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number of 20,000 men, became prisoners of and being backissed for want, of supplies, war. The following is an extrae from the they soon after raised the siege, abandono report of the Marshal Suchet, announcing ing all their intrenchments aud candor. . that important event :« On the 5th, I commenced the bom.

Information has been receiied from bardment, and on the 6th, offered a capi- Cadiz, that the Cortes have arpinud a tulation, which being refused, I redoubled

new Regency which is to consist of the folo. our fire, and in three days and three nighis loxing members :2700 bombs were thrown into the city, For Spain.-lhe Duc del Infantado), causing explosions and several vast tires. General Hl. O'Donnel, Admoual Villavi. The artillery, hy a praiseworthy emulation,' cerzio, succeeded in erecting two batteries, mount, For the Colonies-Rivas, ed with ten 24-pounders each, ready to Monsqucra. make a breach in the interior defences.- Don Vicente de Durango, Secretary The engineers, with their usual activity, of the Embassy, will perform the duties had effected a lodgement in the last houses of Ambassador to the British Court ull the of the suburbs, and placed mines under appointment of a successor to the Duc two of the principal gates of the town, del Infantado.--The new arrangement. when General Blake, fearing the terrible having been made under the reconunendeta and near approaches of an assault, capita- tion of Mr Wellesley, there is reason to ted; which places in the power of the Em- conclude that it will remove all grotines peror, the city of Valencia, 374 pieces of of difference between the alled govern. artillery, 180,000 lbs. of powder 3,000,000 of cartridges, 16,131 prisoners of the line, according to the accompanying statement

UNITED STATES. delivered by the General in Chief of the Spanish Staff, and 190 sick in the hospitals of

From the proceedings of Congrefs, reValencia and Valdegoras, 1800 cavalry and ported in the American papers, it appears artillery horses, 21 stands of colours, 893 that a bill for allowing the arming of mere Officers, 22 Generals or Brigadiers, among chant vessels has been rejected ; and which are Zayas and Lardizabel, com- another for raising an additiocal force of inanding the expeditionary division; Mi. 25,000 men, which had passed the Helme randa, Marco del Ponte, Commander of of Representatives, with several amenda the Valencia army ; Sea Commander of ments, had been receded from in the o:her the cavalry; the Marquis of Rocca, &c. House ; and it is intimated in some of te &c. ; four Lieutenant-Generals, six Field American papers, that the bill would proMarshals, and a great number of Colonels; bably be thrown out by a disagreement bien the General in Chief O'Donnel, and Capo tween the two Houses. In the mean time, a taia General Blake.

bill has been brought in for perinatting the “ On this occasion the insurgents have importation of all British goods, purchased experienced an irreparable loss; they lost or contracted for in Great Britain or ber 50 good artillery officers, formed in the colonies, previous to the, 2d February school of Segovia ; 383 miners and sap. 1811. The effect of this bill, if pussed pers; and 1400 old artillerymen, among into a law, must be felt as a great reit which are four fine companies of horse ar to the oppressed trade of the tro couritillery.

tries ; as there is no doubt that great In consideration of the above, and other quantities of British goods would be potired important services, the French Emperor has into the American market under coiver of created Count Suchet Duke of Albufera.

this law.

SOUTH AMERICA. The French force which had been for some months before Tariffa, having made By accounts from the river Plate, dated what they deemed a practicable breach in the 5th November, we learn that a treaty the walls, advanced to the assault on the has been concluded between the govern31st January ; but met with such a warm ments of Buenos Ayres and Monte Video, and gallant reception from the garrison which achnowledges the authority of Fer. under Colonel Skerrit, that they retired, dinand VII., and the mother country, and after being exposed, for half an hour, to a which places the commercial intercourse most destructive fire, leaving behind them between the two territories on the same about 300 men killed and wounded. Hav- footing us before the disturbances took ing failed in this attempt to take the place, place.

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE. severe contest, took possession of 40 sail

of vessels, valuably laden, which they The losses by shipwreck, in men and brought away in triumph. vessels, within the last three months, it is

Nov. 5.--L'Invincible French privateer, calculated, exceed the aggregate loss sus

of two guns and 33 men, off Malaga, by tained by our navy, in all the battles

the Sparrowhawk sloop of war. fought, and victories won, during the last

Nov. 15. The Edward French privatwenty years. To the melancholy catalogue already on record, we have to add

teer of 14 guns and 123 men, off Cape his Majesty's frigates Laurel and Manilla.

Mola, by the Apollo frigate. The Laurel was lost, on the 31st Janua.

Jan. 17... The Confiance French priva, ry, through the ignorance of the pilots, on teer, of 14 guns and 68 men, by the a sunken rock, in Quiberon Bay. The Dasher sloop of war. crew were saved; but T0 seamen, besides two Lieutenants and the Surgeon,purchased

DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE. their lives at the expence of their liberty,

POPULATION.-The following is a sum. having been made prisoners by the enemy;

mary of the comparative statement of the who, to their everlasting reproach, conti population of Great Britain in the years nued, for some time, regardless of her

1801 and 1811, ordered by the House of defenceless state, to fire upon the Laurel ;

Commons to be printed, Jan. 17. 1812 : and, when the boats with the 70 men

POPULATION Or 1801, made the shore, the commander of a fort In England, Wales, and Scotland, incluon the coast would not permit them to re

ding the Army, Navy, &c. Males, 5,450,292; turn to the rescue of their companions.

Females, 5,492,354. Total, 10,942,646. But, to them, fortunately, was reserved a


Males, Females. Total. better fate ; for, the Rota frigate being in

England, 4,555,257 4,944,145 9,499,400 company, her commander, gallantly risk. Wales, 289,414 317,066 607,480 ing his own safety and that of his sailors, Scotland, 825,377 979,487 1,804,864 anchored his vessel among the rocks, and, Army, Navy, after great exertion, succeeded in bringing &c. 640,500

640,500 off the remaining part of the Laurel's

Total, 6,310,548 6,241,596 12,552,144 The Manilla was driven on the Haack

INCRLASL: sands, during a riotept storm, on the 28th England,

1,167,966 January; and it appears that the Dutch


65,834 sailors and pilots displayed the greatest hu.


208,180 manity and courage in behalf of the crew,

Army, Navy, &c,

169,902 and, after two days indefatigable exertion,

Total, 1,611,882 succeeded in bringing them safe on shore, with the exception of six men, who were

IR E LA N D. unfortunately drowned, and another who, after he had been 'got from the wreck, died

On the 27th, January, the trial of Tho. through excessive cold and fatigue.

mas Kirwan, one of the Catholic Dele. LIST OF ENEMY'S VESSELS CAPTURED OR

gates, came on in the Court of King's

Bench, Dublin. The trial Jasted' four Nov. 1. His Majesty's ships Thames days, at the end of which, the Jury reand Imperieuse, having on board a detacha turned a verdict of “ Guilty ;" and, on a ment of 250 soldiers, made an attack on subsequent day, Mr Kirwan was sentenced an enemy's convoy, in a port near Naples; to pay a fine of one merk, and then be disand, though protected by a battery of 10 charged. The Attorney General gave no gups and 800 men, a detachment of 450 tiče, that, as the question of law had thus men, including marines and seamen, storm - been settled, it was his intention to forego ed the battery, drove out the enemy with all further proceedings in regard -to the great loss, spiked the guns, and, after a other Delegates under prosecution.




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trial of Alexander Cain, alias O'Kane, dentified the declarations emitted by the accused of having, on the evening of the prisoner, some of which he refused to sign Ilth of October, (the day on which An- unless they were written over again and derson and Menzies, two thieves, were altered. executed at Stirling, by sentence of the Archibald Stewart, cattle-dealer, swore, Circuit-court of Justiciary) with one or that being upon the streets of Surling, upmore persons, attacked in the town of on the evening of the 11th of October, he Stirling, Archibald Stewart, cattle-dealer saw three or four men coming up, one of in Dalspidle, who had just arrived from whom was a big man ; that he was im. Falkirk Tryst, where he had received a . mediately knocked down, and robbed of the sum of money, and of having struck and money libelled upon, and that he was wounded him severely on the head, and much cut and bruised by a blow on the other parts of the body, to the effusion of head, which bled very much, and rendered his blood, and loss of his senses for the him senseless ; when the money was taked time, and of robbing him of one thousand from him, he heard them say, ** lay to and ten pounds sterling, chiefly in notes him." He acknowledged that he was of the Falkirk banking company.

drinking drams on his way to Stirling, and After the jury were sworn in, the coun. after he arrived there, but was not intoxica. sel for the prisoner, státed an objection, ted, and knew very well what he was abouc. that the notes of the Palkirk banking. This witness, not understanding the Eng.. company, charged in the indictment, as“, lish language well, was examined in Gae. taken from the prisoner, were not lodged lic by a gentleman, who was sworn to inin due time in the hands of the clerk of terpret faithfully the answers he made. justiciary, to be shewn to the prisoner's Some witnesses proved Stewart's getring counsel.

The court repelled the objection. the Falkirk, notes libelled, at Falkirk. The witnesses were then examined for the market, on the 11th crown.

Other witnesses swore, that the prisonte Sir Thomas Kirkpatrick, Bart. sheriff- was at Falkirk Tryst, on the 9th and 10th depute of the shire of Dumfries, swore, of October, when he was considered as a that the notes of the Falkirk Banking very suspicious character, and that he was company, exhibited, were taken from the at Stirling on the 11th, when the robbery person of the prisoner, in a small public. was committed, and was seen passing the house, in the town of Dumfries ; some of house, near to which Stewart was knocked them were concealed near the waistband down and robbed, about the time of the of his breeches; and also, two twenty robbery. He was traced to Edinburgh, pound notes which he endeavoured to con. and from thence to Dumfries, and he had ceat in his hand, while they were search. changed twenty pound notes of the Falkirk ung him, and several others were concealed bank at several public-houses on the road.


He was apprehended at Dumfries, and the and expediency of the appointment, they Falkirk notes found in his possession, as investigated the powers of the Magistrates above mentioned by Sir T. Kirkpatrick. of burghs, as trustees or curators for the

The several declarations of the prisoner community, appealed to the usage in the were then read, which were very con- former appointments since the institution tradictory.

of the office, and the analogous usage The Lord Advocate addressed the jury, which prevails respecting other burgh of. for the Crown, at considerable length, in à ficers; and, as specially applicable to the very able speech, as did J. H. Mackenzie, case, the pursuers referred to the universal Esq. for the prisoner.

practice in the appointment of factors for The Lord Justice Clerk summed up the public bodies and private individuals, and evidence with his usual candour and abili. to the annual election of Chamberlains of ty, and the jury were ordered to return the cities of London and Glasgow. their verdict next day at one o'clock. Upon advising these papers, the Court, The court accordingly met next day, when on the 24th January, by a majority of the jury returned their verdict, all in one three to two, altered the interlocutor of voice, finding the pannel guilty ; and, af- the Lord Ordinary, and reduced and set ter a suitable address from the Lord Jus“ aside the election of Mr Henderson, ad-vitice-Clerk, he was sentenced to be exe- tam aut culpam, but found the pursuers not cuted at Stirling, on Friday, the 21st entitled to their expencés. February.

The matter we understand, is now The sentence was put in execution on finally set at rest ; for, at a subsequent that day, and the unhappy sufferer's beha- meeting of the Town Council, a let. viour was penitent, and resigned to his fate. ter from Mr Henderson being produced, • Counsel for the crown, the Lord Ad- acquiescing in the decision, the appoint, vocate, and H. H. Drummond, Esq. ; ment ad vitam aut culpam was deelared agent, Hugh Wardener, Esq. W. S.- void, and the office vacant ; after which, For the prisoner J. H. M.Kenzie, and on a motion made by Mr Turnbull, and James Walker, Esqs. , agent, Mr Andrew seconded by Mr Tenant (both pursuers of Clason, W. S.

the reduction), Mr Henderson was anani[The trial of John Lindsay Crawford mously elected Chamberlain of the city of and James Bradley for forging deeds, will Edinburgh, during the pleasure of the be found in a preceeding part of this Council. Number.]


The following case lately occurred in the COURT OF SESSION_FIRST DIVISIÓN.

Court of Session, relative to the powers City Chamberlain.

of Presbyteries in regard to Ministers, The important question relative to the manses. appointment of the Chamberlain of the city. In 1809, the Minister of Garvock appliof Edinburgh, ad vitam aut culpam, has ed to the Presbytery of Fordoun to visit his been ultimately decided in favour of the manse for the purpose of inspecting the piirsuers, composing the minority of the samé, as he conceived it to be in a state of Town Council at the time the election took considerable disrepair. The Presbytery place.

having appointed a day for the visitation, After full pleadings before Lord Woods, and also required the Minister to surmon houselee, memorials were ordered upon tradesmen for the purpose of inspecting the the merits of the case ; upon considering manse, and reporting on oath what was ne. which, his Lordship decided against the cessary to be done, the Minister gave the pursuers, by finding that the election had usual notice of the meeting of Presbytery not been impeached by them upon any from the pulpit, and by communicating sufficient grounds, and therefore sustained the same to the heritors by letter.

The the defences, and dismissed the process, Presbytery accordingly. met at Garvock on with expences.

the day appointed, when they were attend. Against this interlocutor the pursuers ed by tradesmen summoned by the Minisreclaimed to the Inner House, and the The principal heritors also attended cause came to be advised upon by a re- the meeting of Presbytery, and brought tition for the pursuers, and answers for with them two tradesmen, An inspection the Town Council, and Mr Ilenderson, was made by the whole of the tradesmen the Chamberlain.” In these pseadings, the present, and a joint report was given in by. parties insisted for and against the legality them, concurring in opinion that the manse



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was to a certain extent in an insufficient pence of from L. 60 to L. 70; and the Lord state ; whereupon the Presbytery, after put- Ordinary approved of the report, and apting a variety of additional questions to the pointed the repairs therein mentioned, to be tradesmen, proceeded forthwith “ to con- executed at the sight of certain tradesmen, demn the manse,” and appointed a “new who were required to report to the Lord one to be built next season in its place. Ordinary. The report of these tradesmen, At a subsequent meeting of Presbytery a from which it appeared, that the repairs plan and estimate of a new manso was pre

were executed at a surn under L. 60, was sented by the Minister and approved of by lately given in, and the cause having been the Presbytery, who decerned against the remitted to Lord Gillies, in place Lord Heritors of Garyock, for the sum of Newton, his Lordship on the 21st Dec. apL. 705 6s. lld. Sterling, being the amount proved of the report, and suspended the of the estimate exclusive of carriages. letters.

In the mean time the Heritors who did Counsel for the Heritors, F. Jeffrey, not think that there were just grounds for Esq. Agent, James Scott, Esq. Writer to condemning the manse, had a new inspec. the Signet. Counsel for the Minister, tion made by other tradesmen, who report. James Wedderburn, Esq. Agent, Walter ed it as their opinion, that the present Cook, Esq. Writer to the Signet. manse might be made comfortable and sufficient for less than one hundred pounds; THEATRE -January 22, 1812. and at a meeting of Heritors it was resulva Last night was tried the experiment of ed that the manse should be forthwith re- the new Tragedy of Helga, and the eager paired, and put in a sufficient state. The anxiety of the public to decide on its fate, Heritors laid before the Presbytery, the re- crowded the house, at an early hour, in porť which they had received from these every part. The incidents of this piece are tradesmen, and also their own minutes re- short and simple. Edgar, one of the most solving to repair the manse, but they were renowned minstrels of Iceland, falls in disregarded by the Presbytery, who, on love with Helga, whose hand he is pro15th Jan. 1810, adhered to their former mised, on his return from a visit to the sentence.

courts of Europe, at the expiry of three Thc Heritors' applied to the Court of years. Session for relief by bill of suspension ; and At the court of Sweden he meets with the bill having been passed, the question Haco, another minstrel of the highest čame before the late Lord Newton, as Or- rank, with whom he vows eternal friends dinary, before whom it was maintained, on ship. the part of the Minister, that as the meet- in a contest between them before the ing of Presbytery had been regularly called, king, the palm of victory is awarded to and the Heritors duly summoned, and the Edgar, the theme of whose song were sentence of condemnation having proceeded the virtùes and beauty of his absent mison a regular inspection by tradesmen mu- tress, whose name he concealed. tually appointed on the part of the Heri. Haco,' stung with jealousy and disaptors and Minister, therefore, that there pointment, immediately resolves on rewere ifd grounds for the complaint of the venge, and secretly departs from the SweHeritors, who ought not to be dish court for Iceland. His arrival there heard.

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forms the opening of the piece. On the other hand it was contended for He there discovers the object of Edgar's the Heritors, that the sentence of condemadmiration, and having procured by the nation proceeded on insufficient grounds, influence of his wealth and family, the and that as the Heritors had offered to consent of Helga's father to the proposed make the old manse comfortable and match, he pays his addresses to the lady ; sufficient, it was all they were bound to who, to avoid force, seems to comply with do.

'his wishes, fixing a day for her marriage The Lord Ordinary remitted to Messrs. with Haco.—Just as the ceremony is Alex. Laing, of Edinburgh, and Samuel about to be performed, Edgar äppears, Bell, of Dundee, architects, to inspect the and claiming his betrothed bride, he is manse, and report their opinion. These challenged to single combat by Haco, who gentlemen accordingly reported, that the being mortally wounded, begs from his ad. present manse was perfectly capable of 'versary a cup of water ; which, while he is being repaired, and that, by certain opera- presenting to him, he collects his expiring lions, which they described, it might be strength for a last effort, and stabs Edgar made comfortable and sufficient, at an ex- to the heart. Helga, overwhelmed bye February 1812.



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