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nately extinguished by a plentiful 1784. Some described them as supply of water. This is the fourth worth 271. a year, and cthers 23).; time, within these few years, these but it appeared that their informapremises have been burnt.

tion on the subject was extremely

vague and incorrect. The houses COURT OF KING'S BENCH, at the time of the demise were in July 12.

a very dilapidated state, and had,

at a very considerable expense, Kensington v. Fentorii

been altered and repaired by the This was an action of ejectment, lessee. to recover the possession of several Lord Ellenborough, after the houses in Bartholomew-close. examination of each witness, inti.

Mr. Gibbs stated, that the plain-mated his opinion, that their testitiff was the eldest son of the late mony fell very short of <proving lord Kensington, whose name was that the late lord had made an imWilliam Edwards, and who was provident bargain with his tenant. tenant for life of estates left him by There were three other actions his brother, with remainder to the which depended on the verdict in plaintiff in tail. A power had been the present one. given to the late lord Kensington, Mr. Erskine, in the course of a by his brother's will, to grant leases very eloquent address to the jury for 99 years, upon three lives, re. for the defendant, regretted that serving the best improved rent. the present lord Kensington was By virtue of that power, he had not in court, to witness the disgranted a lease of several mes. graceful scene which his agents suages in Cloth-fair, near Smithi- were exhibiting in his name. That field, to a Mr. Champion, one of young nobleman, whose gay and which was rented by the defendant. fashionable pursuits precluded his The object of this action was to attention to the concerns of his for. vacate that lease, on the ground of tune, would doubtless have been the rent reserved being inadequate ashamed of having occupied the to the annual value of the premises time of the court and jury, and at the time the lease was granted, would instantly have consented to a which was in 1784. The lease nonsuit. He was a young man rein question was renewable on the cently come to the possession of a death of any one of the lives, with. patrimony adequate to support, out a fine. This was also a ground with splendour, any title his ma. of forfeiture. It had been once re- jesty could bestow on a subject; it riewed by the late lord, who, it was was therefore placing him in a supposed, had taken a fine, though most invidious point of view, to ad. the fact did not appear upon the vise him to appear in a court of face of the lease. The rent re. justice, for the mean and unworthy served was only in. though the purpose of grinding and oppressing premises were worth three times his tenants, who had derived their that sum. He should prove these titles from his father. It was a defacts, and the verdict of the jury gradation of his own character, an must necessarily be in his favour. insult to the shade of the deceased

Several witnesses were called, lord, and a proof of the want of who gave their opinions as to the filial piety, to attempt, by litigious value of the houses in the year objections, to set aside acts recog:

nised by his parent. The defen- remove to, but, failing of success, dane's landlord had, on the faith were under the necessity of remainof the late lord Kensington, ex. ing where they were. As soon as pended upwards of 12001. in re. the neighbours were recovered from pairing these premises, which were the alarm which so dismal an accia in a low neighbourhood, and, at the dent occasioned, they set to work time he took them, in a most ruin. to clear away the rubbish, with the ous condition. It was an indication laudable intention of saving as of an avaricious disposition on the many lives as possible. A person part of the plaintiff, to wish to an- of the name of Richards was the ticipate the enjoyment of his rever- first who relieved some of the unsion, and, wallowing in wealth as he fortunate sufferers from their dread. was, to desire to have in his posses- ful situation. The confusion of sion the produce of all the money cries under the ruins rendered it laid out on the assurance of his fa- almost impossible at first to disther's title. The learned counsel, cern the exact spot where they lay. after a variety of very severe and At length he found one Royston, pointed remarks, trusted that the his wife, and son, who had occujury would, by their verdict, ex- pied a room up two pair of stairs: press their indignation at this ac- they were all ‘much' bruised, and tion, which was only the first of a were sent immediately to the Lonseries of others that stood ready for don Hospital. Next he found four trial.

children, two of whom were seriLord Ellenborough thought the ously injured, and were sent to the late lord had, under all the circum- same hospital; the other two had stances, obtained the best improved the good fortune to be screened rent he had a right to expect, and from the ruins by a piece of time had acted with due regard to the ber, and escaped unhurt; they interest of the reversioner.

were sent to Mile-End workhouse The jury, without a moment's to be taken care of. On searching hesitation, returned a verdict for further, Richards found a female the defendant.

child, about nine months old, be17. A most melancholy accident tween two pieces of timber, unhurt; happened yesterday by the falling the little innocent was lying on its in of two houses in Dunk-street, back, playing with its clothes, unnear Great Garden-street, Mile- conscious of any danger. She End New Town. Both these greeted her deliverers with a smile ; houses were let out to poor people and was sent after the others to the with small families: in the first workhouse. Further assistance arhouse were five families besides riving, the search was continued lodgers, and in the second about with great ardour: a man, named the same number. It is but justice Box, his wife, and three children, to say, that the surveyor of the di- were traced by their cries to the strict, as well as the landlord of the ceilar, when they were dragged premises, gave notice to the inhabi- from the window unhurt. It aptants, some weeks ago, to quit, as pears that this family had occupied their lives were not thought safe; the ground-floor, and had fled into and on Monday several of the paor the cellar for safety, on first hear. sufferers, in consequence of that ing the crash. Two old women advice, looked out for dwellings to were found, one of the age of 90,

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and the other 80; they occupied ing fire broke out in the centre of a back room up two pair of stairs. the camp, which brought about a The former had been confined to great deal of bustle. The confiaher bed seven months ; neither of gration commenced in the tempothem received the least injury, and rary mess-room erected for the of were sent to the workhouse. ficers of the 48th regiment; and as

The most distressing part of this the fabric was composed chiefly of spectacle was a poor woman, who wood and straw, it was soon rehad lain-in on Sunday last : both duced to ashes. The contiguity of herself and child were materially an ammunition tent, and the very injured. The alarm of the woman inflammatory materials of which was so great, that her death was the huts are composed, which, in the consequence.

the vicinity, had been built by marBefore nine o'clock such exertion ried soldiers, caused a great degree had been used, that the whole of of anxiety. Fortunately, however, the persons were found who it the fire ceased where it commenced; was supposed were missing; and, and as the mess utensils were saved, however miraculous it may appear, little damage was sustained. not one of them was found dead; This accident excited a lively very few had their limbs broken. sensation in the surrounding coun. A widow and her daughter, who try, and along the coast. The fire dwelt in a back room up two pair and alarm beacons, on all the difof stairs, were among those most ferent hills, were immediately seen hurt; also a man and his wife, who on fire, and a considerable degree occupied a garret. When the ac- of alarm must have been the concident happened, nearly all the peo- sequence. ple were in bed: consequently when On Sunday a man in the service they were taken from the ruins they of Mr.Porter,of Felixstone, Norfolk, were entirely naked, and had not a was struck dead, from the top of rag to put on except what they ob- a hay-stack, during a storm of tained from the humanity of the thunder and lightning, and a dog neighbours.

killed which lay at the foot of the Out of the 35 persons who were ladder. The stack was set on fire; found, 14 only were sent to the and another man near it had his hospital; some few who were not head singed. The storm extended dangerously hurt, and had friends, over the whole of Norfolk and Suf. wished to be carried to them: those folk, and did much injury in difnot so fortunate were lodged at the ferent quarters. At Bury, a cow workhouse. It was a lucky cir. was struck dead in a field belongcumstance that the party-wall be. ing to Mr. Butcher. At Harwich, tireen the two houses did not give during the same storm, another way, or many persons must inevi. man was struck dead, while assisttably have perished.

ing to cover a hay-stack from the

His watch was entirely melt.

ed, and some halfpence in his CAMP, EAST BOURN.

pocket were found run in a mass, 18. This morning, about nine as if melted in a crucible. The o'clock, whilst the troops were per- farmer, who was standing at the forming their accustomed exercise bottom of the ladder, had his food on the right of the lines, an alarm. much burnt.

Admiralty

rain.

Admiralty-office, July 21. ing two long guns

in the bow, and Copy of a letter from vice-admi

six brass swivels, besides small ral lord viscount Nelson, com

arms, &c. and I believe sixty men, mander in chief of his majesty's thirty oars.

as she appears to have rowed ships and vessels in the Mediter

I am sorry to add, that one man ranean, to Wm. Marsden, esq. was wounded in boarding. I candated on board the Victory, at

not say too much in praise of the sea, May 19.

crew and officers upon the occasion: Sir, I herewith transmit you, for the

I haye the honour to be, &c.

R. Petter. information of the lords commis. sioners of the admiralty, a copy of a The right hon. viscount Nelson, &c. letter from captain Pettet, commander of his majesty's sloop Ter

Almiralty-office, July 04. magant, giving an account of the Copy of a letter from capt. George boats of that sloop having, on the Morris, commander of his ma15th instant, taken possession of jesty's sloop the Penguin, to the French chebeck privateer Feli William Marsden, esq. dated off eité, off Port Favona in Corsica, Senegal Bar, the 25th of March, which it appears the enemy had

1804. scuttled previous to leaving her, as

His majesty's sloop Penguin, Seshe soon afterwards sunk.

negal Bır, Marcb 25. I am very much pleased with

Sir, captain Pettet's exertions in having

I beg you will be pleased to acdestroyed this vessel, as she was one

lords commissioners of of the finest privateers in this coun. the admiralty, that, cruizing off try, and had captured two of our merchantmen last year, off Tunis.

Senegal, according to their lord.

ships' orders, on the 17th instant, a I am, &c. Nelsox and Bronte. deavouring to avoid his majesty's

French privateer schooner, in en

brig under my command, ran on Termagant, Port Forma Island,

shore near the bar, where I had off Corsica, May 15.

great reason to hope, from the surf My lord,

running high, she would have been I have the honour to acquaint destroyed ; in which I was disapyour lordship, that at two p. m. I pointed. The surf continuing, I chased a strange sail under the had no opportunity of destroying land, but before I could arrive up her till the 24th instant. On the with her, she got into the port Far. 23d, in the evening, I observed two ma, and anchored behind the reef of armed schooners had dropped rocks. I came to with a sloop, and down to the mouth of the river; sent the boats in, who brought her and on the morning of the 24th, out; but, from the enemy's having from the one on shore having shiftşcuttled her, she went down within ed her position, I had reason to half a mile of the shore, in four. believe they were endeavouring to teen fathoms water ; she proved to get her off. I therefore stood as be the Felicité. French 'chebeck, close in shore as, the nature of the commanded by captain Felix Poo coast would admit, and comnienced desta, belonging to Ajaccio, mount- an attack on them, in hopes of

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driving

quaint my

driving them up the river, and of the blue, &c. to Wm. Mars. eventually to burn the one on shore. den, esq. dated at Ramsgate, the We exchanged shot for an hour 22d inst. and a half; when, finding I could Sir, not get sufficiently close to effect I transmit, for their lordships' my, pnrpose, I stood off.

information, a copy of a letter from Lieutenants Williams and Ray. captain Owen, of his majesty's ship ley, with many of the crew, having the Immortalité, to rear-admiral volunteered their services, and fear. Louis, acquainting him that the ing she migh: be got off, and ren- enemy's Actilla, outside of Boudered a further annoyance to our logne-pier, had been surprised at trade, I was inclined to accept their their moorings by the late gale of offers, though the armed schooners wind, and sustained very consider, were then within two cables' length able loss in attempting to regain of her, and the surf still running their ports. high threatened much opposition Their lordships will not fail to to their exertions. At ten p. m. observe how much captain Owen I dispatched lieutenant Williams in expresses himself to be satisfied, the jolly-boat (conceiving her best with the merits of captains Jackson adapted to the surf), with orders and Heywood, of the Autumn and to destroy her, if possible ; at one Harpy, and lieutenants Richardson a. m. I had the satisfaction to see and Price, commanding the Blood, her completely on fire, and at day. hound and Archer gun-brigs. light totally destroyed.

The ser

I have the honour to be, &c. vice was performed unobserved by

Keith. the enemy, and reflects great cre. dit on lieutenant Williams and his His majesty's sbip Immorta party, for the cool and steady man- Boulogne cast sever or cigot ner in which they conducted the leagues, July. enterprise, and merits my greatest

Sir, acknowledgments and thanks. The mind yesterday set in strong

I learn she was called La Re- from the N. N. E. and N. E. by N. nommée, a vessel of large dimen- and made so much sea that the sions, commanded by citizen Re-enemy's vessels in the road of Bou, naud, mounting 12 six-pounders, logne became very uneasy; and two of which were on board when about eight p. m. the leemost brigs destroyed, and two nines, manned began to get under weigh, and with 87 men, belonging to Senegal, work to windward, whilst some of from Cayenne, last from Gorec. the luggers ran down apparently I have great pleasure in adding,

for Etaples; their force was then that not a man was hurt on this forty-five brigs and forty-three lug. occasion.

gers. I have the honour to be, &c.

I made a signal to look out on G. MORRIS.

these vessels, which was immedis

ately obeyed by the Harpy, BloodW. Marsden, esq. admiralty. hound, and Archer, who closed Admiralty-office, July 24.

with them, giving their fire to such

as attempted to stand off from the Copy of a letter from the right land; the Autumn was at this time hon. lord Keith, K. B. adniral geiting under weigh, and lost na

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