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the lord prefident of his majefty's council, the duke of Leeds, the duke of Devonshire, the earl of Cholmondeley (lord chamberlain), and the earl of Jersey (matter of the horfe to the prince of Wales), lord Thurlow, and the ladies of her royal highness's bedchamber, were prefent. Her royal highness and the young princefs were in perfect health.
Between eight and nine 14th. o'clock this day, the powder mills belonging to Mr. Hill, at Hounflow, owing to the wheels of the mill not being properly fupplied with oil, took fire, and blew up with a dreadful explofion, which not only terrified the inhabitants of the place but alarmed the cities of London and Weftminster, and the houfes of the peopie feveral miles round the metropolis experienced the effects of its powerful concuffion; three men who were at work in the manufactory, have loft their lives, and the flames from the mill communicating to a punt in the mill river, in which were 30 barrels of gunpowder, fet fire to the whole, and blew up with a terrible explotion; the man who had the care of the veffel being thattered to pieces, and the boat being blown out of the water. Not a veftige of the mill isleft ftanding, and Hounslow heath is covered with bricks and tiles, and the mangled limbs of the unfortunate fufferers. The noufes in Hounslow, Ifleworth, and even Brentford, have suffered confiderably; the Crown Inn at Hounflow, and the King's Head at Bentford, have not a whole pane of glafs in the windows; and the inhabitants were fo terrified near the fpot, that they not only forfook
their dwellings, but a number of women,with their children, through fear, appeared half naked in the ftreets, expecting every moment. that their houfes would fall and bury them in the ruins. The scattered limbs of the unfortunate victims, who for the most part have left large families to lament their lofs by this unforeseen event, were, by order of the magiftrates, collected together and depofited in the church-yard. The lofs of this valuable manufactory is estimated at near 20,000l. The shock was felt as far north of London as the extremities of Enfield parith, and South beyond Croydon. A fimilar difafter happened to the fame concern about 20 years ago.
Vienna. The princess roy al of France, Maria Therefa, arrived here on the 9th, a little after fix o'clock in the evening, amidst the loudeft acclamations of crowds of people, who accompanied her carriage as far as the Burg, where his Imperial majefty had caufed a refidence to be prepared for her. Count Colloredo, cabinet minifter to the emperor, accompanied her to the place of her refidence from Burkeridorff, whither he went to welcome her, in the name of his Imperial majefty, as foon as information of her arrival was received. Prince Stahremberg, the principal lord of the bedchamber, on the 10th, went to the refidence of the princefs, and prefented to prince Gavre all the future household fervants, &c. deftined for her ufe.-The fift who received the French prince's royal of France in this capital, were the archdukes and archducheffes. The emperor and empreis honoured her with a vifit foon after her arrival, and
and received her with open arms. In her own place of refidence the princefs wept moft bitterly. She has fince paid a vifit to the archduchefs Chriftine, who is indif pofed. A grand and brilliant courtday is expected to-morrow, which will be the first day on which her Imperial majefty will make her public appearence after her lyingin. It is expected alfo that the French princess royal will be introduced, with proper ceremony to the higher clafs of the nobility and foreign ambaffadors. Countefs Chanclos, formerly governefs to the archduchefs Elizabeth, first confort of the emperor, has been appointed to the fame dignity with the French princefs royal. Prince Gavre is appointed governor to her royal highnels. The only article preferved by the French princeís, from the effects which were put into her carriage at Paris, is faid to be a Imall parcel, which befides a fmall quantity of linen, contained three miniature pictures, and fome hair of her father, mother, and the princefs Elizabeth her aunt; alfo a pair of garters kuit by her late unfortunate mother, out of the threads of an old piece of tapestry which the found in her prifon.
When the royal ftandard 18th. was flying at the Tower, being the queen's birth-day, a tricoloured filk flag, three yards wide and of length in proportion, was hoifted over the rampart on a staff of feven feet long, and continued hoifted for three hours before it was difcovered in the garrifon. On the discovery, the major of the Tower, colonel Smith, went himself to ftrike it, when making into a wrong part, it difappeared before he reached the ipot, but was traced into the de
Puty chaplain's houfe, and found ftripped from the flaff, under his fon's bed, a young man of 15, at prefent a pupil in a public fchool.
Porifmouth. In confe zoth. quence of a dreadful gale of wind, a great number of fhips at Spithead were this day obliged to cut their cables, and run for the harbour, feveral of which got foul of each other. Signals of diftrels were feen flying on board many veffels, but the weather was fo extremely bad as to prevent any boats going to their aflifiance. A man of war's boat was driven out of the harbour with the tide this afternoon, and overfet near South-Sea Beach; the whole of the crew got fafe on fhore except one man, who was unfortunately drowned. The tide was many feet higher this day than has been known for upwards of 30 years; feveral houfes on the point having been washed down, and a number of people removed their goods up into the town; for if the wind had not abated, the tide would have been full as high in the morning, and many more houses confequently damaged.
Edinburgh. On the 21ft 24th. inft. his royal highnels the duke d'Angouleme eldett fon to Monfieur, arrived at the Abbey of Holyrood-houfe. His royal highnefs is to be accommodated in the apartments of the earl of Bredalbane there, until fuch time as the royal apartments can be put in proper repair to receive their royal highneffes; and his royal highness the duke d'Angouleme proposes to fee company for the prefent in the apartments of monfieur on Mon days and Thursdays at noon.
Edinburgh. The weather, for three days past, has been B 2 very
very tempeftuous. On Saturday afternoon it blew a perfect hurricane from the S. W. In the new town, and other expofed fituations, many perfons were carried off their feet, and thrown down; feveral carriages were overturned, and in fome houfes the windows were broken and forced in. The ftreets were firewed with chimney pans, by the falling of which feveral perfons were hurt, though we have not heard of any being dangerously fo. On Sunday morning the ftorm was equally violent. The gale was from a quarter that is feldom dangerous on this coaft; but, if it was equally violent on the Weft coast, the confequences are to be feared. Glasgow. By a fudden in 26th. undation yesterday at Gree nock and Port Glasgow, the tobacco-cellars at the latter place were laid under water from fix to nine inches on the floors, by which means a good deal of tobacco is injured, but to what amount we cannot fay. The lofs on fugar at Greenock will be very great, probably not lefs than 30,000l. In fome of the cellars on the Weft Quay, the water was up from eighteen to twenty inches on the lower tier of fugar. The ftorm was alfo feverely felt here; a ftack of chinnies was blown down in the High-street, and feveral trees in the neighbourhood have been torn up by the roots. A telegraph was this day 28th. erected over the admiralty, which is to be the point of communication with all the different fea-ports in the kingdom. The neareft telegraph to London has hitherto been in St. George's Fields; and to fuch perfection has this ingenious and useful contrivance been
already brought, that one day laft week information was conveyed from Dover to London in the space of only feven minutes. The plan propofed to be adopted in respect to telegraphs is yet only carried into effect between London and Dover; but it is intended to extend all over the kingdom. The impor. tance of this speedy communication must be evident to every one; and it has this advantage, that the information conveyed is known only to the perfon who fends, and to him who receives it. The intermediate pofts have only to answer and convey the fignals.
Earl Cholmondeley has in29th. formed the city remem brancer, that his royal highness, from being under the neceflity of difmifling his eftablishment, is unable to receive their congratulatory compliments in a manner fuitable to his rank and with that refpect which is due to the city of London; and that the prince exprefles much regret in not having it in his power to fhew a proper regard for the good wishes of the city of London towards himself and the princefs.
This morning about 10, Michael Blanch, a Spaniard, James Colley, an American, and Francis Cole, a Black, who were found guilty at the late admiralty feffions, of the wilful murder of William Little, the mafter and commander of an American veffel, were brought out of Newgate, and placed in a cart, and conveyed to Execution Dock, where they were executed according to their fentence. In the afternoon the three bodies were brought back to furgeons' hall, there to be dif fected purfuant to the fentence of the
the court of admiralty. Had it been a cafe of piracy, they would have been hung in chains.
DIED. In Portugal, Dr. Loreira, author of the Flora Cochinenfis." This celebrated botanist devoted 30 years of clofe application to the compofition of this work. Sir Jofeph Banks invited him to this country, for the purpofe of publifhing it here; but advanced age prevented him from accepting the invitation.
20. At Lancaster, in an advanced period of life, Mr. Alexander Stevens, architect; who in the courfe of the last forty years, erected more ftone bridges, and other buildings in water, than any man in thefe kingdoms. Among the many works of that kind may be mentioned the bridge over the Lif fey at Dublin, and the locks and docks on the grand canal of Ireland. The north of England and Scotland exhibits numberlefs works of his execution. The aqueduct over the river Lune, at Lancatter, is one of the greatest undertakings he was ever concerned in; and, had he lived a few months longer, he would have had the fatisfaction of feeing it completed.
This night, after eleven Ift. o'clock, as the royal family were returning from Drury-lane theatre, when the carriages had reached the end of John-ftreet, Pall Mall, a ftone was flung with fuch force as to break one of the glafs pannels in the coach, in which were their majefties and the lady in waiting; which, after ftriking the queen on the cheek, fell
into lady Harrington's lap. A depofition on the above bufinefs was taken at the duke of Portland's office, before the fecretary of state and two of the magiftrates from Bow-street; when fome of the footmen attending on the royal family were examined. A reward of 1000l. is offered for the difcovery of the offenders.
18th. This day came on in the court of king's bench, the ker and others, commiffioners apcaufe of Jeffreys verfus Mr. Walpointed for liquidating the prince of Wales's debts, for the fum of 54,6851. for jewels furnifhed by the plaintiff for his royal highness. Dugden, eminent diamond-merMeffrs. Sharp, Elias, Levi, and chants, were called on the part of the plaintiff, who proved the value of the articles to be, unfet,. 50,9971. 10s.; while Meffrs. Crifp, Duval, and Francillon, on the part of the defendants, gave it as their opinion, that, having examined the jewels, they were worth more than 43,800l. exclufive of the fetting of a miniature picture of her highnefs. The jury, after a quarter of an hour's confideration, found a verdict for the plaintiff, 50,9971. 10s Richard England was put 19th. to the bar at the old Bailey, Mr. Rowlls, brewer, of Kingston, charged with the wilful murder of in a duel at Cranford-bridge, June 18, 1794. Lord Derby, the first witneis, gave in evidence, that he was prefent at Afcot races; when in the ftand upon the race-courfe he heard Mr. England cautioning the gentleman prefent not to bet with the deceafed, as he neither paid what he loft or what he bor rowed; on which Mr. Rowlls B 3
went up to him, called him rafcal or fcoundrel, and offered to ftrike him; when England bid him ftand off, or he would be obliged to knock him down, faying at the fame time, "We have interrupted the company fufficiently here, and if you have any thing further to fay to me, you know where I am to be found." A farther alterca tion effued; but his lordship, being at the other end of the ftand, did not diftinctly hear it, and then the parties retired.
Lord Dartry now lord Cremorne, and his lady, with a gentleman, were at the inn at the time the duel was fought they, went into the garden, and endeavoured to prevent the duel; there were feveral other perfons collected in the garden. Mr. Rowlls defired his lord. fhip and others not to interfere; and on a second attempt of his lord1hip to make peace, Mr. Rowlls faid, if they did not retire, he muft, though reluctantly, call them impertinent. Mr. England, at the fame time, ftepped forward, and took off his hat: he faid, "gentlemen, I have been cruelly treated, I have been injured in my honour and character; let there be reparation made, and I am ready to have done this moment." Lady Dartry retired, his lordship ftood in the bower of the garden, until he faw Mr. Rowlls fall. One or two witneffes were called, who proved nothing material. A paper containing the prifoner's defence being read, the earl of Derby, marquis of Hertford, Mr. Whitebread, jun. col. Bishopp, and other gentlemen, were called to his character. They all poke of him as a man of decent gentlemanly deportment, who, intead of feeking quarrels, was flu
dious to avoid them. He had been friendly to Englishmen whilft abroad, and had rendered fome fervices to the military at the fiege of Newport. Mr. juftice Rooke fummed up the evidence, after which the jury retired for about three quarters of an hour, when they returned a verdict, guilty of manflaughter. The prifoner having fled from the laws of his country for twelve years, the court was difpofed to fhew no lenity. He was therefore fentenced to pay a fine of one fhilling, and to be imprifoned in Newgate twelve months. In the king's bench, came 20th. on the trial of Kyd Wake, indicted for a misdemeanour in hiffing and hooting the king as his majelty was going to the parlia. ment-house, on the first day of the prefent feflions, and likewife crying, "down with George, war," &c. Mr. Stockdale, the bookseller, and Mr. Walford, the linen draper, who acted as conftables on the day, were examined, and fully proved the facts charged in the indictment; upon which the jury without hesitation, found a verdict, guilty. A great number of perfons attended on the part of the prifoner; but as they could only speak to his general character, and not to the cafe in point, Mr. Erfkine, the prifoner's counfel, declined calling upon them, referving their teftimony to be offered in mitigation of punishment, on the first day of next term, when the prifoner will be brought up to the court of king's bench to receive judgment. 21ft.
Hull. After the family were gone to bed, a very alarming fire broke out in the babitable part of Wrefsle Cattle, which increased