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with an elegant new barouche, harness, and especially a Sieur Laudis, who, and bay horses.
· he asserted, was to give in his resigna. They all went off in a fine trot round tion, for the purpose of following the square, except No. 6, whose horses Owen to England. In pursuance of cantered, to the great mortification of orders which I had given, Laupperand all scientific charioteers present. The Laudis were arrested at Rennes. The carriages were elegant, and the harness first declared, that having had occasion was particularly admired. The absence to know the Sieur Owen, on his way of Sir C. Bamfylde, Sir John Rogers, to Besancon, and finding himself press, the Honourable Mr Hawke, and Mr ed by the want of money, he had apHumphrey Butler, was much regret. peared to receive the propositions which ted; but they join, with the other ab- the Englishman had made to him of sent members, the second meeting, procuring particular information rem which will be very numerous.
specting Belleisle, or the plans and The following remarkable article is maps of that place; but he maintains extracted from the Moniteur of the that he would not have pretended to 15th ult.
enter into his views, but in order to
draw from him the sums which he had “ REPORT TO HIS MAJESTY THE
.promised ; that he never intended to EMPEROR AND KING.
assist his projects; that he had not «Sire. I had the honour to submit even the means of doing so, for he had to your Majesty on the 22d of March, resided only thirteen days at Belleisle. the disclosures of the Sieur Ounisse On his arrival at Rennes, Laupper Owen, an officer of the British navy, was arrested for debts contracted to prisoner of war at Besancon. The re. his regiment. It was not long, he sult thereof was, that this prisoner had added, before he received a letter from concerted with a Sieur Laupper, an Sieur Owen, in which he reminded him officer in the 4th Swiss regiment, the of their reciprocal promises, and anmeans of surprising Belleisle-en-Mer. nounced the approaching arrival of the Owen, according to the promise he money ; in fact, he transmitted to him, had received, as he said, from M. Mac, at two periods, two drafts, one for kenzie, to whom the plan had been 1000 francs, and the other for 400, communicated, was to have been ex. but they were not paid. In the mean changed, and to command the expedi- time, the Sieur Owen, insisting and tion; and Laupper, whose battalion advising him to bring into their inte was in garrison in Belleisle, charged rests some of his comrades; he then himself with the recruiting of partizans described to him, as an officer of his among the officers and soldiers, to fa. regiment, the Sieur Laudis, an old vour the communications between the grenadier, who was in prison with him ; cruizers and the coast, &c. It was at and he protests that this soldier was Besancon where Laupper had stayed totally ignorant of the part which he some time, while conducting the re- was made to perform in his correspons cruits to his corps, that this plot was dence with the English prisoner. Lauformed. Among the papers which dis is, in fact, an old grenadier, of the the Sieur Owen produced in support 4th Swiss regiment, who, having been of his statements, there appeared many reduced in 1809, remained in the deletters which Laupper had addressed partment D'Illet Orlaine in quality of to him from Rennes, and in which garde forrestier ; he had been imprihe stated that several officers had soned for firing a musket at some perjoined themselves to the conspiracy, son. It was in this prison that he found Laupper. He declared that he teering from the militia goes or with never received from him any overtures spirit from all the regiments in this respecting his intercourse with the garrison : the North Devon, the Not. Sieur Owen, and, with the exception tingham, the Salop, the 2d Royal Lana of the letters of Laupper, the investi- cashire, Royal Cheshire, Somerset, and gation has not hitherto produced any South Hants, have given in all their proof against him. Whatever may be quotas ; the favourite regiments are the denials of Laupper, and the grounds the 5th, 19th, 52d, and 74th. on which he supports them, it does 3d.-YARMOUTH.-Several men benot appear to me that they can be ca- longing to the West Norfolk militia pable of justifying him, in opposition lying here have volunteered into the to the suspicions which his correspon- line, and the 54th foot have by far the dence with the Sieur Owen establishes greatest share of them. against him.
The volunteering from the militia 6 I have the honour to propose to into the line commenced at Norman your Majesty to order the transmission Cross on Wednesday, from the 1st of the papers to the minister of war. Royal Surrey militia, and Cumber: .“ I am, with profound respect, &c. land, stationed at that place ; the quota
(Signed) * The Duke Rovigo. for the Surrey being 92. When the « Referred to the Grand Judge, too
me to order was read in the circle, the whole cause the laws of the empire to be car.
number allowed to go turned out, with ried into execution.
their officers, in the most handsome (Signed) “ NAPOLEON.
manner. What makes this the more
satisfactory is, that not a shilling of Palace of the Thuilleries, 14th April, 1811.
the bounty was to be paid till they got By the emperor's orders.
to St Ives, for the purpose of prevent(Signed) “H. B. Duke BASSANO.”
ing any disorder amongst the French An experiment of an improved me. prisoners. The 56th, commanded by thod of charging with the bayonet took General Norton, was the favourite replace yesterday, by a detachment of giment ; 85 as fine fellows as ever hand. the Royal Marines, in presence of the led a musket selecting that regiment Lords of the Admiralty, and a commit- to join. The Cumberland, a much tee of marine officers. The whole plan stronger regiment, only turned out 29. contains many very superior advantages The 1st Surrey has always been conover the present system, particularly spicuous for their spirit on such occain enabling the rear rank men to use sions. In the volunteering of 1809, their muskets at the charge, with si- their quota was 183, who turned out milar effect, and at the same moment, the first day, and joined the 56th ; as the front rank, causing the men to since aiding in the capture of the Isle stand in a stronger position, and en- of France. The volunteering from abling them either to attack or defend, the South Glocester took place at at one instant, both the front and the Brighton also on Wednesday. The rear. It appears to be particularly compliment required was 103, and adapted to repel any attack that may though to the full of that number be made by an enemy's boarders in a turned out, we understand 73 only naval engagement. The plan met witle were accepted. The further volunentire approbation ; and it is reported teering for the remaining 30 men will that it will be adopted.
take place next week. 2d.-VOLUNTEERING FROM THE EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE. MILITIA.- PLYMOUTH.The volun. -An occurrence has taken place at Newmarket, which is the subject of "Alderman Combe also expressed him. general conversation and surprise a self in favour of the motion; which was mong the frequenters of the turf. Se then put and agreed to unanimously. veral horses were entered for the Cla- Mr Quin then moved, that the freeret Stake, and as usual were taken out dom should be presented to his royal in the morning for exercise. They all highness in a box of heart of oak; drank, as we understand, at one water. which was also agreed to, and the court ing trough. Some time after they had adjourned. been watered, six of them were obser- The Recorder's salary was ordered ved to stagger, and then to roll about to be raised to 2500l. per annum, to in the greatest agony. On examining commence from Christmas last.. the watering trough, it was found that EAST INDIES.--Accounts have been the water had been poisoned. The received of a very extraordinary con. horses were the property of Mr Sitwell, spiracy at Bombay. Sir F. Standish, Lord Foley, and Lord Mr Osborne, sub-treasurer of the Kinnaird. Suspicion has attached upon settlement, suspecting the native clerks one of the jockies. A large reward in the Treasury of malversation, gave has been offered for the discovery of notice, that on a particular day he the perpetrator of this infamous deed. would investigate their accounts, and
LONDON.— COURT OF COMMON expect to find their balances accurate, COUNCIL.-FREEDOM OF THE CITY The clerks, native Indians, borrowed TO THE PRINCE REGENT.-Yesterday the necessary sums of the money-chana Court of Common Council was held gers to make their balances complete at Guildhall, which was numerously while passing.examination, and engaattended.
ged to return the sums so borrowed Mr Quin rose to call the attention next day, they not having the least of the court to this subject. With doubt that these sums would be again respect to the origin of the motion, intrusted to their custody. But Mr whatever its merits, he could claim Osborne, on finding the balances accu. none of it. The motion had its origin rate, clapped locks upon the whole of with a worthy magistrate, a friend of the treasure every night, thus in effect his (Alderman Combe), and he (Mr keeping it in his possession. The na. l.) had merely given shape to his tive clerks, astonished and driven todes. idea. Nearly half a century had now pair, their ruin being inevitable, form elapsed since the freedom of this city ed a conspiracy against the life of Mr had been conferred on any of the royal Osborne. They were betrayed, apfamily, but he was persuaded that on prehended, and carried before the suno occasion could an opportunity more perintendant of police, who dismissed worthy than the present occur to renew them on the ground of want of suffithe practice. After paying some high cient evidence. But they were apand merited compliments to the prince, prehended again, committed, tried, and he concluded by moving the freedom convicted. They now complained of to his royal highness.
Mr Briscoe, the superintendant of po. Mr Favel rose to second the mo. lice, for having failed to protect them tion.
agreeably to their expectation, and facts Alderman C. Smith highly appro. came out which occasioned the appreved of the motion. In his opinion, the hension, trial, and conviction of the conduct of his royal highness, whether superintendant of police, for corrupt. considered as a prince or a man, was ly favouring the escape of the native worthy our highest approbation. clerks.
The following is an extract from this, for they exclaimed, “What in. the address of the Recorder, Sir James terest had we in taking away Mr OsMackintosh, to the grand jury, subse. borne's life? why should we conspire quent to the trial of the native clerks, to murder him ?" Soon after they were and before the trial of the superintend- found guilty, some of them confessed ant of police, as given in the Bombay that they were employed by the native Courier of the 24th of November last : shroff and clerk of the Treasury; and
It appears that when the present that they had been prevented from sub-treasurer of Bombay, Mr Osborne, confession by constant assurances of was appointed to that important situa. impunity. tion, he thought it expedient, from in- The Recorder next described the information he had collected, to adopt dictment preferred against the clerk in a determined plan to prevent the na- the police-office, for the suppression tive officers of the Treasury from ta- of evidence of the murderous conspiking out large sums of public money racy, and for conspiracy with other to apply to their own purposes. This persons to suppress evidence ; and this it should be observed was not a plan to crime was charged as having been done enforce any retrenchments of pay or corruptly, emolument"; it was merely to cut off : So far the Recorder's charge. the corrupt and clandestine resources The grand jury found a true bill of illicit gain ; it was a plan adopted against four of the native clerks, for from a sense of public duty in a respon. a conspiracy to take away the life of sible officer of the public, to destroy George Cumming Osborne, Esq., subthe speculations and corruption which treasurer, at Bombay. They were put he had reason to believe existed in the on their trial on the 12th of Novem, department over which he was placed. ber, and pleaded not guilty. .i The consequence of the plan which Mr Macklin, counsel for the prosecu. was thus most laudably adopted by tion, quoted passages from the RecordMr Osborne, was a conspiracy to mur. er's charge, and said a conspiracy existder him.--At the first session, it had ed among the servants of the Treasury, been established by decisive evidence, and their friends in the Bazar, to cheat and from the strongest and most un. the public by abusing the confidence doubted of all proofs, the verdict of a so long and so shamefully reposed in jury ; it had been decided, that the those servants; and that a system of conspirators to this nefarious transac. peculation, to an enormous extent, was tion had in their first machinations re- to bę supported by murder. He then sorted to the expedient of conjuration ; proceeded to shew how the high nabut their minds, immersed in guilt, tive servants in the Treasury were the were easily led from one plan of mys- chiefs in the plans of peculation and terious assassination to another, and murder, and how one of them had bewhen their conjuration failed, they trayed himself in an examination by decided to do this deed of darkness by the inadvertent use of a single word. any other practicable means. On the Several witnesses, native Indians, last trial of the former sessions, the were examined, to prove that they had conspirators convicted were found to been tampered with by the native be little more than miserable instru- clerks in the Treasury, to procure the ments of wickedness, in the employ of death of Mr Osborne, by conjuration some greater and more interested prin- or any other means, and that 1200 rucipals ; their defence was a proof of pees were to be the reward of success, George Cumming Osborne, Esq., November, says, “ Yesterday the spe. being examined, said, he is sub-trea- cial Sessions of Oyer and Terminer surer; he took possession in July, 1809. closed with the trial of C. J. Briscoe, He soon heard of the native officers, Esq., which lasted three days. He now at the bar, having equipages and was indicted for corruptly and wilfully handsome houses, living in a sumptu, conspiring with others to obstruct and ous manner, much beyond their scanty impede the course of justice, by prepay; that the two head shroffs had venting the trial and conviction of cer. emerged from obscurity to elegant tain conspirators to murder Mr Os: houses, &c; sometimes they had ten borne. The jury found him Guilty, lacs, sometimes half a million sterling but most strongly recommended him to in their possession. Witness gave no- mercy. He was sentenced to be imtice of his design to inspect the balan. prisoned in the gaol of Bombay for ces; he found them correct, and ever twelve calendar months.” afterwards kept the keys, contrary to 8th.--In the month of December, custom
that part of the Castle Cliff adjoining Other witnesses were examined, shew. Guilford battery, Dover, fell down, ing that false receipts had been given and buried underneath the house of Mr to make an appearance of balances, &c. Poole, master carpenter of the orde
The Recorder, in his charge on this nance, in which was his wife and five trial, remarked, that conjuration or in children, who were killed : several cantation failing, as every European horses and a hog were also buried in believed it would, the dagger and the the ruins; the former were got out, bowl must be resorted to to effect mur. but the latter being so far under, it der. That it was remarkable the chief was not for a moment conceived it shroffs, having only half a guinea a could exist ; however, last night at week, and no other means of emolu- seven o'clock, the workmen employ. ment, lived in great splendour, had ed in removing the chalk and rubbish great wealth and credit. To support heard a considerable noise, like the this they wished to dispose of Mr Os- grunting of a hog, and communicating borne, that they might again have the the circumstance to Mr Poole, he desikeys of the Treasury in their power. red them to remove several huge pieces The Recorder declared his thorough of fragments which stood in the direcconviction of the guilt of the prison- tion of the stye ; upon doing which ers; and the jury, after retiring a few they discovered the poor creature alive, minutes, pronounced them Guilty. after being confined without suste
At twelve o'clock at night the Re- nance for five months and nine days. corder pronounced sentence as follows It appears that the stye was hollowed on the three chief criminals : “ That out of the solid rock ; therefore, upon you be imprisoned for five years in the the cliff falling, it did not affect it prison of Bombay ; that you be placed otherwise than blocking up the dooronce a year in the pillory; that you be way; the air, of course, must have twice publicly whipped through the been admitted through the crevices of Bazar (market); that you be fined ten the rock, and the animal must have thousand rupees each, and imprisoned had a considerable deal of sleep, or life till the fine is paid.” The first punishe could not have been sustained. The ment of whipping was inflicted next stye being about four feet wide, and as day, in presence of twenty or thirty many high, several persons have crept thousand spectators.
in, and had evident signs how the poor The Bombay Courier, of the 24th creature has gnawed and sucked the