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At the quarter sessions which ended at was indicted for forging a letter of attorney, Maidstone, for the western division of and uttering the same, knowing it to be that county, William Pledge and James forged, in the name of A. Peirce, widow of Brown, two men upwards of 70 years H. Peirce, Esq; of Bedell in Yorkshire, old each, who have been for some time The sum the indictment was laid for was paft in Town Malling workhouse, were only sool. though he had transferred of indicted for allaulting, with an intent to this lady's stock 19,9ool. Mr. Fennouler, ravish a girl in the said workhouse, not one of the clerks of the South Sea-house, eight years old; when it appeared to the was the first witness called, who proved full satisfaction of the whole court and the filling up the letter of attorney. Mr. jury, that they had each of them, at dif- Lowth, another clerk of the South Seaferent times, used the child in a most House, proved the filling up the transfer, Thameful and indecent, as well as cruel saw Rice execute it, and swore that he manner ; but the intention of committing witnessed the same. Mr. Ball, the fupera rape not being fully proved, they were visor, proved the letter of attorney paffing found guilty of an alfault only. The court the committee. Mr. Montague, the deputysentenced them to be imprisoned two accomptant, acquainted the court of the years in the common gaol, and to pay a stock being replaced to Mrs. Peirce, after fine of is. each.

the above fraudulent transfer, Mrs.

Peirce was then called, who being mewn Worcester, April 14. This night, the the letter of attorney, denied it being her wife of one B. in Cát-Lane, Hereford, being hand-writing, and deposed me never taken in labour, got up from her husband, gave him any such power. No other and went to a 'neceffary, where delivering witness was called on behalf of the proseherself of a male child, smothered it in cution. The court then acquainted Mr. the bog house. It being suspected she had Rice it was his time to make his defence, been delivered, she was questioned about who answered he had nothing to say, but it, but denied the matter ; after me found defired some gentlemen might be called to The was to be searched, he acknowledged his character, two of which were sworn,

it, and that she smothered the child, by who spoke of him as a person of credit in • forcing the body under the soil with a stick. his profession. The Court acquainted him,

She was married to B. but the day be- where proofs were, positive character would fore.

* have little weight, ro no inore were called.

Mr. Rice then pleaded for mercy, and enFRIDAY, April 15.

treated his lordship to use his endeavours

with his majesty in his behalf, and urged Both houses of convocation waited on in his favour, that he had been offered prohis majesty at St. James's, with their ad- tection at Cambray, if he would have dress.

changed his religion. The Jury, without Last night col. commandant Draper ar- any helitation, brought him in guilty, and rived at his house in Pall-Mall from the Mr. Akerman was ordered to take him inManillas, and this day waited on his ma- to his cuftody. He was dressed in a fuit jesty, and

was most gracioufiy re- of light grey, trimmed with black, and ceived.

had a bag-wig on; he was indulged witla This morning, about half an hour after being at the inner. bar, and allowed a chair, eight o'clock, Mr. John Rice, the broker, seemed much affected, and thed tears most was brought in a coach from the Poultry- part of the triak Compter to the Old-Baily ; as soon as he About five in the evening he was again gout out of it, he fainted away, and was brought up to the bar, with the other pricarried into the Queen's-Head, where he soners, to receive sentence of death, which remained about a quarter of an hour to was part upon them, in a most pathetic and refresh himself, but appeared extremly de- moving manner, by the new Recorder. jected, and med tears, and was so weak James Feake for entering the top of that he was obliged to be led into Court, Mr. Portal, on Ludgate-hill, demanding where he again fainted away. About icol. and threatening his life, was ordered half an hour after nine his trial.came on, for transportation. He pleaded guilty. before the right hon, lord Mansfield. He


The bill to allow the importation of Monday, April 18.

Irish damaged butter into the port of This day the Venetian ambassadors Liverpool, for the use of the woollen mamade their public entry into this city. nufactories, They landed at Tower-wharf from Green- The bill to amend an act of last feffions wich about three o'clock in the afternoon, for better lighting, cleansing, and paving and from thence proceeded through the the streets, &c. in the city and liberties of city in the following order : ist, the king's Westminster. maríhalmen, two and two; 2d, lord Guil- The bill for paving the town of Gosport, ford's coach drawn by fix grey horses; 3d, and to prevent annoyances. thirty-eight footmen, two and two, in The bill for more speedy rebuilding the very rich liveries ; a band of musick ; town of Wareham in the county of gentlemen and pages on horseback, two Dorset. and two ; two state-coaches, with two The bill to maintain, regulate, and emother coaches of his majesty, which were ploy, the poor in the parish of St. Mary, followed by the coaches of the princess Whitechapel; and for lighting, cleansing, dowager of Wales, the duke of York's, the and paving, the streets, and regulating a duke of Cumberland's, and the princess nightly watch therein. Amelia's ; after which proceeded the grand The bill for lighting the town of Newftate-coach drawn by eight horses decorat- castle upon Tyne. ed with ribbons, and the top of the coach The bill to carry into execution arwith four plumes of feathers; and another ticles of agreement between the governor ftate-coach with fix horses, both empty;, and company of undertakers for railing then another state-coach drawn by lord' the Thames water in York-buildings. Northumberland's horses, in which were The bill to discharge certain manors the two ambassadors, which were follow- and lands in Bedfordshire, the estates of ed by several noblemen's coaches. The the duke of Marlborough, from cercoaches and liveries of the ambassadors tain trusts and agreements made between were extremely rich and elegant, and were him and lord Charles Spencer, his brother, universally admired.

for the uses and purposes therein menAfter staying two days at Somerset house, tioned. they proceeded to St. James's in the same The bill to authorise the executors of order, and were introduced to his majesty, John Hope, Esq; to assign to trustees to whom they delivered their credentials. 20,000 1. being part of the marriage por

rion of Jane the wife of John Patterson, TÕESDAY, April 19.

Esq; to be applied for the uses and pur

poses therein mentioned. This day his majesty went in state to the

Also to several bills to enclore lands and House of Peers, and gave the royal affent repair roads. to the following bills, after which hiş ma

We learn from Venice that the last jesty made a most gracious speech to both day of February died the serene - Doge, houses of parliament, and put an end to Mark Foscarius, in the 67th year of his the sessions, viz.

age, and the roth month of his reign, The bill for better improving the re

universally regretted. venues of his majesty's customs, and to prevent smuggling.

SATURDAY, April 23. The bill to amend two acts made in the reign of his late majesty, to encourage Batb. Last night arrived here from making indigo in the plantations.

London, by the way of Oxford and Ciren. The bill to explain and amend an act cester, his Excellency the duke de Nivermade in the reign of Henry the VIIth, en- nois, attended by colonel Drumgould; titled filk-works.

having refreshed himself at the Tons, he The bill to prevent fraudulent votes at repaired to Wiltshire's assembly-rooms, ele&ting knights of shires, as far as relates where he drank tea, and staid till near to persons voting by virtue of annui. eleven, looking at the country.dances, ties,

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THURSDAY, April 28. preffed himself highly pleased.

Letters from France advise, that the This morning lord and lady Edgecumbe king of Spain will not be any great loser entertained his Grace at a select breakfast, by our taking the Manil as, as the whole at which were also present the gallant of that trade was in the hands of the Jesuits. colonels Auguftus Hervey, and Guy Carle- A proposal was made to the late king of ton ; lieutenant-general Sir John Sea- Spain to put a stop to that trade, it being bright, general Duroure, colonel Drum- a loss to the king and the Spanish nation ; gould, and Mr. Derrick; Mrs. Gilbert, but the Jesuits had art enough to prevent widow of the late lord bishop of London ; its taking effect. Mis. and Miss Sayer, Miss Newton, Miss Fielding, Miss Rich, &c. After breakfast

FRIDAY, April 29. he went up to Mr. Allen's, by whom he Orders for the Court's going into was, together with all his retinue, elegant mourning, on Sunday next, the ift of ly received, having taken a view of the May, for his late Serene Highness, Frede. house and gardens, and rid over the rick, Margrave of Brandenburgh Bareith, grounds belonging to that gentleman, viz. with all which he seemed highly delighted, The ladies to wear black-filk, or velvet, he returned to Bath. To-morrow mor. fringed or plain linen, black or white fans, ning he sets out for Wilton, where he is to and white gloves. dine, taking lord Weymouth's fine seat The men to wear black, full trimmed ; called Longleat, and Mr. Hare's elegant fridged or plain linen, black swords and house at Stourton, in his way. On Mon- buckles. day he returns to London, by the way Yesterday was knighted by his majesty, of Windsor ; and will fortly depart for Signor Querini, one of the Venetian amFrance.

bassadors. It is an old custom of respect TUESDAY, April 26.

to the Venetian ftate, that their ambalThis night a gentlewoman going home sadors are knighted at the first court they from Queen-square, Westminser, thro' go to in that character : Signor Morefini the Park, was set upon in the Birdcage. has been knighted by the king of Spain walk by the prostitutes who ply there, on a former embassy, which is the reason who infifted on her paying her footing, of his not being knighted on this occaas it was the first time they had seen her fion. there ; one pullid off her capuchin, an. Yesterday at noon his Grace the duke other her handkerchief, and beat her of Bedford waited on his majesty, and imcruelly; and if man had not come up, mediately after set out on his journey for they would have stript her This trick Paris. has been played to several women in the Orders are given for the building two same place lately.

new store-houses in his majesty's yard at WEDNESDAY, April 27.


A number of people, by royal bounty, Yesterday morning a man, supposed to will very shortly embark for America, to be out of his senses, threw himself down

settle there with their families, in the Poultry for fome carriage to run Lord Holland set out yesterday for the over him and kill him; he said he wanted duke of Richmond's seat at Aubigny in to die. The populace had enough to do France, to move him, he held so fast by the posts.

Birrbs, Marriages, Deaths, &c. will be inserted in our next

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as polith to our manners. The four, **HERE is not per. when left entirely to her own folia

haps any part of so- tary contemplations, is insensibly Ť Hacial life that affords drawn by a sort of constitutional You more real fatisfa&tion biass, which generally attracts her

than those hours we opinions to the side of her inclina

pass in rational and tions. Hence it is the contracks inreserved conversation. The free those peculiarities of reasoning, and communication of sentiments, among little habits of thinking, which so a fet of ingenious and speculative often confirm her in the most fan. friends, throws the mind into the tastical errors. But nothing is most advantageous exercise, and more likely to recover the thews the strength or weakness of from this falle attraction, than the its opinions with greater force of counter-warmth of impartial deconviction, than any other method bate. Conversation enlarges cur' we can employ.

views, and gives our faculties ar That it is not good for man to more vigorous play ; it puts us upbe alone, is true in more views of on turning our notions on every our species than one; and society lide, and holds them up to a light gives strength to our reason, as well that discovers those latent faw's, May, 1763



which would probably have Jaid more frequently the topic of Greek concealed in the gloom of unagi and Roman conversation, than they tated abitraction.

are of ours; as the circumstances of Accordingly one may remark, the world had not yet given occasion that moft of those wild doctrines to those prudential reasons, which which have been let loose upon the may now perhaps restrain a more free world, have generally owed their exchange of sentiments among us. birth to persons whose circum- There was also something in the ftances or dispositions have given very scenes themselves, where they them the fewest opportunities of usually assembled, that almoft uncanvading their respective systems avoidably turned the stream of their in the social hours of friendly de- conversations into this useful chanbate. Had the authors of many nel. 'Their rooms and gardens an extravagant hypothesis discussed were usually adorned with the itatheir principles in private circles, pre- tues of the greatest matters of reavious to their laying them before son that had then appeared in the the public, the severe observation world; and while Socrates or Ariof Varro had perhaps never been fotle Roed in their views, it is no made; that, "there is no opinion wonder their discourse turned upon fo absurd, but has some philosopber those subjects, which such animatto produce in its fupport;": ing representations would naturally

It is on this principle, I imagine, fuggest. It is therefore probable that some of the finest pieces of that many of those ancient pieces, antiquity are written in dialogue. which were drawn up in the diaPlato and Tully seem to have logue manner, were not imaginary thought truth could never be exa- conversations, invented by their mined with more advantage, than authors, but faithful transcripts amidit the amicable opposition of from real life. well-regulated converfation. It is Narwich, May 6, Your's, &c. probable, indeed, that fubjects of a


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E Mulation, when the object of it Prom the epic poet down to tħe

is virtuous, and the measure ballad-linger, we owe to emulation not excessive, has always been whatever is moft worthy of our placed among the laudable exer- rememberance and efteem. : tions of human powers. It is in- There has been much difpute on deed the most certain road to excel the subject of education, which is lence in art, learning, politeness, to be preferred, the public or the virtue, and even religion. We are private. But surely the motives of indebted to it, in a great degree, emulation afforded by the former, for all that is quoted, as example, Oright to determine us in its fafor our imitation in every pursuit. vour. The examples of vice, which

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