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cepting about fifteen, who escaped with The Amboynese have expressed their difficulty.

determination to emancipate themselves You will have heard some time ago, from foreign thraldom and servitude, or that the Dutch issued a paper currency, perish in the attempt. which still keeps up its value, in conse It is reported, that a Mr. Burgraff, the quence of tvere being offices constantly resident at Hela, was so incautions as to open for its exchange into silver at the beat the Prang Tua of the Negree for some option of the holder. I enclose you one trilling offence; an act for which he is of the notes as a curiosity; they were likely to atone with his life, having been printed in Holland, and sent out ready mortally wounded by the enraged inhabimade, perhaps to prevent an excessive tauts. At Loricke, the gentleman in issue, except with the permission of the charge of the residency is shut up in his mother country. The Dutcl commis. , little fort, out of which he dare not shew sioners brought out with them 2,000,000

his nose.

It would appear that the nauf guilders iu specie, which has been set tives of Ceram have supplied the pe.»ple apart for the express purpose of meeting of Saparoa with fire arms, gun-powder the paper money, as brought in for pay and ammunition, in return for which they ment. By proclamation these guilders, receive specie. It is understood that the intrinsically worth 20 d., pass here as Alloors on Ceramı, (than whom a more Bombay and Arcot rupees, or two hun. savage and blood-tlrirsty men does not dred of them to the hundrell dollars; we exist), are collecting in great force for the find the cousequence as might be expected purpose of making an attack, in conjuncall the foreign coin is leaving the colony, tion with the people of Amboyna, Saand we shall have nothing but guilders to paroa, and Harooka, upon Fort Victoria; bless ourselves with. It is obrious how in the Dutch commissioners are consequentjurious this will be to the island, unlessly in a state of the greatest alarm, and some steps are taken to remcdy the evil. they entertain apprehensions that the

Previously to the sailing of the Hon. whole of the European inhabitants of Company's cruizer Antelope from the Fort Amboyna, civil aud military, will ulti, of Kema ou Celebes, a prow had arriveil, mately be obliged to seek refuge on board bringing intelligence that an insuri ection the ships of war in the barbour. Ad. had broken out at the island of Ternate. miral Boyskes left Jara on the 28th of

The attempt on the part of the local July, in the Prince Frederick (74), acgovernment at that settlement to circulate companied by two sloops of war of twenDutch paper-money, is said to be the in ty guns each, several gunboats and small mediate cause of the insurrection, but it brigs, likewise two merchantmen as is alleged that the natives on Halma. transports, the whole fleet taking fire heira, aud on Ternate and Tidore, bare hundred European, and the same numevinced a most decided aversion to their

ber of native troops, but the admiral did new (or rather to their old) masters. not expect to reach Amboyna until the

Matters wear a most alarming aspect end of September. at Amboyna, where every negro is in a The commissioners of his Netherland state of open rebellion. Allang Lilliboy, Majesty at Amboyna had deemed it pruand even the villages in the vicinity of dent to ship all the public treasure on Fort Victoria, are in arms against the board the ships of war. Dutch government.

HOME INTELLIGENCE.

EAST-INDIA HOUSE.

Esq. Hon. Hugh Lindsay, John Morris, April 8.-A Court of Directors was held Esq. David Scott, Esq. Alexander Allan, at the East India House, when the follow. Esq. and Robert Campbell, Esq. who ing commanders took leave previous to went out by rotation. --At six o'clock the departing for their respective destinations, glasses were closed and delivered to the viz. Capt. F.Cresswell, Astell, and Capt.T. scrutineers, who reported the votes at White, Phænix, for Bengal.--A Court of eight o'clock, viz : Directors was also held, when the thanks Richard Chichely Plowder, Esq....507 of the Court were voted unanimously to Jolin Hudleston, Esq....

..507 John Bebb and James Pattison, Esqrs. George Abercrombie Robinson, Esq..504 Chairman and Deputy-Chairman, for their William Stanley Clarke, Esq..

504 zeal and attention to the Company's in- John Thornhill, Esq....

.504 terest during the last year.

George Raikes, Esq..

501 April 8.-A ballot was held at the The following is the list of Director's Tast India House for the election of six

for the preseut year, with the Committees Directors, in the room of Samuel Daris, to which they are appointed,

[graphic]

Messrs.

Colville.
direct.
took leuve of he Court, previous to de-

April 22.-A Court of Directors was Per Lady Melville, for Batavia, Mr. T. supercargoes ; and Mrs. C. Plowden.

Bosanquet, Plowden, and Millett, Passengers per Orwell,--for Canton -Orwell, Capt. T. W. Leech--for China Perseverance, Capt. H. Templer ; and ple ; Lady Melville, Capt. J. Stewart ; helel

, when the following commanders Company's service, an officer who had B. Sotheby ; Cabalva, Capt. J. Dalrymo gal; and Capt. T. Dormer, Lady Lushiug slips, viz.-Scaleby Castle, Capt, J. Capt. c. Tebbut, Northampton, for Benand delivered to the pursers of the follow- vir.-Capt. J. Freeman, Lord Keith, and

her.

ingion, for Bombay. April 11.-The dispatches were closed partiug for their respective destinations,

served with distipguished credit in all the Lieut. General Pater, of the Honourable

We are sorry to observe the death of cers for Trincomalee dock -yard go out in to relieve the Magicienne. The artif Collier, C. B. is bound to the East Indies,

The Liverpool, 50 guns, Capt. F A.

of bis age.

wars under Sir Eyre Coote, and in many came thence to Portsmouth with fou of the more recent actions fought by the winds. Providentially no lives were lost Madras army. At one period he com during all these perils. manded the army in chief, on the coast of Coromandel. The decease of the

April 9.-The licensed ship Earl of Hon. Sir John Royds is also mentioned in Morley arrived in the Downs, from Calthese papers, late one of the judges of the cutta. Left the following Company's Supreme Court at Bombay. He died on

ships at Calcutta the 2d December, Thothe 24th of October last, in the 65th year mas Grenville, William Pitt, linerva,

Rose, Princess Charlotte of Wales,

Streathan, and Marquis Wellington ; Mr. Assey, secretary to the late govern. and also the private slips Moffatt and ment of Java, is expected home in the Cornwall. H. C. şlıip Carnatic, with the arrange Accounts have been received by the ments of that Island to be definitively Americau ship Integrity, of the undersettled between the two governments. mentioned ships being at Canton the 31st

October last : Bridgewater, Charles Grant, Joseph Hume, Esq. a proprietor of Waterloo, Bombay, and Marquis Camden. East India stock, and native of Montrose, The Defence and the Jupiter, from arrived there 17th April, for the purpose London, also the Westmorland and Welpf offering himself as a candidate to re

lington, from Liverpool, arrived on the present that district of burghs in parlia 2d December at Bengal.-The Barbara ment, in opposition to James Farquhar, and Anu have arrived in the Downs from Esq. the present member. A meeting of Lisbou. the guildry was called, when Mr. Hume was presented with the freedom of the burgh. A meeting of the council being 8th September last, announce the safe

Accounts from New South Wales to the afterwards conrened, they gave Mr. Hume a written minute of the council, pledging Capt. M'Kessock, in the unusually short

arrival at Port Jackson of the Almoral, their support at the first election. Mr. Hume, it is said, has also secured the

space of four months and one day from

the Nore, with couvicts and troops. Not votes of Arbroath and Brechin.

a single instance of mortality had occurMarch 31.—The Cornwallis, Capt. landed in health and spirits ; and such

red on board, and all the convicts were Brown, which landed her cargo of rice at

had been the excellent regulations of the Portsmouth, from Calcutta, sailed on her

master and surgeon, that the necessity of return voyage to Madras and Calcutta, with 48 passengers; as did the Prince inflicting punishment had not arisen.

The colony' was in the most flourishing Regeut, Harris, Recovery, Fotherly, and

condition. The Pilot, with convicts General Graham, Wetherhead, for Ben

from Cork, for whose safety some appregal. The General Graham, on her pas

lensions had arisen, had arrived and sage from Gravesend to Portsmouth, ex

would shortly proceed to Van Diemen's perienced most remarkable escapes from

Land. There were also there, the Mabeing wrecked. It was so long since as

tilda, Canada, and Dick, which had rethe 18th February that she departed from

cently arrived with troops from Corks. Gravesend, and, after a stormy day, a:l

The Lord Eldon, Capt. Lamb, was daily chored in the Downs in the evening; passed Beachy Head on the 22d, when the expected, having been parted with by the

Almorah off the coast of Brazil, all well. weather became very tempestuous, and she was driven into Dungeness Roads, where, at miduight of that dreadful day, the 4th The Tottenham convict ship, which ultimo, she lost two anchors and was in sailed on the 17th April for her destinathe most imminent dauger of being dash- tiou, put into Plymouth, for the purpose ed to pieces. This was the unfortunate of baving new pintles or spills placed on fate of many vessels around her. Compel. her rudder. It may be considered fortuled to remain in the Roads, on the follow pate that the piutles were discovered to ing Saturday another dreadful gale came be broken before she finally quitted the on, and it became indispensably neces-, English shore. The ship being built in sary to cut the only cable she had, as the India, the rudder is made of very heavy waves were rolling over the ship, threat. wood (teak), a quantity of which has enjng immediate destruction. She was

been taken away

om her, and lighter driven before the wind into the North Scas, wood substituted. The captain of the and on the 10th was in 55 N. lat. and, Tottenham, whilst lying in Barnpool, On the next evening, near the dangerous was very anxious to get further from land, coast of the Texel. After twenty-four under an apprehension that the convicts days heavy storms of hail, suow, and might effect their escape with more ease waves running mountains high, she an tlan in a less favourable situation. Up. chored again in the Downs, to reit, and' ward of 30 attempted to get off their

irons, and a convict swan from Barnpool ing public. While any doubt (as some to Mount Edgcumbe, having previously did) remained on the subject, it would be extricated himself from all his irons, ex wrong in the Government to sanction any : cepting the rings attached to his legs. account. The hon. gentleman knew betGeorge Weightman, one of the Derby ter than he did, that from that part of rioters is on board; he is a very fine the globe private intelligence frequently young man, but appears much depressed outstripped the public. As far as he in spirits. He declares he had no inten knew, no life of an English officer was tion to subvert the constitution of this lost in action ; a few (we believe seven) country; thinks his punishment severe ; had been wounded. It was true that two and grieves more, apparently, at his lot had fallen, not in the conflicts. The in, in being separated from his wife and chil telligence rested on one letter without a dren, than for any consciousness of bad date; were he asked did he believe the designs.

letter, he would say he did. The hon.

member complained of the delay in makApril 18.-The ship Broxenbury, Capt. ing a communication to the House, but Pitcher, from Batavia, bound to London, he was well aware that communications put into Portsmouth by contrary winds. respecting that part of the empire were She left at Batavia, on the 5ih of Decem usually very slow in being made, and her, the Experiment, Barnes, and several only made on particular occasions. How. American all country ships; hove to off ever, if the hon. member would frame & St. Helena on the 12th of February ; the motion to obtain such information as the Conqueror (flag ship), Musquito, Eliza Government could lay before the House, beth, Bethum, Cambridge, and Toussant, he would be most ready to bring it forwere lying there. Spoke, 27th Feb, the ward, and to assist in shaping the moThebe, from Calcutta, bound to London. tion, so as best to attain its object.

Mr. Howorth said he would avail him

self of the valuable assistance of the HOUSE OF COMMONS.

right. hon. gentleman. April 10.--War in India.

A member, whose name we could not Mr. Howorth rose to ask for infor ascertain, agreed that the affairs of India mation from gentlemen who sat oppo did not receive that atiention in the site on a very important subject. He House they were entitled to. He thanked alluded to the hostilities said to be re the hon. member who had introduced commenced in India. In a letter that the subject before the House. had lately appeared from that conntry,

April 21.-East-India Dock Company. it was stated that the Peisliwa had taken up arms against the Company's troops;

Mr. Benj. Shaw rose for the purpose of that a Mahratta force of 40,000 meu moving for the accoumts of a public body, had made an attack on about 4,000 of the: which he hoped the house would see the Company's subsidiary forces; that they propriety of calling for. He would short had repulsed the attack, with the loss, ly state the facts of the case. however, of some officers and a severe 1803, an act was passed for the regulaslaughter ; that the Company's troops,

tion of the East-India Dock Company, being a few days afterwards reinforced, which provided, that all ships coming in turn attacked the Peishwa, defeated from the East-Indies should be discharged bim, took possession of his capital, and, at the docks of this company. Some drove him into the interior of his terri time after this act was in operation, a tories

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that two officers of our forces great change took place in the East-Iudia having fallen into his hands had been trade, hy the permission to smaller veso executed. In such cases it was usual to sels than those heretofore employed to take the earliest opportunity of layiug participate in it. The company were authentic information before the House, bound to render an annual account of and communicating it to the public. For their business. There was a clause in this reasou he applied to know whether the aet, that whenever shares bore a the statements were founded, in order to higher dividend than 10 per cent. tle relieve the suspense under which the surplus should go in diminution of the friends and relations of the forces in rates payable in the docks. His object in that part of the world laboured. If the calling for these accounts on the part of facts were as stated, they inspired him the ship.owners was, to enforce the effec. with considerable alarm. Was he to con tual operation of this clause.

In the acsider they were

counts just laid on the table, very little Mr. Canving said, it was undoubtedly information of a discriminative nature true the Peishwa had commenced war would be found. The charges were in true that in two actions the British forces round sums, without specific explanahad had the advantage ; but the Govern tions of the items, some of which the ment was not in possession of such re ship owners, thought should be charged i urus as they would be authorised in mak on the capital instead of upon the re

In the year

ceipts. In explaining the manner in was totally dcstitute of foundation. He which the accounts presented were made was of opinion that there was no necesout, he enumerated one head of expens sity for producing the accounts, and diture as follows :-—" For loading and should object to the motion. unloading, labourers' wages, &c. inci Mr. Marryatt said, that in the accounts dental expenditure, and for amount of tlre Company for the. last eight years, of extraordinary disbursements, &c. there was uniformly a balance stated at £41,931. 13s. 2d.” The hon. gentleman, the foot, which was to be accounted for in after adverting to other parts of the ex the ensuing year, but in nu ore instance penditure, which he pronounced equally was this engagement, ever observed, so loose, said, that there existed a total of that there remained a sum of £68,000 £68,000,” which was not to be found still to be accounted for. By such a among the credits of the Company. He mode of proceeding, the Directors did did not mean to say but that it might not comply with the Act of Parliament have been properly expended—he only that required them to present the annual required a full and satisfactory statement accounts of their receipts and disburseof the manner of its disposal from year ments. The great amount of the duties to year. The ship owners did not com was felt as a great grievance by all the plain of the heavy charge for tonnage,' ship-owners in the port of London, for considerable as it was; but they did in- they were charged at the rate of sixteen treat that the onus should not be made shillings a ton at the East-India Docks, more burdensome on them-and they while their business would be transacted called, as they were entitled to do, for a at Liverpool and other ports at the rate just and true account of the annual ex of two shillings and sixpence. The charge penses and balances of the company, in the port of London, he was convinced, The tonnage charged in the dock was would be found equally moderate but for 165. per ton, which conld be had for 48. this monopoly of the East-India Dock at the outports, and for 3s. in the port Company. Such monopolies had the of London, were it not for the impera- effect of driving away the trade of Lontive terms of the act, which gave a mo

don, and the only chance of retaining or nopoly to this company. He concluded recovering it, was by bringing down the by moving, “ that the Court of Director's charges to the level of all their foreign of the East-India Dock Company be re- and other competitors. Such monopolies quired to return an account of their busi, had been permitted for a short time in ness, distinguishing the extraordinary the reign of Queen Elizabeth ; but that disbursements, and those not provided wise Princess could not fail soon to see for in the increased capital, which are the evil results of such a system, and stated on the 2d March to be included in she accordingly put an end to it, and the sum of £41,931, 138, 20. and that received in consequence an address of they do return an account of the appro

thanks from the House, of Commons. priation of the balances between the He trusted that the same principle would years 1808 and 1816."

be pursued now, and that on the expiraMr. Astell complained of the mistate- tion of these exclusive charters, they ments in the speech of the hon, mover,

should not be renewed, by which alone who had said that the charges on tonnage London would be fairly enabled to comwere 16s. whereas, in fact, they were · pete with her rivals in all her commeronly 14s. with a drawback of 2s. if the cial pursuits. He thought the accounts vessel did not go into the outward bound ought to be produced, and should, theredock-and this rate of tonnage was cal fore vote for the motion. culated, not on the real but on the char

Mr. Alderman Atkins defended the tered amount. The annual accounts had conduct of the Dock Company, of which been regularly laid on the table according he stated himself to be a Director, and to the usual plan, and they were made said, that if any gentleman desired inout in the most satisfactory manner. The formation respecting the proceedings of honourable gentleman was equally in ere

the Company, the books were open for ror when he spoke of £41,931. 13s. 2d,

his inspection. the sum alluded to being only £13,000. Mr. Thompson contended in a few The dividends, too, were over calculated, words for the necessity aud justice of for the average was only at the rate of producing the accounts. six per cent five was at first paid, six

After a few words in defence of the after, and the preseut rate was seven per Company, from Mr. Protheroe, Mr. Mocent. on a capital of £400,000. There wey, and Sir William Curtis, who stated was vo ground, however, for insinuating that he had been a Director last year, that the least irregularity prevailed in and hoped he would be one next year their mode of doing business. The ex, again, pression of the hon. gentleman that there Mr. B. Shaw spoke briefly in reply, and was something behind the curtain which the question being put, the motion was the directors were unwilling to shew, decided in the affirmative, Asiatic Journ.-- No. 29.

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