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convention has resolved to present to his widow; and to give her, at the same time, the national scarf with which he was decorated at the opening of the convention. At his house in Norton-street, fir William Chambers, knight of the polar star, surveyor-general of his majesty's board of works, treasurer of the royal academy, and fellow of the royal and antiquarian societies. A further account of this architect shall be given under the head of characters.

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d The intimation of the first 2Cl, performance of a piece ascribed to the pen of Shakspeare produced this night the effect which might naturally have been expe&ted in a metropolis filled with his admirers. At four o'chock the doors of the theatre were besieged ; and, a few minutes after they were opened, the pit was crowded solely with gentlemen. Before fix not a place was to be found in the boxes, and the passages were filled. The play of Vortigern was announced for representation as the production of

our immortal bard, but the tala

of its long concealment and happy recovery was not heard without suspicion; which his votaries wished to heighten into immediate incredulity. The town, however, retained its candour; and, we believe, the predominant sentiment in the audience, on this evening, was a with to welcome with rapture the recovered offspring of their beloved Shakspeare. A play was, therefore, performed, founded in some degree on the historical account of the ambition of Vorti

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Herbert Croft, H. J. Pye, SoMERs ET, Rev. N. ThornI. Heard, garter bury,

king of arms, John Hewlett, E. Webb, Matthew Wyatt, E. Valpy, J. F. Newton. To the above an attestation is also subjoined as to the authenticity of the autographs and fac-fimilies of the deeds with twelve signatures. The new charter of Northampton, this day brought from London by the mayor, was met at the foot of the bridge by the corporation with great ceremony, and condućted to the Guildhall amidst the congratulations of the townsmen on the re-establishment of their ancient privileges, and the security and protećtion afforded to the poor. 7th The trial of admiral Cornwallis, for disobedience of orders in not proceeding to the West Indies pursuant to the instructions of the admiralty board, commenced on board the Orion at Portsmouth, at eight o'clock in the morning. The charges were three in number. The substance of them is as folłows: 1st, That admiral CornwalJis, after having failed from England for the West Indies, and proceeded a confiderable way on his voyage, did return contrary to the orders he had received. 2dly, That

not having a sufficient regard to the importance of the fituation of a commander in chief, he omitted to shift his flag on board of fome other ship after the Royal Sovereign had been disabled, in order to proceed, as he ought to have done, to the place of his destination; but that, instead of doing fo, he gave his instructions and the command of the convoy to another of ficer. And, 3dly, That after his return he disobeyed another order of the board of admiralty, by not hoisting his flag on board the Astrea frigate, and proceeding to the West Indies, as he had been ordered by their lordships. The evidence having been gone through, the trial closed at one o'clock, when the court pronounced the following sentence: “The court having heard the evidence in support of the charges exhibited against the honourable William Cornwallis, vice-admiral of the red; and having heard his defence, and the evidence in his behalf, and having maturely weighed and confidered the same, were of opinion, “That with respect to the two first charges, of his returning without leave, after having been ordered to procced to Barbadoes, and of his disobeying the orders he had received, miscondućt was imputable to him, for not having thifted his flag on board the Mars or Minotaur, and proceeded in either of them to the West Indies ; but, in consideration of other circumstances, the court acquitted him of any disobedience in his conduct on that occasion. “ With respect to the third charge, of his having, after his return, disobeyed the orders of the board

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In consequence of a publication addressed by lord Malden to the inhabitants of the borough of Leominster, the duke of Norfolk, accompanied by capt. Wombwell, of the first West York regiment of militia, and lord \lalden, accompanied by capt. Taylor, aid de camp to his royal highness the duke of York, met on Saturday evening in a field beyond Paddington. The parties having taken their ground, and the word being given by one of the seconds, they fired without effect. The seconds then thought proper to offer their interference, and, in consequence of a conversation which paised while the parties were on the ground, a reconciliation was effected. In an a t now before the house of commons, for the further support and maintenance of curates within the church of England, the preamble recites the act of the 12th of queen Ann, by which every rector or vicar is enjoined to pay to each curate a sum not exceeding 5ol. and not less than 20 l. a year. It states, that this allowance is now become insufficient for the maintenance of a curate. The bill therefore enacts, that the bishop or ordinary shall have power to allow the curate a sum not exceeding seventy-five pounds a year, with the use of the rectory or vicaragehouse, where the rector does not reside four months in the year, or 151. in lieu thereof. D1 ED–19th. In Dočtors Come mons, George Harris, D. C. L. son of Dr. John Harris, bishop of Landaft, chancellor of the dioceses of Durham, Hereford, and Landaff, and commisiary of Eilex, *::: glū Q1

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the inverse ratio of the magnitude of the difficulties and dangers to be overcome, to the indifference with which they are regarded. It is the firmness of both the heroes that forms the subject of this brief parallel, after their retreats under innumerable disadvantages and hardships, that, in the whole of their charaćter, is the just objećt of the greatest admiration. There was also a striking coincidence, not only between the circumstances and situation and the public condućt of these great men, political and military, but also, in some points, between their natural tempers and dispositions: particularly in an habitual taciturnity and reserve. A degree of taciturnity is, indeed, inseparable from a mind intent on great and complicated defigns. Minds deeply occupied in the contemplation of great ends, and the means necessary for their accomplishment, have as little leisure as inclination either to entertain others with - their conversation, or to be entertained by them. Most great men, when profoundly engaged in important affairs, are remarkably filent. Buonaparte, though naturally affable, in the midst of those circumstances of unprecedented novelty, complication, and alarm, in which it has been his destiny to be placed, is, on the whole, reserved and filent. Henry IV. of France, though naturally affable, humourous, and facetious, became thoughtful and silent, when he found himself involved in projećts of great difficulty as well as importance, It is not by a multiplicity of words and common-place compliments that men attain an ascendency over the minds of other men; but by the weight of their charaćler and the

soundness of their judgement, which readily discerns certain common interests and passions, that tend to unite men in common sympathies and common pursuits. It was a common and striking trait in the charaćiers of both king William III. and general Washington, that they both possessed the happy art of reconciling and uniting various discordant parties in the prosecution

of common objećts. But every parallel is soon terminated, by the wonderful diversity which characterizes every individual of the human race. Washington had no favourites, but was warm in his affections to his own family and near relatives: William was not a little addicted to favouritism; but cold and indifferent to the sincere attachment and devotion of his queen: a princess, by whose right he was raised to a throne, and a partner worthy any sovereign prince, for every accomplishment of mind and person. The calm, deliberate, and solid character of general Washington did not exclude a turn to contrivance and invention. He was judicious, not dull; ingenious, not chimerical. In this ;. his talents and turn, like his virtues, were carried to the line beyond which they would have ceased to be talents and virtues, and no farther. He knew how to distinguish difficulties from impossibilities, and what was within the bounds of human power, in given situations, from the extravagancies of a heated and bold imagination. He was neither terrified by danger, nor seduced by repose, from embracing the proper moment for action. He was modest, without diffidence; sensible to the voice of fame, without vanity; independent and dignified, without - pride.

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