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Murray, that his Lordship was inclined to think one or two bullets had been fired at the coach, but no gun or pistol was seen, no smoke appeared, no report was heard, no bullet has been found.—As soon as the Prince Regent alighted from the state coach, he informed Sir N. Conant, the magistrate in waiting, of the outrage that had occurred, and the Duke of Montrose was immediately despatched to the office of the home department in search of Lord Sidmouth. The prince, after waiting at St James's some time for the noble secretary, went in his private carriage to Carlton House; and whether the mob had relented from their malignant violence, or whether the tumultuous part of them had withdrawn to attend their favourite Hunt, his Royal Highness was saluted with huzzas.-About the time of these violent proceedings, that is, about half-past two, nearly twenty of Hunt's delegates made a procession by Charing-cross through Parliament street, with about half a dozen petitions on rolls of parchment in favour of reform, carried on their arms like muskets, they marching in a military step.–Hunt, it is said, wished the parchments to be unrolled, that the length of them might as
tonish the passers-by.—His myrmidons,
however, did not choose to comply with this request ; upon which he observed, that he never had to do with such cowardly persons before. A proclamation was issued on Wednesday morning, the 29th instant, offering #1000 reward for the apprehension of the person or persons guilty of the late treasonable attempt on the life of the Prince Regent. Ön the same day, the joint address of congratulation of both Houses of Parliament to the Prince Regent, on his late happy escape, was presented to His Royal Highness at Carlton House, which he received with all the accustomed state seated upon the throne. The attendance of Lords and Commons on this occasion was very numerous—headed by the Lord Chancellor and Speaker of the House of Commons. From ten o’clock in the morning till five in the afternoon, Carlton House was crowded with the nobility and gentry of both sexes making their anxious inquiries, and offering their sentiments of congratulation; and addresses from all parts of the country will doubtless be speedily presented on this most interesting public occasion. 31.-The livery of London met in Common Hall, and passed some additional resolutions in favour of parliamentary reform ; the most important of which was one for triennial Parliaments, which was carried by a large majority against an amendment, by which it was proposed to declare in favour of annual Parliaments. LoRD EXMoUTH.—After the adjournment of the Common Hall, the Lord May
or proceeded to the Common Council. Chamber, where Lord Exmouth had been in waiting a considerable time in consequence of invitation, to receive the sword voted to him, as a mark of public approbation and thanks for his splendid victory in the bombardment of Algiers—The noble Lord was attended by ten captains of his fleet who had shared the dangers and glory of that expedition. The Lord Mayor accompanied the presentation by an appropriate speech; to which Lord Exmouth replied by the most cordial expression of his grateful feelings for the honour conferred upon him by the city of London,
After the ceremony, his lordship and his colleagues, accompanied by the Lord Mayors, Sheriffs, and several other members of the corporation, proceeded to Ironmonger's Hall, to partake of a banquet prepared for him by the company, who took a peculiar interest in the results of that victory. The circumstance which rendered that event so interesting to the Ironmonger's Company was, that they are the trustees of an estate of £2000 a year bequeathed many years ago by one of their members, a Mr Betton, who had the misfortune to be captured by a Barbary Corsair, and was several years in slavery, from which he was ultimately ransomed. In memory of his own sufferings, and in gratitude for his liberation, he directed that £1000 of the legacy abovenamed should be annually appropriated for the ransom of British captives, who might chance to be enslaved by any of the Barbary States. The company have religiously obeyed the injunctions of the humane testator, and commissioned a regular agent at Mogadore for the purpose.
IRELAND.—The Committee appointed to appropriate the general fund for the relief of the poor of Dublin have determined to give premiums, at the rate of its per acre, for the planting of early potatoes within two miles of the castle of Dublin. The managers of the Cork institution have voted L.700 for the same purpose; the premiums to be distributed under such regulations as the Committee shall see fit.
Desperate Poachers.—We had hoped that the determined resistance to well known laws had been confined on this side of the Tweed to the pursuit of the pure spirit of malt ; we regret to hear, however, that a desperate affray lately took place on Lord Blantyre's estate near Haddington, betwixt three poachers and his lordship's gamekeeper and two assistants. After a most determined resistance, in which shots were exchanged and severe wounds given, (one of the poachers having his arm broken) two out of the three were taken into custody. This was mainly effected by the timely appearance of a countryman at the moment when the depredators had the best of the fight. (Edinburgh Courant.)
The most interesting of the other occurrences of this month, which our limits do not permit us to detail, were the severe gales, which have occasioned much damage on different parts of the coast;—the distressed condition of the labouring classes, partly owing to the last unfavourable harvest and the high price of provisions;– and the unparalleled exertions made in every part of the united kingdom for their relief. The benevolence of the higher orders, while it was never at any former period so extensively displayed, has not been,
want of reflection which recognised no other mode of relief than by means of pecuniary donations. The practice has been, almost universally, to employ those who were able to work, and to allow them such wages as would save them from want, though at the same time so moderate as to induce them to return to their former habits of independent industry as soon as the demand for labour should revive. Happily, at the moment we are now writing, several of our manufacturing towns begin to resume their former activity; and our prospects are be
on the present occasion, alloyed by that coming daily less gloomy and doubtful.
ColoniaL PRODUCE.—Sugars have of late been in considerable demand, without much improvement in prices. Muscavados proper for refining have been purchased freely at a small advance. The stocks of Refined Sugars being very small, and considerable orders having arrived from the Continent, this article has a little improved. The sales of Brazil and East India Sugars, lately brought forward, have gone off briskly, at prices a shade higher. Coffee has been in some demand for exportation, though not such as to diminish greatly the superabundant stock of this article, which has for many years past been produced in too large quantity for the consumption. Cottons continue in steady demand, without much variation in prices. In East India descriptions there has been considerable briskness, at an advance of #d. to d. per lb. Tobaccos extremely dull, and prices lower. Rums having fallen considerably in price, the exporters were induced to come into the market, and much business has been done in this article. The last Tea sale at the East India House, which finally closed on the 14th ult, proved that the general freedom of trade with every part of Europe to China, and particularly the exertions of the Americans to supplant the English in the European market, have not had the expected effect: for the average prices shewed an advance of 2d. per lb. o
* EUROPEAN PRODUCE.—In, articles from the Baltic, little business is doing, and prices declining. Hemp from £1 to £2 per ton, and Tallow 1s. to 2s. per cwt. Sowing Linseed in considerable demand, and 110s. has been refused. Clover Seeds are also on the advance, and the stock of American very limited: Red 130s. to 140s. per cwt. There has been much briskness in the Provision trade, and prices have advanced. Brandies and Genevas a shade lower in price. The Wine trade with the Cape of Good Hope is increasing, and now may be called extensive. The remission of the duties has effected this; but, at the same time that it renders essential service to that settlement, it ives occasion to the introduction, by fraud, into the Cape, of large quantities of Foreign ines, which are from thence exported to this country as the native produce, to the great injury of the revenue: the present prices, £28 to £32 per ton. In the demand for the Manufactures of this country, we are happy to announce some improvement, though not yet such as to be very generally felt; still we think the worst is past, and that the late universal depression will in a short time be considerably removed ; not, however, that we hope the sanguine expectations of speculators, at the conclusion of the war, can ever be realized. From the most important Continental markets, France and Austria, our manufactures are completely shut out; and other states into which they are admitted, have been for a long time inundated, what with our excessive exports and the produce of native manufactures. The same applies to the North American market; and the present distracted state of South America has much diminished our trade with that important Continent,
Vol. I, P
The following is an account of the official value of the Exports from Great Britain in each year from 1792 to 1816, both inclusive, distinguishing the value of British Produce and Manufactures from that of Foreign and Colonial Merchandize :
British Produce Foreign and
Inspector-General of the Imports and Exports of Great Britain. . Custom House, London, 13th March 1817.
ALPHABETICAL LIST of ENGLISH BANKRUPTCIES, announced between 1st and 31st March 1817, extracted from the London Gazette.
Little, W. Southshields, linen-draper
ALPHABETICAL LIST of Scotch BANKRUPTCIEs, announced between 1st and 31st March 1817, extracted from the Edinburgh Gazette.
Alexander & Samuel, Leith, merchants
Ford, James, Esq. of Finhaven, Montrose, merchant
A winter rather mild, though wet, and marked by the long prevalence of strong gales from the west, has been succeeded by an early spring, and of late, by very favourable weather for committing the seeds to the ground. The spring crops will therefore probably occupy the usual space; but there is every reason to suspect that a much less extent of wheat than usual was sown in autumn, and that only upon the driest soils could there be any considerable addition made to it since. The grounds sown with the wheat of last season are in several instances unpromising: Live stock of all kinds have passed the winter well. The weather has been propitious to the early lambs.-The corn markets have fluctuated little for some weeks, excepting in the article of inferior wheat, which at present is hardly saleable : and if the supply of foreign wheat be as liberal as it is expected to be, a large portion of what remains of the last year's crop of British wheat is not likely to be in demand at any price. Perhaps oats are the only species of grain on which some farther advance may be expected, the stock of this grain in the high lands, and that of potatoes, which in many places are used as a substitute, generally, being now nearly consumed. Premiums have been offered by the Highland Society of Scotland, and by the Irish Societies, for encouraging the culture of early potatoes, which it is to be . may alleviate the pressure of scarcity and dearth during the summer.—The late markets for horses, cattle, and sheep, indicate an improvement in the demand; sheep, in particular, have advanced considerably in this part of the island-Upon the whole, the prospects of all those farmers whose chief dependence is not placed upon a wheat crop, which was in by far the greater number of instances ruinously deficient last harvest, both in quantity and quality, may be said to be much better than at the corresponding period last year.
Note—The boll of wheat, beans, and pease, is about 4 per cent more than half a quarter, or 4 Winchester bushels; that of barley and oats nearly 6 Winchester bushels.