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PARIS, February 5. Three Deputies from St. Domingo entered the Hall of the National Convention on the 3d instant. Their introduction was signalised by the fraternal kiss. It was afterwards decreed by the Convention, that SLAVERY IS ABOLISHED IN ALL THE FRENCH COLONIES! That all the men of colour are French Citizens, and that they shall enjoy the blessings of the Constitution. Of the three Deputies introduced, ont was a negro, one a mulatto, and one a white.
The re-capture of Toulon was celebrated at Perpignan in the following singular manner.---Milhaud, the National Deputy, ordered three hundred women, who had been convicted of correspondence with emigrants, and condemned to die, to be brought from the prison to the square where the instrument of death is erected. The scene was in the highest degree affecting. The women, drowned in tears, advanced to the fatal scaffold, on which the executioners stood prepared to administer the fatal blow. The people in great numbers beheld the terrific scene with awful silence.
Milhaud, mounting the scaffold, addressed the women in a speech, in which he pointed out to them the error of their conduct, and the danger in which their measures tended to involve the Republic. He concluded his address by ordering the executioners to knock off the fetters of the women, all of whom he set at liberty and pardoned.
ST. FIORENZO, IN THE ISLAND OF CORSICA, February 22. The tower and garrison of Mortella surrendered on the oth of this month; the strong sedoubt and batteries of the Convention were taken by storm on the 17th, after a severe cannonading of two days; the same night the enemy abandoned the tower of Forneli, and two considerable sea batteries dependent upon it; on the 19th they retreated from St. Fiorenzo to Bastia ; previous to their retreat one of their frigates was sunk, and another burnt in the gulph: and the town, forts, and port, were taken possession of the same day by his Britannic Majesty's land and sea forces.
The loss of the British consists of 13 killed and 39 wounded, besides 6 sailors of the Fortitude killed and 56 wounded, from the fire of the Fort of Mortella.
Thus are the English now masters of the Fortress and Gulph of Fiorenzo, which is the most important station in Corsica ; divides the French posts, affords a safe harbour for a numerous fleet, and, from its commanding situation, with respect to the coast of France and Italy, is at this moment of peculiar importance.
COPENHAGEN, March 1. ON Wednesday evening, about five o'clock, a dreadful fire broke out in the Royal Palace of Christiansbourg, which, communicating from the Hereditary Prince's apartments, where it began, to the rest of the building, in the space of seven or eight hours reduced the whole to a heap of ashes. The Royal Family have happily escaped with out accident, but the greater part of their valuable effects have been a prey to the flames. It is not yet known what number of lives have been lost, but it is to be hoped, considering the rapidity of the conflagration, which was increased by a very strong wind, that the number is not great. This palace, one of the most commodious and most sumptuously furnished in Europe, was built in the reign of Christian the Sixth, and is said to have cost (in building only) considerably above a million sterling: it seems therefore not an exorbitant calculation to suppose that, with the loss sustained by the hundreds of individuals by whom it was inhabited, the whole damage may amount to two millions sterling. It is some consolation, in so great a disaster, that the Royal library, consisting of between two and three hundred thousand volumes, which stood detached from the principal pile, has been fortunately saved. During the whole of this distressful scene the garrison and the citizens were under arms, and every effort was made, both by the military and the sailors, to prevent disorder and pillage.
His Danish Majesty is lodged for the present in an apartment at Count Bernstorff's," and the rest of the Royal Family are dispersed in different quarters of the town, whert they will remain till houses proper for their reception can be got ready.
LONDON, February 27. A Court of Common Council was held at Guildhall; amongst other business the Tocal tax of three shillings per chaldson on coals was brought forward; and on an inti
mation to renew the petition to Parliament on that subject, Mr. Alderman Skinner observed, that this was not the time to petition Parliament for any tax to be taken off; he therefore should not move for a petition to the Hon. House of Commons, as was done last year, but content himself with moving, “ That the representatives of this 6 city in Parliament be desired to state in their places, that the corporation do not
intend, during the present session, to renew their petition for the repeal of the local “ duty on coals, under a just consideration of the existing circumstances of the " country; but that it is the intention of the corporation to embrace the first favour" able opportunity of calling the attention of the Hon. House to their reasonable claim " for relief :" which was unanimously agreed to.
This being the 123d day, and in the 7th year of the trial, Mr. Hastings addressed the High Court on the delays of the prosecution against him. He had relied much, he said, on the testimony of Marquis Cornwallis, but as the health of the noble Marquis did not permit his attendance in his place, he had relinquished his intention of calling upon his Lordship, and for this sacrifice he hoped the High Court would in requital suffer no further delay in the trial.
March 1, The Grand Tribunal sat again at Westminster-Hall, when Mr. Hastings again implored the High Court to proceed on his trial without further loss of time; the Managers expressed their readiness to proceed de die in diem, but the Lords put off the further proceedings till Monday the 7th day of April.
This day the royal assent was given, by commission, to the Mutiny act, the act to preserye French property, the acts to repeal the Glove-tax act, and the duties on Births, &c. and the act to indemnity such persons as have omitted to qualify for offiçers and employments.
The drafts from the Guards, intended as a reinforcement to our army in Flanders (consisting of about Soo men), marched in high spirits, for Greenwich, to embark for Ostend.
After the Guards were embarked, a riot broke out, which was occasioned by a party of the uth regiment of Dragoon guards having enlisted a baker belonging to the Victualling-Office, which being made known to the rest of the bakers, butchers, &c. of the Office, who conceived that he was trepanned, a skirmish ensued to rescue him, in which several men were wounded, when a party of the Horse Guards were sent for, which made all quiet,
2. The Duke of York left town and arrived at Deal at half past eight next morning. His Royal Highness sailed in the Vestal frigate, and arrived at Ostend at half past one o'clock on Wednesday afternoon.
Twenty-six fine chargers were embarked at Deal, on the 3d, for the Duke of York and his Aides du Camp. Some of these were a present from his Majesty, * The following is a copy of the certificate granted on the marriage of Prince Augus. tus Frederick to Lady Augusta Murray, by the curate of St. George's, Hanoversquare,
*** AUGUSTUS FREDERICK and AUGUSTA MURRAY, both of this parish, were « married in this church, by bạnns, this 5th day of December, 1793.
" By me, T. Downes, Curate." nam: “ This marriage was solemnized between us
“ AUGUSTUS FREDERICK;
. AUGUSTA MURRA yot' i izth. Soulden Lawrence, Esq, had the honour to kiss his Majesty's hele Esg being appointed one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, in the room of the late
Sir H. Gould, deceased. He at the same time received the honour of knighthood. : Mr. Butler, who has just recovered che title of Earl of Ormond, in Ireland, claimed it upon a principle which has now been clearly asce tained, that an English attainder does not include Irish honogrs. The Earldom of Ormond is of the date of 1327.
The Princess Royal outward-hound East Indiaman has been captured by three French frigates near the Sunda Islands, A Dutch ship of great value has likewise fallen into the hands of the French in the same quarter. The Princess Rayal did not tamely submit, but engaged the French frigates for upwards of an hour; during which time the mate, and carpepter were killed, and several seamen woundede
In the Irish House of Commons, on the 4th, Mr. Ponsonby introduced his promised Bill on the subject of Parliamentary Reform. It was opposed in a long speech by Sir Hercules Langrish, and supported by Mr. Grattan ; several others also spoke, and the debate continued till twelve at night, when the Bill was thrown out, by adopting Sir Hercules Langrish's motion, that it be read a second time on the ist of August. Ayes 142, Noes 44.
TEMPORARY AUGMENTATION OF THE ARMY,
FOR INTERNAL DEFENCE OF THE COUNTRY.
A plan for the augmentation of the forces for internal defence against any attenapts that may be made by the enemy, has been transmitted by Government, to the Lord Lieutenants of the several counties, containing a proposition of the fallowing mea.
1. To augment the Militia by Volunteer Companies, or by the addition of privates to each Company,
2. To'form Volunteer Companies in particular towns, especially, on or near the sea
3. To raise Volunteer troops of Fencible Cavalry to serve only during the war and within the kingdom; the officers to have temporary rank only, but not half pay; arms and accoutrements to be found by Government, but the levy-money to be furnished by the persons raising such troops, who are also to find horses, but to be paid for at a reasonable price by Government. A person raising two troops to have the rank of Major ; four troops, Lieutenant Colonel; and six troops that of Colonel.
4. To form other bodies of cavalry within particular counties, to consist of the Gentlemen and Yeomanry; the Officers to receive temporary commissions from the Lord Lieutenants, and the muster-rolls also to be approved by them ; no levy-money to be given, and the horses to be furnished by the gentry or yeomanry who compose the corps; but the arms and accoutrements at the expence of the public, such corps to be exercised only at such times as shall be fixed with the approbation of the Lord Lieutenants, to be liable to be embodied or called out of their counties by special directions from his Majesty, in case of actual appearance of invasion, and to be liable to be called upon by order from his Majesty, or by the Lord Lieutenant, or Sheriff of the county, to act within the county, or in the adjacent counties, for the suppression of riots and tumults.' In either case, while actually on service, to receive pay as cavalry, and be liable to the provisions of the Mutiny Bill.
5. To enroll and appoint places of rendezvous for a sufficient number of persons in different parishes and districts, particularly in places near the sea coast, to serve as vi-pioneers, or to assist the regular force in any manner necessary, on the shortest notice, in cases of emergency.
The above plan is now under discussion before most of the Grand Juries of the several assizes throughout the kingdom.
NEW PENNY-POST PLAN. By this it is intended, that instead of five principal offices, there will be only two; it being found that so many offices, instead of expediting the duty, render it complicated, and occasion delay.
ut tond of the number of deliveries, and the hours of dispatch, varying in different parts town, as at present, there will be six deliveries each day in all parts of the town, from Mary-le-bonne to Limehouse, and the dispatch to all parts will take place at one and the same time.
There will be two sets of letter-carriers, who will go out in turns at regular periods; by which means a person living at Mary-le-bonne may send letters to or receive letters from Limehouse, a distance of seven miles, five tiines a day.
Beyond the limits of the General Post delivery, the General Post and foreign letters arriving by the mails early in the morning, are, in consequence of the necessary early departure of the letter-carriers, in no instance at present dispatched from the PennyPost Offices before the second delivery at two in the afternoon; and to such parts as have but one delivery not before the next morning. But, by the New Penny-Post, they will be
dispatched to all parts the same morning, and will be delivered between eleven and one o'clock at the most distant places.
At present, the answers to General-Post letters cannot, for the reason above stated, be returned by the mails, even from places bordering on the metropolis, the same day, some very few instances excepted; and from such parts as have but one delivery, they cannot be returned till the third day; nor can answers to Penny-Post letters be received in London, in the latter case, till a fourth day~instead of which, by the New Penny-Post, there will be from two to six hours, according to the distance and situa. tion of places, for answering all letters sent from town in the morning of the same day, when such answers as are to go by the General-Post will be dispatched by the mails, and such as are for delivery in town will be delivered out by the letter-carrier the same evening
Persons putting in letters by nine in the morning at the distance of ten miles from the chief Penny-Post Office, and later at less distant parts, may receive answers from London the same afternoon.
There will be three deliveries of letters in most parts of the country, within the limits of the Penny-Post, and in very few instances less than two; and there will be two Posts daily from all parts within the distance of ten miles from Lombard-street.
Instead of the public being obliged to pay, as at present, one penny at putting in of each letter to pass by the Penny-Post, it will be left to the option of the writer, whether the postage shall be paid at putting in, or on delivery, but for letters put into the Penny-Post, which are afterwards to pass by the General-Post, one penny must be paid at putting in, as at present.
The letter-carriers' walks, both in London and the country, will be rendered more equal in point of duty than at present, by reducing the extent of each walk-and, in short, every other regulation will be made in this department, which may be necessary to give the most complete accommodation to this great metropolis and its environs,
It is said that arrangements are made for including the populous and respectable neighbourhoods of Richmond, Petersham, and Ham, in the New Penny-Post; by which regulation, instead of the letters going by the circuitous route of Isleworth, they will be conveyed direct to Richmond; when, besides the convenience of three posts a day, the opportunity of answering General - Post letters by return of the mails from London, and other considerable advantages, the inhabitants will get their letters cheaper, by being relieved from the extra charge they are now subject to for conveying them from the Isleworth Office,
PREFERMENTS, [R. White, Assistant Solicitor to the Treasury, Solicitor, in the room of Wil
liam Chamberlayne, Esq. The Rev. Francis Howell, Canon Residentiary of Exeter Cathedral. The Rev. John Rippon, M. A. to the Vicarage of Hitchin, in Herts. The Rev. Mr. Menzies, of Rochester, to the vacant Prebend in that cathedral. The Rev. William Benwell, to the vicarage of Great Hale, Lincolnshire. M. Finy. cane, Esq. one of his Majesty's Counsellors at Law, in Ireland, a Baron of the Exchequer
in that kingdom, in the room of Baron Power deceased. The Rev. John Eyre, Prebendary of Apesthorpe, to the vacant Residentiaryship in York Cathedral. The Earl of Carhampton admitted at the Custom-house, Bristol, to the office of Patent Customer Inwards at that port, in the room of the late William Whitby, Esq. Rich. ard Palmer, Esq. of Hurst, Berks, unanimously elected a Verdurer of Windsor Forest, in the room of Penyston Portlock Powney, Esq. deceased.
MARRIAGES, John Lee, Esq. of Burley, in Yorkshire, to Miss Maria Mainwaring, second daughter of Lady Kaye, and sister of Charles Mainwaring, Esq. of Goltho, in Lincolnshire. Edmund Howard, Esq. of Henrietta-street, Covent Garden, to Miss Louisa Lemon, of Brightoni Henry Hickens, Esq. of Poltair-house, in Cornwall, to Miss Emma Rebow,
second daughter of the late Isaac Martin Rebow, Esq. of the Park, near Colchester, and Member for that Borough in five successive Parliaments. At St. Mildred's, Breadstreet, John Sheppard Killick, Esq. late of Gould-square, Crutched-Friars, Meal-factor, to Miss Hamerton), daughter of Charles Hamerton, Esq. one of the Sheriffs of London and county of Middlesex. At Weston, the seat of Sir Henry Bridgeman, Bart. Geo. Gunning, Esq. son of Sir R. Gunning, to Miss Bridgeman, daughter of Sir Henry Bridgeman. At Edinburgh, the Hon. Captain Francis Gray, to Miss Mary Anne Johnston, daughter of Major Johnston, late of the 61st regiment. Stephen Thoraton, Esq. of Austin Friars, to Miss Mary Littledale, daughter of Tho. Littlędale, Esq. of Rotterdam. At Edinburgli, John Connel, Esq. Advocate, to Miss Margaret Campbell, daughter to the Right Hon. the Lord President of the Court of Session.. William Troward, Esq. of Sloane-street, Chelsea, to Miss Spurrier, of Curzon-street, May. Fair. H. Gawler, Esq. of Lincoln's Inn, to Miss Lydia Frances Neale, youngest daughter and coheiress of the late Robert Neale, Esq. of Shaw-house, Wilts. John Minet Fector, Esq. of Updown, in Kent, eldest son of Peter Fector, Esq. of Dover, to Miss Laurie, only daughter of Sir Robert Laurie, Bart, of Maxwelton, Member for the county of Dumfries. James H. Blake, Esq. of the Prince of Wales's regiment of Light Dragoons, and brother to Sir Patrick Blake, Bart. to Miss Gage, sister of Lord Viscount Gage. At St. James's church, Mr. Newbold, to Miss Julia Digby, one of the Maids of Honour to the Queen. At Edinburgh, Lewis Mackenzie, Esq. eldest son of Sir Roderick Mackenzie, Bart. to Miss Lockhart, daughter of the late Tho. Lockhart, Esq. Commissioner of Excise. At Clifton, John Bonamy, Captain in the Royal American regiment of Foot, to Miss Helen Edgedl, daughter of C. Edgell, Esq. of Clifton-hill. At Gretna-Green, Capt. Stackpole of the Guards (on the recruiting service in Yorkshire), to Miss Wentworth : the lady is daughter to the late Sir Tho. Blackett, Bart. and is possessed of 10,00ol. in cash, and an estate of 3000l. per annum. Mr. Boulton, of Charing-cross, coach-master, to Miss Wilson, of Finsbury-square. The Right Hon. Edward Earl of Oxford, to Miss Scott, daughter of the Rey. Mr. Scott, of Richmond, Yorkshire. At Falmouth, Mr. Richard Thorinton, a private in the second West Riding of Yorkshire Militia, to Miss Johanna Beaton, a young lady of 2,000l. fortune. At Bath, the Rev. Mr. Thomas, rector of Street and Walton, in Somerset, to Miss Harington, daughter of Doctor Harington, Mayor of Bath. Cap. tain George Langton, of the Royal North Lincoln Militia, to Miss Mainwaring, third daughter of the late Thomas Mainwaring, Esq. of Goths, Lincolnshire. At Maids stone, Edward Russell, Esq. Banker, to Miss Eleanor Taylor, daughter of C. Taylor, Esq. of Malling. J.G. Lemaistre, Esq. only son of the late Hon. T. G. Lemaistre, one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Bengal, to Miss Vassall, eldest daughter of John Vassall, Esq. of Chatley-Lodge, Wiltshire. R. Brudenall, Esq, Equerry to the Queen, to Miss Cook, of Holles-street. At Whiteparish, Hants, William Wyndham, Esq. of Dinton, to Miss Popham, daughter of Alexander Popham, Esq. Member for Taunton, and a Master in Chancery.
DEATHS, At Bath, Thomas Tuttridge, Esq. one of the Gentlemen Ushers of his Majesty's Privy Chamber. Thomas Manningham, M. D. At Hull, Mark Darley, a seaman on: the impress service: he had, in company with a midshipman and another seaman, made a forcible entry into a house in which one Mark Bolt, a mariner, lodged, whom they endeavoured to impress, when Bolt fired a pistol loaded with slugs at Darley, and killed him; Coroner's verdictbomicide in self-defence. At Berwick on Tweed, Capt. Charles : Terrot, of the Invalids, aged 82 years. He lived to be the oldest officer in his Ma. jesty's service, having borne a commission for 67 years. At Calne, in Wilts, Mre Samuel Tripp, senior, late an eminent soap-manufacturer in Bristol. The Rev. John Shebbeare, rector of East Hordon, Essex. In Charterhouse -square, William Loveday, Esq. At Rothwell, in Northamptonshire, of a dropsy, Mrs. Cougan, who, in the space of two years and one month, was tapped 14 times, and had eighty-one gallons and three quarts of water taken from her. At Prestonpans, J. Ross, Esq. of Balkeala late Major of the 31st regiment of Foot. At his house in East Dereham, Norfolk, Sir John Fenn, Knt, M. A. F. A. S. in the Commission of the Peace, and a Deputy Lieutenant in that county, for which he served the office of Sheriff in 1791. At Edina