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heard to say, the devil was in him, and that he could feel him in M>. thruat. Two wills were found, one in his pocket, and one upon a table: in them be directs, that his bod/ i« to be opened, for the purpose of finding the devil. He was about 60 years of age, and by pro. fusion a merchant. He was from Scotland.
?7- An inquisition was taken at t public-house leading from 11 mil. -it Hill to Uibridge, on the body of James Richard Zanders, esq. who net his tit ath 1> v the bunting of a fun. The deceased, who was extreme!/ fond of the diversion of shooting, and known in the sporting world, was practising long shots 'I pigeons, iu a meadow not far from his own residence, preparatory to a natch taking place between him and »Mr. Goddard, when the fatal accident befel him. He has left a »ife and several children.— Accidental Death
The following is the list of gcntle"M pricked by his majesty, in <v>oncil, to serve the office of sherift for the year ensuing :—
Bedfordshire—Sir Philip Mon»obx. of Sandy, bart.
Berkshire—William Blane, of Wmgfield Park, esq.
Buckinghamshire — J Backv el 1 Praed, of Tyringham, esq
Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire—William Squire, of Knapvell. esq.
Cheshire—F. Duckingficld .}st'rj, °f Duckntgfield. esq.
•Cornwall i< appointed in the Prince of Wales's Court for the Duchy-of Cornwall.—Sir William Pratt Call, of Whitcford, bart.
, t Lancashire is appointed by the Chancellor of the Duchy.—Richard Ta^u, O *» Hill, ff^. i :At
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Suffolk—Thormu Mills, of Great Saxham, esq.
Surrey— James Newsome, of Wandsworth Lodge, esq.
Susses—John Micklelhwaite, of High Ridge, esq.
Warwickshire—M. B. Wise, of the Priory, Warwick, esq.
Wiltshire — Thomas Calley, of Burderop, esq.
Worcestershire—Thomas Bland, of Ham Court, esq.
Yorkshire—R. F. Wilson, of Melton on the Hill, esq.
Carmarthenshire—John Morgan, of the Furnace, Carmarthen, esq.
Pembrokeshire—John Colby, of Fynorc, esq.
Cardiganshire—Thomas Smith,of Fdel Alt, esq.
• Glamorganshire—George Wyneh, of Clementstonc, esq.
Breconshire— Sackville Gwynne, of Tuymawr, esq.
Radnorshire—ThomasThomas, of Penkering, esq.
Merionethshire—R. H- Kenrick, of Uchcldren, esq.
Carnarvonshire-Hugh Rowlands, of Bodaden, esq.
Anglesea—Paul Panton, of lasGwyn, esq.
Montgomeryshire-— D. E. Lewis Lloyd, of Maydog, esq.
Denbighshire—Simon York, of Erthiog, esq.
Flintshire — Samuel Mostyn, of Nantgwelun, esq.
. 1. A young man, clerk in the Bank of England, put a period to his existence, by shooting himself through the head. He had applied
to his mother for pecuniary assistance, and requested 30/., hating got into embarrassment: she said the could not give it, having done so much for him already, and that she really could not spare it; upon which he retired abruptly into the next room and shot himself.
2- John Andrew Nardi, who was tried at the Old Bailey in last December sessions, for the murder of William Broad, in Long-Acre, but who was acquitted by the jury on account of insanity, received his majesty's pardon, on condition of his quitting (he kingdom within seven days, and not being found therein during the term of his natu. ral life; and was discharged from Newgate accordingly. Nardi is the Italian who killed a man in Long-Acre in the course of the late Westminster election.
5. A court of common-council was held at Guildhall; at which were present the lord-mayor, the recorder, and aldermen Watson, Anderson, Combe, Earner, Rowcroft, Smith, Williams, Annesley, and Hankey. The business of the day was " to take into consideration the proposition of lord Howick, for introducing into the Mutiny Act certain clauses, by which Roman Catholics will in future be permitted to tuke rank and hold commissions and stations in the army and navy."
Mr. deputy Birch said, he rose for the purpose of proposing to the court, that a petition should be presented to parliament against the proposed measure of admitting Papists to hold commissions in the army and navy, and to allow them to exercise their religion under the protection and security of the law. The propriety of this proposition he enforced •oforced upon two grounds; first, (!>»» the Catholics kept Do faith with Hrnrtkks; and, secondly, that the pop* had the power of absolving Csthelios from their allegiance.
Mr. S. Dixon seconded the motion.
Mr. Quia spoke at great length irtinst the motion.
Mr. Alderman Combe saw no J«?er, that was to be apprehended fro* the proposed measure; and, (■deed, it was nothing more than Md been extended to the Catholics of Ireland as long ago as the year 1793, when an act was passed, ad. fitting them to hold commissions in lot army of that country.
Mr. Slade spoke on the same side.
Mr. Alderman Roweroft spoke it peat length against the motion.
After some further obscrrations, front Messrs. Warthman, Sharpe, tad Wood, Mr. Beit moved the pre* iievs question; open which a divi. tionteok place.
For the original question, 3 ildaaiea, 31 commoners, 1 tellers— 36.
For the previous question, 7 aliennea, 44 commoners, 2 tellers— M.
Majority of ] 7 against Mr. Birch's notion.
8. About five o'clock in the arniog a fire broke out at the r»Iohe Public-house and Chop-house "■ St Saviour's Church-yard, ad
■■ning Green-Dragon-court, South*vk, which was attended with me. fseeaoly circumstances. Mr. Sims, w« landlord, let out several of his *perta*eats to lodgers, and nearly dutty persons slept on the premises "cry night. His own family con'*ted of a wife, a daughter, two
on*, and his wife's sister; the lat
ter acted in the capacity of nurse to Mrs. Sims, who for some time had been confined to her bed, and was in the last stage of a consumption. The fire was supposed to have originated in the cellar, or vaults, where some people had been at work tho preceding day; and was first discovered by the sister, who hearing the crackling of wood, and smelling the fire, alarmed the land* lord, who ran down stairs in his shirt, to sec what wa9 the matter; when he perceived the flames burst from the bar, which he supposed had forced their way through the floor.—Greatly agitated, he hastened up stairs, procured a wet blanket, and immediately repaired to the bar, in the hope of being able to extinguish the fire ; but he found it had made too great progress to be overcome by his efforts. Feet, ing for the situation of his family, and the poor lodgers at a distant part of the house, he called as loud as he was able, " Fire! fire!'' and wrapping a blanket round his help, less wife, with great difficulty rescued her from the flamed. In the height of his agitation he could find no better place to deposit her on than a butcher's block. Having left her, and returned to his house, he found it entirely enveloped in the flames; and supposing the greatest part of his family had perished, he gave himself up to despair. He was soon relieved with respect to bis daughter, and sister-in-law, who had both escaped by leaping out of a window in the first story into th» - * court, and, though somewhat bruis. ed, were in no danger of their lives. As for his two boys, he gave them up for lost. It fortunately happened, however, that they both had escaped through a trap-door at the Cc2 top
top of the bouse to some of the ad. joining houses, which way they were well acquainted with, having often resorted to it for their amusement. The relation the boys gave of the scene of horror and confusion which took place among the lodger!), was 1 truly distressing. Before they quitted the house, they saw the stairs fall, and all means of retreat cut off from the street-door. They several times called upon the inmates to follow them, and they would conduct them to a place of safety, but none of them would take their advice. Two persons leaped out of the higher windows after being severely burnt, and were nearly killed on the spot. One of these unfortunate persons, a plumber, was taken to St. Thomas's Hospital? he stated, that when the flames first caught him, he had with him his sou, about ten years of age, and his wife—they both struggled to get to the window to follow him, but in vain, and became tho prey of the furious element. A Mrs. Burrow, and a child, were among the sufferers, as was also a waggoner. Two mure persons,'making in all seven, were dug out of the ruins the next day, but in such a state as not to be recognised.
6. Hertford AssUts. John Harris was indicted for the wilful murder of Benjamin Stapps, on the 24 th of September, by giving him several , violent blows on the head, of which
he died. The body was found in a well. It was proved, that the priv s-nner bad an interest in the death of the deceased; and that some of his clothes were found in the possession of Harris.
The learned judge, in summing up, told the jury, that in almost .every case of murder they must be
contented with circumstantial en. dence, as murder was generally per. pctrated in secrecy. But their first inquiry would be, whether any mat. der had been committed, or whe. ther the deceased had thrown himself into this well? From the evidence there certainly was great pro. bability that the deceased had been murdered.
It was proved, that there wii great difficulty in any one fillingdown the well. The snrgeom proved that he had received blowi both before and behind, onthehead, but none on the top of the head, where it was likely he would haft received one, if he had fallen down head foremost. It was, however, in proof, that the well had a chalky bottom, and such bottoms usuallj had irregular (lint stones. Tben was no evidence how this was. though it seemed .a desirable piece of evidence to have been obtained. Ho then recapitulated all the evidence, remarking on it as he went along, and left the jury to say, whether they thought the circumstance! weighty enough to pronounce » verdict of Guilty against tbepriso* ncr.
In hie defence he only saidhewai innocent.—The jury found the prisoner Guilty. Tkial Of Pin Ijome PorlUU. Friday, March 6. A signal being made for the admirals and captain' of his majesty's fleet then at Spithead and Portsmouth, to come onboard his majesty's ship the Gladiator, lying in Portsmouth harbour, they accordingly assembled at ami o'clock, and commenced their proceedings immediately. The nan"1 of the admirals and captains on-board according to their rank and seniority, were called over by Mos« Grecthani' Greetham, esq. the judge-advocate, till a sufficient number answered to their names to compose the court.
Mr. Greetham having read the order for the arrest of tir Home Popham, issued by the admiralty, called over the names of the witnesses.—Among whom were,
Lord Melville, who was present, and lord Whitworth, who was not present.
Mr. Sturges Bourne. L. Maclean, esq.
The judge-advocate then read the charges, which were in substance the same with the order to admiral Young, hereafter stated; and produced several documents, by which the charges were meant to be iubstantialedjof which the f. .1 lowing were the most particular :—
Copy of au order to sir Home Popham, dated 29th of July, 1805.
Copy of a letter to Jo. Barrow, ttq. dated 2d of August, 1805; directing him to send a. frigate to cruize on the south-ca-t coast of America.
Copy of a letter to Jo. Barrow, esq.; directing him to return all transports at the Cape of Good Hope, excepting such as were necessary to carry the troops to India.
Copy of a letter from the lords commissioners of the admiralty, to tir Home Popham; directing him to co-operate with major-general sir D. Baird.
Copy of a letter from the lords coamissioners of the admiralty, to sir Home Popham, dated 35th of December, 1305; directing him to KDd home all transports not wanted.
Copy of a letter from sir Home Popham to W. Marsden, esq.; giving u account of the capture of the
Copy of a letter from sir Homt Popham to W. Marsden, esq.; giving au account that the Piedmontes* French frigate was cruising in the Eastern seas.
Copy of a letter from sir Home Popham to W. Marsden, esq.; stating that the Voluntaire frigate, the avant-courier of a French Jleet, had put into Table-bay, and was taken possession of by his majesty's ships.
Copy of a letter from sir Home Popham to W. Marsden, esq. dated 14th of April, 1806; stating that the intelligence by the Voluntaire had led him'to conclude that the French* fleet -was bound to the West Indies, but that other accounts stated them as destined for the Mauritius.
Copy of a letter from *ir Home Popham to W. Marsden, esq. respecting the weak state of Monte Video.
Copy of a letter from sir Home Popham to W. Marsden, esq. dated 30th of April; stating the applications he had madr. to the governor of St. Helena, for a reinforcement of troopt from that island.
Another letter,dated 19th of Jul v.
Copy of a letter of sir George Shee, bart. inclosing attested copied of letters from major-general sir D. Baird.
The admiralty order, directing , admiral Young to proceed forth, with to assemble the court-martial, of which he was appointed president, was next read, as follows :— "By the commissioners for executing the office of lord high admiral
of the united kingdom of Great
Britain and Ireland, &c. &c.
"Whereas, by our order, dated 2oth July, 1805, sir Home Popham, then captain of his majesty's ship
C c 3 Disdain,