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discredit with the public, and a di- and baptize children, according to minution in the sale of their paper, the rites of the church of England, brought the present action against in the parish of Woolwich, in a the defendants as authors of such building (improperly called a chadiscredit, loss, &c. The ca-e be pel) neither consecrated nor li. ing made oui, tbe ju!y gave ver. censed for such purposes, but origi. dict with 1001. damages. The forg. nally appropriated to dissenters. ed paper was printed in London. Mr. Percy made no defence; but,
Th's day at nuon, Miss being condemned in costs, personal
Mackenzie, of Salisbury. ly petitioned the court for a mitistreet, in the Strand, accompanied gation of the costs, on the plea of bya Mr. W.nders, ofibe exchequer, not having baptized children pri. hired a buat, and proceeded from vately in houses, as set forth in the Blackfriars bridge to Greenwich ; bin ar:ic!c, which was accordingly on their return to town the lady withdrawn ; but having, by his own fell overboard, and was drowned. Confession, incurred the penalty of She was immediately dragged for, the other five articles, the court and every means made use of to re- rejected his perition. He was con copes the body, without effeci. sequently condeinned in the whole On Monday morning at the drop. costs, amounting to about 15 guia ping of the ride, the body was dis- neas, and adminished, by the judge covered lying on Duke's Shore, be- who presided, to desist in future low Rotherhithe church. A Coro- trom such irregular and illegal pracner's jury was immediately sum- tices as were a gross abuse of the munded ; verdict accidental death. toleration-act.
Weymouth. We had, on 20th. 17th.
Margate. An erection is Friday afternoon, the seve- just compleated here, for the Test storm of wind, hail, rain, thun- reception of 30 poor persons from der and lighting, that has been the hospitals, whose cases render for many years. It lasted for a sca bathing necessary. The build. great lengih of time; and the ing is constructed in a very cornbail-stones were of an immense size, modious manner ; it is situated enly a few miles distance. Earl near the beach, between Margate Digby was in his phaeton, in his and Dandelion, and the expence is park near Sherborne, at the time. defrayed by subscriprion. It will The horses took frighi and ran fuo be fit to receive patients in a few riously away ; overset the carriage, days : they will have medical asa and his lord: hip had the inisforiune sistance, and a bathing machine has to have one of his legs broke. been build tor their sole use. A
of some importance 29.1.
At the assizes for Devon, to the interest of the establish
an action of ejectment was ed church was on Monday decided tried, between one Bastin, plaintiff, in the court of Arches, Doctors and one Arthur and his wife, de. Commons. The rev. W. Percy, a fendants, for the recovery of lands clergyman of the established church, in Devonshire, claimed by the had been accustomed to read prayers, plainot as heir of one John Nose. preach, administer the sacrament, ivorthy, an idiot from birih to his and occasionally lo church women, death, at the age of sixty one years.
The defendants claimed those lands of the court, and a crowded andiunder this idor's will. In support of the plaintiff's case upwards of
At Bodmin assizes 16 persons were iwenty witnesses clearly proved his tried, three of whom were capitalidioicy, froin his not knowing the ly convicied, viz. William Sampo value of money, or any oiher arti- son and John Hoski!), for violentcle of lile; and many instances of ly assaulting Samuel Philips ; and gross ins position on him ; and William Barnes, tur stealing out among others, that he never ree of the house of David Jones, in ceived one shilling of the rent of Truro, certain pieces of gold and his lands; that he was exempied silver value 40s. and upwards; from all offices, and particularly and they received sentence of death. from serving in the militia, on oc
At Leicester assizes, Jobo
24th. count of his incapacity; and it was Dawes Ross, jun. and Tho. proved that he was taken from his Bankart, tried on a charge of mansister, the plan iff's mother, and slaughter, on the body of Mr. married to a
whom he Robert Hall, during the late con scarcely knew, and that a fortnight tested election, were both found after his marriage he did not know guilty ; the former to suffer four he was married; that his wife often and ihe laiter ten months imprisoncorrected him, when he would cry, ment, (The sentence of Ross has and behave like a child. All the been since remitted.) witnesses on the part of the plaintiff
Leeds. Last Thursday, as
25th. gave testimony of the testator's the workmen at the new idiotcy. On the part of the defen• church at Halifax were erecting one dants many witnesses were exami- of the main bindings of the roof, ned, who all proved, in the same the temporary prop gave way; the words, that he was a man of sense, balk thereof was broken by the without giving a single instance of weight of the scaffolding, and the it, except that he could read, write internal parts of the binding pressed
kept his church, remem- upon it; in consequence of which bered the tex's, and other passages the men fell dowo, and some of of scripture. The curate of the them were materially bruised, but parish of Ashcombe, where the idi- no lives were lost. ot lived and died, in support ofile At th• Surrey assizes, Edwards, will, proved the isot to be a great late of Pleasant-place, and Ductor divine, philosopher, and historian ; Gale, were tried for fradulently that he was timid and shy to stran. signing and counterfeiting certain gers at first; yet, when be became ceriilicate!, attestations, &c. of reacquainted, and any person had cruits. Edwards kept a recruiting gained his contidence, he was very house, which was burnt by the conversible, and all persons mob. The Doctor, being a good ac. quainted with bim must court his tor, occasiona!ly played ihe characcompany. Ailer a bearing of near- ters of captain, surgeon and magiby ten hours, the jury, without a strate. When a recruit was brought inomeni's hesitation, gave a verdict in, he stripped and examived bim against the will, in favour of the
as surgeon ; approved of bim in aplaintiff Basrin, to the satisfaction bother place and dress as capiuin;
and finally signed his attestation as Grindley,an attorney,had, by means magistrate. Of all these ingenious of the bishop being appointed deacts of his, and Jir. Edward's em- puty registrar of the consistorial ploying him, and giving currency court of his diocese, his lordship's to his impositions, the jury found nephew being the principal registhem both guilty.
trar; that, on the ôth of January At the same assizes, an indict. last, whilst the oflice was shut, the ment was tried, which reflects no bishop sent for the key of it; which small degrec of discredit on the was refused by order of Mr. Grindson indicted. Theophilus Bridges, ley ; that on the 7th of Jannary, a button-maker, of Temple-street, by his lordship's order, the lock of St. George's fields, was indicted for the office was taken off and a new the murder of his apprentice, Eli- one put on, the key of which was zabeth Monk, in January, 1795. delivered to the bishop, who the The deceased was one of seven ap- same day informed Mir Grindley prentices, all taken from the Aoy- thereof. That, on the 8th of Jalum ; and by the evidence of three nuary, Mr. Grindley, with a blackof the surviving apprentices, it ap- smith and four other persons, broke peared that Bridges was a very pas open the office. That the defendsionate and severe man, and had ants being alarmed at this, went frequently beat and kicked the de- to the office unarned (after Mr. ceased; and that she died after an Grindley had taken possession of illness of some continuance, caused, it) and expostulated with him, and as they conceived, by such ill usage;
were excited to shew some marks together with spare diet and hard of anger at this violent conduct ; work. A surgeon was called; but for he was armed with pistols, and who having seen the deceased only had forced oife person down the a few hours before her death, and steps and threatened to shoot ano. being told she was ill of a consump- ther. It also appeared that the bition, and merely having felt her shop sent for a magistrate ; and his pulse, as he perceived she was ve- loruship and the other defendants Ty Dear death, could not speak to soon afterwards departed, leaving any circumstance to criminate Mr. Grindley in the office. A pamphBridges. He was therefore ac- let was produced in court to Mr. quitted.
Grindley, containing some confiden27th.
Shrewsbury. Yesterday was tial letters from the bishop to him
tried at the assizes here, by during the time he had been his i a most respectable special jury, be- lordship's agent; which letters Mr. fore the honourable Mr. justice Grindley owned he had delivered
a cause against the bp. of into the hands of a Mr. Williams Bangor; the rev. Dr. Owen, the of Treffos. The defendant's counrev. Mr. Roberts archdeacon of Me- sel said they had many witnesses ; rioneth; the res. Mr. Williams; but that their case stood so clear, and Mr Thomas Jones; for unlaw- on the plaintiff's evidence, fully disturbing Mr. Samuel Grind- they did not think it necssary to ley, in the registrar's office at Ban- call a single witness on the part of gor on the 8th of January Jast. the defendants ; and the jury imIt appeared that, in 1792, Mr. mediately, without leaving the
court, acquitted all the defendants, fortune by the exertion of those ta. Mr. Adam from London, as lead. lents of which he felt himself posjpg counsel for the plaintiff, had a sessed. It was upon this occasion fee of 300 guineas; and Mr Er. that one of his friends suggested to ekipe the like for the defendants. him the idea of publishing his
DIED. 21.--At Dumfries, after pocms, in order to raise a few a lingering illness, Robert Burns, pounds to defray the expences of who excited so much interest by his passage. The idea was eagerly the peculiarity of the circumstances embraced. A coarse edition or his under which he came forward to poems was first peblished at Ayr. public notice, and the genius dis. They were soon noticed by the gen. covered in his poetical composi. tlemen in the neighbourhood. Proofs tions. Burns was literally a plough. of such uncommon genius in a siman, but neither in that state of tuation so humble made the ac• servile dependence or degrading quaintance of the author eagerly ignorance which the situation might sought after. His poems found bespeak in this country. He had their way to Edinburgh ; some cx. the common education of a Scotch tracts and an account of the author peasant, perhaps soniething more, were inserted in a periodical paper, and that spirit of 'independence, The Lounger, which was at that which in that country is sometimes time in the course of publication. to be found in a high degree in the The voyage of the author was de. humblest classes in society. lle layed in the hope that a suitable had genius, starting beyond the ob. provision would be made for him stacles of poverty and which would by the generosity of the public. have distinguished itself in any situa. A subscription was set on foot for tion. His early days were occupied a new edition of his works, and in procuring bread by the labour was forwarded by the exertions of of his own hands, in the honour. some of the first characters of Scot. able task of cultivating the earth; land. The subscription list contains a but his nights were devoted to greater number of respectable names books and the muse, except when than almost have ever appeared to they were wasted in those haunts of any similar production; but, as village festivity, and the indui. the book was at a low price, the gencies of the social bowl, to which return to the author was incousithe poet was but too immoderately derable. Burns was brought to attached in every period of his Edinburgh for a few months, erery life. He wrote, not with a view where invited and caressed ; and to encounter the public eye, or in at last one of his patrons procured the hope to procure famc by his him the situation of an Exciseman, productions, but to give vent to and an income of somewhat less the feelings of his own genius--to than 501. a year. We know not indulge the impulse of an ardent whether any steps were taken to and poetical mind. “Burns, froin better this' humble income. Prothat restless activity, which is the bably he was not qualified to fill peculiar characteristic of his coun- a superior situation to that which trymen, proposed to emigrate to was assigned kim. We know that Jamaica, in order to seek his his manners refused to partake the
polish of genteel society, that his comprehension of his mind. He talents were often obscured and afterwards constructed an observa. finally impaired by excess, and tory, which he superintended in that his private circumstances were person, and which was the source embittered by pecuniary distress. of many important discoveries, as Such, we believe, is the candid well as greatly tending to the ge. account of a man, who, in his neral diffusion of science in the compositions, has discovered the western world. During the Ameriforce of native humour, the warmth can war, he was an active assertor and tenderness of passion, the glow. of the cause of independence. ing touches of a descriptive pencil Since the conclusion of the peace, -a man who was the pupil of he successively filled the offices of nature, the poet of inspiration, and treasurer of the state of Pennsylvawho possessed in an extraordinary pia, and director of the national mint, degree the powers and failings of in both of which capacities he was genius. Of the former, his works alike distinguished for strength of will remain a lasting monument; judgment and integrity of_heart. of the latter, we are afraid that his He succeeded the illustrious Frank. conduct and his fate afford but too lin in the ofice of president of the melancholy proofs. Though he philosophical society; a situation died at an early age, his mind was which the bent of his mind and previously exhausted; and the ap. the course of his studies had ren. prehensions of a distempered imagi. dered him eminently calculated bation concurred with indigence to fill; and towards the close and sickness to embitter the last of his days he retired from pub. moments of his life. He has left lic life to the enjoyment of dobehind him a wife, with five infantmestic happiness, when he formed children, and in the hourly ex. a circle of private friends, who pectation of a sixth, without any will continue to admire his virresource but what she may hope tues as a man, while the world from public sympathy.
will applaud his talents as a phiIn the 64th year of his age, Da- losopher. vid Rittenhouse, the American phi. losopher. His history is curious, from the admiration in which his
A U G US T. character was held. Rittenhouse was a native of America ; and, in The count de Montmorin ar.
3d. the earlier part of his life, he min. rived in town, being charged gled the pursuits of science with with dispatches from Louis XVIIItha the active employments of a farmer to the count d'Artois, at Edinburgh. and a watchmaker. In 1769 he This nobleman brings advice, that was invited by the American philo. on Wednesday the 19th of July, sophical society to join a number at ten o'clock'at night, as the king of gentlemen who were then oc. of France was looking out of the cupied in making some astronomi. window of an inn, at a town becal observations, when he parti- longing to the elector of Treves, cularly distinguished himself by the called Dillingen, near Ulm, on the accuracy of his calculations and the Danube, he was wounded in the