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HOME NEWS.

Edinburgh, Jan. 24.

HIS majesty's ship Nightingale, captain Wilkinson, arrived last night in Leith roads, from off Tonningen, which place he left last Tuesday.Two days before, the 18th instant, captain Mott, of his majesty's armed ship lying there, made a signal that the French army were defeated beyond Warsaw. Capt. W. immediately went on board captain Mott, who informed him he had received a letter from the consul, stating that the Rus sians, after several defeats, and losing from sixty to eighty pieces of cannon, had retreated to a distance beyond War. saw, and that the French had gone into winter-quarters;-thus situated, the Russians, collecting all their forces, fell upon the French armies, the re. mains of which had retreated Berlin, after losing 80,000 men. The archduke Charles, with an Austrian army, had been ready to fall upon the Fre ch in Silesia.

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The last accounts from the Austrians were, that the archduke Charles was ready to strike a blow in Silesia.'

Yarmouth, Jan. 26. Yesterday afternoon arrived the Astrea frigate from Copenhagen, which place she left on the 20th instant, at which time it was reported that the French had lost 60,000 men, and several pieces of cannon. The

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The reason given for the French going into quarters, was their being unable to stand the severity of the wea ther.

Leith, Jan. 23. His majesty's sloop Nightingale, captain Wilkinson, has just come up from the Eyder, which he left on Tuesday. Captain Wikinson

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his carriage to take an airing; Mr. Chivers, who was between 70 and 80 years of age, went into his garden to take a walk, as was his daily custom, inspecting the gardener at his work, and conversing with him; the latter is a Scotchman, 22 years of age, and full six feet high. About half past eleven o'clock, the gardener ran into the house from the garden in great agitation and terror, exclaiming to the servants, Lord, what have I done? I have struck my master, and he has fell;' and imme. diately left the house, without giving any explanation, and made for the town of Clapham. The footman went into the garden to discover what had happened, when he found his master on the ground, apparently lifeless, and his face a most shocking spectacle; it appearing that the gardener had struck his master with a spade that he was at work with, the end of which entered the lower part of his nose, broke both his jaw bones, and penetrating nearly to a line with his ears, so that his head was nearly separated. The gardener was soon after apprehended, and the magistrates committed him to Horsemonger-lane prison. The cause of the shocking act, it is supposed, was a dispute between him and his master respecting the management of a

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Last night, in the second scene of the pantomime, at Covent-Garden theatre, and while the younger Bologna and miss Searle were on the stage, a person in the two shilling gallery threw a glass bottle, supposed to be aimed at Mr. Bologna, jun.; it fell near the orchestra, and severely wounded in the head a gentleman in the pit; a great quantity of blood gushed from the wound; he was immediately carried out for surgical assistance. The house was thrown into a great confusion, and the cry of manager' resounded from all parts of the theatre. Grimaldi came forward, and after some time had elapsed he obtained an hearing. He stated that the manager was not in the house, but a

of the proprietors, offered a reward of fifty guineas to any one who would discover the person who had thrown the bottle. He was immediately pointed out, and was by the officers carried to Bow-street.

Bath, Jan. 27. A singular instance of accumulated misfortune occurred in the family of a respectable farmer near Devises a few days since: a fever swept off three children at the same time; scarce had the unfortunate victims of disease been carried to their silent home,' when the remaining offspring, two fine boys (at the drear hour of midnight), had not returned from a neighbouring school; in vain did the anxious parent search with quickening step each snow-clad path; returning home for aid, some hours elapsed before the little wanderers were discovered under a hedge; one of them in a torpid state, the other just sufficiently able to articulate. The joy of the mother on their being restored to her, acted so strongly on her feelings, as to awaken a conflict of passion that had well nigh terminated her existence.

The same evening a clergyman in the neighbourhood, returning homeward after having performed his sacred duty, perished through intense cold; his body was found the next morning.-A numerous family are left to lament his untimely fate.

London, Jan. 29. The business of the house of lords to day was for a few minutes interrupted, in consequence of the intrusion of the personage who so frequently infested the court of chancery a few months since as the pretended duke of Norfolk. He entered the house yesterday with the utmost sang froid; stopped for a moment opposite the fire place; and was apparently proceeding to communicare with the lord chancellor, on the woolsack, when he was recognized by some of their lordships, and his progress stopped by lord Kenyon. The assistance of the acting usher of the black rod, the ser

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ber, he did not appear inclined to renew the change.

31. The daughter of a gentleman of fortune, in the vicinity of St. James's street, absented herself from her father's house on Thursday morning, and, as it is supposed, has decamped with an officer belonging to a regiment of cavalry. The lady, who is twenty-three years of age, does not appear to have made any particular preparation for her flight. She walked out as usual before breakfast, but without a servant maid who was used to attend her. She did not return, of course, at her usual time, and her absence caused no small degree of anxiety for her safety. It was ascer tained, however, in the course of the morning, that a chaise from the city had been waiting upwards of two hours in Berkeley-street, Piccadilly, which had at length conveyed away a lady answering the description of the fair fugitive, and who was accompanied by a gentle. man. No other traces of the parties were discovered yesterday, but that they had taken the Bath road. A secret correspondence it seems had subsisted between the parties during a fortnight. The gallant is a lieutenant in a regiment of dragoons.

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Feb. 3. The following shocking catastrophe befel Mrs. Simison, the wife of an attorney in Poland-street, Oxfordstreet -The lady, who is now no more, was sitting alone in the kitchen of her house on Monday night, waiting the arrival of Mr. S. after her family had retired to rest. About twelve o'clock, a gentleman who lodged in the house was alarmed by a smell of something burning, which induced him to go down stairs, and on his approaching the kitchen door, he discovered the unfortunate Mrs. S. lying near the fire-place, with her clothes burned to ashes. The room was also on fire, and the gentleman alarmed the neighbourhood; but all assistance towards saving the life of the unfor

in her sight. The deceased was a handsome woman, about 40 years of age, and has left an offspring of a son and four daughters.

There was a most violent hurricane at Exeter on Thursday, which did considerable damage. A stack of chimneys was blown down at one house, which forced the floors in its way, and killed one of the band of the Montgomery militia, who was sitting ia a parlour, from which several of his companions had just departed. A woman being in the attic story, was carried down with the ruins to the ground, and was extricated from them unhurt. Many persons wounded in the streets by slates, &c., and 33 large elms in Cowick park, were torn up by roots.

Truro, Feb. 6. On Monday the inhabitants of this town were alarmed by an awful thunder storm, which threatened the most serious consequences. The wind blew strong from the south-west during the morning, and several explosions were heard, but all too distant to excite any serious apprehensions, till about 11 o'clock, when a flash of lightning, extremely vivid, was instantly fol lowed by a tremendous crash of thunder, which seemed to burst close down upon the tops of the houses, and shattered the windows of the Red-lion inn, Mr. Mudge's house, Mr. Hodge's, and se-veral others. In the mean time the electric fluid struck the church tower in several places, where the conductor, neutralised perhaps by rust, did not afford all the security expected from it. A stone of nearly 2 cwt. was thrown off the south west angle of the top of the square tower, at the base of the spire. As the fluid descended in a zigzag direction, it recoiled again and struck the base of the wall near the porch with great violence, but was repelled by the solid masses of granite of which it is formed. Some part of it,

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and passed off without further damage. Early on Thursday morning last we were visited by another thunder storm, one clap of which (about five in the morning) was little less tremendous than that whose effects we have described, but providentially did no harm that we have heard of.

Deal, Feb. 18. The wind, which all day yesterday was variable and light, gave no indication of an approaching storm; but after sun-set it veered round to the N. N. W. and by midnight blew a hurricane, accompanied with a prodigious fall of snow and sleet. It continued to increase in violence during the night, and this morning presented to us a most distressing spectacle; no less than eight vessels being driven on shore between the south end of the town and Kingsdown, a distance not exceeding two miles and a half in length.-Two irge outward-bound West Indiamen (one a fine copper-bottomed vessel) are wrecked close by Deal castle. The Hope, Deal hoy, with a large freight of goods from London, is on shore near Walmer castle, but it is hoped that greater part of the goods will be saved. A large American vessel drove on shore at the same time, and striking the ground sooner than the Hope, formed a kind of barrier to the latter, and in a considerable degree broke off the violence of the sea. Four other vessels are on shore to the southward of Walmer castle; but at present I can. not learn any particulars respecting them, except that one is a large Plymouth trader; and at the instant of her striking the ground, the mast went by the board, and in its descent fell on two of the unfortunate crew and crushed them to atoms. In the momentary intervals of the snow's ceasing, we can discover seven or eight vessels in the Downs dismasted. One

BIRTHS.

Jan. 25. At Cheshunt, Herts, lady Charlotte Wollesley, of a daughter.

31. At Guildhall, the lady of the city remembrancer of a son, her twelfth child.

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Feb. 1. In Red-lion-square, the lady of Malcolm Ross, esq. of a daugh

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2. The duchess of Montrose, of a son, in Grosvenor-square. This child, although nor the heir apparent to the family estates, becomes entitled to considerable property, by the bequest of a near relative.

3. At his house in Portman-square, the lady of colonel Beaumont, of a son.

8. At his house in Berkeley-square, the lady of Thomas Buckler Lethbridge, esq. M. P. of a daughter.

The lady of the hon. general sir Arthur Wellesley, of a son and heir, at his house in Harley-street.

9. At Clapham, the lady of Chris topher Magnay, esq. of a daughter.

10. At his house in Lincoln's-innfields, the lady of Thomas Peregrine Courtenay, esq. of a daughter.

17. At Mapledurham-house, Oxon, the lady of Edward Blount, esq. of Bellamore, Staffordshire, of a sɔn.

MARRIAGES.

Jan. 29. At Hampstead church, J. W. Lloyd, esq. to miss Anna Maria Longley, daughter of John Longley, esq of Hampstead.

At Crawley, by the rev. E. Oslebar Smith, Robert Oslebar, third son of the late Richard Oslebar, of Renwick-house, in the county of Bedford, esq. to Charlotte, daughter and heiress of the late

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