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protect it against the Americans. Gen. them, and which letter was found among Jackson then issued a proclamation, saying, Lord Oxford's papers. On this discovery, unless the British retired he would attack Dupont, the Minister at War, sent to him, the place. When the British failed in their to say that the King had seen the letterattack on Fort Mobile, they retired to Pen• that he had determined he should be tried sacola. Gen. Jackson followed them, have by a Court-Martial ; but in consideration of ing collected 3000 men for that purpose. his services, he would order him to be put
consequence of the approach of this on hall-pay, and retire to Bar-sur-Ornain. force, the Seahorse frigate, with four sloops Dupont was shortly afterwards replaced as of war, left Pensacola with the British Minister at War by Marshal Soult, who troops early in November. The ships ar reprimanded the General severely for the rived at Liverpool left Pensacola in haste letter, forbade him to go to Court, and afwith imperfect cargoes of cotton. They wards putting him on half-pay, ordered bring no account of any fighting, though it him to repair to Bar-sur-Ornain, the place is probable some skirmishing took place, as of his domicile. On his refusal, alledging the British had retired, and the loss of a few that for twenty years he had no other re. lives may have been exaggerated to 400. sidence than Paris, and that his wife was The Americans it is supposed will seize near the time of her delivery, be was put upon West Florida. New Orleans is said under arrest, and subjected to several reto be well fortified, and defended by 5000 straints, preparatory to being conveyed to Americans. The English force destined Soissons, and his intended trial by Courtagainst it amounts to 10,000 men.
Martial. The General having made his The Halifax mails have brought us in. escape, petitioned the Chamber of Deputies, telligence from thence to the 11th ult. from that himself, his wife, and family, might be Washington to the 12th, and from Boston placed under its protection. The ground of to the 21st Nov.; bat the treaty of peace his petition was, that being on half-pay, recently concluded has stripped it of its and non-effective, he could not be considera chief importance. It is already known that ed otherwise than as a simple citizen. The the Legislature of Massachusetts had called Committee to whom the petition was referupon the New England and other States to red, conceiving the General still amenable and deputies to a meeting, to consult on to military law, passed to the Order of the the deplorable state to which they were re Day on his Petition. Mad. D’Excelman's dwed by the war—the refusal by the Gen- petition, which was referred to Government, eral Government to grant them protection, complains of a domiciliary visit, and impro. and the exertions which they have made in per conduct on the part of the gens d'armes, their own defence. This call had been who made her rise in order to search the promptly answered, and Delegates had been bed. Gen. Excelmans's affair has strongly atually appointed by Connecticut, Rhode engaged the feelings of the army; and has Island, and New Hampshire, to join the attracted the attention of thinking men, New England Convention on the 15th ult. who do not approve of this revival of moat Hartford. The names of the Delegates dified lettres de cachet. Soult has been bred from Connecticut are Goodrich, Hillhouse, in camps, where no restraint but force is Treadwell
, Swift, Smith, Goddard, and known. He thinks little about civil authoSherinan. From Rhode Island, Messrs rities or political constitutions. His hand Hazard, Lyman, Marston, and Ward. The is described as being too strong; his touch real object of the proposers of the Delega too coarse.; he squeezes and throttles the tion was, it is believed, to consider on the infant charter of French liberty, which mai effectual means of separating from the requires to be embraced with the utinost
gentleness, and to be directed with delicacy
to its important objects. FRANCE.
Another petition has been presented to
the Chamber of Deputies, from state prisonOf the public occurrences in France late ers, confined by Bonaparte for 10, 12, and ly, that which appears to have excited most 15 years.
One of the petitioners, Marshal interest is the arrest and subsequent escape
de Camp Grissolles, after his acquittal by a of a General Excelmans. The arrest of the special commission of being a Vendean, was General arose out of that of the English first sent to the Temple, and then confined Earl of Oxford, mentioned in our last num. for seven years in the dungeon of Bicetre ; ber. Gen. Excelmans was Inspector-Gene he was treated like a furious maniac, bound ral of Cavalry, a friend of the King of Na hand and neck; and his cell fres plastered, pks, to whom he had written, (erroneously, that he might, from the duo, contract it is believed,) to say, that he had 16,000 discrders that should terunate his existe troops at his service whenever he needed Jan. 1815.
The Chamber of Deputies have voted a field of honour, will still shew you the way projet for the payment of the debts con to it. The Emperor knows how to appretracted by the King and Royal Family in ciate your valour. Amidst the disasters of foreign countries.
an unfortunate war, he has seen that your The Duke of Tarentum has proposed a honour survived events, which it did not measure for indemnifying the emigrants, depend upon you to alter. Glorious deeds whose property had been sold, except the have distinguished you in a conflict, the clergy; who, possessing only a life interest, cause of which was frequently foreign to the Marshal conceives stand on different you. Now that your exertions are dedicagrounds. The property taken from them is ted to your country, you will be invincible. calculated at 300 millions of francs, the Soldiers and Warriors of all descriptions, indemnity is to be 21 per cent. per annum, give the first example of the virtues that upon the capital confiscated; the annual must inspire all your countrymen ; unliıni. interest of which will be 7,500,000 francs, ted devotion to the Emperor, whose only about £.300,000 sterling.
object is the good of your country; love towards his august person, obedience, discip
line, and unanimity ; by these you will pro. SPAIN
mote the welfare of your country, which is Accounts from some quarters in Spain, now under his mighty agis; by these you where the people feel themselves under no
will attain the prosperity which others restraint in their correspondence, represent might promise you, but which he alone can the situation of that country as most des procure you. His power and his virtues perate, and approaching a crisis most alar
are the pledges. “ ConstanTINE." ming; the persecution of the disturbers of
In Italy, it is said, that Genoa and her the public tranquillity, as they are called, territories are to be definitively united to continue with increased rigour, and it is the dominions of the King of Sardinia, and even stated (but we trust on no good that Poland is to be erected into a kingdom, grounds) that such distinguished Spanish under the Archduke Charles, who is to be patriots as the Government are afraid to
united in marriage to the Archduchess bring to a public trial, are disposed of pri- Catharine of Russia. This latter rumour, vately. Three deputies of the Cortes, An
however, is contradicted by the Grand Duke tillon, Calutrava, and Canga Arguelles, are Constantine's proclamation, which announstated to have all recently died in prison by ces, in plain terms, the resolution of Alexmeans of poison.
ander to take possession of Poland in his
The two great parties in the Congress The latest intelligence from Vienna is to
are said to be Russia and Prussia, Austria the 3d January. The accounts are as usual
and England; and France sometimes sides confused and contradictory. They in gen
with the one party and sometimes with the
other. eral, however, agree in stating, that the fate of Saxony and Poland is decided ; that the king of Prussia is to reiain the former, and the Emperor of Russia the latter. One
DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE. report affirms, indeed, that these two sovereigns have declared their determination to
PROPERTY TAX. support their respective claims by the sword if necessary; and this intention is in a
Meetings for the purpose of petitioning great degree confirmed by the following against the continuance of the Property proclamation to the Poles, issued at Warsaw Tax have become general throughout the by the Grand Duke Constantine, brother to
United Kingdom. On the 29th December, the Emperor of Russia :
the inhabitants of Westminster met in “ His Majesty the Emperor Alexander, Palace Yard ; when the High Bailiff read your powerful protector, calls upon you. the following letter from Sir Francis BurAssemble round your standards, let your dett: hands be armed for the defence of your country, for the maintenance of your poli
“ Malmsbury Manor, Dec. 28, 1814. tical existence. While this august Mon “ GENTLEMEN -I am much disappointarch is occupied with the happiness which ed at being prevented, by a heavy fall of he designs for your country, shew that you snow, attending the Meeting of the Elecare ready to support his generous endea. tors of Westminster, advertised for the vours with your blood. The same chiefs 29th of December. I regret this the more, who for these 20 years have led you to the because I perceive, by the wording of the
advertisement, that a large and enlightened would bring forward a motion on the subview of the subject is intended to be taken; ject during the present Sessions. After one worthy the city in which this meeting voting thanks to Sir F. B. Mr Whitbread, is to be held ; not narrowed to the consi and the High Bailiff, the meeting broke up. deration only of an oppressive tax, but enlarged to a general view of that whole system of taxation; every stroke of which,
DEATH AND DISSECTION OF JOANNA like the cat-o'-nine-tails from the backs of
SOUTHCOTT. our soldiers, brings blood; and which is not more galling in the mode and severity We have declined noticing the many im. of its collection, than in its profligate, cor pious paragraphs which have appeared in rupt, and wasteful expenditure. In fact, the newspapers, respecting this celebrated the Income or Property Tax has no title to character, till now that her scandalous imthat pre-eminence in infamy it appears in posture has been fully disclosed. The cir. public detestation to possess; nor is it a cumstances of her case are, that she blaswhit more arbitrary in its execution, cruel phemously pretended to a supernatural conin its operation, ruinous in its consequen ception, by which a second Messias was to ces, or unconstitutional in its principles, be brought into the world, the fruit of her than the excise, or many other summary, body. We shall not stain our columns with arbitrary, and unconstitutional jurisdictions, even a summary of the tricks practised by established by act of parliament, and root. her. Suffice it to say, that the story she ining out the common law of the land ; that vented gained so great credit in the metrolaw, which my Lord Coke truly save, is the polis, and in many parts of England, that best inheritance of the subject. Besides the a sect under her patronage was likely to torture of our soldiers, I might add the be established; and so persuaded were many brutal horrors of the impress, the inhospi of the truth of her story, that not only was table and tyrannical act against foreigners, she loaded with presents, but, even a cradle with a long string of et cæteras, too nume of the most costly materials was provided rous to insert here, and too palpable to be by one of her votaries, for the expected denied. The enlightened and patriotic Shiloh, and a magnificent mansion for the eleetors of Westminster know full well, prophetess (as she was stiled,) in order that that these are only a few of the bitter her accouchement might even exceed the fruits of that baneful tree, which nourisheth forms of royalty. Will our readers believe its roots in that hot-bed of corruption from it! but it is a fact, that not a few of the bence it sprung, St Stephen's Chapel ; first obstetrical practitioners in London visitand though it has struck deep in that con ed and examined this woman ; and while secrated soil, we are instructed by the high some of them insisted on the whole being a est authority how to judge it, and by the hoax, others, deemed equally skilful, did same authority how to deal with it. That publish their belief in her pregnancy; and Te may be able to deal with it accordingly, we believe, as the woman was upwards of before the whole property of the country sirty-five years of age, without human a. is absorbed by Government, before the na gency. The time however elapsed when tion is plunged into fresh wars against hu. the child should have been born, and this man liberty, and before the system of dra poor deluded or infatuated wretch, died on Fooning introduced during the last is irre the 27th Deceinber. movably established, is the fervent prayer During the whole of Monday the 26th, it of, Gentlemen, your ever grateful, sincere, was evident to every person around her, and attached servant. " F. BURDETT." that she could not exist many hours.
Messrs. Wetherall, Adams, and Kent, were Mr Wishart, in addressing the meeting, present when she breathed her last, as were said, that the termination of the war on the Miss Townley, Ann Underwood the houseContinent had limited the duration of the keeper, and Mr Smith, one of those she Property Tax to April next. The Chan denominated her seven elect. The last cellor of the Exchequer was desirous of words she was heard distinctly to utter continuing this tax beyond the term in were, “ Oh England ! England !” Her question, but the peace with America had crazy disciples, however, asserted, that their Temoved all pretext for its continuance or prophetess was not dead. It seems, that, renewal. He concluded with proposing a twenty years ago, she predicted that she resolution to petition against the old or any would go into a trance, and they therefore nex Income Tax, which was carried unani. persisted in considering her in that state, mously. Major Cartwright expatiated on and were persuaded that the miraculous the evils of imperfect Representation in Shiloh would appear within four days. Parliament, and said that Sir F. Burdett Friday following, being the fourth day
from the death of Joanna, and the day on who was proprietor of the dog, the piece which, according to her infatuated believers, could not be acted, and another was substishe was to have risen again, many of her tuted, without, as the audience conceived, a followers, in the vain hope of witnessing sufficient apology being made. The consethis miraculous event, assembled at an ear. quence was a dreadful uproar, in which ly hour in the house No. 38, Manchester. much damage was done to the theatre. It street, where she lay. Crowds of persons was closed on the 17th to repair the injury of all descriptions were likewise assembled sustained the preceding night. On the 18th in Manchester-street the whole day, while the performances passed without much inpolice-officers were stationed in different di- terruption, but several persons were arrest. rections to preserve tranquillity. The hopes ed in the box lobby as principals in the forof her friends being at last frustrated, pre mer disturbance. On Monday night the parations were made to perform the opera 19th, the police magistrates, at the request tion which she had herself directed, namely, of Jones, the patentee, ordered a company to dissect her remains. The body having of soldiers into the house, a proceeding been placed upon a table, Mr Reece and highly blamed by Lord Whitworth, who Mr Mant proceeded to the performance of conceiving the civil power equal to quelling their disgusting, but required task. The re the tumult, and that lives might be lost, orsult of this examination, the minute parti dered the soldiers to be withdrawn. On culars of which we are bound to suppress, Tuesday night the uproar was tremendous were these-First, that there was no Shiloh ; -every chandelier supplied for the third next, that there was no disease of the ute. time was broken to pieces : in all the boxes rine organs, as imagined by Dr Sims ; in the three tiers, the pannels were wrenchthirdly, that the womb, instead of being ed out and flung into the pit ; the seats enlarged, was remarkably small and redu. were then torn up and shared the fate of ced, as might be expected in an unmarried the gilded fronts. The orchestra was defemale of 65. The intestines were much stroyed ; as were the violins, and even the distended by flatulency, and hence that pro grand piano-forte was broken. During this tuberance, which led to the conclusion of time the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs vainpregnancy The omentum (which in ani ly attempted to stop the ruin which was mals is called the caul,) was loaded with going on. They were heard with respect, fat, and a very considerable quantity of cal but the cry which followed was Jones ! culi, or stones, were found in the gall blad Jones ! an apology from Jones ! nothing but der. Reports having been circulated as to an apology from Jones !” At length the the former pregnancy of the subject, a par interior of the theatre having been reduced ticular examination took place for the pur to a mass of ruins, the rioters dispersed.pose of deciding that point, but from all Next morning, Wednesday, the Lord May. that appeared there was no foundation for or and Sheriff's waited on the Lord Lieuten. such an assertion. Another report existed, ant, with whom they had a long conference. that her death had been occasioned by poi- On this occasion his Excellency said : " the son, and the coroner had expressed his de Manager and the public are at issue. Let termination to summon a jury to enquire them settle the point between them, as into that fact. To prevent this unnecessary quickly and satisfactorily as they can; but proceeding, the medical gentlemen present I will not suffer the feelings of his Majesty's signed a certificate, stating that her disso. subjects to be outraged, or their lives enlution was produced by natural causes. dangered, by the introduction of a military
force into a public theatre."
This serious mischief arose, it is said, IRELAND.
from Mr Jones refusing to grant the pro
prietor of the dog a free admission to the TRIOTS IN THE DUBLIN THEATRE.
theatre for life, which he says was all the On the 16th Dec. a serious riot took place compensation he asked for the services of in Crow-street theatre, Dublin. A piece had his dog. Mr Jones has in consequence been been advertised in the bills called, " the forced to resign his management, and will Dog of Montargis,” in which a dog is one also dispose of his share in the theatre. It of the most interesting performers. By was speedily repaired, and was re-opened reason of some difference between Mr Jones, on the 28th, when every thing went off the manager of the theatre, and a person with good order and regularity.
HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY. John A. Murray, Esq. Henry Cockburn,
Esq. Professor Russell, Dr Duncan, jun. THE Court met on the 26th of Decem James Moncreiff, Esq. H. Home Drum.
ber for the trial of Alexander M Gregor, mond, Esq. James Fergusson, Esq. James calico-printer and innkeeper in Anderston ; Ker, Esq. James Bonar, Esq. Gilbert Hut. Dugald M.Pherson, calico-printer at Park cheson, Esq. &c. &c. holm; John M'Aulay, calico-printer at After dinner “ Non Nobis Domine" was Anderston ; and John Dichmont, calico-prin- admirably sung by Messrs. Lees, Swift, Gale, ter at Kincaid printfield, accused of illegal and Templeton ; the songs, and the tunes combination or conspiracy to raise their by Mr Gow, were well selected, and somewages.
times humorously appropriate. We insert The pannels had been admitted to bail, a few of the toasts: but upon the diet being called, none of them The King—Tune, “ God save the King." appeared, consequently sentence of out The Prince Regent-Tune, “ Of a noble lawry was pronounced against them, and race was Shenkin.” their bail-bond forfeited.
The Army and Navy-Song, “ Ye MaIt was mentioned from the Bench to the riners of England.” Lord Advocate, that the Court hoped every The Speculative Society, and the occasion exertion would be made by his Lordship to of the present meeing-Tune and Song, apprehend these persons, if skulking with “ Auld Lang Syne.” in Scotland, in order that they might be May the Talents of the Members of the brought to justice ; that from the complex. Speculative Society be always found Supion of the indictment and declarations of porting the Religion, Laws, and Liberty of the prisoners, this appeared to be one of the their Country: Song, " Awake, Æolian most atrocious cases of combination that Lyre, Awake.” ever came before the Court, being more a Mr John Bruce, one of the founders of case of sedition than combination, and in the Society, the only original member pre. fact one attempt made by the journeymen calico printers in the three kingdoms, to Mr Creech, the other living founder of form a sort of parliament of their own, and the Institution. by that means to dictate the price of labour. The memories of its deceased founders,
Mr John Bonar, Mr Belsches, and Mr
M.Kenzie-(given by Mr Bruce)—Slow SPECULATIVE SOCIETY.
music. On Saturday the 17th of December, there The Senatus Academicus of the Universi. was held at Fortune's, a general meeting of ty of Edinburgh, the Patrons of the Society. the members of the Speculative Society. -(By Mr Waugh.) The object of it was, to celebrate the com. The Chairman-(By Dr Ritchie.) pletion of the fiftieth year since the date of Dr Ritchie, and the Ministers of the Es. the origin of the Institution. The meeting tablished Church of Scotland.-(By Mr H. was very numerous, consisting of nearly Home Drummond.) - Tune, Haydn's eighty members, some of whom had come Hymn.” from a distance for the purpose of being The Croupier.-(By Mr Bonar.) present. Among other distinguished and The Lord Provost and Magistrates of well known characters, there were
Edinburgh. Principal Baird (the Chairman) Dr Gre The Court of Session ; with the Healths gory (the Croupier) Lord Gillies, Lord Al of Lord Gillies and Lord Alloway:-Tune, loway, Mr Baron Adam, Sir George Clerk, “ The Charge is Prepar'd, the Judges all Bart. M. P. Francis Horner, Esq. M. P. met." William Douglas, Esq. M. P. John Bruce, The Absent Members. Esq. John Clerk, Esq. Professor Playfair, Mr Baron Adam.—(By Dr Gregory.) Reverend Dr William Ritchie, Dr Duncan, Tune, • Ye've been lang awa', ye're wels senior, Reverend Dr Lock hart, of Glasgow, come hame, my Dearie.” Walter Scott, Esq. Francis Jeffrey, Esq. Professor Dugald Stewart.(By Mr BaProfessor Thomson, Professor Christison, ron Adam.)