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tivity. The carol, it appears however, was not names (wbich ought to be discouraged by all only in practice on Christmas day, but on the || who have any reverence for their God and dage appropriated to the honour of saints, as | Saviour), are all relics of heathenish customs. $1. S ephen's day, St. Andrew's day, Childer- || So also are decking the windows, &c. with mes, &c. It was customary also, aecording to l bolly, ivy, bay, laurel, (the Roman emblem of Terullian (who lived about the year 200), Il peace) and green boughs, twelfth cakes, morrice " among the Christians, at their feasts, to | dancing, and other sports and pastimes, pecu. bring those who were able to sing into the liar to this season of the year. Let it be our midst, and make them sing a song in honour
duly, in enjoying these, to remember the old of God, either taken out of the Holy Scrip adage “ Be merry and wise.” tures, or of their own composition.” The
Dreadful Accident IN AMERICA.Christmas box money is of popish origin. The Richmond, December 27, 1811. “I sit Romish priests had masses said for almost down to inform you of one of the most every thing. If a ship went out to the Indies, 1 dreadful accidents which has happened in this the priest had a bor in her, under the protec. ) country. Last night, there being a new play, tion of some saint; and for masses, to be said the House was very full. About eleven o'clock for them to that saint, &c. the poor people the upper part took fire, and so furious was its weredirected to put something into the priest's progress, that, before the audience could re. box, which was not to be opened till the return || treat, upwards of one hundred persons, already of the ship. The mass at that time was called ascertained, were burnt to death, and most of Christmas, and the box denominated Christmas them to ashes-some were killed in jumping bor, or money gathered that masses might be out of the windows; many ran out in Aames, made by the priests to the saints, in order to and died in a few minutes. Of seven hundred obtain forgiveness for the debaucheries com- that were in the theatre, but few escaped withmitted by the people at this season. In the l out some injury. Mr. Siniib, Governor of the course of time, servants had the liberty to getState; Mr. Venable, President of the Bank; bor money, that they too might be enabled to Mr. and Mrs. Booth and niece; Mr. Cook and pay the priest for his masses, knowing well the daughter; William Brown, mercbant; Mrs. truth of the proverb, “No penny, no Pater- | Galigo and niece; Mrs. Robert Green how and hoster." With respect to mince pies, they | daughter; Captain Jacobs, daughter, and seem to have derived their origin from the granddaughter; Lieutenant Gibbon. But it Yule Dough, (or Dow) a kind of baby or little is impossible to recollect the names of all the image of paste, which our bakers used former sufferers. The stores and shops bave been ly to make at Christmas, and present to their kept shut. No place ever looked so dreadful customers, in the same manner as the chand. ll as this. Every one is filled with horror." lers sometimes give Christmas candles. At Romr, on the vigil of the nativity, sweetmeats
WORKS IN THE PRESS. were presented to the fathers in the Vatican Mr. Macpherson, author of the Annals of and all kinds of little images (no doubt of paste) | Commerce, has vearly ready for publication, were to be found at the shops of the confec. the History of the European Commerce with tioners. There is the greatest probability that | India; with a review of the arguments for and we had from thence both our yule doughs and against the management of it by a chartered mioce pies. The yule dough was originally, company, an appendix of authentic accounts, perhaps, intended to represent the child | aud a map appropriated to the work. Jesus : it is now pretty generally laid aside, or Dr. Cheyne, of Dubliu, late of Leith, has in at most retained only by children, though yule the press, in an octavo volume, Cases of Apocakcs are still to be met with in the county of plexy and Lethargy, with Observations on the Durhem. The custom of the beliman's ring. Comatose Diseases, illustrated by engravings. jag is bell and repeating verses, and the musi-] Professor Bonnycastle, of Woolwich, will cians called waits going round, to annoy the speedily publish, in two octavo volumes, a Deighbours with the profanation of sacred ll Treatise on Algebra, in practice and theory, with notes and illustrations. This work is de- / a Treatise on the Practice of the Customs, in signed to form the second and third parts of the entry, &c. of goods imported. the author's intended General Course of Mathe. I The Rev. Hari, of Bristol, has in the matics, of whicb sume succeeding branches press, Miscellaneous English Exercises, in are nearly ready for the press.
prose aud poetry, written in false grammar, Dr. Lipscombe is preparing a Grammar of || false spelling, and without stops. the Elements of Medicine, intended to serve | The Rev. J. Joyce is preparing a System of both as a book of instruction and reference. ll Algebra and Fluxions, practically adapted to
Au Economical History of the Hebrides and the use of schools. Highlands of Scotland, by the late Rev. Dr. The Rev. T. Castley bas in the press, Essays John Walker, of Edinburgh, is in the press; and Dissertations in Philology, History, Puli. also, by the same author, Miscellaneous Essays | tics, and Common Life. on Natural History and Rural Economy. 1 Mr. Thomas Asbe will speedily publish, in
Dr. David Brewster will shortly publish, in three volumes, the Liberal Critic, or Memoirs an octavo volume, a Treatise on New Pbilo- l of Henry Percy. sophical Instruments for various purposes in The Border Antiquities of England and the Arts and Sciences, illustrated by plates. Scotland delineated, a splendid work in quarto,
Mr. Goodacré, of Stapdard-hill Academy, is in great forwardness. It is intended to exnear Nottingham, las io the press au Impar. hibit specimens of the architecture, sculpture, tial Review of the New System of Education, and other vestiges of former ages from the generally ascribed to Dr. Bell and Mr. Lancas earliest times to the union of the two growns, ter. He is also preparing for the press, Out accompanied with descriptive sketches, &c. lives of an Economical Plan for the Education The first part is expected to appear at the end of the Pour, on rational and solid principles. of next month.
Alexander Whyte, Esq. Barrister, bas in the Mr. T. L. Peacock, author of the Gequis of press, Velina, a moral tale, in two swall octavo | the Thames, and other poems, will shortly volumes.
publish, in a quarto volume, the Philosophy of Mr. James Smyth, of the Customhouse, Melancholy, a Poem; and the Spirit of Fire, a Hull, will shortly publish, in an octavo volume, mythological ode.
the ground foor, which was darkened ai their STATE OF HIS MAJESTY'S HEALTH.
suggestion, immediately began to display their We are concerned to state that all the Bul-' wouders to the vo small delight of the children letins that have been issued since our last publi- ; and servants, who were all assembled on the occaeation, have not announced any alteration in the
sion. Wbile their attention was fixed on the aflicting disorder that his Majesty has been lac performance, one of the fellows slipped upperbouring under for so long a period. The Bulle
ceived out of the room, and directing his course rin dated Feb. 15, stated that “His Majesty con
to the kitchen, le tbere found several valuable tinued nearly in the same state."
articles of plate, such as a silver tea-pot and ewer, and table and tea-spoons, which lie secreted about
bis person, and then returned to the parlour unCAUTION.-Mrs. Price, of Titchfield-street, noticed, and was soon afterwards dismissed with Mary-le-bone, was induced, at the instance of his companions. They had not long left the her children, to admit into her house three itine- house when the plate was missed, but although an rant musicians, one of whom carried a magic lan- : immediate pursuit took place, the fellows retern, with a view to amuse the family. The treated with such precipitation as to elude de. fellows having been introduced into a parlour on tection.
THREATENING LETTERS.--A Miss St. Julian, | purpose of defrauding the Commissioners and a female of elegant and prepossessing appearance,
| Governors of Greenwich Hospital, was in cushas been examined at the Bow-street Office, to- ||tody in the town of Newcastle. The particulars gether with a Mr. Harrison, charged with send that have transpired of his evading the vigilance ing threatening letters to the Hon. Basil Coch of the Officers of Justice, are, that he lodged for rane. It appeared that the lady had been under a considerable time in concealment, in where he the protection of the Hon. Prosecutor for seven knew that his nefarious practices were discovered, years, during which time she had several children and that a reward was offered for his apprehen. by him. In consequence of his being dissatisfied sion. Before he left the bouse, he had his hair with her conduct, le separated from her, which cut very short, and had a black fashionable scratch separation induced her to apply for a settlement. wig procured for bim. A passage was taken for This being refused, Miss St. Julian threatened, in bim to Newcastle, in a collier of that place; he letters, to expose Mr. Cochrane, by accusing himsailed for that place with several other passengers. of having wanted her to go into a steam bath to On their voyage, on his black scratch wig getting cause an abortion. There being sufficient legal lon one side, his red carroty hair was discovered, ground for considering Mr. Harrison implicated | which was thought an extraordinary circumin sending the threatening letters, they were both stance, having a wig such a contrary colour to taken into custody. After an exaini nation, the bis natural hair; one of them having read Gaw. parties were admitted to bail, and they are to take ler's description in the advertisement, he suspect. their trial at the cusuing Assizes for the county of led him, and communicated his suspicion to the Keut.
others. On the vessel arriving at North Shields, STOLEN GOODS.-Ihomas Clarke, a young he was put on shore there, and in a day or two man of good connections, has been examined at l after, he arrived at Newcastle. He being an be Mansion-house under a charge of being found entire stranger there, and the Mayor having rewith a large parcel of stolen goods, consisting of ll ceived some information respecting him, had him ten whole pieces of callico, and other articles of taken into custody, and on his being examined to haberdashery goods, at Queen-street, in the city. li give an account of himself, he said his name was The goods were stolen from a waggouer, wbile | John Thomson; that he resided at No.95, Gray's he was in the act of conveying them from the Tan-lane, London, and that his cause of leaving Townsend Wharf, on the banks of the Thames, lihat city was, his being involved in his circumto the City-road. The Police Officers, after instances, and was afraid of his creditors; said his terrogating the prisoner ou the suspicious ap- wise's maiden name was Mary Cropley. On pearance of the large parcel, took him into cus- searching him, a female's comb was found, with tody, and since then found out the owners of the M. G. on it, which are the initials of Mary Gair. articles, who attended before the Lord Mayor, ler. He had a seal with an anchor on it, which and identified the goods. There was no defence is considered his official seal. From these partioffered by the prisoner, but an interesting, gen-1 culars being communicated, Mary Crosby being teel, and highly dressed young lady, sister of the Gawler's wife's maiden name, and a very full prisoner, who, with his wife and infant child. Il description of his person being sent to town, attended the court, addressed his Lordship gravely
Adkins and Pearkes were dispatched and brought and feelingly on her brother's behalf, to prevent
him to London, his full committal; but after a patient and atten THE LATE MURDERS.-The result of the re. tive hearing of what she had to offer, he express cent private examivations of Alblas and Hart, at ed luis regret that he could not relieve her, con Bow-street, las exculpated them from any partisoling her only on the ground that the charge cipation in the horrid murders of Marr and Wil. was not of a capital nature. The prisoner was liaison's families, and both are now discharge fully committed.
from confinement. Mrs. Vermillye, it now APPREHENSION OF GAWLER.-Information clearly appears, was the first person who gave inhad been received in town, that Guwler, the late formation to Hewitt and Ilope, the officers, of clerk in the Navy Office, who is charged with her suspicions against the conduct of Williams. manufacturing fraudulent Certificates for sea. The Magistrates at Shadwell have compounded men, purporting for a greater uuinber of years with the creditors of Mr. Vermillye, and effected service thun tiey had actually performed, for the || his release from prison.
PROVINCIALS, INCLUDING REMARKABLE OCCURRENCES, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES, &e.
IN THE SEVERAL COUNTIES OF GREAT BRITAIN.
ll in the parish of St. Clement, in the night time, Racoon.—A fine racoon was a short time since | and stealing therefrom a quantity of twist cotton, . taken in the woods at Lord Grosvenor's seat at The discovery of this robber was effected ander Eaton. It was discovered by Mr. Nutting, the circumstances which manifest singular resolustud-groom, in the cleft of an aged oak, who tion, where perbaps it might least be expected, quickly started it, and with the assistance of his namely, in a female. The conductor of the madogs had it secured. It is supposed that this na nufactory, Mr. Strike, has a daughter, who su. tive of the forest had made its escape from the ll perintends that department which is performed menagerie of some travelling showman.
by women, and sleeps in a room adjoining the DEVONSHIRE.
factory. On the above evening she was awak
ened by a noise, evidently proceeding from some Horrid MURDER.—The following article is
oue who had broken into the premises, she basextracted from the Plymouth Telegraph :-“ On
tily slipped on a great coat tbat laid in ber room, the evening of the 20th of January, Margaret
and ran to her father's chamber, who not being Hoxtable, of Dodbrooke, near Knightsbridge, a
dressed with suficient speed to meet her eager. eluild only nine years old, was sent on an errand
ness, she snatched up a large hammer and went by her mother to a neighbouring shoemaker's;
alone, in the dark, into the manufactory, where but it was to return no more-for enticed, as it
she perceived Bunton in the act of taking the is su; posed, by two men, with whom she had
twist cotton from a loom. She instantly struck been seen on the Totness road, she was first
him on the back of the bead with the hamwer, and violated and then murdered in the most inhuman
on his turning about, repeated the blow upon manner. Her parents instantly made every re
his forehead, with such effect, as to bring him to search and inquiry for their lost child; but alas !
the gronnd corered with blood. Apprehending to no purpose, until the following morning, when her shift was discovered about a mile froni Dod
that he might probably have accomplices, slie
shrieked aloud, which bronght her father to her brooke, much torn and dyed with blood. On || searching further, her mangled corse was found
| assistance, and he was secured. in the same field, deprived of life, and perfectly
S OMERSETSHIRE. dives:ed of clothing. Her head, smashed to! UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENTS.-A short time pieces apparently with stones, was literally since, a woman who lives in the Fryers, Bristol, driven into the earth; and her whole body bore shut up two children in a two-pair of stairs room, incontestible evidence of the efforts of ruffian | one of them four and the other five years of age. force. The perpetrators of these crimes have Unfortunately the window of the room was left hitherto escaped detection.”
open, and in a few minutes one of them jumped MIDDLESEX.
out, and was followed by the other : the first proviMELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.-We sincerely re- || dentially escaped with only a slight burt; but gret that the Lady of Major Scott Waring was the other bad its skull so dreadfully fractured, found dead early one morning lately, at the bot- that he died soon after in the Infirmary.-Not tom of the staircase, in her house in Hammer-| fewer than thirteen children, dreadfully burnt, smith. She staid up some time after her husband several of whom died soon after admission, have went to bed, and is supposed to bave fallen back-! been taken to the Infirmary of Bristol, within wards going up stairs. She was a lady of great these few weeks. We hope that this will be a personal accomplishments, and has left a nume- caution to mothers, and to those who have the rous offspring, as well as her amicted husband, to 1 care of infants ; to the carelessness of wliom these deplore her premature and melancholy fate. accidents may generally be traced. NORFOLK.
SHROPSHIRE. FEMALE RESOLUTION.-John Bunton was Horrid MURDER.-A short time since, Mr. lately committed to the city gaol, at Norwich, by || Bailey of the Old Park, near Wellington, was J.H. Cole, Esq. Mayor, charged with burglari- || found shockingly murdered in a stone quarry ously entering the house of Messrs. Aggs and Co.Il near that place. There was a deep wound on the
crown of bis head, another over his eyes, both whole of the inside of the coach was taken apparently made with a large sharp instrument, by a gang of thieves, for the purpose of and two deep gashes across the throat ; his head stealing the notes. Two of the passengers callwas also dreadfully fractured in several places. ing themselves by the name of Burley, a man Some suspicions being entertained respecting a and a woman, got into the coach at the Blossom's neighbour, John Griffiths, who had attempted to Inn, at seven o'clock in the morning, and a man borrow money from the deceased, he was appre- of the name of Cole. When they got to the Elehended, and stands charged with the murder by phaut and Castle, another man, of the name of the Coroner's Inquisition. It appears that the Cole, gotin. Two passengers, for whom places prisoner had lived about a mile froin the de- had been taken, were to be taken up at the ceased ; and one of the neighbours stated, that Plough Inn, at Clapham, where the coachman she saw Bailey go by her honse towards that of waited upwards of twenty minutes, and no pasthe prisoner, about five o'clock, on the night sengers appearing, he proceeded on his journey. when the murder was committed. Another wit. When the coach got to Mitcham, the man callDess said, he saw the prisoner, abont nine o'clock ing himself Burley, told the coachman the lady on the same night, dragging something from a was so extremely unwell, she could not proceed new-built house, in which he carried on his busi
any further, and left the coach. The coachman ness of a cooper-that he left his burden on the proceeded on to Ryegate, where the two men, steps while he looked up and down the road, and calling themselves Cole, also left the coach, tellthen dragged it round the house. Upon ex. ing the coachman they had some business to amining these premises, much blood was dis- transact there, and should not go on to Brighton corered upon the walls, and on the floor in the till the following day. It has since been ascer. 'cellar; the former had been scraped, and the tained that they did not go to Brighton at all, latter was covered with sand. The prisoner ac- but went from the innin Ryegate where the coach counted for this blood, by saying, that part of a left them, to another inn in the same town, took horse bad been left there. A shirt was found a post-chaise, went to Croydon, and from there to under the coals in the cellar, having the initials Blackfriars-road, where they dined. The man of the deceased upon it. In the prisoner's house and woman are supposed to have returned from a cooper's adze was also discovered, with the Mitcbam to London in a chaise-cart, which was marks of blood upon it, and the edge of which waiting for them. fitted the wounds on the top of the head, and over the eyes of the deceased; the fracture on the skull
IRELAND. corresponded with the hammer forming part of
Murder.-Waterford, Jan.20. On Saturday, the adze.—The prisoner was committed to the
Thomas Kennagh, charged with the murder of a county gaol.
female at Newram, on the 5th inst. was brought SUSSEX.
to this city by Messrs. Wright and Chambers, ROBBERY OF THE BRIGHTON COACH-The and fully committed for trial at the ensuing as. Brighton coach has been robbed of re-issuable sizes, by Sir Francis Hassard, Recorder. The Brighton Union Bank-notes, to the amount of mail from Clonmel had previously brought to this upwards of £3000, in the following manner :- licity intelligence of his arrest, and considerable Messrs. Weston, Pinhorn, and Co. bankers, in crowds awaited his arrival at the bridge. The the Borough, are agents to the Union Brighton unfortunate man, on horseback, with the bundle Bank, and send them a parcel every week, by the containing the woman's clothes tied upon his coach which goes from the Blossomis Inn, and for | back, was the picture of wretchedness itself. The security they engage the inside of one of the mob evinced no ferocious exultation as the priseats, which is locked in London, and no person soner passed through the streets, but a rememe has a key besides the bankers in Brighton. They brance of the dreadful crime he bad committed sent notes to the above amount lately, in a tinextinguished, for the moment, those feelings of box with a patent lock to it, which was put into compassion which so highly and so universally an iron chest, which was locked, and put into the distinguish the Irish character. He fully acseat, which was also locked. On the arrival of knowledged his guilt in Carrick, is perfectiy re. The coach at Brighton, it was discovered that the signed to the fate that awaits him, and appears tin box had been forced open, and all the notes deeply and duly affected by his awful situation. aken out. There seems to be no doubt but the I, When leaving the Magistrate, he inquired if be