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to signalize his nuptials by “a trait of royal clemency,” has, b an edict of the 25th October, pronounced the pardon, first, of all prisoners throughout the kingdom, . who have not committed the crimes of high treason, murder of ecclesiastics, coining, fireraising, blasphemy, theft, subornation of perjury, and malversation in public office; excepting also such vagabonds as have been condemned to the army or to the hospitals; and, second, of all guilty and rebellious fugitives ; who shall, if in Spain, within the space of six months, and if beyond Spain, within one year, present themselves before some judicial authority, and claim the benefit of this amnesty. 13. The party of artillery, with the two field-pieces which it was stated were on their road to Newcastle, arrived at that town. They marched in great military form, escorted by the grenadier company of the 40th foot, through the corn-market, which at that time was at the height, to the Ordnance barracks. According to accounts received from the coast of Barbary, the regencies have given an entirelyunsatisfactory answer to the demands of admiral Fremantle and admiral Jurieu, who went with a combined English and French squadron to insist on the renunciation of piracy. . The plague has ceased at Algiers, but still rages at Tunis, where it has carried off 60,000 persons. 16. The out-pensioners who have been passed at the muster at Newark, have been marched to Hull, where they are to do garrison duty. Brussels–A sentence passed
last week by the tribunal of Brussels, on the complaint of the minister of his Catholic majesty, has applied the law of five hundred florins, in all its rigour, to the editor of “ The Journal General des Pays Bas,” for having inserted the proclamation of Melchior, who is at the head of a body of rioters in Spain. The sentence states, that M. Weissenbruck, printer to his majesty, convicted of being the printer and editor of an article inserted in the “Journal General” of 22nd August, in which, under pretext of a pretended proclamation issued b the chief of banditti Melchior, the personal character of his Catholic majesty is insulted and outraged, has incurred the penalty threatened by articles I. and II. of the law of 28th September, 1816. In consequence, the court condemns him to pay a fine of 500 florins to his majesty's treasury, with the suppression of his patent, and the prohibition to print or publish any work for the space of three years, and to the C0StS. Hull Advertiser. — A detachment of the 90th regiment marched into Macclesfield, and proceeded on the route to Stockport the next morning; on which day, and Thursday, several companies more, with the band, arrived at Macclesfield, where the head-quarters of the regiment is at present fixed. 17. Arrived at Hull, by the Fife, captain Calder, from Leith, the baggage of the 6th regiment of foot, on their way from Edinburgh for Leeds. Part of the regiment arrived at Leeds the same day. 22. It was stated a few weeks H 2 slince since, that application had been made to the government of Venezuela, by certain British merchants, for a grant of land on the banks of the Oronoko, for the purpose of founding a colony, and for receiving emigrants from this country. The extent of territory applied for was to be sufficiently large to entitle it to the rank of a kingdom, and the title of New Erin, with a capital, to be called New Dublin, was intended to be bestowed upon it. It is said that the visit of general Bergara and signor Pemalva, the Venezuelan deputies to this country is partly intended, and they have full powers for that purpose, to carry this object into effect. A preliminary treaty has been drawn up, and is now under consideration. The land allotted is to be selected from the missions of San Miguel Piega, and its extent is to be 200 leagues square. It will form an integral part of the province of Venezuela, and be governed according to its constitution, preserving complete toleration in religion, and freedom from military service for the settlers. Three merchants of London and one of Dublin are engaged in the negotiation; and a joint-stock company is intended to be formed for regulating the concerns of the colony. Munich.-By a decree of his majesty, of the 14th of September, the festival of the Reformation is to be celebrated every year in all the Protestant churches in the kingdom of Bavaria. Sunday, the 31st of October, is fixed for this solemnity, of which written notice has been given to all the Protestant clergy.
23. On Saturday evening an inquest was held at the Barleymow, Mount-street, Berkeleysquare, before T. Higgs, esq. coroner, on the body of a female infant about eight months old, of interesting appearance, who, on Thursday night last, was found in Lansdown-passage by lord Chetwynd's servant, who took it to the workhouse. A porter who sweeps the passage where the child was found, every night, on the Thursday evening saw a woman, very fashionably dressed, with a scarlet mantle trimmed with fur, and a large white French bonnet, enter the passage with a small basket, which at first appeared weighty; she shortly returned, and requested him, “for God's sake to go down, that a child was lying on the ground;" he followed, and she wrapped her shawl round the infant, tellin the porter to mind it, and she left the place in haste. The jury had an opinion that she was the mother. No opinion could be given as to the cause of death, and the jury returned a verdict—“That the deceased's death was occasioned by being wilfully exposed to the inclemency of a dark, cold night in Lansdown passage." Bow-street.—Yesterday James Bryant, James Hartley, and Thomas Chambers, were brought to the office from St. Martin's watchhouse upon a night charge. Mr. Birnie, the sitting magistrate, exerted himself to discover who they were, and the object of the conduct with which they were charged, they having been detected in parading the Strand, armed with pistols, at midnight on Sunday. Mr. Mr. Thomas Bewley, tobacconist, No. 49, Strand, stated, that soon after twelve o'clock on Sunday night, he returned home, and just as he was ringing his bell he saw the flash from a fire-arm, and at the same instant heard a report, which he concluded to be from a pistol; it proceeded from one of three men, who were directly opposite to him, near Castle-court. He was induced from
what he had seen and heard to
run across the way towards them, to ascertain the cause, when he observed a pistol in the hand of one of them; he endeavoured to run off. Some alarm having been created by the discharge of firearms, and in consequence of the springing of some watchmen's rattles, it turned out that all the prisoners were armed with pistols, and Mr. Bewley saw one of them present a pistol at the breast of one of the watchmen ; but whether it was prevented from being discharged by his arm being seized, or whether the prisoner did not pull the trigger, he could not tell. The prisoner Hartley ran off; he pursued him; came up with him, and secured him. The watchmen secured the other; he was positive he saw a pistol in Bryant’s hand. The circumstance caused a great tumult and noise in the street. Edward Hussey, a watchman, said, that on hearing the report of a pistol and a watchman's rattle springing, he ran towards the spot, when he met the prisoner Hartley running away from the spot, which induced him to suspect he was the offender, and he endeavoured to stop him, but he knocked him away. Mr. Bew
ley, however, followed and came up with him, and being more o than Hartley, secured im and held him till he got up, and delivered him into his custody. This was confirmed by Edward Sterry, another watchman, who saw pistols in the possession of all the prisoners. Thomas Hunt, a watchman, confirmed the general statement, and stated, that when he laid hold of the prisoner Bryant, he resisted, and struck him a violent blow with a pistol. After he had seized him, he put his hand behind him to give a pistol to another man, who, no doubt, was one of the gang; he endeavoured to seize the other man, but he ran off and got away. Robert Wearings, a watchman, said he heard the report of a pistol and the springing of watchmen's rattles, which induced him to go to assist, and he endeavoured the first to secure Hartley, he being the man who was pointed out as the one who had fired the pistol, but he beat him off by striking him several times with a stick violently. After the evidence had been taken, the worthy magistrate examined the prisoners as to who they were, and the cause of their being armed, and especially at that very late hour on a Sunday night, when the prisoner Bryant admitted that it was he who fired off the pistol. They gave a very unsatisfactory account of themselves: Bryant pretended that he was intoxicated, and that he had only bought his pistol on Saturday. The only account they gave of
curred in the island since 1780, the anniversary of which was commemorated on the 11th ult. by a solemn fast. On the 13th the gale commenced, attended with torrents of rain, which continued during the whole of the following day. The evening closed with the most terrific ap
earance, as if giving notice of the dreadful havoc that was to ensue. The wind and the rain increased, and the deluge of water became so irresistible, that it brought down the gully at Bridgetown, formed to carry off the freshes from the country, with impetuous fury, sweeping before it Constitution-bridge and every building in its course; and soon after, that beautiful structure the New-bridge, which cost the colony so much money, was demolished in an instant. The morning of the 15th dawned upon this scene of desolation, the hurricane continuing with unabating fury. About seven o'clock the appearance of the town throughout became distressing beyond description; the water had risen in the streets to three or four feet, and in many places as high as five
feet; nothing but confusion and alarm appeared: whole families were seeking protection and security in other quarters. Men were seen wading up to their middles protecting their wives and children; the servants conveying what property they were able to carry, but scarcely knowing whither to turn with it. The hurricane terminated at six on the evening of the 15th. A complete detail of the injury the island has sustained cannot be given, as the particulars of the state of the interior had not all been collected when the accounts came away. The plantations have more or less felt the effects of the wind among their buildings, some of which have been blown down, and others unroofed; the negro houses, as far as could be ascertained, have been mostly destroyed. The canes on some estates have been torn up by the roots, and in others levelled with the ground. Among the planta;
tions more particularly injured
are, Ashbury, Bennett's, Duke's, Pilgrim, Belgrove, and Grove’s estates; but it is believed that not a single spot on the island has wholly escaped. In a division of the parish of St. Andrew, called Scotland, there was scarcely a small house left standing, and the plantain trees were nearly all destroyed. At Forster-hall estate, near Joe’s river, some singular and awful phenomena occurred. Several of the buildings sunk under the earth, and were totally destroyed; and a house, where a flock of sheep and some cattle were lodged, was swallowed up and entirely lost. A wood
adjoining suddenly moved down
to the spot where Forster-hall buildings stood; a field of young canes took possession of a spot where a field of potatoes had been, and which slid into the sea. A sinking of the earth occurred in other parts of the island; the dwelling of Dr. Bascom, in the parish of St. Thomas, gave way, and was nearly buried in the earth; the family had fortunately quitted it. Speight’s-town has suffered considerably; and Irish town, it is said, is completely joined with the sea. The damage among the shipping was considerable; but several vessels were able, by taking measures of precaution, suggested by the appearance of the atmosphere before the hurricane commenced, to ride it out in safety. No return had been obtained of the number of lives lost; but it was imagined, under all the circumstances of this dreadful calamity, that it was smaller than might have been expected. 25. American papers to the 30th ult. were received yesterday. The fever has abated generally, and New York is considered so free from it, that all those who quitted on the first alarm are returning. The late hurricane at St. Thomas's has extended to several other islsnds, where it has done equal damage. At Tortola every vessel was on shore, and every house in the town except two destroyed. The governor of the island and all his family were drowned in their house, and numerous other lives lost. At St. Bartholomew's half the town was destroyed, and the shipping rendered one mass of ruins at the head of the bay. At St. Martin's,
every estate except two was in ruins : returns had been received of 146 persons lost, besides many more missing. Anguilla, St. Kitt's, Nevis and Porto Rico, have also suffered materially ; but the details had not been received.
3. Yesterday, six persons were committed to Preston House of Correction for manufacturing pikes. They were brought in three chaises from Burnley and the neighbourhood, under an escort of dragoons.
4. Bow-street.—Yesterday, a man of colour, calling himself Peter Rayner, dressed in livery, and saying he was a servant to lady Gower, was brought to the office, and underwent a long examination before Mr. Birnie, the sitting magistrate, charged with having committed a highway robbery under the following cirCumstances :
The post-chaise driver belonging to the White-hart inn, at Bagshot, on returning home on Tuesday night last with an empty chaise from Farnham, took two men into his chaise at Farnborough to ride a few miles. He had observed the prisoner riding behind the chaise some time before, but seeing he was a livery-servant, he did not object to it. When the two men got out of the chaise, the prisoner agreed with the driver to take him in the chaise to Bagshot for 1s. 6d. After they had proceeded some distance, and had arrived at a lonely part, the pri