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Frome. Th? deceased has contributed to the public cnarities in his native town by establishing a lund tor clothing and educating ten additional boys in the charity srchoul.

At Clifton, near Bristol, in his 90th year, J. P. Hungerford, esq. of Dingley, a deputy lieutenant, and many years an honourable; independent, and able representative in |iarliamert for the county of Leicester, to which dignified sution he was first elected in the jre ir 177.i, alter one of the severest contests ever remembered.

i\(,ei 76, tie Rev. Robert Purcell, L.L.D. vicar of .vitare ami Coombe, St. Nicholas.

At Bath, Mrs. Gibbs, wife of Philip James G. esq —Mrs. Bally, wife ef Mr. B. bookseller.—Mr. John Salmon, banker.— Mrs. Beetham.

At Bristol, Mrs. Witherell, 81 Mrs;

Mary Browne.


The inhabitants of Lyme h-ive entered into a subscription for the improvement of that fashionable watermg-plice. A wall is begun, which is to extend trom the town to the harbour. There will bra gravel walk and shrubbery, extending lull a mile The hot and cold balhs have undergone some judicious alterations.

Married.] At Poulc, Mr. Robert Knight, to Miss Smith,.

•' At Dorchester, Mr. Hazard, to Miss Bishop.

Died.] At Milborne Port, near Sherborne, Mr. Richard Highmore.


Lord BoringHon has lately added considerably to the value of his estate in this county, by gainirg from tile sea, by means of an embankment, 175 acres of land, fc-rrricr'y known by the name of Chelson Bay. The work was undeitaken in the spring of 1H06. and completed in the autumn of 1807. The expenses amounted to 9,0001. ar.d the regained land is valued at upwards of 85,0)01.

J^j'ried.] At Plymouth, Johnson Phillott, esq hanker, of bath, to Mary Elizabeth eldest daughter of Hob;:.: Fuge, esq. of Xllford.

At Exeter, Ralph Barnes, esq. undersheriff of the county, to Augusta Charlotte, jroutig'-st oaughter uf the late Rev. Archdeacon Andrew.—Dr. Parr, to Frances, youngest djughter of the late James Robson, esq. of, London.

At Teigrjniou.h, Mr. Samuel Mortimer, attorney of Exeter, to ftlks Eliza Han kins

X>ud] At Plymouth. Mr. C. Symom, sun of Peter S. «*,.—Mr. T. C Williams, eldest son of Thomas W. esq. uf Swansea, and assistant surgeon of the 2d Royal Veteran Battalion. This gentleman had'been in t'.ie last In lies, *M almost, miraculously escaped Iron* U« dicadiul massacre at Vdltae j tus

merit obtained him the appointment be held at his dea h, and he fell a victim to a fever brought on by h.s incessant attention to the troops lately arrived from Spain.—Lieutenant de Jersey, hte of his Majesty's ship Ale. mene, a promising young officer.—Mr. Adstin, sen—Mr. Thomas Hirris — Mrs Hart. — Mr. Yeoland—Mr. Adam Snowrlon. quarterman in the Dorkyord.—Mrs. Lord. —Mr. G Rogers, bookseller—Mrs. Billing.

T-Mrs. Herbert,wife of George H. esq Lieu.

tenant George Distihg, of the Marines, 21.

At Impacoombe, Mount Edgecombe, Mrs. Johns, mother of J. J. esq. 93.

At Dartmouth, Mrs. Brooking, wife of Mr. Thomas B. tide-surveyor.

At Totnrs, Mr. Charles Ham, youngest son of Mr. Matthew H.

At Moretonhampstead, Mr.William Smalr. In the walks of domestic charities, and social duties, he was an example of the p iwer and value of undented religion. Amidst the sorrow which nature and affection feel on his re. moval, it is a theme of gmtitude that -brs virtues can charm us in remembrance, and that faith real:ees the re-union of kindred spirits in happier and more lasting scenes.— Mrs. Pensent, wii'e of Joseph P. esq. of Loo. don. • -.^Xi.%sn'

At Exeter, the Rev. Christopher Watkliw, 55 years rector of Bradstone, S-l—Mr. JonjJ than Burnett, one of the aldermen of the city, and who served the office of chief magistrate its 1788.—Mr. John Letlibridge.—Mr. Richard

At Brixham, Mr. Thomas Parkinson. Few men have experienced more the reverses of fortune than the deceased; from a state of affluence he became so reduced, as to leek an asylum in the poor-house of the above plscr. Engaged in thi.ty-two law suits with officer* of the crown, for seizure of contraband goods, without the limits, he lost twenty-eight «f them, 'which impoverished his fortuneHe was an ingenious man, and was latterly accustomed to carry about a model of a vend which he constructed to cross a river agtiast the wind, by a set of oars, which would |D round with a wheel, and causa the little vessel to make head against wind curl tide. He also constructed some curious machinery for driving piles, and if He had met vriti support, it is thought that hi* plan far tsaV itig the Royal George, at Spitriead, w*sl* have succeeded.

At Bow, John Wreford, esq. of Nelson.

At Cofllcct, Frances/youngest daughter of Thomas Lane, esq. . .'.» «,

At Tupshacn, Mrs. Ann ruin I. j Nicholas P. esq.

At taston, near Kinporidfny JH M. A, Pearse.

At Wnrthill, Mill Brt of John B. esq. •

At Buditi£ii.Saltrarn, Miw FbuWt*a d.ughitrotJ.F «s.rfUssSiV.p»aW>^iJ|

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At Hors'int'ton, Mrs. Spencer, relict of Matthew S. esq.

At Yeotown, near Barnstaple, the wife of R. Newton incledon, esq.

At the Retreat, near txcter, Sir Alexander Hamilton, who served the orbce vt hij,h ahcriff of the counts in 17B6,

d.t Newton Home, Yeovil, Mrs. Ha.bin, relict of Swaync H est) til.

At HarewooJ, near T«viscock, John Pearton Foote, esq.

At Heavitiee, Mr. Robert Jameson, son of John J. .sq of Aberdeen, '.'7.

At Newton Abbott, Mr. Whitburne, snrgeon and apothecary.


A public Dispensary and Humane Society his just been established at Penzance, its objects ire to mitigate the suffenngs of the poor in seasons of sickness, by gratuitous medical assistance, nourishing food, rind other netjiul comforts — to rescue the poor /[in the malignity of the small.pox, by introducing vaccination—and the recovery of persons in cases 01 suspended animation.

Mutntit.] At Si. Tudy, Richard H.iken, esq. to Mrs. Ann Furnis.

At Endellion, Mr. W. Thomas, to Miss Coclc, daughter of ■ CI. esq. of Treficock.

At 1 nkcid, William Beard, esq of Bodmin, to Miss Nanjulian, of Lostwkhiel.

D.ed.) At Flushing, the youngest daughter Of J. P B. Trevanion, esq. of Cashjyes.

At lowey, Mis. Fiie, wife of Lieut. F.

At Charlestown, St. Austell, Mrs. Sarah Vounder, 34.

At Camclford, Mr. Jshn Marshall, surgeon.


The commissioners of the Breronshire turnpikes arc about to m>.ke two branches of turnpike-road; one branch from the Brecon aim M.rthyr road near Nanc-yr-Eira, to join the Neath and Merthyr road near Hir■wain ironworks; and the other from Crick. howell-driii^e to join the Abergavenny and and Merthyr road, near Pentwyn Clyoach, ILauclly.

MttmtJ.] At Glashury, Brecon, Thynne Howe Gwvnne, cjq. to n.e Hon. Ocoreianna iVlarianna. Dcvercux, sister to Viscuuut Hereford.

Died.] At Newhousc, near Cardiff, Mrs. Knight, aged bti, widow of the late William Knight, esq. and one o( the daughteis of the late William hruce, esq. of Lamblethian.


At Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, aged 8-1, John Coldie, esq.; a man, fur acutencss of apprehension, and eccentricity of ideas, equalled by lew. Tut last forty years of his lile were almost entirely ,«pent rn the ntudy of the science ot which he u said to have fenected srvnal prevailing errors. His hook upon the sihject was almost ready for going lu ta".c ftcsa when lac d.ed; and it is to he

hoped his friends will put it into the hands of som.' prison, who wil. give it soon to the public. He p'ibliahrtl, Soiue years since, a voluminous work, intitled, '• The Gospel Rccov.rea." and a few months before his death, "A ireatise upon the Lvidenee, or a Deity ;** in which he con.utes all atheistical doctrines, ana ably proves the existence of a God. Thia work will remain a testimony of his great power of reasoning auJ extensive iDk/rnutiou.

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Mi"-W.] At Cash.ll, Lord Viscount Bcr» Bard, sou of the Karl of Bandon, and M. P. for the counry of Cork, to Miss BioJerick, daughter of the Archbishop of Cashel.

Ditd.'] At Hampton, county of Dublin, Ai'.xjiiuit Hamilton, esq. hl^h sheriff of the county, and eldest son ot the late Honourable haion H. 44,

In Dublin, the Countess Dowager of Mayo. —Dawager Lady Steele.—The Right Hon. John Montk Mason, 81.

At Atnen, county or Liuieric, in full possession ot her faculties, Mrs. Lleonura, Scauv lah, 110.


In the Island of Jamaica, Lieutenant-general Villcttes. Tins otiiccr was descenael Irum one of the mosc ancient families in France. His ancestors weie Lords of Moutdidier in Lan^uedoc, in the thirteenth century, and many of them held considerable oilices under different ruunarchs. During the civil wars, they were much distinguished lot their exertions in favour of the Hu^onotss and alter the revocation of the edict of Nantes they witiidicw from France and settled in this kingdom. The fainer of the late lieutenant-general was educated in the diplomatic line, and was many years minister plenipotentiary to the late and the present king} tiist at the court of Turin, and aftcrwaid» with the Helvetic Cantons. He withdrew from public life in the year 1762, and rcsidea at Bath till 1776; when he died, in the 75th year of his uge. His second son, William-Anne Villcttes, was born ot Bern, on the 14ili uf June, 17ol. He received the early part of hii education at a private school near lluth, and Lhc lat er part of it at the University of St. Andrew's. A mildness of disposition, and a regular perio/mance of whatever it was his duty to do; qualities which through life were distinguis:icd features of bis character, were rcnuikuile even at this early period. It was observed at schcol, that he never received a blow, cither from ins master, or any ol his school-fellows; nor was he ever known at the uuiveisity to to have experienced a reptimanJ lion any of the professors, or to have been engaged in a quarrel wim any of his fellow-student.. Hii father originally intended him for the bar, and he was accordingly entered at LincoloVinn, and kept two- or three terms; but Lis_ ardour fur a uaiiiury U;c was ao great,

thai that Mr. Villettes at last gave wav to hi» sort's inclinations, and obtained for him, in the year 1775, a cornetcy in the 10th regiment of dragoons. In this respectable corps, Villettes continued till he rose tu the rank ot major. In this, a> in every other part of his lite, a punctual discharge of the duiics of his itation was constantly observed. By this he obtained the approbation of his superiors, and by his amiable manners he secured the esteem and good will of his equals and his interiors. During a great part of this period, Capt. VilJettrs uttended Sir W. Pitt'(then commander c,f the forces in Ireland) as his aid de-camp and secretary. 7 he character of that venerable officer requires nopanegvric; and it certainly was an honour to Villettes, that lie lived several years in his family, not only as his secretary, but as his confidential friend. Hit attachment to Sir Vvilliam l'itt was, indeed, that of a son to a parent; and, like all other attachments that he foimed, continued invariable to the end of his lite. In the year 1793!, Major Villettes quitted the dragoons, and was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 69lh regiment of foot; winch, in consequence of the breaking out of the war in 1793, was sent to the Mediterranean, serving as marines on board a division of the fleet under the command of Lord Hood.. From this service Colonel Villettes was exempt, as a field-officer; but when Toulon was given up to the allies, lie left England to take the command of his regiment, then forming a l>art ol the garrison. His services there were tnucli distinguished by General O'Hara, and Jus successor, General Dundas. The heights of Faron were entrusted to him ; and during the time that he commanded in that important station, his vigilance was such, that he never retired to rest till day light appeured. All attempts at surprise were accordingly frustrated, and every thing remained secure; the strength ol the position scarcely ex|iosirrg it to any other danger. At length, the Trench army being increased, after the reduction of Lyons, the danger to which Toulon became exposed was proportionally greater, and Colonel Villettes was tailed to a station of still more importance, and requiring the execution of greater military talents. '1 his was the defence of Lei Sablettes, a narrow isthmus, by which the peninsula that forms the south side ol the road of Toulon is con. nected with the main land. As long as this post nas in our possession, the whole peninsula was secure, and the ships could remain in safety in the road; but ii tins had been lost, the various batteries on the peninsula might have been turned upon them, the shipping mast have removed into the bay, and the subsequent cmbaikation of the troops arid the i {habitants would have been rendered impracticable. At this pott Colonel Villettea comsTkjidcd i having under htm TOO British, 1'BOU Neapolitan troops. On the ISth of

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December, Faron was talen by surprise (but not by the fault of any British olaker); ant) Fort Mulgrave, the nearest post to Las Sablettes, was carried by storm. These di» asters rendered the evacuation of Toulon unavoidable. The Neapolitan troops, undo the command of Colonel ViUcttet, behaved very well as long aa they ware exposed to no danger i but when they saw thai Fort Mai. grave was lost, and the French appeared ready to attack them, they retired in a body, got inlo their boats, and embarked on bnaid their ships. Notwithstanding the desertion of so great a part of his force, Colonel Villettes kept up so good an appearance with the n> mainder, that Lea Sablertea, and, of course, the whole of the penintula. continued in our possession till the evening of die Ittth; wbca the evacuation or Toulon being complete, ha received orders to withdraw his troops. let* service, though rendered very difficult by the proximity of the enemy, was nevertheless etlccted during the night j and the troopa wete marched to the other end of the peniav. sula, whcie they were embarked in coats, which conveyed them, without loss, on board the fleet. The next service in which I Villettes was engaged, was the Corsica. He acted here in his proper i at the siege of Saint J'iorcnzo; and aHer wards in a inoie distinguished manner, at that of fiastia. Lord Hood having proposed to the commander of the land forces the attack ot this latter place, and the measure being deemed inexpedient by that onker, his Ivicudup resolved to undertake the siege, without Ldc assistance of any Hoops out those who were originally given him a^ marines. After a close blockade or forty days, Bastia was taken, and Lord Hood gratefully acknowledged the essential assistance which he received on that occasion from Colonel Villettes. The (sent ol this service will perhaps be mote lullyasaw pteciated, when it is known, that. that sesest v. inch Colonel Villettes commanded^ caaa computed of no n.oic than ltrOQ tsriUsk«aidiers,S!50 landed tearncu, and Utto Corsicana; which last were fit only to scour the country. 'i he gan tson, on the other hand, innjavrart nf 4(1(10 French regulars, and about M'JBaajdael the aimed inhabitants* £von effiat,duWaaltV render ot the place, the difficulties of Ccsbjetat Villettas' situation did Betas—" tar;.t t.~ small force, he was to goats and tins arduous task wa» ceuitiettted days, the state of the impossible to send them away'La time For tint amuoroent Villettes was rewarded, bar Covernor of Bulla i «rxa\a vaeje.aJZ him being proposed iii4tem|iMJDtl mons, it teemed to be «.4*Jibject of with every person, that ol parliamentary etmatMllS •ibie to accede to tIW-sv)iypri. J»< 1196, an UieaWWitf**»> of •

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kins', which it common in Corsica, obliged CyliTtel Villettes to resign the government of Bastii, and rrtrarn to England; and the following year, Portugal being threatened by the French, he was scut to that country, and served m the army commanded by hit friend Sir Charles Stuart, abo'it a year and a half} when, the danger being for the present removed, the British troops were withdrawn, and Colonel Vilteccei came back to England, wheie he was promoted to the rank of a majorgeneral, on th." IHth of June, 1793. Afiout this time, General Villettes wis appomted comptroller of the household of his Royal Highness the Duke of Kent; and his royal highness continued to honour the steneral with his confidence as long as he lived. In 1799, General Ville'tes was sent to Corfu; it being then in contemplation to raise a corps qf Albanians for his Majesty's service. Of the inexpediency or this measure the general was soon convinced; and however advantagecm the adopting it might have proved to himself, he rtroiiiily advised thi contrary, and the plan was accordingly relinquished. The mutiny which some years afterwards toak place at Malta among troops of a timi ar description, fully proved the justness of his opinion. When his pretence was no longer necessary in Corfu, Gen Villetes was teat to Malta; where he acted for some time as second in command to Gen Pigotj and, after hit departure in 1801, as commander in chief of the forces, in which important situation he remained till the year 1807. Those persons who recollect the stipulations concerning Malta in the treaty of Amiens, the discusrions which arose during the peace in consequence of those stipulations, and the value attached to this ifland by all parties since the renewal of hostilities; and who, at the came time, consider the situation of Malta, with respect to Naples. Sicily, Egypt, and indeed the whole of the Mediterranean Mnd the Levant, will readily conceive that there were few situations, in which a liim, temperate, and judicious conduct could lie more requisi.e than in the commander of the forces in that island. It may ulclv ne asserted, that few men were superior to Gen. Villettes in t*.e ajualities from which tuch a conduct originates. Hit judgment was so good, that, though he sel.-om stood in neea of advice, yet, on every proper occasion, he iv.-s ready to listen to it j to adopt it with candw , if he

during hit command In Malta, in which. these qualities were exerted, and executed wi'.b the very best effect!. When Toman, the French-elected Grand Master, laid claim to the island; when a French Agent sought an occasion of quarrel, and endeavoured Co raise a disturbance in the theatre, as had beea done successfully xt Rome, Naples, and elsewhere; when a most alarming mu'iny took place among the foreign troops in Fort Ritosoli; on all these, and on many other cccetaoBS, the Arm, temperate, and judicious conduce of Gen. Villettes was successfully employed.—, In the year 1807, the personal and professional merit or this o'.iuer, his perfect knowledge of most of the European languages, and his lonj; acquaintance with the military systems of the continental powers, pointed hies. out to his Majesty s government at a proper person to command the foreign troop* who Were to form a p»rt of the army intended ta be sent to the Baltic, under Lord CarhcartGen. Villettes was accordingly re-calied from Malta; but, though he obeyed th* summ >ns with the utmost promptitude, it was found impossible for bim to arrive in England in time to take any share in the northern expedition. That expedition was accordingly disp tched under other commanders, and Gen Villettes was, toon arter his arrival, appointed to a situation ttill snare honourable, but eventually fatal to him. It wat in the month of September, 1807, that chit __ OfBcer, now a Lieutenant general, returned to England, a country in which lie haul patted so small a portion of his life, as to he much less known in it than his worth deserved. He was soon after appointed Colonel of the tilth rcjiinent of infantry; aaJ hit talents were not suffered to remain lostf unemployed. A proper person was wan teg to be commander of the forces, and Liritterunt-governor, of Jamaica. Many circuov., stancet in the situation of that Itlaud rendered it necessary to be rurticuLuly careful in the appointment of a general orUcer sums' to that important trust. Gen. Villettes was selected fur this purpose ; and it would, utsahaps, have been difficult to have found a mar mure capable of fulfilling the tiutici of toe station to the satisfacfion of Government, aitd for the benefit of the colony. He wot accordingly 0ppjin:cd Lieutcnaiit-gsvemor a*d commander of the forces in Jamaica, with th: rank of a General in that Island, in tike

judged it to be right: or to adhce iu hit ljrter end cf the year 1)J0?. Highly honourable as this appointment was, Gen. Villettra would willingly have declined it. His constitution, wuich wat never very strong, had b«en much impaired by bilious eomplaintHj and liaving been absent from England during alAintt the whale of the last fourteen year i, lie would gladly have remained tome time, in chit country. The hut day before he er»bujud at opichtad, wat apent «t the the euliest fsieSd «f hit youth, to whom. So eajifidf nt ljl

own opinion, il lie saw no just gtoi abandoning it. Kit fiirxmesi irrparauiog the line of conduct, which he thou^hcit his duty 'adopt, was equally remarkable; and to esc qualities were united attmper the least itableraodmanners the mot: conciliatory, well imagined The favourite "-Smiittr in ntertV, S&rt'ittr in _ a-bapt aejdoto been mora ,per■ tanaifsplltsei. Many msuasu occurred

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