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The Ambassador, in the course of his harangue to his Majesty, took from the Secretary of the Embassy, his letter of credence, and kissing the same, presented it to his Majesty, who immediately delivered it to Lord Grenville; and, after his Majesty's reply to the Ambassador, he presented to his Majesty the Secretary of the Embassy, and the principal persons of his suite, all of whom were received most graciously by his Majesty,

The Ambassador then retired, making again three reverences to his Majesty, as he withdrew from the audience, and was reconducted with the same ceremony to the Little Council Chamber, to rest himself till her Majesty was ready to receive him; of which notice being given by one of her Majesty's Gentlemen Ushers, the Ambassador proceeded to the Queen's apartments, and was received at the door of her Majesty's guard-chamber by William Price, Esq. her Majesty's Vice Chamberlain, and at the door of the room of audience by the Earl of Morton, Lord Chamberlain to her Majesty, and so conducted up to her Majesty by the Earl of Morton, William Price, Esq. and Sir Clement Cottrell Dormer.

The Ambassador, after his audience of the queen, went to the drawing-room to pay his court to their Majesties; and having previously desired that the Royal coaches might not be kept in waiting to carry him back to his own house, returned home after the drawing-room in his own coach.

[Besides the Turkish horses mentioned in the foregoing account, the Ambas. sador brought as presents:

To the king - A pair of pistols, the stock and barrel solid gold; and a gold dagger, with belt ornamented with pearls and diamonds.

To the Queen and Princesses--Chests, containing silks embroidered with gold; a plume of feathers for the head dress, supported with a hand of solid gold, and the feathers encircled with diamonds.

To the Prince of Wales - Chests of silks.)

Feb. 3. The Prince of Wales gave a grand concert and supper at Carlton-house to their Majesties, the House of Orange, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Dutchess of York, Dukes of Clarence and Gloucester, all the junior princesses, and Princess Sophia of Gloucester, and a select party of the noblesse of both sexes : - previous to the concert the king went over Carlton-house for the first time. As they passed through the Great Hall, the band of music belonging to the regiment of Guards played the French air of Ou peut on etre mieur qu'au sein de sa famille.— (“ Where can one be better than in the bosom of one's own family ?'')

Their Majesties, and the other Royal visitants, withdrew about one o'clock.

On this visit his Majesty, while viewing the apartments, and on his entrance and departure, was attended by the Prince bearing a wax candle.

4. One Dunn, of Sermon-lane, Doctors Commons, shot a watchman dead at the door of the house where he lived. The blood-thirsty half-intoxicated villain, had been previously loading and firing off pistols, and threatening destruction to the watchmen in the neighbourhood. The deceased, knowing nothing of his frantic and infernal purpose, went up to him, and without ceremony received the contents of a fusee in his body. – The coroner's jury sat on the body on Thursday, and, after an investigation of the circumstances, brought in a verdict of Wilful Murder against Dunn, who is consequently fully committed to take his trial.

7. Landed about one mile to the westward of Shoreham, in Sussex, nine masters of vessels, seven English and two Guernsey and Jersey men, who made their escape in a French boat from Quileboeuf, in Normandy. These men give a particular account of the vessels they commanded when taken, and where cara ried to in France. Their information is to the following effect: four of them were, for the last four months, in the prison of Bourge Achard, District Pont au de Mer, and about six leagues from Rouen; and the other five were at Bourge Therould, about five leagues from Rouen : that since the death of Robespierre, both they and their crews had the whole district to range in, and were allowed

one pound and a half of bread, and ten sous in paper money, per diem, and allowed to get any kind of work in the neighbourhood, to earn a little matter for themselves. They were kindly used, and well respected by the inhabitants, who in general expressed a partiality to the English, and wished to have peace with this country.

That during the maximum, bread was at five sous, and beef twelve sous, papermoney, per pound; but since the maximum was taken off, bread had risen to thirty sous, and beef to fifty sous per pound, in that part of the interior. The reason they gave for this extraordinary rise was, that large magazines were established at Paris, and large supplies sent to the armies, and that only just as much as was necessary for the existence of the interior was left; and also the great depreciation of their assignats lately was another cause : that before the capture of Holland, 100 livres in paper could be had for one guinea; but since that period only sixty livres were given for a guinea, Respecting agriculture, it was not neglected, but it was common to see one man both hold the plough and drive the horses; that women were employed in cultivating lands.

7. The Earl of Abingdon appeared in the Court of King's Bench to receive judgment for a libel on Mr. Sermon, an attorney. The Court deferred passing sen. tence, but committed his lordship to prison till the last day of term. Mr. Erskine and Mr. Garrow were counsel against the noble Earl, who defended his own cause, and dealt out his sarcasms against the gentlemen of the law with more freedom, perhaps, than prudence, alledging, amongst other things, that he had been, like Diogenes, looking for an bonest man, but without being able to find one in the whole profession. His lordship was particularly personal against Mr. Erskine, and said, that if he had been amongst the acquitted felons, he might have expected all that gentleman's eloquence in his behalf. The Honourable Barrister was equally pointed in his reply ; in which he animadverted on the impropriety of his lordship's conduct with an uncommon degree of warmth and spirit, in the course of which Mr. Erskine said, “ My lords, with regard to the insinuations and allusions made towards me, I have only to tell the noble lord, that it is false; I am as nobly born as he is; the blood that runs in my veins is fully as good as his, and neither he nor any other man shall say of me what he has insinuated, without receiving from me this answer. -- If it is possible, that which his lordship has uttered of me is more false and more wicked than the slander he comes here to answer for. Your lordships will pardon me for being a man, and that I am not made of marble or stone."

12. The Earl of Abingdon was brought into the Court of King's Bench to receive judgment. Previously to sentence being passed, his lordship requested leave to say a few words. — He apologised for his intemperate language to Mr. Erskine and the bar, on the day when he was last brought up. Mr. Erskine expressed his willingness to accept the apology, which, he trusted, would have a proper effect on the Court. His lordship was sentenced to three months imprisonment in the King's Bench, to pay a fine of 1ool. and to find security for his future good behaviour for twelve months.

The Parliamentary Board of Agriculture, in consideration of the probable scarcity of wheat, have agreed to propose a premium of 1000l. to the person who shall grow the largest breadth of potatoes on lands never applied to the culture of that plant before: they have liberally excluded the members of their own Board from becoming candidates for this valuable prize.

Letters from all parts of the country state the most alarming inundations, in consequence of a sudden thaw, and succeeding heavy rains.

Upwards of 1?,000l. have been already subscribed for the poor of the metropolis alone. No estimate of what has been subscribed in the country can be ascer tained; it exceeds all calculation-all belief!

[The Lists of Promotions, Sc. are unavoidably postponed till our next.)




For MARCH 1795







Page Memoirs of the late William Stra. Mr. Tasker's Letters continued. han, Esq.


Letter X. On Ancient NeuroA Sermon preached before the logy

Grand Lodge of Free and Ac- Short Essays on Various Subjects. cepted Masons of England, at On Prediction and ForeknowCamberwell Church, on Tuesday


179 the 24th day of June 1788. By

On a King

186 Colin Milne, LL.D.

153 Various Opinions respecting the Various Specimens of Literary Ta

Iron Mask

182 lents, offered by their Author Cant Phrases in the University of for the service of this Magazine 159 Cambridge explained

185 Detached Sentiments on Masonry 161 Philosophical Experiments. Ceremony of laying the Founda

the Effects of Ice by Expansion. tion-stone of the new buildings

Effects of extreme Cold

190 for the University of Edinburgh 162 Duty of considering the Poor 192 Hints for the Economy of Time, Poetry: An Irregular Ode on the

Expence, Learning, and Mora- Moral Principles of Masonry. lity; designed for the Ease and By J. Cawdell, Comedian 193 Benefit of the Fashionable Masonic Intelligence

197 World

167. Strictures on Public Amusements 198 A Character

169 Parliamentary Proceedings. House The Freemason, No. III.

of Lords

201 Summary of all the Arguments House of Commons

forand against Richard Brothers, Monthly Chronicle. Foreign News 2iż the Prophet 173 Home News

214 Farther Illustration of the Poem Deaths and Bankrupts

216 on Gy ges' Ring





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