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in a sedan chair, covered with black cloth, attended by a large suite of his officers and servants, i» deep mournintr.

"He seated himself on his throne, on the right-hand fide of the great a'tar, and began to sing the office appointed by the church for the dead, assisted by his choir, which is numerous, and some of the best voices from Rome.

• "The first verse was scarcely smifh*il, when it was observed that fi'w voice saultered, the tears trickled down his cheeks, so that it was feared he would hot have been able to proceed—however, he soon recollected himself, and went through the function in a very affecting manner—in which manly firmness, fraternal affection, and religious solemnity, were happily blended. . "The Magistrates of Frcseati, and a numerous concourse of the neighbouring people, attended on this occasion."

America and West Indies.

The following view of the Jamaica Tax Roll, will /hew the state of the cult tivation of that island as far a; can be to a certainty stated, from the duties paid on staves at 3s. per head, cattle at M. &c. Slaves - - 156,600

Hogsheads cf Sugar, 130,900

Sugar Works * - 959

Head of Cattle • ■ 181,500

There being even- appearance of a very plentiful crop this year, the exports are expected to exceed 3,000,000 Jamaica currency.

East Indies.

Nothing can exceed a stronger proof of the great confidence the natives entertain of our Government, than a comparison of the present rate of discount on Company's paper with that in the years J 7 84 and 17 85.—The certificate debt was at those periods less than it is now, but the discount more than double.

The following is the average rate of (he present week.

Average Rate of Discount on Certificates, &c.

Rs. An. September 1786, - 11

October - - I 10

November - - 3 1

December - , a 8

January 1787, - * 14

February - "34

March - -40

April - , 4 10

May - - 50

Juuo * » ( 10

July • - 6. *

August - - 6 8

September - -70

Bonds, 19 \. Very little pauer is, however, brought to market. It has been supposed that half of the Company's debt is in the hands of natives, who have no induce-, ment to pait with their paper, net p?sselFicg any other means by which they can invest their property to much advantage. Good faith, and a rcgiil.11 payment of interest, may in time enable the Company, en emergency, to anticipate by loan the revenues of this country, and thus secure, l>v the strongest hold, self, interest, the fidelity of the natives towards the British government.

Calcutta, Sept. 18. "By accounts received this Jay, we barn that Lord Cornwallis is at Lucknow, from whence he returns to Cawnpore, by way of Futtigur, reviewing the armv at the different mi-, litary stations on his return. No very material alterations have been made in the government of Calcutta fir.ee the arrival of his Lordship. The retrenchments were begun by Mr Hastings, and compleated by his successor, Mr Mar. pherson, whose return is very much wilk-v ed for by all ranks of people in ;U country,

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Lindon. A late dissection at Mr Cruick, (hanks tn Windmill-street, has occasioned much speculation among the gentlemen of the Faculty, there being no vell-at, tested descriptivn in the anatomical in» na's of this, or any other country of such a phenomenon. The intestines are ill reversed, the heart, &c. being on the right-fide, and the liver on the left. In every other refoect, but situation, the parts are complete. It is very probable the person himself might live without a consciousness of such a difference in the Internal structure of his body.

The wicked wits, though no surgeons, have begun dijfeBing the above subject already: some think he must be a pettyfogging attorney, with bit heart on the WrongJide; others with the Mock Dofhr, that though the heart was formerlv on the left fide, the College of Phyfic'iaW have nozu ordered it to the contrary.

Recent Anecdote.] Some rime ago Henry Cecil, Esq; nephew and heir to the Earl of Exeter, gave a splendid and most hospitable- entertainment at his seat at Castle Ashby, to all the ncighlouring' gentry, as well as his tcnantrv,«w

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the occasion of liis marriage, -which had recently taken place. The elegant host had provided a band of music, from Northampton, in order that his tenants' wives and daughters might have a festive fhnee on the plain in the park, where there happened to lie at that time a great number of cattle of various kinds grazing, although it was. near the mansionhouse; from whence the music began playing so unexpectedly that the affrighted herd scowered arol's the plain, and neither hill, nor gate, nor ditch, could stop their mad career. About 150 of them first started, and they were followed by every thing of the animal kind which were in the parts through which they passed, till their numbers at last amounlcd to near joo head of cattle apparently wild. The whole country was alarmed; and it so happened that a funeral procession going to a neighbouring village church, being unfortunately in the way of this extraordinary horned banditti, was put entirely to the route, and the corpse left to bury itself. The clergyman, on horseback, fled precipitately, as the novel appearance of such a scene could present nothing to his idea but the recorded story of the herd of swine that were driven into the Red . Sea.—To be brief, this extraordinary circumstance (so contradictory in every fense to what has been written of the powers of music as exhibited by Orpheu») disturbed for a time the harmony of the day at Castle Ashby, and deprived Smithfield for near a week of a great number of these fat cattle, which were intended for that market, as they traversed over the country full ten miles before their panic was ended.

Mar. ao. John Symmons, Esq; of Grosvenor-house, had a mummy dissected there by Mr John Hunter, at which were present Dr brocklesby, and others of the Faculty, with several of the Lite* rati. The origin of this mummy was supposed to be that of an Egyptian Princess, of about three thousand years old; but as to the particulars of her life, no information is to be derived either from history or tradition. In the language of surgery, however, she cut up welf, and corroborated other experiments on the fnode of performing these very extraordiharv instances of human preservation.,

The Emperor lately offered a reward of one hundred ducats to whoever should discover flints in his dominions. A peasant named Pazaurek, has discovered in Bohemia a rock producing flint of- an

excellent quality: Os this the Turks are well informed j and it is confidently reported that a courier has arrived from Constantinople, for the purpose of engaging, at an immense salary, the Stone-cater now in London. The Turks mean to quarter him upon the enemy; and what from his known prowess and assiduity, it is thought the Emperor's rock of flint will be his grand object, and will be unable to hold out against him longer than the fortress of Belgrade against the arms of the Imperialists.

Advertisement Extraordinary.'^ To be seen at the- great Auction Room in Piceadillv, the most surprising and wonderful S"ii>erophagus, or Eater as Iran, who ha* exhibited before most of the Crowned Heads in Europe, and now offers an Exhibition to the generous and feientifick inhabitants of this country.

This wonderful phenomenon of Nature eats and digests Iron in any shape, with a most surprising facility, breaking, chewing, craunohing, and masticatinp; the hardest Iron that can be sound. Gentlemen desirous of being convinced of his wonderful powers, may bring a Bunch of Keys, a Bolt, or a Poker, which he digests with as much ease as if they were gingerbread.

To be exhibited only a few nights, as he is engaged to the Curron Company to smooth their cannon, by biting off the rough pieces, previous to the cannon being bored.

N. B. Has no connection whatever with any person who eats Stones and Flints.

Likewise at the fame place to be seen his Wife, Sarah Salamander, so remarkable all over Europe for drinking Aqua-Fortis—She will hob or nob with any person in a bumper of Aqna-Forti.'t or Oil of Vitriol—Chemists may bring their own Aqua-Fortis of any strength whatever. She swallows the liquor without any wry face or contortions, and as pleasantly and easily as if it were small-beer.

Price of admission to both Entertainments Half-a-Crown each person.

* „* These wonderful phenomena of Nature exhibit at half-price for the benefit of the Poor, when the Siieropha^vj devours I'ins, Needles, Wires, and Nutcrackers, and his Wife drinks Spirits of Wine, Æther, and other weaker liquors. Vivant rex et regina.

2 c. Being the day appointed by Act of Parliament for the election of Governor, Deputy Governor, Directors, srrd Audi

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tors, of the British Society fir extending tie Fisheries, and improving the Sea Con/h efthe Kingdom, a General Court of the Proprietors was lirld; when Mr. Beaufoy gave them an account,

1. Of the proceedings of the Directors, from the time of their election in March 1787, to the departure of the Committee appointed from among themselves to visit and examine, at their own expence, the Coasts of the North-west of Scotland, and those of the adjacent Isles.

2. Of such Observations on the gene, ral state of the country, and on the local circumstances of particular parts of the Coast, as suepefted themselves to him in the course of his late Tour.

3. Of the conduct of the Directors, since the return of their Committee, particularly of such of their proceedings as relate to the purchases they have made of J 300 acres of land at Ulapool in Lochbroom, in the county of Ross, and of 2500 acres at Tobcrmory, in the Isle of Mull in the county of Argyle.

The proceedings of the Directors hav. ing been approved and confirmed, the Proprietors gave in Lists of the Names of the Persons they wished to nominate as Governor, Deputy Governor, Directors, and Auditors tn the year ensuing, when it appeared that the same persons were chosen as had been elected in the preceding year.

A gleam of hope (hot across the minds of certain opposition Members, when the Declaratory Bill was carried by a small majority: that hope is now dead and done away. The good fense of Mr Pitt enabled him to triumph over himself, by altering the BUI, instead of giving an occasion of triumph to his professed enemies.

The attacks on Mr. Dundas, upon that occasion, had much artifice and sub. tilty in them. They were made, not because that gentleman had been guilty of any thing unjustifiable, for no person in opposition was alile to state such a fact, but because a wish was entertained to find out a mode of lessening if possible the popularity of Mr Pitt; and it seemed to his enemies that this could be done in no way so effectual as that of trying to ■wound him through Mr. Dundas j—they missed their aim. Mr P. had rendered his countrymen too many important services to be injured by those wliose chief claim to being heard is "their much speaking;" and Mr D. set them at defiance} as he knew they were capable of

urging nothing against- him but general abuse.

The following is part of a tea a*esprit, which appeared in an aati •ministerial paper.

Extract from the Journal of the Sight

Hon. H vD S.

OBober, 1787.

Told the Chairman the Company had long been in want of four regiments of King's forces—said it was the first time he had heard of it—told him he must re. quire them as absolutely necessary for the safety of India—the man appeared stag, gered, reminded me of my usual caution; grumbled out something about recruits being cheaper, muttered that I expected too much from him, talked of preserving appearances.—Called him a fool, andordered him to do as he was bid.

OBober, November, December, January.—Employed in disputes with these damned fellows the Directors—would not have my regiments—told them they must—swore they would not—believe the Chairman manages very badly—threatened to provide transports, to carry out the troops at the Company's expence— found afterwards I have no right—order, ed Pitt to bring in a Declaratory Bill!

February 2.5 th—Bill brought in—badly drawn—turn away Ruffes, and get a-" nother Attorney General—could not make Mulgrave speak—don't see what use he's of.

March tth—Bill in a Committee—. Members begin to smell mischief—don't like it—Pitt took fright and shammed sick—was obliged to speak myself—re. solved to do it once for all—spoke four hours—so have done mv duty, and let Pitt now get out of the scrape as well as he can.

March ith—Piti moved to recommit the bill—talked about checks and the constitution. Fox spoke—-Pitt could not answer him, and told the House he was too hoarse—forgot at the time to disguise his voice.

Sunday, Mar. 9. Got Thurlow to dine with us at Wimbledon—gave him my best Burgundy to put him into good humour—After a brace of bottles ventured to drop a hint of business—Tburloy damned me and asked Pit for a sentiment—Pitt looked foolish—GrenviRe wise—Mulgrave stared—Sydney's chin lengthened—tried the effects of another bottle—Pitt began a long speech about the subject of our meeting—Sydney fell asleep by the sire—-Mulgrave and Grenville

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retired to the old carat of the board, «nd played push-pin for ensigncirs in the new corps—Grtnville won three. Mem. —To punish their presumption, will not kt either of them have one. Thurlow very queer—He swore the bill wan absurd. However will vote and speak with us—■ Pitt quite sick of him—says, he growls at every thing, proposes nothing, and supports any thing.

N. B. Must look about for a new Chancellor;

Tuesday, Mar. II. Dined with the Directors.—.Pitt peevish and out of fpi» rits; ordered Motteux to sing a song— began " Ahji-vouspoirvirz comprendre." Pitt turned red, and thought the Chairman alluded to some dark passages in the India bill—endeavoured to pacify him, and told the Secret Committee to give us a soft air; they fung in a low voice "The cause I must not, dare not tell."— Manfhip groaned, and drank, Colonel Cathcart. By G—, if 1 thought he meant to betray me, I'd indict him for perjury ?—Somebody struck up ,l If you trust before you try."—Pitt asked if the Directors wilhed to affront him, and began a long harangue about his regard and friendsliip for the Company;—nine Directors offered to swear for it—told them they need not—bowed, and thanked me.

Le Mesurier begged our attention to a little French Air, " Sous le nom de somite en/mejse on abonde"—-cursed mala-propos.

Pitt swore he was insulted, and got up to go away. The Alderman, much terrified at what he had done, protested solemnly he meant no offence, and called God to witness, it was a very harmless fong he learnt some time ago in Guernfey—Could hot appease Pitt—so went away with him, after ordering Mulgrave not to let Sydney drink any more wine, for fear he mould begin talking.

Wednesday Mtrcb 12. Went to the levee—He looked surly—would hardly speak to me—don't like him—must have heard that I can govern India without consulting him.—Nothing ever escapes that damned fellow Sheridan!

Between four and five went to the House—worse than the levee—Pitt would not speak, pretended it was better to wait for Fox—put him in mind of the excuse he made at the end of the last debate, and his promise to answer calumnies—don't mind promises—a damned good quality that—£ut ought to consider aia friend*—Geo. Hardingc spoke in

consequence of my orders forgot I was sitting below him—attacked Lord North'* administration—got into a cursed scraps with Powis—our lawyers somehow don't answer—Adam and Anitruthcr worth them all—can't they be bought \—Scotchmen !—damned strange if they can't— Mem. to tell Rose to lound them.

Adam severe on me and the rest that have betrayed Lord North—« general confusion all round Pitt—no one to defend us—Villiers grinned—Graham simpered—Mulgrave growled—-by G—d I believe Pitt enjoyed it—always pleased when his friends get into a scrape—Mem. to give him a lecture upon that—Mulgrave spoke at last—with he'd held his tongue—Sheridan answered him—improves every day—wilh we had him— very odd so clever a fellow shouldn't be able to see his own interest—Jogged Pitt -—told him Sheridan's speech must be answered—said, I might do it then, for he couldn't—Pulteney relieved us a little, pretending to be gull'd by the check* —came to a division at last—better than the former—had whipped in well from Scotland.

Mem. To give orders to Manners to make a noise, and let no body speak on third reading—a very useful fellow that Manners—does more good sometimes than ten speakers.

Friday, 14th—God's infinite mercy be praised, Amen! This is the last day that infernal Declaratory Bill stays in the House of Commons—as for the Lordt—* but that's 110 business of mine;—only poor Sydney!—Well—God bless us all—Amen!

Got up and wrote the above, after a very restless night—went to bed again— but could not sleep—troubled with the blue devils—thought I saw Powis—recovered myself a little, and fell into a slumber.—Dreamt I heard Sheridan speaking to me through the curtains— woke in a fright, and jumped out of bed.

After breakfast wrote to Hawk—y, and begged his acceptance of a Lieut. Colonelcy, a Majorities, a ColleSor/hip, 3 Shawls, and a piece of India Muflin for the young Ladies—sent back one of the Shawl J, and said he'd rather have another Collcttor's place—Damnation! but it must be so, or Sydney will be left to himself.—N. B. Not to forget Thuilow'* Arrack and Gunpowder Tea, with the bidia Crackers for his children.

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to Fox's calumnies till eight o'clock— fresh inquiries about it every minute—began to be very uneasy—saw Opposition sneering—Sheridan asiced Pitt is he was toarse yet—looked exceedingly foolish'— pitied him, and, by way ot relieving his

• ukward situation, spoke myself—made some of my boldest assertions—was after-! wards unfortunately detected. Mem. I should not have gut into that scrape, if I had not tried to help a.friend in distress.—N. B« Never to do it again— there's nothing to be gained by it.

• As soon as I recovered myself,, asked Pitt whether he really meant to answer Fox, or not.*—Owned at last, with tears in his eyes, he could not muster courage enough to attempt it—fad work this!

• Nothing left for it but to cry qitcjlhn! «-<<Iivided—only 54 majority—here's a job!

• Came heme in a ver)- melanrholy mood— returned thanks in a short prayer for our narrow escape—<Irank a glass of brandy—confessed my sins—determined to reform, and sent to Wilbtrforce for a good book—a very worthy and religious young man that—like him much— always votes with us.

: Was beginning to grow very dejected, when Ross called to inform me of an excellent scheme about Bank Stock—a snug thing, and not more than twenty in the secret—raised my spirits again—tokl the servant I would not trouble Mr Wilber>force—ordered a bottle of best Burgundy—set to it with Ross hand to fist— congratulated one another on having got Declaratory Bill out of our House—and drank good luck to Sydney, and a speedy progress through the I/Ords.

Hastings.^ The trial of Mr Hastings "drags its flow length along"—and will continue to find employment for the Managers for this year at least. Some of the best lawyers have been heard to fay, that it may be protracted by due cotirseof law, four or five vears-t-and, indeed, an evidence that Cost fourteen years. in collecting, cannot lie supposed to be examinable in as raanv months. . The arrival of the Ravensworth is the most fortunate event for the cause of Public Justice, that could have been defired. Before she sailed, the Minerva Packet bad arrived in Bengal, with copies of the Articles of Impeachment apinst Mr Hastings. These were fully known throughout Indoslaii: If, therefore, the millions of that country seel themselves to have been oppressed and aggrieved by Mr Hastings, the Manager*

Can be at no loss for materials—The India Houle must at this moment be filled with complaints against a Tyrant and in Oppressor. II", on the contrary, it shall appear that the system established by Mr Hastings, in the Government of Bengal, is, with very trifling alterations, the precise system now pursued :—-If it fhali lx foupd that Lord Cornwallis has made no alteration in the Regulations formed. by Mr Hastings for the Government of Benares—If it shall appear that the A'aj hob Vinitr and his family are fully setii-4 fied with the ArrangriTK-nts which Mt Hastings made, and which Earl Corn' wallis has continued—If, so far from a Complaint from any one individual, it shall appear, that wherever Mr Hastings'« name is mentioned by any native of In* uostan, it is mentioned with the utmost respect and regard—If it (hall be found, that no one man, from Earl Cornwailn to the Company's youngest servant in Bengal, (Mr Patersan excepted) believes one word of the accusation brought against Davy Sing;—and if it shall also appear, that whether true or false, Ms Hastings took every method in his power to discover the truth, and punish the offender, if an offender should be found—If it shall appear, that though the man accused has most earnestly petitioned the Government of Bengal to decide upon his conduct—-no decision is yet come to, but that he is set at liberty—If it Cull be found, that he is patronized by Mr Shore, who is at the head of- the Committee of Revenue, and has been intimately acquainted with Dot? Siiit; for sixteen years :-»-If these facts shall be proved, and if all men ei all parties shall agree, that Bengal, for the last fifteen years, has been the best go* verned country in India,-—What shall be said of Modern Orators 1

H'e/l. Hall, Apr. 15. Mr Adam, one of the managers, in the course of his speech in support of the charge respecting the Begums, having asserted that a cwtain minute of proceedings must be a fakri* eotion and A forgery; that temper, which has marked, and so meritoriously marked the deportment of Mr Hastings, seft him for a moment, and, across his box, to a gentleman in it, he whispered,—that the aisertion vtisfalfiu At these wards Mr Adam grew? warm. "What (said he) shall I hear, my Lords, and bear.that my assertion ftaa be contradicted ?—Shall I, who fiaad here as the delegated Manager of the Commons, be toklihat lam. advancing

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