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or wounded. The commotion all over the town was fa violent, that every hoase suffered more or less. It is supposed that the imprudence of one of the workmen about the magazine, occasioned this fad catastrophe. The whole loss is computed at above a million of French fivres. j. . Mr. Macklin, who had
attempted the character of Macbeth, at the theatre in CoventGarden, having given offence to the town, by some hasty accusations, without sufficient proof, against two or three brother-players, for interrupting him in his performance, was discharged from that theatre, by order ot a numerous audience, assembled, as it (hovld seem, for that purpose. On the curtain being drawn up, the cry was, No Macklin! and it increased so much, that, to prevent the house from being pulled to pieces, the managers complied with their desires, and publicly discharged him; aster which there being no play ready, the money was returned, and the people dispersed.
, This day the arguments
'' on the motion for a new trial, in the cause of Fabrigas against General Mostyn, came on in the Court of Common-Picas, at Wellminster-Hall. Mr. Serjeant Glynn made a very able speech on the part of Mr. Fabrigas, and Mr. Serjeant Davy was heard in support of the motion, as counsel for General Mostyn. The further hearing os the debate was adjourned. The principal question was On the point of excessive damages; for the court were unanimously of opinion to refuse a new trial. The bill of exception tendered by the counsel
for General Mostyn remains to be considered in another court.
Holdlworth Hill, and James Child, were executed at Tyburn, pursuant to their sentence.
This day came on at ,
Guildhall, the election of a 27"1, representative in parliament for this city, in the room of Sir Robert Ladbroke, Knight, deceased. The candidates were, Mr. Alderm. Bull (the present Lord-Mayor) and Mr. Roberts, formerly a director of the East-India company. Upon the shew of hand,, the majority was for Alderman Bull, and accordingly the slieriffs declared that the election was in his favour. But the friends of Mr. Roberts having demanded a poll, books were opened for that purpose, the event ol which is yet uncertain.
An account is received 1 from New Spain, that the city of Guatimala was, in October last, en-, tirely swallowed up by an earthquake, and that many thousands of the inhabitants perished.—Tboie who escaped are in the utmost distress.
Orders were lately dispatched from Vienna, for raising 50.000 recruits in Hungary.
Osnabrug, Nov. 2. The King of England, as tutor to the Bishop os Osnabrug, his son, has ordered the chapter of our cathedral to put in execution the Pope's bull, which suppresses the order of the Jesuits; to employ the effects of that order in useful foundations, and to fend his Majesty an account how they have disposed osthe money.
Munich, Nov. 9. A fresh and
severe edict against duelling has
been published here; according to
which, the parties and their se
[£] 3 eondi conds, though noDe of them should happen to be wounded, shall suffer death, and their bodies be buried in the place where criminal* are executed. savour os the tenant or lodger. The Lord Chief Justice, in giving his charge to the jury, observed, that the law was very favourable to landlords, by having provided two remedies; first, in enabling them to pursue the goods for forty days after the rent becams due; and, secondly, in empowering them to proceed criminally in case of an intended fraud.
The parish officers of Hammersmith, having a warrant to seize at a gentleman's house, for non-payment of the rates, were resisted in the execution of their duty by a xnaid-servant, who, being brought before the bench of justices, was by them committed to Newgate. The
fentleman being informed of what ad happened, armed himself with a brace of pistols, and went to the office where the justices were then fitting, and asked which of them dared to commit his servant to prison? Mr. Miller smilingly replied, / dared. On which the gentleman fired one of his pistols, and shot Mr. Miller in the side, but it is thought not mortally. He was instantly secured, and committed to Newgate.
, About ten minutes after
° ' twelve, in the dead'of night, Mr. Powell set off from Hicks'sHall, in St. John's-street, Clerkenwell, to walk to York and back again in fix day?. York is distant from London 201 miles, 70 of which make a degree of latitude.
The King has been pleased to appoint Lewis de Viimc, A. M. at present his Majesty's ministerplenipotentiary to the Elector of Bavaria, and minister to the diet ofRatisbon, to be his Majesty's Envoyextraordinary at the court of Sweden in the room of Sir John Goodricke, Bart, who has obtained his Majesty's permission to resign.
, Being St. Andrcw's-day,
3 'the Royal Society held their anniverlary meeting at their house in Crane-court, Fleet-street, when
the president, Sir John Pringle.Bart. in the name of the Society, presented the gold medal, called Sir Godfrey Copley's, to the Rev. Joseph Priestley, LL. D. for his excellent paper on the different kinds of air. The president delivered an elegant oration on the nature and utility of Dr. Priestley's researches in general; and particularly on the discoveries contained in the abovementioned paper. The Society also elected by ballot, their council and officers for the ensuing year.
Died lately at Northaston, in Oxfordshire, aged 87, Bernard Gates, Esq; senior gentleman of the royal chapels, tuner of the royal organs, and the oldest member of Westminster-Abbey.
At Parsons-green, aged 77, Mrs. Richardson, widow of the author „of Pamela, Clarissa, and Sir Charles Grandison.
Rev. Francis Gresby, Rector of Strensham, Worcestershire, aged near ico,
At Seven-Oaks, in Kent, Mr. John Hamilton, aged 101.
Mrs. Eleanor Spicer, aged 121, at Acomack, in Virginia, who retained her fenses, and worked at spinning till within six months of her death; she never drank any kind of spirituous liquors.
At the Hague, Solomon Connanel, a jew, aged ico years, eight months.
. The poll for a represen
"* tative in parliament for the city of London, in room of Sir Robert Ladbroke, deceased, finally closed, when the numbers were, For Mr. Bull, 2695 ? Majority
Mr. Roberts, 2481 J 214. A scrutiny has since been demanded by Mr. Roberts.
This evening, at half past six o'clock, arrived ar, Hicks's-hall, on his return from York, Mr. Powell, who set out from the same place on Monday, and at the above time, to the astonishment of every body, returned to London. It is imagined there were three thousand people on soot, horseback, and in different carriages, attended him from Highgate, accompanied with Fienchhorns, and near an hundred links.
The following are the particulars of Mr. Powell's extraordinary journey, as given by himself:
"I set -out from Hicks's-hall, London, on the 29th of November, 1773, about twenty minutes past twelve o'clock in the morning, for a wager of 100 guineas, which 1 W2s to perform in fix days, by going to York, and returning to the above place. I got to Stamford abvut cine o'clock in the evening of that day.
"November 30, set out from Stamford.about five in the morning,
and got to Doncaster about twelve at night.
"December 1, set out from Doncaster about live in the morning, and got to York at half past two in the afternoon. Departed from York about six the fame afternoon, and got to Ferrybridge about ten that night.
** December 2, set out from Ferrybridge at five in the morning, and got to Grantham about twelve at night.
"December 3, set out from Grantham at fix in the morning, and got to the Cock at Eaton about eleven at night.
"December 4, set out from Eaton, the 6th and last day, about four in the morning, and arrived at Hicks's-hall about half an hour past six in the evening."
What renders this exploit still more amazing is, that Mr. Powell (et out in a very indifferent state of health, being compelled, from a p2in in. his side, to wear a strengthening piaiiler all the way. His appetite was moreover very indifferent, the accounts in the papers being extremely erroneous, and generally misrepresented; for his most frequent beverage was either small beer or water; and the refreshment fe moll admired was tea and toast and butter.
This evening Miss Char- , lotte Buckworth, daughter 5 of Sir Edward Buckworth, Bart. immediately on entering the drawing-room ,at Dr. Baker's, in Jermyn street, on a visit, apparently in perfect health, fell down, and died instantly in the midst of a large company.
1 he foul air in an old , ,
waste of a colliery near
the river Wear, in Yorkshire, took
[£] 4. sire,
ittf and breaking down the barrisr or partition between the waste $nd the working pit, made the most terrible explosions ever beheld. The pit is said to be eighty fathoms deep; and every thing in the way of the blast was thrown out at the mouth, to the estimated height of zoo yards in the air. Most of the pit-men, having just in time discovered the danger, were drawn up, and escaped unhurt; but some boys, and one man, who were left behind, lost their lives. Four horses were blown to pieces, and thrown to an astonishing height in the air. The explosions continued all that day ; but the pit-men are since gone to work again, the danger being thought quite over.
• A duel was fought in
Hyde-park, between Mr. Whately, banker in Lombardstreet, brother to Mr. Whately, late secretary to the treasury, and John Temple, Esq; Lieutenant-Governor of New Hampshire, when the former was dangerously wounded. The cause of quarrel was, the discovery of the confidential letters written by Messrs. Hutchinson, Oliver, Paxton, ice. which were lately laid before the assembly at Boston, and have since been published in most os the London papers.
Since this duel was fought, the following information has been made public:
"Finding that two gentlemen have been unfortunately engaged in a duel, about a transaction arid its circumstances, of which both of them are totally ignorant and innocent, 1 think it incumbent on me to declare (for the prevention of farther mischief, as far as such a declaration may contribute to pre
vent it) that I alone am the per, son who obtained and transmitted to Boston the letters in question. Mr. W. could not cqmmunicate them, because they were never in, his possession; and, for the same reason, they could not be taken from him by Mr. T.—They were not of the nature of private leturt between sriendt; they were written by public officers to persons in public stations, on public affairs, and intended to procure public measures; they were therefore handed to other public persons, who might be influenced by them to produce thole measures i their tendency was, to incense the mother-country against her colonies, and, by the steps recommended, to widen the breach, which they essected. The chief caution expressed with regard to privacy was, to keep their contents from the colony-agents, who, the writers apprehended, might return them, or copies of them, to. America. That apprehension was, it seems, well sounded j for the first agent who laid his hands on them, thought it his duty to transmit them, to his constituents.
B. Franklin, Agent /er the H.use of Retresentati'uet os the Masacbusett's-Bay. Cravenstrict, Dee. ac, 1773.
This day the sessions ,
ended at the Old-Bailey; '+tn» at this, sessions, seven were capitally convicted, 27 were sentenced for transportation, seven burnt in the hand, ten privately, and one publicly whipped, and 43 were discharged by proclamation.
Among those capitally convicted, was Robert Johnson, for uttering a false and counterfeit draught for 221. Ios. knowing it to be forged 5 and Robert Leiyh, for uttering «
forged inland bill of exchange, purporting to bedrawn by one James Elliott, on Messrs. Fludyer, Marsh, and Hudson, for 847 1. Ios. payable to Sir James Ibbettbn, Bart, with a counterfeit acceptance upon the fame, with intent to defraud Messrs. Gines and Atkinson. This man fcad actually obtained the value in bank-bills; but not thinking them safe, he went to the Bank to change them into cash, but so drunk, that be could not tell the money, and was with much difficulty persuaded to leave it till another day, when he again returned, and was paid. Bnt the fraud being presently after discovered, he was traced to his lodgings, and 650I. of the money recovered. He had before ihis affair happened preserved a very fair character.
In the dead of night, the house of Mr. Cooper, attorney in St. .•Uban's, was robbed of money to the amount of 7091. A few nights before, the church of Woodford in Essex, was broke open, and the vestry-chest taken away, with all the communion-pUte, &c.
, The grace for the recon
'S sideration of the question of
annual examinations in the university of Cambridge was voted in the non-regent house. Noo placet 67, Placet 38.
At a general court os proprietors of East India stock, a set of instructions, for the better regulation of their affairs in India, framed by seven proprietors, of whom his Grace the Duke of Richmond was at the head, were presented and read. They consisted of 79 articles, 30 of which are directed to the establishment of a board of trade, and the remainder to that of an exchequer. It is thought by
those who arc best acquainted wi;hj East-India affairs, that the introduction ofgovernment officers, military and civ;l, among those of the Company, in that distant part of the world, will occasion so many superseffiQ.is, and so much animosity among our own people, as must, in the end, terminate in the loss of th,e territorial acquMtions of the Company, and, by cqnsoquence, prove injurious to its commercial interests. Those, therefore, who are prpvident, are now selling out, foreseeing, that a company in the hands ot servants, whose paffions will naturally lead them to countermine each other, can never flourish.
This day a commission passed the great seal, authorising Simq.i Earl Harcourt to give the royal assent tq a bill for laying a Ramp-duty on vellum, parch* ment, paper, Sec. in Ireland; and to a bill for railing 265,000!. by life-annuities, with benefit of survivorship, in that kingdom.
An inquisition was taken at Malvern, in Worcestershire, on the body of Edward Yeates, a parishioner of White Lady Aston, who was found dead in a ditch. It appeared on the inquest, that this man had resided at Malvern some time under certificate, and, though in a starving condition, would not ask relief, lest he should be removed to his own parish. In his distress he frequented a turnipfield, and there subsisted till he was taken notice of by the owner of the turnips, who threatened to take him before a justice; upon which he disappeared, and was a short time after found dead, as above-mentioned.