Occurrences in London and its Vicinity. [Feb. oath a person may be arrested and held height of eleven feet. Some cases of par, to bail, if he be suspected that he is about ticular distress, in this general picture of to fight a duel. His opinion, therefore, human suffering, are too striking not to was, that the defendant was justified in be recorded in this place and on this ocwhat he had done, and the plaintiff could casion. A breach in the dyke of so large not maintain his action.! The other a magnitude took place near to the village Judges concurred; and a verdict was of Leinden, in Guelderland, that the vio. therefore entered for defendant.

lence of the water rushing through it, acSaturday, Feb. 12.

companied with heavy masses of ice, swept A most respectable meeting of the away many of the dwellings ; and the inmerchants of ihis city engaged in the habitants, with the greatest difficulty, and commerce with the Netherlands, took with the loss of their children and sick place at the London Tavern, for the pur and aged relations, saved themselves by pose of raising a subscription among their running to the church, which, standing on own members, to be appropriated to the an eminence, was protected by some inrelief of the sufferers by the late inunda tervening houses from the violence of the tions in that country. William Ward, flood. In this church upwards of 750, Esg. was jovited to preside on the occa persons took refuge, without being able sion, and opened the business of the day to save an article of property, lamenting by a short, but perspicuous, statement of the loss of relations, dwellings, and cattle, the views of that assembly, and the peců. and reduced at the same time to a state of liar propriety of their interference in en starvation ; for they remained two or three deavouring to alleviate so signal a cala days in this situation before any provisions mity. As merchants connected with Hol. could be brought 10 them; not only beJand, they had met to perform an act of cause all the provisions in the village were charity, and they would perform it without destroyed, but no boats were able to reach 'ostentation. As an introduction to the them from other places ; for the wind, business of the meeting, the Rev. Dr. which blew very hard, and the impetuous Werninck they read a detailed description flowing of the water, prevented all interof the calamity that bad called forth this

At Leut, another village in benevolent interference, the recital of Guelderland, a similar occurrence took which produced an evident emotion in the place. The people were compelled to fly whole company. The inundations have to a nobleman's seat in the vicinity, where been more fatal and more extensive than they were humanely received, to the numany that have before occurred, even in a ber of 200. Even they they were in great country peculiarly exposed to that species danger; but, fortunately, the strength of of devastation. It appears, too, that no the building withstood the violence of the part of the calamity is chargeable upon ice, and the impetuosity of the flood. At the neglect of those whose business it was Oosterhout, a village in the other part of to take measures for protecting the coun Guelderland, the Roman Catholic church, try against the overflow of the waters. On

parsonage-house, and many other buildthe contrary, the most extraordinary exer ings, were driven from their foundations, tions were every where made to exclude and a great number of the inhabitants them. Upon one dyke, for instance, of drowned. These melancholy scenes, paronly three miles long, upwards of 1500 ticularly in the night, were rendered still men were constantly at work ; yet such more awful by the guys firing continually was the rapid and unexampled increase signals of distress, announcing new calaof the water, occasioned by the melting mities, occasioned by additional breaches of the immense quantity of snow in the in the dykes. The inundations in the years higher parts of the interior, and the inces

1799 and 1809 were partial and limited sant rains, that all precaution availed no compared with this. Such is the present thing. As the ice in the lower parts of extent of the calamity, that in the prothe rivers' remained firm, and became gra vince of Guelderland alone, seventy-two dually piled up, by the accumulation of villages are under water. In each of the the floating masses, till it formed an im

provinces of South Holland and Utrecht, movable barrier, the water was stopped the inundation has covered more than in its course, and prevented from running 120,000 acres of land. The food has down into the sea. Some idea may be risen higher, and increased more rapidly, formed of this sudden and unparalleled than any remembered by the oldest inhaaugmentation, when the fact is mentioned, bitants. The exertions made by the people that on the 27th of January, at Dalem, of Holland, to administer help to the sufand the adjacent villages, in the province ferers, bave only been limited by their of South Holland, the water having in. ability. Many instances of personal increased at noon to the height of seven feet trepidity, in attempting the rescue of perfrom the ground, obtained by new breaches sons overwhelmed by the flood, have also, in the dyke such an immense addition, been recorded. That of M. Langendam, that at two o'clock it had risen to the the master of a large vessel, is perhaps


1820.] Occurrences in London and its Vicinity. 165* the most extraordinary. He sailed through son, esq. M. P. for Londonderry, for havone of the breaches in the dyke of the river ing challenged Floyer, esq. to fight a Waal, over the inundated fields, for the duel, have both been sentenced to one purpose of rescuing his unfortunate fel. month's imprisonment ;' to pay a fine of low-creatures from a watery grave, risking 500l. each, and to give securities to keep not only the loss of his vessel, but his own tbe peace; themselves in 40001. each, and life and that of his crew. To the astonish. two sureties in 20001. each. ment of every one, his intrepidity and The executors of the late Lord Ellenbohumanity were amply rewarded, and rough are said to have discovered securities crowned with success. He saved a great among his papers, to the amount of 80,0001. number of persons whom he found float more than they had calculated to be the ing op pieces of the roofs of their houses, property which his Lordship died posor clinging to the tops of their dwellings; sessed of. among whom were many women, who had It is a fact worthy of notice, that no less been two or three nights in these perilous than ninety-seven lives were lost, during situations, with their infants at their breasts, the last year, within the bills of mortality, exposed to the inclemency of the weather, by fire. and almost starved to death.

It is ascertained by the books at the After the Resolutions bad all been put Custom-house, that in the year ending 5th and carried, which was done with perfect January last, the enormous quantity of unanimity, a liberal subscription was en 26,799,369 bushels of foreign corn and tered into, and, before the Meeting sepa. grain were imported duty-free. rated amounted to a very considerable sum. The present Law Term continues, not

withstanding the decease of the King, to Mr. Henry Hunt, after several applica- belong to the preceding reign, and not to tions to the Court of King's Bench, bas ob that of his Majesty's successor ; so the tained a writ of Certiorari for removing the Session of Parliament is the 60th of the trial of himself and others (on a charge of King, not the 1st of George IV. conspiracy on the 16th of Angust at Man The British and Foreign Bible Society chester) from Lancaster to some other have promoted the translating and printing county. The ground of his application the Bible into no less than 127 languages was, that an impartial trial could not be and dialects. expected in Lancashire. The condition on The Rev. Dr. Parr, who had long held which the Judges consented to remove the one of the numerous prebendal stalls in St. venue was, that the defendants should en Paul's Cathedral, which never produced ter into recognizances to appear in the him more than 101. per annum, has been Court appointed for such removal, and un fortunate enough to negociate a lease, in dertake to go to trial at the next Assizes. right of his stall, to the Regent Canal Com

In the Court of King's Bench, Wm. Peel, pany for no less than 24,0001. M. P. for Tamworth, and R.G. Daw So says Report-we hope truly.

Wednesday, Feb. 23.

part, they were apparently engaged, either In consequence of private information in charging fire-arms, or in girding themreceived by the Civil Power, that it was in selves in belts similar to those worn by the the contemplation of a gang of diabolical military. There were tables about the ruffians to make an altempt on the lives room, on which lay a number of cutlasses, of his Majesty's Ministers, whilst assem bayonets, pistols, sword-belts, pistol-balls bled at the house of Earl Harrowby, in in great quantities, ball.cartridges, &c. Mansfield-street, to a Cabinet Dinner, As the Officers entered the room, the this evening, R. Birnie, Esq. with a party conspirators all immediately started up; of 12 of the Bow-street patrole, proceeded when Ruthven, who had been furnished about eight o'clock to the place which had with a warrant from the Magistrates, exbeen described as the rendezvous of these claimed, “We are Peace-officers ! Lay desperadoes in Cato-street, John-street, down your arms !” In a moment all was in the Edgeware-road; where, in a kind confusion. A


whom Ruthven de. of loft, over a range of coach-houses, they scribes as the notorious A. Thistlewood, were found in close and earnest delibera opposed himself to the Officers, armed tion. The only approach to this Pande with a cut-and-thrust sword of unusual monium was by a narrow ladder. Ruth length. Ruthven attempted to secure the ven, one of the principal Bow-street Of door ; and Ellis, who had followed him ficers, led the way, and was followed by into the room, advanced towards the man, Ellis, Smithers, Surman, and others of the and, presenting his pistol, exclaimed, patrole. On the door being opened, about “ Drop your sword, or I'll fire instantly f" 25 or 30 men were seen witbin, all armed The man brandished his sword with in. some way or other; and, for the most creased violenoe when Smithers, the


back way


Occurrences in London and its Vicinity. [Feb. Other patrole, rushed forward to seize Davidson is a man of colour, and a him ; and on the instant the ruffian stab- worthy coadjutor of Messrs. Watson, bed him to the heart. Poor Smithers fell Thistlewood, and Co. upon many occainto the arms of his brother Officer Ellis, sions. At the meeting in Finsbury marexclaiming “ Oh God !” and in the next ket-place a few months ago, he was one instant was a corpse. While this deed of the principal speakers. was doing, the lights were extinguished, Ings is a boary ruffian, a short squat and a desperate struggle ensued, in which man, apparently between 50 and 60, but many of the Officers were severely wound of most determined aspect. His hands ed. Surman, one of ihe patrole, received were covered with blood; and as he stood a musket-ball on the temple ; but fortu at the bar, mapacled to one of his wretchnately it only glanced along the side of ed confederates, his small fiery eyes glared his head, tearing up the scalp in its way. round upon the spectators with an expresThe conspirators kept up an incessant sion truly horrible. The rest had nothing fire: whilst it was evident to the Officers extraordinary in their appearance. They that many of them were escaping by some were for the most part men of short sta

Mr. Birnie exposed himself ture, mean exterior, and unmarked phyevery where, and encouraged the Officers siognomy. to do their duty, while the balls were The office was crowded with soldiers and whizzing round his head.

At this mo officers, bringing in arms and ammunition ment, Captain Fitzelarence (one of the of various kinds, which had been taken on gallant sons of his Royal Highness the the premises; muskets, carbines, broadJouke of Clarence) arrived at ihe head of swords, pistols, blunderbusses, belts, and a detachment of the Coldstream Guards. cartouch-boxes, ball-cartridges, gunpow. They surrounded the building; and Cap- der (found loose in the pockets of the pritain Fitzclarence, with Serjeant Légge and soners), haversacks, and a large bundle of three files of grenadiers, mounted the lad- singularly-constructed stilettoes. These der and entered the room, bow Glled with Jatter were about 18 inches long, and trismoke, and only illuminated by the occa angular in form; two of the sides being sional flashes of the fire-arms of the con concave, and the other flat; the lower exspirators. A ruffian jostantiy approached tremity having been flattened, and then the gallant Caplain, and presented a pis. wrung round spirally, so as to make a firm tol to his breast; but as he was in the act grip, and ending in a screw, as if to fit of pulling the trigger, Serjeant Legge into the top of a staff. Several staves inrushed forward, and whilst attempting to doed were produced, fitted at one end with push aside the destructive weapon, re a screwed socket; and no doubt they were ceived the fire upon his arm. Fortunately intended to receive this formidable weapon. for this brave man, the ball glanced along The depositions of a number of officers, his arm, tearing the sleeve of his jacket most of them wounded, and several of the from the wrist to his elbow, without wound- soldiers, having been takes, their evidence ing him. It is impossible to gire a minute substantiating the foregoing narrative, the detail of the desperate conflict which fol. prisoners were asked whether they wished lowed, or the numerous instances of per to say any thing. Cooper and Davidson sonal daring manifested by the Peace the black were the only ones who replied ; officers and the military, thus brought and they merely appealed to the cfficers into sudden contact with a band of assas and soldiers to say, whether they had not sins in their obscure den, and in uiter instantly surrendered themselves. Ellis, darkness. Unfortunately, this darkness the patrole, who received the nurdered favoured the escape of many of the body of his comrade Smithers in his arms, wretches, and the dreadful skirmish ended replied, that Davidson made the most de. in the capture of only nine of them. These termined resistance. At the moment when were instantly handcuffed together, placed the lights were extinguished, he had rushed in hackney.coaches, and brought down to out of the place, armed with a carbine, and the Police-office, Bow-street, under a wearing white cross-belts. Ellis pursued strong military escort; and Mr. Birnie, him a considerable distance along Johnhaving arrived at the same moment, in- street, and, having caught him, they fell stantly took his seat upon the Bench, and together; and, in the deadly struggle which prepared to enter into the examination of ensued, Davidson discharged his carbine, the prisoners. They were immediately but without effect, and Ellis succeeded in placed at the bar in the following order : securing him. James Ings, a butcher; James Wilson, a Capt. Fitzclarence had seized and setailor; Richard Bradburn, a carpenter ; cured one or two of the prisoners with his James Gilchrist, a shoemaker ; Charles own hands; and he was not only very Couper, a bootmaker; Richard Tidd, a much bruised, but his uniform was almost bootmaker ; John Monument, a shoe literally torn to pieces. maker; John Shaw, a carpenter; and At eleven o'clock, the depositions having William Davidson, a cabinet-maker. been taken, as far as the circumstances of


1820.] Occurrences m London and its Vicinity. 167* the moment would permit, the Magistrate exclamations of a similar nature. When committed the prisoners for further exa he arrived at Bow-street, he was first taken mination on Friday; and they were thep into the public office, but subsequently inplaced in hackney-coaches, two prisoners to a private room, where he was heard unbeing placed in each coach, accompanied guardedly to say, that he knew he bad by two police officers, with two soldiers be. killed one man, and he ooly hoped it was bind and one on the box, and the whole Stafford,' meaning Mr. Stafford, the Chief cavalcade escorted by a strong party of Clerk of the office, to whose unremitting the Coldstream Guards on foot.

exertions in the detection of public delinThe following morving an extraordinary quents too much praise cannot be given. Gazette was issued, offering 10001. for the Mr. Biroie, baving taken a short examina. apprehension of Arthur Thistlewood. He tion of the prisoner, sent hiin to Whiteball, was taken by Bishop and a party of police to be examined by the Privy Council. officers, about 12 o'clock the same day, at Here the crowd was as great as that which No. 10, White-street, in Little Moor had been collected in Bow-street. Perfields.

sons of the highest rank came pouring The house is kept by a person named into the Home Office, to learn the partiHarris, who is foreman to a letter

culars of what had transpired. The arrest founder; at the time of the apprehension of Thistlewood was heard with infinite saHarris was from home, and supposed to tisfaction. He was placed in a room on be at his work; but the officers took his the ground floor, and vast numbers of wife with them to Bow-street. The house persons were admitted in their turn to see is full of lodgers; none of whom were aware bim. His appearance was most forbidof Thistlewood being on the premises tillthe ding : bis countenance, at

times unofficers entered; nor was he ever seen there favourable, seemed now to have acquired before.

an additional degree of maligojiy: his The following are circumstantial parti- dark eye turned upon the spectators as culars of Thistlewood's arrest. At 9 o'clock they came in, as if he expected to see in the morning, Lavender, Bishop, Ruth some of his companions in guill, who he ven, Salmon, and six of the patrole, were had heard were to be brought thither. He dispatched ; and, arriving at the house, drank some porter that was handed to three of the latter were placed at the front, bim, and occasionally asked questions, and three at the back door, to prevent es principally as to the names of the persons cape. Bishop observed a room on the who came to look at him. Then he asked, ground floor, the door of which he tried to To what gaol he should be sent ?--he open, but found it locked. He called to a hoped not to Horsham.' (This was the woman in the opposite apartment, whose place in which he was confined in consename is Harris, to fetch him the key. She quence of his conviction for sending a hesitated, but at last brought it. He then challenge to Lord Sidmouth.) opened the door softly. The light was At two o'clock he was conduoted before partially excluded, from the shutters being the Privy Council. He was still handshut; but he perceived a bed in a corner cuffed, but mounted the stairs with ala. and advanced. At that instant a head was crity. On entering the Council-chamber gently raised from under the blankets, and he was placed at the foot of the table. the countenance of Thistlewood was pre He was then addressed by the Lord Chansented to his view. Bishop drew a pistol, cellor, who informed him that he stood and presenting it at him, exclaimed, “Mr. charged with the twofold crime of treason Thistlewood, I am a Bow-street officer; and murder, and asked him whether he you are my prisoner:' and then, 'to make had any thing to say sor himself ? He assurance double sure,' he threw himself answered, that' he should decline saying upon him.

Thistlewood said, he would any thing on that occasion. He was then make no resistance. Lavender, Ruthven, committed to Coldbath-fields prison. and Salmon, were then called, and the pri The other prisoners, apprehended the souer was permitted to rise. He had his night before, were likewise taken before breeches and stockings on, and seemed the Privy Council, and recommitted. much agitated. On being dressed, he was addition to the Cabinet Ministers, there handcuffed. In his pockets were found were present, Viscount Palmerston, the some ball-cartridges and Aints, the black Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer of girdle, or belt, which he was seen to wear Scotland, Sir William Scott, Mr. Sturges in Calo s:reet, and a sort of military silk Bourne, the Attorney and Solicitor-Gene. sash. A hackney coach was then seut for, ral, Sir John Nicholl, &c. They continued and he was conveyed to Bow-street. In in examination of the prisoners will past his way thither he was asked by Bishop six o'clock, when the prisoners, who had what he meant to do with the ball car been kept in separate rooms, were retridges? He declined answering any ques moved in hackney-coaches to the House tions. He was followed by a crowd of per of Correction, escorted by a parıy of the sons, who repeatedly cried out, “ Hang the Life Guards, amidst the execrations of villain! hangihe assassiu!' and used other those assembled round, und Thistlewood



Occurrences in London and its Vicinity. [Feb. was loudly hooted and groaned at when man-street Barracks a quarter before he was taken from Bow-street Office. eight o'clock (the men thought it was to

In the course of the day, further arrests attend a fire); Captain Fitzclarence leadtook place. Among others secured is a ed them. On coming into the neighbourman of the name of Brunt-who is stated hood of Cato-street, Capt. F. commanded to have been second in command to This them to halt and fix bayonets, and every tlewood. He was apprehended at his man to be silent. Almost immediately lodgings in Fox-court, Gray's-inn-lane ; afterwards they heard the report of a pisin his room

a vast quantity of hand tol : they were instantly commanded to grenades, and other combustibles, were advance in double quick time, upon the found. These were charged with powder, spot from whence it proceeded. On reachpieces of old iron, &c., calculated, upon ing the stable, a man darted out and was explosion, to produce the most horrible making off, but was prevented: finding consequences. A great number of pike his retreat intercepted, he pointed a pistol blades, or stilettoes, such as were dis at Captain Fitzclarence ; Serjeant Legge covered in Cato.street, and a number of broke his aim by knocking the pistol off fire-arms, were likewise found. The whole at the instant of its discharging, and was of these, together with the prisoner, were thus himself wounded in the right arm ; taken to Bow-street. He was afterwards the man was then secured. The Captain sent to Whitehall, and then committed to then ordered the men to follow him into Coldbath-fields.

the stable ; their entrance was opposed Firth, the person by whom the stable by a black man, who aimed a blow at was let to Harrison, has likewise been ar Captain F. with a cutlass, which one of rested. He admits that he has attended bis men warded off with his firelock : he some of the Radical meetings, but denies exclaimed, “Let us kill all the red-coats; any knowledge of the conspiracy. War we may as well die now as at any other rants have been issued for securing six time ;" he was then also secured. They others, whose names and descriptions are then entered the stable. Captain F. being known.

first, was attacked by another of the gang, John Harrison, who hired the room in who pointed a pistol, which flashed in the Cato-street, was apprehended in his lodg pan; the soldiers took him likewise, to ing in Old Gravel-iane.

He was 10 years whom he said, “ Do’nt kill me, and I'll a private in the Life Guards, from which tell you all about it.” The soldiers then be was discharged about six years ago. mounted into the loft ; there they found

Robert Adams, who had been five years the body of the murdered officer, and a private in the Oxford Blues, and Abel another man lying near him ; the latter, Hall, have also been taken. Adams is a

who was one of the gaug, was ordered to middle-aged man, and of respectable ap- rise ; he said, “ I hope you will make a pearance.

difference between the innocent and the The lodgings of Thistlewood, and of all guilty. Don't hurt me, and I'll tell you the others who were in custody, have been how it happened.” Five more were then searched, and several important papers, secured, one of whom declared he was led and quantities of arms, have been disco. into it that afternoon, and was innocent. vered and seized.

Davidson was one of those who, at the It is a singular fact, that wheo Thistle. last meeting in Smithfield at which Hunt wood was arrested, he had not a farthing presided, paraded the streets of the metro. of money in his possession. The same polis with a black flag, on which was deobservation may be made with respect to scribed a death's head. his comrades, all of whom were in the most wretched state of poverty.

A man was apprehended by Taupton On Friday afternoon, an inquest was and Maidment, charged with making held on the murdered body of Richard handles for the pikes which were seized Smithers, at the Horse and Groom, in at the stables. He was committed for John-street, Edgeware Road. Mr. Stirling further examination.

was the Coroner. After a long examinaWm. Symmonds, a footman, at No. 20, tion of witnesses, who produced evidence Upper Seymour-street, was apprehended of the facts already stated, the Coroner by Lavender and Bishop, charged on sus

summed up.

At a little after ten o'clock, picion of being concerned with the assas the "Jury returned a verdict of Wilful sins. He is suspected of giving them in. Murder against A. Thistlewood, J. Ings, formation respecting the transactions of J. Wilson, R. Blackburn, J. Gilchrist, C. the higher orders. He was detained.

Cooper, J. Tidd, J. Monument, S. Strange, Since obtaining the preceding intelli W. Davidson, and divers other persons gence, the followiog particulars have been unknown. This verdict of course includes received :

the whole of those who'were on the preA detachment of thiriy of the Cold mises in Cato-street and acting hostilely stream Guards was ordered from Port

to the Civil Force in the conflict.

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