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fourteen days after the first Friday in the next, and every future session of parliament: Ordered, that the said resolution be made a standing order of this house. J. Ley, CI. D. Dom. Com.
EAST INDIA AND COLONIAL INTELLIGENCE.
Bombay, March 2. THE detachment under the command of Colonel Brown, on service
in Berar, continues to pursue Gopaul Sing by rapid and incessant marches. They have hitherto failed, however, in their endeavours to overtake the main body of that chieftain's forces.
Barbadoes, May 4. A heroic deed has lately been performed by the Honourable Captain Gore, commanding the Scorpion sloop of war on this station; and who arrived at this anchorage, with Brigadier-General Sir Charles Shipley, last Saturday. A few days before the Scorpion made this island, she experienced a heavy squall to windward of Martinique, which was so sudden and so violent that she lost some of her masts, and three poor sailors went overboard, whilst it was blowing with the greatest violence. On seeing the poor fellows struggling for life in a tremendous sea, their brave commander instantly, and alone, jumped overboard with two gratings, and, after a long time buffeting the waves, succeeded in saving two of the men; but the third being so much exhausted, and the sea so high, sunk to rise no more.
In the Jamaica Paper of July 16, is an advertisement for a runaway negress, in which a large reward is offered for her recovery. It is also stated, that it is suspected, she is harboured by her husband.'
At a. general court-martial, held at Bombay, on the 29th of May, 1810, and continued by adjournments to the 28th of June following, Captain John Stirling, of the first Battalion of the 84th Regiment, was arraigned upon the undermentioned charges, viz.
'i For conduct highly unbecoming the Officer in misapplying certain sums of money received from some soldiers and others of the regiment.
2. For conduct highly improper and disrespectful in writing a threatening letter to his Commander-in-Chief, the Hon. Major-General John Abercrombie, on or about the 11th of April last, tending to his hurt and dishonour.'
Upon which charges the Court found him guilty, and sentenced hiin to be cashiered; which sentence was confirmed by the Prince Regent.
The spirit of prophecy, which of late years has been making such rapid progress in England, it appears is not entirely confined to the southern division of the island of Great Britain. A Brahman at Benares, has lately
been been endowed with this wonderful gift, to such a degree, that he has been enabled to foretel the things which are to happen, so soon as in the month of January, 1811. Many of the Hindoos of that populous city place, we understand, implicit confidence in the truth of the prediction, the fame of which is rapidly spreading throughout all Hindostau. The prophetical Brahman unlike his brethren of most countries, does not give an indefinite period to the accomplishment of the prediction, but stakes his pretensions to the prophetical character upon the very limited space of three short months. His prophecy, &c. is this :- Shee Brahomchuree, an inhabitant of the city of Benares, notities, that he heard a voice from Heaven, desiring him to inform the world, for the good of its inhabitants, that in the year (of Christ) 1810, there was found a golden plate, bearing the following inscription, written by the mûnshce of Heaven, for the information of the whole world, viz.
On the 20th of Maugh (January 1811), Rawartee, Walchetter Aszaum Joge, and Meer Luggen, at the sixth ghurree, in the expiration of the planet Cali-yng, the next generation will enter into that term, which will remain for twelve thousand years, and during that time the length of the life of man will be prolonged to the space of 150 years, and peace and happiness will dwell throughout all the carth. In every year, three Nocherrurs (planets) will move round the zodiac. In the year 1811, there will a child be born, in a house of the tribe of Chundeabunsee, that will do great things ; and, on a day in that year, at the first watch, there will be a great earthquake. For, as it is written in the Bûdh Pûran, so it will surely come to pass; and whoever will believe this prophecy and give publicity to it, shall surely be blessed, and whoever will disbelieve it, shall surely be punished everlastingly.'
The accounts from Bengal, by the last ships, are of the most satisfactory description. Scindeah, in consequence of the frequent remonstrances of the British Government, has compromised his affairs with the Rajah, and gradually withdrawn his troops from the Berar frontier.
The Nabob of Oude lately gave a grand hunt, to which a number of European officers were invited, and in the course of which not fewer than twenty large tygers, which had long infested the country, and committed great depredations, were destroyed. Some elephants were, however, wounded in this diversion, and two or three of the hunters killed. An European gentleman (Mr. Collet) was dangerously wounded.
The specie brought to Endglad by the China fleet amounts to about one million four hundred thousand dollars.
Recent letters give reason to expect more expeditious arrivals from India, than we have been hitherto accustomed to. The security, de rived from the capture of the Isle of France, will admit the dispatch of the ships from the several presidencies in divisions, without losing time to form a junction at Point de Galle, or any other place of rendezvolls, and without awaiting the protection of regular convoys. The advantages of this conquest were considered so important by the merchants Calcutta, that they voted an address to Lord Minto on the occasion,
and proposed to celebrate it by giving public entertainments to the settlement.
Certain papers, relating to the atrocious murder committed by Mr. Hodge, at Tortola, on the body of his negro-slave, Prosper, have been printed by order of the House of Commons. They consist in a correspondence between Governor Elliott and the Earl of Liverpool. From this it appears that Governor Elliott had been hitherto prevented from inquiring into the business of Mr. Huggins, at Nevis, by the affair of Mr. Hodge's. The Governor incloses the depositions of the witnesses who were examined on the trial. The deposition of Mr. Robertson states, that he has every reason to suspect Mr. Hodge of having murdered five of his slaves.
Governor Elliott then mentions the proceedings he had thought proper to adopt, and gives an account of the trial and conviction of Mr. Hodge. - The majority of the petit Jury recommended him to mercy, but none of the Judges seconded the recommendation. From the period of his condemnation to his execution, Governor Elliott thought it expedient to proclaim martial law, and to embody the militia: no disturbance, however, took place. However,' adds the Governor, that the state of irritation, nay, I had almost said, of anarchy, in which I have found this colony, rendered the above measures indispensible for the preservation of tranquillity, and for insuring the due execution of the sentence against Arthur Hodge. Indeed, it is but too probable, that without my presence, in a conjuncture so replete with party animosity, unpleasant occurrences might have ensued.''
The Earl of Liverpool, in a letter to the governor, approves highly of his conduct; and concludes by saying, That the Regent cannot receive from the Council and Assembly of the Virgin Islands a more flattering assurance of their regard to the wishes of their Sovereign, and of the interest they feel in supporting the honour of the British name, than their anxious endeavours to ameliorate the condition of that class of beings, whose bitter and dependent lot entitles them to every protection and support.
It appears, by a paper laid on the table of the House of Commons, that the free people of colour, in the Island of Trinidad, including free Indians, amounts to 6507, while the total of whites is only 2261- and of these only 663 are English. The slaves, by the same paper, amounted, at the date of the last returns, to 21,895 ; so that the English white population forms about one forty-third part of the whole.
It is stated in recent letters from Barbadoes, that the petition from the free people of colour to the House of Assembly, soliciting the privilege of being admitted as witnesses in Courts of Law, and stating that from their present disability, their houses are entered by the lower class of whites, who violate their females and then escape with impuvity, as none of the inmates are qualified to give evidence against
· See General Chronicle, vol. ii, p. 437. GEN. CHRON. VOL. III. NO, XIII.
them, has been rejected. This is the petition to which Mr. Stephens drew the public attention in the late sessions of parliament.
According to a writer at Port Jackson, the New Zealanders are much calumniated by the colouring given to the affair of the Boyd.? No doubt, says he, but various reports will be spread in England against the New Zealanders--but it should be remembered, that they have none to tell their story, nor to represent the injuries which they have suffered from European cruelty.
Oct. 25, 1810.–This morning a person called upon me, who had just returned from New Zealand, in a vessel called the Brothers, belonging to this port. The New Zealanders behaved to them in the kindest manner, and supplied the vessel with every necessary in their power; they gave them a bag of potatoes for a single nail, and afforded them every assistance. Ten of the sailors belonging to the Brothers took one of the boats, and went on shore; and began to destroy the growing crop of potatoes. The natives remonstrated with them ; when the sailors murdered one of them in the most barbarous manner, and behaved with the greatest cruelty to many of the others. Notwithstanding this act of wanton cruelty, the natives did no injury to the vessel or any of the sailors; but were satisfied with the captain assuring them that he would complain to our governor, and have them punished, I believe, the loss of the Boyd, and the murder of her crew, were in retaliation for acts of cruelty and fraud, which had previously been committed by some Europeans. The acts of fraud and cruelty committed at New Zealand by Europeans, are undoubtedly very great. Duaterra? is much distressed for what has happened at New Zealand. He is very anxious for Mr. King to go with him, “ to make a Sunday. Our friend Tippahee was by no way concerned in this business, from the best accounts we can obtain. The Boyd did not put in at any part of his dominions. He happened to arrive with a cargo of fish, (which he owed to the chief of that part where the Boyd was taken) just at the time that the business had taken place. Five men had run up into the rigging, to save themselves. Tippahee called them down, and told them to come into his canoe and he would save them: the sailors got into his canoe. Tippahee carried them immediately on shore, but was followed by the enraged party, overpowered, and all the men were murdered. Tippahee did all he could to save our countrymen ; but was afterwards shot through the neck, and many of his subjects killed by parties landing from the whalers, and the whole of his island, on which his house stood, destroyed; he is since dead. His son who was in England at the time I was in London, died from disease nine days previous to the arrival of the Boyd. It is generally believed here, that the whole that has happened to the Boyd has been owing to the conduct of the Europeans themselves. I have conversed with many who have been at New Zealand, some
See General Chronicle, vol. ii. p. 212.
before and some since the affair of the Boyd; but they all concur in one opinion, that we are the aggressors.
June 20. TAST night, a grand entertainment was given by his Royal Highness
I the Prince Regent at Carlton-house, to which there had been previously invited upwards of two thousand of the nobility and gentry of the country, the Foreign Ambassadors, the French Princes and nobility, and other distinguished foreigners. The doors were opened at nine o'clock to the company. Those who went in carriages were admitted under the grand portico; those in sedans at a private entrance at the east end of the colonnade. The Ministers and Household of the Regent entered at the west door of the palace, in the inner courtyard. The state-rooms on the principal floor were thrown open for the reception of the company, which, descending the great staircase from the inner hall, entered the range of apartments on the level of the garden. The whole of this long range, comprehending the library, and the beautiful conservatory at the west end, with the intervening apartments, was allotted to the supper-tables of the Prince Regent, the Royal Dukes, the chief nobility, and the most illustrious of the foreign visitors.
It was totally impossible, capacious as the mansion of the Prince is, to accommodate such a number of persons in the rooms of the mansion itself. From the central apartment of the lower range, which we have mentioned, on the south or garden-front, proceeded a broad and lofty walk, toward the southern wall of the garden, adjoining St. James's Park, , hich was crossed by three similar walks, from east to west, lengthwise in the garden. All these walks were closed in by walls, and covered over by awnings made for the occasion. In each of these crosswalks were placed long supper-tables, and at the end of each walk were communications to circular marquees, in which were tables containing all the necessary refreshments for the company, with space for the numerous servants and assistants in attendance. The great walk from the house southward had in it six tables, leaving those spaces quite open where the other walks crossed it. The intermediate spaces between these were lawns, which communicated to the walks by suitable openings. The interior sides of the walls of all these grand walks were lined with festoons of flowers, yielding the most odoriferous perfumes, and relieved by the verdant and softer beauties that more towering plants and shrubs could bestow. The arched roofs were ornamented in the liveliest manner, and from them were suspended thou. sands of lights, in all the different forms and fashions by which illumi. dation can be produced. The coup-d'oil of the whole, especially from the central south entrance to the garden, was inexpressibly delightful, and even magically impressive. This entrance was under an illuminated arch, and the southern end of the walk was filled by an