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approaching, but the following article is very mysterious.
Prince Jerome de Radzivil, great standard-bearer of the dutchy of Lithuania, who is immensely rich, but has no children, has lately formed in his states a body of between three and four thoufand troops, well cloathed, well armed and well disciplined, together with an arsenal, in which are already above 60 pieces of battering cannon, with powder and ball in proportion. He has also formed a troop of 100 musqueteers, exceedingly well mounted, and superbly clothed. Besides which, this prince has got together thirty of the most beautiful and well shaped maidens among his tenants and vassals, of whom he has formed a company dressed in the a ma z on habit, and for whose education he is sending for masters in various sciences and accomplilhments; and when those maids shall have attained the age, at which he will allow them to marry, such of the musqueteers as he shall think most dserving will be allowed to chuse wives amongst them.
RUSSIA. The Russian troops which are kept on foot for the service of the year 1751 amount to 464,000 regular troops, besides irregulars; 100,000 regular forces are quartered in Livonia, and the other conquests from Sweden, which may be drawn together in a stiort time.
The empress so well approved M. Gross's conduct at Berlin, that Ihe has made him a counsellor of state,
with a pension of 2000 rubles, and he is to preside in foreign affairs. DENMARK. The mathematicians sent by the king into Iceland to make astronomical observations, and examine into the nature and product of that country, observe, that this island produces a great quantity of falt petre, and that the earth in some places, is fit to> make china, and has stones which contain silver; 100 weight of these stones sent to Copenhagen were found upon an assay to produce 6 ounces of fine stiver. By the great encouragement which his majesty gives to trade, a scheme is proposed for encreasing it, by forming a great magazine of all kind of naval stores in the island of St Thomas in the W. Indies, to> supply all nations that trade to those parts, and the better to accommodate ihips, that may want careening, to stop leaks, or repair, (an invention formerly practised in Denmark) whereby a ship either light, or laden, may be careened in 24 hours, and sit to put to sea again.
PRUSSIA. From Berlin we hear, that by the plan for the administration of justice, established by his Prussian majesty in his dominions, the court of judicature in that city determined 560 law-suits during the year 1750, not so much as one being left undecided; for which dispatch his majesty wrote a very handsome letter of thanks to baron Coccejy his chancellor.
Kingston in Jamaica- Oct. 15.
ASailor, who was marooned on the Musquetto shore, and was taken up by the captain of an English vessel, told him he had discovered some nutmeg trees, the Cap. went and view'd thetrees, and gathered some of the fruit, both of which answered exactly to the description given of those in the spice istandfi in the East Indies. The master sent up some of the fruit to our governor, who has thought it worth his pains to sent down a man of war stoop on purpose to prosecute the discovery; which, if it answer, will be of great
advantage to this island, and of as great detriment to the Dutch spice trade.
Jamaica, Oct. 6. There is advice that one Dobbins, in a sloop at Parker'i bay had turn'd pirate, robbed a sloop off Blackwater, and cut the master*, nose off, and had also attempted to take 2 or 3 canoes off Whitehoufe. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sep. 11.
A Brig. is just arrived after three weeks passage from London, with 129 English settlers. A French brig, which was seized in Verte bay supplying the Indians with powder and juns, grins, and having also 5 English deserters from our t:oops at Minas, is to
be fold this day. A French ship of
300 tons, with stores for the ships of
Jan. 18. ' ■ 1 HE right honourable X the house of peers waited on his majesty at St. James's with their address of thanks for his most gracious speech from the throne, on Thursday last; to which his majesty was pleased to return the following most gracious answer: My Lords,
'I return you my hearty thanks for this dutiful and atfectionate address.
The fatisfaction you have so unanimously expressed in the treaties I have latelyconcluded,and the measures which I am pursuing, gives me the greatest pleasure: I entirely rely on your zeal and support, in bringing them into perfection, for the welfare of my own kingdoms, and the general tranquillity of Europe.*
They also congratulated his majesty on the joyful occasion of the birth of a princess. To which his majesty said, 'He looked upon it as a fresh instance of their lordships duty and assection to his person and family.*
A letter from Fort William in the Highlands, dated December 14, mentions feveral nests being found with eggs, and somewith hatched chickens, in that neighbourhood, which are ascribed to the extraordinary mildness of the season.
Extract of a letter to a gentleman in Bristol.
"On the seventh of December Mr. "Richards, parson of the Hay, a "market town of Brecknocklhire, in (f South-Wales, died, as it was sup"pos'd suddenly, and the second day "after, as his limbs did not stiffen, "he was bled, and the blood could "hardly be stopped by the surgeon, "who faid he was not dead but in a "trance; however, next day his "friends buried him. A person "hearing a noise in Mr. Richards's *' grave, procured it to be opened,
war building at Canada, funk It set. and the captain is come hither in • fishing. schooner.
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"and the body appeared bleeding at "nofe, and covered with sweat; "whence it is conjectured that he "was not dead when buried, tho* "all symptoms of life were now "vanisli'd."
This month a man came to Dundee, fappos'd lately from Holland, who was suddenly taken ill, and died. There were found in his custody filings of gold to the Value of 18 1. Sterling.
Letters from Montgomeryshire mention, that the mortality among the cattle rages there, and in all Denbighshire and Flintshire.
A Bill is preparing to be brought into parliament, to punish failors who shall sell their tickets for wages and prize-money to more persons than one; and likewise to punish all agents, and buyers of such tickets, that shall presume to take more than legal interest for tickets sold to them; and to render more effectual the speedy payment of seamen's wages, without any deduction whatever.
This month several persons were convicted before the Commissioners of Excise, of retailing spirituous liquors without licence,and fined in the penalty of 10 /.each. A practice too common among the chandlery and herb-shops, whereby many servants are inured to drinking, to tie ruin of their morals and industry.
Jan. 15. London. A Committee from the Governors of the Foundlinghospital, waited lasted Thursday on the society of the free British fishery, at Mercers-hall; when they generously offered to let such foundlings as had strength sufficient for it, to be employed in weaving twine, making nets, ropes, &c. for the fervice of the aforefaid society; which propofal was ac* cepted of with due thanks.
PLAYS acted at both THEATRES, from the sirst
For an account of the entertain-
2 Lady Jane Grey. Perseus and An-
4 The Distress'd Mother King and
Miller of Manfield
5 The Refufal. The mock Doctor
6 Rule a Wife and have a Wife Per-
seus and Andromeda
7 The Provok'd Wise Merlins-Cave
8 King Henry IV. Apollo and Daphne
9 Othello The Devil to pay
11 Romeo and Juliet The funeral Pro-
12 Cato Apollo and Daphne
13 All for Love Merlin's-Cave
14 Jane Shore The what d'ye call it.
Mrs. Midnight, who has g'ven a rr.ost
The following account of the new play call'd Gil Blas, is wrote by Mr. Critic Catchup, a gentleman who, perhaps, has more acrimony than judgment; but we are obliged to insert it least we shou'd fall under his formidable lash.
The PROLOGUE. The CHARACTERS.
HE R E we have nature in per- Here, as long as Mr. Le Sage fection, for Mr. Woodward, stands our friend, we are very successpersonates a Blood; or, a profest fill; but Mr. Garrick in his redcoat
Mksh of plays. He succeeds and black patch, has all the Gods of
without controversy, for the fenti- his side. Be silent ye mortals J
ments, diction and action are perfectly
agreeable to the character represent- The DRESS
t(l. Is partly Spanish and partly English,
The PLOT. which is without doubt for the fake
As far as the author deviates not 'of uniformity. from Mr. Le Sage, so far he is in the
right. The EPILOGUE
Is written by Mr. Garrick, who is The LANGUAGE. Tanto peflimus omnium poeta
This is perfectly English, and the Quanto est optimus omnium bi
Devil is of great service in setting otf strionum. the jokes.
N. B. 7he Academical Neivs, together ixiith the Marriage I, Deaths, Promotions, Lift of Books, Bankrupts and Stocks, ive •were obliged to omit for ivant of Room in this, hut they 'will he regularly inserted in all the future Numbers.
WE hear from Peterstrargh, that the court has receiv'd advice from Cronsiadt and Revel, that the ships and galleys in those ports, which are to compose the Russian fleet, were ready to fail upon the first notice.
SWEDEN. They write from Stockholm, that the publick is at present entirely at a loss- with regard to the resolution which the king may take in the affair of the election of the archduke Joseph to be king of the Romans; but it's thought his majesty will not be very follicitous about the success of it, except he finds some likelihood of putting in execution, a promise which was made him^ some time ago of erecting a tenth electorate in favour os his house.
The regiments destined to reinforce the Swedish army in Finland, are order'd to hold themselves in readiness to march. The Swedish fleet will be ready to put to sea, the moment it shall be heard that the Ruffian fleet is failed from Cronstadt and Revel.
The French ambasfador has lately received orders from his court, to hasten the departure of the vessels that are to transport naval stores to Brest aud Rochefort.
Letters from Copenhagen inform us; that the severe frost they had there ser several days together, is gone off
by a very gentle thaw, and the Sound is already so clear of ice, that several vessels in the road of that city are preparing to put to sea.
The king of Prussia has received a letter from the king of Great Britain, on the subject of the answer, which his majesty lately gave the count De la Puebla, concerning the election of a king of the Romans: In which, his Britannick majesty fays, among other things, 'that it is evident, and confirmed by experience, that, when there has not been a successor to the empire, during the life of the emperor, the most bloody wars have ensued; and that the neglect of this precaution, has been attended with the most pernicious and fatal consequences to the empire: that the election of a king of the Romans is at present more necessary than ever, and will be sufficiently justified by the intention of preventing in time future broils; that indeed it were to be wished the archduke Joseph had a few more years over his head; but that, at all events, It is more to the advantage of the empire to have a minor for its head, than to have none at all, Arc.'
From Erturt we hear, that on the 25th of last month, N. S. a terrible fire happened at the village of Alperftead in the territory of Saxe-Eiscnach, which iij less than three hours reduced above twenty houses to allies, besides barns, stable., &e,