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which he has so honourably and efficiently presided for upwards of thirtyeight years, and to accompany their address with a piece of plate. The maximum subscription has been fixed at two guineas, and the minimum at one guinea. To those officers who know Dr. Renny, it is unnecessary to speak of the impartiality with which he administered the Medical Department in Ireland, the integrity of his conduct, and the candid honesty which distinguished all his communications with the officers under his superintendence. Dr. Renny's numerous acquaintance in the army, both at home and abroad, will be happy to have it in their power thus to testify their respect and esteem for a Director-General under whom they have served, and whose excellent qualities they had an opportunity of appreciating:

HALF-PAY. United Service Club Room, 22d July.

Beds and Quoins for Naval Guns. MR. EDITOR, -Your Number for May, 1832, having fallen into my hands, even in the wilderness, gave me an opportunity of reading your " Description of a new Method of constructing Beds and Quoins for Naval Guns. By Henry Chatfield, &c. &c. &c.;" and as it appears to me that precision in depressing may be of equal importance with that of elevating, in many cases, especially on the approach of enemy's boats for boarding, &c., if a hint from a « Backwoodsman' be acceptable, I would suggest, if it has not already occurred, that a groove be introduced on the bed, with a graduated scale, to receive the quoin when placed edgeways. I have the honour to be, Sir, your faithful servant,

P. GRAHAM, Commander R. N. Blandford, Upper Canada, 15th June, 1833.


Specific against Cholera, MR. EDITOR,–At a time when the nation is partially affected with so deplorable a calamity as the cholera, whose ravages may one day be attended with frightful consequences in our barracks and fleets, it may be fairly as sumed, that the pages of your Journal will not be closed against a few brief observations on the cure of a disease in which all the skill and science of the medical profession has hitherto so lamentably failed.

It has been my good fortune, Sir, in many cases of relaxation of the bowels, attended with slight spasms, to have found a speedy and efficacious relief from a very simple remedy, which I have since understood scarcely ever fails in cases of relaxation of the bowels, or scouring, among animals, where too much acidity in the stomach seems to be the source of the disease; --which some have supposed to be the primary cause of cholera ; and which I have not the slightest doubt was the original source of my own sufferings, However this may be, judging from my own experience, and influenced by the above analogy, I had determined last year, when the cholera prevailed, to have recourse to the same remedy in much stronger doses, or larger quantities, if the disease should attack me with the premonitory symptoms of a laxity of the bowels to any extent. It pleased Providence, that no necessity in my case arrived ; but my attention has been again called to the possible remedy, by the reappearance of the disease in other places, and a striking case of cure in a young animal on my farm, on whom all the usual remedies had been ineffectually applied to check a violent scouring of the bowels, but which, on the very first application, seemed to experience a degree of exhilaration such as the strongest cordials rarely produce; and in twenty-four hours was cured, without relapse.

The simple remedy alluded to is made by pouring about three quarts of water on a pound of quicklime, and letting it stand till cool ; then pouring off the lime-water, and giving about a pint in a drink, which is to be repeated, if necessary, three times a day.

This is the remedy so efficacious for calves, and perhaps taken to the amount of a large tumbler full would answer for an adult of our own species, repeated. At least that is the quantity I have always taken once in very slight cases, but properly with a view to soften the causticity, mixed with a little milk, though perhaps, when the disease is violent, it should be taken unmixed.

I am perfectly aware, that this recommendation will appear to some of your readers a subject for ridicule, coming from an individual unconnected, as I avow myself, with the medical profession; but to me, it has always appeared, that when skill and science have exhausted all their resources, in useless attempts to accomplish a cure, relief is not altogether to be despaired of, when we so well know how much human nature is indebted for its curative blessings to chance and comparative ignorance.

AN OFFICER OF THE Navy. P.S.- Lime-water will keep for some time in a glass bottle well corked ; but is perhaps best when newly made from fresh unslaked lime.

Jersey as a Residence for the H. P. Mr. Editor—Thanks for your article on Jersey as a residence. Will your correspondent give us the price of coals, and servants' wages-two most important articles in house-keeping? Yours,



The “ Sketches of the War of the French in Spain in the year 1823," which have been unavoidably delayed, will be resumed next month.

“ An Old Dragoon" is in error in his conclusion ; the Press alone, in the particular whence he arrives at it, is the offending party-we shall await his proffered communications on the subject.

Our Correspondent of the “ Cockpit" shall hear from us.
There is no foundation for the Reports referred to by“ P-F-"

“ Memo's” communication is necessarily held in reserve, as we have not yet had an opportunity of perusing the pamphlet.

Letters signed “ A Subaltern, H.E.I.C.S. on Furlough ;” and “A real Friend to the Service," are in type ; but with many others are unavoidably postponed.

A variety of Contributions are under consideration.





PARLIAMENT was prorogued by his Majesty in person on the 29th ult.

Since the occupation of Lisbon by the partisans of Don Pedro, no further event of importance has taken place, except the concentration on the south bank of the Douro of the Portuguese forces under Marshal Bourmont. The issue of the contest is still on the balance. We append the following communications :

On board the Packet 24th August, 1833. MY DEAR

- Since I promised to give you some account of all the wonders I might see at Lisbon during my short stay there, I shall make a virtue of necessity, and try to drive away á forenoon of nautical ennui by the performance of my promise : so here goes-On the 1st instant we reached Oporto roads, after a pleasant passage across the Bay, and learned, with no small surprise, the capture of Lisbon on the 24th ult., and the failure of Bourmont's grand attack on Oporto on the succeeding day. These particulars you must have learned long since by the papers, therefore I shall, without further preface, carry you to the mouth of the Tagus, which we entered on the 4th inst. unopposed by either the formidable Bugio, or by Fort St. Julian, on both of which was waving Donna Maria's blue and white tlag. On landing, I expected to find Lisbon in that unsettled state which generally results from so sudden a change of masters, but I was mistaken : every thing appeared to go on in its natural course, the shops were open, the people quiet, and nothing but the blue and white badges in the hats indicated the late alteration in the state of affairs, where Miguel had so recently exercised his odious tyranny

The cause of the capture of Lisbon, or rather of its declaration for Donna Maria, must, in the first instance, be mainly attributed to Napier's victory of the 5th of July off Cape St. Vincent, and to Villa Flor's (now Duke of Terceira) speedy march from the Algarves, and brilliant affair at Pietade, about a mile from Cacilhas, a village on the southern bank of the Tagus, opposite Lisbon. Terceira arrived here with about 1500 men, and a small party of fifteen lancers (commanded by Captain Griffiths), on the 23d ult. We passed, with scarcely any opposition, a line of wooded heights, capable of being strongly defended, and débouched into the plain where Telles Jordao, the Miguelite general, awaited him with upwards of 3000 men, 150 of which were cavalry; they, however, made but a short stand, and giving way, were pursued through Cacilhas to the banks of the river, where many were drowned or killed in attempting to cross. Amongst the latter was Telles Jordao, who was cut down on the beach. He was so much disliked for the cruelties he had exercised for two years, while governor of Fort St. Julian, that the people are said to have disinterred him, and to have torn his body to pieces. On the news of his defeat reaching Lisbon, the governor (the Duke de Cadaval) appears to have been panic-struck; he withdrew his forces, the people rose, and forced open the prisons, which contained upwards of 3000 persons, and placing at their head the English officers who had been captured some time before in the schooner Eugenia, they proceeded to the Citadel, and hoisted Donna Maria's standard. The Duke of Terceira crossed

over the next day with his forces, and thus became master of the capital, with a much less effusion of blood than could have been expected from so important an event. On the 25th, Napier, who had been for some days waiting a favourable breeze to force the mouth of the Tagus, entered without opposition, and anchored the fleet under the walls of Lisbon.

No time was lost in sending to Oporto to inform Don Pedro of the favourble state of affairs at Lisbon, where on his arrival he was received with the greatest enthusiasm by all classes, whose rejoicings knew no bounds in being delivered from Don Miguel's arbitrary sway.

Amidst the festivities and fêtes which now take place, more important objects are not lost sight of: volunteers to the number of 12,000 have been organized, intrenchments are being thrown up on the principal heights commanding Lisbon, as the news lately arrived, that Bourmont, leaving part of his army before Oporto, was advancing with the remainder on the capital. The regular forces in Lisbon, amounting to about 6000 men, (of whom 250 are cavalry,) are to take the field under the Duke of Terceira: the first detachment, comprising the second caçadores (about 800 strong), marched out on the 9th instant. The emperor and his staff accompanied them five or six miles out of Lisbon: a finer body of men I scarcely ever saw ; they were well armed and equipped, appeared in capital spirits, and their long beards and sunburnt countenances gave them altogether a most martial appearance. By the by, the beard appears to be a barge of the cause of the Queen, and is very generally borne: the emperor himself sports one that would not disgrace the Grand Mogul, and has, I am told, made a vow not to shave until his daughter shall be established on the throne; an event very likely to take place in a short time, since her recognition by the English government. Whatever may be said of Don Pedro's badness of temper, he is certainly at present laying himself out for popularity; there is no doubt of his being passionate and frequently carried away by the impulse of the moment, but cruelty cannot be said to form a part of his character.

Admiral Napier (now Viscount St. Vincent) is for the time the “ Lion" of Lisbon, and his new and well-earned honours have in no way deprived him of his former energy and activity, nor improved his taste in point of dress, in which he is as great a sloven as when he appeared on the hustings at Portsmouth. I was told by a person who saw him immediately after he took possession of the Rainha, that when on the quarter-deck of that vessel, with his naked cutlass in his hand, rigged in his round jacket and broad-brimmed hat, and covered with blood and brains, he looked more like a leader of banditti than any thing else : but this only goes to prove that the coat does not make the man. Apropos of the boarding of the Rainha : the two officers who were first in performing that gallant exploit, Captain Reeves, the admiral's flag-captain, and Captain Charley, his son and aide-de-camp, are both recovering from wounds they got on that occasion. The former received three severe ones; Captain Charley, including some slight bayonet thrusts, was wounded in no less than twelve different places; he is, however, again on his legs, and in the command of one of the finest vessels in the fleet, the Eliza corvetta, of twenty-six guns, On the boarding of the Rainha, one of the most conspicuous parts was played by a negro of the name of Wilson, a man of immense muscular power, which he exerted with no small effect, cutting down indiscriminately every Miguelite he came across, whether armed or disarmed ; in this amusement he is said to have destroyed twenty or thirty, until his officers put a stop to the butchery. Barreros, the Miguelite commander of the Rainha, was unquestionably a brave fellow; but if report speak true, proved himself to be possessed of more courage than honour. It is said that, after making every effort to save his vessel, he went with a light to the magazine, with the intent of blowing her up, but was prerented from executing this project by the interference of some of his own people; that on his return on deck he met with Admiral Napier, to whom he gave himself up; but on the latter turning his back, that Barreros seized a pistol and snapped it at him, which being perceived by some of the Pedroites, he was immediately run through the body, and thrown overboard. Be this as it may, he was certainly killed in the action, and his ship, bearing still honourable marks of resistance, is now in the Tagus, about to undergo the requisite repairs : her name has been changed

St. Vincent," in commemoration of the place where the action was fought.

Admiral Napier, in addition to the title conferred on him, has been presented with the “ Grand Cordon." I saw a list of his officers on whom the order of the “ Tower and Sword" has been bestowed, but can only remember the following names: Captains Reeves, Phillips (master of the fleet), Charley, Henry, Shute, Cullis, &c.

The following is a list of Donna Maria's fleet.

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No, of

Commanded by

Where Stationed.


2 Line-ofBattle Ships.

Don John (flag-ship) St. Vincent (formerly

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5 Frigates.

(Donna Maria

42 Captain Henry Cruising off Oporto. Princessa Real

Captain Ruxton

Fifth July (formerly the

Martin Frietas).

By a Portuguese Officer {Refitting at Lagos

Don Pedro
50 Ditto

Cruising off the

44 Capt. Auffdiniero

Refitting at Lagos


Capt. Bertram

Tagus, refitting
Eliza (formerly the Sybil) 26 | Captain Charley Ditto,

ditto. Princessa Real 22

Cruising off the
By a Portuguese Officer

Isabella Maria
24 Ditto

Ditto, ditto.

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4 Corvettes.


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In addition to these, there are at present on the stocks, in an advanced state, a line-of-battle ship and a corvette; if to these be added three or four vessels taken by the present government from Don Miguel, and which it is said to be their intention to restore to Donna Maria, her fleet will be on a very respectable footing, compared with that of Don Miguel, which at present consists of one 20-gun brig, the Tajo, now at Madeira ; and the armed xebecque which took itself off after the action of the 5th, no one knows where.

The Admiral is just the man the Portuguese require to keep them in motion, and he certainly does not give them much time to indulge in their procrastinating habits : in his exertions he is indefatigable; up at daylight in the morning, visiting the lines, and on his legs, or transacting business in the arsenal, during the greater part of the day. He has drilled all the work

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