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having reference to the suppression of the slave tion committees. Lord Maidstone's motion, trade and the early emancipation of negro that the charge was a false and scandalous apprentices. Speaking of the latter, he said : imputation on the honour and conduct of "The slave has shown by four years' blameless members, was carried against the Ministerial behaviour and devotion, unsurpassed by any amendment of “the previous question " by a English peasant, to the pursuits of peaceful in majority of 263 to 254. Next day the Speaker dustry, that he is as fit for his freedom as any formally reprimanded Mr. O'Connell,when lord whom I now address. I demand his rights. the latter reiterated his statement, and declared I demand his liberty without stint, in the that he had nothing to retract. name of justice and of law-in the name of reason in the name of God, who has given 26.-In connexion with a motion made oy you no right to work injustice. I demand Lord Lyndhurst for papers relating to certain that your brother be no longer trampled upon cases of cruelty alleged to have occurred in as your slave. I make my appeal to the Com Milbank Penitentiary, Lord Melbourne tcok mons, who represent the free people of Eng occasion to contrast the course which would land, and I require at their hands the per have been followed in such a matter by the formance of that condition for which they paid

Duke of Wellington. He would have given so enormous a price—that condition which all notice. “The noble duke would rather have their constituents are in breathless anxiety to cut off his right hand than have taken such a see fulfilled! I appeal to this House the course as that taken by the poble and learned hereditary judges of the first tribunal in the lord. The noble duke is a man of honour and world—to you I appeal for justice. Patrons a gentleman ; the noble duke is actuated and of all the arts that humanize mankind, under governed by the feelings of a gentleman and a your protection I place Humanity herself! To man of honour, and I feel confident that he the merciful Sovereign of a free people I call would not have acted in this manner."-Lord aloud for mercy; to the hundreds of thousands Lyndhurst wished for an explanation of Lord in whose behalf half a million of her Christian Melbourne's remarks: “The noble viscount sisters have cried aloud, that their cry may not

says that he wishes the noble duke had been have risen in vain. But first I turn my eye to here, because the noble duke is a man of the Throne of all justice, and devoutly humbling honour and a gentleman. That observation, myself before Him who is of purer eyes than

which is true of the noble duke, was employed to behold any longer such vast iniquities, I by the noble viscount in such a manner as to implore that the curse over our heads of unjust

bear a different construction is applied to oppression be averted from us—that your

others. I wish to know in what sense the hearts may be turned to mercy-and that over noble viscount applies those terms?”- Lord all the earth His will may at length be done !" Melbourne : “I beg to state, that when I

referred to the noble duke, I meant to say 20.-Mr. Fielden, M.P. for Oldham, moves that, from the studied and scrupulous care the repeal of the Poor Law Amendment Act. which the noble duke takes in advertising Sir Robert Peel stated that, considering the ex those opposite to him of any observations periment had lasted only four years, it was as which he intends to make in regard to them satisfactory as any man could expect. Motion -I meant to say, knowing the scrupulous care rejected.

of the noble duke in this particular, that he 21.-Died at Paris, aged 80, Silvestre de would not have acted as the noble and learned Sacy, Oriental scholar.

lord has done on this occasion. What fol- Burnes receives intimation from

lowed—what the words were I used, and what the

the manner was I used, I do not recollect. Governor-General, that the proposals of Dost

But I distinctly state, that if I said anything Mahomed regarding Peshawur could not be acceded to, and that it must be left to the

in reference to the noble and learned lord -

anything to the effect that he had acted unlike Sikhs.

a man of honour, or unbecoming a gentleman, 23.-Colonel Bunbury, Provisional Governor I inost fully retract those words.”Lurd Lynd. of St. Lucia, issues a proclamation substituting hurst : "I am perfectly satisfied.” English for the French language used in the

Various outrages committed on females ourts of justice, in retaliation, as he explained,

during the past week by a character known for the advocates refusing to appear before his patges.

as “Spring-heeled Jack," or " The Ghost.” 25.-At Notting-hill, a pedestrian named

March 6.-Sir W. Molesworth introduces a Earle performed the task of walking twenty

vote of censure on Lord Glenelg, Secretary for miles backward, and the same number forward,

the Colonies, but withdraws it after a discussion in eight hours.

of two nights, in favour of an amendment, 26.-The House of Commons discuss an proposed by Lord Sandon, declaring that the alleged case of breach of privilege committed present condition of Canada was owing to the by O'Connell, in so far as he had stated at a ambiguous, dilatory, and irresolute course of areeting in the “Crown and Anchor” that her Majesty's Ministers. Division--for Mi. loul perjury was committed by the Tory elec- | nisters, 316; against, 287.

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19.-Mr. Poulett Thomson obtains leave to introduce a bill for the establishment of a syz. tem of international copyright.

20.-Lord Palmerston informs our bassadors at Paris and Vienna of certain outrages committed on members of the British Mission in Persia, and instructs them in no way to recognise the mission of Hoossein Khan, who had left Teheran, with the view, as was given out, of congratulating her Majesty on her accession, but in reality to obtain the recall of Mr. M`Neill from the post he presently held at the Persian Court.

6. -Destructive fire in Paper-buildings, Temple, presumed to have arisen from a candle lest burning in the chambers of Mr. Maule, M.P. ; Nos. 12, 13, and 14, three houses comprising about eighty chambers, were destroyed. The Attorney-General was one of the greatest sufferers.

8.-Decision of the Court of Session in the Auchterarder case. The Lords of the First Division, having considered the cases for the Earl of Kinnoul, Rev. Robert Young, and the Presbytery of Auchterarder, find that the Earl has legally and effectually exercised his right as patron, and that the Presbytery, in refusing to take trial of Mr. Young's qualifications, have acted to the hurt and prejudice of the pursuer and contrary to the provisions of the statute, libelled on. The case originated in the exercise of an interim Act of Assembly passed in 1834, enacting “That it shall be an instruction to Presbyteries that if, at the moderating in a call to a vacant pastoral charge, the major part of the male heads of families, members of the vacant congregation, and in full communion with the church, shall disapprove of the person in whose favour the call is proposed to be moderated in, such disapproval shall be judged sufficient ground for the Presbytery rejecting such person, and that he shall be rejected accordingly." The Earl of Kinnoul presented Mr. Young to the parish of Auchterarder ; but the majority of the male communicants rejected him by exercising this veto. As the Veto Act

roceeded exclusively from the General Assembly, and was not ratified by Parliament, the Earl and Mr. Young brought this action in the Court of Session against the Presbytery. The court now decided that the Veto Act had no force in law; that Mr. Young had a right to the parish, and the Earl to the emoluments, until the Presbytery should induct him in due form.

14.-Crowded meeting in Exeter Hall, presided over by Lord Brougham, to petition Parliament for the immediate abolition of negro apprenticeship.

15.-Mr. Villiers moves that the Ilouse resolve itself into a committee to consider the Act relating to the importation of corn. In favour, 95 ; against, 300.

16.--Boiler explosion on board the Victoria, of Hull, when running an experimental trip from London to the Nore. Chief-engineer Allen, hearing the explosion when on deck, rushed into the engine-room and stopped the engines, but was so frightfully scalded that he died in a few hours. Three assistant-engineers were also killed.

17.–A slight earthquake felt at Shrewsbury.

19.-Owen Swift kills Brighton Bill in a prize-fight at Barkway, Hertfordshire, this being his third victim. At the inquest a verdict of manslaughter was returned.

21.-The Ameer Dost Mahomed makes a final and unsuccessful appeal to Lord Auckland to remedy the grievances of the Affghans, and to give them a little encouragement and power. Burnes soon after took his departure from the city.

24.-Died at Chelsea, Thomas Attwood, musician, aged 72.

26.—Meeting at the Thatched House Tavern to organize measures for erecting a monument to the memory of Lord Nelson.

30.—Sir George Strickland's motion for abolishing negro apprenticeship on ist August of the present year, defeated by a majority of 269 to 205. Mr. Gladstone spoke with admitted ability on behalf of the planters.

Came on at Warwick Assizes the trial of Muntz and three others, charged with riot and an affray at a vestry meeting held in St. Martin's Church, Birmingham, on the 28th March last. The jury found two guilty of “an affray” only, and two not guilty.

The post of Grand Vizier abolished by the Sultan.

April 3.-Material saved from the burning of the Royal Exchange sold by auction for

2,0001.

Thoinas Martin, M.P. for Galway, imprisoned for two months, and fined 501, for leading a faction fight against the O'Flahertys at Aughterard.

The Marquis of Chandos' motion limiting the expenditure on Lord Durham's mission to the 12,000l. allowed to the Earl of Gosforil, defeated by 160 to 158 votes.

A supplement to the Gazette of this date contains a proclamation “declaring her Majesty's pleasure touching her royal coronation and the solemnity thereof." The coronation to take place on Tuesday the 26th June. The Privy Council to sit at Whitehall on the 28th instant, and afterwards from time to time as occasion may require to hear and decide upon the claims of individuals “to do and perform divers services” on the day of coronation, The day was afterwards changed to the 28th, on the ground, as was alleged, that the date

first mentioned was the anniversary of the with the proposed alteration in the Copyright death of George IV.

Act. 4.-The Sirius screw-ship leaves Cork for

25.--The second reading of Mr. Talfourd's New York, being the first vessel of this class

Copyright Bill carried in a small House by a which ever navigated the Atlantic. She ar

majority of 5. This measure was withdrawn rived at her destination on the 23d, St.

later in the session. George's day. The Great Western left Bristol - Under the auspices of the Religious In. on the 8th, and arrived at New York also on fluence Society, Dr. Chalmers, of Edinburgh, the 23d.

enters upon a course of lectures on Spiritual

Independence, at Hanover Square Rooms. 6.-Robert Miers, tried at the Central Cri.

The remarks of the Rev. Doctor on Church minal Court for setting fire to his house in

Establishments gave occasion to a violent attack Marylebone, with intent to defraud the Union by O'Connell, at a meeting of the Church Rate Insurance Company, was, on the third day,

Abolition Society, held in the City of London found guilty, and sentenced to transportation

Tavern. for life.

26.-Shipwreck of the Margaret of Newry, - Mr. M'Neill, the British Minister at the

transport, Off Cape Clear. The vessel was Persian Court, arrives in the camp of Mahomed

caught in a snow-storm about midnight, and Shah, to remonstrate against the continuance

struck on a rock two miles from the shore. Of of the siege of Herat as a violation of the treaty

forty-one hands on board, only two were with Great Britain. He was admitted into the

sa ved. beleaguered city on the 21st, and endeavoured afterwards to negotiate a peace between the 28.—The estate of Worksop sold by the contending parties, but without effect. On the | Duke of Norfolk to the Duke of Newcastle for part of Persia, Mahomed Shah said : “Either 370,000l., the rental being set down at 10,000l. the whole people of Herat shall make their a year, and the wood at the gross value of sabmission, and acknowledge themselves my 150,0001. subjects, or I will take possession of the for

30.-A Royal Commission appointed to tress by force of arms, and make them obedient

inquire into the system of pensions and retireand submissive.”

ments in the army and navy. 9.-Came on in the New Court, before Mr. Baron Parke, the trial of Thomas Williams, May 1.-Mr. Hume's motion to stop the a person of high position in Carnarvonshire, pension of 21,000l. per annum granted to the charged with forging the will of his late father King of Hanover when Duke of Cumberland, in-law, Mr. Panton of the same county. The on the ground of his inability to support the specific object of the prosecution was to set British Constitution, and the possibility there aside a will in which a large sum of money was of his using the money to the injury of was left to the prisoner's wife, by proving that his country, negatived by 97 to 62 votes. the prisoner, who practised as a solicitor, pro

-- Died in Bethlehem Hospital, Jonathan cured the signature of the deceased to pencil

Martin, the incendiary who fired York Minster writings, which were afterwards erased, and

on the 2d February, 1829. their place supplied with different instructions ; also that the will was forged. The trial 7.-Trial commenced at Paris of the indilasted an entire week, and to the great delight viduals charged with being concerned in a plot da crowded court resulted in a verdict of Not against the life of the King of the French.

The principal actor was one Hubert, a currier,

who, when arrested in December, had con- James Burke, a Catholic priest, and three

cealed in his hat the plan of a machine rebrothers named Crean, convicted at Cork assizes

sembling Fieschi's, but more scientifically confor conspiracy in attempting to prove the mur

structed. A letter written in cypher was also der of the father of the Creans, in 1834, against

traced to him, which, after much study, was Wright, a tithe proctor, who was tried and

deciphered, and detailed the plan of attack. acquitted on the charge.

“We intend to hire an apartment in the 11.-The Camden sails from Gravesend

neighbourhood of the Chamber of Deputies, having on board the Rev. John Williams and

and a stable in the same house, where we a party of missionaries, with their wives and will place the material necessary for the families, for the unexplored islands in the South

construction of the two machines, which will be Ses, where they desired to labour for the con.

put together the day before the opening of the version of the natives.

session. When the King shall have reached

within a certain distance we shall bring out 18.--The poet Wordsworth writes from the machines from under the gateway, and in Rydal Mount, toʻSerjeant Talfourd, expressing three minutes I pledge myself to have foudroyé the gratitude of English authors for the exer the King and the whole of his staff. In the tions he was making in Parliament to protect meantime, two men stationed on the roof of their rights against the claims put forth on the house will throw Congreve rockets on the behalf of printers and publishers in connexion Chamber of Deputies, which will be in a blaze

Gailty.

in less than five minutes.” Hubert was sentenced to transportation for life, three others to five years' imprisonment, one to three years', and three acquitted.

8.-Riot in the churchyard of Tuam, caused by the Protestant curate attempting to read the English service over the grave of a person said to have died a Roman Catholic.

Riot at Truro, caused by the churchwardens attaching goods belonging to four dissenters in the town who refused payment of church rates.

· Hostile meeting at Wormwood Scrubbs between Mr. Rushout, M.P., and Mr. Peter Borthwick. After the second firing, friends present interfered, and the party left the ground. The quarrel originaled in observations said to have been made by Mr. Rushout in connexion with Mr. Borthwick's ejection from his seat at Evesham by a Parliamentary Committee.

9.-Meeting, presided over by Earl Spencer, held in the Freemasons' Tavern, for the purpose of forming an Agricultural Society, on the plan of the Highland Society of Scotland,

10.-The contest for the bitterly-contested seat of Woodstock closed to-day, with a majority of 5 for the Marquis of Blandford over his younger brother, Lord John Churchill.

12.-Public dinner given to Sir Robert Peel at Merchant Taylors' Hall, by 300 Conservative Members of the House of Commons. In the course of a lengthy exposition of his policy, Sir Robert said : “My object for some years past has been to lay the foundations of a great party, which, existing in the House of Commons, and deriving its strength from the popular will, should diminish the risk and deaden the shock of collisions between the two deliberative branches of the Legislature.”

14.-Lord John Russell explains the Government scheme for settling the Irish Tithe Question. It was proposed to substitute a nominal rent-charge of 70l. for every 100l. of tithe composition ; these rent-charges to be made over to the State at the rate of sixteen years' purchase on every 100l. of original tithe composition; the rent-charges to be collected by the Commissioners of Woods and Forests, and to be applied towards supporting the Irish police, charities, and schools. As a preliminary step to discussing the scheme, Sir T. Acland moved to rescind the resolutions of 7th and 8th April, 1835, providing “That any surplus revenue of the present Church Establishment in Ireland not required sor the spiritual care of its members be applied to the moral and religious education of all classes of the people without distinction of religious persuasion, providing for the resumption of such surplus, or of any such part of it as may be required by an increase in the number of members of the Established Church.” O'Connell made a speech, listened to with great impatience. “Shall Ireland,'

he asked, “be governed by a section ? (Vehement shouts from the Opposition.) I thank you—(noise renewed)—for that shriek. Many a shout of insolent domination (noise) --despicable and contemptible as it is - (noise) – have I heard against my country.” (Uproar continued, during which Mr. O'Connell, with uplifted sist and great violence of manner, uttered several sentences which were inaudible in the gallery. The Speaker was at last obliged to interfere and call the House to order.) “Let them shout. It is a senseless yell. It is the spirit of the party that has placed you there. Ireland will hear your shrieks. (Continued uproar.) Yes; you may want us again. (Roars of laughter.) What would Waterloo have been if we had not been there? (Ministerial cheers, and Opposition laughter.) I ask not that question for your renowned Commander-in-chief, who is himself an Irishman, but for the hardy soldiery of Ireland, who fought the battle for him. “ Question and laughter from the Opposition.) I say again, that is the ques. tion. The question is, shall the people of Ireland be amalgamated with the people of England ? Refuse to receive us into that amalgamation, and abide the consequences. (Cries of

“ Hear!” from the Opposition benches.) Sneer at me as you like, but recollect that I speak the voice of millions, who will hear again of the base insult offered to me this evening. (Cheers from the Irish Members, accompanied by an observation from Mr. Grattan, which was not heard in the gallery, but which caused a titter on the Opposi. tion benches.) Why should the son of Grattan say—(Here the cheers and laughter drowned the remainder of the sentence.) The English people, too, are auditors of your taunt. You tell us that you can command a majority: I say to you in reply, carry your bribery a little further, and you will really have a majority. (“Question! question !") More extensive bribery than you practised at the last election never yet was practised in this world ; and the highest amongst you shrink from its investiga

(“Question! question !") The Govern. ment proposal was carried by 317 to 298 votes.

14.—The Speaker of the Arkansas House of Assembly tried for killing a member with a bowie knife, on the floor of the House while in Session. The jury found him guilty of excusable homicide.

Meeting at the “Crown and Anchor" for the purpose of petitioning Parliament to take into consideration the claims of the officers and men lately serving in the British Auxiliary Legion in Spain, and the sufferings of the widows and orphans of those who had fallen.

16.—Died at his residence in Clarges-street, in his 71st year, Zachary Macaulay, a zealous advocate for the abolition of slavery. His dis. tinguished son, Thomas Babington, was at this time on his return voyage from India, whither

tion."

he had gone in 1834, as Law Member of | Strand when the foreigner came up. He was Council

an Italian, but could speak English fluently, 17.-The Queen's birthday celebrated by a

and had been acquainted with the deceased for Drawing-room of unusual splendour.

months. He frequented the neighbourhood of

the “Spread Eagle,” Regent-circus, and wore a -- Died at his hotel, in the Rue de Flo

ring given him by deceased, bearing the words rentin, Paris, in his eighty-fourth year, Prince

“Semper fidelis.” He also carried a claspTalleyrand, statesman and diplomatist. His

knife, with which the wounds might have been will forbade his autobiography to be published

inflicted. With this person she entered a before 1868.

cab, and drove home about midnight. He 18.–The Chancellor of the Exchequer in was not afterwards seen, and how or when troduces the annual Budget. Last year ex he left the house was never ascertained. Hubhibited a deficiency of income amounting to bard slept in an apartment alone, and dis1,150,000!., and an excess in expenditure of covered the body (he said) when going out to 646,0001., caused, as was explained, by extra work in the morning. He awoke a comexpense in Canada and interest on West India mercial traveller who slept in the house with loan. He now proposed to raise 13,000,0001. another woman, and then alarmed the police. on Exchequer Bills for the service of the year The deceased was about twenty-five years of 1838.

age, of sober habits, and had saved a little 21.-Reported robbery of 12,000l. in sove

money. At the inquest a verdict of wilful reigns, from the residence of T. Rogers, bill

murder was returned against some person or broker, Mile End, by thieves, who had appa

persons unknown. On the rith June Hubbard rently secreted themselves in the house.

was committed to Horsemonger-lane prison, Rogers was afterwards apprehended, and com

in consequence of an anonymous letter purmitted on suspicion of attempting to defraud

porting to come from the person who accomhis creditors by reporting the robbery. He

panied Eliza Grimwood home, but no evidence was, however, liberated on 26th July.

being forthcoming before the magistrate he

was discharged, and afterwards went to Ame22.-Government defeated in a thin House

rica. On the 13th June the effects of the murby a inajority of 3, on Sir Eardley Wilmot's

dered woman were sold on the premises, and motion that negro apprenticeship should imme

realized high prices. diately cease. This vote was afterwards re

88.-Riotous proceedings commenced at Tersed.

Boughton, Kent, under the leadership of John 24.- By a majority of 30 in a House of 196, Thom, alias Sir William Courtenay, a chaMr. Cresswell carries his motion for an Address racter who had formerly made himself conto the Queen, praying that commissioners might spicuous in the neighbourhood of Canterbury. be employed to examine the claims of persons He had been for some time confined in a lunatic for losses on account of book-debts and goods asylum, but since his release had been living ashore at Copenhagen in 1807, and to examine among the peasantry of Boughton, boasting also the claims of persons who suffered losses of his birth, and the great possessions unjustly through the seizure of ships and cargoes by the withheld from him. He also blasphemously Danish Government in the same year.

styled himself the Saviour of the world. In --- Launch, at Limehouse, of the steam

the character of a political reformer, and under ship British Queen, intended to carry goods

pretence of relieving them from the terrors of and passengers between Liverpool and New

the New Poor Law, he gathered a band of York She was considered the largest vessel

nearly 100 ignorant and discontented people, in the world, being 275 feet in length, and 40

and drew them up near Bossenden farm on the feet in breadth between the paddle-boxes ;

evening of the 30th. On the following morning

he deliberately shot a constable named Mears, tonnage, 1,860 tons:

The county now became alarmed, and a party 26.-Eliza Grimwood found murdered in her of military was sent from Canterbury to break bedroom, Wellington-terrace, Waterloo-road. | up the gang. On seeing the soldiers ad. She was wounded in several places, but the im | vance, Courtenay again deliberately drew his mediate cause of death was a wound in the neck, pistol, and shot' Lieut. Bennett, of the 45th extending nearly from ear to ear, and severing regiment, who was riding in advance of his the windpipe. Her left thumb was also cut, party, and fell dead upon the spot. The solas if she had struggled with the murderer. The diers then immediately fired, when Courtenay unfortunate woman lived with a person named and eight others fell dead, two were mortally Hubbard, a bricklayer, separated from his wife, wounded, and a number crippled for life. and had been in the habit of taking persons Before the engagement Courtenay administered home with her from the theatres. On the Friday the Sacrament in a wood, and addressed night she was said to have met with a person his followers as their Saviour. At the close of in the Strand, who had the look of a foreigner, his harangue several of the deluded victims and dressed like a gentleman. At the inquest, I knelt down at his feet and worshipped him. the person able to speak to Eliza Grimwoord's So earnest were they in their belief, that for latest movements was a companion named some time after his death they actually exCatherine Edwin, who was with her in the pected him to rise from the dead as he had

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