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Ministers. No; his letter to the electors of 13.-James Bryan, a native of Ayrshire, and Edinburgh has set that point at rest. His a person of weak intellect, presents himself at cast-iron impudence has earned his promotion. | Windsor as a suitor for the hand of her Majesty. "Set a beggar on horseback,' and our readers
14.–Fight between English and Irish know how he will ride. Mr. Babble-tongue
navvies employed on the Chester and BirkenMacaulay's epistle furnishes a striking illustra
head Railway. The military were called in to tion of the truth of that proverbial saying.
disperse the combatants. It seems that his uncouth, uncomfortable presence has been obtruded on her Majesty at
- The Queen informs Lord Melbourne Windsor, and the creature has actually had
that she had now made up her mind to ally the impudence to date his letter to the canaille
herself in marriage with her cousin Prince of the Edinburgh electors from Windsor
Albert, presently on a visit to Windsor with Castle !' We would fain persuade ourselves
his brother Ernest. “I think," said Lord that the Scotch papers have been hoaxing
Melbourne, “it will be very well received, for us, and that Mr. Babble-tongue Macaulay
I hear there is an anxiety now that it should addressed his letter, not from the Castle, but
be, and I am very glad of it ;" adding in quite from the Castle Tavern, Windsor, ay, and
a paternal tone, “You will be very much from the most proper part thereof for the pur
more comfortable ; for a woman cannot stand pose, namely, the tap. But no ; he has some
alone for any time, in whatever position she how or other been pitchforked into the Palace ;
may be.” and though, in all probability, he has been 15.—The Queen informs Prince Albert of admitted as a guest there only for the sake of her intentions as to her marriage. He had being made fun of by Lord Melbourne and the been out hunting early with his brother, but ladies, still the 'distinguished honour' has given returned at twelve, and half an hour afterwards his brain another turn. This is evident from obeyed the Queen's summons to her room, the insufferably conceited strain of his epistle where he found her alone. After a few to the scum of the Edinburgh electors.” The minutes' conversation on other subjects, the Times, it is pleasant to remember, lived to out Queen told him why she had sent for him. grow this bitter personal warfare, and most How the Prince received the offer appears handsomely acknowledged Mr. Macaulay's ser from the few lines written to the old friend of vices in the walks of literature as well as politics. the family, Baron Stockmar : “ Victoria is so
good and kind to me that I am often at a loss October 4.-The New Zealand exploring to believe that such affection (Herzlichkeit) expedition under Col. Wakefield leave Port should be shared by me." The Queen herself Nicholson for Cloudy Bay, having made an wrote that the Prince received her offer without advantageous purchase of the harbour and ad any hesitation, and with the warmest demonjoining land from the natives.
strations of kindness and affection. Writing 6.-Capture of the fort of Kurnoul, in the
to her uncle, the King of the Belgians, on the Deccan, by a body of troops belonging to the
same day, the Queen says: “I love him more Madras Presidency.
than I can say, and shall do everything in my
power to render this sacrifice (for such in my 7.-Bombay advices of this date make
opinion it is) as small as I can. He seems to mention that the war in Affghanistan might be have very great tact, a very necessary thing considered at an end. Shah Soojah was
in his position. These last few days have showering honours upon Sir John Keane and
passed like a dream to me, and I am so much his officers.
bewildered by it all that I hardly know how - With the view of rebutting various to write ; but I do feel very happy. ... Lord rumours in circulation as to the case of Lady Melbourne has acted in this business as he has Flora Hastings, Sir James Clark forwards to always done towards me, with the greatest the newspapers for publication a narrative of kindness and affection. We also think it his share in the transaction. (See Feb. 1.) better, and Albert quite approves of it, that
- The creditors of the late Duke of Kent we should be married very soon after Parlia. wait upon the Queen to present an address of
ment meets, about the beginning of February.' thanks to her for payment of the Duke's debts. - The British Queen arrives at PortsNo less than 50,000l. was said to have been mouth with news of a financial crisis in New furnished by her Majesty's privy purse for this York, and the probable suspension of several filial act.
banks. 9.-Robbery of a box, containing 5,000l. in - The Queen Dowager leaves Bushey Park gold and notes, from the boot of the coach for a “progress" through Warwickshire and running between Manchester and the Potteries. Devonshire.
- Suspension of specie payments in Phila 17.-Mr. Poulett Thomson arrives at Quebec delphia and other cities of the Union.
as Governor of British North America. 10.-Prince Albert and his brother, the 18.-The Queen of the French struck on the hereditary Prince of Saxe Coburg, arrive at the face with a stone thrown into the royal care Tower, and proceed first to Buckingham Palace, riage near the Tuileries, by a mad woman and then to Windsor, on a visit to the Queen named Giordlet.
18.–Another suicide from the top of the Monument. Several spectators saw a lad deliberately climb over the iron breastwork of the gallery, stand upon the edge of the coping outside, turn round, so as to have his back to the railing over which he had clambered, and then, after a moment's pause, leap to the earth. The body was shockingly mangled, and death instantaneous. A Bible which he had carried up was found on the floor of the gallery. The lad was named Hawes, and not over fifteen years of age.
19.-Sir John Colborne, who had rendered great services in the settlement of Canadian affairs, leaves Montreal for England.
- The Canadian Gazette publishes Governor Thomson's first proclamation promising the earliest possible restoration of a free Assembly.
20.—Died, at the Doune of Rothiemurchie, Inverness-shire, in his seventy-fourth year, from apoplexy, John Russell, sixth Duke of Bedford.
22.-A false account published by London papers of the death of Lord Brougham, by the overturning of his carriage near Penrith, with comments on his character. The Ministerial Chronicle laid aside party politics on the occasion, and wrote :-"And now, while the extravagant and erring spirit hies to his confine'there, we devoutly hope, to repose in the bosom of his Father and his God'-we feel rising upon us the recollections of many an arduous and vigorous struggle for the right ; for unrestricted commerce; for the spread of knowledge ; for legal and representative reforms; for the suffering and enslaved African; for freedom, civil and religious ; for many a political victim marked for sacrifice ; for a persecuted Queen; and for the poor and ignorant, the injured and helpless in our own land, and all the world over. Such recollections, in spite of all deductions and exceptions, which sink into disregard now that the great account is closed, will endear and enshrine his memory. The Legislature--the country at large—all parties, sects, classes-must feel that a great public loss has been sustained. And on the future annais of our eventful times, conspicuous and Illustrious will stand the name of Henry Lord Brougham.” The Morning Post was even more eulogistic :-“He is gone—torn away by a horrid and violent death, while his mind was yet in its full vigour, and his spirits as elastic and buoyant as ever! We have no feeling now with respect to him but that of grief. The most wonderful genius that belonged to public life is no more, and we, as belonging to the public, are grief-stricken mourners over his untimely grave." The Times cast doubts on the rumoured accident, and did not comment on Lord Brougham's career till its falsity was established. The report originated in a letter received by Alfred Montgomery, Kingston House, Knightsbridge, and said to have been written by & Mr. Shafto from Brougham Hall, who stated
that he saw his Lordship killed by the horses in the carriage after it was upset.
23.-Died, at Inverary Castle, from apoplexy, George William Campbell, Duke of Argyll.
24.-Banquet at Edinburgh to Sir John Campbell, one of the city members, and Attorney-General. In reply to the toast of the evening, the learned gentleman passed in review the work of the session, and the measures taken to obstruct it by the Opposition. He spoke of Chartism as passed away.
28.-Died at Teheran, Charles, second son of Sir Walter Scott.
30.- The Gazette publishes despatches from Sir John Keane, announcing the fall of Ghuznee and the entry of Shah Soojah into Cabul. The latest dates from the army were to the 9th of August, from Simla, where the GovernorGeneral had taken up his residence.
The violent harangues of the most violent Chartist equalled by Mr. Bradshaw, M.P. for Canterbury, at a Tory gathering in that city. “The Prime Minister," he said, “tells us, with rare effrontery, that it is his duty to get support wherever he can. Nothing is too low or too foul for his purpose. The stews of the Tower Hamlets and the bogs of Ireland are ransacked for recruits ; and thus le crawls on, having cast behind him every feeling of honour and high principle. But his Ministry, his sheet-anchor, is the body of Irish Papists and Rapparees whom the priests return to the House of Commons. These are the men who represent the bigoted savages, hardly more civilized than the natives of New Zealand, but animated with a fierce, undying hatred of England. I repeat then deliberately, that the Papists of Ireland, priest and layman, peer and peasant, are alike our enemies--aliens are they in blood, language, and religion. Their hatred of this country is as undisguised as it is inextinguishable, and they have become only more rampant and hostile by the concessions so unadvisedly made to them. Yet on these men are bestowed the countenance and support of the Queen of Protestant England. But, alas ! her Majesty is queen only of a faction, and is as much of a partisan as the Lord Chancellor himself.” (See Jan. 15, 1840.)
At a Conservative dinner at Ashton-underLyne, a Mr. Roby uses expressions regarding the Queen and the Ministry which compels the Commander-in-chief to bring it under the notice of certain officers who were present ; reminding them that, as military servants, they are bound to confine themselves to their military duties; and that when they thus venture to connect themselves with any party association, under any circumstances, or upon any pretence whatsoever, they incur a heavy responsibility, and expose themselves to the heaviest blame.
November 3.-H.M. frigates Volage and Hyacinth attacked by a squadron of 28 Chinese
junks at Hong Kong. The effect of our shots 7.–The Duke of Sussex, presently a guest was soon visible, one junk being blown up, | of the Earl of Durham, visits Newcastle, and three sunk, and several others shattered and is enthusiastically received. Sunderland and deserted by their crews. The remainder retired Durham were also visited. in great confusion to the anchorage above the 8.-Twelve lives sacrificed at Radstock battery.
Wells-way Pit, Somersetshire, by some mali4.–Serious Chartist riots at Newport, Mon cious person cutting the rope which let the mouthshire. According to a preconcerted ar
men down to the workings. The cage fell a rangement numerous disaffected “hill men," distance of 756 feet. chiefly under the leadership of John Frost and 9.–The Queen commands Lord Normanby Zephaniah Williams, commenced their march on
to express to Mr. T. Phillips, the Mayor of Saturday night (20), armed with guns, pistols,
Newport, her high approval of the conduct of swords, crowbars, and pickaxes. Sacking the
himself and other magistrates, on the occasion villages through which they passed, and com of the recent outbreak there, and in token of pelling the adult male population to join them, which she afterwards conferred upon him the they reached Tredegar Park about four o'clock
honour of knighthood. this morning, 20,000 strong; there they waited
- At the Lord Mayor's dinner, Lord Mel. two hours for another division from Pontypool
bourne, in returning thanks for “her Majesty's and its neighbourhood, under the leadership of William Jones. . This junction being effected,
Ministers," was received with noisy signs of
disapprobation. The tumult latterly became they formed into two divisions, and entered Newport, one marching down Snow-hill, the other
so outrageous and undignified, that the Lord through Charles-street, and both joining in
Mayor was compelled to interfere, by declaring
that the company were not paying that respect the centre of the principal street. The magis
to himself and the Sheriffs which they had a trates, having private information as to the intention of the rioters, were at this time as
right to expect. The disturbance was thought sembled in the Westgate Arms Inn, supported
to be only partially due to political feeling, the by a party of the 45th Foot, under the com
chief incentive being the interference of the mand of Lieut. Gray. Led by John Frost, the
Ministry with City privileges. mob directed its course to the Westgate Inn, 12.–Stockdale raises a new action against and at once proceeded to demolish the house Messrs. Hansard, printers to the House of and fire upon the soldiers within. Before a Commons, concluding for 50,000l. damages. soldier was allowed to act, the magistrates at Messrs. Hansard were instructed not to respond. tempted to restore peace by remonstrating with The case was heard by the Under-Sheriff and the deluded men. Firding this ineffectual, a jury in Red Lion-square, who awarded 6ool. however, the Mayor (Mr. T. Phillips) gave the damages. soldiers an order to load. “While the men
- Fire in Widegate-alley, Bishopsgate, in were loading I heard several shots fired in the
which eight lives were lost. passage of the house, and the windows of the room containing the soldiers were beaten against
13.-General Willshire captures the imon the outside. I was wounded in the arm
portant fortress of Khelat, after a severe enand hip in the act of opening the window
counter with Mehrab Khan, who, it was alleged, shutter before the soldiers fired.” Lieut. Gray
had instigated the tribes in the Bolan Pass to said: “I directed the men to spare their ammu attack our troops. nition. We began with twenty-two rounds, 14.—The magistrates of Newport and and fired about three upon the average. I Pontypool occupied almost daily in examining believe the mob fired deliberately upon us after witnesses and committing prisoners concerned we had unmasked ourselves by opening the in the recent outbreak. Zephaniah Williams window. I stood before them in my uniform, was captured off Cardiff on board a small and the soldiers in a line behind me. We vessel, on the eve of sailing for Oporto. found nine dead bodies." The rioters broke
15.-Colone! Pasley, R.E., reports the disup under the steady fire of the soldiers, and
continuance, for the present, of efforts to raise retired to the outskirts of the town, carrying their wounded, and some of their dead, with
the wreck of the Royal George at Spithead.
During the recent experiments, 12,940 lbs. of them. Frost was apprehended next day, and on his person were found three pistols, a flask
powder had been spent in blasting, and about of powder, and a large quantity of balls and
100 tons of wreck were raised. percussion caps. Apart from the sanguinary
16.--Service of plate, valued at 1,250 character of this attack, another circumstance, guineas, presented to Mr. Robert Stephenson, investing it with special significance, was the engineer, by the contractors of the London comparative respectability and seriousness of and Birmingham Railway, at a public dinner the people concerned in it. They were mostly in the “Albion” tavern." well-paid, able-bodied workmen, and one was - Died, at London, John Lander, African a master gardener who paid wages to others.
traveller, aged 32. 7.- Preliminary compulsory postage minute 18.-Sudden illness of the Duke of Wel issued by the Treasury.
lington, at Walmer Castle.
20.-The Commander-in-chief, Lord Hill, length the unsettled question of the north: censures Colonel Thomas and other officers for eastern boundary between the United States being present at the political dinner at Ashton and the British possessions. under-Lyne, where abusive language was used
2.-Father Mathew, a Dominican friar, admiconcerning the Queen. (See Nov. 30.)
nisters the temperance pledge in Limerick to a - Murder of Rev. John Williams, mission vast assembly. Thousands of poor people were ary, in South Sea Islands.
on their knees, bareheaded, in Mallow-street, 23.-Meeting at Birmingham to protest
while the rev, father and two other clergyagainst the introduction of Government police
men were administering the pledges. into the City.
- Died, Frederick VI. King of Denmark, in - Special meeting of the Privy Council at
the 720 year of his age, and 33d of his reign ; Buckingham Palace, to hear the Queen intimate
succeeded by his son, Christian VIII. her intention of allying herself in marriage - Died at her residence in Picardy-place, with Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg. “Pre Edinburgh, Miss Innes of Stow, sister to the cisely at 2," the Queen records in her Journal, late Gilbert Innes, banker, whom she succeeded “I went in. The room was full, but I hardly in a fortune estimated at not less than one knew who was there. Lord Melbourne I saw million sterling looking kindly at me with tears in his eyes,
3.-Inquest on the bodies of the ten rioters but he was not near me. I then read my short
killed in the attack on the Westgate Arms declaration. I felt my hands shook, but I did
Inn, Newport. Verdict, “That deceased came not make one mistake. I felt more happy and thankful when it was over. Lord Lansdowne
to their deaths through an act of justifiable homithen rose, and, in the name of the Privy Council,
cide, by some persons unknown.” asked that this most gracious and most wel 5.-A uniform postage-rate of fourpence per come communication might be printed.' I half-ounce on extra-metropolitan letters introthen left the room—the whole thing not lasting duced, as preparatory to a penny rate. In the above two or three minutes. The Duke of metropolitan district, the number posted rose Cambridge came into the small library where from 39,000 to 60,000. I was standing, and wished me joy." The Royal declaration was in these words: “I have
- At Bandon, O'Connell to-day was more caused you to be summoned at the present time
than usually full of exuberant "loyalty :"_"We in order that I may acquaint you with my re
must be-we are—loyal to our young and solution in a matter which deeply concerns the
lovely Queen. God bless her! (Tumultuous welfare of my people and the happiness of my
cheering.) We must be we are-attached to future life. It is my intention to ally myself
the Throne, and to the lovely being by whom in marriage with the Prince Albert of Saxe
it is filled. She is going to be married ! (TreCoburg and Gotha. Deeply impressed with
mendous cheers from over thirty thousand the solemnity of the engagement which I am
persons congregated in the great area, and about to contract, I have not come to this
waving of handkerchiefs by hundreds of ele. decision without mature consideration, nor
gantly-dressed ladies, who crowded the hotel without feeling a strong assurance that, with
and other buildings.) I wish she may have the blessing of Almighty God, it will at once
as many children as my grandmother had secure my domestic felicity and serve the
-two-and-twenty! (Immense cheering and interests of my country. I have thought fit to
laughter.) God bless the Queen! I am a make this resolution known to you at the father, and a grandfather; and, in the face of earliest period, in order that you may be fully
Heaven, I pray with as much honesty and apprised of a matter so highly important to me
servency for Queen Victoria, as I do for any and my kingdom, and which I persuade my.
one of my own progeny. The moment I heard self will be most acceptable to all my loving
of the daring and audacious menaces of the subjects." Eighty-three members of Privy
Tories towards the Sovereign, I promulgated, Council were present on this interesting
through the press, my feelings of detestation occasion.
and my determination on the matter. Oh! if
I be not greatly mistaken, I'd get, in one day, 84.-Abd-el-Kader proclaims war against
500,000 brave Irishmen to defend the life, the French in Algeria, and suddenly attacks
the honour, and the person of the beloved their outposts. The immediate cause was said
young lady by whom England's Throne is now to be the recent expedition of the Duke of
filled. (Exulting and protracted cheers.) Let Orleans and Marshal Valée to the Iron Gates,
every man in the vast and multitudinous asthrough a portion of territory claimed by the
sembly stretched out before me, who is loyal to Emir, but to which his title was doubtful.
the Queen, and would defend her to the last, 89,-Lieut. Basil Gray, who commanded the lift up his right hand. (The entire assembly military at Newport, gazetted to an unattached responded to the appeal.) There are hearts captaincy without purchase.
in those hands. I tell you, that if necessity
required, there would be swords in them !" December 8.-In his address to the Con- | (Great cheering.) gress, President Van Buren discusses at some 6.-The Emperor of China issues an edict putting an end to British trade. Last servant of Lee denied that there was any law authorizing East India Company leaves.
the Assembly to suspend the ministers.-Dr. 9.-The President, Atlantic iron steamship,
Bryce said the Presbytery of Strathbogie had launched at Limehouse.
only obeyed the law of the land ; and he moved
an amendment—that the Commission approve 10.-Special Commission opened at Mon
of the conduct of the Presbytery, and refer the mouth, for the trial of the rioters in South
matter to the next General Assembly.—Dr. Wales. Three hundred and fifteen special
Muir proposed another amendment, expressing jurors were summoned, and twenty-four gentle
disapproval of the conduct of the Presbytery, men of station sworn on the grand jury ;
appointing a Committee to confer with the thirty-eight prisoners awaited trial. The jury
Presbytery, and postponing all proceedings to found a true bill for high treason against John
the meeting of the General Assembly. It was Frost and thirteen others. The court adjourned
decided, by a vote of 15 to 9, that the question to the zist instant.
should be taken on Dr. Muir's motion and Mr. 11.-The Court of Directors of the East Candlish's ; when there appeared : For Dr. India Company unanimously pass votes of Muir's, 14 ; for Mr. Candlish's, 121. The thanks to Lord Auckland, “ for the sagacity announcement of numbers was received with and promptitude with which he had planned" loud cheers and clapping of hands by persons the expedition against Affghanistan, and the in the body and galleries of the Tolbooth “ zeal and vigour which he had displayed in Church, where the Commission sat. Protests preparing the troops for the field;" to Sir against the decision were presented on behalf John Keane, for his “great and eminent ser of the Strathbogie Presbytery, and by six vices, and for the invincible intrepidity and members of the Assembly; also by the agent spirit manifested by him in the command of of the Presbytery : the latter declaring that the army serving in Affghanistan ;" to the each and all of the parties accessory to the general, field, and other officers, commissioned vote just recorded should be held liable for and non-commissioned, and privates, European the damage inflicted on the suspended ministers, and native, for their "gallant and meritorious by proceedings “arbitrary, illegal, oppressive, conduct, zeal, discipline, and bravery,” during and in evident contempt of the law of the the expedition. At the Quarterly Court Sir
land.” Charles Forbes objected to the vote, and quoted the opinion of the Duke of Wellington,
17.-At a meeting of the Court of Aldermen, that they should wait till they saw the troops
one of the Sheriffs intimates that a writ had safely out of Affghanistan.
been served upon him while sitting on the -- The Commission of the General As
Bench, intimating they would be held liable if sembly pronounce another decision, which
they executed the process against Hansard. again brings it into collision with the civil 20.-Indian promotions gazetted : Lord courts. In 1837, a presentation of the Rev. Auckland to be Earl ; Sir John Keane, Baron Mr. Edwards to the living of Marnoch had of Ghuznee; and Macnaghten and Pottinger, been sustained by the Presbytery of Strath Baronets. Several others were created Knights bogie. In 1838, the General Assembly deter- and C.B.'s. mined to enforce the Veto law, and “remitted " to the Presbytery to reject Mr. Edwards ; but,
- The Home Secretary writes to the Mayor
of Birmingham acquitting the magistrates of in 1839, the General Assembly again expressly enjoined the Presbytery not to take any steps
any wilful neglect of duty during the riots of towards admitting Mr. Edwards. The Pres.
July. bytery, however, preferring to obey the deci
22.-Strathbogie case. The Court of Session of the Court of Session and of the House
sion having granted an interdict on the appliof Lords, as given in the Auchterarder case,
cation of the Rev. J. Cruickshank, and the six admitted Mr. Edwards to the living at Mar
other ministers, members of the Strathbogie noch, by a majority of 7 to 4 Mr. Candlish,
Presbytery, suspended by the Commission of after stating the facts at length, now submitted
the General Assembly of the Church of Scota motion to the Assembly to suspend the seven
land, the ministers who were appointed in conministers forming the majority from “the
formity with the Assembly's order were thereby exercise of any of their functions," and to
formally prohibited from entering the churches, authorize the “ remanent and unsuspended”
churchyards, or school-houses, or in any manmembers to “repone ” any of their suspended
ner interfering with the legal rights of the brethren, who should " compear personally and
suspended ministers. In defiance, however, subscribe an assurance that they will submit
of this injunction, an exciting attempt was themselves to the judicataries of the Church in
made this day (Sunday) to execute the sentence this and in all other matters, but not other
of suspension pronounced by the Commission wise;" and, in the meanwhile, to procure a
of the General Assembly against two members supply of stated ministerial services for the
of the Strathbogie presbytery, the ministers of parishes under the care of the suspended clergy
Mortlach and Keith. men. The motion was supported by the Lord Provost of Glasgow ; Dr. Brown, of Aberdeen; 23.–The republic of Hayti accedes to the Dr. Burns, of Paisley; and Dr, Chalmers.-Dr. i conventions of November 30th, 1831, and