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Brought forward £.5,623,757 In addition to this might be taken 150,000l. from the pro

bable increase of receipt, viz. 100,0001. tobacco, 40,0001. Jand-tax arrears, and 10,000% for bounties on hemp and flax, remaining in the exchequer; for if the regulations on tobacco had taken place during that period, and if the taxes imposed in 1789 had been taken into the account, they would have made a considerable addition. The duties which would arise on the above-mentioned accounts, were taken at the very moderate sum of

120,000 If all these sums were added together, they would amount to

5,743,757 which exceeded the expences before stated by a few thousand pounds.

In the House of Lords, a com- penses of government, left a clear mittee for a similar inquiry to that surplus of near a million and a half, which employed the finance com- either to be laid out in investmittee of the House of Commons, ments, or applied to contingent was moved for by Lord Rawdon, on services. the 30th of March.

Mr. Paul Benfield alleged, that It was opposed by Lord Grenville in Mr. Dundas's statements there as unnecessary, a committee having were several errors, which could be already been appointed in the House casily pointed out: but he declined of Commons for a similar purpose, to enter into any inquiry into the whose report would convey every business, on account of the late information necessary for the satis- period of the session. faction of parliament, or of the A society of philanthropic advenpublic.

turers formed a project for the esThe motion was negatived by a tablishment of a colony at Sierra majority of 55 to 23.

Leone, on the coast of Africa, in As an additional proof of the the 8th degree of north latitude, national prosperity, an act was where the soil, as was aitested by passed, obliging every future mi- Mr. Devaynes, who had long resided nister to provide in every loan one there, is excellent, and produces per cent above the interest of the cotton, coffee, and sugar, almost sum borrowed, for the gradual ex. spontaneously. The professed obtinction of the principal; a regu- ject of this society (which, in spite lation which, notwithstanding the of great opposition from the Westimmense loans contracted has been India planters, became a corporate strictly adhered to.

body, liable only to pay the amount The state of the finances in In- of the stores risked) was, to cultidia was laid before the House vate a track of land which they of Commons by Mr. Henry Dun- purchased with freemen; and to das, on Tuesday the 24th of May. make the experiment,-Whether It appeared by his statements, that Africa could not be civilized, and the British revenues in the East rendered more lucrative as a vent Indies, amounting in all to seven for manufactures, than as a nursery millions, after defraying all the ex- of slaves?

A bill for the establịshment of passed through both Houses of parsuch a company was moved for

liament. by Mr. Henry Thornton on the After a long and uncommonly 30th of May. Mr. Thornton's busy and laborious session, the parmotion was carried by a great ma- liament, on the 10th of June, was jority; and the bill was quickly prorogued to the 16th of August.

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CH R O N I C L E.

JANUARY

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having sworn, on the trial, that 4th,

VHE commissioners of his lordship had robbed her in the

stamp duties met at their coach; though she had sworn, when office in Somerset-place to let to before the justice, that she perfarm, the duties payable on horses ceived she had lost her money

when let to hire for travelling post and she offered to give the link-boy by time, now out of lease. They some gratuity for his trouble in call. were let at an advance of 10,6191. ing the coach; the jury said it over the sum they produced last was unnecessary to proceed further, year. This included thirty-three and begged that the defendant counties, besides North Britain might be honourably acquitted. and Wales.

The judge said, he was perfectly 12th. A bill of indictment was satisfied; and, although they had found on Friday by the grand jury no such record as that of an hoof Middlesex, against lord vise nourable acquittal, yet it would be count Dungarvan, eldest son of the remembered. The jury gave in earl of Cork. His lordship, being their verdict-Not guilty. The rather heated with wine, met à judge then said, “ My lord Dunwoman of easy virtue, who calls garvan, it is but justice to you to herself Welden, at one of the the- say, that it is impossible you can atres on the preceding night, On go from this bar with the least imthe play being over,she prevailed on putation on your character: and him to take her in a coach to her as to your imprudence in this affair, lodgings, which drove to No. 45, you seem to be already perfectly Rathbone-place. His lordshipgave sensible.” The prosecutrix and her a guinea, but refused to enter her witnesses retired from the court the house. On this, Mrs. Welsden amidst the hisses and execrations became riotous,andcalled the watch, of the audience. saying, if he did not give her ano- 16th. This day the long expected ther guinea, she would charge him battle was fought between Big Ben with robbing her of three guineas and Johnson, in a small field at and a half. On his refusal, the Wrotham in Kent. Upwards of watchman seized his lordship, and 2,000 persons were assembled on detained him four hours. His lord- the occasion ; Johnson having Joc ship’s trial came on this morning Ward for his second, and Mendoza at the Old Bailey, and lasted six for his bottle-holder--and Big Ben Vol. XXXIII.

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and were at last, It was probably well for the town, after some delay, met on the stairs that the electric fire was attracted by a man in such a state as to be by the iron work which ornaments unable to give them an account of the church steeple. It struck the what had happened. They there weather-cock, melted some part of fore went to the light-keeper's it, and threw many stones from the apartments, where they found the steeple; it then entered the belfry, man and his wife dead, with an in- and melted the wires, &c. and also fant, alive, sucking its dead mo- those of the clock; from thence it ther's breast. In another bed three followed the iron rod that guides children dead, and two but just the hand of the clock, to a dial living; they were exposed to the within the church, placed on the air, and seemed to revive, and with top of the organ, and in its way the two men, assistants to the keep- wrested a piece of knotty oak of er, were carried to Crail, where four inches square from one of the the eldest of the children died the beams that support the roof of the next day. This sad scene was pro- church, besides taking with it a duced by the carelessness of the considerable part of the cornice of assistants, who had neglected to the dial; from the dial it proceeded brim the ashes in the lower apart- down the organ to the curtainments, which the high winds had rod in the front of it, and running blown up, and the smoke having from the south to the north end of no vent, occasioned suffocation. the rod, it took down an upright

27th. The ground on the N. E. iron from the ceiling, and rent it side of Whitehaven fell in, in three with such violence, that splinters places, to the great terror of the were found-sticking in the opposite inhabitants; but the accident was ceiling, as if discharged from a gun. soon discovered to have been oc- It then penetrated through the casioned by the earth giving way floor of the gallery, and followed over an old coal-work, which had an iron pillar at the foot; and from been worked about fifty years ago,

thence it is supposed to have gone and left unfilled up. About the different ways, after splitting many time the above accident happened, of the pews, as there are marks the water broke in upon the pre- where it passed, both in the winsent coal-work, by which two men, dows at the west, as well as that at one woman, and five horses, were the end of the earl of Stamford's drowned.

chapel in the east. 28th. Liverpool. The conster- DIED, aged 66, the celebrated nation at Ashton-under-Line, be. Andrew Mercati, of Rome, of an

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