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INCIDENTS
OCCURRING IN AND NEAR LONDON, INTERESTING MARRIAGES, &c.

RETURN OF HIS MAJESTY IN PUBLIC. against the Princess Elizabeth for £12,000, but Late on Sunday night, May 19th, it was ru- | hier Royal Highness has been advised to file a bill moured about Windsor, that his majesty was so in equity against him. much recovered that his Doctors would allow | Lord BERKELEY's 'Last Will.- Pending him, after that day, to appear in public, and that the important discussions at present prevailing in he was to ride on horseback on Monday. This ; the Upper House of Parliament respecting this report brought most of the nobility, persons of Peerage, which has engrossed so eminently the distinction, gentry, and the inhabitants in gene

notice of the public, it may be some gratification ral, for several miles round Windsor, on Monday to them, as it must be to curiosity itself, to know morning, to view their venerated and mucla- || the tenour and items of the last Will and Testabeloved monarch. And the public expectation ment of the deceased Lord. This will is dated was confirmed, by the King's Equerry in waiting the 31st August, 1810, and was proved by Mary, giving orders for his Majesty's saddle-horse to be Countess of Berkeley. It comprises nearly got ready. This soon spread throngh the town; Il eighty sheets, and appears to bave been drawn and from this time the visitors, as well as the in- ll with considerable caution and circumspection. To habitants of Windsor and Eton, flocked to the his eldest son, described at the time as Lord Castle-yard and Park in great crowds, and some Dursley, be gives personal property of the value of them waited several hours, lest they should lose 1 of from £30,000 to £40,000. To Augustus, the gratifying opportunity. About a quarter past Francis, Thomas, George, and Craven, £700 per twelve o'clock, his Majesty's grooms, on horse annum each, besides £5000 each at their respecback, made their appearance in the Castle-yard, tively attaining the age of twenty-one years. To with his Majesty's favourite white saddle-horse || Mary, Caroline, and Emily, daughters, £400 Adonis. All was anxiety then for the appearance I per annum each, till married, and if married with of the King. At length the royal pass-word of the consent of their mother, then £10,000 each. “Sharp!" signifying the approach of the King, Again, upon their attaining the age of twentywhich had not been heard for so many months one, £200 per annum more till married, and upon past, was given, to the no small joy of those who their mother's death £500 per annum till married. heard it. His Majesty immediately after came All the foregoing to be charged on the Berkeley out of the Castle, accompanied by the Princesses estates in the county of Gloucester. To Lord Angusta and Sophia, with whom he seemed in | Dursley (the eldest son), Berkeley Castle, in the very cheerful and pleasant conversation. They county of Gloucester, for life, with remainder to were attended by General Goynn, Col. Taylor, || his heirs male for ever; on failure of heirs, to and Lady Collyer. His Majesty mounted his ) the other sons in succession; and failing them to horse in an easy manner.-Ilis Majesty proceeded | the daughters and their issue ; and failing them through the Little Park into the Great Park, to his brother (Admiral Berkeley) and his heirs. where the royal party continued till half past one His estates in the county of Sussex are bequeatho'clock, when they returned to the Castle. As | ed to his son Maurice and his issue male, which soon as bis Majesty bad mounted his horse, Wind- | failing, be gives to the third and other sons down sor bells struck up to announce the happy news of to Craven ; and failing them, then to Lord Darshis Majesty's restoration to the public; at the ley; and failing him, then to his danghters same time the Royal Stafford Regiment, and the land their issue for ever. It is provided, that if Windsor Volunteers, fired a feu de joie.

the Sussex estate shonld devolve to the possessor EXTRAORDINARY TRIAL.- There is a most of the Gloucestershire estate, that then the in. extraordinary trial coming on in the Court of | terest to such possessor shall terminate as to the Common Pleas, Bolton v. the Queen, for £44,000 | said Sussex estate, wbich is made a remainder a charge made for instructions given to the Prin- ll over. The paintings, plate, china, and housecesses in writing, drawing, &c. Her Majesty has hold furniture of Berkeley Castle, together with entered the plea of Assumpsit, and also the statute those of Cranbrook, in Middlesex, to descend as of limitations. These have been replied to, and heir looms; but all the other personal property the case will probably be tried in the sitting after | therein to rest for ever in the Countess Berkeley. the term. Mr. Bolton also brought a charge There are powers given to children possessing real estates to make settlements. Alike power to turday. The Jury having been sworn, proceeded the Countess to devise annuities not exceeding to Bishopgate Workbouse, to examine the bodies, a sum limited ; and also a devise to her of £1000 , which were disposed in shells for that purpose. immediately, and £2000 per annum for life, || A more dreadful or more harrowing scene was charged on the Gloucester estates ; together with scarcely ever exhibited to a Jury. The human the estates in Middlesex for life. Lugges Farm ' form was scarcely discernible, and from the confor life, and leasehold house in Spring Garden tortions to be observed in their mutilated frames, for life ; and she is made residuary legatee to all it was evident that some of them had expired in the rest, residue, and remainder of his property 1: the most poignant agonies. · This painful task for ever. It concludes with a solemn declaration over, the Jury returned to the White Hart, where of the legitimacy of Lord Dursley, and finally several witnesses were examined touching the disinberits all and every of the children who origin of the horrid catastrople. The only one presume to dispute his title and legitimacy. whose evidence threw any light upon the subject,

SUICIDE.-A Coroner's Inquest was lately beld was Susannah Creed, the wife of a waiter in the on the body of Elizabeth Luff, of Rippengale, who London Tavern, who lodged on the first floor. She puta period to her existencebydrowning herself in stated, that she had supped with Mrs. Goulee the a pond, six feet deep, not far from her dwelling- night before the fire, and that she and her husbouse. Her sister, a young girl about fifteen band went to bed at half past ten o'clock. She was years of age, was sent by ber mother to the house awoke abouttwo o'clock by a loud crackling, which of the deceased, to carry her something for her she at first conceived to proceed from some perdinper, but she was not to be found. The imagina | sons endavouring to break into the house. She tion of this young girl immediately led her to the immediately got up, and opened the chamberabove-mentioned pond, where she found the de door, when, to her consternation, she saw a vo. eeased sitting on the brink; her clothes were wet lume of fames ascending the stairs. She wanted as high as her knees, as if she had been in the to run up stairs to alarm the family, but ber hus. water. She asked the deceased what she was band prevented her, and throwing a feather. doing there ; no answer was made, but she in bed out of the window, she jumped upon stantly screamed out aloud, and threw herselfinto it, and was shortly afterwards followed by her the pond. The young girl, not aware of ber own husband. In addition to the persons already danger, rushed in after ber, thinking to save her named as having fallen victims to this dreadful life; but she soon became 'unable to help her visitation, she said, there was a servant-maid, self. Their cries attracted the attention of a man named Martha Byron, whose remains have not who sat in his own house, from whence he ran yet been found. On being questioned as to the to their assistance. He likewise entered into the probable cause of the fire, she said that the family pond and got hold of them both, while they clung | were in the habit of leaving a large fire in the to him; but he was obliged to break their hold to parlour to dry their clothes, which they generally save himself. He got out with great difficulty; in washed once a week. They also occasionally left the mean time another man arrived, and by the a fire under a copper in the wash-house, which use of a long rail they succeeded in getting the was used to boil hams and other meat for sale in young girl out while life remained. Medical aid the shop. To these sources only could she at. was instantly sent for; and we are happy to find tribute the origin of the flames. The Jury re. she is doing well. Three quarters of an hour had

turned a verdict of "Died by accidental fire." nearly elapsed before Elizabeth Luff was got out, DIED.-On Tuesday, May 7, after a short ill. when she was dragged forth a lifeless corpse. ness, Richard Cumberland, Esq. author of the co. She has left a husband and three young children | medy of“ The West Indian,” “ The Carmelite,' to lament her untimely end; and the Jury re “ The Wheel of Fortune,” “ First Love,” “ The turned a verdict of " Lunacy."

Jew," and other works.-He was a Gentleman DREADFUL FIRE.-An Inquest was held on of erudition, indefatigable as an author, and had Monday evening, April 12, on the bodies of Mr. || a new work in hand when he died. He was in and Mrs. Goulee, Peter and William, two of his 85th year. He was born in Ireland, and their male children, a female infant only a month I was the son of Dr. Cumberland, Bishop of Kil. old, Martha Courtnay, a nurse, and Jame Shore, more. On the same day, William Boscawen, an apprentice to Mr. Goulee, who met their | Esq. of the Victralling-Office. He was a Gen. death by a dreadful fire, on the preceding Sa- ll tleman of literature, and an excellent poet.

PROVINCIALS.
INCLUDING REMARKABLE OCCURRENCES, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES, &c.

IN THE SEVERAL COUNTIES OF GREAT BRITAIN.
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.

and twisted the tops from the trunks, conveying DIED.-At Taplow, within a few minutes of them from fifty to a hundred yards distance. Cows each other, Mr. J. Finch, and Mary his wife ; he I were lifted up from one field to another and in. in his 64th, she in her 63d year. It was a singu jured by the fall. This was attended with a most Jar circumstance, that Mrs. Finch frequently ex

tremendous hail storm ; stones and lumps of ice pressed a wish not to survive her beloved hus

were measured from pine to twelve inches in cir. band one hour.

cumference, breaking windows, injuring cattle, . CAMBRIDGSHIRE.

&c. In short, the damage sustained is not yet EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE.-An oc

known; it is beyond all description. currence bas taken place at Newmarket, which

HEREFORDSHIRE. is the subject of general conversation and surprise

A MOST MIRACULOUS AND PROVIDENTIAL among the frequenters of the turf. Several horses were entered for the Claret Stakes, and, as usual,

ESCAPE occurred on Monday, May 6, at the pa.

per mills, at Two-waters, in this county, which, were taken out in the morning for exercise. They !

it is to be hoped, will lead to an inquiry into the all drank, as we understand, at one water-trough.

conduct of those who are introsted with the inaSome time after they had been watered, six of

nagement of the locks and bridges upon the them were observed to stagger, and then to roll

Paddington canal.- A post-coach, in which were about in the greatest agony. One, we hear, is

1, a gentleman and three ladies, in going up the dead. On examining the watering-trough, it was

draw-bridge near that place, found it had been left found that the water had been poisoned. The horses were the property of Mr. Sitwell, Sir F.

open, the carriage had got so far that it was imStandish, and Lord Kinnaird. A large reward

possible to turn, the road being so narrow, and has been offered for the discovery of the perpetra

the declivity so great. The driver finding the tor of this infamous deed.

perilous situation, got from the box to endeavour

to keep the horses from backing, which he could DERBYSHIRE.

not accomplish, so that all were instantly plangDREADFUL ACCIDENT.-A boy about four

ed over a precipice near ten feet high, by which years of age, son of John Fletcher, of West

the carriage was dashed to pieces, the horses Hallam, in this county, lost his life by the fall

narrowly saved ; one of the ladies much bruised, ing of a cart. It appeared on the Inquest, that il

the other slightly. Surely such unpardonable the cart was empty, and the shafts had been

neglect in the persons who are employed by the propped up, and it is supposed the child had

Company, ought to be punished by some means, been playing with the back band, which occa

i as an example to others. sioned the cart to fall, with one of the shafts upon his breast, the pressure of which was so

KENT. great, that every effort to extricate itself was

DARING AND EXTRAORDINARY RỌBBERY. unavailing, as it evidently, in its agony, had

-In the interval between the evening of Saturused much exertion, by the surface of the

day, April 27, and the Monday morning followground being much torn up by its hands and

ing, the Union Bank, belonging to Messrs. feet.

Baker and Co. in Canterbury, was entered by DREADFUL STORM.--About five o'clock in the some unknown means, and notes and cash to a afternoon of Sunday, May 12, a most destructive considerable amount (it is said £12,000) stolen phenomenon appeared at Bonsoll, near Matlock | thereout. The circumstance was discovered Bath ; a singular motion was observed in a cloud about nine o'clock on Monday morning, when of a serpentine form, which moved in a circular the chief Clerk, being about to proceed to the direction from S. by W. to N. extending itself to 1 business of the day, found some obstruction in the ground. It began its operation near Hopton, unlocking the iron door of one of the closets, and continued its course about five or six miles in and on further search, it appeared that this, as length, and about four or five hundred yards in well as another closet, had been opened and rebreadth, tearing up plantations, levelling barns, locked, and that an iron chest which was fixed walls, and miners' cots. It tore up large ash within-side of one of them had been forced open, trees, carrying them from twenty to thirty yards, apparently by prizing the lid of it. This chest,

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besides the notes of the firm, contained also the il

PEMBROKESHIRE... receipts and transactions of the Bank on Satur 1 The Murder At HaverFORDWEST.-John day, which was customary to deposit there in the li Griffith was convicted of the murder of his wife Bank till the Monday following : such, however, || by poison. On his return to gaol, after sentence was the systematic method with which this rob- l) was passed on him, he was visited, at his own bery was effected, that the checks paid in the request, by the Rev. Mr. Luke, to whom he concourse of Saturday, and the bills not negociable, l fessed that he was not only guilty of the crime for were sorted and separated from the other notes, which he was about to suffer, but that he had also and such only taken as could be passad, consist. 11 murderd his first wife, and had destroyed both ing of Bank of England and local and provincial | by administering arsenic to them. He said that he notes; in addition to these, a gold watch, and had employed a fellow-servant to purchase the (what seems extraordinary the thieves should | arsenic for him, with which he poisoned his first have encumbered themselves with the paper | wife, pretending that he wanted to kill the rats moulds of the firm were also taken. One hun. land mice that infested the house ; instead of dred one pound notes of the firm luckily esca ped || which he administered the poisonous drug to his attention, and a pearl necklace of very consider wife. He acknowledged that he purchased a able value, which was contained in a small | shilling's worth of arsenio himself, for the pur. leathern trunk, although the lock of the same pose of destroying his second wife, and that he was forced off, was also left. How an entrance gave her the first dose in some budram (oat. was obtained into the Bank was uncertain, as no | meal) gruel on Monday morning, the 25th of violence appeared to bave been used to the lock | February last ; this not taking immediate effect, of the outer door, but it would seem that the locks and his conscience upbraiding him, he went the of the iron doors had been picked and re-locked, next morning to a medical gentleman for advice, one of the wards baving been twisted off in the

but the same evening he gave his unfortunate act, and a piece of the small steel saw which had I wife a second dose in some treacle, which soon been broken, was also left behind.

deprived her of life. On Saturday, the 13th ult. MIIDDLESEX.

at eleven o'clock, he was conveyed from the FATAL DUEL._A duel was fought on Tues

Il prison to meet his fate; he appeared fully reday morning, May 7, at day-break, in a field,

signed, and joined in prayer with the clergy. about a mile and a half from Tottridge, between

man; he then addressed the numerous spectwo gentlemen who had alighted from post-chaises

tators, both in Welsh and English, exhortiog at the King's Arms public-house, near the spot. In

them to take warning by his miserable situation, en hour afterwards one of the gentlemen was

and confessed he had poisoned both his wives, to brought in mortally wounded in the abdomen,

which he had been tempted by the devil. This

wretched criminal was twenty-six years of age, and he died in four hours. A Coroner's Jury returned a verdict of " Wilful Murder.

and was born in the parish of Mote, Pembroke. The parties were not known. The body was

shire. About two years since he married his first owned after the Inquest, and the deceas

wife, whom he deprived of life in eight or nine ed turned out to be a Mr. Harrison, a young

weeks; his neighbours strongly suspected him at man about twenty-two years of age.

the time, but no inquiry took place.--He soon

| after married his second wife, by whom he had SHROPSHIRE.

|| a fine boy ; be went to reside near Haverford. SINGULAR OCCURRENCE.—A person walking west last autumn, where he accomplished his dia. ever his farm near the Haxles, in the parish of l bolical purpose of again destroying the partner Stanton, observed a large crow strike violently at of his bed. He endeavoured to prepare the minds something on the ground, and soon rose with a of his neighbours for hearing of his wife's de. fine leveret in her claws. The cries of the little cease, by saying that he had seen her laid out on captive, however, soon drew the attention of its a table, and a candle hopping upon her; and at parent, which actually pursued it over two fields, ll other times, that he had seen a woman's hand and jumping at the crow, which could not rise inore arm carrying a candle about the house, which he than six or eight feet from the ground, and was knew to be his wife's left arm by a mark thereon; at length obliged to drop her prize; which poor that he was sure she would not live with him old puss immediately took up in her mouth, and l long. It was impossible to prove that the pri. carried in triumph to her hiding-place.

soner had administered the poison, the evidence

against bim, therefore, could only be circum- , swept every thing before it. The direction that stantial; but his own conduct, as above related, it took, as is evident from the prostrate trees, was furnished such strong presumptive proof against from east to west. A Doncaster Paper states, him, that not a doubt of his guilt existed in the that nearly all the water was carried out of Mr. minds of the Court, Jury, or auditory, which Stead's mill-dam, at Beuchief, and dispersed in was subsequently confirmed by his own con the air in a most wonderful manner. We have fession.

been told of another singular circumstance :YORKSHIRE.

A party at tea were so alarmed during the - REPARTEE OF A COUNSEL. -At the late York

storm, that they can give no account of it; when Assizes, in the trial of the famous smoke cause,

abated, they found each other sat with their backs from Leeds, some bark was produced from the

to the tea-table. plaintiff's garden, to prove bow the trees were injured. This was in the evening, when un

SCOTLAND. fortunately (said one of the Counsel) it was too

PRISONERS OF WAR.-Five French prisoners of dark for the Jury to see very well. Mr. Parke ) war were lately dicovered in the wood of Charle. humorously replied, “ as Mr. Scarlet has a

ton, near Montrose, and apprehended. On their very fair complexion, if he would black his

examination, it appeared they were a part of face with the sooty bark and show it, the Jury

those who lately escaped from Edinburgh Castle.

shoes would have incontestible evidence of the fact!” ll They were in a

They were in a most deplorable condition, with. DREADFUL STORM.-On Sunday afternoon, ll out food or clothes, and emaciated and spent May 12, between five and six o'clock, Shef

with fatigue. Of the nine nights which had elapsed field and its neighbourhood were visited by a

since they left Edinburgh, eight were spent in tremendous storm of hail, accompanied with

wandering about, or in sleeping, without any thunder and lightning. In a few minutes after

cover in the open air; and during the dreadful its commencement the streets were covered with

storm, which happened a few evenings before hajlstones and large pieces of ice, encrusted

their apprehension, they lay in a ploughed field with frozen snow, many of which measured

in the neighbourhood of Aberdeen. One of them in circumference from three to five inches. is a first Lieutenant in the French marines, and In aweful grandeur the thunder rolled for nearly

possesses the manners of a gentleman. Another half an hour, with little or no intermission; and I has suffered much from the line

bas suffered much from the bruises he sustained in the angry elements threatened the destruction of ll dropping from Edinburgh Castle. every object over which they passed. Sonie faint idea may be formed of the extent and destructive

IRELAND. power of the storm, when we state that 10,440 DIED.-Lately,aged 112, John Leary, an honest windows were demolished in dwelling and hot. I and faithful domestic in the family of Currah, houses belonging to gentlemen in the vicinity of county of Limerick, for upwards of eighty years. Sheffield. A gentleman gathered near Park He cominenced bis servitude with the late Vere Grange one of the hailstones, which measured Hunt, Esq. as groom, in the year 1730, and re. Dear four inches and half in circumference. He mained with him until his death ; since which describes it to have been very flat, of an oval period he continued his services with Sir Vere form, sunk in the centre, and irregularly poff- Hunt, Bart, until within the last ten years, when ed up all round, something resembling the be retired to a cottage built for him within the pads which the milk-majds put upon their heads || demesne. He was married to eight wives, by to set their milk-pails upon. The centre seven of whom he had children-his last be was transparent, and the surrounding part dead married in his 103d year. He lived in the reige white, having somewhat the appearance of all of six monarchs, and saw from five to seven gé. crystal set in a thick frame of pearl. A great || nerations of most of the families in the county, of many others were seen of the game kind, but not the vicissitudes of which honest John Leary was so large. The inhabitants were so overpowered the spectator for abore a century; and before his by fear at the time, that they cannot now death he declared that he never suffered a day's describe what they then witnessed. They all agree illness or an hour's pain, unless for the death that it appeared like a thick volume of smoke of a friend, or occasionally for the loss of a which was issuing from a smothered fire, and that li wife!

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