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for their mother. One of the servants passing the room where the two young children lay, smelt something burning; and opening the dor, the flames burst forth. Several attempts were made, in vain, to save the children, in the course of which the rev. Mr. Roberts nearly lost his life by the stairs catching

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In consequence of the coroner's inquest delivering their verdict against Wm. Hawkeswood, as the suspected murderer of his master, Mr. Parker, of Swindon, Stafford shiro, he immediately absconded, and was traced to Worcester, whence he proceeded onwards by the Bristol mail. Two sheriff's officers instantly pursued him; and soon gained information of Mr. Townshend, of the Bush-tavern, Bristol, that a young man answering the description they gave, did arrive by the mail-coach; that the first enquiry he made was for a house of rendezvous to enter into the navy; and that he liberally rewarded the man who had taken him there, with three guineas out often, which he received for his bounty. Mr. Townshend then accompanied them on board the tender, pointed out the young man, who acknowledged that his name was Hawkeswood; but said, although he had fled on hearing the ver dict of the coroner's jury, that he knew nothing about the poi 8011. He was, however, immedi. ately taken into custody, and conveyed to Stafford gaol, after under. going a strict examination; in the course of which, he acknowledged giving his master his usual cup of camomile tea, which he was in the habit of drinking every morning, and in which arsenic had been in

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fused; but that he did not put it in.

It appeared, on the examination before the coroner, that Mr. Par. ker, the moment he tasted the tea, complained that it had a very un. pleasant flavour; and he did not, in consequence, drink the whole of it; notwithstanding which, he was soon after taken ill, and began to suspect he was poisoned. A surgeon was immediately sent for, but Mr. Parker died in about an hour after. On examining the cup, the surgeon found the dregs of arsenic at the bottom. Hawkeswood, being closely questioned, prevaricated in his answer, and at length made his escape, and concealed himself in his father's house till the coroner's inquest declared him to be the murderer.

Mr. Newland died worth two hun. dred thousand pounds in stock, besides 1,000l. per annum arising from estates; and has disposed of it in the following manner:

To Mr. Henry Hase, now chief cashier; Mr. Rippon, second cashier; Mr. Atwood, and Mr. Bross --500l. each as executors.

To Mrs. C, housekeeper to the deceased, the interest of 60,000l., 5,000l. in cash, the house and fur. niture at Highbury, and horses, carriages, &c.

To Mr. H. Hase, 250l. per an. num, arising from the Broad-street annuity (money lent by Mr. Newland to the parish; and when the annuity shall cease, the principal to be paid), and 7001. consols.

Mr. Rippon, second cashier, 700 guineas-Mr. Bross, 709 guineas.-Mr. Atwood, 10,000l.

To each of the family of the Goldsmids, eight in number, 5001. to purchase rings.

To

To the gentlemen belonging to the chief cashier's office, about twenty in number, from 80%. to 100%, each, with about two exceptions. To the porters at the bank and lodge, from 10. to 50l. each, and to the domestics of the deceased's household the like sums.

The residue of the property is left among the relatives of the deceased; among them a Chelsea pensioner, who, during the life of Mr. Newland, received 50l. per annum, has been left 1007. a year. A farmer's servant at Hornsey, who did not partake of Mr. Newland's boun

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ty during his life, has been left 3007. per annum.

The second report of the commit. tee on the public expenditure, which was ordered to be printed in August last, and which had for its object an elucidation of the management of the public debt by the bank, is entitled to attention.

The report commences by an in. vestigation of the profit derived by the bank from the management of the public debt. The following statement shews the increase of the debt, and of the charges of management:

Debt Unredeemed. Charges of Management.

.£.224,102,424.....100,846

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£.5,687

4,000

1,898

To the last sum for management is to be added on account

Allowance towards the expences of the house...
Original allowance on 4,000,000l. purchased from the South-
sea company,.----

The balances of public money in the hands of the bank form
the next head of consideration; these are stated as follows:
custom, excise, and stamps, average balance kept at the
bank, during three months, ending 5th January, 1807, ..
Post-office, ditto,..

Sundry other accounts, under the heads of pay-master-general of the forces, treasurer of the navy, &c.......... Average amount of unclaimed dividends, during the year 1806, deducting 376,7397. lent to government on that account without interest ....

Commissioners for the reduction of the national debt.................. Exchequer money, accumulating for the payment of dividends, average amount.......

457,000 25,500 1,531,974

964,415

1,488,073

6,167,928

£.10,629,890

To this is to be added, the sum remaining on account of the commissioners under the convention with the United States of America..

The committee then shew, that the actual balances in the bank, at four different periods of the quar

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terest upon these balances, at between 5 and 600,000l. being at the rate of 5. per. cent. which they consider to be not far from the amount of the profits arising from this source.

persons thus circumstanced in a greater degree of intimacy. Lord Elgin and the defendant became very intimate. He was received as the most welcome visitant at his lordship's house; but,unfortunately, he availed himself of that intimacy to injure his unsuspecting friend in the tenderest part. Mr. Fergus son obtained his liberation from France much earlier than lord El11,215,000 gin. Her ladyship continued with 12,856.770 him until the year 1805; when she

The following is stated as the amount of bank notes (exclusive of Il. and 21. notes) in circulation at different periods :

7th Feb. 1795.....£ 12,870,500 6th Feb. 1796... 1st Feb. 1806.. 1st Feb. 1807.... 12,333,430 The report concludes by enumerating the advantages which the public derive from the bank, and bearing testimony to the favourable disposition so often manifested on the part of the bank towards the public service.

Sheriff's Court, Tuesday, Dec. 22. Lord Elgin v. Fergusson. Crim, con. The inquisition of damages in the action brought against the defendant for criminal conversation with the plaintiff's wife, came on to be assessed this day, before Mr. Burchell, the under-sheriff, and a special jury.

Mr. Garrow, as leading counsel for the plaintiff, stated to the jury the circumstances of the case:His lordship intermarried with his lady in Scotland in the year 1799, and soon afterwards was appointed to an embassy to Constantinople, where his lordship resided until the year 1803. At that time he was on his return to Europe; and passing through France, was, in common with other Englishmen, arrested by the order of government. The defendant, Mr. Fergusson, was also at that time in France, and was one of the persons detain ed by the French government. Similarity of fortunes united the

came to England, to endeavour to procure his lordship's liberation, in which Mr. Fergusson appeared to lend his most cordial assistance; and, in fact, many of the letters written to lord Elgin upon that subject, were written from them both. At length the French government agreed to accept gene. ral Boyer in exchange for . lord Elgin; and his lordship returned to England in April, 1806. The should shew by her ladyship's letters, that her passion for her husband conti nued long after she had left him in France; but while she had been in England alone, there was much reason to believe that her affections from her husband had been totally alienated. Her ladyship had lain. in of a child in Paris, which had died, and was embalmed and sent to England to be buried. She had lain-in of another after her return to Baker-street; and when his lordship arrived in England he was surprized at a letter from her, re questing that she might not be put in the same situation again. As he knew that she had suffered more than usual in these child-bearings, he thought it might arise from a recollection of those sufferings, and that in a short time the memory of them would die away, and that

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be then should be restored to his conjugal rights. They went to the North together, and resided at the house of Mr. Nesbitt, the lady's father, and here he was astonished to find that his wife more peremptorily insisted on separate beds. While he was thus agitated to discover from what cause this conduct of his wife could arise, a letter by chance fell into his hands, directed in a coarse hand for Me Laidi El gin." On opening the envelope, he was astonished to find a letter from the defendant, couched in such passionate language, as left no room to doubt of the dishonour which had been imposed upon him. This at once solved the mystery of his wife's conduct, and led to the discovery of a correspondence, which he found was carried on under covers to two female servants. Those letters he held in his hand ; and from such parts as he would read, the jury would see what in finite pains had been taken to seduce the affection of that lady from her husband. Mr. Garrow here read extracts from the letters of the defendant, which were couched in the most impassioned language. He then read her ladyship's letters to her husband while he remained in France after her return to England, which were replete with affectionate expressions of feeling for the situation of her husband. Having concluded, he called upon the jury to give the plaintiff the most ample damages for the injury he had sustained from the defendant. William Hamilton and John Moreir, two gentlemen attached to the embassy, and who accompanied lord Elgin to Constantinople, spoke of the affectionate terms in which the plaintiff and his wife appeared to live together.

Mr. R. Stirling stated, that he was one of the English arrested in Paris in May, 1803; at that time he visited lord Elgin, and Mr. Fergusson was one of the party. Lord and lady Elgin appeared to live upon the best terms.

Captain Donnellan, of the Narcissus, carried lord and lady Elgin from Athens, in a tour round the Greek Islands in 1803, and they appeared very happy together.

General Murray and Mr. Charles Duff gave the same testimony.

This evidence, with the letter which had been read by Mr. Garrow, and which the defendant's counsel admitted had been truly read, formed the plaintiff's case.

Mr. Topping, for the defendant, addressed the jury in an able speech, in mitigation of damages. He contended, that there was no proof of the aggravated circumstances stated by Mr. Garrow, and that it did not appear that there was any violation of hospitality.-With respect to the letters, they were a most ridiculous medley of love and madness, or love run mad, and would disgrace the worst novel of the last century. He acknowledged the high character of lord Elgin, and only entreated the jury not to act from feelings of anger; but that they would measure out their damages with calmness and justice.Verdict-Damages ten thousand pounds!

23. As the Salisbury coach was coming to town last night, the fog was so thick, the coachman could not see his way; and at the en. trance of the little town of Bedfont, near Hounslow, the horses went off the road into the pond called the King's Water,dragging the coach along with them. A very fine young man, about 25 years of age,

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of the name of Lockhart Wain right, was killed on the spot. He was dressed in the uniform of the 9th light dragoons. The water is about two feet deep, with a soft bottom of mud, about two feet more. Whe. ther he was suffocated in the mud, or killed by a blow, cannot be ascertained. When dragged out of the water, he appeared to have received a very violent contusion on his forehead. The body was conveyed to the Duke's Head publichouse, in Bedfont. In the inside of the coach were four females, the wife of the deceased (formerly miss Pearce), her maid, a Swiss governess in the family of the marquis of Aber. corn, and another lady. They all narrowly escaped drowning. No. thing but the speedy assistance from Bedfont could have saved them. Above 100 persons were assembled in a few moments, most of them soldiers from Bedfont. The sol diers leaped into the water, and extricated the ladies from their perilous situation; the body of the coach lying on its side, with one of the horses drowned, and the rest kicking and plunging violently. The inside passengers were bruised, but not dangerously. Mr. Wainright owed his death to his humanity. The night being very severe, he had given his place inside to his maid, and mounted the box beside the cachman, with whom he was conversing at the time of the accident.

A fatal accident happened a short time ago near the village of Hopton Wale s, in Shropshire. it appears, that a waggoner was to rise early on the following morn. ing to accompany his master's - team to Ludlow, to fetch grain; on the night preceding, he dreamt

that the waggon would be overturn. ed, and crush him to death ere he returned. Upon mentioning this extraordinary dream to his wife, she advised him not to go, but to plead the excuse of illness to his master; but unwilling to do this, and being firmly persuaded that the dreadful catastrophe would hap pen the next time he went with the team, he set out; on his return, being fatigued with his journey (instead of taking every precau tion to prevent the accident he so much dreaded), he unthinkingly got upon the shafts and fell asleep; he had

not been thus situated long, when the horses, being left to their own guidance, and the ground entirely covered with snow, the animals mistook their way, and went several yards out of the road; by which means the waggon was thrown on one side, and fell on the unfortunate sufferer, who was taken up a corpse. He was a most valuable servant, and had lived upwards of twenty years in his last place. It is melancholy to relate, that he has left a very large family to bewail his loss; all of whom he took leave of ere he set out on his journey, in the full per suasion that he should never see them more.

26. An inquisition was taken at Little Hatch, on the Acton road, on the body of H. R. Vanduke, esq. who met his death on Christ. mas evening, by falling over a ban. nister to the depth of about thirty feet. It appeared in evidence, that the deceased, who was recently a merchant residing in Broad-street, and who lately took up his resi dence in the neighbourhood of Putucy, went to the house of his sister at the place above named,

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