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The piece concludes with the marriage of Alexander and Statira.
14. At Covent-Garden a new Farce was performed for the first time, entitled
The characters, though not new, have features striking and peculiar. A landlord, stage-struck, continually answers from scraps of plays, and which is perhaps carried too far, for it ceases after a few specimens to entertain. The ladies of Crotchet Lodge, the one with a rage for music, and the other for painting, are well sustained, their technical answers are truly farcical, but not extremely amusing. The principal character, a valet, who assumes different disguises, was well executed by Fawcett; the Prologue, in particular, was very happy, and delivered by him, as a lame sailor, with great effect.
MADRID, JAN. 7.
The plot, by which it was designed to murder the Vice-roy and his family, to take possession of the royal and arch-episcopal palaces, the mint, inquisition, and other public buildings, and the principal private houses, and to set fire to and deliver over the city to the plunder of the populace, and discontented Indians of some neighbouring towns, was conducted by two Frenchmen, who had succeeded in seducing several Spanish inhabitants to their interest, and were to be assisted in the execution of their plan by a number of their countrymen, who, contrary to the general practice of this government, had been suffered to remain in Mexico after the commencement of the war.
Nearly about the same time a similar explosion was to have taken place at Santa Fe, the capital of the new kingdom of Grenada, in all its circumstances similar to the preceding, but it was likewise prevented by discovery, the very day before it was to happen.
THE PARIS ACCOUNT OF THE CAPTURE OF HOLLAND. On the 27th in the morning, it was generally rumoured that the troops of the Republic were in possession of Amsterdam. The people, eager to hear a confirmation of the news, flocked from all parts to the hall of the Convention, which they surrounded in such crowds that the Members could scarce get to their places. A Member observed, that there would be no end to confusion, till the official dispatches received by the Committee of Public Safety were communicated. Carnot appeared with them in his hand amidst the loudest ap.. plauses. The following is part of a letter from the Representatives of the People, with the army of the North, dated Amsterdam.
“ Treasures, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards, vessels, all are ours. We cannot compute the advantages of this glorious conquest. It gives us in the affairs of Europe a preponderancy, of which it is impossible to calculate the effects. Two of us are to depart to Paris, to give you more ample details and particulars. Every where we have been received with the greatest fraternity. We have sent detachments to take possession of all the towns and strong places. The Dutch army was reduced to 10,000 men. The States-General have already dispatched orders in consequence for not making any longer resistance. The Stadtholder and family have fled, and left us quiet possessors of the whole.”
The French required of the Dutch, on the 27th ult. 200,000 quintals of wheat Averdupois weight, 5,000,000 rations of hay, 200,000 rations of straw, 5,000,000 bushels of corn, 150,000 pair of shoes, 20,000 pair of boots, 20,000 coats and waistcoats, 40,000 pair of breeches, 150,000 pair of pantaloons, 200,000 shirts, and 50,000 hats. To be delivered likewise, within two months, 12,000 oxen. These different objects are to be delivered at Thiel, Nimeguen, and Bois-leDuc, at three different times.
By some it is understood, that the Dutch are to be repaid in assignats, when their alliance with the French Republic is consolidated.
The above, when thrown into English measure and estimation, may be calqulated at the value below,
20,000 Breeches 40,000 Pr.
Total, £ 1,403,054 N. B. The quintal of wheat, estimated at two bushels, produces, at that rate, 50,000 quarters.
The hay and straw is computed at rol, for each ration.
FRENCH CONVENTION. In the sitting of the French Convention on the oth of January, an order was made for celebrating the anniversary of the death of the last King of the French, which happened on the 21st of January.
A motion was-made and carried, that Gen. Kellerman should be employed in the service of the country. It was also decreed, that Gen. Miranda should be set at liberty.
In the sitting of the National Convention of the 22d ult. Cambaceres, in the name of the Committees of Government, made the report respecting the royal infant confined in the Temple. He discussed the political problem, whether it. were more dangerons to preserve, in the bosom of the Republic, the disgusting remains of the race of Capet, or by transporting them, to afford a rallying point to the villains who have already embrued their hands in the blood of their country, and furnish a pretext to the Combined Powers which assist them. The three united Committees were unanimously of opinion, to pass to the order of the day-thereby leaving the royal children of France to remain in their present hopeless state of captivity.
By an order from the Convention, women, and children under twelve years of age, prisoners, are allowed to return to their respective countries. In consequence of this order, Admiral Bligh was allowed to send home his son,
HOME NEWS. MINUTES OF AN ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN HIS MAJESTY'S FRIGATE BLANCHE, AND
THE FRENCH FRIGATE LE PIQUE, NEAR GUADALOUPE. Sunday, January 4, 1795. At daylight saw a frigate at anchor outside of the harbour of Point a Petre.
At seven A. M. she got under way, and kept working under her topsails, backing her mizen topsail at times to keep company with a schooner. We run towards her until within gun-shot of the Fleur d' Epee, then tacked, hove to, and filled occasionally. Finding the French frigate not inclined to come out from the batteries, we made sail to board a schooner coming down along Grand Terre. At eleven A. M. fired a gun and brought her to. She proved an American from Bourdeaux, and appearing suspicious, detained the master, and took her in tow. At this time the battery at Grozier fired two guns at us, and the frigate fired several, and hoisted her colours ; none of the shot reached. Find. ing her still not inclined to come out, we made sail towards Mariegalante under topsails and courses.
Monday at four, P. M. we tacked and hove to, took out the American's crew, and sent a petty officer and men into her. Saw the frigate still under Grand Terre. At six P: M. wore ship, and stood towards Dominique, with the schooner in tow. At half past eight, P. M. saw the frigate about two leagues astern. Cast off the schooner, tacked, and made all saik. At a quarter past twelve, A. M. passed under her lee on the starboard tack, she on the larboard tack, and exchanged broadsides. Ai half past twelve, A. M. tacked, and came up with her fast. When within musket shot, she wore with an intention to rake us; we wore at the same time, and engaged her nearly aboard. At one, A. M. put our helm a starboard, and run across her stern, and lashed her bowsprit to our capstern; kept firing our quarter-deck and other guns that would bear into her, and musketry, which she returned from her tops, and from her quarter-deck guns run in a midship fore and aft. At this time our main and mizen masts fell overboard, and they attempted to board us, but were repulsed. At a quarter before two, A. M. she dropped astern (at this time Capt. Faulkner fell). We got a hawser up, and made her well fast, with her bowsprit abreast of our starboard quarter, the marines keeping a constant fire of musquetry into her, Finding the carpenters could not make the ports large enough, we blew out as much of the upper transom beam as would admit the two afters most guns on the main deck to be run out, and fired into her bows.
At two, A. M. all her masts were shot away. In this situation we towed her before the wind, engaging till a quarter past five, when they called out that they had struck. The second lieutenant and ten men then swam on board, and took possession of
La Pique of 26 12 Pounders
4 32 Carronades, with a number of brass swivels on her gunwales.
At the time of the action we had away, in prizes, two Masters mates, and twelve men.
DAVID MILNE, Second-Lieutenant, Jan. 12. About four o'clock, a house at Upper Hyde, near Minchinhampton, inhabited by Mr. Aaron Lord and his sister, both upwards of 80 years of age, was discovered to be in flames, and the fire was so far advanced, that before any assistance could be given, the roof of the house fell in, and the inhabitants both of them perished. Part of the body of Mrs. Lord was discovered in the ashes, but no traces of her brother could be found. There was a considerable sum of money dug out of the ruins. Mr. Lord was a person of remarkable character. Some years ago he had a legacy of 2500l. left him, which, by his pare simonious way of life, he increased to 40ool. He would work for his neighbours, but would never accept any reward. He eat nothing but his own bread, and being asked by a person, for whom he was at work, if he would accept some cbeese to bis bread, he replied in the negative. He said, cheese was a luxury, that led 'men to eat more bread than was necessary. Though abstinent himself, he was very benevolent to his poor neighbours.
17: At a Meeting of the Society of the Friends of the People, held at Freemasons' Tavern, it was determined, in consequence of the danger of the country, to suspend, for the present, all proceedings on the subject of Parliamentary Reform.
19. About twelve o'clock two vessels, lying in a tier just below London Bridge, broke from their moorings, and the tide running up at the same time, they drove against the bridge, when one stuck fast on the starlings, and the other making to the center arch, carried away all her three masts against the top of the bridge, bent the lamp iron, broke two of the lamps, and passed through with a horria crash; the crew took to their boat before she got to the bridge, judging what would be her fate; she then drove with the tide through Blackfriars-bridge up above Somerset-house, where she went on shore, a complete wreck. The other vessel was got off the starlings at the turn of the tide with little damage.
PUBLIC ENTRY OF THE TURKISH AMBASSADOR, St. James's, Jan. 29. His Majesty having been pleased to appoint Thursday, the 29th of January, for the ceremony of the public entry and public audience of his Excellency Yussef Adjiah Effendi, Ambassador from the Sublime Porte, the Earl of Jersey (the Conducting Earl appointed by his Majesty), and Sir Clement Cottrell Dormer, Knt. Master of the Ceremonies, proceeded in one of his Majesties coaches, with six horses, attended by six gentlemen of the Privy Chamber in others of the Royal coaches, to the Royal College at Chelsea, the place from which his Majesty had thought fit that the procession should begin, where Fieldmarsh Sir George Howard, K. B. the Governor, not only allotted the grand apartment for the use of the Ambassador on this occasion, and provided an elegant cold collation for his entertainment, but, in further compliment to the Ambassador, repaired to the College early in the morning, to be ready to receive the Ambassador in person.
About ten o'clock the Ambassador and his suite arrived at the Royal College at Chelsea, in his Excellency's own coaches, where the Royal Standard was displayed, and his Excellency was received with all military honours,
Alighting from his carriage, his Excellency was met by Wm. Bulkeley, Esq. Major of the Royal College, and others, the Military Officers belonging to the Establishment, and conducted to the grand apartment, where Field-marshal Sir George Howard, K. B. the Governor, made a short speech to his Excellency suitable to the occasion.
At a quarter after ten o'clock the Conducting Earl and the Master of the Ce. remonies arrived at the College, when the Earl of Jersey made his Majesty's compliment to the Ambassador, and the company sat down to breakfast; and about eleven the procession to St. James's began in the following order;
Six of the Knight Marshal's men on horseback to clear the way.
horses, brought over by the Ambassador as a present to his Majesty from the
Grand Signior, very richly caparisoned, and led by Turkish grooms. A state coach of his Majesty, in which went the Ambassador, the Conducting
Earl, the Master of the Ceremonies, and Signor Persianni, First Interpreter to the Ottoman embassy; eight of the Ambassador's footmen, walking four on
each side the carriage. A leading coach of his Majesty, with six horses, in which went Mahmoud Raif
Effendi, Secretary to the embassy, bearing the Ambassador's letter of credence in a rich bag; and Mr. Lusignan, his Majesty's Interpreter; four of the Am
bassador's footmen walking two on each side the carriage. A leading coach of her Majesty, with six horses, in which went three of the
Gentlemen of the Privy Chamber, appointed to attend the audience. A leading coach of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, with six horses, in
which went the three other gentlemen of the Privy Chamber. A leading coach of his Royal Highness the Duke of York, with six horses. A leading coach of his Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence, with six horses. A leading coach of his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, with six horses. The Ambassador's coach, with six horses, in which went three of the principal
persons belonging to his Excellency's suite. Several coaches of the nobility, each drawn by six horses, closed the procession.
In this order the procession moved on from Chelsea College to the gate of St. James's Park adjoining the Queen's-house, and proceeded up Constitution-hill, along Piccadilly and St. James's-street, to the palace, where his Excellency arrived at half past twelve, and alighting at the palace-gate, was received by Hugh Boscawen, Esq. the Knight Marshal (having his baton of office in his hand), and the Marshal of the Ceremonies.
The foot-guards on duty were drawn up in the court-yard, and their officers saluted the ambassador as he passed on to the Little Council Chamber; where notice being given by one of his Majesty's Gentleman Ushers that his Majesty was ready, the procession moved forward to the audience in the Great Council Chamber (where, on each side, were ranged the band of Gentlemen Pensioners) the gentlemen of the Privy Chamber going before the Conducting Earl, and the principal persons of the Ambassador's suite before his Excellency, the Conducting Earl being on the Ambassador's right hand, and the Master of the Ceremonies on his left. His Excellency was received at the door of the Guard Chamber, in the absence of the Earl of Aylesford, Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, by James Roberts, Esq. Lieutenant'of the Yeomen of the Guard, who conducted the Ambassador to the door of the Privy Chamber, where his Excellency was received by Viscount Falmouth, Captain of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners, who conducted his Excellency to the door of the Great Council Chamber.
At the door of the Great Council Chamber his Excellency was received by the Marquis of Salisbury, Lord Chamberlain of his Majesty's Household, who taking the right hand of the Ambassador, and the Earl of Jersey, with Sir Clement Cottrell Dormer, taking the left, his Excellency, dressed in his habit of ceremony, and wearing the turban called Chorassani (which is only worn by the ministers of the Sublime Porte) was conducted up to the throne, making three profound reverences, which his Majesty was pleased to return in the usual
The Ambassador then made a short speech to his Majesty, which was interpreted to his Majesty, by Signor Persianni; and his Majesty was pleased to answer the same in English, his Majesty's answer being interpreted in ths Turkish language by Mr. Lusignan, his Majesty's Interpreter,