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porpose of taking the Melpomene En- all sail in chase of the brigs, the head> glish frigate, which blockaded the island, most of which tacked and passed to Capt. Dindola had not been 12 hours Rindward, about 2 guns-sbot distance. at sea, then he descried the English Tlie remaining brig hoisted French.co. pendant, and observing that the British lours, was soon brought within pistolcommander (Capi. Parker) did not run shot, and after an action of 20 minutes away, be prudently thought it high time struck. Her second lieutenant, a midhe should do so, the wind, however, shipman, and five men, were killed in became unfavourable for his return to the action, and two midshipmen and Corfu, but he put into Paro, a small three seamen severely wounded. The island about 10 leagues from Corfu; the Comet had not a man hurt. The Sylphe Melpomene followed, and threatened to is a very fine vessel, 300 tons burthen, destroy both the vessels and the town, copper-bottomed and fastened, an ex.. if they did not: surrender immediately i cellent sailer, and fit fur his Majesty's at length a capitulation was concluded, by which the three ships were delivere

CONVENTION OF CINTRĂ. ed up, but the crews were not detained as prisoners.

We nentioned in our last, that this.About the same time, another espe. measure had met with very general redition sailed from Zara to take Capt. probation. Among the public bodies Campbell, of the Unite, who like the who have been the loudest in expressing celebrated French chevalier Forbin, in their dissatisfaction, the Common Counformer times, has become the terror of cil of the city of London have taken the the Adriatic. This force consisted of lead. On the 5th October, at a very full two large brigs and a schooner: they meeting of the Council, an address and thought, that from the number of prizes petition to the King, was voted. It was the frigate had sent to Malta, she could presented on the izih by the Lord Maynot be half manned. After a short cruize or, aitended by a number of the Alderin quest of her, they fell in with her off men, the Sheriffs, and Common Counthe island of Melado. The Commodore cilmen. The petition is couched in immediately began firing, but the fria strong terms, and is as follows: gate retained her fire until she ranged "Most gracious Sovereign-We, your alongside within pistol shot, when she Majesty's most dutiful and loyal sub. poured in so destructive a fire, that the jects, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and brig struck. The other brig attempted Commons of the City of London, in to escape, and ran on a small island, Common Council assembled, most buina: when about half her crew landed by leap. bly approach your Majesty with renewing from her bowsprit ; but the rest with ed assurances of attachment to your Ma. her Captain (Duodo), were made pri- jesty's most sacred person and Governsoners. The schooner escaped to An- ment, and veneration for the free prin

ciples of the British Constitution, to ex. The Comet sloop, Capt. Daly, has ta- press to your Majesty our grief and asken the Sylphe French national brig, tonishment at the extraordinary and (commanded by M. L. Maria Clement, disgraceful convention lately entered capitaine de frigat, and a member of the into by the Commander of your Majes. legion of honour) mounting sixteen 26 ty's Forces in Portugal, and the Compound carronades and two long nines, mander of the French army in Lisbon. ' with 98 men. When first seen by the The circumstances attending this afflicComet, she was in company with ano. ting event cannot be .contemplated in ther brig of the same force, and a cor- British minds without the most painful vette. In the face of so superior a force, emotions ; and all ranks of your Majes. Capt. D. thought it most prudent to con- ty's subjects seem to have felt the ut. tinue his course under all sail, as by al. most concern and indignation at a trea. tering it they might be inclined to chase ty so humiliating and degrading to this him. This so far intimidated them, that country and its allies. After a signal they tacked and made all sail from the victory, gained by the valour and dis. Comet, and the corvette having much cipline of British troops, by which the outsailed her consorts, tacked and stood enemy appears to have been cut off from to the southward.' Capt. D. then made all means of succons or escape, we have



the sad mortification of seeing the laurels institute inquiries on occasions in which so nobly acquired torn from the brows the character of the country, or the hoof our brave soldiers, and terms grant. Tour of my arms, is concerned ; and that ed to the enemy disgraceful to the Brin the interposition of the City of London tish name, and injurious to the best in- could not be necessary for inducing me terests of the British nation. Besides to direct an inquiry to be made into a the restitution of the Russian feet upon transaction which has disappointed the a definitive treaty of peace with that hopes and expectations of the nation." power, and the sending back to their His Majesty's answer (which was read country, without exchange, so large a by Lord Hawkesbury) has given great number of Russian sailors, by this igno. offence to the citizens of London, who minious convention, British fleets are to at another meeting of the Common convey to France the French army and Council, on the 27th October, passed its plunder, where they will be at liber- some strong resolutions; expressing their ty inmediately to recommence their ac- right on all occasions when they think tive operations against us or our allies. proper to address the throne,-their conThe guarantee and safe conveyance of cern that they should have met with re. tbeir plunder cannot but prove highly prehension in exercising this undoubied irritating to the pillaged inhabitants, o. right,--and “ that whoever advised his ver whom they have tyrannized, and Majesty to put so ur.favourable and unfor whose deliverance and protection warrantable a construction on their late the British army was sent, and the full petition, has abused the confidence of Jecognition of the title and dignity of his Sovereign, and is equally an enemy Emperor of France, while all mention to his Majesty and the just rights af hus of the Government of Portugal is omit. peopic.” ted, must be considered as highly disrespec:ful to the legitimate authority of

DREADFUL FIRE IN LONDON. that country. We, therefore, humbly On Tuesday morning September 20. play your Majesiy, in justice to the happened one oi the most dreadful fires outraged feelings of a brave, injured, that has for many years past afflicted and indignant people, whose blood and this great metropolis, and by which that treasure have been thus expended, as vast and superb edifice, Covent Garden well as to retrieve the wounded honour Theatre, was reduced to a heap of ashes, of their country, and to remove from with a number of houses in its vicinity! its character so foul a stain in the eyes How the fire originated is unknown, as of Europe, that your Majesty will be the housekeeper saw all safe, as he graciously pleased immediately to insti: thought, after the performance of the tute such an inquiry into this dishonour. preceding evening. The flames were able and unprecedented transaction, as first discovered about four o'clock in will lead to the discovery and punish. the morning, and had then acquired too ment of those, by whose misconduct and great a force to be stopped by the fire incapacity the cause of the country and engines, which soon arrived in great its allies has been so shamefully sacrifi. numbers. About seven o'clock, the fal. ced. We beg to assure your Majestyling in of the roof with a dreadful crash of our analterable fidelity and earnest announced the destruction of the inte• desire to co operate in every measure rior of the building. The engines conconducive to the peace, honour, and see tinued to play with unceasing activity curity of your Majesty's dominions." upon the ruins, in order to save as much

The King's Answer." I am fully as possible of the surroundiug buildings, sensible of your lovalty and attachment and unfortunately some of the firemen, to my person and Government. I give with their characteristic intrepidity, credit to the motives which have dic. pushed an engine into one of the pas. rated your petition and address, but I sages, when the archway above fell in, must remind you, that it is inconsistent and buried above 16 of them in the with the principles of British justice to ruins. Several others were killed by the pronounce judgment without previous falling ruins, and several volunteers who jnvestigation. I should bave hoped that attended were scalded or scorched to recent occurrences would have convin- death. Many dead bodies were dug out ced you that I am at all times ready to of the ruins, and many others carried



off to the nearest hospitals, dreadfully the mess, except Major C. Capt. B, witness, scorched and mangled. The Coroners' aod Lieut. Hall

. A conversation then comInquest was held on nineteen of the bo. menced by Major C. stating, that Gen. Ker dies. The number of dead is supposed mode of giving a word of command, when

corrected him ihat day about a particular to exceed 20, and a great number wounded, the recovery of many of whom is rioned how he gave it

, and how the Gene

he conceived he gave it right; he mencoubiful. The number of houses burnt al corrected him. Capt. Boyd remarked, down, chiefly in Bow-street, is about “ Neither was correct, according to Dun12, and several others are irreparably in- das, which is the King's order." (This objured. Several fatal accidents happen. servation, witness stated, was made in the. ed in them and in the streets, occasione usual mode of conversation.)-- Major C. ed by the infamous activity of swarms said, " it might not be according to the of pick-pockets. Nothing belonging to King's order, but still he conceived it was the Theatre is saved, excepting a few

not incorrect." Capt. B. still insisted," it damaged scenes and the account books. was not correct, according to the King's orThe loss is estimated at upwards of Cape. B. said, " he knew ie as well as any

der."— They argued this some time, till L.

150,000, Only L. 50,000 was in sured. The performers have lost all their man;", Major C. replied," he doubted that

much.” Capt. Boyd at length said " he wardrobes and valuables, and, accord. krew it better than him, let him take that ing to the usage of the Theatre, their as he liked.” Major Campbell then got salaries cease, until the performances up and said, “. Then, Captain Boyd, do you can be resumed ; upwards of 200 other say I am wrong?” Captain B. replied, " I persons employed about the Theatre, do--1 kuow I am right according to the with their families, are thrown out of King's order.” Major C. then quitted the bread. The performances, however,

Captain B. remained after him for were resumed on Monday Oct. 3. in the

some time; he left the room before witness

or Lieut, Hall.-Witness and Hall went out Opera House, which Mr Taylor hand. somely offered; and Mr Sheridan, with together a short time after; they went to

a second mess room, and there Capt. Boyd like liberality, has made an offer of whate

came up and spoke to them. They then went ever may be requisite from the wardrobes out together, and witness left Captain Boyd and scenic repositories of Drury Lane. at Lieutenant Dewar's. In about twenty

Among the irreparable losses of pro. minutes after, he was called on to visit Capperty at the theatre are Handel's cele- tain Boyd ; he went and found him sitting brated organ, valued at 1000 guineas, a on a chair vomiting; he examined his bequest from him to the theatre, which wound, and conceived it a very dangerous was never heard but at the oratorios, one; a ball had penetrated at the extremity and much M.S. music of that great of the four false ribs, and lodged in the ca. Composer, and of Dr Arne and others, vity of the belly; he survived it but eighwhich was never printed, and of which during which time he got grauiually worse

teen hours; he staid with him till he died, there are no copies. Mr Ware lost a

till bis dissolution. On his cross-examinaviolin worth 3001, it had not been leit a tion, he staced chere was something irritanight in the tbeatre for two years ben ring in Captain Boyd's manner of making fore,

the observation alluded to; so much so,

that he conceived Major Campbell could IRELAND

not, consistent with his feelings, pass it o.

ver ; but if a candid explanation had takex TRIAL OT MAJOR CAMPBELL.

place, he does 110: conceive the melancholy On the 4th of August last, at the Ar- affair would have occurred. nagh assizes, Alexander Campbell, hrevet youn Hoey stated, that he is mess-waiter Major in the army, and Captain in the 21st of the 21st regiment, and was so then. He foot, was tried for the murder of Captaia remembers the night this affair took place; Boyd, of the same regiment, by shooting koew Major Campbell and Captain Boyd ; him with a pistol bullet.

he saw Major C. that night in a room George Adams, surgeon in the 21st regis where he was washing glasses ; Maj. Camp ment, stated that in June 1807 they were bell had quitted the mess-room about ten quartered in the barracks at Armagh. On or fifteen minutes; as Major C. was coming the 23d of said month, the regiment was up stairs, Captain Boyd was leaving the inspected by General Ker; after the inspec- niess-rooni, and they met up the stair-head; tion, the General and officers dined toge. both went into the mess waiter's room, and ther; about eight o'clock all be officers left there remained ten or fifteen minutes, when

they they separated. The Prisoner, in about Lieut. Hall, hefore the affair took place.twenty minutes, came again to witness, and Here the prosecution closed. desired him to go to Captain Boyd, and tell The defence set up was merely and er: him a gentleman wished to speak to him if clusively as to the character of the prisoner he pleased; he accordingly went in search for humanity, peaceable conduct, and pro of Captain Boyd; he found him on the pa. per behavionr; to this several officers of rade ground; he delivered the message, and rank were produced, who vouched for it to Captain B. accompanied him to the mess- the fullest extent, namely, Colonel Paterroom; no one was there, and witness point- son, of the 21st regiment, General Camp. ed to a little room off it, as the room the bell, Gen. Graham Seirling, Cape. Má. gentleman was in; he then went to the pherson, Cape. Menzies, Col. Grey, and mess kitchen, and in eight or ten minutes, manyfothers whom it was thought unneceshe heard the report of a shot; thoughe no. sary to produce. thing of it till he heard another; he then The learned Judge charged the Jury is went to the mess-soon, and there saw Cap. a most able manner, recapitulated the evitain Boyd and Lieutenants Hall and Mac- dence, and explained the law on the sub. pherson ; Capt. Boyd was sitting on a chair ject most fully and clearly. The Jury re. vomiting : Major Campbell was gone, but tired, and in about an hour brought in a * in about ten or twelve minutes he came to verdict Guilty of Murder; bat recommend the room where witness was washing some ed him to mercy, on the score of character. glasses : Major C. asked for candles; he got He was sentenced to be executed on More a pair, and brought them into the small day the 8th, but respited. toum ; Major C. shewed the witness the

Notwithstanding strong pemorials corners of the room in which each person were presented to the Lord Lieutenant stood, which distance measured seven pa- both by the Grand and Petty juries of ces; he never saw M jor Campbell after Armagh, in bebalf of this unfortunate till a week ago, though witness never quite ofñcer, and several respectable private ted the regiment, and retained his eni ploy- applications, the Royal mercy was pei. ment.

John M'pherson stated, that he is Lieat. emptorily refused. The fatal sentence 'in said regiment; knew Major Campbell

of the law was carried into effect at and Capt. Boyd; recollects the day of the Armagh, on Wednesday, August 24th, duel; on the evening of that day, going up

at 12 o'clock. From the moment of Vis stairs about nine o'clock, he heard, as he conviction, the Major evinced the most thought, Major Campbell say—“ On the beartfelt grief for the fatal catastrophe, words of a dying man is every thing fair !" and at the place of execution his bebaHe got up, before Captain Boyd replied; viour was composed and resigned. he said's Campbell, you have hurried me His body was delivered to bis friends, -you're a bad man. Winess was in co

and next day was carried through Belloured cloaths, and Major C. did not know him, bat suid again. Boyd, before this

fast to be conveyed to Scotland. He stranger und Lieutenant Hall, was every

was privately interred on the zoth in thing fair?" Coprain B. replied “O no,

the church-yard of Ayr, the native place Campbelt, you know I wantell you to wait

of his discupsolate widow.. and have friends.” Major C. then said The unfortunate catastrophe which " Good God, will you mention before these produced such an awful result id Major genciemen, was not every thing fair ? did Campbell, it is to be hoped, will not fail not you say you were ready ?" Captain B, of leaving a lesson to mankind ef salaanswered « Yes ;" bur in a moment after tary influence. Both of the parties were said," Campbell, you're a bad man.” Capt. gentlemen, eminent in their profession, B. was helped into the next room, and Major C. followed, much agitated, and repeat long lived ou terms of mutual friendship

of high character and honour, who had edly said to Capt. B. that he (Ford) was the happiest man of the two. I am (says

and esteem. The unfortunate irritation Major C.) an unfortunate man, but I hope

of a momeat at once deprived society not a bad one.” Major C. asked Captain

of one of the best of men, and left 3 B. if he forgave him; he stretcherl our his widow and infant family to mourn their hand, and said I forgive you feel for irreparable loss. Retribution of the you, and am sure you do for me." Major most awful kind has fallen to the lot of then left the room.

the other, and his amiable wife and in John Greenhill proved that Major C. had fant family are also involved in all the time to cool after the altercation took place; distress which the human juind can con• inasmuch as he went home, dranik tea with

ceive. hus family, and gave him a box to leave with



Court of Session.


Mess. Geo. Jeffrey,.....John Kermack N 'Thursday, Oct. 20. the Lords of

Robt. Menzies, James Hay

James Rose....... John Balvaird ner Parliament House, in virtue of the

Both divisions of the Court are to powers committed to them by the Act of Parliament, passed last session, to the usual hour.

meet on the usual sederunt days, and ac take into consideration such alierations as appeared to them necessary to be chamber or division, are to attend week,

Two Lords Ordinary, one from each adopted on the meeting of the Court in ly in the Outer House, by rotation and November, in consequence of its divi

according to seniority. The Lords Or. sion into two Chambers.

dinary are not to come out to the Outer The Right Hoo. Robert Blair pre House as formerly upon the third Sasented his Majesty's letter, appoioting turday after their week; in other rehim Lord President of the Court, in room of Sir Ilay Campbell resigned ; to the same.

spects their hand rolls are to continue gether with his Majesty's warrant for

During the time of Session, the Lords dividing the Court into two chambers. Their Lordships met again on the 11th naries upon the Bills, the Ordinary for

Ordinary for the week are to be Ordi. of Nov. to take into consideration what the first chamber officiating for the first farther regulations may be necessary for three days, and the Ordinary for the seconducting the proceedings before the cond chamber officiating for the last two Courts. The following is an account of the. tion, and during the Christmas holidays,

three days of the week. In the vacadivision and arrangement, and also the pubstance of the regulations which have only one Ordinary, as at present, is to

act. been enacied by their Lordships, to be Two distinct sets of rolls, one for observed at the meeting of the Court :

each chamber, are to be kept and issued FIRST DIVISION.

SLCOND DIVISION. by the keeper of the Outer. house rolls. I. Lord President, 1. Lord President,

The Tiend Court consists of the whole Blair

Lord Justice Cleré Lords, and in future is to sit only once 2. Lord Dunsionan 2. Lord Polkemmet a fortnight, on Wednesday; and, unless

3. Lord Glenlee very important business occurs, none of 4. Lord Armadale 4. Lord Meadow.

the two chambers of the Court of Ses. 5. Lord Bannatyne

bank 6. Lord Balmuto

sion are to meet on the same day the 5. Lord Cullen 7. Lord Hermand

Tiend Court sits. 6. Lord Robertson 8. Ld. Woodhouselee! 7. Lord Newton

On Saturday Nov. 11. being the first

day of the Winter Session, the two diFIRST Division.

visions of the Court met in their respecPRINCIPAL CLERKS.

tive chambers for the dispatch of busiMess. John Pringle,.... John Elder ness The first division occupies the

James Walker,...Adam Wilson former Inner-house, and the second the
Walter Scott.....W. Carmichael

new Exchequer Court, which has been

ASSISTANTS. fitted up in a very elegant manner, unMess. George Bryce, ..George Lang,

til the court-house building for it is fi. John Pringle...... Thom Beveridge nished. Two additional benches have Wm. Pringle,.... Thos. Denholm been erected in the Outer house for the SECOND Division.

accommodation of the Lords Ordinar

of the second chamber, and for their Mess. James Ferrier,.....Joseph Johnson

Lordships calling their hand-rolls.
Colin Mackenzie... Louis de Maria The Lord Justice Clerk presided in
H. M. Buchanan, Thomas Mason the Second Chamber, and addressed the


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