyffinia.-- They in our islands, where the labour is - take with them coral, Venetian glass, heavy, where the food is unwhole- beads, and other ware, musket bara forne, where the irascibility of the rels, and linen of the manufacture master is provoked by the very na- of Egypt, and exchange them for ture of the service, I see the propri. the flaves, for gold duft, gums, eleety of the rule giving way to the phants' teeth, tamarinds, and ostrich diversity of the case. The çvil feems feathers—The value of this comto follow the fatal necessity which it merce altogether amounts to about. serves. - Masters might be lefs exi- one hundred thousand pounds; but gent of labour, and temper better it is capable, in the opinions of most the neceffity which constrains. It men, were the government of Egype might be provident even to sacrifice favourable to commerce, of infinite a few hogsheads of sugar to the pre- enlargement. servation of the Naves. They Mould Egypt dispatches too, annually, a remember, that of all men these fa. considerable caravan to Mecca; its vages are born most free; that to foundation is for holy purposes, but

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