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before the public, I never asked any writer to say any thing favourable of me, nor gave any person any uneasiness for having written ill of me; and though very sensible of kindness, I have never answered calumny. M. Bellart will, therefore, permit me to refuse his protection, and, without knowing the offence, to declare, that I do not consider myself offended. I disclaim all proceedings in this respect, and oppose them with all my power. I have the honour to salute him, (Signed). LA FAYETTE.” “Paris, April 27, 1819.” In answer to the letter of M. la Fayette, M. Bellart caused the following letter to be published: “The Attorney-General has the honour of replying to the Marquis de la Fayette, that it is for the interest of society that a prosecution should be instituted against the authors of L’Ami de la Royauté, who have imputed to the Marquis the commission of an atrocious action, and one of the most abominable crimes of the Revolution. In these latter times individual injuries and outrages have become so frequent, that although it is the duty of the magistrates to repress them, it has become impossible to act against all of them. They are therefore reduced to the necessity of choosing those which present the most odious characters, and which are the most hurtful to the general interests. . Of this species are the calumnies which accuse of crimes functionaries of elevated rank, to whom the confidence of the public is necessary; which accuse them of of. fences connected to epochs, the
memory of which the wisdom of the King has ordained, in the name of public peace, should not be revived ; which finally may produce some disastrous consequences, similar to those which too many families have occasion to mourn. The laws which are in existence, and which it is the duty of the Attorney-general to put into execution, without assuming the liberty of deciding on them, command him to bring this species of crime before the tribunals. He performs this duty with impartiality, without any exception of persons, and with the sole intent of preventing, as far as in his power, all attempts to re-excite the storms of civil discord. The generosity of the Marquis de la Fayette need not, therefore, be alarmed at an action, over which it has no influence, which it does not interest in any manner, and in which the ublic minister accounts private interest as nothing. The Attorney-general has the honour of assuring the Marquis de la Fayette of his high respect. (Signed) “BELLART, “Attorney-General."
4. The marriage between the Infant of Spain, Don Francis Paul, and the Princess Charlotte Louisa of Naples, was celebrated at Naples on the 15th ult. The princess was to quit that city on
the 24th, to proceed to Spain. 5. The Americans are fitting out, for the first time, an expedition round the world. The Congress frigate, captain Henley, has been selected for the purpose, and by the last advices was lying at at Norfolk, nearly ready for sea. She takes out with her from 20 to 30 midshipmen, and is expected to be absent about two years. 6. Paris.—Nobody is ignorant of the scandal which has resulted from the conduct of several priests, in refusing Christian sepulture to persons whom, whether right or wrong, they considered as dying in final impenitence. The bishop of Arras has issued instructions to all the curés in his diocese, not to refuse ecclesiastical sepulture to any Catholic on any pretence whatever. 8. Hatton-Garden.—An application was yesterday made to the mnagistrate, W. L. Rogers, esq., by Mr. Bodkin, one of the overseers of the parish of Clerkenwell, under Mr. Sturges Bourne’s new Act for amending the Poor Laws. A wretched-looking Irish woman, and three young children, without shoes or stockings, and almost naked, were brought into the office by the beadle. Upon examination by the worthy magistrate, it appeared that the husband of the pauper, having been unable to procure work, had some time since deserted his family, and that although they had lived in this country upwards of 20 years, and that all the children were born in the parish, no legal settlement had been obtained : by the new act, therefore, they were liable to be immediately sent to Ireland as vagrants. Mr. Bodkin proceeded to remark upon the cruelty of the provisions of this act, which for the first time in this country regarded poverty as a crime.
Magistrate.—Sir, whateveropinion may be entertained upon. this act, I have no discretion; if you demand it, I am ready to grant the order.
Mr. Bodkin.—Sir, I do not demand it, but I do feel myself most unpleasantly situated. Whilst other London parishes are availing themselves of the powers of this act, if ours abstain from doing so, the natural consequence will be to attract to us the whole of the burthen. The duty of an overseer now calls upon him to do that which every man's feelings must surely most strongly condemn. My only object in bringing these miserable objects before you is to arouse the public to a sense of the inhumanity and impolicy of the act. I cannot, indeed, bring myself to believe it will be long suffered to remain in force, or that the numerous persons of rank and influence in the metropolis, connected with Ireland, can refrain from an endeavour to effect some immediate qualification of this clause:
The poor woman wept bitterly at the idea of being sent to starve upon the coast of Ireland, where she was now altogether unknown, and expressed the utmost gratitude on being informed it would not be the case. The magistrates appeared strongly impressed with o: severity of this enactment, and Mr. Bodkin (who is intimately connected with the Mendicity Society) declared it as his decided conviction, that its consequence must be greatly to increase the number of beggars, by sending all the Irish poor of the metropolis into the Streets.
10. It is stated by a Flemish mail, that a considerable emigration of Russian vassals having taken place from the frontier of Russia into Poland, it was proposed by the cabinet to adopt some measures for getting the É. emigrants restored by the olish authorities, when the Emperor with his usual integrity declared, that as the constitution of Poland held out security to settlers, it should never be violated in that or any other article. 11. Carlisle.—In consequence of a manufacturer of this city having lowered the price of weaving ginghams 2s. per cut, a considerable number of weavers assembled in a tumultuous manner on Wednesday afternoon, broke some of his windows, and exhibited other tokens of their displeasure. They also held a kind of meeting upon the sands, at which they resolved to petition the Prince Regent to send them all to Americal The private letters received yesterday from all parts of the continent, contain unfavourable accounts of the state of commerce. Two failures have taken place at Stralsund, one at Stettin, one at Petersburgh, and a fifth at Lubeck. It is further stated, that the most perfect stagnation prevails in every department of business, and not a single article could be named for which any demand existed. 14. Madrid.—The last accounts received from Africa announce that the plague has made o. progress in the kingdom of orocco. It continues its ravages in most of the towns and villages, principally at Fez, Rabat, and Tetuan: 200 individuals
die daily at Fez, from 60 to 70 at Rabat, and about 80 at Tetuan, This scourge still rages at Tangiers, but not with such fatal effects as elsewhere, although no precautions whatever are adopted against it, since it is permitted to bring there, for public sale, the clothes of those who die at Tetuan. 1. The plague on the coast of Africa was still continuing its ravages towards the end of March, although in Tangiers and its neighbourhood there had been a great diminution of its violence. But in Rabal 10 were dying every day, and in Larache upwards of fifteen. In Tetuan there had died between the 17th and 21st of March, 357 persons; in Fez the daily amount of deaths exceeded 150, and in Mequinez they amounted to between 30 and 50. 17. A shocking murder was committed on the body of a female on Friday se’nnight, in the parish of Wendy, a little after 10 o'clock, which was discovered in a most singular manner. About a year ago, a man named Thomas Weems was married to the deceased at the parish church of Goldington, in Bedfordshire; but it being a match of compulsion by the parish officers, she having previously sworn a child to him, he left her immediately after the
completion of the ceremony, and
returned to his place, leaving her to go home to her friends, which she did, and it afterwards turned out that she was not in a state of pregnancy. On Monday the 3rd of May instant, he left Edmonton, where he had got a situation, for the purpose of going to Godmanchester, where his wife resided, whom he had never lived with, to F. on her to go and live with im at Edmonton. On his road from Caxton towards Godmanchester, he fell in with a return chaise and got into it to ride to Godmanchester, and there was a man in the chaise known to Weems. In the course of conversation, Weems stated to the man, that he was going to Godmanchester to get his wife to go and live with him at Edmonton : but that there was a girl at Edmonton he was acquainted with, a very nice girl, whom he liked much better than his wife, and should much like to marry her. On the man saying that was imtoo he being a married man, Weems replied, that “when he had got his wife at Edmonton, he should soon be able to get rid of her.” Weems remained with his wife at Godmanchester till Friday, when they both left that place early in the morning to walk to Edmonton. They walked from Godmanchester to the spot where the murder was committed, being about 16 miles, without resting. When they arrived at the fatal spot, they stopped : the woman being tired, laid herself down on the grass by the road side, about a mile from Arrington. While they were resting here, a woman named Susannah Bird, of Wendy, who was going to Royston, saw the deceased sitting on the ground on the right hand side, near Mr. Russell's fields, and Weems was on the other side, opposite his wife. Directly after she had passed, she saw both Weems and his wife go to Russell's field; they stood trace of a man's foot from the place where the grass was tumbled about, to the spot where the body lay. She called to the man in Mr. Wilkinson’s field ; he came ; they removed the grass, and on examining the body, her garter was found round her neck tied very tight; she had the fellow garter on her left leg; she was quite dead, and black in the face. Pursuit was immediately made after the supposed murderer, who was apprehended in a waggon. Information of the body being found was sent to the coroner for the county; he arrived at eight o’clock in the evening, and he had scarcely finished swearing the jury before a chaise arrived, in which was Weems. The jury sat till between one and two o'clock on Saturday morning, and, after taking a body of evidence, they returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against Thomas Weems, the husband of the deceased, who was committed upon the coroner's warrant to the county gaol to take his trial at the next assizes. We understand the prisoner has made a full confession, and described the means by which he perpetrated the horrid deed. 21. Edinburgh.--This forenoon, a most melancholy occurrence happened at Leith. During the whole morning it had blown a very strong gale from east, and a boat, in attempting to cross from Leith, with her crew, consisting of four men, a woman, and a child, was lost within a hundred ards of the pier, and in sight of }ois of people, without any possibility of affording them assistance. The boat was pulling Vol. LXI.
looking about, and appeared as if they were noticing her, and she kept looking back at them. When she got to lord Hardwicke's white gates, she lost sight of them all at once, and then kept on her way to Royston. As she was returning from Royston, she met the same man near Royston with a bundle, whom she had before observed. She asked him what he had done with the young woman he had with him in the morning 2 He said, “I left her behind; she is about spun up. I cannot get her any further, so I left her to get on by the coach. Susannah Bird then came on, met the coach, and looked for the young woman, but could not see her outside or inside. She says something struck her that the man (Weems) had done something wrong to the woman, that he had killed her; she went on, and saw a person hoeing in Mr. Wilkinson's field, to whom she told the circumstances, and said to him that “she would go te the next field (being the place where she saw them in the morning), and see if she could discover what betided the young woman.” She passed through the gate where she saw Weems and his wife go in, and immediately discovered the young woman lying in the ditch, her face nearly flat
to the ground, her shawl over her
face, and her bonnet on the
down the harbour, and had scarcely quitted the pier-head, when a sea struck her, by which she was instantly upset. In this situation some boats attempted to reach the poor crew, who were alternately now above and now under the water. They say in the exertions that were making, two of them appeared to keep a desperate hold, and one was observed to take off his hat and wave it with sad impatience, but as the boats approached, the cross sea became more dangerous, and they were forced to leave them to their fate, after three of the men had successively been driven form their hold, and the last, after having clung to the wreck for about 20 minutes, sunk to rise no more. 3. The equipment of the Hecla and Griper being completed for discoveries in Baffin's-bay, and the alterations being finished in the latter vessel, viscount Melville, accompanied by the board of admiralty, proceeded on Friday afternoon to inspect them. On the arrival of his lordship at Deptford, he was received by commissioner Cunningham, at the dock-yard, accompanied by some of the members of the navy board, and directly went on board the Hecla, where his lord