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received a letter, bearing the Greenwich post
January 10, 1830.
before any assistance could be procured, was levelled with the ground.
Another fire took place on Wednesday night, about one mile nearer to Salisbury, the back part of the Black Dog public house having been set on fire by some incendiary; a rick which belonged to the landlord was also consumed.-Morn. Chon. 8th Jan.
and thomas Wheatley, "I will inform you that three men is coming from Barkshire to destroy all your machines and stables. i am your well wisher : LINCOLNSHIRE LOUTH, JAN. 5.—A here is three of their names-William Jones, fire took place on the premises of Mr. Samuel George Millwood, and John Strong; but I Bowling, of Louth Grange, yesterday morning, shall not tell my name, but I would have you at four o'clock, which, but for the timely assis be upon the Look Out. I am a native of Green-tance of the fire-engines, would in all probawich myself: if you don't employ me again ibility have destroyed the whole of the corn will set a light to all the straw that is in your ricks and building; however, by the prompt Big Loft. There is one thing you cannot assistance which was rendered, the fire was swear to the Writing. there is one thing subdued with the loss of a large rick of straw more, I myself will Poison all your horses for and about half of a hay-rick. The Magistrates you. I will have my revenge on you, if I sat at Bowling House yesterday until twelve don't may I be dd (Here there is a draw at night, and committed the waggoner for furing of a knife and a heart; the point of the ther examination. There appears strong reaformer has pierced the latter.) You shall son to fear that he is the incendiary. have that in you afore long, you rouge you shall, I will send you two more letters after this, then I will execute."
This epistle excites much conversation, and a meeting is to take place on the subject.
BURWARDSLEY.-Another incendiary fire broke out in this neighbourhood on Tuesday night, which destroyed the barn and hay-stack of a faruser named William Gresty. From all the circumstances, there can be no doubt but that it was the act of an incendiary There is now little doubt entertained but that the destruction of Lewisham church was the work of incendiarism. From what has transpired on investigation, it would seem that the perpetrator had effected his purpose by apply. ing the destructive means at three different parts of the church-Kentish Gazette.
ESSEX-Sunday morning, about two o'clock, a fire, supposed to be the work of an incendiary, broke out in the farm of Mr. J. Raynam, of the Moated-house, Basselden, which destroyed stock and property to the value of nearly 2,000. The equitable fireengine, from Billericay, succeeded in saving five stacks of hay, and three of corn. The labourers from the adjoining farms were all on the spot, and rendered every assistance in their power towards checking the progress of the fames. They afterwards ate the pigs, which were made into excellent crackling, with the owner's permission.-Another fire, destructive of agricultural produce, has taken place at Ulceby, near Alford, on a farm in the occupation of Mr. James Atkinson. We derstand that a straw-stack was set on fire, and that it and two stacks of oats, containing eighty quarters, were consumed. The fire occurred on Wednesday night last, and was doubtless the work of au incendiary.
This morning, also, a fire of much greater magnitude has taken place on the premises of Mr. Upton, of Raithly; it is not yet subdued. Two of the Louth engines are there, and from the opportunity I have had for investigation, I am of opinion his own servants are implicated. Both the above farms were insured in the county within these few weeks.
HORBLING, LINCOLNSHIRE, Jan. 3.-We had a large bean-stack fired yesterday evening, and at Neethope, about two miles off, on Friday night last, there were a straw and a haystack both consumed.
On Monday a large stack of beans, belonging to Mr. Westmoreland, of Billingboro', in the parish of Sempringham, was set fire to, and consumed before any assistance could arrive. Thursday evening, the 30th ult. about six o'clock, some person set fire to a stack of straw belonging to Mr. Briggs, surgeon, of Heckington; it was soon consumed, but not being near any other stack, no futher damage was done.-Stamford Mercury.
SUFFOLK.-HUNTINGFIELD, Jan. 9.(Extract from a private letter.)-Soon after six o'clock on Saturday morning, a fire was discovered in the tithe-stack-yard of the Rev. Henry Uthoff, attached to the Huntingfield Rectory, and which is about half a mile from Heavingham Hall, the seat of Lord Huntingfield. The fire was discovered by one of Mr, Uthoff's men, as he was going out to his work. He instantly alarmed his master and the family, as well as several cottagers in the un-neighbourhood, who promptly afforded all possible assistance to extinguish the flames by means of pails of water, wet blankets, &c., but more particularly to preserve the adjoining stacks, which chiefly consisted of tithe hay. By half-past seven o'clock, Lord Huntingfield, the Rev. Anthony Collet, and other influential Ed-characters, attended by the Heavingham Hall engine, were upon the premises. By this! timely arrival of such prompt aid as the engine afforded, and by the exemplary and as tonishing efforts made by all present, I am
WILTSHIRE.-On Tuesday night a barn filed with fire-wood, belonging to monstone, Esq., a Magistrate of the county, who has taken a very active part in the apprehension of the rioters, situated about two miles and a half from Devizes, was set fire to, and,
happy to be able to state that the progress of the flames was arrested, but not till the fire had destroyed a straw stack, and part of two clover stacks. The Rev. Mr Uthoff, who is between 70 and 80 years of age, was greatly agitated. He held out a five pound note to the persons assembled, as an inducement to increased exertions, to subdue the fire as speedily as possible, the note was accepted, and afterwards distributed amongst the labourers present, who amounted to about 150. They had also had a barrel of beer from the Huntingfield Arms public-house.
which were entirely consumed, although the extensive premises were not more than twelve yards distant. The property was insured. The fire was evidently occasioned by an incendiary.-Cambridge Chronicle.
́DORSETSHIRE. — INCENDIARISM. — We regret that we have this week to record another of those calamitous fires which have so recently spread aların and devastation throughout the agricultural districts. On Tuesday night last a wheat-rick on Druce farm, near Piddleton, the property of Mr. George Jesty, was discovered to be on fire, LEICESTERSHIRE.-Sunday night a fire and it was totally consumed. Fortunately was discovered on the premises of Mr. Cart-the fire was discovered in time to prevent the wright, near Leicester, which are at present occupied by a worsted-spinner. The machinery was worked by steam. The whole building was destroyed.
DEVONSHIRE.-A fire broke out on Saturday morning at the brewhouse of Messrs. Hare, at Stonehouse, near Plymouth. It was discovered in time to confine its ravages to hayloft, where it commenced. Mr. Hare had lately received a threatening letter with the "Swing."-Several farms have also
flames extending to any other property. The fire is supposed to have been caused by some labourers of the neighbourhood, in consequence of Mr. George Jesty having recently put his thrashing-machine into re-action.Dorset County Chronicle.
BLANDFORD, Tuesday Morning, 2 o'clock. a-On our way hither from Salisbury, about au hour since, we saw two apparently extensive fires. One of them, we are told, was at Compton, near Shaftesbury, at which place there is an immense number of barley, hay, wheat, and bean ricks. The whole of which, I should say, from the great range of the light, was in all probability fired. The other is at a place near Ringwood, and though not to so large an extent, as we are informed here, yet the consequences are expected to be very serious. So great was the consternation at Blandford, that a large party, which had assembled at an early hour in the evening, was broken up immediately on hearing of the fires, and the male portion proceeded in utmost consternation to scenes of devastation. I have forgotten to mention, that on Sunday evening, five fires were observed to be raging between Exeter and Salisbury, some of them appearing to be of considerable importance.
YORKSHIRE.-Sunday morning the extensive woollen mills of Messrs. Whitacre, of Woodhouse, near Huddersfield, were discovered to be on fire, and so destructive was the fire, that the principal range of buildings was completely gutted, and all the machinery destroyed. It is feared that this is the result of malice, which is the more to be regretted, as it will throw a considerable number of men out of employment.
On Tuesday night last, about twelve o'clock, four stacks of corn belonging to Mr. Thorpe, of Glentham, near Spittal, were discovered to be on fire. Assistance was promptly rendered, but the stacks were destroyed. The estimated
loss is 3001.
NORFOLK.-On Monday, a barley-stack belonging to Mr. Chapman, of Gatesend, near Rudham, was burnt down, evidently the work of an incendiary, but no clue has as yet been found to lead to a discovery of the miscreant.
On Monday evening, a straw-stack belonging to a small farmer at Tilney was set fire to, but being early discovered, and prompt assistance afforded by the active exertions of labourers and others in the parish, with abundance of water at hand, the conflagration was prevented extending, or a barn, several cottages, and other buildings, would in all probability have become a prey to the flames.
CAMBRIDGESHIRE.-On Tuesday night a stack of haulm, the produce of about 50 acres of land, at Dunton, near Potten, was burnt down. It was unquestionably the act of an incendiary. On Sunday evening last, the town of March was thrown into great alarm by the ringing of the fire-bells, in consequence of a fire being observed on the farm occupied
by Mr. T. Golden, on Burrowmoor, near that place. Fortunately, however, by great exertions the flames were confined to some oats,
WALES.-TURN-OUT OF THE WELSH COLLIERS.-Wrexham, Monday.-We have been very much alarmed in this part of the country during the past week, in consequence of a turn-out amongst the colliers. It commenced near Hawarden, where the men turned out for, and after a few days' delay generally obtained, higher wages. On Tuesday Sir Watkin Wynn, colonel of the Denbighshire yeomanry cavalry, accompanied by that corps, fell in with a body of the colliers, of whom they took three into custody, but these were again rescued from a cottage in which they were confined.
NEED WE WONDER!
NEED We wonder at the number of persons who are abusing Cobbett for endeavouring to cause this system to be changed! Need we wonder at this, when we look at the following, which I take from the Morning Herald? Ifit be a lie,
it is no lie of mine, at any rate; and, if it be true, what liars are those who have accused me of exaggeration upon this subject. I, in the petition that I tendered to the county of Kent, at Penenden Heath, said, that we had THREE GENERALS to every regiment. How far I was under the mark, the reader will now see. Here are of regiments only about 120, so that here are more than four generals to every regiment! and only think of 8,777 commissioned officers on full pay to command about 100,000 men! That is to say, one commissioned officer to about 12 men, including serjeants, corporals, drummers, musicians and servants! What a fine affair it is! And then the Half pay! But, O Lord! There is no doing justice to it. The Navy is much about such another affair, I dare say. We shall have that come out one of these days. It is somewhere now, perhaps; but the things are so numerous, that it requires half a life to look at them.
Ordnance, Commissariat, Assistant Quartermaster-General's, Medical, PaymasterGeneral's, and Chaplains' Department.
* FIELD MARSHALS-His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, K.G.G.C.B., &c., H. R. H. the Duke of Cumberland, K.G.K.S.P., &c.; H. R. H. the Duke of Gloucester, K.G.G.C.B., &c.; H. R. H. Prince Leopold, K.G.G.C.B., &c.; his Grace the Duke of Wellington, K.G.G.C.B.G.C.H.; Sir A. Clarke, G.C.B.; and Right Hon. Sir S. Hulse,
Military Force of Great Britain for G.C.H.
1 Regiment of Horse Gds., fold
7 Regiments of Dragoon Guards.
5 Regiments of Light Dragoons (3d, 4th,
4 Regiments of Hussars (7th, 8th 10th,
4 Regiments of Lancers (9th, 12th, 16th,
26 Regiments of Cavalry t.
Royal Waggon Train.
In the 26 regiments of Cavalry three are Scotch and three Irish; and in the 99 regiments of Infantry five are Scotch Lowland Regiments, eight are Highland, six Irish, and The Royal one Welsh (Royal Fusileers). Malta Fencible Regiment is a Maltese Regiment, all composed of natives, and in the Ceylon Rifle Regiment the men only are Ceylonese, but officered partly by English and natives. These are the only two foreign regiments at present in the British service. The whole forming an effective military force of 9,735 Cavalry, 5,104 Foot Guards, 89,399 Infantry of the Line, with Artillery, making a total of about 135,000 men, including the present levy.
PRITCHARD, C., Bath, upholsterer.
YOUNG, W., Rochester, coach-master.
JAN. 6.-DELACOUR, T. C., London, dia-
JAN. 6.-SHAVE, J., Ipswich, innkeeper.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1831.
BOTCHERBY, J., Holly-bush-place,
Beef for the best young meat sells at 4s. 2d. to 4s. 6d. per stone, and the coarser meat is 3s. to 3s. 10d. per stone. Mutton, for prime young downs, is at 4s. 2d. to 4s. 6d. per stone, and Veal, for prime calves, goes off at 5s. to Beth-5s. 8d. per stone. In the Pork trade dairyfed porkers sell at 4s. 6d. to 5s. per stone, coal-and large Hogs at 3s. 4d. to 3s. 10d.
COHEN, G. A., Wentworth-place, Mile-end-
EVANS, G., Ketley, Shropshire, grocer.
PARKIN, J., Hoylehouse-clough, Yorkshire,
SWIFT, T., Pine-apple-place,
THURSDAY, Jan. 13.-This day's supply was a most miserable one, both as to quality and numbers. The few beasts that were exhibited consisted of poor and quarter-fat town's-end Cows, half fat and fleshy steers, and about half a score of primish Scots; whilst the small stock was, for the most part, of inferior quality. This is the last day on which a cattle market will be held on a Thursday. The ex-Friday market will resume
its full functions next week. There were no Edgeware-Milch Cows, or Sucking Calves present.— Prime Beef, from 48. 2d. to 4s. 6d. ; middling Beef, 2s. 8d. to 3s. 2d.; inferior Beef, 2s. 4d. to middling Mutton, 2s. 8d. to 3s. 2d.; inferior 2s. 6d.; prime Mutton, 3s. 8d. to 3s. 2d.; Mutton, 2s. 2d to 2s. 4d.; Veal, 3s, 10d. to 5s. 8d.; Pork, 3s. 2d. to 4s. 8d.-per stone of 8lbs, to sink the offal.-Supply, as per Clerk's statement: Beasts 102; Sheep, 820; Calves, 90; and Pigs, 120. Prices as on Monday.
THOROGOOD, W., Chipping Ongar, Essex,
MARK-LANE, CORN EXCHANGE, JAN. 10.Prime picked samples of English Wheat are a shade higher this morning, but the general qualities remain as on this day week. In foreign there is likewise no variation. The supply of English grain is rather more, but still continues moderate. Flour may now be quoted at from 60s. to 63s. per sack, but the foremost quality is still quoted at 65s. but not given. Barley is in good demand, and may be quoted full 1s. per quarter dearer. Oats are also rather on the advance, and may be quoted at 6d. to 1s. per quarter above last Monday's price. White Peas are in some request, and bring rather more money, but Grey Feas are as we quoted on Monday last. Beans also are looking up, and the holders ask a trifle higher for this grain. In other articles there is no variation.
68s. to 76s.
40s. to 44s.
LONDON TAVERN, on MONDAY EVENING the 17th instant, at Seven o'clock precisely, to express admiration of the noble Conduct of the People of Preston in electing Mr. HUNT; to hear Mr. Mitchell on that subject and on the Expenses of the Election, and the objects of his Mission to the Metropolis-THOMAS WAKLEY, Esq. is invited to take the Chair.
Printed by William Cobbett, Johnson's-court; and published by him, at 11, Bolt-court, Fleet-street.
VOL. 71.-No. 4.]
LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 22D, 1831.
THE KING'S MINISTERS.
On the easy, the speedy, the quiet, and the ONLY EFFECTUAL, Means of putting a stop to THE FIRES, which now terrify and disgrace the Country.
Kensington, 17th January, 1831.
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the remedies which I have to propose. At first thought on the matter, it will appear to be absurd to state such a proposition as this, especially after the numerous trials that have taken place without there having appeared, throughout the whole country, one single particle of evidence to give countenance to the notion that any one fire in any place had been set by any person but a farm labourer, or that any person whatsoever, except a farm labourer or farm labourers had instigated the perpetrator to the act. SCOTT ELDON (I will always when speaking of this person retain the word ScoTT) is reported to have said distinctly, that one of the county jails was full of foreigners who had been committed for these crimes. PEEL, BEFORE I proceed to point out to you KNATCHBULL, and divers others, stated, the means alluded to in the title of this as a matter of course, that the fires had paper, I shall endeavour to convince been instigated by persons going about you of these three things: 1. That the in gigs, curricles, post chaises, landaus! fires have been set by the labourers with-There was a woman in Philadelphia, out instigation from any-body; 2. That who, as a Quaker neighbour told me, the means of terror, or of punishment, are imagined herself to be a tea-pot, not calculated to put a end to the fires; stretched out one arm in the shape 3. That the fires, unless effectually put of a spout, put the other a-kimbo to a stop to, may become far more exten- represent the handle, and cried out to sive than they have hitherto been. It every-body who came near her, "Pray is necessary, first of all, that I make don't break me"! "What," said my good these three propositions; because, neighbour, "would thee have done in unless you be convinced, and heartily that case, friend Cobbett"?" Why," convinced, of the truth of them, you said I, "being a tea-pot I could have will not listen, and it is not reasonable" taken care that nothing but water that you should listen, to that which I should have gone into her in the shape have to offer with regard to the mea-" of liquid, aud that no solids should sures which I think ought now to be" have gone into her till she had washed adopted; and, therefore, the best pos-" all the dirty linen and had scrubbed sible proof that I can give of my sincere" every floor in the house;" a remedy, and anxious desire to cause to be effected by-the-by, which I beg leave to the great object stated in the title of this recommend to my readers in general, if my address to you, is, to endeavour to they happen to be troubled with wives implant this conviction firmly in your with imaginations so extraordinarily minds. strong.
FIRST, then, that the fires have been set by the labourers and without instigation. You must be convinced of this, or, you will not listen for a moment to
Strong, however, as the indulgence of the husband had rendered the imagination of this lazy she-devil, it certainly did not surpass in point of force that