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21.-General thanksgiving for her Majesty's warmly contended. He had been in failing recent escape.
health almost since his return from America in 24.—Sir J. J. Gordon Bremer issues a notice
1839. declaring the river and harbour of Canton in a 29.-Ovation in Manchester to the Glasgow state of siege.
cotton-spinners on their return from trans29.—Tried at Durham Sessions, Robert portation. Taylor, charged with many acts of bigamy, and obtaining money under the pretence of being August 1.-Action commenced at Lewes heir to large properties. Two cases were assizes by Richard Heaviside against Dr. proved against him, and he was sentenced to Lardner, for compensation for the seduction of imprisonment for two years and a half.
his wife. In summing up, Baron Gurney said Experiments with Clegg and Samuda's at- one point urged in favour of the defendant mospheric railway at Wormwood Scrubs. was that he was chastised by the plaintiff ; and
if he had put the defendant's life in danger, it July 5.-Bombardment and capture of would certainly go in mitigation of damages; Tinghae, the capital of Chusan, by the squadron but under the peculiar circumstances he would under Sir Gordon Bremer.
leave that entirely to the jury. They must not 6.-Execution of Courvoisier.
estimate the damages by the pecuniary repearance on the scaffold was the signal for a sources of the defendant, but by the injury shout of execration from the thousands assem- the plaintiff had sustained. He had lost an bled below, but he appeared totally unmoved, affectionate wife, and his children were deand stood firm while the executioner fastened prived of the instruction and example of a the noose.
He died after a brief struggle. mother. Damages 8, oool. 10.- The trial of Oxford concluded at the
6.-This morning, about 4 o'clock, the Central Criminal Court. The jury gave effect City of Edinburgh steamer, from the Thames, to the plea of insanity, urged by his counsel, arrived off Boulogne, with Prince Louis NapoMr. S. Taylor and Mr. Bodkin, by coupling leon, fifty-eight followers, eight horses, and two their verdict of guilty with a declaration that carriages. On landing, the party immediately they believed the prisoner to be insane. Lord proceeded to the barracks, where, having Denman: “Then the verdict will stand thus : secured the sentinel, the Prince made overtures not guilty on the ground of insanity. The
to the soldiers, and offered them a considerable prisoner will be confined in strict custody, as
increase of pay:
This, however, had no à matter of course. The prisoner walked effect, and he then went through the town, briskly from the bar, apparently glad the long distributing proclamations to the citizens and trial was over.
soldiers. Few joined them ; and very soon Lord Aberdeen withdraws his Scotch Bene- the National Guard were assembled, and fices Bill.
the party driven to the sands. Here some of 13.-Crowded meeting of the Loyal Na- them attempted to regain the steamer, but the tional Association of Ireland, held in Dublin, boat upsetting they were precipitated into the when O'Connell delivered an harangue, pro- water, when the National Guard fired and mising repeal within a year.
killed several. Some were drowned ; and A royal message read in the House of Lords, Prince Louis himself was picked up half a mile recommending the introduction of a Regency out, and carried to the guard-house, along Bill to the attention of their lordships. In with General Montholon and Colonel Vaucompliance therewith, a bill was introduced by drey. The whole of the survivors were the Lord Chancellor, constituting Prince Albert arrested during the day, and the steamer sole regent in the event of her Majesty's demise taken possession of till it could be ascertained before her offspring attains legal age.
whether the owners were aware of the purpose 15.-Convention signed at London between
for which she was chartered. A London mornthe Courts of Great Britain, Austria, Prussia, ing paper, speaking of the attempt, says, “The and Russia, on the one part, and the Ottoman maniac Louis Napoleon is said to be in the Porte on the other, for the pacification of the present instance nothing but an unfortunate Levant.
instrument in the hands of certain Stock Ex24.-Discussion in the House of Commons
change adventurers.” on the case of John Thorogood, confined in 7.--Act of Parliament passed prohibiting the Chelmsford jail for refusing to pay 5s. 6d. for
use of climbing-boys as chimney-sweeps. Church rates.
11.- In closing Parliament, her Majesty
said : 28.-Died at Cowes, aged 48, John George
The violent injuries indicted upon Lambton, Earl of Durham. Endowed with some of my subjects by the officers of the talents of a high order, and possessed of great
Emperor of China, have compelled me to send natural courage, the deceased nobleman at
to the coasts of China a naval and military tached himself with great eagerness to the Re
force for the purpose of demanding reparation form party, and, short as was his public career,
and redress." had the happiness of seeing the triumph of 13.- Riots at Calne, Wilts, arising out of the many of those principles for which he so opposition of the poorer classes in the district
to the new constabulary force. One special the mess committee, to tell you that you were constable killed, others injured, and several wrong in having a black bottle placed on the houses sacked.
table at a great dinner like last night, as the 15.-The foundation-stone of the Scott monu- mess should be conducted like a gentleman's ment, at Edinburgh, laid with masonic honours table, and not like a tavern or pot-house.' by Sir James Forrest, Grand Master, and pro- 22.- Died, at Clarence House, St. James's, vost of the city. The inscription on a plate the Princess Augusta, sixth child and second deposited in the stone recorded that the admi
daughter of George III. and Queen Charlotte, rable writings of Sir Walter Scott
and born in 1768. allowed to have given more delight, and suggested better feeling, to a larger class of readers
25.–Fire in Plymouth Dockyard, and total in every rank of society, than those of any
destruction of the Talavera, 74-gun ship, and other author, with the exception of Shak
the Imogene frigate, then in dock. The Minden speare alone, and were therefore thought likely
was also much charred and burnt, and the Adeto be remembered long after this act of grati
laide Gallery destroyed, with all its interesting tude on the part of the first generation of his
memorials of old ships, except the Royal George's admirers should be forgotten.” Addresses capstan. delivered by the Grand Master and Sir Wil- 28.—Commenced before the Court of Peers, liam Rae.
of France, the trial of Prince Louis Napoleon, 27.-Attempted murder of William Maok.
and other persons concerned in the landing at reth, in a bedroom of the Angel Inn, Ludlow.
Boulogne. They were defended by M. BerThere was a severe wound in the throat, but not
ryer, but the address of this eloquent advosufficient to cause death. It was generally
cate did not avail much, as the Peers found believed the criminal in this instance had made
the prince guilty, and sentenced him to pera mistake, the intended victim being one Lud
petual imprisonment in a frontier fortress. The low, a Birmingham cattle-dealer.
others were sentenced to imprisonment for
various terms of years. 28.- Presentation of the freedom of the City of London to Prince Albert. “I shall
October 2.-Attempt of an incendiary to always,” said the Prince in reply, “remember with pride and satisfaction the day on which
fire the dockyard at Sheerness. Smoke having
been observed issuing from the Camperdown, I became your fellow-citizen, and it is especially
120 guns, search was made, when part of gratifying to me, as marking your loyalty and affection to the Queen."
the vessel was discovered to be on fire, but
as it had just commenced it was got under 29. - Rev. Hugh Stowell tried at Liver- before much damage was done. On further pool, for a libel on a Catholic clergyman in inspection, trains of oakum, pounded resin, Manchester, whom he declared to have sub- and other inflammable materials were found jected one of his people to the indignity of laid throughout the ship in various directions. walking on his hands and knees two hours a
5.-Concluded at Brighton the court-martial day for nine days, as a penance for sin. Verdict for the plaintiff, damages 4os.
on Captain Reynolds, arising out of charges preferred against him by his commanding officer,
the Earl of Cardigan, for writing an improper September 12.-Duel on Wimbledon Com
and intemperate letter.“I beg to tell your mon between Lord Cardigan and Lieut. Tuckett,
lordship,” he wrote, “that you are in nowise in consequence of the Earl obtaining informa
justified in speaking of me at all at a public tion that Lieut. Tuckett was the author of
party, given by your lordship, and more parcertain letters in the newspapers reflecting, as ticularly in such manner as to make it appear his lordship supposed, on his character as an
that my conduct has been such as to exclude officer and a gentleman. The first shot was me from your lordship’s house." Capt. Reyineffectual on both sides. Mr. Tuckett re
nolds, to the astonishment of many, was disceived his adversary's second ball in the back
missed the service, and the evidence of some of part of the lower ribs. The ball was ex
his witnesses severely censured. tracted, and no fatal result followed. The miller of Wimbledon, with his wife and son,
6.-Conclusion of the poll, rendered newitnessed the duel from his mill, and being
cessary by a combination to exclude Alderman a constable, took the parties into custody.
Harmer, of the Dispatch, from the office of They had exchanged shots about twelve yards
Mayor, to which he succeeded by rotation. from each other.
Pirie, 2, 741 ; Johnson, 2,713; Harmer, 2, 294 19.-The Globe and other newspapers pub
10.--Engagement near Beyrout, between lish the details of a mess squabble between
the allied troops and Ibrahim Pacha, in which Lord Cardigan and Capt. J. W. Reynolds.
the latter is completely defeated, and forced Capt. Jones delivered the following message to
to retreat to the mountains. Beyrout is evaCapt. Reynolds, after a mess dinner, at which cuated the same night, and made the head. the latter had called for a bottle of Moselle,
quarters of Gen. Smith. placed, as usual, on the table in a black bottle. 14. - Proceedings in the Wandsworth Police # The colonel has desired me, as president of Court concerning the duel fought between the
Earl of Cardigan and Capt. Tuckett on Sept. 12. of Admiral Stopford. The attack commenced Both were committed for trial on the charge of about two o'clock, and became general at felony.
three. At twenty minutes past four a large 15.-A musket shot fired at the King of the magazine blew up, by which one entire regiFrench in the evening, when his Majesty was ment, on the ramparts, was sacrificed. During passing along the Quay of the Tuileries, on his
the night the place was evacuated. British return to St. Cloud, but no one hurt. Darmes, loss, 22 killed and 42 wounded ; Egyptians who fired the shot, was instantly arrested, and killed, about 2,000. Speaking of the effects avowed the crime.
of the explosion, an officer who witnessed it
says, 20.-Lord Palmerston writes to Earl Gran
“The whole neighbourhood was torn up, ville at Paris : “Say to M. Thiers that nothing
as it were, from the very bowels of the earth,
and scattered in great masses in every direccan be more unjust than to assert that England
tion, men, women, children, horses, and asses has wished not to allow France any share in
intermingled in the most ghastly manner. A the settlement of the Turkish question. But as
vast hollow, about a mile in circumference, is long as France insists that the question shall be settled only in her own way, against the opinion
now presented, surrounded to a great distance
by dead bodies." of all the other powers, and in opposition to
Surrender of Dost Mahomed Khan. Sir the engagements which the Four Powers have contracted with the Sultan, it is surely France
William Macnaghten writes to the Secretary of that excludes herself from the settlement, and
the Indian Government : "I was returning not the other powers that exclude her.”
from my evening ride, and within a few yards
of my own residence, when a single horseman 22.—Died at Holland House, aged sixty- galloped up to me, and having satisfied him seven, the Right Hon. Henry Richard Vassall, that I was the envoy and minister, told me that Lord Holland, celebrated in the political and Dost Mahomed Khan was arrived, and sought social life of the past half-century.
my protection. Dost Mahomed rode 24.-Sir John Macdonald, Adjutant-Gene- and alighted from his horse. After the usual ral, reads, by order of the Commander-in-chief, salutation, I begged him to mount again, and a memorandum to the officers of the lith we proceeded together to my residence, in the Hussars at Brighton barracks. Speaking of compound of which I have pitched a tent for the commanding officer, Lord Cardigan, he the ex-chief, and provided him with everything says, “ He must recollect that it is expected necessary for his comfort. He put his sword from him not only to exercise the military into my hand as a token of submission, but I at command over the regiment, but to give an once returned it to him, and he seemed grateful example of moderation, temper, and discretion.
for this mark of confidence." Such a course of conduct would lead to far less
5.-Kurrach Singh dies at Lahore. His frequent reference to his lordship from the
favourite wife and three female attendants IIth Hussars than had been the case in the last
sacrifice themselves on the funeral pile. On few months.”
the return of the procession to the palace, a 25.-John Henty, carpenter, tried by court- beam fell on the new sovereign, Nebal Singh. martial at Sheerness, for (among other counts) He died in a few hours. making a false report to his superior officer,
6.--Accidental bursting of another magazine on the extent and circumstances of the fire in
in Acre, attended with a loss of nearly 300 the Camperdown. The Court found the charge
lives. established, but, in consideration of the prisoner's previous good character, sentenced him 10.-Exciting municipal contest in Edinto be only severely reprimanded.
burgh, caused by the state of Church parties. Accident at Farringdon, Great Western Rail- The non-intrusion party in the council, with way, caused by the driver of a goods train neg. some aid from the Tories, carry Sir James lecting to lessen his speed as he approached Forrest as Lord Provost, against Mr. Adam the station. The driver and guard were killed, Black, by 17 to 14. and four passengers, in a truck, severely in
12.-John Thorogood relieved from Chelmsjured.
, after imprisonment of twenty-two 27.--Distressing case of hydrophobia at months for refusing to pay a Church-rate of Kirkcaldy, in a boy, aged six, and a girl, aged 5s. 6d. An unknown individual paid the rate two, who had been severely lacerated by a
and costs. rabid dog at Carronbrae, about seven weeks
13.-Severe storm on the north-east coast. previously.
The Syria was broken to pieces near Sunder
land pier, and four of her crew drowned. In November 2.–Major-General Sir Robert
the Irish Sea the fury of the gale was also Sale intercepts Dost Mahomed when attempting
severely felt. The City of Bristol steamship, to enter the Gharebund Pass, and scatters his
trading between Waterford and Bristol, founfollowers among the mountains.
dered off Warnes Head, with twenty-nine 3.-Bombardment and capture of St. Jean persons on board. Only two were saved. d'Acre by the allied fleet, under the command Contest for the High Stewardship of Cam
bridge University. On this, the third and last day of polling, the numbers stood, Lord Lyndhurst, 973 ; Lord Lyttelton, 487.
21.–This afternoon, at ten minutes before 2 o'clock, the Queen was safely delivered of a Princess.
30.-The Belle Poule frigate, commanded by the Prince de Joinville, arrives off Cherbourg, with the remains of the Emperor Napoleon.
December 2.-A youth, named William Jones (“the boy Jones”), gains access to Buckingham Palace, and continues secreted there several days. His presence was first detected by Mrs. Lilley, the nurse of the Princess Royal, who summoned some attendants, and had the intruder drawn from his hiding-place under the sofa. He gave various accounts of the manner in which he obtained admission, as well as his object, but the Privy Council did not think there was much cause for alarm. He was therefore sentenced to three months' imprisonment as a rogue and vagabond.
Admiral Stopford writes to Mehemet Ali :“I am very sorry to find that Commodore Napier should have entered into a convention with your Highness for the evacuation of Syria by the Egyptian troops, which he had no authority to do, and which I cannot approve or ratify. I hope this hasty and unauthorized convention will not occasion any embarrassment to your Highness. It was no doubt done from an amicable motive, though under a limited view of the state of affairs in Syria.”
6.- Prosecution of Hetherington in the Court of Queen's Bench for issuing a blasphemous publication, entitled “Haslam's Letters to the Clergy of all Denominations.” Verdict, guilty. Sentence deferred.
15.-Remains of the Emperor Napoleon laid with great pomp in the tomb at the Invalides, Paris.
17.-John Green, a "ganger," or superintendent of labourers, on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, murdered by two Irishmen at Crosshill. One of them struck Green on the head with a long iron poker, while the other repeatedly jumped upon the body. A witness, working on the line at the time, said, “On going to my work at the south end of Crosshill Bridge, in the morning, I saw five or six people standing in the middle of it, but when I came up to them they all laid their heads together, and spoke as if they did not wish me to hear. Green, the ganger, came up at this time, and stood looking at the line over the bridge. One of the men then stepped out from the others, took five or six rapid strides, and struck Green on the head with a rod of iron. Green put his hand to his head and cried out, ‘O Lord, murder!' I saw three or four blows struck by the same person, and then I ran away to call assistance.' The outrage had its origin in jealousy between the English and Irish workmen on the line.
1841. Jan. 3.–Thunderstorm in the metropolis and neighbourhood. Spitalfields Church and Streatham Church were seriously damaged.
Fire at Dundee, originating from a stove in a passage betwixt the Steeple and South churches, The East Church, or Cathedral, a remarkable and much admired building, and also the South and Cross churches, were completely destroyed.
7.-Commodore Bremer opens fire from his squadron on the Bogue Forts, Canton River, and reduces two, over which he plants the British flag.
Death at Lambeth Palace, caused by workmen heating a pan of charcoal in the room they were repairing: One man was entirely suffocated, and the rest of the survivors had a narrow escape.
8.--Alexander M‘Rae sentenced to death by the High Court of Justiciary, Edinburgh, for a capital offence committed on the body of Marjory M'Intosh, near Docgarroch Loch, on the Caledonian Canal.
11.-Samuel Scott, the American diver, accidentally hangs himself when performing his rope-trick on Waterloo Bridge, preparatory to leaping into the river.
14.---Mehemet Ali restores the Turkish fleet, this transaction completing his submission to the Sublime Porte.
16.-Inundation at Brentford, caused by the bursting of the banks and locks of the Grand Junction Canal. At Shrewton and Maddington, on the same day, there was a considerable destruction of property by floods, from the sudden melting of snow in the neighbourhood.
18.-O'Connell visits the Orange district of Ulster in the course of his repeal agitation, and meets with numerous evidences of unpopularity.
20.-The Emperor of China issues an edict : “Whereas Keshen has reported to us the measures he has taken in reference to the circumstances of the English foreigners; that as these rebellious foreigners are without reason, and refuse to listen to our commands, a dreadful example of severity ought to be made in their regard. If the rebellious foreigners dare to approach our inner shores, let them be immediately exterminated.” Keshen, in detailing to the Emperor the various encroachments of the barbarians, writes : “Your slave is vexed to death thinking of these things, even till he loathes his food, and till sleep has forsaken his eyelids, forasmuch as he does not shrink from the heavy guilt he is incurring in taking all these facts, the result of his diligent inquiries, and annoying with them the ears of Heaven's Son." Keshen was soon after degraded, and delivered over to the Board of Punishment.
Charles Elliot, H.M. Plenipotentiary, announces the conclusion of preliminary arrange
ments for a treaty of peace with China. The fluence of water hid the immediate stage of island of Hong Kong to be ceded to England, operations from sight. At half-past eight the an indemnity of six million dollars to be paid, Middle Tower and all the adjoining groundand the trade of Canton to be opened up. work had disappeared. The tower sank into
21.-Great Radical meeting at Leeds, de- the gulf like a subsiding wave. Goat Island signed to bring about a coalition with the followed next. On the British side the wall Chartists. Resolutions in favour of universal of loose friable rock was gored and ploughed suffrage were almost unanimously carried; but away until the Table Rock, so much resorted the speakers differed widely from each other on to by visitors, fell down in fragments, the the remaining “points" of the charter.
spiral staircase toppled, and for a while it was The moderate section of the Strathbogie expected that the hotel would follow. It still Presbytery meet at Marnoch to induct Mr. Ed- stands, though in a perilous posture, all the wards into the ministry of that parish. The
furniture having been removed.' circumstances connected with this ordination 16.- The Earl of Cardigan tried in the occasioned much discussion. A protest against House of Lords for shooting at Captain the proceedings was read amid great excite- Tuckett, with intent to do him bodily harm. ment, and at its conclusion the audience set up The case broke down on a formal objection a loud shout of approval. A portion, represent- raised by the prisoner's counsel, Sir William ing, it was said, the parishioners of Marnoch, Follett. The prosecution, he said, had failed in then withdrew, but the number left in the proving a material part of their case, inasmuch church was still very considerable, and the as no evidence had been given that Captain shouting, cheering, and hissing continued in a Harvey Garnett Phipps Tuckett was the person manner which made the carrying out of the alleged to have been on Wimbledon Common business of the court an impossibility. An on the 12th September last, and whose card attempt was made to prevent the moderator only bore the name Captain Harvey Tuckett. from entering the pulpit, and pieces of wood, The peers present returned a verdict of “not nails, iron bolts, &c. were plentifully thrown guilty," with the exception of the Duke of among the members of Presbytery. This con- Cleveland, who added, “Not guilty, legally.” tinued for about an hour and a half, when the 19.-Wynyard Park, the seat of the Marfury of the audience gave signs of having ex
quis of Londonderry, destroyed by fire, sup, pended itself. Words of warning and remon- posed to have originated in a flue of the chapel strance were then offered by two or three known
forming the west wing of the premises, and sympathisers with the non-intrusion movement, first seen about midnight. There were only two and the latter part of the ordination services
servants in the house at the time, the Marquiş was conducted in the midst of comparative and Marchioness being abroad with their atorder and quiet.
tendants. The whole of the building, and by 23.-Died in Bethlehem Hospital, aged 69 far the greater part of the rich furnishings, were years, James Hatfield, who was tried at the completely destroyed. Old Bailey, in September 1802, for firing a 22.-Decision in the Exchequer on the long loaded pistol at his Majesty King George III., pending question regarding the validity of the and acquitted on the ground of insanity.
charter of the city of Manchester. The ques26.-Parliament opened by her Majesty in tion was raised in a suit Rutter v. Chapman, person.
tried in 1839, before Mr. Baron Maule, at
Liverpool, when the learned judge directed the February 1.-Captain Elliot and Commo
jury to find for the validity, subject to a bill of dore Bremer issue a proclamation to the inha
exceptions for argument in Exchequer. The bitants of Hong Kong, informing them that
Attorney-General conducted the case for the the place had become part of the dominion of
Liberals, and Mr. Cresswell that of the Tory the Queen of England, and that natives resid- opponents of the corporation.
The original ing in the island must consider themselves as
judgment in favour of the charter was now her subjects.
confirmed on all points, and costs allowed. 5.- The Duke of Wellington taken suddenly
25.-Close of the debate on the first readill in the House of Lords, and conveyed to
ing of Lord Morpeth's Irish Registration Bill. Apsley House.
Majority for Ministers, 5. 10.-Christening of the Princess Royal in
27.-Fall of two houses adjoining the Buckingham Palace.
Dispatch office, in Fleet-street. The tenants
being warned of their danger shortly before, Lord Sydenham assumes the government of
no life was lost, nor was there any casualty the now united provinces of Upper and Lower Canada.
of the slightest nature. 14.-The Buffalo Advertiser publishes a long circumstantial account of the destruction March 2.-In answer to Lord Dalhousie, of Niagara Falls. "At half-past seven a wide Lord Aberdeen states that though his bill of space of the frontal bastion near to Goat last year had been well received by nearly oneIsland fell down, but what was actually taking half of the Church of Scotland, yet as it had place could only be surmised, as the great con- been furiously condemned by the other, and