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which as nearly as we could col. pected every moment a similar lect were as follow :-The perpe- fate, lay still as if fast asleep; but trator, who had been some years a on the murderer having left him, pensioner, was of a disposition and retired to his own cabin, the so violent and quarrelsome as to man immediately got up, and arender himself very obnoxious to larmed the gaard, a party of whom, his associates, and became so ex- directly came to the place and see tremely troublesome in this respect, cured the murderer, after a despeat the public-houses in the town, rate resistance. to which he was in the habit of re Monday morning the coroner's sorting, that for a considerable jury returned their

verdict of wiltime past none of them would ful murder on the body of the deve admit or entertain him. About a ceased, and the perpetrator was: month since, he had been guilty of committed to Maidstone gaol; but some gross breach of duty within so far was he from evincing any the college, for which he was signs of remorse for the deed, that brought before the board of com- he only declared his regret at not missioners, upon the charge of a having the opportunity of killing' fellow pensioner, who acted in the the other man, who had so fortucapacity of boatswain; and the fact nately eluded his desperate purpose. being substantiated, he was mulcted The accounts from St. Domingo of two months pocket money, and by the Jamaica mail present the severely reprimanded, but without most afflicting picture of the any further disgrace.

miseries of that fine colony. It This however was sufficient to is impossible for the French goo. exasperate him to vengeance a vernment now to conceal the disasgainst his accuser, and another, his trous and almost desperate state of birth-mate, who had corroborated their cause. One of the most nuhis testimony, and on Saturday merous and one of the best apnight he determined to carry his pointed armies that ever sailed from purpose into execution: he went in the ports of Europe, is now reduthe dead hour of night into the ced to a few thousands, and the cabin or apartment of the de- wretched remains of the French ceased, who was alone and wrapt troops are daily falling a prey ta in sleep, and with a large poker, at the diseases of the climate. a single blow, literally beat out his On Sunday evening a boy was brains, and killed him so instanta- found concealed in the gallery neously that he never uttered a of Trinity chapel, Conduit-streets single groan. Fortunately for his where he had collected a consider bed-fellow, to whom a similar fate able number of the prayer-books avas intended, he had obtained per- belonging to the congregation, for. mission to sleep out of the hospital the purpose of carrying them away that night with his family, He accidentally let fall one of the

The murderer then went into books, the noise of which alarmed the next birth, where an aged pen- some persons in a room underneath, sioner was in bed, and minutely and led to his discovery; a tuin. examined whether he was asleep, screw and other implements to facilest he might have heard any thing litate bis escape were found upon of what had just passed. The him. He was fully committed an, who heard the blow, and ex- from the police office, Marlborough

street

street, on Monday, to take his that they were absolutely thereby trial.

deprived of many of the real com27. Glasgow college was at- forts, which otherwise would be tacked on the night of the 24th inst. within their reach. This evil had by a riotous mob, which demolished arisen to an alarming height, and many of the front windows. its source was traced to the great

Gibraltar, Dec. 30. I wrote you number, and the bad character of three days ago, informing you of many of the wine-houses. The most the alarm we had here from the worthless were therefore suppresriotous conduct of two of our regi sed ; and it was to be hoped, from

I ought to have informed the regulations adopted, that the you that about half of the second evil would soon be cured; and battalion of the royals, being com- indeed the good effects of this wise posed of Irish and of drafts from measure were in a short time maother corps, which are, as all your nifest in the conduct and discipline military readers know, invariably of the garrison. the worst men, it did not excite On the present trial, it came out much surprise that they had in that the wine-sellers, whose houses dulged themselves to excess when had been suppressed, had gratuithey had got possession of money; tously supplied many of the men of but the wonder was how they had the 25th regiment with buckets of been able, after the regulations that wine in as great quantity as they had been judiciously adopted here, could drink, to induce them to cry to get liquor in such quantity: out for the wine-houses being open This however has been ascertained again, in the hope, probably, that on the trial of eight of the rioters could the men be by this means of the 25th regiment, which closed enfuriated, they might create such yesterday.

an alarm as might surprise the From the evidence, it appeared commander into a promise of this clearly that the riot had not re- kind, as the means of restoring sulted from any premeditated plan, quiet.

quiet. In this their hopes have or a disaffection to any of their of- been frustrated, and some of them ficers, but was merely the result of will have cause to repent of the drunkenness. It came out hown experiment they have made. Three ever that some Dutchmen, of of them, to whom the charge has whom there are about seventy in been brought home, are now in the regiment, and who are discon. prison for the offence, and will be tented at not having been dis- prosecuted with proper severity as charged at the end of the war, soon as the trial of the soldiers is were the chief instigators to the ended. The sentenceof the eightsola riot, and would have spurred on diers who have been tried, will not the other soldiers to some mis- be known till the trial of the other chief, if they had been able. But: five, which is now going on, shall the most important fact brought be over. Qut, was the way in which the men January 3. To-morrow three of got so large a supply of liquor. the ring leaders belonging to the

When his royal highness the duke 25th regiment are to be shot on the of Kent arrived here as commander, grand parade, in presence of the he found that the soldiers could whole garrison, at eight o'clock. obtain liquor with so much facility, Their names are Pastoret, Teigh

man,

man, and Reilly--the two former alarm pervaded the neighbourhood; are Dutch, and the last an Irishman. the inhabitants of which were too It appears clearly that the whole busily employed in preparing for of the late mischief and disturb- the same dreadful scene, to afford ances, both in the royals and 25th re- any effectual assistance in removing giment, originated solely in the fo- Mr. Hamilton's property : the reigners and drafts, none of the old whole, therefore, that could be re. soldiers having been at all accessary moved, was not deemed secure till to the business.

it was on the other side of Fleet street. Dr. Rennell, the master of

the Temple, in great alarm for FEBRUARY

his house, which was in imminent

danger, the roof being at one time 2. This night, a little before 12 on fire, removed all his library, o'clock, an alarming fire broke out and lost many valuable books." at the printing office of Mr. Samuel Many of the neighbours' houses Hamilton, Falcon - court, Fleet- were also severally on fire; and street, which, in the short space of but for the active exertions of the two hours, entirely consumed the firemen, must have shared the whole of his valuable and extensive same fate. The weight, however, premises. A fire at a printing. that was in the upper part of Mr. office is at all times interesting to Hamilton's premises, assisted cott literary men ; and under the cir- siderably to prevent this conflagracumstances in which Mr. Hamilton tion from spreading, as in a little was placed, as proprietor of an emis more than an hour from the coma ? nent literary journal (the Critical mencement of the fire, the top fell Review) which, for the last half in with a dreadful crash, by which century, has been equally distin- means the flames were in a great guished for its learning and impar- measure confined to the ruins. tiality, it becomes more particularly Happily no lives were lost. Mr. so to every scholar and friend of Hamilton's loss, from the nature of polite literature. The principal the property (printed books), is booksellers of London, together particularly severe; and we are with several private gentlemen, sorry to add, he was not fully in. are more or less sufferers by this sured. It is supposed to have dreadful conflagration. The loss arisen from the carelessness of a being this fortunately divided boy, who, in consequence, was among a number little short of taken before a magistrate, and unthirty, each is enabled to bear it derwent an examination ; but no. without any other inconvenience thing transpired so as to fix the than the interruption of business negligence upon him : the cause is necessarily arising from so unfore. therefore still left in uncertainty. seen an accident. The manuscripts One circumstance relative to this of the most important works are calamity deserves to be recorded. saved ; those of the Critical RE. A part of the works of the late View, and of the Lady's Magazine, learned and much respected rev. · were with the respective editors. Gilbert Wakefield remained at As it was some time before water Mr. Hamilton's warehouses, and could be procured to play with had been insured at the Sun fira effect on the flames, the greatest office, for one thousand pounds, but

which insurance had

lately expired. Publishing any part of the proceedWith a liberality for which our ings until the whole of the trials country is so distinguished, the were gone through. As the pridirecton haveupon a statement soners were to be tried separately, being laid before them, by a very he wished it to be distinctly underactive friend of his widow, pre stood, that the publication of any sented her with seven hundred and one of them before they were all fifty pounds. A circumstance so concluded, would be prosecuted, much to the honour of the com- , not only as a contempt of court, pany, will, we doubt not, be amply, but as an offence at common law. repaid by the continued patronage He observed, that it was necessary of the public. The fire burst to the due administration of justice, forth again in the morning of the the jury should neither hear nor 18th; but in the course of an hour read any thing that could by the was happily extinguished *. least degree of possibility excite a 23250r 'n

prejudice against the prisoners. V TRIALS FOR HIGH TREASON. Upon this principle, he trusted there 25. The judges named in the would be no publications either of special commission met at the Sur- the indictment, the overt acts of rey sessions-house, Horsemonger treason it enumerated, or any part lane. The following prisoners were of the evidence. put to the bar:

Lord Ellenborough said he was Edward Marcus Despard, John persuaded the court would have Wood, Thomas Broughton, John no occasion to exercise its censure, Francis, Thomas Philips, Thomas after the notice of the attorney Newman, Daniel Tyndall, John "general. Doyle, James Sedgwick Wratten, 7. This morning about nine William Lander, Arthur Graham., o'clock, col. E. M. Despard was

None of the prisoners, except brought into court. · When the colonel Despard, having had coun names of the persons summoned sel assigned to them, they prayed for the jury were called over, col. that privilege, which was immedi-. Despard wished to speak, in order ately grantedthem: when they no to abolish any unfavourable impresminated Mr. Jekyll and Mr. Ho- sions that might have arisen against

him from certain pamphlets; but The indictment was then read to he was however prevented by the the prisoners, who severally pleaded judge, who said the time was not Not Guilty; and the clerk of the proper for his remarks, arraigns thoped God would send The following

respectable gentle, them a good deliverance. The men were then chosen as the Jury: first count was supported by eight G. Allen, W. Dent, W.Davison, charges of overt acts of treason, aço G. Copland, W. Cookson, J. Farcusing the prisoners with compass mer, J. Collinson, J. Webber, C. ing, imagining, and conspiring the Handiside, J. Haymer, P. Dobree, death of the king,

and J. Field. The attorney general remarked The attorney and solicitor geneupon the extreme impropriety of ral, the common serjeant, and

*. It may not be improper to mention, that Mr. Hamilton has built very extensive premises in Shoe lane, Fleet-street, where he carries on the

printing businesh As usual. Edider.

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Messrs. Shepherd, Garrow, Plo. After fully stating the law respect mer, and Abbot, attended for the ing treason and conspiracy, the ats crown; and Mr. serjeant Best and torney general read over the names Mr. Gurney for the prisoner. of the persons included in the in

The attorney general, on ad- dictment, and observed that ten of dressing the jury, began by en- them, besides the prisoner, were forcing the necessity of a patient apprehended at the Oakley Arms attention to his statement, and a on the 16th of November. due consideration of the evidence. peared that in the last spring a deNo one would deny, that if there tachment of guards returned from has been a plot to overturn the Chatham; and shortly after a con. constitution and destroy our sove- spiracy was formed for overturning reign, the base conspirator should the government; a society was estasuffer his merited punishment; but blished for the extension of liberty, the nature of the charge should not of which two men, named Francis operate to his disadvantage ; that and Wood, were very active memgrand principle of our law ought bers; they frequently attempted to rather to be confirmed, “that seduce soldiers into the association, every man should be considered in- and sometimes with success. Frannocent till he is found guilty.” He cis administered unlawful oaths to adverted to the nature of the crime those that yielded, and among of treason, and expressed his expec. others to two named Blaine and tation, that if the charge were sub- Windsor, giving them two or three stantiated, the jury would pro- copies of the oath, that they might nounce the prisoner guilty without be enabled to make proselytes in the least hesitation; and after ma. their turn. Windsor soon after ny remarks to show that there was becoming dissatisfied, gave infornot the least ground for suspecting mation of the conspiracy to a Mr. the prosecution to have been Bonus, and showed him a copy of brought forward from any party the oath. This gentleman advised motive or prejudice on the side of him to continue a member of the asgovernment, he concluded with sociation, that he might learn wheobserving, that from the clearness ther there were any persons of conof the evidence the trial could not sequence engaged in it. The pribe long. He then proceeded to sener at the bar tendered this oath; state the counts in the indictment, it was found in the possession of which were three in number, Broughton, Smith, and others. It is and charged the acts to have been printed on the cards in these words: done with the intention of compass “Constitutional independence of ing the death of the king, impri- Great Britain and Ireland! Equasoning his person, and dethroning lization and extension of rights! him. To prove a criminal inten- An ample provision for the families tion, an overt act is necessary, and of those heroes who fall in the conin this indictment eight overt acts test! A liberal reward to all who were stated, which were divided exert themselves in the cause of the into two classes: the four first people! These are the objects for charge the seduction of his majes- which we unite ; and we swear nety's troops, for the purpose of as ver to separate until we have obsassinating and imprisoning him; tained them !" The form of the and the remainder, plans for the oath is_“In the awful presence of accomplishing of these purposes. Almighty God, I A. B: Voluntarily

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