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and on Saturday there were 101 tents, also 130 waggons, 28 carriages and gigs, and 1,535 people encamped, exclusive of flankers and coloured people. On Sunday there were 149 waggons, and 53 carriages and gigs, on the camp-ground, and 32 retailing waggons near it, which made the number of waggons 18l. On the same day the number of people on the camp-ground was, from the best calculation, 4,762, and l,200 flankers; which made the round number of 5,962, white people, and 590coloured. On Monday 410 persons received the sacrament and on Tuesday 48 joined the society. The meeting broke up on that day at half past eleven a M. after giving full satisfaction to all. For so large a one it was said to have been well conducted, and as good behaviour preserved on the camp-ground as could possibly have been expected. Norfolk Beacon, Aug. 23. The camp meeting on Tangier Island.—We learn from a gentleman who attended the camp-meeting on Tangier Island, which commenced on the 16th instant, and closed on Tuesday morning last at eight o'clock, that it was more numerously attended than any preceding it at the same place. The number of persons present was estimated at between 5,000 and 6,000; the number of preachers not so many as on former occasions; but a great number were added to the number of real christians. The decked vessels in the harbour were judged to be about 200, besides 210 open boats. The encampment consisted of 264 tents, occupying an area of between 400 and 500 yards. The utmost harmony prevailed, and
much regret it appears was expressed that this season of religious enjoyment was so shortlived. WEST INDIES.
It is melancholy to read the list of depredations and cruelties which have been recently committed in the West Indies, for the most part in the neighbourhood of the Havannah. The pirate vessels are small and despicable: they appear to be manned by desperadoes of all nations, and to exercise their outrages indiscriminately upon all. By accounts from Barbadoes to the middle of August, it appears that our naval force on that station is diminishing, as the danger against which it should form a safeguard is increasing. Admiral Fahie has shifted his flag to the Pyramus frigate of forty-two guns, at Antigua. The Salisbury has gone home, and the Sapphire, being defective, is ordered home. A frigate and three sloops will then constitute his whole squadron. Where do the British cruisers sleep, that in the Atlantic as in Archipelago the protection of the
merchant is thus neglected? The following is one of the several accounts of their depredations which have recently been
Norfolk, August 8. Captain Marriner, of the schooner Mary, from Baracoa (Cuba), states, that on his outward bound passage, he was taken and detained two days by commodore Dubour (under the assumed name of John Porter), in the ship Victoria, who took such of his provisions as he stood in need of, for which, however, he honourably paid him; but his crew plundered the cabin of various small articles; three three muskets, two lanterns, and his signal flag. Captain Marriner also informs us, that three days previous to his arrival at Baracoa, one of the squadron of commodore Aury made her escape from his command, and the crew delivered her up to the governor of Cuba. She had on board a rich cargo of dry goods, valued at 70,000 dollars, which the governor directed to be sold and divided among the crew and those who went to assist in bringing her into port, which was effected the day the Mary sailed. The quantity of dry goods of all sorts which the crew had plundered, independent of those found in the vessel when delivered up, completely inundated the place; even silk stockings were sold at twenty-five cents a pair.—Beacon. The new government of St. Domingo, it appears, is interfering to check the piracies under the independent flag, as it is called, in the adjoining seas. A brig of that class called the Esperanza, of fourteen guns and 100 men, ut into Cape Haytian, from St. artholomew's, on the 26th of April last, with a Spanish ship, the Lady Artigas, of 400 tons, her prize. Both were then seized by order of president Boyer, and, according to letters recently received, have since been condemned. A remarkable instance of the extent to which the depredations alluded to are carried in the seas of the West Indies, is communicated by the arrival of a vessel (the Caesar, Fisher) at Liverpool. This ship sailed from Jamaica on the 18th of July, and was boarded on the 23d by the Mars, a Buenos Ayrean armed brig, which had been out four
months, and during that period had made sixteen prizes. Bermuda.-The accounts which have lately been received from Bermuda show pretty clearly, that a state of things exists at that place very little short of open revolt against governor Lumley. It is stated in the Norfolk Herald, on the authority of captain Ross, who left Bermuda on the 3d of August, that independently of the imprisonment of Mr. James Till, (formerly a merchant of Norfolk, of the firm of Till and Gosling.) and Mr. Basham, a gentleman of respectability, of the parish of St. George, he, the governor, on the night of the 2d of August, had the doors of the town-hall at St. George's forced open by the military; and the mayor (Mr. John Till, brother of the above named James) taken forcibly out, and conducted to Hamilton under a military escort, and then thrown into prison! The charge preferred against the mayor by his excellency was, the breaking of the fidler's violin (by order of the mayor), in dispersing an assemblage of persons of colour at an unseasonable hour, in the parish of St. George, which assembly was notoriously an annoyance to the whole neighbourhood. A lawyer of eminence, who had been deputed by the mayor to act at the time of dispersing the assembly in a judicial capacity, was also taken by the military at the same time, by order of the governor, and imprisoned with the mayor. A letter from St. John's Porto Rico, of the 2d of August, says, “A dangerous plot was discovered on the 24th ult, the day previous to its intended execution, amongst the slaves in this quarter of of the island. Their plans were laid with much cunning and the most profound secrecy, and every preparation in their power made for an extensive insurrection on the night of the 25th. The conspiracy, as far as it is yet discovered, extends through several of the most considerable districts, but it is believed to be much more general. Many of the chiefs are already taken, and their trial and execution will be very summary. From the measures taken by the governor, who is a vigilant and excellent officer, to detect the remaining ringleaders, and secure the general tranquillity, nothing further is to be apprehended. SOUTH AMERICA. Extract of a letter from Pernambuco, dated 24th July, 1821:— “We have been thrown into considerable alarm here by a very daring attack upon the life of the governor, Don Luis de Rego Baretto: this took place on the evening of the 21st, while his Excellency, accompanied by his secretary and Mr. L. G. Ferreira, was surveying the town, in order to satisfy himself that a slight alarm which had been excited by an accidental fire the preceding evening had subsided. Every thing appeared perfectly settled, and his Excellency having dismissed his horses, was returning home on foot, when, as he was crossing the Boa Vistabridge, a blunderbuss was fired at him by a villain who was so close to the party that the wadding of the piece was lodged in Mr. Ferreira's arm. His Excellency received a ball in the back obliquely, so that, meeting with some resistance, it passed out, making a passage of about nine inches, nearly in the form of an elbow; he has 1821.
eight other wounds from shot, but none thought to be dangerous. Mr. Ferreira received a ball through the fleshy part of the arm, and some shot wounds in the side; but he is also doing well. His Excellency and his secretary drew their swords and pursued the villain, who, throwing away his cloak and dropping his handkerchief, made for the river, and apparently escaped; but a body has been since found which, from a correspondence in size, and from a pistol heavily loaded being found in the breast of the jacket, it is conjectured may be that of the assassin. This body has been exposed to public view, with the hope of its being recognized, and a large reward is offered for any discovery. We have some time been possessed with fears that plots and machinations were in agitation by those who had been sent to Bahia in 1817, and returned since the constitution was sworn to. We knew them to be in general men of desperate fortunes, to whom any change must be for the better; from these impressions the general opinion at present is that the villain who made this daring attack on the life of the governor, has been only the hired instrument of this party. Some letters which have been discovered are said to confirm and to throw light upon this conjecture, and a number of persons (report say eighty) whom these circumstances render suspected, have been taken up, and are now on board the Harmonia, or in the forts, from whence they will be sent to Lisbon for trial. “These circumstances are too striking not to occasion some agitation, yet we do not entertain
any serious apprehension for the general safety, we are confident in the strength and good disposition of the large body of the inhabitants; nor could any thing be more prompt and cordial than the exertion of the soldiers, and the militia, to preserve order and quiet alarm, both on the 21st and now.”
3.—Mr. John Wood, butterdealer of Leeds, and Catherine Walmsley, his niece, a young woman of about eighteen years of age, were killed by the overturning of a cart in which they were returning from Knaresborough market. Early on Wednesday morning they left Leeds, and after transacting their business at Knaresborough, quitted that place in the evening. About ten o'clock at night they were seen at Harewood, and two hours afterwards a waggoner, who was travelling from thence to Leeds, observed a cart overturned on the road, near Alwoodley-gates. His first impression was, that the driver of the cart had gone to obtain assistance, but hearing nothing of him, he became alarmed, and called at a house on the road to beg that they would accompany him to the place where he had seen the cart, With this request they readily complied, and on removing the packages, they beheld with horror Wood and his niece lying stretched upon the road, and both of them quite dead! It was the failing of this unfortunate man to give way to excessive drinking, and he was doubtless the victim of his own intemperance. Four years ago,
a cart which he was driving on the same road was overturned, and a young woman, who had then the misfortune to be in his service, was thrown out and killed upon the spot. This fatal catastrophe had made him nervous, but not temperate; and it was to allay his fears, rather than to assist him in his business, that his niece accompanied him on his last fatal journey. 5.—An awful occurrence took place in Worcester cathedral, during one of the performances of the music meetings held in that city. At the time Mr. Vaughan was singing “gentle airs," accompanied on the violoncello by Mr. Lindley, Mr. John Griffiths, one of the vocal performers, fell back in his seat in an apoplectic fit. At the conclusion of Mr. Lindley's cadence, he was carried out, and several medical gentlemen who formed part of the congregation hastened to attend him: they proceeded to bleed him, and he was conveyed to his residence, where he continued in a senseless state till Saturday afternoon between four and five o'clock, when he expired. He had been a member of the Worcester choir upwards of thirty years. He possessed one of the most powerful bass voices ever heard, and some years since was engaged as the principal bass singer at the Covent-garden oratorios. He was engaged at the great commemoration of Handel in Westminster-abbey. Same day—About ten o’clock, in the evening, as two young men were walking down the east pier at Ramsgate, they observed a bundle wrapped up lying behind one of the stone posts; they took it up and unpacked it, when the eontents were found to be a lady's bonnet, Bath cloak, and a shawl, and from their not being wet with the dew, they could not, in all probability, have been there long. The extraordinary circumstance was immediately made known, but nothing transpired that evening: the clothes were lodged in the hands of lieutenant Woodward, the harbour-master. On the following day public notices were posted, stating that a lady had left her home that evening about a quarter before ten o'clock, and had not since been heard of. The dress was carried to the lady's late residence, and it being recognized by her late husband, there was but too great reason to fear the unfortunate lady had thrown herself into the sea in a state of despondency. Too much credit cannot be given to lieutenant Woodward for his truly laudable zeal and unremitting attention in sending the boats and crews under his command to search for the body, but their attempts were fruitless, and nothing was ascertained respecting it till about five o'clock yesterday afternoon (Monday, 8th inst.) when the body of the above lady was washed ashore on the bathing sands; and the intelligence being communicated to the proper quarter, it was ascertained that the gentleman had left Ramsgate on the same morning in search of her. Same day—About sixty boats employed in the herring fishery were yesterday evening, by the suddenness of a gale, obliged to relinquish their nets in the hopes of gaining the shore in safety, but unfortunately more than forty
were driven among the rocks. The cries of the drowning, thirty-five in number, most of whom have left large families, produced an effect too heart-rending to be adequately expressed. The distress occasioned to the families of the unhappy sufferers, who looked forward to the fishery for their entire support, but now, alas ! bereft of the means of subsistence, is most affecting. 8.—A heart-rending accident
happened at Leith. Two carts,
belonging to Mr.Campbell, brewer, in Edinburgh, were sent down loaded to Leith, and a porter, stationed at the head of the Canongate, named James Lamb, was engaged to assist the drayman. When passing along the shore, near the new draw-bridge, Lamb perceived a child in imminent danger of being rode over by the hindmost cart, and instantly sprung forward to save it, in doing which the shaft of the cart struck him ; he was thrown down, and the wheel passed right over his breast. It was at the time loaded with three hogsheads of porter, weighing nearly half a ton. The unfortunate man was immediately conveyed to an adjoining house, where he breathed his last in about ten minutes. The only words he uttered were, “In saving the life of a child I have lost my own.” On the body being removed to Edinburgh, and previous to conveying it into the dwelling of his family, a person went in to prepare his wife for the distressing intelligence; but no sooner had he intimated that a misfortune had befallen her husband, than the unhappy woman rushing out, met those who were employed in carrying his remains.
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