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hand-bill is meant to deter him ing upon their consideration, that from selling • An Englishman's Let- to discuss the morals of an inditer to his Majesty, and Traits of vidual, bowever elevated his condiall the Royal Dukes,' in which the tion, was not criminal, provided it morals of the Duke of Sussex are was done with temperance and explaived, yet new editions are now truth. selling of that work. Also Mr. The Attorney-General replied, Hague's Letter to the Duke of that it was impossible a jury could York, upon the appointment of wink so hard, as not to sec the liSir Hew Dalrymple."
bellous tendency of the land-bill The above being read, and Mr. in question, and the injury it was Horseman proved to be the pub- calculated to do to his Royal Highlisher, residing at No. 3, Hanway- ness's character. He observed, that street,
the gradation in society must be Mr. Adolphus made an ingenious kept up, and that if one was atdefence. He admitted Mr. Hague's tacked, the whole were disturbed, insolence and impudence in the and the fabric endangered. fullest latitude, in thus placarding Lord Ellenborough told the jury bis Royal Highness, but he insisted to strike out the name of the Duke that it would not bear out the of Sussex from the hand-bill, aud charge upon the record to the ex- substitute their own, and then ask tent; that it inferred that his Royal if they would not feel themselves Highness liad been guilty of a cri- libelled, to be advertised, with 20 minal offence, for which he was guineas reward, in the same way as liable to be brought to public jus- if they had been suspected of breaktice, and punished.' The offence ing open a house? His Lordship imputed was, the publishing a hand- then commented on the expressions bill without the printer's name,- in the hand-bill, and called upon now the privity of his Royal High the jury to give the Duke the same ness would not have subjected him measure of justice they would exto punishment.
pect for themselves under similar Lord Ellenborough.--Admitting circumstances. your argument, that the Duke could The jury instantly found the denot be brought to justice, yet, un- fendant guilty... der the copulative placed upon the 24. Drury-lane Theatre consumrecord, surely the past, if neces ed by Fire.- On Friday night this sary, may be dropt. Can you superb edifice was burnt to the shew that the hand-bill was not cal- ground. We learn that about five culated to defame and vilify liis minutes past 11 o'clock at niglit, Royal Highpess, and to bring him the flames burst out at the lobby into hatred and contempt?
windows of the front in Brydges Mr. Adolpbus said he certainly street, while volumes of smoke were should bow in the authority of the seen issuing from every part of the Court, and then called the atten. theatre. In less than a quarter of tion of the jury to the fact that an hour it spread into one unbroken Hague was the author of the bill, fame over the wliole of the iminense and that Horseman was the mere pile, extending from Brydges-street publisher; and concluded by press- to Drury-lane; so that the pillar of fire was not less than 50 feet iu afforded, and also to the circumbreadth. It is impossible for the stance of the whole being a wooden mind to conceive any thing more case. For our Readers will recolmagnificent than the spectacle, if lect that the immense pile was conThe idea of the horror and ruin structed of timber, and that the wliich it brought on the sufferers frame stood for many months, exhicould have been separated from the biting a very fine carcase of carpensublimity of the object. In about ter's work before the ribs were filthirty minutes after its commence- led in with bricks. Timber was ment the Apollo on the top fell into then under 31. per load, and the arthe Pit, and soon after the whole chitect thought that this wooden of the roof fell.
frame would contribute to the proThe reservoir of water on the top, pagation of sound. It did not, perwhiclı our reallers will recollect form. baps, perfectly succeed in this reed with the iron curtain the topic spect, but it certainly contributed to of reliance for security in the Pro- the conflagration. Finding it imlogue with which the new theatre possible to prevent the destruction was opened, was like a mere buckets of the building, the Gentleman full to the volume of fire on which saved the books from the room it fell, and had no visible effect in called the Treasury, and they were damping it. Any attempt to go carried safely lo Mr. Kent's house, near the flames was totally imprac- in Tavistock-street. The only ticable-and all that was saved from other article saved was a bureau, in ruin was done by the presence of Mrs. Jordan's room. Mr. Kent mind and activity of Mr. Kent, a broke the pannels of the door, and literary Gentleman, who was the brought out the bureau. All further first to discover the flames. He endeavours were rendered impossihurried to the door and gave the ble, by the excess of heat. alarm. Mr Powell, the Prompter, About a quarter before twelve, a and Mr.Jolinston, the Mechanist, body of horse-guards, and footwith the two watchmen and Mr. guards, and volunteers came to the Kent, were the only persons present, place, and engines reached the spot for being a Friday in Lent, there had from every quarter-but they could been no play nor rehearsal. They do nothing. Part of the wall next ascertained that the fire broke out to Vinegar-yard fell down, and the in the liall, under the lobby at the house of Mrs. Mac Beallı, the fruits Brydges-street entry, which has erer, caught fire.--The night was been shut up this season, and where uncommonly fine, and the body of some plumbers had been at work. flame spread such a mass of light
It was, when Mr. Kent broke in, over the metropolis, that every surconfined to that spot; and they marle rounding object glittered with the an effeclual attempt to get oui ilie brightness of gold. Mr. Sheridan theatre engine, and play on it from was in the House of Conmons as. their reservoir; but in ten or twelve sisting in the important discussion on minutes it run up the front boxes Mr. Ponsonby's motion. The and spread like kindled wax. This House was illuminated by the blaze may be accounted for from the of light. And the interest univerbody of air whichi so large a hollow sally taken in the circumstance in
terrupted the debate. A motion theatre, it must have crushed the was made to adjourn, but Mr. opposite bouses. That street is, Sheridan said, with great calmness, potwithstanding, filled up across to " that whatever nright be the extent the opposite pavement with the ruins, of the private “calamity, he hoped chiefly of the fragments of the broit would not interfere with the pub- ken colonnade, the stone pillars lic business of the country :” he being broken into small pieces, and then left the house and the discus- with the stone-works and half burnt sion proceeded. Many of his beams of timber. The fire burnt friends accompanied him to the fully up to Drury lane, to which a scene, but it was too late for any part of the building, made into a effort to be made; and all that the scene painting room we believe, had engines could effect was to save the been lately carried. The walls in houses in Vinegar yard, and Russell- Drury-lane are standing, but in all street, the roofs of which had caught quarters the wood work and inside fire, from being burnt down. of the theatre are completely down.
About half past twelve parts of The baker's slop closely adjoining the outward walls, both in Russel- the building of the theatre, in Drurystreet, and Vinegar-yard, fell down, lane, does not appear to liave been and completely blocked up the pas in the least damaged, not even dissage, but fortunately no lives were turbed! it is open and at business
as if nothing had happened. All day yesterday great quantities Tlie theatre was insured, but not of smoke were issuing from the ruins, for a sum near its value, or with which here and there small quantities of it can be rebuilt. The insurance is in fice were burning, and some of the the Imperial, the British, the Globe, engines were occasionally playing. the Hope, and the E.:gle. Since The wall frontieg Bıydges-street is the destruction of Covent Garden, standing up in the centre as high as the insurance in the new offices has the top of the grand box lobby, and been increased. The loss to the each end of ihat wall is standing performers is most serious. They still higher; but the walls on each have lost every thing-and, in one side the theatre, namely, next Little day, several hundred persons are Russel-street and Vinegar-yard, thrown out of bread. There is no those beautiful stone walls, with the place in town to which they can collonade, &c. are completely down, have resort as a temporary theatre, The houses in Little Russell-street, unless they were to divide themselves facing the theatre, are dreadfully into several parties, and act at the scared and whitenerl; some of them minor theatres, in the Lyceum, had been on fire in the window Catharine-street, the Royalty, &c. frames, and all the windows are 27. The proprietors of Drarv-lane broken by the heat. In Vinegar Theatre beld a meeting on Monyard two or three small houses day at the house of Mr. Graham, close to the Box Door, are burut, in order to hear the testimony of gotted with the fire, but the walls such persons as could give any inare not down.
formation respecting the situation Had not the wall in Little Rus. in which the fire broke out, and well-street fallen inwards on the what was the probable cause of it.
Several Several persons were examined; strangely addressed. It did not at. and from their depositions it was first engage any particular attention; tolerably conclusive, that the flames but, on learning the calamitous originated in the coffee-room on event of Friday night, his Royal the first tier, immediately over the Highness sent for Mr. Sheridan, grand coffee-room, and under the and, after expressing the kindest two shilling gallery. This is the sympathy in his great and unexbelief of the proprietors. It also pected loss, communicated to that appeared that a person of the name gentleman the contents of this let. of Phillips, who resides in Cross- ter, which had been received some court, Russel-court, gave the first weeks before. alarm at the stage-door, and after With respect to this mysterious that he left the Theatre to aların, letter, whether it was meant as an his own family, and again returned, effusion of malice, gratified in some and in the intermediate time three degree, but not yet saliated; or other persons arrived. With re- whether it was intended as a menace, spect to the cause of the fire, it is calculated for the attainment of some all yet surmise. The woman who object as yet unspecified, it must be has been spoken of as running fruitless at the present moment to about the stage in a frantic man- enquire. We should not probably ner, turns out to be Mrs. Scott, have laid so much stress on an the actress, who resides within a anonymous scroll, if it were not door or two of the Theatre, and coupled with another singular and whose distress of mind may be authenticated occurrence, which our easily accounted for. I
readers will peruse, as we heard it, The catastrophe which has be- with sensatious of horror and indig. fallen this magnificent pile now be- nation. It is positively stated that, gins to excite some emotions of a about five weeks since, a train of different nature from those of keen gunpowder was discovered at the regret and strong surprise, which it King's Theatre, disposed evidently at first created in every bosom. for a mischievous purpose. This The public should be cautious in circumstance has been hitherto giving credence to some fables concealed through motives of pruwhich are in circulation. We have dence. We now give it publicity now to call their attention to one from motives equally justifiable. or two facts, which are as certain We think that men who have emas they are important. It has been barked a large property in sucli reported, that an anonymtous letter concerns, are certainly entitled to had been received by an illustrious public protection. If such a plan Personage, immediately after the of wide-spreading mischief be afloat, fire in St. James's Palace, intimat- and there is certainly some evidence ing, “ that his Royal Highness of that fact, the vigilance and cauwould shortly hear of the destruc- tion of individuals are of no avail. tion of other public buildings in A parliamentary reward should be the same manner." Such a letter, offered, after due inquiry, for the we can now aver with confidence, detection of the offenders and their was actually received by the High accomplices. Personage to whom it was so
General recapitulation of the losses their different armies, 70,000.
sustained by the French armies Total, 163,000.-Gent. Mag. since the time they entered Por: tugal and Spain. [The calculation rests on known public data;
MARCH. and whoever will take the trouble to examine them, will find 1. On excavating the earth to that the number is rather les obtain a firin foundation for the sened than exaggerated.]
new Court-bouses for the county First Campaign--Carried off by of Northumberland, where the diseases in Madrid, Burgos, Bis- half-moon battery in Newcastle cay, Navarre, &c. 11,000. In formerly stood, a variety of curious Catalonia, - 8,000. In Saragossa discoveries have been made. After they lost in various actions, and the excavation of about thirty feet during the first siege, 10,000. In of solid earth, the entrance to an Valencia and La Mancha, 8,000. ancient well has been found, which Killed and taken prisoners in Anda. will probably, when dug, develope lusia, including the French squadron some remains of antiquity. Withat Cadiz, 30,000. Hanged, de- in a few yards of this well, two serted, and destroyed, by the fury pair of horns, resembling those of of the people and private indivi- a stay, but much larger, along duals, 11,000. Killed by the Eng. with the jaw-bones of the animal, lish in Portugal, and carried off by were dug out. In the opinion of disease, 8,000. Killed in the dif- an eminent natural historian, these ferent actions in Old Castile, 6,000. bones and horns must have be
Second Campaign.-Lost in se- longed to an animal similar in size veral actions with the army of the and species to the American elk. centre, including that of Lerin, In several other parts which have 3,000. On the 230 November, in been dug, about forty-six feet from Tudela, 6,000. During the long the top of the mount, a number of siege of Saragossa, and in various large beams of solid oak, perfectly actions with the Arragonese, in- sound, lying in a variety of direc. cluding deserters, 17,000. In the tions, as is to support the superdifferent actions in Catalonia, incumbent bank, have been also 10,000. Killed and wounded by discovered, all of which afford sufBlake's army in Biscay, and in the “ficient grounds to believe, that the mountains of St. Andero, 10,000. whole mount was a work of the Killed and wounded in Burgos, Romans, for the purpose of formby the army of Estremadura, 1,000. ing a commanding station, when in In Sepulveda, Sonuosierra, and Ma. this country. drid, 7,000. In Estremadura, in A flight of sea eagles have lately the action of Velez, and in several visited the coast near Hastings. engagements in La Mancha, 4,000. The very uncommon appearance of Lost on their march from Ma, these birds on the southern coast drid to Corunpa, including the has excited very great curiosity. actious with the English in Castile Many of the gentlemen in the and Gallicia, 10,000. Carried off neighbourhood have endeavoured by the disease and the dagger in to shoot them, from an apprehenVol. LI. .