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lo-New-YEAR’s DAY IN EDIN*H-We are sorry to say, that *morning several riots took place § the streets of Edinburgh. Being *Year's morning, numbers of Pople were the worse of liquor, and *Talbattles were fought. One un*"unate man was found dead in the "*port; the cause of his death is * undergoing an investigation. A number of prisoners were committodto the city guard for examination. * Public, however, must not * an idea of the manners and *acter of the citizens of our north* metropolis from this statement. oril, they are remarkably peace* and good-humoured on similar osions; and we have witnessed formerly a spirit of joyful benevolence o kindness expressed during the sight, by mutual salutations and *k-offerings, among persons of all rinks and ages. # *ppears that the late French fins were brought to within a *in distance of the English coast, *Put into an open boat, which was offered to drift on shore. It accordVol. II. PART II.

ingly reached the coast between Dymchurch and Hythe ; and a canvass bag, in which the papers were inclosed, was taken from it, and conveyed to London. The singularity of this mode of communication is perhaps not so extraordinary as it appears at first sight; and a circumstance which has lately transpired seems sufficiently to account why the French boatmen did not trust themselves near to our cruisers. A boat's crew of an English gun-brig, consisting of fourteen men, including a warrant officer, latelylanded on the French coast, for the purpose of distributing papers, &c., ...'. drawn their boat up on the beach, proceeded a short distance into the country, where, at a public house, they imprudently got intoxicated. In the interim, a party of horse patrolling the coast, perceived the boat, and traced the sailors to the above house, where they were all taken, and have since been executed as spies, and their bodies exposed on gibbets, at intervals of a mile apart, along the French coast, from Cape Grisnez to Boulogne.

On the 28th ultimo, Walter Turn



bull, carrier, between Belches and The report extends to a very conEdinburghis parislied in the snow,, siderable length, and as it was someabout two miles from Middleton. what indefinite in the opinions which He was nearly eighty years of age, it expressed, a letter, dated Horse and had been a carrier fifty years. Guards, December 25th, from his

2d. The report of the Board of In- Royal Highness the Duke of York, quiry, which had been appointed by his the commander-in-chief, addressed to Majesty's warrant, dated 1st day of General Sir David Dundas, as presi- : November last, for considering the dent, requested the Board to resume armistice and subsequent convention the consideration of the armistice concluded between the British and and convention, and directed such of French forces in Portugal in the the members as might differ from the month of August, was this day made majority on these two points, to republic in London. It bears date cord, upon the face of the proceedings, 220 December 1808. The follow their reasons for such dissent. ing general officers of the army form The Board met on the 25th ult., ed the members of the Board, viz. at the Judge-Advocate-General's Generals David DUNDAS, Office, when the said letter having Earl MOIRA,

been read, they agreed that the folPETER CRAIG, lowing questions should be put to

Lord HEATHFIELD. each of the members of the Board : Lieut.-Gen. Earl PEMBROKE, which were accordingly put and anG. NUGENT,

swered, agreeably to the following OL. NICOLLS.


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Each individual in the minority as this would occupy more room than gave a statement of his reasons for we are able to afford for the purpose ; dissenting from the judgment of the and it is deemed unnecessary farther Board. We decline going into the to abridge the proceedings, as we detail of the proceedings of the Court, have been anticipated in the histori


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